Every month, Miami's culinary cuisine is growing and expanding. There's always a new restaurant popping around the city, and new Michelin-star dining scene making a mark in the Magic City.
If you're into trying new experiences and food, you need to put these restaurants on your bucket list. Plan a date night with your S.O. and explore new restaurants by Pharrell Williams, dim sum around Wynwood, and the best dining atmosphere in Brickell.
Some of these restaurants are fine dining and others have a more local vibe. If you're a foodie and want to try the most-talked restaurants in town, put the list in your fridge. Whenever you get hungry and have no plans where to eat, cross off the list one of these places.
Where: 1401 S Andrews Avenue
Bar Rita is Fort Lauderdale's new Mexican restaurant, serving holy guacamole, fajitas, burrito bowls, tacos, and loaded verde burritos. After four years under construction, this restaurant finally opened its doors to the public and for Taco Tuesdays. Bring your friends and girlfriend to this location and enjoy a loaded afternoon with margaritas and tacos. This new concept offers a rooftop bar, great wall designs for Instagram pictures, and a great patio for a sunny afternoon.
Where: 3451 NE 1st Ave
This funky and contemporary restaurant serves dim sum, real Chinese food, and one of the best noodles you'll ever try. If you're into dumplings, this is the place to come and indulge on a rainy afternoon. Blackbrick is the place to feast if your friends are in town, and are starving. Miami might not have big Asian influence but Blackbrick will definitely take you a trip around the world.
Where: 9011 Collins Ave
For the fancy and modern girl, The Surf Club is the place to be seen. This contemporary restaurant serves continental cuisine by Chef Thomas Keller. If you want to impress your date, order the lobster thermidor, Maryland jumbo lump crab cake, and lemon meringue tart. This is the perfect ambiance to toast during sunset and go overboard with champagne bubbles.
Where: 7859-7901 Hispanola Ave
The sushi lover will love the signature rolls at Sushi Erika. This restaurant is located in North Bay Village and is a great place to eat after an afternoon at the beach. We recommend the avocado fries, spider roll, ginger ice cream and the macadamia roll. The place is small but if you want to overindulge in sushi, this is the spot.
Where: 184 NE 50th Terrace
Upper Buena Vista's new Italian restaurant has everyone visiting from out of town. This is the first full-service restaurant in the open-air shopping mall. Roberto Bearzi and Fiorella Blanco is the husband-and-wife team duo behind this acclaimed dining experience. The rooftop bar and sustainable decor bring a zen ambiance to the place. Order the pesto gnocchi, hen croquettes, and avocado toast to start your European trip.
Where: 3470 N Miami Ave
Maybe you left the club late last night, but that doesn't mean you can't start brunch early. At Mason Eatery, you can start your mornings with a pancake challenge. There have been only two winners to date, at the pancakes and carb contest. If you eat the pancakes under 30 minutes, it's completely free. Otherwise, you'll pay $19.
Where: 3120 Collins Ave
Start your date with rosé at this unique cocktail bar at Generator Hostel and Hotel Miami. Start with a small plate like the Hamachi Tiradito and later upgrade to serious food. This place is popular among hipsters and millennials that are into the European vibe cuisine. If you like The Freehand Miami, this place will become your new favorite local hangout.
Where: 2103 NW 2nd Ave
Every real woman loves pizza and Sette Osteria has delicious artisan pizzas for every taste. Their menu also includes salads, meat, fish, calzone and great flatbread. This restaurant is located in the Wynwood Art District, the most well-known outdoor museum in the world. After dining, take a walking-art tour and burn off the calories with your date.
Where: 230 NE 4th St
Meet your neighbors at the lobby of X Miami apartments and enjoy a round of cocktails. Jaguar Sun is one of downtown's most popular happy hour locations. The menu includes pasta, smaller plates like Beausoleil oysters, and great desserts. You don't have to go far to have a great night out with your girlfriend.
Where: 1527 SW 8th St
This restaurant is an authentic Omakase style Japanese experience. If you want a real experience, leave it to the chef. Omakase means "I leave it to you" and the chef will choose classic fish, seasonal vegetables and the best ingredients. The menu also offers traditional poke bowls, fresh sushi, and sashimi. This sushi bar is opened until midnight and gives you plenty of time to get dinner after the movies.
Where: 1331 Brickell Bay Dr
Taste great Latin American cuisine at this casual eatery by Chef Carlos Garcia. The restaurant is located in Brickell Bay and has a great contemporary atmosphere. The ceiling at Obra Miami is inspired by the Perez Art Museum and creates a kinetic visual effect. Come for brunch and try the cachapa and arepas. It's probably one of the best hangover brunches you'll ever have.
Where: 90 NE 39th St
This is currently the most popular restaurant in town. Swan is a European contemporary restaurant by Pharrell Williams and David Grutman. The French menu was created by Chef Jean Imbert. The decor is completely pink inside and is all about celebrating women power. If you're looking for great food and ambiance with a chic vibe, the Design District has it available.
Where: 1500 San Ignacio Avenue
This restaurant has great Italian cuisine in the 'city beautiful'. The fine dining restaurant is located in Coral Gables and exudes elegance. If you're looking for a romantic atmosphere, this is the place to impress your date. Oysters, caviar, and a raw bar are few of the selections you can order for your date.
Where: 7301 Biscayne Boulevard
If you like hanging out at hotels, the Vagabond Hotel has a great ambiance for those looking to chill and have a good time. Enjoy the sushi bar and a selection of cocktails by the pool. Even Pitbull recently filmed a music video here. It's a laidback place to have great food and conversation.
Where: 3413 Main Highway
Feel at home with top-notch cuisine at this local spot in Coconut Grove. Home by Gigi serves great fish and sandwiches with a selection of small plates to share. The place looks like out of a children's book with its unique decor. Also, we recommend you try their brunch.
Where: 485 Brickell Ave
Get addicted to the views at this restaurant inside the W Miami. The menu consists of innovative American and international cuisine. Your girlfriend will love the 360-degree views of downtown and Biscayne Bay from this chic restaurant. You'll have a delicious dining experience when you order the filet mignon and vanilla pannacotta.
Where: 228 SE 1st Street
Maybe your date is not into the whole dining experience but she loves sweets. Shake That is a pop-up concept that opened up for four months in Miami. Even though they are now closed for the season, they are soon coming up with new concepts for foodie locals. Stay in the look of what the Shake That team is bringing to Miami.
Where: 2524 S Le Jeune Rd
This restaurant is inspired by coastal regions and flavors from Italy, Greece, Spain, and Portugal. If you're looking for a different taste in culinary experience, M House blends ingredients from land and sea into a unique recipe. The modern decor architecture brings a fresh concept to the food scene in Miami.
Where: 8 SE 8th Street
This is a stylish restaurant that serves great sushi and sashimi. It's one of the chicest restaurants located in South Beach. Roll with their specialty sushi rolls and try one of the best seafood in the city.
Where: 1080 Alton Rd
This Asian Fusion restaurant serves an array of Chinese and Japanese fare in a chill setting. It's modern yet traditional atmosphere brings a fresh concept from Asia. Order casual cocktails and sushi rolls in a hip environment. If your girlfriend is into newness, she'll give you extra points for bringing her here.
Where: 1080 Alton Rd
The Asia culture in Miami is growing and this restaurant is no exception. Order dim sum and rare wines at this brick-walled restaurant. If you love dumplings come here and share the five-different options they have on the menu. If you're very hungry try the gluten-free house specialties like the sesame crusted ossabaw pork chop.