Miami’s Wynwood District is undergoing a cultural regeneration, including the appearance of multiple restaurants offering experimental cuisine and a selection of fine art galleries. Check out these top 10 restaurants in the Wynwood District, Florida.
Run by two Argentinian sommeliers, Bunbury is an Argentinian tapas bodega serving wall-to-wall bottles of wine for a small cork fee. The organic, artistic décor gives this non-pretentious restaurant a minimalist sophistication, where good conversation can be enjoyed at length. The walls showcase endearing comic strips and a large window to gaze out at the Miami nightlife. Come evening, local DJs are on-site for a weekend soiree or, during the week, a live band lures guests to the dance floor. Bunbury is a place for those who seek good food and good music in an unpretentious yet professional environment. Argentina is rumoured to make the best empanadas in South America, so pair an empanada with a decadent glass of their carefully chosen wine.
Located in the heart of the Wynwood District, Cafeina offers a gallery ambiance coupled with an array of tapas-style dishes. A space where art-meets-cuisine-meets-nightlife, Cafeina entertains guests with live music, whilst sating their appetites with entrées of Wagyu sliders or something from the new American-Latin inspired menu. This hipster’s paradise is dark and brooding, with eclectic chandeliers giving off mellow lighting and a sophisticated vibe. Meanwhile, the experienced mixologists provide a kick with their drinks, concocting tall glasses of Jamaican coffee, or soothing chamomile and bitters to ease your way into the evening.
Prepped for the influx of party goers from Bardot – one of Miami’s top live music venues next door to Gigi’s – this urban Asian fusion restaurant offers late-night and midday diners a tempting array of Asian-meets-Southern cuisine. Located in a renovated warehouse space with floor to ceiling windows, Gigi’s delivers innovative food in a backdrop laden with street art. Order the succulent, slow-cooked pulled pork brisket in a soft bao bun, or try the honey and bacon infused corn bread with a steaming bowl of the udon soup, which is unrivaled anywhere else in the city.
Matt and David are the creators of KUSH, the ‘burger and beer joint’ with a twist in the heart of the Wynwood District. Matt, aka Kush, was already the owner of the ever- popular LoKal in Coral Gables, but had a clear vision for this new project. Offering what is rumoured to be the best beer in town alongside succulent chicken and fluffy waffles, KUSH laces familiar comfort food with gourmet quality. Creating a weekly beer tasting event and establishing Miami’s own Miami Brew Bus, Kush offers farm-to-table goodness served up with old-fashioned fun. Try the Johnny Utah burger with all the trimmings, named after everyone’s favourite character in Point Break.
Located in a two-storey refurbished house on 29th Street, Morgan’s sits within Miami’s Midtown neighbourhood and is a popular go-to brunch spot. Family owned-and-operated, the restaurant serves all-natural dishes from farm to table. Inside the restaurant, a breezy linen-and-leather vibe permeates, accented with mid-century features. Meanwhile, the exterior is composed of a large Southern-style porch and outside terrace for dining. On Saturdays and Sundays, the tables are lined with mimosas and bloody Marys to help coax you into the morning after a night on the tiles. Make sure to sample the eggs Benedict, homemade sticky buns and the chicken and waffle sandwich, accompanied with a glass of freshly squeezed Florida orange juice.
SuViche is proudly described as Miami’s first pisco bar, serving 12 different infused pisco varieties. It is chef Jaime Pesaque’s third restaurant, offering a truly innovative Peruvian-inspired ceviche and Japanese dining experience. The cosy restaurant is nestled in one of Miami’s newly constructed plazas, with sleek design features and terrazzo counter tops. Light, brushed wood dining tables and hammock chairs occupy a large outdoor patio – the perfect spot to soak up the sun. Enjoy the lomo saltado spring rolls, which consist of a crispy wonton skin and homemade huancaina sauce or try the mixed seafood aji amarillo ceviche and the ‘Perfection’ sushi roll, constructed from crispy shrimp, cream cheese and real crab salad, topped with avocado and tempura flakes.
A fusion of art and cuisine meet at R House Wynwood. Offering guests a contemporary restaurant and art gallery in the same space, this Wynwood restaurant serves delicious food served against the backdrop of sliding walls bedecked in rotating artwork. Executive chef and restaurateur Rocco Carulli serves everything from all-American classics to fresh Mediterranean flavours, from arresting Asian spice to succulent Latin dishes, all prepared and served in the heart Miami’s art community. R House Wynwood also offers patrons the opportunity to purchase art while they dine, curating and sating in the same venue.
Joey’s, is an Italian staple in the Wynwood neighbourhood, the vision of the late Tony Goldman. Located adjacent to Wynwood Walls, this restaurant showcases elegant design alongside a mellow, convivial ambience. The dining room at Joey’s offers respite to a diverse crowd, catering for performing arts troupes as well as couples and friends wishing to enjoy a delicious meal or a drink on the outdoor terrace. Begin with the beef Carpaccio, a mix of arugula, shaved grana padano cheeses and a truffle mayo appetizer followed by the gorgonzola tartufata pizza, which consists of gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and truffle oil topped with arugula. The classic spaghetti pomodoro is great for an entrée selection, and especially when followed up with a rich Argentinian malbec.
Michael Shikany is the award-winning chef at the helm of Wynwood’s newest hot- spot – the 4,000 square foot warehouse-turned-restaurant constructed for epicureans. Shikany is a Miami born chef who has experienced every stage of the business and brings both intuition and experience to his role. The restaurant offers a modern, minimalist atmosphere with a twist of classic sophistication. The neutrally toned room is accented with copper, light wood tables and transparent chandeliers suspended from the ceiling. Shikany’s menu is whimsical yet complex: the sous-vide baby octopus or the panko fried oysters are locally renowned, to be followed by the butter poached Maine lobster mac n’cheese. For dessert, the tongue-in-cheek ‘beet is on fire’ consists of red beet sponge, roasted white chocolate, crème fraiche, yellow beet pop rocks, cassis sauce, and a delicious scoop of cajeta ice cream.
The Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is one of the most visually arresting restaurants in the nation. The central bar area is covered with a vibrant collage created by street-artist Shepard Fairey, which is coupled well with the 20ft abstract paintings adorning the dining room walls, created by the aptly named German artist Christian Awe. In addition to this, David Benjamin Sherry’s multi-coloured sculptural man cuts an imposing 11ft figure at the entrance to the restaurant, silently declaring the harmony of food and art promised within. The restaurant sits adjacent to a gallery space and transforms into a popular live music venue on Saturday night. Order the steamed Brussels sprouts with bacon to go alongside chicken skewers with chipotle aioli and scallion, or opt for sautéed clams with sausage, caramelised onions, aji panca broth and sweet potato fries.