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The Best Restaurants In Miami, Florida

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Miami, as we wrote about in this previous article, has a reputation for being the playground of the rich and famous. With this title comes above-average expectations to satiate international tastes and appetites – something the city has mastered through the years. From authentic family establishments to flashy dining fun, here are 10 of Miami’s best restaurants.
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The District Miami

The District Miami is located in the up-and-coming Buena Vista neighbourhood. Partner and Executive Chef Horacio Rivadero, donned by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the Best New Chefs in the Gulf Region, created the menu by combining Pan-American flavors with local ingredients. Dinner at The District Miami begins with freshly baked cheese bread, then proceeds to signatures like the tuna tartare and lobster malanga tacos, or cobia and corvina ceviches, which include octopus, calamari and crab. Side dishes offered are a sweet honey truffle yucca mash, a chipotle mayo yellow sweet corn and seasonal okra with pickled peaches. Not only delicious, but with great offers throughout the week include 50% off wine on Wednesdays it really is a must visit.

The District Miami, 190 Northeast 46th Street, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305- 573-4199

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Versailles’ signature Cuban | Courtesy Versailles
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Versailles opened its doors to the growing Cuban community of 1971 and became one of Miami’s premier Latin restaurants, and a must-visit while vacationing in Miami. Located in the heart of Little Havana on Calle Ocho, Versailles is said to be the first stop for politicians attempting to parlay a message to Miami’s Cuban population. Filled with locals and tourists alike, Versailles is an iconic establishment still displaying its Cuban roots. The menu consists of vaca fritta, chicken fricasse, cuban sandwiches and cortadito coffees.

Versailles Cuban Cuisine, 3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305-444-0240

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A signature dish at Barton G | Courtesy Barton G
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Barton G The Restaurant

Barton G Weiss, the creative event planner and restaurateur, brings decades of experience to Barton G, his restaurant on South Beach. Here food is not just sustenance, but a larger-than-life experience. With the concept of fine-dining-meets-fun-dining, food becomes a source of entertainment, an approach has given Barton G media attention worldwide. The restaurant’s interior displays an onyx bar, zebra and cherry wood and neutral shades of brown, bronze and copper, all of which become romantically enhanced with mood lighting. Al fresco dining is also offered in Barton Gs lush patio garden. From the menu, try the Lured by Swordfish plate, which is grilled Florida swordfish, paired with lobster tater tots, braised fennel, endive and sugar snap pea fricassee, with a saffron citrus glaze.

Barton G The Restaurant, 1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305-672-8881

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Casa Tua

Casa Tua is a discreet, upscale restaurant on Miami Beach. The restaurant resides within a Mediterranean-style villa, offering indoor and patio garden seating. Almost like within a secret garden, guests indulge in a relaxing, verdant atmosphere by the glow of lantern-lit trees, with Casa Tua aiming to have each guest feel as if they were visiting the home of a friend. The menu is derived from delicious Northern Italian cuisine and paired with fine wines, while the walls are dressed by fine art. With a 20-seat chef table in full view of the kitchen, Casa Tua offers an unforgettable experience unlike any other in Miami.

Casa Tua, 1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305-673-1010

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Cecconi’s Soho House Miami interior | Courtesy Cecconi’s Soho House Miami
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Cecconi’s Miami Beach

Located in Miami’s SoHo Beach House, Cecconi’s is a classic Italian restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as cicchetti (Italian tapas). Meals are served in a shabby-chic garden patio dining room decorated with ambient lights and lush greenery, creating an atmosphere of laid-back intimacy. The bar is open daily from 11 a.m. until close, and for late night diners, the midnight menu is an option served Thursday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring a selection of cicchetti and dolci. Reservations are needed for dinner, as Cecconi’s is a sought-after dinner locale.

Cecconi’s Miami Beach (at the SoHo House), 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 786 507-7902

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A signature dish at The Cypress Room | Courtesy The Cypress Room
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The Cypress Room

Located in Miami’s design district, The Cypress Room was at one point on Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants list. The James Beard Award-winning chef, Michael Schwartz, serves contemporary meals in an eclectic-meets-vintage themed dining room. Teal-coloured leather booths and wood-panelled walls with mounted deer trophies give a shabby chic feel. The menu lists wood burning grill and rotisserie items such as lamb tartare with quail egg, and the duck leg, which can be ordered alongside a barrel-aged cocktail.

The Cypress Room, 3620 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305-520-5197

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The Forge Restaurant

The Forge Restaurant by Shareef Malnick went through a complete floor-to-ceiling overhaul, which was a year-long project lead by acclaimed designer Francois Frossard. The vision of Frossard was to create an atmosphere of being in a private home of the elite and extravagant. The North Miami Beach establishment plays to the Rococo ornamental era, and The Forge showcases crystal chandeliers and gothic-arched entryways that lead to a main dining room and intimate bar. A farm-to-table seasonal menu offers culinary delights such as their mushroom risotto and an oak-grilled super steak and grilled shrimp waffle.

The Forge Restaurant, 432 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL, USA, ‎ +1 305-538-8533

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Joe’s Stone Crab

Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami landmark establishment best known for serving seasonal stone crab to patrons between October and May. From humble beginnings, owner Joe and his wife Jennie ran the restaurant, a tradition that has been maintained through the generations. This upscale restaurant is still family owned-and-operated, hiring only the friendliest staff who rarely leave once hired, so guests can expect to see the same faces upon their return. The once haunt of infamous gangster Al Capone, this classic Miami eatery remains a hotspot for the city’s rich and famous, from politicians to actors and athletes.

Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305-673-0365

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San Pocho

San Pocho serves delicious Colombian food in an unassuming Little Havana strip mall. The restaurant consists of two dining rooms, and serves well-portioned plates with inexpensive prices. The signature dish is sancocho, a soup with potatoes, yucca, green plantain and corn on the cob slices in a rich broth with a large hunk of beef rib. Another popular national dish is bandeja paisa (flag platter), which consists of a thin-grilled steak, arepa (corn cake) and chicharron (deep fried pork skin). A must-try side item is the coconut rice cooked in caramelised coconut milk with raisins and papas chorreadas (potatoes smothered in cheese, tomato and onion sauce).

San Pocho, 901 Southwest Eighth Street, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305-846-9700

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Yardbird Southern Table’s signature Mac and Cheese | Courtesy Yardbird Southern Table
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Yardbird Southern Table

Yardbird Southern Table serves classic Southern cooking in a corner restaurant on South Beach. Featured on the Cooking Channel and in Bon Appetit magazine, Yardbird lives up to its hype, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows exposing a rustic countryside decor like mason jars, refined wood and exposed filament lighting. Yardbird has a genuine environment and serves farm fresh ingredients that propel Southern ideals – devotion to country roots, family and hard work. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, must-try dishes include the fried cornmeal crusted North Carolina catfish, Mama’s chicken biscuits and shrimp n’ grits. For a cocktail, try something fruit-flavoured infused with whiskey, as all the drinks here are hand crafted.

Yardbird Southern Table, 1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA, ‎ +1 305-538-5220