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The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Miami

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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The bustling American metropolis of Miami is a palm-fringed, glamorous region boasting some of the tastiest food in Florida. A melting pot of cultures, Downtown Miami’s exciting selection of different cuisines reflects the diversity of its residents, and means visitors can choose from first-rate French, Italian and Japanese dishes, among many others. Renowned for their authentic flavors and vibrant atmospheres, here’s our list of the top 10 unmissable restaurants in Downtown Miami.
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Zuma

Zuma, a cosmopolitan hub serving modern Japanese cuisine, prides itself on its internationally acclaimed and delicious menu. One of the only restaurants in downtown Miami to overlook the Miami River, as well as have boat accessibility and a bayside entrance, this spot is ideal for casual dining with stunning views of the water. Zuma’s outdoor dining area, known as the terrace, is an ideal setting in which to enjoy the izakaya dining style. Here, customers sit on tatami mats and eat from low tables.

Zuma, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way Miami, FL +1 305-577-0277

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NIU Kitchen

NIU Kitchen is perfect for a homely, delicious Spanish meal. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, this exquisite Catalan restaurant serves first-rate tapas. Dishes combine local American ingredients with exotic Spanish flavors. Executive chef and manager Deme Lomas is always around to dispense his culinary wisdom, and gives excellent advice on which wine to pair with your dish.

NIU Kitchen,134 NE 2nd Ave Miami, FL +1 786-542-5070

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Bryan in the Kitchen

Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, American, $$$
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Bryan in the Kitchen is an organic cafe. With a main focus on wellness and nutrition, Bryan, owner and head chef, strives to prepare tasty, health-conscious meals with a unique flavor. Serving salads, paninis, sushi and more, the menu offers just about everything a hungry customer could imagine. A top pick here is the brie and fig panini on warm multigrain bread. Bryan and his staff abide by a policy of using 100% recyclable products, as well as using a minimum amount of processed ingredients.
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Downtown Bistro

Bistro, Restaurant, French, Fusion, $$$
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Deep Fried Brie
Deep Fried Brie | © Isabelle Boucher/Flickr
Downtown Bistro is a restaurant offering customers a true taste of sophisticated European dining. Designed in a similar style to a classic French restaurant, the venue features charming brick walls, worn wooden tables, table-side chalkboards adorned with daily specials, and dainty decorations dotted around the venue. Although on the more expensive side of dining in downtown, the unbeatable selection of beer and wine, impeccable service and elegant atmosphere ensure every penny spent is worth it.
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The Cheese Course

Restaurant, Bistro, American, French, Italian, Spanish, European, $$$
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Cheese samples
Cheese samples | ©Ulterior Epicure/Flickr
The Cheese Course is a gourmet, European-style restaurant and cheese market: buy delicious cheeses from dairy farms around the USA, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, all from the bustling streets of Downtown Miami. The Cheese Course serves artisan sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as drinks for those wishing to relax with a wine. Cheese tastings are always complimentary, and by downloading the restaurant’s app, customers receive a discount.
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Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

Bar, Restaurant, BBQ, $$$
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Sparky's Roadside Barbecue, Miami
Sparky's Roadside Barbecue, Miami | © Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue | Courtesy of Sparky's Roadside Barbecue
Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue serves all the barbecue essentials, including an array of juicy meat dishes, satisfying sides and refreshing specialty beers. This is the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends, with casual picnic tables, a wraparound bar and walls adorned with old-fashioned decorations. Be sure to stop in and try Sparky’s award-winning chicken wings.
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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DB Bistro Moderne

Bistro, Restaurant, American
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Tomato Tarte Tatin at DB Bistro Moderne Miami
Tomato Tarte Tatin at DB Bistro Moderne Miami | © Larry/Flickr
DB Bistro Moderneis named after the esteemed New York City chef Daniel Bolud, a master of French-American cooking, and the venue certainly lives up to the name. The restaurant is located within the Marriott Marquis Hotel, and is the quintessential “Miami-chic” spot in which to dine. Bolud has a classic dining space, a lounge featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and lavish sofas. An additional, authentic wine cellar is used as a dining room for private parties, accommodating up to 70 guests. As well as large portions and beautiful plate presentation, DB is home to a profound wine list and exceptional cocktails.
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Ristorante Fratelli Milano

Ristorante Fratelli Milano’s menu is comprised of authentic Italian recipes, combining home-style Italian cooking with Florida’s local ingredients. Enjoy a hearty meal, such as the Vitello Milanese, by candlelight. There’s outdoor seating too, and a dessert mus-try are the traditional cream-filled Italian doughnuts.

Ristorante Fratelli Milano, 213 SE 1st St. Miami, FL +1 305-373-2300

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Eat Greek Souvlaki

Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean
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Greek dish | ©Katherine Lynch/Flickr
Eat Greek Souvlaki is an excellent Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and home to the famous souvlaki, a popular Greek dish containing pieces of meat with tasty chargrilled vegetables. The hummus plate with pita bread is a popular appetizer, with another favorite entree being the stuffed vine leaves.
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12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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11:00 am - 3:00 am
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11:00 am - 3:00 am
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11:00 am - 5:00 am
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12:00 pm - 5:00 am

Ten Fruits

Bar, Restaurant, Juice Bar, Coffee Shop, Coffee, American, $$$
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Fresh juice
Fresh juice | ©Rob Bertholf/Flickr 
Ten Fruits serves freshly pressed juices and organic, blended smoothies. Also serving acai bowls, locally roasted coffee, salads and much more, this local spot provides a diverse menu of food and drink for fitness addicts. The modern restaurant is designed with hanging lights and a tile bar, and customers are welcome to sit at long wooden tables and brightly-colored chairs. The Green Giant smoothie here is great, a delicious mix with fresh avocado and vanilla.
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8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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