The 10 Best Restaurants In Miami's Design District

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9 February 2017

Miami’s Design District is a hot bed of art, music, culture and cuisine. Neighboring the Wynwood District and MiMo District, the Design District offers a fusion of art and retail businesses intermingled with galleries and boutique fashion stores. Whether dropping in for the annual Art Basel fair, or for a beach vacation getaway, here’s ten restaurants in the Design District that shouldn’t be missed.

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Buena Vista Deli

Deli, Bakery, Pastry Shop, French, $$$
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In Miami’s coolest, authentic neighborhood, Buena Vista Deli offers artisan crafted breads baked daily in the French style, as well as homemade paté and a variety of homemade pastries. Customers can also enjoy a sandwich or panino, handcrafted with fresh ingredients. Everything you order is amazing, especially the Rasta Garden, which consists of tomatoes, squash, Portobello mushrooms, spinach and homemade pesto.

Crumb on Parchment

Sandwich Shop, Fast Food, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Crumb on Parchment is James Beard Award winning chef, Michelle Bernstein’s culinary creation. The café is nestled inside the atrium of the Melin Building, showcasing country shabby chic décor and serving up delicious breakfast cuisine, lunch and pastries. It’s rumored that the Chef’s mom actually bakes some of the cafe’s most popular menu items. From the menu try the Quinoa Salad with chopped kale, dried cranberries, toasted sunflower seeds, manchego and lemon vinaigrette; or the classic veal parm sandwich, which consists of veal milanese, house-made red sauce and parmigiano reggiano on a toasted baguette.

The Cypress Room

Restaurant, American, Coffee, Cocktails, Fast Food
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Cypress Tavern, Miami
Cypress Tavern, Miami | © The Cypress Room
At The Cypress Room, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz serves his version of contemporary cuisine within a quirky yet vintage inspired dining room. Rich wood paneled walls and elegant chandeliers are contrasted with teal colored leather booths, wall mounted deer trophies and the restaurant’s selection of thrift store and Etsy bought decorative china plates. The menu is centered around its wood burning grill and rotisserie, featuring items like the lamb tartar with quail egg and the duck leg, which can be enjoyed together with one of their barrel-aged cocktails.

The District Miami

Restaurant, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
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The District Miami, Northeast 46th Street
The District Miami, Northeast 46th Street | © The District Miami
The District Miami is located in the up-and-coming ‘restaurant row’ within the Design District. 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, before proceeding to signatures like the tuna tartar 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, it really is a must visit.

Harry’s Pizzeria

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian, American, $$$
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Harry’s Pizzeria is the Genuine Hospitality Group’s second restaurant in the Design District. Harry’s has a local neighborhood feel and serves up artisan pizza cooked in wood burning ovens. With floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic décor and a focal piece painting by local artists Friends With You, Harry’s is a comfortable locale with a variety of menu items, including Gluten- free pizzas. Harry’s also offers daily specials and features a rotating tap brew of all four of Michaels Home Brew varieties. Try the Caponata Pizza, which consists of eggplant, mozzarella, pecorino and basil.

Lemoní Café

Cafe, Restaurant, European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Lemoni Cafe
Lemoni Cafe | © Sali Sasaki/Flickr
Staples like Panini sandwiches, salads and wraps make this neighborhood café a hit with the locals. With menu including soups and pitas alongside homemade desserts and a glass of Argentinean wine, Lemoní Café promises that if you eat well, you feel well. Recently expanding to offer a brunch menu on Sundays, Lemoní Café will satisfy any hungry stomach. Try the roast beef melt, proscuitto wrap and Lemoní supremo, accompanied by a fresh smoothie, beer or wine.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Cafe, Restaurant, Bistro, Greek, Turkish, $$$
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Hailing from Greece and Turkey, with a nod to home cooking and heritage, the Mandolin Aegean Bistro is owned by Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis. The couple could autonomously relate to music of the Mandolin, which was played by a family member in each of their Greek and Turkish families and now hangs in the bistro as a symbol of union. The couple pays detailed attention to the ingredients in their food, served from an on-property garden that grows tomatoes, peppers, greens and herbs. Menu must haves include the Greek sampler and Kefte, which consists of grilled beef and lamb meatballs.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

With a message of ‘fresh, simple and pure,’ Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink was one of the first popular and successful dining establishments in Miami’s Design District. With a body of staff that is serious about food from the intake to the outtake, Michael’s works with local fishermen, ranchers and artisans to procure a rotating menu that is as delectable as it is sustainable. Some menu favorites include duck hash parsley aioli, poached duck egg; shrimp & grits roasted tomatoes, chorizo, kale; bananas foster French toast and the kimchi bloody Mary. Michael’s offers a well-rounded lunch, dinner and brunch menu.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, 130 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, Florida, USA, +1 305-573-5550

Oak Tavern
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Oak Tavern

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food
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Chef David Bracha brings over two decades of experience to Oak Tavern, a comfortable dining venue and bar that seats up to 140 patrons. Offering modern American cuisine, a raw bar and seafood specialties on reclaimed wood banquettes and a large communal wood-hewn table, make this restaurant a comfortable atmosphere where new friendships are forged over meals. Embracing the concept of offering an ‘attitude adjustment’, Oak Tavern offers a daily happy hour with drink and snack specials from 4:30 – 7:00pm. Must have menu items include the charcuterie plate, braised mussels, scallop crudo and the duck confit pizza.

Seven Lounge

Bar, Restaurant, American, Wine, Beer
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Seven Lounge is a discreet bar-cum-restaurant tucked away, behind a sea of concrete walls in Miami’s Design District. The lounge is an oasis of landscaping, white leather couches, music and cuisines at the mercy of Chef de Cuisine, Nicolas Caiset. Visual arts merge with Miami’s nightlife, creating a Garden of Eden-esque atmosphere. On Friday nights, guests can find dinner followed by a special event and on Sundays, Seven Lounge offers a delicious brunch menu. Say yes to the gorganzola truffle fries, tuna tataki, angus sliders and the dates with bacon. For a specialty cocktail, try the original sour sin that is akin to the pisco sour.