Miami isn't exactly what you'd call a foodie city. In the US alone, the likes of New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have it beat. But this isn't to say that Miami doesn't have its fair share of awesome restaurants either. Don't forget that this is a diverse city, home to a variety of communities that come from around the world. Many of them have brought their own flavors to Miami and opened hotspots to serve them. Carbone, COTE Miami, Hiden, Mignonette, and Zuma are just some of the notable ones, but there are others worth checking out as well!
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Don't let Carbone's grandiose aesthetic fool you. While the place may look and feel opulent, the food isn't all that complicated. This place serves classic Italian cuisine, the kind you'd expect to have in any other Italian joint. This isn't to say that their food is typical. Far from it! From their Sicilian-style beets to their scrumptious lobster ravioli, “typical” and “common” aren't in Carbone's culinary vocabulary. But these dishes are beloved staples in Italian cuisine, the kind you can almost expect your Italian grandmother to make for a Sunday after-mass feast. Carbone just likes to put their own high-end spin on them.
COTE Miami isn't your typical Koren steakhouse. The meat they offer is always of the highest quality. It's only fair considering that this is one of the pricier restaurants in Miami. And considering that the living costs in Miami
weren't that low to begin with, that's saying something! While it's not exactly the most expensive place on this list as well as in the city, you'd still have to spend a pretty penny to dine here. Rest assured, however, that every cent is worth it! From the choice cuts of meat to the authentic Korean side dishes, your taste buds are in for quite a ride here.
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Despite its small space, Los Felix is still one of the best restaurants in Miami. This is the kind of culinary hotspot where they let the food do all the talking. In a city known for its various Latin American communities, it's hard to stand out when you serve Mesoamerican cuisine. Yet over the years, Los Felix has established itself as a formidable giant in Miami's culinary scene. It helps that they've stayed true to their Latin heritage, serving up dishes and delicacies that they know will be a hit among locals and tourists alike. From Al Pastor Tacos to 'Nduja spicy pork sausage, you can taste the true flavors of the Americas here.
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From one end of the world to the other, Hiden is one of Miami's premier Japanese restaurants. Some would even go so far as to claim it as the best sushi place in town. Though they frequently change their menu (often depending on the seasons), raw fish remains their main draw. And what helps is that the place adds an allure of mystery to the whole culinary experience. If you find it difficult to look for Hiden all throughout the different neighborhoods in Miami
, that's because the restaurant itself is fairly hidden. Tucked away behind a taco restaurant, you'll need a code to gain access to its minimalist space. How cool is that?
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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Joël Robuchon's name alone already makes L’Atelier on 41st Street a noteworthy restaurant in Miami. Once hailed the “Chef of the Century” back in 1989, this award-winning French chef has opened various Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris
, Hong Kong, and other major cities around the world. Of course, that also includes Miami. And while this particular branch has yet to earn its own star, you can bet that the culinary quality here is the same as all the others. Served in small portions, one bite out of Robuchon's high-quality king crab, tuna, or mullet is enough to leave you captivated for hours.
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Haven't had enough seafood yet? Perhaps check out Mignonette in Downtown Miami too! This former 1930s gas station-turned-oyster bar already has a fascinating history behind it, but what truly draws people in is its scrumptious seafood. Their menu is even as diverse as the city too. From humble raw oysters to even a side of caviar, you'd get to taste all kinds of seafood here. Don't worry. Some of them are also sprinkled with a little meat to further enhance their savory flavors. All in all, you can't escape that signature saltiness the moment you step inside.
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Red Rooster Overtown
Located in Overtown, one of Miami's first black neighborhoods, you can already tell that this place will touch your soul in more ways than one. Ethiopian-Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson established Red Rooster Overtown as the perfect culinary clash between soul food and Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. The results are nothing short of delicious! From grilled lamb chops served with apple chutney to hot honey salmon paired with black seafood rice, the flavors here will take hold of your taste buds and practically never let it go. You might never even want to eat anywhere else after this!
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Up for some dim sum? Look no further than Zitz Sum. Tucked away in a historic building in Coral Gables, this place is a fair way's away from all the other parts of Miami. But the trip to get here is definitely worth it! The Chinese delicacies they make here are second to none. Whether steamed or fried, you can bet that you won't ever forget the dim sum you eat here for as long as you live. Especially so the other delectable Eastern dishes that they serve too. Think wagyu beef tartare, grilled scallops, and Kinoko hotpot, among many others.
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Check out the most popular and best restaurants in Miami and see just how much of a foodie destination this city really is. With so many flavors on offer, any foodie would love to explore Miami again and again!