Foods & Drinks

Best Restaurants In Miami

Miami is an explosion of color and sound. The roar of the ocean waves pairs well with salsa music from street musicians set up around Miami Beach. In addition to the vibrant music and the breathtaking views, Miami is known for its dining scene. There are countless restaurants here that wow visitors and locals alike, and foodies can find excellent food amongst a wide array of cuisines and price ranges. But which are the best restaurants in Miami for your dining?

Best Restaurants In Miami

1. Makoto

Makoto | Surfside/Bal Harbor/Bay Harbor Islands | Japanese, Sushi |  Restaurant | Miami New Times

A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it sounds almost as implausible as a half-off sale at Gucci, but thanks to chef Makoto Okuwa it’s the real deal. In addition to the pristine sushi and nigiri, Makoto’s modern Japanese dishes and bincho charcoal robata have hungry shoppers coming back for more.

2. The Surf Club Restaurant

Oozing with 1950s glamour, The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller boasts nostalgic American cuisine with the world-renowned Keller touch. Start the night with a stiff martini or a well-chosen wine from the restaurant’s impressive selection of vintages. The throwback cuisine goes with the old-school feel of the space, with items like beef Wellington, Caesar salad, roast chicken, and a can’t-miss ice cream sundae.

3. Amara at Paraiso

Take a Look Around Michael Schwartz's New Waterfront Stunner - Eater Miami

Part of the culinary empire of James Beard winner Michael Schwartz, Amara at Paraiso not only boasts some of Miami’s best waterfront views but has solid Latin-infused dishes to boot. Using Schwartz’s farm-to-table ethos that gained him national notoriety a decade ago at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, the menu is filled with items like crispy octopus, short-rib-filled empanadas, and melt-in-your-mouth yucca balls, all of which boast flavors from South America and the Caribbean.

4. Upland

This New York City import has been a hit in Miami since the day it opened. The pizzas and calzones are made with handmade dough, wheeled into thin sheets by empty wine bottles before they enter the wooden oven. Simplicity is key here, but the devil is in the details, as the restaurant uses some of the freshest ingredients around. As for the toppings, pile up and enjoy.