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Miami for Foodies

Miami has been known for decades as the home for the best Cuban food in the U.S. In recent years, however, the food scene has evolved, and the city has gained much-needed respect as a destination for foodies. You can find some of the best cuisine, including Jamaican, Peruvian, Haitian, seafood and global-fusion restaurants. Miami's dining scene now has the chops to rival other major food cities.

With James Beard award-winning chefs including Michael Schwartz from the über-trendy Michael's Genuine of Miami's Design District leading the way of restaurant expansions—he recently opened his second outpost of Harry's Pizzeria in Coconut Grove, to Stephen Starr's fourth South Florida restaurant, Le Zoo at Bal Harbour Shops, and Jamie DeRosa's latest South Beach hot spot, Izzy’s Fish & Oysters on South Beach, Miami’s food scene is on fire.

In late 2015, Miami welcomed its first culinary incubator, The Wynwood Yard, in the city's Wynwood Art District. Spearheaded by culinary entrepreneurs, The Wynwood Yard plays host to a roundup of food trucks, a creative hub and culinary program under the mentorship of top chefs, experimenting with ingredients and flavors in an outdoor test kitchen. A perfect place for foodies!

From Miami Beach and Downtown Miami to Wynwood Miami and the Design District, let your taste buds do the traveling and add these foodie-approved restaurants to your next itinerary. 

Joe's Stone Crab

For nearly a century, no visit to South Beach during season has been complete without dining at Joe's Stone Crab. Feast on such savory legends as Joe's stone crab claws served in their signature mustard sauce, creamed spinach, clam chowder and Key Lime pie. Order their delicious specialties online, too.

Versailles Cuban Restaurant

A meeting place for everything from power brokers to political discussions, this Cuban restaurant is a glorified Cuban cafe, with chandeliers and mirrors evoking its French namesake. Has an outside walk-up window, where you can order Cuban coffee. B, L, D (daily).

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

One of south Florida's beloved chefs, Michael Schwartz, showcases his trademark New American cuisine at the eponymous restaurant featuring locally-sourced products. Michael’s is known for its small plates at affordable prices as well as inventive hand-crafted cocktails. L (M-Sa), D (daily), Br (Su)

Hakkasan

Alan Yau, the owner of Britain’s only Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan, debuted his first restaurant in the U.S. at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in 2009. The Michelin star restaurant offers diners a diverse menu of New World wines and sake to complement Yau’s inventive Chinese fare.

Byblos Miami

Recently opened at The Royal Palm Hotel, Byblos provides the best in Eastern Mediterranean fare. Executive Chef Cameron traveled throughout the region to create an authentic menu of family-style dining, infusing local favorites with overseas flair, such as the use of Argan and olive oils. D (daily)

La Mar

Luxurious fine dining can be found at La Mar by Gaston Acurio, located within the Mandarin Oriental Miami.

Prime 112

Sobe hotspot at the Brown’s Hotel is a New American steakhouse that serves more than just steak; it draws a hip, lively clientele. Reservations are strongly suggested for seating in the main dining room. L, D (daily)

Le Zoo

Stephen Starr, one of the country’s most prolific restaurateurs whose acclaimed eateries range from iconic dining rooms in Buddakan and Morimoto in New York City to intimate venues including Serpico and Il Pittore in Philadelphia, has opened his fourth restaurant in South Florida.

Tap Tap

Once a filmmaker in Haiti, Katherine Kean's trip inspired her to open Tap Tap, a Haitain eatery with bright, colorful murals in Miami Beach. It features Caribbean with a flair including soup joumou (pumpkin soup), tender Kurobuta pork griot, creole shrimp and malanga fritters. 

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Since opening in 2010, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar's influence on the culinary and arts scene has been second to none. Part of the Goldman Properties empire, it offers a Latin-themed menu of small plates perfect for sharing.