Miami restaurants for Formula One Weekend

Hurry up and book these restaurants before it's too late


Here are The Miami restaurants for Formula One Weekend you can still get into. 

One of Miami’s busiest weekends is days away. The Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix is happening Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7 at the Hardrock Stadium. There will be some downtime where you’ll go out, explore the city, and grab dinner.

If you’re reading this, you’re late to the reservation game. Luckily, we’ve been keeping tabs on the good spots where you can still dine. Locals will love these and so will your friends from out of town.

You’re dressing up for most of these. And the good thing is that all the restaurants on this list have ambiente for a super Miami night out where the food is actually good. Some are pricier than others, but it’s a special weekend, so go all out. Hurry up and book these restaurants before it’s too late.


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2217 NW Miami Ct
Cuisine: Modern American, Florida-inspired brasserie
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It’s official, Wynwood has its first hotel. The Arlo Wynwood Hotel has teamed up with acclaimed Chef Brad Kilgore and Bar Lab to create MaryGold’s Florida Brasserie, a restaurant collaboration between the two.

The modern American menu includes savory Beignets with Jerk Oxtail, coconut-gouda, and green onion; Ribiolina Tortellini with Escargot, pistachio bourguignon, and parsley; Grouper al Pastor with orange peel, annatto seed, cashews, finger lime, caramelized shallot; and Chicken & the Egg – with hay smoked young chicken, soft scrambled egg, whole roasted celeriac, jus.

This is the food of fine dining, except it’s in a sleek hotel lobby setting. 

Some of our favorite dishes include the Stone Oven-Baked Oysters with nduja sabayon; the Fennel Pollen Caesar salad with a buttermilk and peppercorn vinaigrette, and trout roe; and their version of the trending French Onion Burger with Compte Brulee cheese, grilled onion marmalade, and a roasted garlic dijon (served only at the bar). 

Whatever you do, don’t skip MaryGold’s Layered Brioche with sourdough butter. Yes, we are obsessed with their bread and butter. Chef Brad’s butter takes 8 weeks minimum to prepare. The MaryGold team soaks sourdough croutons in a dark brown lager to break them down and then makes that mix into a miso. It’s beautifully presented and the best way to start your meal.


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 820 Alton Road
Cuisine: Italian, pasta
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If you’re looking for a neighborhood spot in Miami Beach with West Village vibes, that will make you forget you’re in Miami Beach, stop by Macchialina. It’s dark and romantic with a quaint bar inside. And it also has the cutest outdoor “Giardino” setup for bigger groups. 

Chef Mike Pirolo is a pasta expert, and Jacqueline Pirolo runs an award-winning wine program. The menu changes frequently, but some of their standouts include the Cavatelli Macchialina and the Spaghetti Pomodoro. Don’t skip on the most refreshing Tiramisu. It’s made with dulce de leche and an espresso granita that gives it a distinctive and delicious texture. Make sure you dive deep in with your spoon.


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Neighborhood: Midtown
Address3255 NE 1st Ave
Cuisine: Peruvian
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Chef Valerie Chang of Itamae and B-Side recently opened Maty’s in Midtown. And we love it for dinner and/or brunch. 

The menu celebrates traditional Peruvian cuisine while honoring both of Val’s grandmothers, who taught her how to cook. Dishes change often but some of our favorites include the Cebiche Mixto with black grouper, octopus, crispy calamari & the most delicious rocoto lèche de tigre; Camarones or prawns by the piece with chimichurri and achiote; Jalea, fried snapper with a tangy tartar sauce; and a side of the best Canary Beans that made us feel right at home. For dessert, get the simple Fresas, strawberries with lucuma dulce de leche, and lime.

If you’re stopping by for brunch, order the Pan con Pollo, a chicken sandwich with criolla sauce, aji rocoto aioli, on a round baguette; Camarones con Pepian, their take on shrimp and grits with aji panca and corn; the mouth-watering Lomo Saltado with wagyu sirloin, fried egg, crispy potato, and ají amarillo crema; and for a sweet and savory finish the Picarones y Pollo, their version of fried chicken and waffles. Instead of a waffle, this dish is served with a sweet potato + squash donut topped off with chancaca syrup.


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Neighborhood: Design District
Address140 NE 39th St #136
CuisineNikkei, sushi
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Although Itamae has a small indoor section, the outdoor area is where you want to sit during Formula One Weekend for all the people watching . Located in Design District’s Palm Court with tables nicely spread out, you will have one of the best meals. 

This Nikkei-inspired restaurant by Chef/Owner Fernando “Papa” Chang and his talented daughter and son, Chefs Valerie and Nando Chang proved to be a game-changer in Miami’s dining scene. Using Peruvian ingredients with Japanese technique, the team behind Itamae offers a rotating menu with the most refreshing flavor combinations.

Some of our top dishes include the White Asparagus with parmesan, pickled pear, and green coriander; Octopus Bañadito with botija olive, criolla sauce; Conchitas a la Parmesana Bañadito with Hokkaido scallop, parmesan, lime and you really can’t go wrong with any of the Nigiri


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Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 111 NE 41st Street
Cuisine: Italian
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Let’s face it, if you’re here with us today, it’s probably because you didn’t get into Carbone for race week. Looking for a Major Food Group that you can get into during Formula One Weekend? Make a reservation at Contessa, MFG’s second Italian concept in Miami, this time in the Design District. You’re coming here when you’re in the mood to dress up, someone else is paying the bill and for a “scene-y” ambiance. 

The menu includes pizzas, a first for Major Food Group, and an extensive in-house gelato program. Northern Italian pasta dishes such as the Spicy Lobster Capellini and Ricotta Gnudi di Pecora can be found on the menu. And if you’re looking for pizza, we’d try the Vongole with Calabrian Cream, and littleneck clams oreganata or the classic Margherita pizza. Don’t skip the Tonnato Crudo with artichoke hearts and anchovy for an appetizer.


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address11 Washington Ave
Cuisine: American, seafood
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Joe’s Stone Crab is one of the oldest restaurants in Miami Beach. It’s been around since 1913. That’s 100 years of their celebrated stone crabs and the most glorious fried chicken. 

We always pick up from Joe’s Take Away. The food is the same quality as their high-end restaurant. But for this guide, we recommend you take a seat in their brightly lit dining room. 

Joe’s is a Miami institution, so you will run into lots of out-of-towners. But Miami locals love it and often stop by for dinner or lunch with a group. 

You’ll have a better chance of getting into Joe’s for F1 Weekend because stone crab season ends just days before on May 1st. 

Don’t miss Joe’s fried 1/2 Chicken, the Stone Crab Bisque, and the ice-cold slice of Key Lime Pie.  And since it’s off-season, order the King Crab Legs served chilled or grilled with a roasted garlic oil.


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 1436 Drexel Ave
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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The Drexel is a refreshing addition to the recently revamped Española Way, at the Esme Hotel. The airy, elegant restaurant has a large indoor area with doors that open up to Espanola Way. The team from Mandolin opened the Drexel, so expect impeccable decor.

They serve homemade pasta and pizza and emphasize locally sourced seafood and an extensive selection of vegetable dishes. They also have an impressive selection of boutique wines and specialty cocktails. We enjoyed the Italian Fennel SausageHeirloom Tomato Salad with avocado, hearts of palm, and Nicoise olives, and we also recommend the Spaghetti cacio e pepe with limone.


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Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 426 Euclid Ave
Cuisine: Argentinean
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Orilla is located inside the Urbanica Hotel on Euclid Street in Miami Beach. It’s a modern Argentinan Steakhouse led by renowned Chef Fernando Trocca. You’re coming here for a little mystery where you can feel yourself and enjoy a nice piece of steak. 

This is a sexy, contemporary restaurant so we’d dress the part. Grab a table at their covered outdoor patio and go for the meats from the charcoal grill. The menu also includes Argentina Empanadas; Mollejas or sweetbreads with a criolla sauce; Burrata with roasted leeks and salsa verde; chicken Milanesa; and Wagyu Cheeseburger with crispy pork belly.


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Cuisine: Peruvian, Nikkei, sushi
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Osaka Miami is the first North American location of the internationally acclaimed Nikkei restaurant known for its Japanese techniques and Peruvian flavors. The menu is perfect for sharing, featuring ceviches, tiraditos, makimonos, nigiris, and Peruvian izakaya.

The sleek and upscale restaurant is a great spot for a group dinner during Formula One Weekend. 

If you’re looking for drinks and shared appetizers, stop by KERO, Osaka’s cocktail lounge inside the restaurant. On Thursday, they have a DJ playing music from 10 PM to 1 AM.

Whether you’re sitting in the dinning room or their cocktail lounge, sip on inventive cocktails with Fresno pepper, shizo salt, chicha morada ice cubes, and yuzu honey. As far as food goes, order to the center of the table some of our favorites that include the Osk Ceviche with tuna, crispy quinoa, kyuri, yuzu ponzu sauce; Carpassion, salmon carpaccio with passion fruit honey, watercress and crispy strips; and the Chirashi Causa made with yellow potato, topped with tuna tataki, crab salad, ikura, dresses with acevichada sauce. From the nigiri section, we’d get the Inca with cured tuna, aji amarillo, chalaquita, and black quinoa; the Katsu with salmon belly, lemon zest, and white truffle oil; and the Hotate Truffle with Hokkaido scallop, truffle butter, and lime.


Miami restaurants for Formula One Weekend
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