New restaurants to hit in Miami

A running list of the hottest new restaurants to check out

Jan
10
2023

Our running list of the best new restaurants to hit in Miami. 

If the new, new is where you want to be, then this guide is for you. We’re keeping a running list of the newest restaurants in Miami we’d check out if we were you.

We’ll let you know the dishes we would try, if we were you. We haven’t necessarily been to all of these restaurants yet. However, they’re on this list because we’re making plans to go. Check out our guide to the hottest new restaurants in Miami. Keep us posted on your thoughts!

JOLIET


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1209 17th Street
Cuisine: Seafood

Joliet, a new neighborhood seafood restaurant located in Miami Beach proves to be an exciting and rare find. The menu created by the talented Chef Juan Garrido is inspired by the sweet, spicy, soulful, and bold Cajun flavors found in New Orleans cuisine.

Leave it to the Lost Boy & Co. restaurant group to design a space that feels like you’ve stepped into a bistro in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. And in Miami Beach?! This is a sanctuary.

If you’re stopping by with a friend or a date, we recommend sitting at the oyster bar so you can catch all the shucking. You’re definitely getting a dozen oysters. We had the East Coast Beau Soleil and Momma Mia. They have four variations of mignonettes, fine herbs, Calabrian chili, passion fruit, and a classic white pepper. Get all of them.

The fish dip is by far one of the best fish dips we’ve ever had. Each bite is set to be enjoyed with chow chow pickles, and a housemade hot sauce on a fried saltine cracker. The New Orleans-style BBQ prawns soaked in a Worcestershire, garlic, and beer sauce is a must-order. We also loved the simple Johnny Cakes served with pimento cheese and country ham. They tasted like childhood.

Sharing is the best way to do Joliet right, especially if you’re getting the Whole Broiled Lobster with melted Parmesan and lemon. This dish was delicious and cooked to perfection. Leave room for the Coconut Rum Cake. We took a second home.

 

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QP TAPAS


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 1831 Ponce de Leon B
Cuisine: Spanish tapas, Izakaya

QP Tapas, a pop-up serving Izakaya-style Spanish tapas is open Thursday – Saturday night at 5 PM inside MKT Kitchen. Chef Josh Elliott is behind the dinner-only menu that features crudosyakitoripaella, and Okonomiyaki, a savory Osaka-style pancake.

We recently stopped by this low-key dinner spot in Coral Gables and loved it. Chef Josh is adding his Asian take on mostly classic Spanish delicacies, but uni risotto and steak tartar do make an appearance on the menu.

And speaking of steak tartar, make sure you order the one at QP Tapas. This original dish is served with shrimp crackers for texture and made with a ramen egg and a chili crunch dijonnaise. Other standouts include the stuffed piquillo peppers with confit tuna belly, wasabi aioli; and the tender charred lamb belly prepared with fish sauce, date teriyaki, and coriander.

We hope they open a permanent spot soon! Either way, we’ll be back for the paella.

 

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BEAUTY & THE BUTCHER


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 6915 Red Rd
Cuisine: New American

The South Miami neighborhood welcomes Beauty & the Butcher, a new restaurant by Chef Jeremy Ford dedicated to his eldest daughter Madelynn (the beauty) and her sisters.

The menu is broken out into four sections: Table Snacks, Light & Bright, Golden & Crispy and Mains. The menu is meant to be inventive, featuring global spices. Highlights include the dry-aged Japanese yellowtail crudocrispy duroc pork belly; and a truffle tart made with foie gras, green apple and black truffles. A special dry-aging program will offer unique charcuterie cuts for the table. Executive Pastry Chef Ana De Sa Martins, who worked alongside Jeremy at Stubborn Seed, is taking care of dessert. We can’t wait to try her Dutch Baby Apple.

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CARACAS BAKERY


Neighborhood: MiMo | Doral
Address: 7283 Biscayne Blvd. | 7884 NW 52nd St,
Cuisine: Bakery

Caracas Bakery has a new location in MiMo. They serve artisan bread and a cafe menu drawing inspiration from Venezuelan and French baked goods.

Caracas Bakery has received national recognition in a piece titled: Discover Miami’s Eclectic Bakery Scene in 2022 by The New York Times. Their new location offers different croissant variations, pastries, breakfast toasts, eggs, cachitos, and more. 

SUSHI BY SCRATCH RESTAURANTS: MIAMI


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3242 Charles Ave
Cuisine: Japanese

If you love Omakase experiences, add this one to the top of your list. This is a special and highly creative restaurant concept. And also, where else can you get sushi with sourdough starter or poblano kosho?!

From LA to Miami, Chefs Margarita Kallas-Lee and Phillip Frankland Lee have moved the fourth Sushi by Scratch Restaurant from Coconut Grove’s historic Stirrup House to its new permanent address at 540 Main Highway, also in the Grove.

This non-traditional Michelin-starred omakase den serves 17 courses for 10 guests at a time in a counter setting that is now larger but still intimate. So yeah, you’ll probably make friends with your neighbors.

Make sure to arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled seating time to enjoy your complimentary welcome cocktail before the full-on nigiri night. Flavor profiles won’t be traditional however everything is made from scratch, including the soy sauce and vinegars. The menu changes often however their signature roasted bone marrow nigiri will probably make an appearance.

The tasting menu is priced at $165 per person plus tax and service with the option of three different seatings (5 PM, 7:15 PM, and 9:30 PM). There are also two beverage pairing options: $85 (featuring three different sakes, two cocktails, and one beer) and $110 (featuring six different pours of sake).

Sushi of Scratch books up quickly. Mark your calendar for the first of every month at 1 PM to score a reservation a month out.

WALRUS RODEO


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 5143 NE 2nd Avenue
Cuisine: Wood-fired kitchen

Co-chef/owners Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer of Boia De now have a second restaurant with Chef/Partner Jeff Maxfield. The highly anticipated restaurant will be in the same Little Haiti shopping center as Boia De.

The menu is all about that central wood-fire oven with dishes like lasagna with lamb ragu, charbroiled Island Creek oyster with Franciacorta cream, jalapeño hot sauce, and brown butter brioche crumble; and the spicy OG pizza with boquerones, melted shallots, oregano, and maple-brown butter. For dessert, they have the s’more’s al orno, churros with fluff and spiced chocolate, which also pays a visit to the oven.

 

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EATING HOUSE


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 128 Giralda Avenue
Cuisine: New American

After almost a year and a half, the new Eating House has opened on Giralda Plaza and is conveniently located, next to its sister restaurant Luca Osteria. The larger space includes a full bar with wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s menu will feature Crispy Potatoes with whipped gruyere, ‘French’ onions, and pepper; and Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with yuzu, Parmigiano Reggiano, artichoke, and dry miso. Classics like the Heirloom Tomatoes with nuoc cham, herbs, and frozen coconut milk will also return.

Larger plates include Amish Chicken ‘Two Ways’ grilled breast, fried thigh, and carrot; and the Cavatelli ‘Carbonara’ with egg yolk, heritage bacon, black truffle, and ‘carbon’ breadcrumbs.

BRASSERIE LAUREL


Neighborhood: Overtown
Address: 698 NE 1st Ave G170
Cuisine: French Brasserie

Chef Michael Beltran and his team at Ariete Hospitality Group have added a seventh concept to their roster of bars and restaurants. Brasserie Laurel is now open on the ground floor of Miami Worldcenter’s Caoba residential tower in Downtown.

Led by Executive Chef Ashley Moncada, the menu includes escargotsfrog legsbeef Wellingtoncrêpes Suzette, and lots of reds from Bordeaux.

MARYGOLD’S BRASSERIE


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2217 NW Miami Ct
Cuisine: Modern American, Florida-inspired brasserie

It’s official, Wynwood has its first hotel. The Arlo Wynwood Hotel has teamed up with Chef Brad Kilgore and Bar Lab to create Mary Gold’s Florida Brasserie, a restaurant collaboration between the two.

The modern American menu will include savory beignets with jerk oxtail, coconut-gouda and green onion; ribiolina tortellini with escargot, pistachio bourguignon, 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.

Save room for the baked Florida, a twist on the classic featuring tropical fruit semifreddo, creamsicle yogurt, pineapple rum, flambéed tableside; and carrot cake bread pudding with warm espresso-date caramel, double cream cheese gelato.

CONTESSA


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 111 NE 41st Street
Cuisine: Italian

Major Food Group is moving in with a second Italian concept in Miami, this time in the Design District. The menu will include pizzas, a first for Major Food Group, and an extensive in-house gelato program.

Northern Italian pastas such as the spicy lobster capellini, tortellini en brodorigatoni carbonarafusilli Genovese, and garganelli verdi bolognese will be featured on the menu. And if you’re looking for pizza, we’d try the vongole with Calabrian cream, and littleneck clams oreganata or the Truffle with prosciutto and robiola.

ABA MIAMI


Neighborhood: Bal Harbour
Address: 9700 Collins Ave Suite 101
Cuisine: Mediterranean

Aba, the popular Mediterranean restaurant with outposts in Chicago and Austin, is now open in Miami’s Bal Harbour Shop.

The menu highlights the flavors of Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. Think carrot and sunflower dip, prepared with sunflower tahini; the everything Jerusalem bagel, served with smoked salmon spread, hamachi, and charred avocado; and the shawarma spiced skirt steak with black garlic mushroom jus.

 

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FRATESI’S PIZZA AT OVER UNDER


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 151 E Flagler St
Cuisine: Pizza

Not sure if loving Sundays is a sign of getting older but that’s where we currently are. Stop by neighborhood bar Over Under on Sunday, for one of the most amazing Caesar salads we’ve had in recent times, spicy buffalo chicken wings with bleu cheese, and of course their whole pies. 

Their tomato-based pizza is seasoned with pecorino romano cheese, oregano, whole milk mozzarella, and 24-month Parm. The pizza is real thin, with no flop, a delicious cheesy “costra” crust that extends to the edges of the round pie. They also have a special pie and a special sandwich that may or may not change. 

Come with a group. We’re thinking, that four of you can order a $15 pitcher of beer, a couple of pies, the Caesar, a sandwich, and pass out after. Yay!

 

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MIAMI SLICE


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 1335 NE Miami Ct
Cuisine: Pizza

Remember that New York-style pizza shop operating from a secret location in Midtown?! Well, they’ve found a permanent spot in Downtown near the Arsht Center.

Stop by and check out their slice bar set-up. Don’t want a whole pie? No worries. You can order any pizza flavor by the slice. They’re trying new flavors, so make sure to ask for the special of the week and help them decide who should stay on and who should go.

Ask for the “kicks” which are “IYKYK” type of add-ons like stracciatella and other good stuff to pimp your slice. Our recommendation: La Salsera with a kick of stracciatella.

KLAW


Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address: 1737 N Bayshore Dr
Cuisine: Seafood

Klaw is the newest restaurant and the only rooftop in Edgewater. Corporate Executive Chef Phil Campbell and Executive Chef Micheal Paley are serving a high-quality beef program and sea delicacies. We stopped by last week and the views are unreal! It’s also rare to find a restaurant in Miami with views this nice and where the food is actually good. 

You have two dining options at Klaw. One is the main dining room and then there’s the rooftop. We’ve only had the full restaurant experience and we think it would be a great night out for a special occasion or if you don’t mind spending the big bucks. Yes, it was expensive. However, we were not disappointed. 

We went on a seafood journey. Started with the refreshing and flavorful black grouper crudo with caviar, yuzu kosho, finger lime, scallion, avocado, and leche de tigre. We also had the baby-size crab tacos with spicy dashi butter, avocado, lime, and kimchi; and the stracciatella with grilled black mission fig, shaved speck ham, buttered croutons aged balsamic, toasted walnuts, basil oil, and herb salad. And yes, we got the tableside Norweigan King crab legs and claws paired with a delicious garlic and lemon butter. 

Oh also if you’re into premium beef cuts, such as Brasstown beef (a blend of black Angus and Braunvieh cattle), premium Angus beef, and real Kobe beef – Klaw is one of only three establishments certified in Miami to do so.

If you’re drinking vino, they have over 250 labels of Old & New World wines. If you’re curious about their cocktails, we loved the mignonette martini, prepared with mignonette brine.

Klaw is located in Miami’s Historic Women’s Club and takes up three floors including the rooftop bar overlooking Biscayne Bay. We’ll be stopping by for a dinner rooftop experience so we can compare it with the main dining room so stay tuned.

LION & THE RAMBLER


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 804 Ponce de Leon
Cuisine: New American

The old-school crowd of Coral Gables just got an exciting new restaurant in the neighborhood and we recently stopped by. 

Lion & The Rambler by Chef Michael Bolen is the best new restaurant in Coral Gables. This modern American restaurant offers an inventive a la carte menu focused on South Florida flavors, cultured butter, homemade Koji – a Japanese fermentation starter used to make fresh miso and produce from the best local farms in town.

The menu will change frequently. Must-orders include the yecora rojo focaccia with house cultured butter; the steak tartare with green blueberry capers, and Shelburne farms two-year aged cheddar; and grilled tiger prawn with Calabrian chile butter and lime. And of course our favorite, the maitake mushrooms with escargot butter. 

AMAL


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3480 Main Hwy
Cuisine: Modern Lebanese

The team behind Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Byblos recently opened a new restaurant concept in Coconut Grove. Stop by Amal, for a modern take on Lebanese dishes created by Chef Wissman Baki. Expect a sharing-style menu that includes dips, cold and hot mezze, plus skewers.

The space is so freaking gorgeous. We honestly wouldn’t mind our house looking like this. Imagine, sandy interiors with earth tones like rose and terracotta. They’ve also incorporated small palm trees throughout the restaurant to give it a touch of Miami. Anyways we could live here because it’s so pretty but also because the food is fresh and tasty.

Our favorite dishes so far (but for sure we’ll be back for more) include Amal’s hummus served warm with beef tenderloin, pomegranate, and roasted pine nuts; beef kibbeh on a bed of cucumber yogurt; the refreshing and sweet monk salad with roasted eggplant, capsicum peppers, parsley, and a pomegranate garlic emulsion. We don’t usually go for the cauliflower on a menu, not because we don’t like it but because EVERYONE does it. However, you need to try the one at Amal. It comes with a green tahini sauce, Hawaij spice blend, and feta crumble. As far as the main dish, we’d go for the full-fried fish with a parsley tahini sauce.

For dessert, we’d share the sweet and cheesy kanafeh with rose water and the mistkeh ice cream encrusted with pistachios and traditional Middle Eastern cotton candy called Ghazl el Banet on top for the most amazing and fun texture.

 

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New restaurants to hit in Miami