The best omakase restaurants for special occasions in Miami

Expensive but worth it

Feb
21
2024

Keep this guide handy when looking for the best Omakase restaurants for special occasions in Miami. 

We’ve scoured the streets of Miami to bring you the crème de la crème of Omakase experiences, from traditional to fusion flair, you name it, we’ve got it covered.

Imagine the freshest fish, flown in straight from Japan, delicately placed on your plate, infusing flavors from all over the world into each bite of nigiri. Here are the best Omakase restaurants for special occasions in Miami. Yes, they’re pricey, but worth it when dining out for a special occasion.

OGAWA


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 7223 NW 2nd Ave

Tucked away in Little River, Alvaro Perez has opened his fourth and newest Japanese restaurant. And let’s just say, Miami is lucky to have Ogawa.

Right next to a railroad crossing, you’ll arrive at an unpretentious and minimalistic house. Yes, you’re at the right spot. Just ring the doorbell and you will be greeted by Q and his warm hospitality.

Immediately when entering you’ll feel as if you’ve landed in Japan. “Welcome to Tokyo”! The sound of the train passing by is just one of the many details that will make this experience incredibly special.

As you turn the corner of the dining room, you will be met with the most impeccably set 11-seat Omakase bar. Take in the details and yes, you’re not in Miami anymore. Feel free to enjoy a pre-dinner drink in their peaceful Japanese garden in the back. Once you’re in the right state of mind (and you can thank their water fountains for that), head back inside, take a seat, and get ready for Chef Masayuki and Chef Royce’s thoughtful Omakase journey.

After a few minutes, you’ll magically feel right at home as you find yourself closely interacting with the chefs and the most friendly team. At Ogawa intimacy and ‘kikubari’ (the Japanese art of caring for others) are valued at the highest level.

This very personal dinner experience focuses on seasonal and unique Japanese ingredients flown in daily. The first part consists of crudos with cooked dishes from the kitchen between each course. Next, you’ll move on to the most incredible sushi flight, followed by a miso soup and finished off with desserts (that’s not a typo, there’s more than one).

Our favorite dishes of the evening included the best Hotate Nigiri we’ve seriously ever had, balanced with a touch of Key Lime and salt (we literally won’t shut up about it); the Ensui Hokkaido Uni Gunkanmaki which is preserved in salt water so you can taste the Uni right from its natural habitat; the Uni and Ikura Hand Roll; and a special shout out to the Matcha Mochi Cookie Anko with Satsumaimo (Japanese sweet potato) Ice Cream by Chef Jamie, picture your childhood Whoopie Pie but soooooo much better.

Going to Ogawa is for a special occasion and for those who love and appreciate Japanese culture. It’s pricey but SO worth it.

 

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KISSAKI


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 500 South Pointe Dr Suite 160

From NYC, Kissaki is the latest restaurant to open in South Beach. You’re going here when you’re in the mood to see and be seen. So, first things first, we suggest you dress the part! This is a great spot when you want to impress a first date (if they’re not, well let’s just say it sounds like a “you” problem).

Picture a sexy, velvety, elevated night out with top-quality sushi and drinks. You’ll be able to choose either their á la carte menu or their personalized 15-course Omakase experience at the bar priced at $185 per person (excluding service charge and sales tax). Go for the latter.

Here’s how your night will go: arrive a little earlier, check-in and sit at the bar. Order a dirty martini (they make a solid one) as you wait to begin your Omakase experience. Once you’re seated at the sushi counter let them handle the rest. Before we continue, here’s a little insider’s tip: switch gears and order the Sohomare “Heart and Soul” Sake.

It all starts with three appetizers, followed by 10 nigiris, a final hand roll and of course, dessert. Our favorite appetizer was the crispy nori topped with grilled corn, toro, caviar, and truffle; the loveliest combination of sweet and salty. From the sushi lineup, you can expect baby shrimp that tastes like butter, Akami with almond crunch and shitake, Chutoro with caviar, Otoro, and more. Oh, and if you still have a little space before dessert, order an extra hand roll and let them get creative. In our case, they gave us a Madai hand roll with shiso, truffle soy and honey!

 

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MR. OMAKASE


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 163 SE 1st St

We’ve got the inside scoop on the ultimate sushi counter experience at Mr. Omakase. This spot is all about edgy, yet casual vibes and unpretentious charm, but don’t be fooled—prepare to be blown away by an elevated and intimate sushi outing. And here’s the dream team behind it all: the dynamic trio—Andrew Mayer and Ryan Leto, the minds behind Poke OG, alongside the sushi master himself, Chef Ryo Nato, previously of the Myumi sushi food truck. Expect top-quality nigiris enhanced with Chef Ryo’s spin, all while keeping the balance, essence, and true flavor of each fish.

Now, let’s talk about choices because these guys have ensured there is something for everyone. Starting with an entry-level Omakase, you can dive into 10 courses at just $89 per person. Feeling a bit more daring? Level up to 14 courses for $109. Now, we ran the numbers and did a little math for you as we recently stopped by not once, but twice (can you tell we love this spot?). Our final verdict?

Go all out for the full 18-course experience at $149. Why? Because adding by the piece (which you will, no arguments here) will turn out to be more expensive than committing to the worthwhile 18 courses. Look at the bright side, you won’t have to think, just sit back, relax, and let them take you on this culinary adventure.

We had uni, chu-toro, kama-toro, shirako, A5 wagyu, and more. Trust us; the wagyu with uni combo is pure umami magic. Treat yourself to an elevated solo sushi date or go with three other friends (four is the maximum party size we recommend).

 

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SUSHI BY SCRATCH


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3540 Main Hw

Sushi By Scratch is not your average omakase concept—it’s a 10-seat counter-only den, led by three chefs and a talented bartender. Though the space is larger, the experience remains intimate, with close interaction between the chefs and guests. With three nightly seatings at 5 PM, 7:15 PM, and 9:30 PM, dinner at Sushi By Scratch is a celebration of nigiri excellence.

Make sure you account for the Miami traffic as the experience begins 20 minutes before your scheduled seating time with a complimentary welcome cocktail, setting the tone for the night ahead. Over 17 courses, you’ll savor strictly nigiri, each handmade and served as is. The omakase menu is priced at $185 per person, with a $25 deposit applied to your bill upon dining.

This is a special and highly creative restaurant concept. And also, where else can you get sushi with sourdough starter or poblano kosho?! 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.

SHINGO


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 112 Alhambra Cir

If you haven’t heard the 411 on the street, Chef Shingo Akikuni, unveiled his long-awaited masterpiece, Shingo, in the heart of Coral Gables. After making waves with his success at Michelin-starred Hiden in Wynwood and Sushi Azabu, Chef Shingo is ready to take your taste buds on a brand-new journey.

Nestled within the historic La Palma building, Shingo offers an intimate omakase experience, boasting 14 seats for an exclusive and personal touch. If you are looking for a more luxurious and traditional experience prepare yourself for an 18-course menu that showcases the essence of traditional Japanese nigiri, seasonal sashimi, and delectable Yakimono dishes.

Priced at $180 per person (tax and gratuity not included), this top-notch omakase experience promises to be worth every penny. For an added elevated experience, opt for the wine and sake pairing for an additional $95, curated to complement the exquisite flavors of each dish. Book your spot asap, your meal will end with one of the best handrolls we’ve had!

 

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MILA OMAKASE


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 800 Lincoln Rd 2nd Floor

Located inside MILA restaurant, MILA Omakase is hidden away behind a curtain-clad entrance, and down two floors. At first glance, you are met with delicate cherry blossom trees, minimalist woodwork, and Japanese craftsmanship-inspired wallpaper. Oh, and let’s not forget the dramatic marble countertop and a 500-year-old hinoki wood cutting board—the real deal!

At the helm of this experience are Chefs Michael Michaelidis and Reiji Yoshizawa, craftsmen who have mastered the art of infusing Japan’s 72 micro-seasons into every bite. Though this hits many traditional notes, we can’t help but appreciate the untraditional approach when it comes to flavors and combinations. For those of you looking to break from the norm, MILA Omakase adds a playful Japanese-Mediterranean twist to each dish, ensuring you get a little play of fusion flair as you go through the 15 courses experience. We don’t want to ruin the surprises you’ll experience along the way, so in good ole Miami fashion “dale” and get to booking.

 

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THE DEN


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: Inside Azabu, 161 Ocean Dr

Say hello to The Den at Azabu Miami Beach, where masterful skill meets secrecy and sophistication! As one of only two Miami Omakase restaurants to earn a prestigious Michelin star, this hidden gem takes you on a journey like no other. Tucked away behind a speakeasy-style entrance, The Den is led by the masterful Head Sushi Chef, Atsushi Okawara, who crafts a traditional Edomae-style sushi menu featuring the freshest seafood caught near Tokyo Bay.

Look forward to a varietal toro tasting and a sushi finale featuring uni from Hokkaido, sea eel nigiri, and of course a specialty hand roll. The seasonally changing menu highlights unique pieces such as striped jack nigiri, Hokkaido scallops, and hands down the best tamago we’ve ever had. If you are looking to impress your date with a one-of-a-kind experience, you can make your reservations from Tuesday to Saturday as The Den is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Seating is limited to only 18 guests per session, with two options available at 6:30 PM and 9 PM.

 

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NAOE


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 661 Brickell Key Dr

Mira, if you know, you know. And if you don’t then let’s bring you up to speed on this OG Brickell Key favorite. NAOE, renowned for its rare five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, has been wowing guests for more than 13 years, earning a well-deserved reputation and countless accolades.

Every night at either 5 PM or 9 PM, up to ten fortunate guests (five per seating) are treated to the exclusive Chef’s Choice menu by the one and only Chef Kevin Cory. Priced at $280 per person (excluding service charge and sales tax), this extraordinary dining affair is a true rarity in Miami and the ultimate choice for celebrating a special occasion, taking over two to three hours to savor.

Get ready to be captivated by every unique plate served firsthand by Chef Kevin Cory. At NAOE, they know just how to create an experience that feels tailored exclusively to you. This is one-of-a-kind, brag-worthy dining at its finest, and it’ll undoubtedly leave you with treasured memories.

The first two courses of the night were hot plates, including a Bento box, followed by the Nigiri-sushi portion of the evening and dessert. Everything was outstanding. Our favorites of the night included the striped jack, the golden eye snapper, the local salmon fermented in koji, the karasumi which melts on your tongue, the ensui uni, and the kasutera honey cake with NAOE ice cream made with soy sauce was the perfect ending.

 

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HIDEN


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 313 NW 25th St

As you approach The Taco Stand, you might find yourself glancing at your date and questioning, “Is this the right spot?” But fear not, because you’re exactly where you need to be! Nestled discreetly in the back of this lively taco joint, a surprise awaits—a hidden wooden door with a keypad. Unlocking the door with the exclusive code provided on the day of your reservation, you’ll step into an intimate 8-seat Omakase counter that takes coziness to a whole new level.

You’ll be greeted by Chef Seijun Okano and his team, the magicians behind this flawless dining experience that’ll have you questioning if you’ve taken a flight straight to Japan. But, hungries, listen up! Once you’ve secured your reservation, there’s only one way to savor this remarkable meal: the progressive Chef’s Choice Omakase.

Prepare yourself for an exploration of traditional and non-traditional flavors, featuring the freshest fish flown in from Japan and melt-in-your-mouth A5 wagyu. In this one-star Michelin restaurant, all you need to worry about is arriving at your seat on time because, from there on, it’s all about savoring and cherishing every moment of this unforgettable experience.

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HIYAKAWA


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 2700 N Miami Ave #5

Many of you have probably done a quick drive-by of this hole-in-the-wall spot while driving in and out of Wynwood. And trust us when we say, you’re going to wanna stop into this Omakase experience. As soon as you step out of the loud and incessant honking de la calle you will step into the world of elegance and sophistication at Hiyakawa, where exceptional hospitality awaits. This high-end sushi restaurant takes dining to a whole new level. Just as you would expect from other exceptional omakase’s, you can look forward to fresh fish flown in daily from Japan and unique traditional dishes carefully prepared with each passing course.

When you arrive, come with an appetite, as the options are delightful. You can opt for the chef’s omakase, a culinary journey crafted by the masterful chef, or choose from their a la carte menu. We recommend treating yourself to fresh Japanese uni, madai, and a delectable negitoro handroll. Fair warning though, these handrolls are so irresistible that you may order round after round.

Oh, and here’s a little pro tip: If you happen to spot Miguel, make sure to order a carafe of sake to share with the team. The exceptional service at Hiyakawa deserves a nice sip or two of sake, worth sharing a “kanpai” with the team.

SUSHI BY BOU


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 1300 S Miami Ave

If you’re new to Omakase and looking for an express version to dip your toe into the water, let us introduce you to Sushi by Bou. Located inside the SLS Brickell, this hidden gem offers a one-hour culinary delight where you can choose between 12 nigiris for $60 or go all-in with 17 nigiris for $125.

At Sushi by Bou, get ready for a modern sushi affair with a twist. We’re talking fire torching, black charcoal salt, garlic confit, and more that elevate the courses to an unforgettable level. The imported Japanese fish takes center stage, promising the finest flavors in every bite.

This is the perfect spot for those seeking a quick bite or wanting to venture into Miami’s omakase scene. Rest assured, the experience maintains the highest quality and leaves you with nothing short of chisme to share with your aimgas about the delicious meal. As you reach your 12th or 17th bite, the chefs will check in to see if you crave more delectable delights. We recommend going in for that extra bite.

 

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