The best restaurants in Brickell

Finding quality restaurants amid the clutter

Jun
24
2024

Keep this guide handy when you’re in the area and are looking for the best restaurants in Brickell. 

Brickell is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Miami. It’s home to many locals and is a popular destination for expats. What do you need to know about Brickell? It’s pretty much the most walkable area in Miami, parking isn’t especially fun and there’s a lot of clutter when it comes to restaurants.

It’s easy to have a mediocre dining experience in Brickell, which is why this guide is important. Here, you’ll find our favorite spots, and the list isn’t long for a reason. Most of the restaurants we recommend aren’t super affordable. We wish Brickell had better food options, but these are the best you’ll find. Enjoy!

MAMO


Address: 931 Brickell Ave
Cuisine: Italian

Mamo is where you want to go in Brickell and feel lux but not overwhelmed. It’s an intimate, brightly lit dining room with a beautiful beige bar. So yes, the aesthetic is classic Italian with white tablecloth and earth tones. Service is 10/10 and the food hits the spot.

You’re going to stop by with a big group that loves to wine and dine so you can share a little bit of everything. We recommend the Fried Artichoke seasoned with cacio e pepe, and the beef steak tartare with tomatoes, olives, capers, and lime mayo. Their specialty is truffle dishes so make sure you get the Raviolini with Fresh Truffle. We also enjoyed La Nostra Cacio & Pepe with fresh calabrian maccheroni, cheese, black pepper, lemon, sage; a non-traditional take to the cacio e pepe pasta and the Maltagliati Verdi alla Bolognese. Something we appreciated about Mamo is that they offer half orders of the pasta dishes, allowing you to sample a variety or opt for a lighter meal if you’re planning to stay out late.

 

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KAORI


Address871 S Miami Ave
CuisineModern Asian

Kaori is a modern Asian restaurant that is a literal gem in Brickell. And more people need to know about this place. Since they opened in 2021, we have seen the evolution of their flavors. Kaori also has an excellent cocktail program that pairs well with the vinyl-listening jams they host Thursday – Saturday on the ground floor.

The menu is exciting and we can honestly taste the creativity. Take the Beef Tartare, an unexpected dish in terms of flavor with yuzu kosho, avocado mousse, gochujang, roasted Cashews, and black rice cracker. Same goes for the Wagyu & Foie Gras Gyozas with a salty & slightly sweet doubanjiang sauce and creamy sesame goma dare. As an entree, we loved the Seared Scallops with green pea and wasabi puree but if you go with more than two friends, please order the Kurobuta Kan-Kan Pork Chop, it’s a huge platter with grilled pork belly, it comes with Ssäm Sauce, their homemade kimchi, salsa verde, and steamed bao buns for you to make your own pork belly buns. We’re still thinking about these so you know that’s a good sign to book a reservation for dinner at Kaori.

 

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MOMI MARKET


Address: 1036 S Miami Ave
Cuisine: Japanese

If you’re sick of all your usual lunch spots in Brickell, we have one you probably don’t know about. Momi Market by Michelin-starred Chef Takashi Terashima is your next lunch spot when craving traditional Japanese nigiri and don bowls.

The marketplace/fast casual concept is where we’d go with a friend or a co-worker that loves trying something different.

The menu features seasonal fish from Japan including Hokkaido uni, scallops, and large-eye kinmedai snappers.

Choose from a short menu of delicious Don bowls and nigiris. We recommend the Salmon Ikura Don with salmon sashimi & ikura over sushi rice or the Buta Kakuni Don with braised pork belly over rice.

Looking to make your lunch boozy, have some sake from their extensive selection. Ask chef for recommendations on your bowl and sake.

NAOE


Address: 661 Brickell Key Dr
Cuisine: Japanese

NAOE is a hidden gem in Brickell Key and we can honestly say, it’s the best restaurant in Brickell and top 5 in Miami. This cozy Japanese eatery has been around for 13 years and won several well-deserved accolades, including a recurring spot on Forbes’ list of five-star restaurants. Every night at 5 PM and 9 PM, up to eight guests (4 per seating) can enjoy Chef Kevin Cory’s daily Chef’s Choice menu for $280 per person (plus service charge and sales tax). This is truly a life-changing experience and a rare find in Miami.

Japanese cuisine has been a part of Chef Kevin Cory’s life since he was 19. It’s in his roots with his family’s sake brewery, Nakamura Brewery in Ishikawa which has been around since the 1800s. And family is a strong theme throughout your experience at NAOE. In addition to producing their own sake, Chef Cory’s family also makes their own soy sauce which you will enjoy throughout your meal.

This is a two to three-hour dinner and for parts of it, we were extremely quiet, taking in every moment. 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.

HUTONG


Address: 600 Brickell Ave
Cuisine: Chinese

Hutong specializes in North Chinese cuisine, with a focus on artisanal dim sum and exotic signature cocktails. It also offers special dining experiences, such as the Bubbles & Bao Brunch (all you can eat dim sum style on Sundays) and the new Flaming Duck dinner (two seatings per night). Hutong is best known for its duck, so don’t miss the Peking Duck with pancakes. We also recommend the Red Lantern: crispy spiced soft-shell crab served on a bed of dried whole chilies.

 

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OSAKA


Address: 1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Cuisine: Nikkei

Osaka is the first North American location of an internationally acclaimed Nikkei restaurant known for its Japanese techniques and Peruvian flavors. The menu features ceviche, tiraditos, makimono, nigiris, and Peruvian izakaya. The restaurant is sleek and upscale – a great spot for a date or business meal.

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, a 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, black quinoa; the Katsu with salmon belly, lemon zest, white truffle oil; and the Hotate Truffle with Hokkaido scallop, truffle butter, and lime.

LPM RESTAURANT & BAR


Address: 1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Cuisine: French

LPM was a welcome addition to the Brickell scene in 2017, as it stands out for its unique French Mediterranean and Nicoise cuisine and beautiful decor inspired by the French Riviera. They serve delicious pasta, seafood, and meat dishes using fresh Mediterranean produce such as lemons, artichokes, and olives. It’s impeccable from service, ambiance to food.

The menu is organized into Hors D’Oeuvres, Les Plats (main dishes), and Les Grands Plats (shareable large entrees). Start your meal with the Warm Prawns with olive oil and lemon juice and the Escargots with garlic butter and parsley. For your main course, we recommend the Linguine with clams, chopped prawns, and sweet corn; and the Marinated Lamb Cutlets with olive, aubergine caviar, and pine nuts.

LA MAR BY GASTÓN ACURIO


Address: 500 Brickell Key Dr
Cuisine: Peruvian

If you’re looking for a meal with a view in Brickell, then La Mar at Mandarin Oriental should be at the top of your list. The restaurant overlooks Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, with indoor and outdoor seating available (plus three great bars!). Chef Gastón Acurio has curated a menu dedicated to Peruvian gastronomy.

THE RIVER OYSTER BAR


Address: 33 SE 7th St Suite 100
Cuisine: Seafood

Brickell has changed a lot over the past two decades, but the River Oyster Bar was one of the original Brickell restaurants in 2003. It’s always been an extremely popular after-work spot for high-quality oysters and seafood in a casual setting with fantastic happy hour specials. After Brickell City Centre opened, the restaurant moved around the corner to its current location on 7th street. After indulging in some oysters or stone crabs, try the Rare Togarashi Spiced Tuna for a light and fresh dish with horseradish aioli, watercress salad, and parmesan cheese. We’ve also been drooling over their new Crispy Skin Suckling Pig on their Insta feed. We can’t wait to try it!

BY: SARAH DUNN
THE HUNGRY POST
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