The best restaurants in Brickell

Covering the most authentic Japanese restaurant in Miami and some amazing Peruvian food

Apr
15
2022

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. Whether you are there to live, work, or play (or all three!), it is a popular destination for a reason: there is so much to see and do, from taking long walks on Biscayne Bay to shopping at Brickell City Centre. As Brickell is ever-evolving, it’s time to revisit our dining recommendations, ranging from pizza to a chef’s choice Japanese dinner. This guide was important for us to create because there are so many options, in Brickell when it comes to eating out. But on this list, you will only find the best of the best.

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.

STANZIONE 87


Address: 87 SW 8th St
Cuisine: Italian – Pizza

Stanzione 87 is a Neapolitan eatery specializing in wood-fired pizza and natural wines. The pizza dough is fermented for a minimum of 72 hours and the mozzarella is handmade daily. In addition to pizza, they have salads, subs, and desserts. Try the signature Stanzione Sub with Calabrian pepper hot sauce, prosciutto cotto, salami, homemade mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a zesty special sauce on bread from Bettant Bakery. If you’re getting pizza, order the Burrata pizza topped with homemade mozzarella, basil, Parmigiano, olive oil, and post oven burrata.

 

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LA MAR BY GASTON ACURIO


Address: 500 Brickell Key Dr
Cuisine: Peruvian

If you’re looking for a meal with a view in Brickell, the 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 Gaston Acurio has curated a menu dedicated to Peruvian gastronomy. Start your meal on a lighter note with something from the Cebiche Bar or a tiradito. For your main course, we recommend the Arroz Con Mariscos with seafood rice shrimp, octopus, wok-cooked calamari, aji amarillo sauce, and criolla or the Sudado a la Nortena, “the fisherman’s favorite dish” with Florida grouper, seafood, white rice, and choclo. 

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
PHOTO CREDIT THE RIVER OYSTER BAR
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN BRICKELL