The best restaurants in Wynwood

Where to go in this artsy neighborhood without falling into a tourist trap

Apr
10
2024

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

We have lived to see Wynwood’s growth year to year and there’s no sign of that slowing down. The transformation comes with more street art, high rises, restaurants, and bars.

So to help narrow your dining options, these are our favorite spots in this artsy neighborhood that are good and won’t feel like a tourist trap. The reality is that Wynwood has become a destination, and not everywhere is good. So if you’re a local you’ll appreciate this list and if you’re visiting Miami and stumbled upon The Hungry Post, well, it’s your lucky day.

KYU


Address: 251 NW 25th St
Cuisine: Asian

A classic never goes out of style and that is certainly the case for KYU. One of the few original spots that has been around since 2016 and just recently re-opened. You can expect a diverse Asian menu, exceptional cocktails, and a throwback playlist that gives you the feels.

If you find yourself walking the graffitied streets of Wynwood, follow that wood-fired smell and make your way into KYU. Make sure you try their famous Korean Fried Chicken with braised spinach or the Roasted Cauliflower with goat cheese, shishito, and herb vinaigrette. And if you managed to save room, do not leave without treating yourself to a slice of Coconut Cake. Trust us, it’s worth it.

 

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HIYAKAWA


Address: 2700 N Miami Ave #5
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi, omakase

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, serving fresh fish flown in daily from Japan.

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 uniMadai, and a delectable Negitoro handroll.

Oh, and here’s a little pro tip: If you spot Miguel, 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.

UCHI


Address: 252 NW 25th St
Cuisine: Japanese

From Austin, Texas, Uchi is one of our favorite reasons to stop by Wynwood. This modern and sophisticated Japanese restaurant offers delicate flavors, modern techniques, and innovative dishes. You will be blown away by the simplest of dishes.

We love the hot and cold dishes off the menu at Uchi. However, if you’re in the mood for a modern take on Japanese sushi and crudo, check out the hama chiliora king crudo with passion fruit zu, the kinmedai golden eye snapper, and the managatsuo pomfret. Although Uchi has become easier to get into, we still recommend you make a reservation. Stop by for happy hour between 5 PM and 6:30 PM if you want to get a taste of their menu for a discounted price.

 

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DOYA


Address: 347 NW 24th St
Cuisine:
Aegean, Turkish, Mediterranean

Doya located in Wynwood is serving Aegean flavors from the coast of Turkey. We are talking dips, local produce, refreshing and light plates, plus an amazing octopus’ dish that keeps us coming back for more. We blindly recommend it for all types of occasions. It’s great for a birthday, large groups, date nights, double dates, and families. It also has a lively vibe at the bar if you’re interested in making new friends.

At Doya you are stopping by for the top-notch hospitality and the meze dining experience. Order for the center of the table, because you’re sharing. We love the Cretan feta dip, the Manti (beef dumplings drenched in a garlic yogurt sauce), and the Adana kebab with lavash bread. Oh, and if they have the dolmas cabbage leaves, get them.

Join them on Sundays from 12 PM to 3 PM for brunch. Their menu is packed with sweet and savory Turkish meze. For $68 you can feel like you’re in Çeşme with the full Aegean Breakfast Table. It includes cheese, veggies, olives, olive tapenade, the Fistik Ezmesi (pistachio paste), fig marmalade as well as Turkish buns, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), fruit, pastrami, and more.

LIRA BEIRUT EATERY


Address2000 NW 2nd Ave
CuisineLebanese, Middle Eastern

LIRA Beirut Eatery is conveniently located on a less busy street in Wynwood, for those who want to avoid the chaos. Stop by for a lovely Lebanese dinner or lunch daily. You’ll want to come here for a date night, with a group of friends, or a lovely weekend lunch. Their outdoor patio is where you’re going to want to sit.

We loved the warm hospitality of their team and homestyle cooking. We recommend you share the hummus with grilled lambmuhammara red pepper dipeggplant fettehkibbeh labnieh, and for dessert, order the knafeh. Oh and apparently, the grilled whole branzino is a must.

HIDEN


Address: 313 NW 25th St
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi, omakase

As you approach The Taco Stand, you might find yourself 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.

There’s only one way to savor this remarkable meal: the progressive Chef’s Choice Omakase by Chef Seijun Okano. The menu will explore 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, you’re in good hands. We’d stop by Hiden for a special occasion dinner with one other person.

 

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OMAKAI


Address: 2107 NW 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi, omakase

Omakai is your easy, cool neighborhood sushi spot with locations in both Coconut Grove and Wynwood. You’re going to Omakai with a group of friends, on a date, or even by yourself (yes, we’re very into solo dates lately) for some quality sushi at a reasonable price.

The menu at Omakai showcases a mix of traditional and modern Japanese dishes. They offer five omakase options and an à la carte menu. This is how we’d go about it: order their OMA Deluxe, it comes with an appetizer, a sashimi special, a generous assortment of seasonal nigiris, and 2 hand rolls, the Negi-Toro and the Blue Crab. If you’re still a little hungry, go ahead and order a few extra nigiris! Our favorites? IkuraO-ToroUni and Caviar (a must), and Unagi Foie Gras, if you’re not a dessert person then this last one is the great way to end your meal. It’s sweet, warm, and delicious.

If you’re into late lunches (or even an afternoon sushi pick-me-up), Omakai has a great Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 6:30 PM. Yes, they have $3 beer, $5 wine, and $7 sake buuuuut, what you’re going for is the $6 nigiris (2 pieces per order) and hand rolls. We recently stopped by and simply got one of each for the table! From the nigiri section don’t skip the Kanpachi, the Salmon Duo, and (again) the Unagi Foie Gras. As for the hand rolls, we always get the Negi-Toro and the Maine Lobster.

 

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MARYGOLD’S BY BRAD KILGORE


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

Renowned Chef Brad Kilgore defined Miami’s culinary scene for years, with his former restaurant Alter, which received multiple awards. In 2023, Chef Kilgore opened his latest venture, MaryGold’s, a bright escape within la jungla de Wynwood.

Located on the ground floor of the Arlo Hotel in Wynwood, MaryGold’s

is modern and chic, yet super casual and welcoming. The menu is all about modern and elevated twists on American dishes while remaining super approachable and exciting. The short rib “vaca frita” with tamarind molasses, a French onion burger, and beignets with oxtail and gouda are some of the must-try dishes. Also, don’t skip the Caesar salad with trout roe, and fennel pollen. Other dishes we loved on a recent visit include the Ribiolina Tortellini with escargot, pistachio bourguignon, and parsley; and the Agnolotti with sweet corn, double brown butter, sumac, and aleppo chili.

Whatever you do, don’t skip MaryGold’s  Brioche with orange blossom honey butter. Yes, we are obsessed with their bread and butter. It’s beautifully presented and the best way to start your meal.

Our tip? Go with some friends and a big appetite, because you’ll want to order and have a bite off of everyone’s plate.

PASTIS


Address380 NW 26th St
Cuisine: French

The iconic NYC staple, Pastis, has expanded its presence from the Meatpacking District to the vibrant neighborhood of Wynwood. The restaurant stays true to its New York roots, offering the same menu filled with classic Parisian bistro-style dishes and an incredible ambiance that won’t make you feel like you’re in Miami.

You’re heading here for a chic lunch or dinner and sitting at their gorgeous outdoor patio decorated with ceiling fans, red patio umbrellas, and twinkly lights. We’d start with some drinks (of course), if you’re a spritz person looking to relax, start your meal with their St. Tropez Spritz made with St. Germain, lemon, aperitif, sparkling wine, and strawberries. But if you’ve had a long day (or week) then kick off your meal with a tiny Le Petit Pickle martini.

As for the food, we like to start with a few hors d’oeuvres for the table. We usually go for the Tuna Carpaccio with lemon vinaigrette, Escargots with garlic-parsley butter, Onion Soup, and Crispy Artichokes with garlic aioli. Moving on to the entrées we love their Chicken Paillard with almonds and picholine olives, and we always love to get an order of the Moules Frites with white wine and garlic for the table (don’t forget to dip the bread in the sauce). If you still have a little room, the grand finale is the airy Profiteroles, delicately filled with velvety smooth vanilla ice cream, and generously drizzled with warm chocolate sauce.

 

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DŌMA


Address35 NE 26th St
Cuisine: Italian

Wynwood’s only Italian restaurant on this list made it here for a reason. Doma brings unique Mediterranean Southern Italian cuisine to life in an industrial restaurant with an open kitchen and minimalistic patio.

Some of our favorite dishes include the soft egg with seasonal mushrooms, parmesan cheese espuma, crispy potato, and shaved black truffle; the simple bucatini ‘Cacio e Pepe’ with Pecorino romano cheese, and Sichuan black pepper, and the non-traditional yellowfin tuna tataki served with cous cous, diced vegetables, and pistachio dust.

OSSOBUCO


Address: 62 NW 27th St
Cuisine: Mediterranean, steakhouse

Ossobuco is our newest addition to this list and has also been recently included in the 2024 Michelin Guide. It’s on a quiet street in this busy neighborhood so parking was easy (which we loved). We felt like we were in a very blue and gold-lit dining room of a fancy cruise with Annie and Hallie (if you get the reference).

The restaurant identifies as an open-fire kitchen with a focus on grilled meats and charred vegetables. The menu offers some classic steak house sides like lobster mac and cheese to go with your Prime New York Strip but we were drawn to the dishes with Asian and Mediterranean influences like the sweet and sour cauliflower with citrus togarashi cream, peanuts and sweet chili; and the Wagyu fat potato with harissa aioli (probably some of the most delicious potatoes we’ve had in recent time).

They have a dedicated ossobucco section on the menu which we’d like to explore more of because the Ossobuco croquetas with braised ossobuco and truffle aioli were one of our favorite dishes.

Cocktails are funky and our favorite was the refreshing Na Pan with rum, kaffir lime leaves, toasted sesame, cliantro, and coconut kefir. Dishes come out extremely fast so if you like to course things out make sure you let your server know, they’ll be happy to accommodate. We’ll be back to explore more of the meats.

 

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