What to eat at Miami's Michelin-starred restaurants

Our favorite dishes & tips for how to dine at these awarded restaurants

Apr
24
2024

Keep this guide of Miami’s Michelin-starred restaurants handy when dining out.

The Michelin Guide is back for its third consecutive year in Florida.

Before we get into which restaurants got stars, we want you to have some context for why Michelin has been in Miami for the past 3 years. According to the initial deal, The Miami Herald reported that Michelin could potentially make $1.5 million from 2022 to 2024 for the production of the Florida guide. Meaning that Michelin is being paid by Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism board to be in these three cities and reviewing restaurants until 2024.

Copied and pasted straight for the Guide, “a Michelin Star is awarded for the food on the plate, nothing else.” That means that service and ambiance play no role when inspectors are dining out. When awarding stars, The Michelin Guide focuses on Michelin Inspectors Five Restaurant Rating Criteria which include product quality; mastery of cooking techniques; harmony of flavors; the chef’s personality reflected in his or her cuisine; and consistency over time and across the entire menu.

This year, the 305 has officially been awarded one and two stars! For those that don’t know, one star means, “a very good restaurant in its category” and two stars mean, “excellent cooking, worth a detour”.

If going to Michelin-starred restaurants is part of your bucket list, well, you have 14 Miami restaurants to hit in 2024. This guide will offer tips, favorite dishes at the restaurants we’ve been to, and insight on what you need to know to make the most of your dining experiences at Miami’s Michelin-starred restaurants.

OGAWA


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 7223 NW 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi, omakase

Tucked away in Little River, Alvaro Perez has opened his fourth and newest Japanese restaurant that just earned a Michelin Star.

Right next to a railroad crossing, you’ll arrive at an unpretentious and minimalistic house. Immediately when entering you’ll feel as if you’ve landed in Japan.

As you turn the corner of the dining room, you will be met with the most impeccably set 11-seat Omakase bar. Feel free to enjoy a pre-dinner drink in their peaceful Japanese garden in the back or take a seat, and get ready for Chef Masayuki and Chef Royce’s thoughtful Omakase journey.

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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SHINGO


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 112 Alhambra Cir
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi, omakase

In May 2023, Chef Shingo Akikuni, unveiled his long-awaited restaurant, Shingo, in the heart of Coral Gables. After making waves with his success at Michelin-starred Hiden in Wynwood and Sushi Azabu, Chef Shingo now has received his first Michelin star in 2024.

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

Priced at $225 per person (tax and gratuity not included), this omakase experience will deliver. Wine and sake pairings for an additional price are also available. Book your spot ASAP, your meal will end with one of the best handrolls we’ve had!

 

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ENTRENOS


Neighborhood: Miami Shores
Address9840 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Contemporary American

The term “farm to table” has lost its meaning, thanks to our ability to overuse it. However, if there is one restaurant in Miami that could bring it back, it would be EntreNos, a pop-up inside Tinta Y Cafe’s Miami Shore location honoring seasonality in a way we rarely see in Miami. And because of their talent, technique, and thoughtfully sourced menu, Chefs Evan Burgess and Osmel Gonzalez have earned their first Michelin star.

Entrenos is more than just a restaurant; it’s a place where parsley tastes like parsley and mint tastes like mint. Their concept revolves around Florida-sourced ingredients, offering a hyper-seasonal à la carte menu. Their dishes pay homage to the local food system, with the menu proudly featuring the farms they collaborate with. They prioritize seasonal growth and sourcing from local farms, ranches, and fisheries like Paradise Farm, Hetberkshwein Farm, Tiny Farm, and French Farms.

On a very recent trip, we had a life-altering Pork Belly Chicharron with an aji amarillo leche de tigre, crispy sweet potato, and pork rinds. The dish was balanced, filled with flavor, and had all the right textures.

TAMBOURINE ROOM BY TRISTAN BRANDT


Neighborhood: North Beach
Address: 6801 Collins Ave
Cuisine: French, Asian

The Tambourine Room by Tristan Brandt, located inside the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, received its first Michelin Star in 2023.

Chef Tristan Brandt’s culinary accomplishments include receiving two Michelin Stars as Head Chef at OPUS V in Germany and one Michelin Star at Epoca by Tristan Brandt in Switzerland’s Waldhaus Flims Wellness Resort.

The Tambourine Room offers a tasting menu for 18 guests, featuring modern classic French cuisine with Asian influences, utilizing locally sourced and seasonal ingredients from South Florida farms. Signature dishes include Beef Tartare with Caviar and Guinea Fowl with Praline and Spicy Aubergine Stew.

The Tambourine Room offers a six-course menu on Wednesday – Thursday, and Sunday; as well as a three-course menu for Friday and Saturday seatings.

ARIETE


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3540 Main Hwy
Cuisine: New American

Ariete is Chef Michael Beltran’s first Michelin-starred restaurant. The menu merges French fine dining with Cuban influence. You’re coming here for the Canard a La Presse, that’s French for duck press. The Rohan Duck feeds two guests with limited quantities available every night and as available as part of the three or four-course menu at Ariete.

We recommend scoring an early reservation to secure this dish. This is one of the only four restaurants in the U.S. carrying out what is known traditionally in France as The Duck Press. The Rohan Duck is dry-aged for approximately 20 days and lightly glazed with guarapo (sugarcane) and local honey. Part of the preparation is presented table side and served with different sides that include the Roasted Calabaza Tamal, Wild Mushroom Foie Gravy, Duck Fricasse Pastelitos, and a delicious and simple French-inspired salad. Feeling decadent, add foie gras to your duck feast for an additional charge.

If they’re sold out on ducks for the night, go for their six-course tasting menu. It includes the Wood-Grilled Oysters with bone marrow butter, charred lime, and chive as well as the pastrami style Wagyu Short Rib with red pepper beef jus, shaved vegetable caesar, and served with an oyster and short rib croqueta.

 

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BOIA DE


Neighborhood: Little Haiti
Address: 5205 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: New American

Since 2019, Boia De has consistently delivered some of the best food in Miami, earning Chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer their Michelin star for a second year in a row. 

If you’ve driven past an unassuming strip mall and seen a glowing pink exclamation point, then you have found your destination. Boia De offers some culinary love to Chef Giangrandi’s Italian background roots, so think freshly made pasta, polenta, and of course one of the best tiramisu’s we’ve ever had.

Order the Potato Skins with Stracciatella, hard egg, and caviar, or Luci’s Chopped Salad to start. Work yourself down to the pasta section and try out the Bufala Ricotta Gnocchi Pomodoro and the Tagliolini Nero (served cold) with king crab, vin juane, truffle, and herbs. And as we mentioned earlier, end the meal with a Crispy Tiramisu. They’re constantly adding new dishes to the menu, so make sure to ask what’s new. Our favorite new dishes are the seasonal Squash Blossoms lightly battered and stuffed with zucchini pesto and black truffle risotto; and the doppio agnolotti with morel mushrooms, asparagus, and Calabrian crumb. Hello Summer! 

It was already challenging to score a table at Boia De, so we can only assume it just got harder. But don’t cry just yet. There is a walk-in counter, specifically held for those without a reservation. 

COTE


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 3900 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Korean Steakhouse

Coming from New York to Miami it is no surprise that Cote delivers its exceptional service and flawless wine program here in the 305. Being awarded not only a one-star in the Michelin Guide but also the Florida Sommelier Award in 2022; it’s clear Cote is here to make waves in Miami’s Design District. When entering Cote you will be met with seamless service from start to finish. And if you are craving exceptionally cooked meat that melts in your mouth, then look no further.

We recommend getting the Butcher’s Feast, featuring a selection of Chef’s favorite cuts and a feast of USDA Prime & American Wagyu beef for $68. Additionally, if you come with a big group, we’d also get the Korean Bacon, the Kimchi Wagyu Paella, and the Chicken Nuggets only available off the bar menu. Soft serve ice cream topped with soy sauce caramel is included with the Butcher’s Feast.

EL CIELO


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 31 SE 5th St
Cuisine: Latin American

If you’re looking for a full sensory dining experience stop by El Cielo in Brickell. Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos is broadening his guests’ minds and educating them on traditional Colombian cuisine through different avant-garde dining “moments”.

This is a tasting menu filled with theatrics with mist, lengthy explanations of what you’re eating, and how they represent Colombia. Our favorite “moments” were the tableside “Choco Therapy” and “Tree of Life” bread service.

HIDEN


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 313 NW 25th St
Cuisine: Japanese

You’re never going to believe what you will find nestled discreetly in the back of the Taco Stand. Behind this lively taco joint in Wynwood, a surprise awaits—a hidden wooden door with a keypad. Enter the exclusive code provided on the day of your reservation and 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, for a dining experience that’ll have you questioning where you are.

There’s only one way to savor this remarkable meal: the progressive Chef’s Choice Omakase. Prepare 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.

 

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LE JARDINIER


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 151 NE 41st St Suite 135
Cuisine: French

Le Jardinier is the French word for “gardener”, which is the theme of this modern, refined eatery focused on high-quality vegetables, seasonal ingredients, and fresh herbs. We love to see a Michelin star go to a restaurant hyper-focused on veggies.

The restaurant is stunning, with custom black and white marble walls and a vertical garden on the back wall. We also love the black marble bar with circular accent lights highlighting bottles of high-quality craft spirits and fortified wines. 

It’s been a minute since we went to Le Jardinier. However, it’s always lovely. Whether you go for lunch, brunch, or dinner it’s always a delicate and refreshing experience created by Chef Alain Verzeroli. The menu changes seasonally and we’ve had variations of the Burrata, Ora King Salmon, and Bavette au Jus. The best bang for your buck is probably the prix fixe 3-course menu for lunch Tuesday – Friday. It includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. 

LOS FÉLIX


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3413 Main Hwy
Cuisine: Mexican

Inspired in part by Mexican heritage and the indigenous ways of Milpa farming, Los Félix executes simple, yet thoughtfully curated dishes with an emphasis on ingredients. Accompanied by an extensive natural wine list and signature ‘cocteles’, Los Félix hits the note in every aspect of their ambiance. It’s all about groovy vinyl spins and a modern approach to honoring heirloom corn in every dish. Hungries, you may be coming for tacos, but you will be staying for the vibes. Go ahead and order the Pork Cheek Carnitas, Al Pastor Tacos, and their day’s catch Crudo! And of course, don’t forget that bottle of bio-dynamic wine to pair with your meal.

 

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STUBBORN SEED


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 101 Washington Ave
Cuisine: American

If you have ever found yourself in Miami Beach just South of Fifth, you will find nestled on the corner of 1st and Washington the newly awarded one-star Michelin restaurant: Stubborn Seed. Chef Jeremy Ford helms this badass kitchen with a powerful team that delivers consistent flavorful dishes that pack a powerful punch every.single.time.

And that goes for the desserts made by Chef Bella Pinelli as well, so don’t even think about skipping them. To best enjoy this meal, just go ahead and treat yourself to Chef’s tasting menu, featuring 8 courses that give you the perfect idea of what Stubborn Seed is all about. Favorite dishes on the current tasting menu include the Crunch Truffle Bravas and the Charred Local Fish. With a low-lit dining room and classic rock singles playing overhead, this is a dining experience worth treating yourself to over and over again.

THE SURF CLUB RESTAURANT


Neighborhood: Surfside
Address: 9011 Collins Ave
Cuisine: American

When there is a big name attached to a restaurant, expectations are always going to be high and The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller will not disappoint.

Chef Keller is famously known for The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York City. Chances are that if and when you decide to stop by The Surf Club Restaurant, Chef Keller won’t be there. But it doesn’t matter. Excellence exists here. And now we want to celebrate any major life achievements at the Surf Club Restaurant.

We could talk forever about how beautiful and regal the Surf Club Restaurant is but this guide isn’t really about that. It’s a plus though. But what we want to talk about is the food.

The à la carte menu interprets classic Continental cuisine delivering a sense of nostalgia through every dish. Start your meal with a beautifully executed cocktail at the bar before heading to your table. We loved the refreshing Basil Smash with gin.

From the appetizers, we recommend the best crispy, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake of your life and the Hass Avocado & Garden Vegetable Louie. Moving on to the main event, let us introduce you to the best fettuccine we’ve ever had. It wasn’t overpowering. It was light and creamy. Normally, we’re meh about truffles but in this dish, it made sense. And I can’t believe we’re saying this but we would order it again. This is a splurge experience and if you’re going to spend $53 for pasta in Miami. This is where you should do it.

If it’s your first time at The Surf Club Restaurant, order the Prime Beef Short Rib Wellington for $150. The dish comes with a Périgourdine sauce and serves two. This is an intricate dish, so if you’re going to try it somewhere try it at The Surf Club Restaurant. Worth it.

We can’t wait to go back for the monthly fried chicken and to order the rest of the menu.

L’ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 4100 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: French

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon by the world-renowned & late Chef Joël Robuchon was the only restaurant to receive two stars in Miami. Enter through sister restaurant, Le Jardinier, and make your way to the second floor of a sexy red and wood-toned restaurant space. 

The best way to experience L’Atelier is to sit at the bar with one other person. Your neck might hurt after but it’s the best seat in the house to catch all the action.

You can order a la carte, the seasonal tasting menu for $190, or the evolution tasting menu for $280 (however if you want to do this option everyone in your party must choose this menu as well). These were the prices last time we checked, however, they could be more. We went for the Spring menu so that we could pick a total of eight different dishes for two guests and share. Our favorite dishes included the Crudo Kampachi, the Roasted Baby Artichoke, the Filet Mignon, and the Spring Carrot Cake. We also loved the bread basket baked in-house. Oh, and when your main course comes, rest assured that it will come with Chef Robuchon’s iconic Pomme Puree. It’s the silkiest mashed potato we’ve ever had.

In retrospect, if we’d go back we’d order a la carte and probably take out our calculator and just make sure to not overdo it. Their burger looks delicately delicious and easy to share since it’s cut in half by their team.

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Miami’s Michelin-starred restaurants
Miami’s Michelin-starred restaurants
Miami’s Michelin-starred restaurants
Miami’s Michelin-starred restaurants
Miami’s Michelin-starred restaurants