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The Cascata Grille & Bar
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura; 786-279-6600


There’s something for every taste at this welcoming restaurant overlooking the waterfall and golf course at Fairmont Turnberry Isle. Tasty Italian-inspired dishes like braised lamb shank ravioli and pan-seared cobia with cannellini beans are prepared using fresh herbs from the resort’s garden.


Bourbon Steak
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura; 786-279-6600


This Michael Mina steakhouse at Fairmont Turnberry Isle serves high-quality steaks and some of the best burgers in town. Great service, a stunning interior and a newly launched cigar lounge make it a fine dining destination.

Photos: Fairmont Turnberry Isle


17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach; 305-936-1008


From braised duck to gourmet pizzas, chef Tim Andriola’s Sunny Isles restaurant serves hearty Italian and Mediterranean fare in an elegant yet unpretentious setting. The menu allows diners to sample various small plates, like a delicious crispy oyster salad, or order from the restaurant’s entrées, which include a tasty grilled grouper and tagliatelle with veal meatballs.

Photos: Timo


175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach; 305-947-6263


Settle into one of this hidden gem’s 17 seats and allow chef Kevin Cory to surprise you with his Japanese omakase (chef’s choice) bento box. A good choice for adventurous eaters, this restaurant requires reservations.

Photos: Jeffrey Salter/NAOE


Red Light
7700 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 305-757-7773


Enjoy the quirky view of the Little River neighborhood at this off-the-beaten path restaurant in the MiMo District. Chef Kris Wessel draws from his New Orleans roots to create a menu of fresh comfort food like BBQ shrimp and oyster pie.

Photos: Red Light


6927 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 305-759-2001


Chef Michelle Bernstein’s upscale bistro food—think blue cheese and Serrano ham croquetas—make her charming 50-seat restaurant a dining destination in Miami’s revitalized Biscayne corridor.

Photos: Michy's


Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4314 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami; 305-576-6066


Turkey meets Greece at this small bistro on the edge of the Design District. Succulent dishes like shrimp in ouzo, Feta and tomato sauce; tender grilled octopus and Turkish spoon salad are best enjoyed in the restaurant’s romantic courtyard

Photos: Mandolin Aegean Bistro


Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
130 NE 40th Street, Miami; 305-573-5550


A sophisticated vibe, a well-stocked bar and high-end renditions of American dishes by James Beard Award-winner Michael Schwartz, make this Design District restaurant a favorite among locals and visitors. The whimsical desserts and Sunday brunch are a must.

Photos: Paula Nino


Sakaya Kitchen
3401 N Miami Avenue #125, Miami; 305-575-8096


Locals flock to this fast, casual eatery at the Shops at Midtown for kimchi egg rolls, honey-orange ribs and tender pork buns made from scratch.

Photos: Paula Nino


Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill
3252 NE 1st Avenue #115; 786-369-0353


The speed with which this Midtown restaurant caught on among locals has made it a near cliché, but a visit is worthwhile for great ambiance and chef Timon Balloo’s creative dishes. The menu is global with a range of options from waffles to robata-grilled items, but you’ll likely want to sample Sugarcane’s famous bacon-wrapped dates.

Photos: Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill


Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
186 NE 29th Street, Miami; 305-573-4681


A hole-in-the-wall lunch and breakfast spot, Enriqueta’s offers a taste of Cuban food near the city’s Design District. Try the pan con lechon, a sandwich stuffed with roasted pork, thinly sliced onions and a drizzle of Cuban-garlic sour-orange marinade known as mojo.

Photos: Paula Nino


131 26th Street, Miami Beach; 305-535-6332


At this homey restaurant, a husband-and-wife team from the Netherlands treats diners to Dutch-Indonesian fusion dishes like rijsttafel (rice served with a series of side dishes) and beef rendang (an intensely flavored beef stew).

Photos: Indomania


Meat Market
915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-532-0088


Fine steaks, an ample selection of raw seafood, excellent cocktails and great people watching are what draw diners to this swanky restaurant on the pedestrian-only Lincoln Road.

Photos: Lyall Aston (interior), Andrew Meade (food)


1233 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-532-3061


An elegant, low-key restaurant on the quieter end of Lincoln Road attracts diners with its homemade pastas, award-winning wine list and fresh, local catch. Sample grilled grouper or sheephead (a thinly-sliced fish served with palm hearts, Buddha-hand lime and sea salt). Meat lovers will appreciate the pan-seared veal sweetbreads and various cuts of steak.

Photos: AltaMare



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