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The Miami Restaurants You Need to Dine at During Your Next Trip

Miami’s culinary scene has seen a recent resurgence in notable openings. Reservations at these hotspots, both old and new, are highly coveted by locals and travelers alike.

Leku

Spanish restaurants abound in the Magic City, yet few offer exclusively Basque cuisine. The onsite indoor-outdoor restaurant at Rubell Museum situated amidst a lush garden is posh yet delightfully whimsical. Miami’s elite occupy the suede armchairs and emerald banquettes that line the dining room against the backdrop of a brightly-colored mural by Allison Zuckerman. Be sure to order one of the various prime cuts of meat, as Leku is the only restaurant in Miami with a double wood-fired Josper grill.

Stubborn Seed

You’ve likely tried New American fare, but not quite like this avant-garde South Beach site by Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford. The seasonal dishes are intentionally and artfully executed. Opt for the eight-course chef’s tasting menu to enjoy an array of curated classics; regardless, the cacio e pepe cheesy puffs are not to be missed.

Strawberry Moon

Doubling as a swim club by day and restaurant and lounge by night, Strawberry Moon is the onsite watering hole at The Goodtime Hotel, the lively boutique South Beach hotel by Pharrell and Dave Grutman of Groot Hospitality. Craft cocktails and Mediterranean dishes such as Turkish pizzas, kebabs, mezzes, and more, are served among a pastel oasis of pink wicker furniture, pinstriped cushioned dining booths, and marble tiled floors that draw inspiration from mid-century Caribbean and Central American resort towns during their hey-days.

COTE Miami

This outpost of the Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse in New York City of the same name is the perfect spot for an upscale yet unstuffy date night. Each table is situated around smokeless charcoal grills, where servers prepare 45-day, dry-aged beef. Newcomers: try the $64 per person Butcher’s Feast to sample chef’s choice cuts.

Ariete

How many restaurants attempt Foie Gras, “Monkfish Wellington,” and Venison and manage to exceed all expectations – in Coconut Grove, no less? That’s what makes Ariete so special. At the crossroads of fine dining and Cuban cooking, Chef Michael Beltran fuses hearty comfort food emphasized by the Latin flavors of his upbringing.

Mamey Miami

From acclaimed James Beard Award-nominated chef Chef Niven Patel, the tropical-themed menu is inspired by his visits to Asia, the Caribbean, and French Polynesia, while showcasing a smattering of locally-grown ingredients. Its rooftop location is ideal for sunset dinner and drinks.

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