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5 restaurants pushing the envelope in Miami

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by OpenTable team
Updated December 21, 2022

Creativity is one of Miami’s distinguishing features, cropping up in the city’s bold approach to art, design, and fashion. Thankfully, it’s also a trait that stretches to Magic City’s dining scene, which sizzles as strongly as the South Florida sun.

In South Beach, a chef places sustainability at the heart of his rotisserie-meets-izakaya menu. An inventive Indian restaurant in Kendall pairs Floridian flavors, such as avocado and yellowfin tuna, with South Asian staples.

Standing out in one of America’s most cutting-edge cities is no easy feat. These are the five restaurants that excel when it comes to offering some of Miami’s most unique meals.

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4.6 (38)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
After [speaking candidly about burnout](https://blog.opentable.com/pez-loco-ari-taymor/) during his time cooking in the award-winning Los Angeles restaurant Alma, chef Ari Taymor took time to recalibrate before opening his latest Miami-based restaurant, Pez Loco, in early 2022. Set in trendy Wynwood, the tropical spot offers beach-flavored dishes such as radiatore with octopus-mezcal ragu and Sinaloan tuna crudo. The plates are inspired by the coastal towns of Mexico, areas where Taymor spent time as a child before finding solace in the region’s surf culture as an adult. Taymor is a passionate advocate for his employees’ mental health, routinely encouraging them to find pursuits that bring joy and balance outside the kitchen. The result is an especially thoughtful restaurant, offering a blueprint for balance in a relentless industry.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Oct 7, 2023
Had Ana amazing dinner with my family for my birthday the food was great so was the drinks and the wine . The portions a bit small but savory and delicious . I sill definitely go back again .
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4.8 (2836)
$50 and over
Coral Gables
About the restaurant
Japanese multi-course menus are all the rage in cosmopolitan Miami. But this Washington, D.C. transplant breaks boundaries by offering pasta-themed omakase, inspired by executive chef Daniel Ganem’s trips to Japan. Fiola’s inventive, six-course menu features an ever-changing selection of an appetizer, four pasta dishes, and a dessert. Dishes such as the porcini mushroom “cappuccino soup” and the carbonara pasta, topped with kaluga caviar, intend to take diners on a Japanese-accented jaunt through Italy. To that, add a striking, glass-walled wine room—translation: a prolific bottle selection—and you’re in for one of Miami’s most exquisite meals.
Top review
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
The food, service and ambience was fantastic for Sunday Brunch. The Terraza's grand re-opening with the retractable roof was incredible, the perfect way to dine. Definitely have to revisit not just for brunch (at Fiola), although unlike previous reviews I read the Terraza's menu was expanded it seems, and included not just brunch items but the complete Fiola Menu.
A photo of Sérêvène restaurant
4.8 (354)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
South Beach
About the restaurant
Executive chef Pawan Pinisetti, who has trained under culinary powerhouses such as Tom Colicchio and the late Joël Robuchon, runs an exceptionally responsible kitchen at this rotisserie-meets-izakaya. At Sérêvène, set in the chic, adults-only Greystone Hotel, the menu unabashedly fuses traditions, featuring foie gras hot pockets and red wine-braised beef cheek with lemongrass coconut curry sauce. Sustainably steers the kitchen here. Pinisetti ensures no scrap goes to waste as he remixes culinary techniques: Vegetable peels and fruit skins are used as broth enhancers, disposable products are made with biodegradable plastics (or avocado pulp), and meat and seafood is sourced from suppliers that offer humanely raised fish and operate on USDA-certified farms. For Pinisetti and co., sustainability isn’t an afterthought, it’s second nature, making a meal here a truly unique experience.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
by far one of the best in miami this is food done right! if there is a place you must try this is it. the staff was amazing, the chef came to our table and explained on detail the dishes, fabio our server was also amazing..a must in miami and staple in the south florida culinary scene...
A photo of Ghee - Downtown Dadeland restaurant
4.8 (1368)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Miami doesn’t have the most prolific Indian restaurant selection, but when the craving hits, Ghee Indian Kitchen, steered by James Beard Award semi-finalist Niven Patel, hits the spot. It’s a quaint restaurant, lined with jars of fermenting vegetables, and executes an innovative cultural balancing act. Dishes such as yellowfin tuna bhel, avocado bhatura (deep-fried, leavened bread), and turmeric-marinated local fish infuse distinctly Floridian flavors into South Asian staples. Much of the produce here is sourced from Rancho Patel in Homestead ), the chef’s two-acre farm home about an hour south of Miami, where he grows taro leaves, tomatoes, radish, kale, and over a dozen types of mangoes, which all make their way into Ghee’s dishes. By creating this unique farm-to-table ecosystem, Patel not only reduces costs, but also provides the freshest ingredients for his restaurant, resulting in an impressive hospitality doubleplay.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Recently tried the new addition to the menu – the ceviche in a crispy puff, perfectly paired with the Forager Pale Ale! 🍺 It instantly transported me back to my days in Peru 🇵🇪. Easily a 20-star ⭐️ experience out of 5 – I'm definitely coming back for more! The food is consistently amazing, and I appreciate the friendly and professional staff. It feels like a home away from home. The owner even took the time to check in on our table. Outstanding experience!
A photo of Sexy Fish - Miami restaurant
4.6 (1454)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Step past the velvet ropes and into an over-the-top, under-the-sea party at this awe-inspiring spot. At Sexy Fish, which blazes new trails when it comes to restaurant design, both the dishes and the interiors are feasts. The menu is inspired by Asia’s oceans, while the extravagant interiors—massive mermaid sculptures, glass mosaics—come courtesy of award-winning Martin Brudnizki Studio, displaying art by Damien Hirst, plus a multi-million dollar fish lamp installation by Frank Gehry. Many of the dishes, such as the yellowfin tartare, are as dramatic as the surroundings, complete with wisps of dry ice. Once the clock strikes 10 pm, the restaurant turns up the buzz with live music, compelling diners to order another round and enjoy the show at this inimitable Brickell stunner.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Amazing place for a special evening. Fantastic good and atmosphere
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