What’s up, Miami food adventurers! If the idea of keeping tabs on every new joint and watering hole across the 305 has your head spinning faster than a salsa dancer at a Calle Ocho street party, no worries – we’ve got your compass. Dive into our curated list of the hottest new restaurants in Miami this season. From the vibrant beats of South Beach to the chic vibes of Brickell and beyond, these are the spots that radiate that quintessential Miami flavor. Now, we can’t promise you’ll love every spot we haven’t hit up yet, but we’re here to set you on the path of culinary exploration. So, whether you’re a pioneer seeking the latest gastronomic gems or just want to keep pace with our Hit List, get ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey across Miami’s diverse culinary landscape!
Hottest New Miami Restaurants, December 2023:
Giorgina by Grupo Mandolina in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood brings an authentic taste of Italy to the Magic City. Founded on the principles of culinary excellence, impeccable service and an inviting ambiance, Giorgina, known in Mexico City as Mandolina, has been a beloved dining destination since 2020. The 4,500-square-foot, 130-seat Miami al fresco restaurant will take guests on a sensory journey to the shores of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. From its modern and cozy architecture and citrus-toned color palette, to its foliage-covered ceiling displaying more than 5,000 lemons on vines, Giorgina is devoted to crafting exquisite dishes that capture the flavors of Italy.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is pleased to introduce a new Italian pop-up restaurant concept, COLAMECO, this December, which will take over the resort. Artfully conceived by Executive Chef Adrian Colameco to provide guests and Miami locals with a new upscale culinary experience throughout the festive season, the extensive menu features elevated Italian classics inspired by Chef Colameco’s upbringing and culinary background. Patrons can expect specialties including Fresh Shucked Oysters served with Cocktail Sauce and Rose Mignonette; Polpette Della Nonna, homemade meatballs with pomodoro, ricotta, pesto and grilled farm bread; Bistecca, grilled Ribeye with bone marrow rosemary butter and Aceto Balsamic; and ‘Colameco’s Specialty,’ a signature take on classic Baked Ziti with crispy eggplant, pomodoro, ricotta and pesto. An exquisite cocktail selection will be presented alongside traditional aperitifs and more. COLAMECO at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort serves as a fresh culinary experience in Miami’s most exclusive enclave.
The world-renowned team behind the MICHELIN Guide-recommended and one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, Café La Trova — led by famed cantinero Julio Cabrera alongside several partners from La Trova’s bar team — bring you La Cumbancha, a Cuban-American concept inspired by the energy of 1970s Miami. The name, ‘La Cumbancha’ itself, is a Cuban-African term meaning a gathering of family and friends to dance, play music, and drink, perfectly encapsulating the restaurant’s ethos. Located in the heart of Miami Lakes at 6743 Main Street, the culinary offerings include an eclectic fusion of Cuban-inspired dishes with international influences of Italy, Spain and France, masterfully created by Chef Carlos Hidalgo. Cabrera and his team bring their expertise with a cocktail menu that blends tropical flavors with modern techniques, setting a new standard in cocktail craftsmanship. Guests can also enjoy live music every night!
Major Food Group (MFG) debut the impossibly glamorous Chateau ZZ’s in a historic Miami estate steeped in significance and allure. Here, MFG will introduce the acclaimed company’s first-ever foray into Mexican cuisine. Hidden in plain sight in the heart of Brickell, this two-floor architectural marvel, originally constructed as a private residence in 1931 by legendary architect Martin L. Hampton, is the only known French chateau in the city and was designated a historically protected building in 1983. Now MFG, in collaboration with the visionary Ken Fulk, Inc., have meticulously restored the estate to its former splendor.
The first level of the reimagined manor features MFG’s first-ever Mexican concept—a glitzy restaurant with impeccable cuisine, an extensive collection of the rarest tequilas, a stunning solarium, a vibrant bar and lounge, and idyllic outdoor gardens. The second level of Chateau ZZ’s, meanwhile, is strictly private and available exclusively to members of ZZ’s Club. At Chateau ZZ’s, tuxedo-clad service captains will orchestrate a journey through iconic Mexicans dishes; features include a table-side guacamole presentation, Sweet Corn Elote, Lobster Aguachile Verde, Ribeye Pastor, and so much more, all presented with MFG’s famed sense of flair.
This endeavor not only signifies the group’s first foray into a vast and rich culinary realm but also marks the unveiling of the estate to the public. Paying homage to the address’ rich history, Chateau ZZ’s stands as a testament to Major Food Group’s commitment to revitalizing and preserving historic landmarks.
Nestled within the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Zaytinya marks the eagerly anticipated return of globally renowned celebrity chef José Andrés to Miami, serving as the latest addition to the José Andrés Group – a culinary powerhouse known for its mission to “change the world through the power of food”. Bringing the best of Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon together under one roof, Zaytinya’s menu reflects the rich regional diversity of these classic cuisines under the guidance of James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés and concept chef Michael Costa.
Delilah Miami, the latest outpost of Los Angeles-based h.wood Group’s beloved Delilah restaurant concept, has officially opened its doors in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Marking the first East Coast opening in The h.wood Group’s portfolio of more than 15 hospitality concepts in North America and the Middle East, Delilah Miami brings its modern-day supper club concept to the Magic City – set to redefine Miami’s luxury dining and entertainment scene.
The Amalfi Llama
The Amalfi Llama reimagines the culinary landscape by seamlessly merging the allure of a rustic live-fire steakhouse with the flavors of Italian cuisine, affordably priced culinary haven where genuine cooking, down-to-earth cuisine and stylish flair intertwine. Guests embark on a journey from Southern Patagonia to the Mediterranean coast of Italy as they indulge in a multisensory experience that transcends boundaries – from the soothing cream decor to the intimate ambiance of crackling embers accompanied by the melodies of vintage Italian vinyls. Embracing the essence of a modern farmhouse, The Amalfi Llama revolves around an open parrilla grill and wood-burning oven, harnessing fire, smoke, coals and embers to craft dishes that pay homage to coastal cultures across Patagonia and Italy. The restaurant’s ethos also meets design with Latin American and Mediterranean influences, resulting in an inviting environment adorned with light woods, natural light and subtly elegant finishes, defying traditional steakhouse and Italian restaurant conventions. The Amalfi Llama will soon deliver its ethos to two of the U.S.’s most attractive markets: Miami (Aventura) and San Diego.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Experience the vibrant allure of Barcelona Wine Bar, Wynwood’s newest gem. Immerse yourself in the authentic flavors of Spain, the Mediterranean, and South America with a diverse menu featuring tapas, small plates, paellas, and larger-format dishes like chicken pimientos and whole branzino. The wine selection is a journey in itself, boasting an award-winning list that spans the globe, with a focus on organic offerings and a robust sherry program. The creative cocktail list, featuring traditional Spanish GinTonics and more, ensures there’s a libation for every palate. Set in an expansive space, the restaurant and wine bar offer a variety of seating options, from cozy bar seats to European-inspired patio settings. As you dine, immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere enhanced by an eye-catching mural from acclaimed artist Patrick Church, adding a touch of art, community, and unique history to this culinary haven. I invite you to join us as our guest and discover the magic of Barcelona Wine Bar in Wynwood. Cheers to an unforgettable experience!
Bartaco Coconut Grove
Embark on a culinary journey at Bartaco’s flagship Miami location in Coconut Grove, where the essence of beach culture from Brazil, Uruguay, and Southern California is encapsulated in upscale street food with a coastal vibe. Established in Port Chester, New York, bartaco has become a Northeast native sensation, with 29 locations nationwide, and Coconut Grove serves as its South Florida flagship. The two-story property, nestled in the heart of the vibrant neighborhood, pays homage to the city’s roots with a unique green and white fresh color palette and Art Deco-style details. The expansive eatery features two interior levels, a wraparound second floor surrounding a massive light-filled atrium, and adorned walls showcasing artwork and photos by founder Sasa Mahr-Batuz. The scratch-made menu, inspired by coastal flavors, boasts favorites like duck birria, pork belly, and baja fish tacos. Offering an inherently gluten-free menu, bartaco ensures everyone can relish their bold flavors, including family-friendly options. Indulge in signature dishes like the chicken tortilla soup and the tuna tatako, served in a crisp Bibb lettuce wrap. The dessert selection includes signature churros, tres leches, and gelato, while handcrafted cocktails and fresh-squeezed margaritas add the perfect finishing touch to this coastal culinary experience.
Chef Omar Montero will unveil his newest sensation just in time for the holidays with the opening of Casa Ya’ax, his new indoor/outdoor culinary and cocktail haven in the heart of Wynwood. Positioned to further Wynwood’s well-earned reputation as one of the hottest neighborhoods in the world, Casa Ya’ax will be the sublime, sophisticated new sibling to his beloved La Santa Taqueria; delivering a transportive experience evoking the traditions, flavors, hospitality, and spirit of his native Mexico. Featuring an inspired menu founded on simplicity but elevated by technique; an inventive drinks program, a lush tropical design aesthetic, and live entertainment, Casa Ya’ax will bring Mexico by way of Montero to locals and visitors alike by year’s end.
Edan Bistro is a Basque restaurant in North Miami offering an all-day Spanish dining curated by Lur chef Aitor Garate Berasaluze. It serves breakfast and brunch items like eggplant and jalapeño toast, tortilla española, croissants, and sandwiches. There’s also an all-day menu with steak tartare, grilled duck magret, and Basque cheesecake.
Erba is an Italian-inspired restaurant in Coral Gables that embraces the vibrant spirit of Miami, showcasing a local adaptation rooted in a hospitality-forward mindset. It’s Chef Niven Patel’s homage to his time in Florence, emphasizing the appreciation of local culture, colors, and energy—a harmonious fusion of the old world meeting the new world. Sourcing fresh, local ingredients lies at the heart and soul of Erba, with a significant portion of our produce coming directly from our own farm, Rancho Patel. With a strong emphasis on quality ingredients, Erba, a play on “herbs,” procures its produce from a variety of local suppliers and prominently features Rancho Patel’s unique varieties across its menus. We invite you to join us and experience the wide array of daily homemade pastas, an extensive wine selection, and our genuine hospitality.
At Maty’s, Chef Valerie Chang in Miami is bringing a personal touch. After gaining recognition for Itamae, her Nikkei restaurant with her brother and father, she aimed to showcase Peruvian culinary traditions honoring her grandmother Maty. Chang is the driving force behind this new venture, offering dishes that exude warmth and soul. Examples include a vibrant cebiche mixto with black grouper and crisp calamari, as well as fluffy tortitas de maiz. A visually striking fried snapper is presented curled around cornmeal-dusted fish nuggets, while a whole roasted dorade sits elegantly on an ají amarillo beurre blanc worth celebrating. The chic, airy dining room features a gallery of family portraits and handed-down relics, such as her grandmother’s school report card, adorning the walls. While Maty’s reflects Chang’s vision, it remains a true family affair.
MOTEK Brickell City Centre
Located in the heart of Miami’s financial district, MOTEK BCC is now open to the public and marks the brand’s largest location to date featuring MOTEK’s first in-house bakery, a 255-seat indoor and outdoor dining area, a 24-seat bar, and an all-new beverage program helmed by locally acclaimed mixologist and recently appointed Beverage Director, Randy Perez. MOTEK is a kosher-style Mediterranean restaurant with influences from our ancestors in Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, Yemen and more. As a family-owned business, with a love and passion for food true to our hometown roots, our vision for Motek is to elevate Miami’s food culture by bringing genuine, thoughtful, & delicious Mediterranean dishes to everybody without ever losing touch of the importance of freshness.
LOG Fire Signature unleashes a new wood-fired concept in Wynwood. Even a small spark can start a great fire, which is what drives LOG’s cuisine. Similar to their name, the new destination is inspired by fire. Not to be confused with your average campfire, locals and visitors alike can exchange stories near their sexy fireplace and alluring ambiance while sharing dishes, sipping drinks and making memories. Inside, guests will find a cozy yet, romantic escape within an industrial style building featuring high-ceilings and a beautifully lit bar with hints of greenery. Guests can also enjoy the magic and movement of fire in their open-kitchen setting.
Helmed by Chef Calvin Daniele, the menu is focused on seasonality and simplicity.
Hell’s Kitchen Miami
Hell’s Kitchen is located a block from the water in Downtown’s Met Square complex, the two-story restaurant has ample space for diners to indulge in all of the restaurant’s iconic menu items, spearheaded by one of the most talented chefs. The 16,736 square foot space includes a ground-floor patio and second-floor dining terrace, as well as a beautiful interior dining room. The interior design is set to emulate the hit television show’s set, with an open kitchen and contemporary bar, where diners can watch the iconic red and blue teams from their seat. The bar serves a selection of both classic and signature cocktails; from a traditional Negroni and Old Fashioned to the innovative Smoke on the Water, served in a smoke-filled lantern, or the Notes from Gordon, complete with a personalized message from Chef Ramsay himself.
One K Raw
One K Raw, Miami’s newest destination for elevated, international cuisine, sophisticated cocktails and live entertainment, is pleased to open its doors this fall in the metropolitan neighborhood of Brickell. Brought to life by industry expert Coco Coig and partners Jhota Taborda and Andres San Martin of The Dirty Rabbit Group, One K Raw offers Miami locals and visitors an elegant dining ambiance that sets the stage for unforgettable moments and culinary creativity.
Debuting in January 2024 in the Buena Vista neighborhood, La Màrtola, draws inspiration from the culinary treasures of the Riviera of Italy, France, and Spain. Founded by esteemed partners, internationally recognized La Filiale owned by Martino de Rosa and celebrity chef Franco Pepe, alongside food and beverage impresario Paolo Domeneghetti, La Màrtola’s menu is characterized by simplicity and anchored by the highest quality local ingredients combined with delicacies imported from the coastal regions of the “old world.” Dishes feature a variety of new and classic favorites including an array of Neapolitan pizzas by La Filiale which will be made using a Stefano Ferrara wood-fired pizza oven, as well as a variety of wood-fired and grilled farm-raised meats, local fish, and locally grown vegetables, prepared in the restaurant’s custom-made wood grill by Grillworks.