Road Trip: Miami Dining Guide c/o

ellen bowen

A few months ago, CTbites Director of Marketing and Invites Curator, Ellen Bowen, launched to cover the fast growing food scene in Miami and Miami Beach (taking advantage of the fact that Miami is her 2nd home).

With the holiday season approaching and many CTbites readers heading south for Christmas and New Years break (or going just to escape winter’s wrath ) we felt it only right to keep you in good food during your travels.  

Check out MIAbites recent Best Bites Dining Guide, a comprehensive guide to all the good eats in Miami and Miami Beach.

It is a pretty comprehensive compilation from the MIAbites Team and can be used throughout the season. Bowen has divided her Dining Guide into a few handy categories. See below...

1.    Best of Miami- (reservations are pretty much the norm for dining at this list)

2.    New and Emerging- Opened in the last year and are new hot spots to check out.

3.    Casual or Quick Bites- Lunch or more casual for dinner but fun places with good food

4.    Coffee and Cocktails- Start the day with coffee…or end it with a uniquely Miami cocktail.

Best of Miami:

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood:

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink- James Beard winner, Michael Schwartz popular pub-like restaurant and raw bar-130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137

305 573-5550

MC Kitchen- Chef Dena Marino’s creative Italian and hip spot popular with Miami Heat players- 4141 Ne 2nd Ave., Suite 101a Miami, FL 33137 305 456-9948

Mandolin- Very popular Greek food and fresh fish dishes- 4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

305 576-6066

Salumeria 104- Italian and popular casual spot in Midtown -3451 NE 1st Ave #104, Miami, FL 33137

(305) 424-9588

SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill – Chef Timon Balloo 3 kitchen concept offers raw bar, grill and small plates -3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL  33137  786 369 -0353

Shikany- Chef Michael Shikany gourmet dining in Wynwood- 251 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

(305) 573-0690

Miami Beach:

Tongue & Cheek – Creative Chef Jamie DeRosa’s ingredient-driven fare- 431 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 704-2900

The Dutch – New York transplant hip spot helmed by Chef Conor Hanlon in W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 938-3111

Scarpetta – New York transplant Italian with new chef, Marlon Rambaran at The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 674- 4660

Hakkasan- Hip Asian and Dim Sum at The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 786 276-1410

Casa Tua- Private club members get the reservations first. 1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 673-1010

Prime 112- Steak and sides galore- 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 532-8112

Red SteakHouse- Great steaks and sides- 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 534-3688

Joe's Stone Crab- a Miami institution. Stone Crabs and best Fried Chicken. -11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139  (305) 673-0365

Pubbelly- Pubbelly Boys offer pork belly, and sushi at locations in Sunset Harbor- 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 532-7555

BLT Steak Miami- New York transplant steak and sides at The Betsy South Beach 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139  305 673-0044

Juvia- Best view of Miami Beach from top of Herzog & Demeuron parking garage!- 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 763-8272

Lure- New York transplant fish and sushi at The Loews 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 695-4550

Macchialina- Italian off the main drag-  820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 534-2124

Milos-Fresh fish and light Grecian touch- 730 1st St. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 604-6800

New and Emerging- Open less than one year and worth checking out!

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood:

Cypress Room- Hip new “Speakeasy-like” spot from James Beard winner, Michael Schwartz-3620 Ne 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137 305 520-5197

Bocce Bar – Italian small plates and regulation Bocce court. 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 786 245- 6211

Riviera Focacceria- innovative Ligurian cuisine 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (786) 220-6251

Mignonette- Raw bar, crudo, fresh fish- 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132

(305) 374-4635

Miami Beach:

The Traymore at Metropolitan by COMO- Fine dining in retro hotel by Chef Jonathan Lane at The Metropolitan By Como 2445 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 695-3600

L’echon Brasserie- Pubbelly boys move uptown- 6261 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

(786) 483-1611

Morimoto- Celeb chef with expensive omakase menu- The Shelborne Hotel- 1801 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 531-127

Seagrape at The Thompson-James Beard Award winning chef, Michelle Bernstein- highly anticipated opening. The Thompson Miami Beach

Matador at Ian Schrager’s Edition- Jean Georges helms this new restaurant in the renovated and newly opened Edition Hotel.  

Casual and Quick Bites- Lunch or casual dinner or snacks

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood

Harry's Pizzeria3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127(786) 275-4963

Crumb on Parchment- Sandwiches and salads -3930 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 572-9444

Mercato- sandwiches and salads-4141 NE 2nd Ave #101a, Miami, FL 33137 (305) 456-9948

Buena Vista Deli - 4590 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 576-3945

La Latina- Arepas, empanadas, fritas- 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 571-9655 

Kush Wynwood- and Beer- 2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127(305) 576-4500

Zak The Baker- Breads, sandwiches 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

Miami Beach:

My Ceviche South Beach- Ceviche, fish tacos and bowls- 235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 397-8710

La Sandwicherie- 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-8934

Puerto Sagua- Authentic Cuban- 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 673-1115

Hua Huas Taqueria- Tacos and Taquitos- 1211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 534-8226

True Loaf Bakery- Baked goods, breads- 1894 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 216-7207

Coffee and Cocktails

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood:

Panther Coffee- Expect a line, they roast their own- 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (305) 677-3952

Miam Cafe & Boutique- 2750 NW 3rd Ave Suite 21, Miami, FL 33127 (786) 703-1451

Jugo Fresh- Fresh juices and smoothies1935 West Ave #102, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 472-2552

Miami Beach:

Panther Coffee in Sunset Harbour- A second location to get that Panther experience- 1875 Purdy AvenueMiami Beach, FL 33139

Lee & Maries Cakery- Breakfast, croissants and lunch- 40 S Pointe Dr #108, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 672-5167

The Rum Line- at The Loews Hotel- Caribbean vibe, innovative cocktails-1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 695-4550

Broken Shaker at The Freehand- James Beard nominated cocktail bar in Freehand Hostel- 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140(305) 531-2727

The Gin Bar at the Traymore- 2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140(305) 695-3600

The Regent Cocktail Club at The Gale - 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0199

We could go on and on… and each one of us has favorites that did not even make this list.  

There are also many top spots in downtown Miami like Edge Steak Housein the Four SeasonsLa Mar and Azul at The Mandarin Oriental and Zuma,in the Epic Hotel, the new Tamarina on Brickell, and celeb hangout, Seasalt and Pepper on the Miami River , and in new emerging areas like Edgewater with Nemesis and in MiMo/Upper East Side with Loba, The Vagabond, Blue Collar and others.

Go for the sun and good weather…but stay for the food!