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10 Most Exciting New Restaurants in Miami

BY The Editors | June 26, 2017 | Feature Features

The 50 finest things happening in Miami's culinary scene right now.
Le Sirenuse's beef tartare with egg yolk confit and Grana Padano reduction

1. Tatel Miami
Oh, we know: At this restaurant owned in part by performer Enrique Iglesias, tennis star Rafael Nadal and San Antonio Spurs player Pau Gasol, there’s plenty of opportunity for eye candy. Don’t let that distract you from dishes like the tortilla trufada, a truffled, foamy take on the traditional omelet, and the Blind Rice with Maine lobster, prepared by former Nobu Miami executive chef Nicolas Mazier. The ingredients in these two dishes are white wine-friendly, but their earthy richness can also stand up quite nicely to a 2012 Artadi El Sequé. Also note: The various craft cocktails are not to be missed. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, 1669 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.0523

2. Atlantikós
Greek flavors thrive at this Bal Harbour eatery, where chef Anastasios Chasekioglou dishes out an irresistible langoustines fricassee accented with braised fennel, baby spinach and avgolemono sauce, and a distinct preparation of whole branzino that’s layered with sliced lemons and herbs, then roasted in a Champagne-spiked bread dough. The servers are helpful when describing the flavor profiles of wines such as Assyrtiko Tselepos from Santorini. For a lively time, visit on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9pm, when a prix fixe, family-style meal includes a signature plate-breaking ritual. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.993.3300

3. Phuc Yea
In this permanent reincarnation of their beloved pop-up (inside a converted historic home on Biscayne Boulevard no less), owner Aniece Meinhold and chef-partner Cesar Zapata marry Vietnamese and Creole flavors, as in the spicy, hoisin-accented Coca-Cola confit duck served with house-made pickles. It goes beautifully with Voirin Jumel 1er Cru, a Champagne the couple also pours by the glass. Vegetarians will no doubt enjoy the veggie curry with eggplant, mushrooms, chayote and Okinawa sweet potato. For best dining results, though, Meinhold suggests trying Zapata’s tasting menus, which come in three different tiers and can be tailored to taste. 7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.602.3710

4. Le Sirenuse Miami
At this elegant eatery (where arriving early to spend some time at the Champagne Bar is a must) the stunning backdrop of the original Surf Club architecture saturates the senses so much, you might feel satisfied without actually consuming anything. Then again, chef de cuisine Antonio Mermolia’s caprese risotto, cooked with mozzarella-infused water and accented with tomato jam, will remind you why carbs are really our friends. Follow that with the glorious and succulent polipo alla Luciana, Mediterranean octopus made with spicy tomato sauce, along with a bottle of Vermentino di Gallura from Surrau. Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, 9011 Collins Ave., Surfside, 786.482.2280

5. Kiki on the River
Joining the group of see-and-be-seen-because-it’s-a-scene restaurants, this riverside Greek establishment has enviable charm (thanks in part to an eclectic interior where nothing matches), but dishes like the octopus braised in olive oil and served with red onions, fried capers and parsley shine because of chef Steve Rhee’s eye for quality and precise methodology. If you want to try more than a couple of items, the prix fixe weekly lunch offers the menu’s best. And on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30pm, join Have a Kiki on Me—buy a friend a cocktail, and the bartender sends you one. 450 NW N. River Drive, Miami, 786.502.3243

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