If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Miami, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings we think you should know about - although keep in mind, we haven’t been to all of them. And for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this post. If we’ve checked out a spot and really like it, we’ll add a link so you can read more about it in our Hit List.
The new rooftop bar on top of the Life House hotel in Little Havana is an excellent place to grab a drink - especially at sunset. Bring a date here or a few friends who appreciate good cocktails.
Nativo is a restaurant in Brickell’s Conrad Hotel. The food is upscale Latin and the dishes are dressed up with things like avocado foam and carrot puree.
Mila is a rooftop restaurant on Lincoln Road with a very modern design. The menu is a mix of Mediterranean and Asian.
The LA taco restaurant has opened its first Miami location on Ocean Drive, which is about as bright and loud as you’d expect from a place with such a name.
The Garden is an outdoor restaurant in the courtyard of the Boulan South Beach. At 9pm, this place turns into a sort of dinner party that looks like some combination of Cirque du Soleil and a Miami nightclub.
The Miami cookie shop’s newest location is in the Design District. They sell very large cookies stuffed full of sweet things.
Frohzen is an ice cream shop in the Design District that’s significantly fancier than your average scoop shop. A whole ice cream cake costs $60 and one scoop of tres leches ice cream is $6.
This Tulum restaurant opened a Miami location inside Mid-Beach’s Casa Faena. The restaurant serves Mexican food, cocktails, and looks like the kind of place people might take a lot of photos of themselves.
Intimo is a new Nikkei restaurant in South of Fifth. It’s a big place that serves sushi and lots of Peruvian dishes.
Osaka is another Nikkei restaurant, this time in a Brickell condo building. It’s a little more upscale, and they have a lot of ceviche, tiradito, and a DJ on the weekends.
Luna Park is a big Italian food hall in the Brickell City Centre that replaced another big Italian food hall called La Centrale. It has multiple floors of pasta, pizza, and more Italian food.
Unseen Creatures is a brewery just off Bird Road serving some of the most interesting beers in Miami. There’s a food truck outside and tables good for big groups.
Chica is a big, modern (and expensive) restaurant that took over the old Soyka space, and serves the kind of Latin dishes that should be very familiar to anyone who’s spent time eating in Miami.
This tiny Downtown spot serves a mix of Indian, Trinidadian, Chinese, and Caribbean food. It’s not visible from the street, so don’t be afraid to do a little searching.
Hutong is a new huge, fancy Chinese restaurant in Brickell. They serve dim sum and have a pretty futuristic interior.
This new seafood spot from the Ariete team is located right next door, and has a nice raw bar selection as well as some interesting pastas.
Mama Joon is a Mediterranean restaurant inside the Life House, Collins Park hotel. The outdoor seating is pretty and next to a tiny canal. The food is mostly vegetables and seafood.
This new spot in Wynwood serves cocktails and has a menu of Latin things like arroz con pollo, shrimp ceviche, and some other fusion dishes.
Orilla is an Argentinian spot inside Urbanica, The Euclid Hotel. There’s a second location in Buenos Aires, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, this place serves a lot of meat.
InRamen is a new ramen spot in South Miami where you can order off your phone by scanning a QR code.
Ironside Bakery is located right next door from the popular Ironside Pizza. The little bakery has some excellent bread, which they put to use in sandwiches, pastries, and more.
This upscale diner inside the Vagabond hotel comes from the Mandolin team, and serves a mostly American menu with some good cocktails and pastas.
We checked out Gregory’s and added it to our Hit List.
DC Pie Co. is from the Lucali team, and is basically attempting to be a bigger faster version of the Sunset Harbor location. It’s not bad, but you’re still better off waiting for a table at the original.
This place is right next to Spanglish, and while it’s more of a place to drink, you can still sit down and eat here if you’re in the mood for bar food like chicken wings and mac and cheese.
Seawell is a seafood spot inside the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel in South Beach. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and a menu with some pretty basic seafood like oysters, fish dip, and lobster rolls.
The Michael’s Genuine team is behind this delivery and take-out only deli on 79th Street. The menu is standard Jewish deli things like bagels and pastrami sandwiches.
Dukunoo is a big Jamaican restaurant right in the heart of Wynwood. They do slightly upscale takes on Carribean dishes like jerk chicken, ackee, and saltfish.
Everyone’s favorite place to get sandwiches on South Beach at 3am opened yet another location, this time in Wynwood.
The popular New York City barbecue spot opened in an Allapattah warehouse and almost immediately became one of our favorite new restaurants in Miami. Order everything.
We checked out Hometown Barbecue and added it to our Hit List.
La Mesa is a new Cuban restaurant in Westchester serving cocktails and a pretty big menu of small plates like lobster nuggets and loaded tostones, alongside bigger options like a tomahawk steak.
Mi’talia is an upscale Italian restaurant from the team behind Stiltsville Fish Bar. The South Miami spot serves things like meatballs, pizza, and pasta.
Papi Steak is a fancy steakhouse that looks more like a nightclub and has a doorman standing outside on the weekends. It is more a place to be seen than eat.
This South Beach restaurant may have “bar” in the name, but it also serves food like baby-back ribs, fried branzino, and oxtail dumpling stew. It has a view of the water if you sit at the right table.
Esotico is a big tiki bar and restaurant just north of Downtown. You can hang out by the bar and just drink, or sit down at a table and eat things like shaved ice leche de dragon and an octopus hot dog.
We checked out Esotico and added it to our Hit List.
Coyo Taco continues to expand its Miami taco empire with a Coral Gables location.
This fancy French place in the Design District is certainly a special occasion spot, and you’re not getting a table unless you have a reservation.
This equally fancy French place is located one floor below L’atelier De Joel Robuchon. It’s a little easier to get a table at and has a cool, futuristic-looking green and white dining room.
We checked out Le Jardinier and added it to our Hit List.
Amare is an upscale Italian restaurant in South of Fifth with outdoor seating and a bright blue dining room that almost requires sunglasses to look at.
This casual South Miami spot serves big dishes like a filet mignon steak sandwich covered in cheese, a creation called pepperoni pizza fries, and a banana split in case you are still hungry.
The Edgewater food truck opened its first brick and mortar in Coral Gables, where they serve their “Cuban tacos” and other very good, mostly Cuban things.
We checked out Caja Caliente and added it to our Hit List.
The NYC Italian sandwich shop opened a very small counter inside the lobby of Urbanica The Meridian Hotel. They serve a handful of big, tasty subs.
Ola is a restaurant inside the Gates Hotel with a big menu of mostly Latin food like ceviche, empanadas, and meat-heavy entrees.
This spot inside the Brightline’s Central Fare station serves wings and a bunch of different versions of mac and cheese.
Laborejo is a healthy restaurant in Doral that has some vegan cheeseburgers, bowls, and other plant-based things.
Bunbury is an Argentinian wine bar and restaurant that relocated to just outside Downtown. They serve empanadas, steaks, and a lot of wine inside a dim dining room with lots of wood.
The Blue Collar team is behind this sub shop, which is pretty casual and works great for grabbing a to-go sandwich. They have some outdoor tables too.
La Sombra is a restaurant inside South Beach’s Fairwind Hotel. There’s a lot of outdoor seating around palm trees and string lights, and a menu of seafood small plates, salads, and burgers.
The Itamae team opened up another spot in a food hall. This one’s inside Wynwood’s 1-800-Lucky, and the sushi is very good.
Boia De is a small Italian restaurant on the border of Buena Vista and Little Haiti. It’s a really cute spot with fantastic food and works great for small groups.
We checked out Boia De and added it to our Hit List.
Plantisserie is a plant-based deli where you can get some ready-made vegan things like good empanadas, soup, lasagna, and more. It’s a take-out spot since there aren’t any seats inside.
This historic Jewish deli in Hialeah was reopened by the team from Kush and Lokal. It looks very similar to how it did in the ’50s, with an added cocktail bar in the back.
We checked out Stephen’s and added it to our Hit List.
Strange Beast is a brewery and pizzeria out in West Kendall from the team behind Lincoln’s Beard Brewing
This casual Italian bakery in Edgewater has things like paninis, filled focaccias, pizza, and more.
Pairings is a restaurant in Downtown that serves upscale Spanish dishes and has a huge wine list.
The popular South Beach Italian spot Via Emilia opened a second location in Midtown - but this one is a little bigger and has some outdoor seating.
Malakor is a Thai restaurant on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. The 30-seat restaurant serves things like Thai fried rice, green curry, and pad Thai.