Posted on Nov 15, 2023
If you’re planning a trip to Florida, check out this list of top luxury restaurants in Miami. The most famous party city in the world has some of the best places to eat anywhere in the country. Read on to learn more about our 5 star restaurant choices.
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Dive into a captivating Italian saga at Carbone Miami, a gem among Miami's fine dining landscape. Envisioned by the triumvirate - Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, Carbone unfolds a narrative where classic Italian allure meets a Quentin Tarantino-esque vibrancy.
As described by The New York Times, it's a haven where the red sauce simmers with stories, and every dish is a scene from an old Italian screenplay, curated with a finesse that leaves the diner yearning for the next act.
Step into a Parisian boulevard at Pastis Miami, where the classic charm meets Miami's tropical allure. The iconic curved zinc bar, signature red banquettes, and gold-framed, hand-painted mirrors accentuate the nostalgia, while the sprawling outdoor garden adds a refreshing Miami touch. Relish in crowd-pleasers like Onion Soup and Steak Frites, or explore French regional specialties with a modern twist.
The vibrant menu, paired with a fine selection of wines and cocktails, promises a soirée of delightful flavors and convivial moments under the starlit Miami sky.
Situated by the water, Casa Donna welcomes guests into a coastal Italian haven, nestled within Edgewater's historic bounds. The ambiance whispers tales of Mediterranean revival, as the locale was once a vibrant women's club. With each visit, indulge in a menu that sails from Naples to Positano, offering handcrafted signatures amidst a modern presentation. The evening isn't complete without a toast; a curated list of wines and bespoke cocktails await to enhance the Riviera essence of your dining journey.
Embark on a transcendent culinary voyage at Cote Miami, where Korean BBQ encounters classic American steakhouse elegance. Nestled in the heart of Miami's Design District, this Michelin-starred enclave mirrors its vibrant New York sibling, enticing gourmands with a spectacle of flame-kissed feasts. Amidst a modern, intimate setting, every table beckons with a promise of interactive grilling adventures, underscored by a menu of aged beef and Korean delicacies.
The extensive wine list, curated by award-winning sommelier Victoria James, adds a graceful note to this gastronomic ballet, making every meal a Michelin-worthy experience.
Unveil the heart of Nikkei cuisine at Chotto Matte, where Tokyo meets Lima amidst Miami's vibrant landscape. The urban chic ambiance, encapsulated with avant-garde design elements, beckons a lively journey from the sushi counter's choreography to the fiery robata grill. As beats sync with your heartbeat, every morsel curated by Executive Chef Jordan Sclare, from the Tokyo to Lima cocktail collection to the eye-catching colors of each plate, evokes a narrative of tradition melded with innovation.
At Chotto Matte, every visit is not just a meal, but a spirited exploration of Nikkei's cultural mosaic.
Mirabella at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, under the culinary helm of the esteemed Chef Michael White, is a haven of coastal Italian gastronomy. As waves gently serenade the shores, patrons are welcomed into an ambiance where the rustic charm of coastal Italy blends with modern elegance. Every bite promises a journey through the authentic flavors of Italy's picturesque seascapes.
The nautical-themed design complements the culinary voyage, with a glass-enclosed veranda offering a serene view of the majestic ocean and Fontainebleau's iconic poolside, embodying the essence of fine Italian dining with a refreshing coastal touch.
Boia De is a surprising find, located between a medical center and a laundromat inside the Buena Vista shopping center. It is one of the most upscale restaurants in Miami occupying one of the strangest locations.
The food at this Michelin Star Italian restaurant is exquisite. Diners can enjoy baked clams, marinated mussels, crispy Italian polenta, beef tartare, and kampachi crudo, a type of watermelon aguachile, with pickled rinds and fermented fresno granita.
If you decide to go, be sure to make a reservation as it can get busy during peak hours.
Matador Room offers a unique ambiance that’s ideal for couples and intimate encounters. The restaurant is rebellious, reimagining many popular cuisines from around the world in its own unique style. Experience modified versions of Caribbean, South American, Spanish and Latin cuisine.
As one of the most expensive restaurants in Miami, you can expect seasonal ingredients from local artisans, all carefully arranged on small and large plates, plus sharing platters. Top dishes at the eatery include caviar with créme fraiche and chives, charcuterie cheese boards, Iberico ham, pizzas, masa and tortillas, and a variety of grilled and roasted dishes, such as Maine lobster and 32-ounce prime-age ribeye.
One of the most exclusive restaurants in Miami, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon is a celebration of food on all levels. This two Michelin Star establishment is among the finest dining experiences in the world, joining the chain’s other restaurants in Tokyo, New York, and Paris.
The name “L’Atelier” refers to a craftsman’s workshop, a reference to how chef Robuchon elevates even the simplest dishes to the highest levels. The leather chairs and rosewood walls set the tone upon entering the restaurant. Top dishes include filet mignon, wagyu beef, scallops in cilantro broth, and Colorado lamb saddle.
Swan & Bar Bevy is located in Miami’s Design District and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Swan is owned by David Grutman and musical artist Pharrell Williams. The new menu focuses on seasonal ingredients from local markets and combines bold flavors with traditional menu options, giving diners new experiences every time they attend.
While the food is bright and delicious, diners primarily attend Swan & Bar Bevy for its atmosphere. Palm trees festoon the outdoor courtyards while private cocktail lounges and separate rooms are perfect for individual events and VIP guests.
Sexy Fish is the Miami outlet of the Bricknell-based London restaurant chain. It features original works by British artist, Damien Hirst, plenty of Asian inspired cuisines, and gorgeous sunsets.
Like other 5 star Miami restaurants, it offers a combination of delightful interiors and delectable dishes. Top menu items include “sexy fruits de Mer” – a selection of sashimi tartare, king crab and oyster – caviar, skewers and gyozas, and tempura.
Intimate and intense, Gekko is the brainchild of owner Dave Grutman and Puerto Rican rapper, Bad Bunny. The Japanese inspired steakhouse and lounge feature scarlet mood decor and signature dishes from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Enjoy unique takes on sushi, bespoke cocktails, and premium wagyu steak cuts. An extensive wine list and the option to host private events are also available at this for fine dining in Miami.
Top of the list of most fancy restaurants in Miami, Itamae is a Peruvian diner that is above the rest and has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand for “good quality, good value cooking,” the family-run establishment is one of the best places to eat in the Miami Design Center.
The restaurant offers a host of stunning dishes, including bluefin tuna tiradito, a mixed ceviche of black grouper, squid, and octopus, spiny lobster, and masu. Wealthy patrons of the restaurant often make a Rethink Food donation to support meals in the local community.
Zuma first opened its doors to the London public more than twenty years ago. Now it is offering its unique take on traditional Japanese Izakaya, an informal dining style, to the visitors and residents of downtown Miami.
Guests have a choice of donburi signature entrées, sushi, and carefully crafted starters. Tuck into delicious dishes, including semi-fatty tuna sashimi, Zuma’s special wagyu beef sushi, maki rolls, snacks and soups, and omakase, a selection of the restaurant’s best dishes.
Another fine dining Miami Beach Japanese restaurant, Nobu manages to excite the senses in every way, thanks to its unique banqueting halls, bars, and views over the city. Go here if you want to dine in beautiful surroundings.
Like similar restaurants, Nobu splits its menu into two sections: hot and cold. Popular hot dishes include black cod with miso, rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce, Chilean sea bass sweet corn miso, and lobster wasabi with pepper. Cold options include salmon with karashi su miso, toro tartare with caviar, and lobster shiitake salad with spicy lemon dressing.
Lastly, but certainly not least, is DOYA meze-bar, a Michelin Bib Gourmand establishment. It’s perfect for those who love sampling lots of different dishes. Here, you can find kofte, zucchini salads, ceviche, feta cheese dishes, sea beans, and octopus, all served promptly at the same table.
“Meze,” the restaurant says, “is based on the principle that food tastes better when shared.” Therefore, you’ll want to go with as many people as you can. Expect mainly Turkish and Greek flavors with a few dishes from the Mediterranean region thrown in for good measure.
So, that completes our list of upscale restaurants in Miami however there are plenty more recommended in the Michelin Guide. Stay in one of our villas for a week or two and you should have enough time to dine at most of them. Our concierge will gladly make reservations for you and your guests during your stay with us.