Sometimes its hard to break away form what’s familiar. You think you’ve found your favorite restaurant in Miami and have no reason to branch out to others. But in a constantly evolving city like Miami, the city’s best restaurant could pop up in any minute. With so many restaurants opening this year, it’s hard to know which place to try first? To help introduce you to Miami’s newest restaurants, we’ve narrowed the list down to the top five five new restaurants in Miami.
When the luxurious EPIC Hotel opened its doors in downtown Miami, it sparked culinary promise for the area. After careful thought and creation, EPIC has opened Zuma, a modern Japanese Izakaya restaurant. Miami is Zuma’s fifth location worldwide, with the others in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Dubai. The menu features selections from their sushi bar, robata bar, and signature dishes like the Rib Eye No Daikon Ponzu Fumi or the Lobster No Oven Yaki. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch (noon to 3 p.m.) and dinner (6 p.m. to midnight).
EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, 305.577.0277, www.zumarestaurant.com.
2 Norman’s 180
With influences from Cuba, the Keys, the Yucatan, Asia and the United States, famed chef Norman Van Aken (aka the “Founding Father of New World Cuisine”) certainly has his bases covered. His menu features small plates, salads, pizzas, seafood, steak and even a cheese plate. The comfortable restaurant includes a large bar in the center and comfortable round leather booths. Norman’s 180 is now open for lunch (Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and dinner (6 p.m. to midnight).
Westin Colonnade, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305.529.5180, www.normans180.com.
The Midtown Miami area and design district have been attracting some prestigious restaurateurs. And now, from the creator of Townhouse Hotel, Bond Street, Buck 15 and Sra, Martinez comes Gigi. Top Chef Jeff McInnis takes the kitchen’s center stage, serving a selection of signature noodle dishes and Asian barbecue fare. Now open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m. – 5 a.m.
3470 N. Miami Ave., Miami, www.giginow.com.
Although the newly opened Soho Beach House is a members’ only facility, the signature restaurant Cecconi’s is open to the public. The classic Italian restaurant serves up delectable fare and opens every day at 8 a.m. for breakfast. They also serve lunch, dinner, and even a special midnight menu that is available over the weekend. Open until 11 p.m. on Sunday, midnight Monday through Wednesday, and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.507.7902, www.cecconismiamibeach.com.
5 The Dining Room at The Villa by Barton G.
The Villa by Barton G (formerly the Versace Mansion) opened up its doors in March after a five-month intensive restoration process. Its restaurant, which is open to the public, serves famed Chef Barton G. Weiss’ signature cuisine in an intimate private dining area where guests are treated like royalty and eat off of antique Versace china. The restaurant is open every day for dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are required.
The Villa by Barton G., 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.576.8003, www.thevillabybartong.com/restaurant.