Miami Dining: The Season’s 5 Hautest Openings

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It’s easy to get caught up in an area revered for its sandy beaches, a killer art scene, and nightlife unlike that of any other metropolitan area. But it’s becoming impossible to completely ignore the booming and matured dining world of South Florida. Over the past few years, SoFL has gone through a food revolution with new restaurants and bars springing up left and right. Renowned chefs like Masaharu Morimoto, Jeff McInnis, Top Chef Master Tony Mantuano, and the like are making their mark on Miami, pioneering the foodie movement with dining destinations that have made it to the top of all of our lists.

Our roundup of haute Miami openings hones in the trends that have collectively helped South Florida earn its place among the global food ranks. This season, we’re looking at ingredient and substance-driven concepts, drawing attention from locals and foodies alike with smart sourcing and an attention to detail second to none. But as we all know, it’s not just about the food…aesthetic and vibe play such an integral role in the success of any Miami restaurant, and each of our contenders have just the right combination of all of these key components.

As SoFL’s premier luxury concierge firm, it’s in our nature to stay on top of what’s new and hot around us. Our clients come to us for our expertise and savvy when it comes to where to eat tonight, which is why we’ve hand-picked this collection of Miami hotspots that have captured our attention from the moment they opened their doors. We’ve got the inside scoop on the chic tapas-centric eatery where diners share lamb chop lollies with their dining neighbors. We give a nod to the city’s latest Mediterean bistro, complete with sleek, modern design and menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. A semi-al fresco Midtown hotspot takes center stage against a chic background, serving up European specialties with a twist. Okay, we’ll stop giving everything away – check out the lineup for the skinny on our Fall faves.

1 Marion

Miami meets Mediterranean in the latest opening to hit Brickell. Breezy bistro-style Marion opened its doors to the public earlier this season, bringing carefully curated traditional cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Jean Paul Lourdes to the table with French market fare in a Mediterranean-inspired setting. Gourmands flock to the chic, casual space for Chef’s locally sourced artisanal ingredients, harmonized together on every plate floating meticulously from kitchen to table. Expect classic charcuterie, organic meats and fish, a suckling porchetta for two, lobster at lunchtime, and so much more.
1111 SW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33130

2 Brasserie Azur

French technique and Mediterranean fare collide in Midtown Miami’s latest opening, Brasserie Azur. The former Mercadito space boasts a fresh new face, rustic in design by François Frossard and authentically European in spirit. 156 seats (both indoor and out), exposed brick columns offsetting pergola ceilings, and bougainvillea hanging overhead set the scene for Brasserie Azur’s creative concept featuring individual culinary stations, from a sprawling raw bar to a communal wine table -- look forward to expansive lunch and dinner menus boasting rotisserie classics like a truffled farmer’s chicken, joined by charcuterie boards and a 45-minute express lunch for those on a tight schedule.
3252 Northeast First Avenue Miami, FL 33137

3 The Continental Miami

Philadelphia meets Miami in Stephen Starr’s latest South Florida project, an ode to its twenty-year-old namesake predecessor, a staple in Starr’s hometown. The Continental Miami opened its doors just this month with Executive Chef Matthew Oetting at the helm, serving up iconic menu classics from “build-your-own sushi” to inventive crudité and arguably one of the city’s best burgers, flanked by a meticulous drink menu channeling the retro feel of the semi-outdoor eatery. The 225-seat space, designed by Shawn Hausman, pays homage (albeit modernized) to the glamour of eras past, complete with neon and formica. The Continental is currently open for lunch and dinner.
2360 Collins Ave Miami, FL 33139

4 Max's Social House

Dubbed SOHO for short, Max’s Social House is an extension of the gastropub, billed as tapas-style eatery with dishes meant to be shared ‘round the table. With both indoor and al fresco bars, a cozy living room-esque dining space, and a large covered garden patio, the historic home boasts a modern feel and convivial vibe for discerning diners headed to Delray. Chef Scott Pierce, an industry icon with an impressive résumé including Todd English and the like, offers a robust menu of locally sourced, whimsical dishes from banh-mi Kobe hot dogs to a skillet roasted organic king salmon. Grab a group and pop over to this neighborhood hotspot.
116 NE 6th Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444

5 Red Ginger

The team behind Radio, Bodega, and Pizza Bar are at it again, this time with the Asian-inspired Red Ginger, opened just this month to the delight of the Miami Beach foodie crowd. The man behind the menu is Top Chef Master Herbert Wilson, whose extensive culinary experience includes French, New American, and Caribbean cuisine, working with the late Patrick Clark at age 23, then heading off to train with Larry Forgione at an American Palace -- an impressive résumé to say the least. Look forward to inventive Izakaya and a killer sushi tasting menu driven by chef himself.
736 First Street Miami Beach, FL 33139
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