Kiss The Chef: The Haute 5 Chef’s Tables In Miami

Palme d’ Or

The Biltmore’s varied and innovative dining experience at Palme d’Or is one of the most sophisticated in the southeast, offering an exceptional level of quality, imagination and appealing presentation throughout all restaurants. Overseeing the dining experience is Chef Philippe Ruiz, who along with other culinary staff creates some of the finest cuisine in the area. Palme d’Or presents one of the finest dining experiences in the Southeast. Guests can custom-design their own dining experience around 20-plus offered tasting dishes. The intimate Palme d’Or chef’s table dazzles the eye and the palate with beguiling cuisine.

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305.445.1926;


The famous Mandarin Oriental’s Azul reflects Chef Clay Conley’s eclectic cuisine of Mediterranean and Asian influences and exemplifies the hotel’s commitment to providing five-star dining experiences to its guests and local restaurant patrons. The inventive menu at the chef’s table features fresh seafood, meat and poultry, including Grilled Chop and Loin of Colorado Lamb with Harrisa, Charred Eggplant, Braised Shank Bastila and Feta and “A Study in Tuna,” Raw Tuna, Tempura Avocado, Asian Sauces, and Ossetra Caviar.

Located at Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami; 305.913.8358

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink

A favorite of top culinary talents (Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters, Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck, Suzanne Goin, Tom Colicchio, Katie Lee Joel) and celebrities (Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Bernadette Peters, Marisa Tomei, David Caruso, Michael Caine, Bruce Weber, Eric Dane, Robert Downey Jr., Martha Stewart), the Michael’s scores equally high points with local residents including area designers, architects and developers, as well as tourists, shoppers and a slew of regular customers that often frequent the restaurant’s chef’s table several times a week.

Featuring down to earth contemporary American cuisine reliant on the best possible products available, Schwartz crafts deceptively simple, perfectly executed cuisine at his chef’s table. The menu is chock full of choices encouraging everything from a light bite to a multi-course feast.  A quick glance and Schwartz’s intentions for this restaurant are revealed. Notable is the frequency of the word homemade in the descriptions of dishes — be it thick, hand cut potato chips served with a pan fried caramelized onion dip, homemade linguine or grilled local swordfish its apparent that this chef does not believe in taking short cuts, opting instead for the more timely, but ultimately more flavorful and genuine option.

130 NE 40th St. in Miami’s Design District; 305.573.5550;;


Macaluso’s is the only restaurant in South Florida that prepares home cooked Italian food from Staten Island, New York. Chef and owner Michael D’Andrea prepares his family recipes from 75 years based on family’s traditions and recipes from his beloved grandmother Gacomina Macaluso and mother Josephine D’Andrea. Macaluso’s uses only the finest and freshest local and Italian ingredients and does not offer substitutions. Macaluso’s has become known for their famous homemade Macaluso’s meatballs, Staten Island style sausage and peppers, pasta and seafood.

1747 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information please call 305.604.8411 or visit

Mr. Chow

Mr. Chow, the internationally renowned restaurant, is the go-to location where celebrities and guests alike enjoy a premiere dining experience in South Beach’s most glamorous neighborhood. The expansive restaurant includes an indoor restaurant and bar as well as a fab chef’s table. Discover the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled evening out on the town or a sizzling first date.

W South Beach and The Residences at W South Beach at 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.938.3000;