Top Rated Miami Restaurants
Gourmands know better than anyone that food can be an artistic expression. Whether it’s the sprig of rosemary that tops your perfectly grilled fish, the whimsical interplay of flavors and textures in fresh crusty bread dipped in olive oil flecked with pepper and herbs, or the rich pink-red raspberry coulis that rims your dessert plate, food can – and should – bring great sensory pleasure along with nourishment to diners.
The best restaurants and lounges at the Miami Design District do just that, and more. These top Miami restaurants earned a place at the District because of their superior quality and dedication to providing diners with meal after meal of transcendent food.
You might wonder what the best Miami restaurant is – this is a question without a single answer due to the wide variety of cuisines available to fortunate Miami diners. One restaurant that receives a lot of praise from the discerning customers who frequent the Miami Design District is Mandolin Aegean Bistro. The aromas of fine Greek and Turkish food will greet you when you step into the charming 1940s-house that feels pulled from the Greek Islands. The lush back garden with lantern-lit tables creates an intimate atmosphere that provides the perfect backdrop to the food: roasted lamb, fresh baked bread, and soul-warming vegetarian dishes. At Mandolin Aegean Bistro, seasonal dishes change daily and Old World style wines are always on offer.
If you’re in search of a more casual atmosphere, head to Harry’s Pizzeria to experience one of the top restaurants in Miami. This unassuming American fare gets four-star treatment from renowned chef/owner Michael Schwartz. Enjoy fresh, simple, fun food that features local seasonal ingredients and skilled techniques: you’ll appreciate the handmade pizza dough and the organic ricotta made in-house, as well as the craft beers, all served in a happy neighborhood space that is decorated with memorable art. Chef Michael Schwartz owns another restaurant in the Miami Design District, and he won the coveted James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef South in 2010 for the seriously delicious food served up at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. In both of his District eateries, Schwartz showcases his talent for creating gourmet dishes and serving them in a welcoming, laid-back environment.
With Estefan Kitchen, Gloria and Emilio Estefan showcase the cuisine of their native Cuba with bold flavors and locally sourced ingredients. The Estefans bring their culinary heritage to one of Miami’s most creative neighborhoods, offering locals and visitors a one-of-a-kind dining experience in an inspiring setting.
OTL is a two-floor restaurant and café with coffee, breakfast, drinks, sandwiches, pastries and more. Upstairs is a creative space used for a variety of programming, from yoga classes and meditation to interactive panel discussions and designer pop-ups.
A discussion of the District’s dining options would be incomplete without paying homage to a local favorite: MC Kitchen. The Italian dishes served at this establishment will impress your palate – from the responsibly sourced local meats and vegetables to the expert hands that prepare your food, MC Kitchen is a real gem.
To indulge your sweet tooth, head to Crumb on Parchment. This bakery and café offers cakes, pies, and pastries of unparalleled quality, crafted by James Beard Award winning chef Michelle Bernstein. Crumb on Parchment also serves delicious breakfast and lunch items, so you’ll never go hungry.