Floridian cuisine pioneer Norman Van Aken’s return to Miami marks the chef’s first Wynwood restaurant. The bright, glamorous dining room is striking—but wait till you see the food. Pairings are done for you as well-portioned dishes make their way to the table in harmony, freeing you up to pore over the exceptional cocktail list.

Stubborn Seed

Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s intimate, 74-seat restaurant exemplifies Miami’s new wave of fine dining—sophisticated, edgy and with a hint of playfulness. Ford doesn’t take himself or his food too seriously.

La Mar

A waterfront terrace and an irresistible Peruvian menu sum up the celebrated Brickell Key restaurant. Gifted chef Diego Oka has raised the profile of traditional Latin American cuisine with unexpected ingredients and combinations, like the rare cheese-soaked tiradito bachiche—snapper delicately dressed in aged parmesan.

Eating House

Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s small, rustic eatery at the edge of ritzy Coral Gables. Dishes here veer from the ordinary, like the meaty cauliflower steak or seemingly straightforward mushrooms, which give forth an explosion of earthy flavors.


A casual, diner-themed seafood haunt serving Miami’s best selection of oysters, Connecticut-style lobster rolls (buttered claws, no mayo) and delicious bread pudding. The old-school marquee that hangs above the kitchen lists the day’s oysters. There are usually about eight East and West varieties to choose from, though you’ll want to ask your server to pick a dozen of their favorites. The staff here knows their stuff.