The following tiers feature the best restaurants in Miami. They are ranked alphabetically within each tier.
Every restaurant ranked is worth visiting.
TIER ONE - The best of the best in Miami. Run don't walk to these must do's.
Bourbon Steak- As I've said before, this is MUCH more than a steakhouse. Chef Fenton is the most underrated chef in town. His specials are always awesome. Best service, cocktails and wine list in town to boot.
Edge Steak and Bar- This newcomer to the scene is cranking out some of the best all around cuisine in town. Chef Brooks and chef King are the real deal. Go!
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink- It's all about the food and chef Schwartz and crew are always tweaking the menu. Their daily specials keep things interesting for regulars. Don't miss dessert, lunch or Sunday brunch.
Michy's- My favorite chef in town always delivers a first class meal. Must do for tourists and locals.
Naoe- Recently reopened at their new spot on Brickell Key. I haven't been to the new location yet but I'm confidant that they haven't skipped a beat. Great bento box followed by mind and wallet blowing sushi.
db Bistro Moderne- One word-Boulud.
Makoto- Sushi is up there with Naoe. Non sushi items are great too.
NeMesis Urban Bistro-Chef Micah's world travels on full display. Funky place with outstanding food. Sit back and enjoy the journey.
The Dutch- Chef Carmellini and crew are cranking out some of the best food on the beach.
Tudor House - Chef DeRosa kills comfort food (meatballs, burgers, pork belly Cuban) and fine dining (truffle dinner) Exacta box!
Red Light- Tier one caliber food. Slow/quirky service and hours only drawback. Go with an open mind and let Kris blow you away.
Azul - Bumped down two tiers due to the recent departure of chef Joel Huff. His number 2 and 3 are manning the kitchen now so I suspect they are still turning out great food. Tier three until I return to confirm.
Juvia- Chef Oh's raw fish offerings coupled with dynamite views makes Juvia tier worthy and a must visit.
Macaluso's- Best meatballs in Miami and not even close. Everything else is great too.
Pubbelly- Fun menu and fun place. Perfect combination for South Beach.
Salumeria 104- Chef Massarin is cranking out some of the best pasta in Miami. His daily special board delivers some real treats for food lovers, tripe, cuttlefish, and braised rabbit.
Sushi Deli- Special place for sushi fans. Casual with limited seating plus they close early so check times.
Yakko-San- Go with a group and order away. Look for daily specials, (hamachi kama is a must order) pass on new sushi options.
Altamare- Great service and consistently good food. Best on Lincoln Road.
Area 31- Don't let the worst valet in Miami deter you from paying a visit. Chef Reidt has skills.
Chef Philip Ho - Newly opened spot in Sunny Isles featuring outstanding dim sum from former Setai dumpling chef. Push cart service during weekend brunch. Non dim sum items are great too.
Sra. Martinez- Great cocktails, great food and a great setting.
Sugarcane Raw Bar- Deceiving name with ambitious menu and a great chef that delivers the goods. Lively scene.
TIER FOUR POINT FIVE
Ni. Do. Caffe- Newcomer to MiMo. Great neighborhood spot serving authentic Italian food. Great house-made mozzarellas and pastas.
Toscano Divino Only one visit but was impressed. Mary Brickell needs a legit restaurant this could be it.
The Casual Tier- Counter service and/or on the casual side.
Blue Collar- Grab a burger or the big ragout sandwich along with the pork and beans. Killer secret menu item, The Chowfather burger.
Crumb on Parchment- Chef Michy's delicious breakfast/lunch only spot in the Design District. They've turned their daily specials up a notch recently. Don't miss Mrs. Bernstein's cakes.
Harry's Pizza- Enjoy this place more after every visit. Cool casual spot in the Design District. Perfect pre Marlins game stop for those traveling from north of the stadium.
Josh's Deli- Pastrami on rye is the play.
Kings County Pizza- Best NY slice in Miami. Sicilian and grandma pies even better. Don't miss the baked ziti.
Sakaya Kitchen- Don't be fooled by this fast food-esque place. Food is addictive so be careful.
Shake Shack- Shack burger is so freakin good.
TO EAT TIER- Places that I suspect are tier worthy but I unfortunately have not tried.
Tuyo, Zuma, Setai, 1500 Degrees, Estiatorio Milos, J & G Grill, The Federal &
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