Saturday, November 16, 2013

Best Restaurants Miami - "Tiers" of Excellence


Since it is the holiday season I decided to extend my list from the Top 20 to the Top 30 Best Restaurants in Miami.  As always, they are broken down into Tiers in order to provide a more accurate ranking and to provide further guidance when you are making those tough dinner bell decisions.

Food is obviously the primary factor in the rankings but service, ambiance, wine/beverage programs and value all play a significant role.  They can bump a restaurant up or down the rankings and potentially a tier.

The following are THE 30 BEST restaurants in Miami right now.  Again, EVERY restaurant ranked is recommended by me.  I went with a straight list this time without any editorial content in order to have a quick and clean reference.  If you have any questions on any restaurants or recommended dishes, please do not hesitate to email me @

Thank you for reading.


Naoe- (Miami)

TIER 1.5

The Bazaar (South Beach)
Makoto(Bal Harbour)
Bourbon Steak- (Aventura) 
The Cypress Room - (Design District)
db Bistro Moderne(Miami) 


The Dutch(South Beach)
Michy's(Upper Eastside)
J&G Grill - (Bal Harbour)
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink(Design District)
Edge Steak & Bar- (Miami)
Macchialina (South Beach)
Joe's Stone Crab - (South Beach)


Pubbelly - (South Beach)
neMesis Urban Bistro(Miami) 
Blue Collar(Upper Eastside)
Restaurant Michael Schwartz(South Beach) 
PB Steak - (South Beach)
Tongue and Cheek- (South Beach) 


MC Kitchen - (Design District)
Salumeria 104 - (Midtown)
Toscano Divino (Miami)
The River Oyster Bar-  (Miami)
Sushi Deli(North Bay Village)
Yakko-San (North Miami Beach)
Meat Market - (South Beach)
Wolfgang's Steakhouse (Miami)


Macaluso's - (South Beach)
Oak Tavern - (Design District)
Milos - (South Beach)
Timo - (Sunny Isles)
The Federal - (Upper Eastside)


South Beach     11
Downtown         7
Design District   4
Upper Eastside   3
Bal Harbour       2
Aventura/NMB  2
Sunny Isles         1
NBV                   1
Midtown             1

CASUAL TIER but non fast food - Momi, Sakaya, My Ceviche, Lucali, Kings County Pizza, Harry's Pizza, Lutong Pinoy and Josh's Deli.

TO DO TIER - Haven, Zuma, Lipi, Palm d 'or, Sumi, OTC, Catch, Red The Steakhouse & Lorenzo.

RETURN TO TIER - Khong (minus Bee), Scarpetta, Hakkasan, Mandolin, Eating House, Petit Rouge, Sardinia and Yardbird.

Coming Soon- Blackbrick Chinese, Michael Mina 74, L'Echon, Lure Fishbar, Morimoto, La Mar & A new venture by Timo.

1 comment:

Karen Cordano said...

Thanks for great info-went to Yakko-San this evening and had a terrific meal.