Sunday, February 2, 2014

Best Restaurants Miami - Tiers of Excellence


The Miami food scene continues to grow and improve which is great news for food fanatics like me.  But it's making my job ranking them even harder.  I put a lot of time, effort and money into doing reEatsearch in order to make sure this list is accurate and reliable.  There is no dart throwing here.   

With so many worthy spots, I've decided to continue ranking the Top Thirty instead of twenty.  

As always, they are broken down into Tiers in order to provide a more accurate picture 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 even a tier.

The following are THE THIRTY BEST restaurants in Miami right now.  Again, EVERY restaurant ranked is recommended.  I went with a straight list 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

Bourbon Steak - (Aventura)
Makoto - (Bal Harbour)


Macchialina- (South Beach) 
Scarpetta - (Miami Beach)
The Dutch - (South Beach)
J&G Grill - (Bal Harbour)
Edge Steak & Bar- - (Miami)
The Bazaar - (South Beach)
db Bistro Moderne - (Miami)
Hakkasan - (Miami Beach)
The Cypress Room - (Design District)

TIER 2.5

Michy's - (Upper Eastside)
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - (Design District)
Joe's Stone Crab - (South Beach)


Pubbelly - (South Beach)
Michael Mina 74 - (Miami Beach)
neMesis Urban Bistro - (Miami)
Yakko-San - (North Miami Beach)
Sushi Deli - (North Bay Village)


Salumeria 104 - (Midtown)
Black Brick - (Midtown)
Blue Collar - (Upper Eastside)
Tongue and Cheek- (South Beach)
Toscano Divino - (Miami)
Restaurant Michael Schwartz - (South Beach)
PB Steak - (South Beach)
Oak Tavern  - (Design District)
Mandolin - (Design District)
MC Kitchen - (Design District)


South Beach     8
Downtown       6                  
Design District  5 
Miami Beach    3
Upper Eastside 2
Bal Harbour      2
Aventura/NMB 2
Midtown           2
NBV                1

CASUAL TIER but non fast food - Lucali, My Ceviche, OTC, Kings County Pizza, Etzel Itzik, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Momi, Sakaya,  Harry's Pizza and Lutong Pinoy.

TO DO TIER - Bocce, Lure, The District, Il Gabbiano, Zuma, Lipi, Palm d 'or, Sumi, Catch and Red The Steakhouse, Lido Restaurant and Subatomic Subs.

RETURN TO TIER - Khong (minus Bee), Sugarcane Raw Bar, Eating House, Petit Rouge, Sardinia. 

Coming Soon-  1826 Collins, L'Echon, Morimoto, La Mar. 

1 comment:

Steve said...

Nice as always! In gonna say it though, NAOE is annoying. I can do it 2x/year max. The rigid open table thing. The OCD. The whispering. But, the salmon nigiri piece is about the most perfect thing on this earth.