Restaurant submission from Miami Experts – February 2015

  • VINTRO KITCHEN 2216 PARK AVENUE MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139 (305) 674-9200

Soaring ceilings, chalkboard specials, piles of lemons, and warm lighting make this a modern Mediterranean hotspot. Fresh salads like the local burrata with heirloom tomatoes, or dishes hot off the plancha like the Grilled Octopus or Gulf Shrimp with rosemary and smoked tomato. The Grilled Lamb Chops with quinoa and Charcuterie Board are big winners as well.

Try the Fennel-Lemon Panna Cotta or the Olive Oil and Sea Salt Mousse

  •  MORIMOTO SOUTH BEACH 1801 COLLINS AVENUE MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139 (305) 341-1329 This indoor/outdoor space in the newly renovated Shelborne has a warm feel with coppers and other warm metallics on tables and cozy banquettes. The Tuna Pizza is famous, but the Hamachi Tacos and Spicy King Crab, Duck Confit Fried Rice, and A-5 Wagyu are the most exciting things on the menu. You can’t go wrong with the fatty tuna or Hamachi sushi either. Morimoto produces his own sake in Japan, so order the selection of four and try them all. Morimoto Beer is also a winner—just don’t make sake bombs!

CHE 105 1245 LINCOLN ROAD MIAMI BEACH, 33139 (786) 534-8651 Gleaming white modernism with bursts of traditional Peruvian colors warm up the place. Co-owner and chef Juan Chipoco, who has become a celeb in his own right, can often be seen on the floor. This is a big menu to navigate, but the Ceviche Seafood Orgy coupled with the Trilogy of Sliced Fish Tiradito would be a good way to get started. Everything prepared with Corvina is excellent, as is the classic Sautéed Lomo Steak. Pisco Sours are the national drink of Peru, so this is a necessity. For an authentic nonalcoholic experience, order an Inca Kola.

  • OOLITE 1661 PENNSYLVANIA AVE MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139 (305) 907-5535 This industrial-chic location manages to be at once airy and cozy, utilizing the restaurant’s namesake (oolite) as well as other Florida colors and materials. Try to be adventurous. Order up the Duck Arepa Goat Curry. To drink try the Quinoa Bourbon or Jackfruit Margarita
  • Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis

730 1st St,

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Milos by Costas Spiliadis is known for its clean, perfectly prepared fish that diners can handpick from their mini market. A whole fish for the table can top $200 a piece but it’s so worth it, as are all the delicate side dishes. For dessert, Milo’s “The Real Greek Yogurt” with kithira thyme honey is about as real as it gets.

  • -Michael Mina STRIPSTEAK

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

(305) 674-4780

STRIPSTEAK will mark Michael Mina’s second concept at the Fontainebleau. It will be another steakhouse, and naturally, occupy the former Gotham Steak space. Patterned after Madalay Bay’s STRIPSTEAK (the name might be a better double entendre in Vegas,) the restaurant will not overlap with Mina’s other eatery, Mina 74, which focuses on smaller plates and interesting sharables with big flavors. If the reviews from Vegas of the buttery steaks, and famous French fries are any indication, Miami is in for yet another Mina treat. It will probably look as good as it tastes, too and we have every reason to believe the Miami Beach edition will be every bit as glitzy as the Vegas edition.

  • – De Rodriguez Cuba: 

101 Ocean Drive


With an atmosphere reminiscent of old world Havana nightlife, James Beard Award-winning chef Douglas Rodriguez brings the best Cuban cuisine has to offer. Guests can enjoy traditional ceviches and dishes like the Duck Duo while seated poolside at the Hilton Bentley.

  • Moreno’s Cuban at Riviera South Beach

2000 Liberty Avenue


Owned by Latin Grammy Award-winning singer Jorge Moreno and South Beach Group hotelier Nathan Lieberman, Moreno’s is the perfect place for a night under the stars. The outdoor Cuban cafe features live jazz, classical and Latin music. If you’re lucky, Moreno himself will even make an appearance

  • Cecconi’s

4385 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33140

(305) 507-7902

Situated in the Soho Beach House hotel and private club, Cecconi’s feels like a magic garden. Sit under thousands of twinkling lights while enjoying the most fabulous pizza, fish and meatballs, for which they are famous. Even if it’s raining you can enjoy outdoor dining with the retractable roof, or dine in the hotel’s lobby to get the feeling of a grand maison.

  • Scarpetta

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

(305) 674-4660

Overseen by celebrity chef Scott Conant, Scarpetta is known for having the best handmade pasta in the city. Their famous spaghetti involves a buttery tomato sauce and is easily one of the best plates of pasta on the planet.

Casa D’Angelo Ristorante

Locations:  Boca Raton


Casa D’Angelo Boca Raton Fine Dining Italian Restaurant – Chef Angelo Elia’s expansion of his award-winning Casa D’Angelo restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Private room available. Reservations recommended.

Dolce Italian

Location:  1690 Collins Avenue, Miami beach FL 33139



Located on the iconic Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach, Dolce Italian is Miami’s newest dining destination located at The Gale Hotel. Dolce’s menu offers a contemporary take on Italian classics, featuring dishes ranging from wood-roasted pizza to house-made pasta, Italian-style steaks, chops, salads, and fish dishes. The 6,000 sq. ft. space restaurant encompasses a 30 seat indoor café, 90-seat outdoor café, a wood-fired pizza bar, vibrant lounge, full-service bar and a magnetic 90-seat main dining room, where locals and tourists alike can enjoy a charming evening of indulgence.

Touche Restaurant and Bar

Location:  15 NW 11th St Miami FL 33132



Touché is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Miami. Poised to be the most coveted seat in the city, Touché features an array of dishes ranging from Classic Meatballs and Beef Carpaccio to pastas such as Lobster Fra Diavolo and Asparagus Risotto. Main dishes including Colorado Lamb Lollipops; Red Snapper with Gaeta Olives, Teardrop Tomatoes & Caperberries; and Salmon Harissa. The menu also serves sushi and sashimi including the Tropical Citrus Salmon Roll and Halibut Usuzukirui Sashimi for those guests that would like a lighter option or would like to share. Located on the rooftop, Touché – accessible via private elevator – is a luxuriously designed 7,100SF fine dining destination with indoor/outdoor seating via a state-of-the-art retractable roof. The intimate 50-seat indoor dining room features an open kitchen. The 225-seat outdoor lounge includes design highlights such as a waterfall wall, fire pits and a communal table & bar for guests to mingle

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana

Location:  1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach FL 33139



Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, a truly authentic Italian restaurant on famed Lincoln Road in South Beach. You’ll be tempted to bring a passport when dining at Quattro; you’ll feel like you’ve just been transported to Northern Italy. This Milanese-style trattoria is decorated with imported Italian materials but never more impressive is the amazingly authentic cuisine. Our chefs adhere to traditional methods of preparation and use only the finest ingredients imported from Italy. Pasta and fresh seafood take center stage in many of the dishes, although veal is another prevelant element on the menu. Dessert options include housemade gelati, while the bar features many classic cocktails and an all-Italian wine list.


Location:  947 Brickell Ave Miami FL 33131




Location:  600 Brickell Avenue Miami FL 33131



Tamarina’s ingredient-driven fare respects approachable Italian cooking styles, but is presented in a modern, sophisticated fashion. Whether it’s branzino straight from the Mediterranean or the morning’s fresh, local snapper, Tamarina selects the highest quality, seasonal ingredients and prepares them simply, allowing the natural flavors to speak for themselves. Furnished with dark wood, brass accents and antique mirrors, the restaurant and bar evokes Italian glamour with a Miami accent – chic and lively, yet relaxed and cozy.

Chez Gaston-Grand Beach Hotel

Location:  4835 Collins Ave



The Grand Beach Hotel restaurant “Chez Gaston” located on the lobby level of the property offers a menu inspired by Classic French cuisine with influences from all over the world, which give this restaurant a distinctive personality that cohesively matches the different cultures that visit Miami and this Miami oceanfront hotel. Chez Gaston allows Grand Beach Hotel guests to enjoy a casual and tropical dining experience in an indoor setting or outdoors with the property’s swimming pools in the background.

Romeo’s Cafe

Location:  2257 Coral Way Miami Fl 33145



Romeo’s Café is an intimate and elegantly appointed restaurant in which a maximum of 52 guests are treated to a unique and exceptional dining experience from the minute they enter the room. While there is no set menu, chef and host Romeo Majano has prepared Northern Italian influenced dishes tailored to the tastes of his guests since 1998. Each diner is asked about his or her individual food preferences, tastes and dietary restrictions. Based on their answers, (and Romeo’s imagination), a series of 6 gourmet dishes (3 at lunch) are then prepared to order and presented by an award-winning professional service staff. Complemented by a wine list that features predominantly Italian and American selections, the 2 ½ hour dinner is one of the most enjoyable and gastronomically satisfying dining experiences to be found anywhere. Consistently rated among South Florida’s top restaurants for food and service, Romeo’s Café appeals to those who truly enjoy the art of fine dining

Pied a Terre

1701 James Avenue Miami Beach FL 33139



#1 Rated Restaurant in Miami Beach in 2013 TripAdvisor! Located in the Cadet Hotel on 17th and James Avenue, Pied a Terre’s intimate setting has 11 tables seating up to 30 people. We also offer an outdoor dining area with two chef’s tables to accommodate larger parties. We serve contemporary Mediterranean/ French cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. Our menu changes continuously to reflect seasonal ingredients and local products. We offer chef’s tasting menu featuring our signature offerings as well as an a la carte menu. Our cuisine is always a work in progress and we strive to ensure there are always new and exciting dishes for our guests to sample. Our wine list features 190 international and domestic selections. We are proud to have obtained the “Wine Spectator Award” in August 2013. We can accommodate any dietary requirements or personal preferences.High Tea would be served with reservation.

15 Steps Private Dining

Location:  South Beach


This farm-to-table restaurant near South Beach, features creative, vibrant and seasonal cuisine, relying heavily on local resources. For parties of 12 or more, detailed information available by contacting Riley Phillips.

Submitted by ES Miami Experts January 2015

Tongue and Cheek

431 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139


Tongue & Cheek is a restaurant that embodies sophistication and whimsical humor. Presenting innovative, honest food in a relaxed and classically modern surrounding, from the food to the décor, Tongue & Cheek is a place where guests can enjoy good food, good friends and good conversation.

The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Drive Miami Beach, FL 33140


The James Beard Award-nominated Broken Shaker features specialty handcrafted cocktails with elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from garden herbs and spices, fresh-pressed produce and exotic ingredients from around the world.

The Broken Shaker is open Monday – Friday, 6pm-2am and weekends, 2pm-2am.

Edge Steak and Bar at The Four Seasons

1435 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL


Experience EDGE Steak & Bar, a modern cut of steakhouse near downtown Miami. Delectable cuisines are served in lighter portions and paired with fresh farm-to-table accompaniments. Casual and upbeat, EDGE always radiates a friendly and sophisticated ambiance. Enjoy the ever-changing lunch break menu during the day, and in the evening soak up the lively vibe with a handcrafted cocktail.  See and be seen on the lush rooftop terrace at one of Miami’s best restaurants on Brickell Avenue.

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

5132 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL


The modern American tavern draws inspiration from the regional Americas, classic Americana preparations and, in essence, is a celebration of American integrity, ingenuity and craftsmanship. The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions seeks to serve the neighborhood as a meeting point where people can congregate and enjoy their favorite comfort food classics albeit with an timely twist.

Cheerful planters, hanging garden lights and audible tunes harkening back to the decades of yore set the mood and transport diners to a time when Jerry Lewis was the cat’s meow, Tom & Jerry brought both children and adults to tears, and Betty Paige was in every young man’s thoughts.

J&G Grill at The St Regis Bal Harbor

9703 Collins Avenue Bal Harbour, FL


Commanding center stage in tiny Bal Harbour is J&G Grill, a critically acclaimed restaurant inspired by international star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. A comfortable, yet elegant hideaway with floor-to-ceiling windows, sweeping ocean views, an elegant bar and beautiful lounge, J&G Grill sets new standards for Miami and South Florida as a world-class dining destination.  It is Miami’s only restaurant that combines a curated selection of Jean-Georges’ greatest appetizers, side dishes and accompaniments from his portfolio of domestic and international restaurants around the world with the highest quality meats and freshest seafood available in the market.  Simply grilled preparations accompanied by bold condiments anchor the JG Grill dining experience, incorporating locally sourced products and organic greens from South Miami farms. He additionally crafts his own purees, including star fruit with bird Thai chili, for the restaurant’s variety of fresh signature sodas.  Oenophiles will appreciate the temperature controlled Wine Vault houses that houses 2,500 bottles, one of the largest wine collections in South Florida, for beautiful wine-paired dinners with the Sommelier selecting each wine to individual preferences and unforgettable cuisine.


9700 Collins Avenue Bal Harbour, FL 33154


Chef Makoto Okuwa has created a modern Japanese menu for his eponymous eatery, located in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops. Exceptional sushi bar selections, traditional dishes remade with some whimsy, and skewers cooked over a charcoal robata are complemented with hand-crafted beverages and sake. A soothing dining room, energized sushi bar, and two outdoor patios provide numerous dining experiences

Orantique on the Mile, Cuisine of the Sun

278 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL


Ortanique on the Mile is a family owned Caribbean fine dining restaurant, which has been open since July 1999. The concept started with a little hole in the wall on Lincoln Road in South Beach called Norma’s on the Beach. Our chef Cindy Hutson was just going through a divorce and was looking for a career change and her partner Delius Shirley was looking to follow in his mother’s footsteps of opening restaurants. Little did we know the couple would turn out to be a dynamic duo.

El Palacio De Los Jugos

5721 W Flagler Street Miami, FL


Gabriella S Ft Lauderdale FL, from

Everything they have is delicious. Their half gallon of fresh coconut water is so good, I don’t mind hauling butt through a typical Florida afternoon thunderstorm to have them hack up a few coconuts. With that said, their drive thru is wonderfully convenient. I only wish I lived closer… Every empanada has a perfect crust and their fillings aren’t overly seasoned like most places. The portions (can’t stop thinking about their fish and rice) are enormous and you will undoubtedly have leftovers. The cortaditos and cafe con leche are [as all good coffee] great for any time of the day. It is a little overwhelming the first time there because they have so many options, as well as a little side area where they have desserts, as well as a small back window where they sell their breakfast foods in the morning and their sandwiches, croquettes, tequeños and other quick bites the rest of the day. If it’s good enough for Anthony Bourdain 🙂

The River Oyster Bar

650 S Miami Ave Miami, FL


Robert from

My wife was presenting a paper in Miami and I went along for the “ride.” As we both like seafood we selected The River Oyster Bar as it was near our hotel. We had no idea what a find this small unpretentious restaurant would turn out to be. Our reservations were for 7:00 PM, but we arrived at 6:50 PM. We were told that both drinks and oysters were half priced until seven. What luck! We shared a dozen Blue Points. They were at the peak of freshness – oysters to die for. Pat had the Bronzini baked in a salt shell. When cracked open it was a moist, herbed, and garlic presentation that was perfection itself. I had a broiled wild salmon in a simple preparation. When in Miami you should go out of your way to visit this establishment.

Oishi Thai

14841 Biscayne Blvd North Miami, FL


Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, known to most simply as Chef Bee, was born in the small town of Ban Sankhohiang, located in the Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand, bordering Laos and Myanmar. Born to farmers, he developed an appreciation for culinary early on from his mother who taught him everything from growing his own food, the different techniques of preserving and preparing food, as well as the vast array of flavors within the Northern Thai culture.


Submitted by ES Miami Experts

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