NEW TO THE SCENE
Built across the street from Thompson Miami Beach hotel in the 1930s, this historic venue was moved to the hotel property and will become a go-to for those seeking avant-garde cocktails, Spanish-inspired small plates and crudos. Not quite a restaurant and not quite a bar, this indoor-outdoor space features Spanish influences like orange clay floors and furnishings in a palette of rich reds, blacks and browns. Executive Chef: Michelle Bernstein
Menu Suggestions: Spinach and feta croquetas with fig marmalade; Lardo-wrapped figs with goat cheese stuffing; Cobia carpaccio with crispy garlic and Cuban toast; and the signature Ain’t Misbeehavin’ cocktail made with Bulleit Rye, lemon juice, honey syrup, egg whites and orange bitters.
4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. thompsonmiamibeach.com
KLIMA Restaurant and Bar
Seating 122 guests, KLIMA is casual yet elegant while offering a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Featuring natural oak floors in the main dining area, comfy chairs and sofas in the lounge and climbing spirals of plant life on the outdoor veranda, guests will want to linger long after dinner. The menu offers a uniquely eclectic combination of contemporary and international fare inspired by the Mediterranean and Barcelona regions that promises simplicity with genuine flavors carefully choreographed by KLIMA’s experienced chefs. Executive Chef: David Rustarazo
Menu Suggestions: Roast beef with potatoes parmentier, mustard and gravy; Gazpacho with croutons and Iberian ham; Fennel carpaccio with burrata, dry tomatoes and citrus vinaigrette.
210 23rd St., Miami Beach. www.klimamiami.com
Specializing in Italian coastal cuisine, Tamarina uses high-quality, seasonal ingredients and prepares dishes simply, allowing the natural flavors to speak for themselves. The Crudo Bar offers raw and lightly cooked seafood from crudi and carpaccio to tartares and caviar, plus east and west coast oysters. Evoking Italian glamour with dark wood furnishings, brass accents and antique mirrors, Tamarina is both chic and cozy. Outside, a lushly landscaped wraparound terrace houses the Champagne Bar serving bubbly by the glass or bottle, plus accompanying small plates. Executive Chef: Israel Mora
Menu Suggestions: Linguine lobster with tomato, white wine and parsley; Carpaccio octopus with chili oil, lemon and parsley; Cornish hen with grilled shiitake and roasted chipollini onions.
600 Brickell Ave., Miami. tamarinarestaurants.com
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In the newly refurbished Vagabond Hotel, the Vagabond Restaurant features works by local artists, plus a creative menu with crowd favorites like burgers and sandwiches and innovative ingredients like chapulines (small grasshoppers).
7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. thevagabondhotel.com
Morimoto South Beach
The star of Iron Chef, chef Masaharu Morimoto, offers an inventive integration of Western and Japanese ingredients in this critically-acclaimed restaurant located at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.
1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. shelbornewyndhamgrand.com
What started as a small restaurant in Lima, Peru, is now an international franchise known for its flavors, freshness and creativity. The innovative menu combines traditional seafood with a variety of international cuisines.
162 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables. segundomuelle.com
The newest restaurant concept by the boys at the Creative Kitchen is the Asian-American fusion concept CHOW, offering sushi, barbecue and creative cocktails.
208 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. (954) 523-1213
Top Chef: Season 5 fan favorite, Fabio Viviani, brings his sophisticated and charismatic cuisine to the cornerstone of Miami Beach’s South of Fifth dining scene.
404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. www.sienatavern.com
This casually elegant brasserie by beloved Miami chef Michelle Bernstein features an abundance of fresh vegetables simply prepared, plus creative small plates, a selection of pedigreed, a-la-carte steaks and a rich raw bar. Located at the Thompson Miami Beach hotel.
4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. thompsonhotels.com