Art of Dining

These South Florida restaurants collaborate with distinctive local artists in a quest to indulge in a sensual experience of gastronomical proportions.

Marion Miami
Local Artist: Julio Larraz
Imaginative yet realistic, and full of the tropical flair that exudes south Florida, artist Julio Larraz embodies the flavor of Miami in his piece “10 Lobsters in A Pot.” Housed in Marion Miami, a restaurant dubbed the “Epicurean Love Affair,” what would one expect? The breezy Mediterranean restaurant combines plates such as organic vegetable tart with Pyrenees sheep’s cheese and lavender with a European market ambience. 1111 SW 1st St., Miami, 786.717.7512, marionmiami.com

NaiYaRa
Local Artist: Krave
If you catch a glimpse of the street art throughout Wynwood and the Miami Design District or images of The Fresh Monkey, then you are familiar with the stand-out abstract art of Daniel Fila, also known as Krave. Krave’s work is whimsical and fun, much like the vibe of Chef Bee’s new restaurant NaiYaRa. Couple one of this year’s most anticipated new restaurants with the alluring art of Krave and you get a Japanese-Thai-inspired soul food experience. 1854 Bay Road, Miami Beach, naiyara.com

American Social
Local Artist: Alexander Mijares
At first glance, it seems as if the vibrant colors of the Miami River, which sits as a backdrop at American Social, are instantly absorbed into the canvas that adorns the walls. Artist Alexander Mijares magically captures the colors and energy of his native Miami in his artwork. Let the spirit envelop you as you enjoy pour-it-yourself beer taps, plates such as Winey Goat Trio Sliders, and live music. 690 SW 1st Court, Miami, 305.223.7004, americansocialbar.com

Coya
Local Artist: Various
Creative space eager to lend its walls in an effort to promote its shared passion for art is Coya’s mission. With an ever-changing gallery of illustration and sculpture from local artists, Coya invites guests to experience curated ambiance with every turn of a corner. To further extend the culinary delights, dishes reflect a Peruvian flair with a contemporary twist. Even better, the options are limitless from Sunday brunch of ceviche and tiradito, a Peruvian dish of raw fish in a spicy sauce, to the traditional dishes of ox heart with aji rocotto parsley. 999 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.415.9990, coyarestaurant.com

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