The Best Restaurants for the 2018 Holiday Season

The Best Restaurants for the 2018 Holiday Season

Miami is one of the best places to eat in America, thanks to an amazing variety of international cuisines and cultures that call the Magic City home. 2018 brought many newcomers to Miami, both well-anticipated global brands and hyper-local innovative concepts.

My absolute favorites:

Le Sirenuse – 9011 Collins Avenue, Surfside  786.482.2280

Located in the restored Peacock Ally at the Surfclub, Le Sirenuse marries the relaxed barefoot chic feel of Positano with the Art Deco elegance of jazz-era Miami. The ambiance is special, the food divine and the service impeccable. $$$$

La Petite Maison – 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami 305.403.9133

One of Miami’s most elegant restaurants with superb service. I love the green lentil salad and tuna carpaccio to start. All entrees are incredible. La Petite Maison truly achieves a 5-Star dining experience. $$$$

Novikov Miami – 300 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami  305.489.1000

From the moment you walk in, Novikov Miami delivers a sensational dining experience. The colorful seafood and vegetable display is a sight to behold. Seafood is the way to go here, with everything imported directly from Japan! $$$$

Amara at Paraiso – 3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami 305.702.5528

Michael Schwartz’s latest concept is a beautiful waterfront Caribbean/Latin restaurant with delicious food as always. The best seat in the house is outside overlooking Biscayne Bay. Great place to enjoy the cooler evenings this winter. $$$

NW 24th Street in Wynwood

Wynwood is THE place to be with awesome new restaurants opening all the time. I love taking a walk and hopping around the different restaurants and bars located along NW 24thStreet.

Charley’s Vegan Tacos – 172 NW 24th Street, Miami  305.456.8202

The atmosphere might be casual, but the food is extraordinary. And don’t let the name dissuade you: the nachos are a must, as well as the Huarache. The tacos are award-winning, great to share and the best way to try all the different flavors. $$

Crudos Fusion Art – 250 NW 24th Street, Miami 786.238.7103

Executive Chef Edixon Hernandez combines flavors of his native Venezuela with Asian-inspired recipes. The short rib bun is amazing, as is the burger served on a Raman noodle bun. The smoking tuna tartar is an experience you can’t miss! $$

Le Chick Miami – 310 NW 24th Street, Miami 786.216.7086

Fried chicken…Fried chicken…Fried chicken. Enough said!!!  $$

Morelia Gourmet Paletas – 185 NW 25th Street 305.967.8782

Morelia’s handcrafted gourmet popsicles include flavors like Dulce de Leche popsicles filled with Dulce de Leche, banana filled with Nutella, or Greek yogurt with wild berries and strawberry cheesecake. My favorite part is dipping the popsicles in the amazing toppings!

No. 3 Social – 50 NW 24th Street, Miami 305.748.4540

This season’s ultimate roof top bar! Awesome experience with great music for dinner or cocktails. No. 3 is open late night so it’s ideal for after-dinner drinks.

Off the beaten path:

NIU Kitchen – 134 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami 786.542.5070

NIU Kitchen is a tapas restaurant that serves authentic Spanish dishes that are delicious and creative. Extensive and impressive wine list. Best to enjoy with a group to try all the different dishes! $$

Arson – 104 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami 786.717,6711

Arson is the sister restaurant of NIU Kitchen, opened right next door in Downtown Miami. They specialize in meat and seafood that are charcoal-fired, set against an industrial-rustic backdrop. $$

Sherwood’s Bistro 8281 NE 2nd Avenue, El Portal 786.359.4030

This hidden gem is located in El Portal, just north of the Design District. Specializing in all your favorite comfort foods, Sherwood’s is a charming laid-back option with a cute patio to enjoy the cool Miami winter days. $$$

Café Roval – 5804 NE 4th Ct, Miami  786.954.7850

Cute hideaway set in a historic coral building. The menu is a collection of classic dishes from a variety of cultures. Everything is delicious. Request a table in the garden! $$$

Miami Beach:

Miami Beach staples like The Forge, Red, Milos, Il Mulino, Prime 112, Upland, Villa Azur, Cecconi’s and Byblos are all thriving. Here are some local favorites with great food and a unique dining experience.

27/Broken Shaker – 2727 Indian Creek, Miami Beach 786.476.7020 

Spirited mixology & handcrafted cocktails are award-winning at the Broken Shaker bar. Great, relaxed setting to grab a drink followed by dinner at 27 Restaurant located across the courtyard in a funky 2-story house. Fun for a casual meal with great friends. $$

Sylvano – 1925 Liberty Ave, Miami Beach 305.673.3959

Walking distance to the wonderful Bass Art Museum, this charming restaurant is located in a very residential area of Miami Beach. The classic Italian dishes are exquisite, served in a very relaxed atmosphere. $$

Bal Harbor/Surfside:

The Bal Harbor shops still wow with restaurants like Carpaccio, Makoto, The Grill and Le Zoo, all excellent in their own right. Here are a couple of other options in the area:

Harbor Grill – 9415 Harding Ave, Surfside 305.861.0787

For an elevated steakhouse & sushi restaurant, Harbor Grill also has the best burger in Miami. Burger lovers, you won’t want to miss it. Everything is prepared in a Kosher-certified kitchen. $$$$

Café Ragazzi – 9500 Harding Avenue, Bal Harbor 305.861.0787

Delicious neighborhood Italian food. This is a classic white tablecloth Italian joint that serves authentic dishes like calamari and pasta, alongside an impressive selection of international wines. $$$


Sapore Di Mare – 707 North Boardwalk 954.920.4304

Spectacular coastal Italian food with delicious, fresh seafood and homemade pastas made from scratch. Wonderful wine list, plus an extensive selection of cocktails.They also have a location in Coconut Grove. $$$

Monkitail – 3555 South Ocean Dr (in Diplomat Hotel) 954.602.8755

Award-winning modern Japanese izakaya and sushi restaurant. A great neighborhood favorite, with a trendy and sophisticated ambience, and beautiful decor $$$$

JWB Prime Steak & Seafood – 1111 N Ocean Drive 954.874.4470

Unparalleled meat and fish, beautiful ambiance and exceptional service all are reasons to dine at JWB. A new upscale concept, JWB is a stylish, beachside restaurant at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. $$$$

Allegria Ristorante – 2009 Harrison St 954.613.5502

A must try for lovers of traditional Italian cuisine. The owner is always in the restaurant checking on customers to ensure 5-star service and a personal touch that is rare to find in 2018. $$$

Seasons Eatings!