Where to Dine in Doral

By: Jennifer Agress

Doral’s dining scene promises a mix of local and international cuisine.

The neighborhood of Doral, in the western part of Miami, is a blend of local, low key, family neighborhood and high-end resort attractions. There’s a restaurant for anyone from a local looking for an upscale meal or a tourist who wants to tap into the local tastes. Whether you are looking for a quick bite, a tapas style meal in a bossa nova lounge, a burger and a beer or international cuisine, you won’t leave Doral hungry. Next time you spend a day in Doral, be sure to stop and savor a few of its tastiest dining destinations.

Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market

A new addition to the bustling Downtown Doral area, Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market is a true Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant. It boasts its own in-house fish market with various meat rubs, whole local fish, soy sauces, and rice up for grabs, as well as an award-winning Japanese whiskey list. Inspired by traditional “izakayas,” or Japanese gastropubs, this locale has a menu of Asian-inspired comfort foods like Japanese seafood pancakes with shrimp, octopus and squid; a neck-to-tail chicken tastings menu; and for brunch, Japanese fried chicken and waffles. 5241 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178

Los Parrilleros

Los Parrilleros is an authentic Argentinian steakhouse that landed in Doral more than 15 years ago. Steeped in the traditions of Buenos Aires, this steakhouse boasts a menu of mouthwatering meats, cooked to perfection like filet mignon, boned rib eye, churrasco and more. Los Parrilleros has an extensive wine list, live tango on Thursdays  and more live music on Sundays. 10775 NW 41st Street, Miami, FL 33178

Il Forno Ristorante

With its refined approach to gastronomy, Il Forno Ristorante serves up a menu of locally sourced, classic Italian fare like pappardelle pasta with wild and porcini mushrooms, grilled veal chop with rosemary, veal ossobuco alla Milanesa and more. The atmosphere is marked by the locale’s rustic, open kitchen and wood-burning oven and its warm, intimate feel creates the perfect backdrop for guests to grab a cocktail at the bar, dine al fresco on the terrace, or eat to the sounds of live music in the dining room. 9350 NW 25th Street, Doral, FL 33172

Kokai Sushi and Lounge

This family-owned Japanese spot actually comes to Doral from Venezuela, where that same family set the standard for Japanese cuisine in their native country. As the first outpost of the franchise in the U.S., Kokai Sushi and Lounge takes a cutting-edge approach to fine dining. The menu fuses Japanese cuisine with exotic Latin flavors, and features signature sushi rolls like the “Alejandro” with shrimp and salmon tempuras, cream cheese, avocado, and sweet potato sauce; the “Crazy Sake” with salmon, avocado, cream cheese, and masago; and the “Lady Eel” with eel and crabstick tempura, masago, and avocado. 9036 NW 25th Street, Doral, FL 33172

La Esquina del Lechón

In a part of the country filled with Cuban restaurants, La Esquina del Lechón stands out from the pack. A neighborhood favorite, locals and visitors alike flock to the restaurant for its “bread basket” of rolls, chicharones, and miniature arepas, pan con lechón with shredded pork shoulder and skin, whole roasted pig, and Colombian-style Bandeja Paisa with grilled steak, white rice, black beans, pork rinds, avocado, fried egg, and a corn flour arepa. 8601 NW 58th Street #101, Miami, FL 33166

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