Miami's Best Hotels for Foodies

By Kara Franker | Oct 5, 2017
Hakkasan inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Hakkasan inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach serves Cantonese cuisine

Love to eat? These hotels will make your mouth water.

Over the past decade, Miami’s food scene has flourished. Some of the world’s top chefs – like José Andrés, Jeff McGinnis, Michael Schwartz, Michelle Bernstein, Dale Talde and more – have planted their roots in Magic City restaurants. World-renowned events like the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Miami Spice, and neighborhood food happenings, like “Wine on Harvest Moon” and “Giralda Under the Stars,” have kept foodies from across the globe flocking to Miami to try its latest bites.

Next time you’re looking for a hotel with a tasty twist, try one of the Miami haunts listed below. One thing’s for sure: your taste buds won’t regret it.

EAST, Miami

Quinto La Huella at EAST, Miami

Situated on top of Brickell City Centre, EAST, Miami is a luxury hotel in the heart of all the action. For delectable Uruguayan dishes, Quinto La Huella offers an impressive menu featuring fine favorites like steak Milanese, wood oven cooked langoustines, ricotta cheese and chard ravioli, as well as a wide range of sushi and sashimi options. Happy hour on Thursdays is a popular time for locals to go and try appetizers like chorizo, empanadas and crispy calamari. And local cervezas are only $5 a pop. For a true Miami-style rooftop bar experience, head to the hotel’s Asian-influenced restaurant & bar, Sugar, where you’ll find an eclectic mix of bites like the shrimp tempura roll, crispy tandoori squid and boneless Korean chicken wings. Sip on a signature cocktail, groove to beats by the resident DJ and watch as the sun sets over the city.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Scarpetta Bar & Lounge at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

One of Miami’s most iconic hotels, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is known for the multiple fabulous pools, beautiful people watching, air of glamour and world-renowned restaurants. Head to Stripsteak by Michael Mina for classic American steaks as well as specialty cuts like the 18-ounce Châteaubriand, 50-ounce Wagyu Austrialian Tomahawk or the Japanese Miyazaki Prefecture called the A5 Striploin. Or opt for swanky Hakkasan where you’ll find Chef Loo’s delectable Cantonese cuisine like the stir-fry South Florida spiny lobster, dim sum platter, and Peking duck with Petrossian caviar. If you’d rather go for a fancy Italian feast, Scott Conant’s Scarpetta is calling your name. Think heaping plates of ricotta raviolini or seared halibut with pickled apples and walnut pesto. All promise delicious food, handcrafted cocktails, impressive wine lists and a good time that begs to be repeated.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Edge Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons

The elegant Four Seasons Hotel Miami requires no introduction – and neither does its acclaimed restaurant Edge, Steak & Bar. Led by Executive Chef Aaron Brooks, it boasts a lush rooftop terrace, farm-to-table cuisine, out-of-the-box cuts of meat, a popular happy hour, and delectable dishes made with organic spices and herbs from the restaurant’s very own garden. There’s an impressive list of 100 percent Black Angus Beef from Creekstone Farms as well as a few unique cuts from Australia. You’ll find a few Aussie dishes since the chef hails from the “land down under.” For a great local option, try the Florida Seafood Cazuela with fresh grouper, pink shrimp, clams, coconut curry, green beans and crispy tostones. Or opt for the Edge Tasting Experience where the chef will whip up a five-course sampling of some of his favorite dishes along with some off-menu specialties.

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miami

Cantina Beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Located just seven miles from the heart of Brickell, Key Biscayne is an island oasis with equal parts ocean breezes and laid back ambiance. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne has plenty of great restaurants to choose from and all of them have fantastic water views. The newest offering on the property includes Lightkeepers and its modern-coastal fare like the Lighthouse Tower with both east and west coast oysters, Key West shrimp, Alaskan king crab, Florida ceviche and Yellowfin tuna. For casual Mexican eats and the largest tequila collection for miles, head to Cantina Beach where the fresh-made, table-side guacamole is second to none. At Dune Burgers on the Beach you’ll find plush sofas under white cabanas with St. Tropez-inspired rose wine and Champagne as well as a delectable gourmet burger selection.

Shelborne South Beach

The Sarsaparilla Club at the Shelborne South Beach

Aside from its “see-and-be-seen” South Beach-style pool, the Shelborne South Beach has out-of-the-box bars and restaurants led by some of the nation’s top chefs. In the lobby, cocktail enthusiasts will enjoy a “prescription” from The Drawing Room, an apothecary bar that’s the brainchild of NYC’s famed Albert Trummer. Similarly, renowned chef duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth – co-owners of Root & Bone in NYC – launched The Sarsaparilla Club. Located poolside, the indoor/outdoor restaurant has a street side vintage VW bus that welcomes diners to a whimsical and cozy space with a menu of American comfort food-meets-Cantonese Dim Sum cuisine. Start with the heirloom tomato and grilled mango salad as well as the carrot and beet tartare. Next you can’t go wrong with the pork belly bacon steamed buns and the braised short rib dumplings. A crowd favorite is the Sarsaparilla fried chicken with green curry, kaffir lime powder, cilantro and toasted coconut.

SLS South Beach

The Bazaar by José Andrés is equal parts theatrical and trendy

James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés is known across the globe for his unbelievably delicious ingredient-driven restaurants and his SLS South Beach mainstay, The Bazaar by José Andrés is certainly no exception. Equal parts theatrical and trendy, The Bazaar is a Spanish-Eclectic-style resto-lounge with a menu of strange and wonderful specialties: like foie gras pb & j, frozen blue cheese sandwiches, dragon fruit ceviche, Cuban coffee-rubbed churrasco, King Crab and raspberries, and more. Every Wednesday the restaurant hosts Bar Centro Unplugged starting at 9 p.m. and includes live music, light bites and trendy cocktails.

The Confidante Miami Beach

TALDE inside the Confidante on Miami Beach

The Confidante Miami Beach is an oceanfront oasis featuring Bohemian chic beach vibes. A throwback to 1950s Miami Beach glamour, this upscale twist on the city’s Art Deco motif invites guests to unwind amidst two heated pools, a verdant tropical garden, comfortable accommodations and an open-air salon and spa. And in between the relaxation, grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel’s raved-about restaurants. Led by Dale Talde, of Bravo’s Top Chef, TALDE Miami Beach gives Asian-American cuisine a sultry twist. Starters include plates like shrimp toast, pork belly bao, duck pastrami, Kung Pao chicken wings, samosas and more. For entrees, choose General Talde’s Chicken with broccoli and grilled peaches, Char Siu Pork Ribs with tingling watermelon salad or Walnut Shrimp with twice cooked long beans and orange.

W Miami

15th & Vine at the Viceroy

Located on Brickell Avenue, W Miami is one of the Magic City’s hottest places to wine, dine, pamper and play. It’s fifteenth-floor restaurant, 15th & Vine Kitchen & Bar, boasts Biscayne Bay views, a romantic ambiance, an impressive wine list and a contemporary twist on seasonal American fare like the blackened mahi-mahi burger with tartar sauce, pan fried branzino with pepperonata and sherry reduction or the New York strip with marble potatoes and chimichurri sauce.

Hotel Victor South Beach

Hotel Victor’s Sugar Factory American Brasserie is an elaborate eatery and candy shop

Located on Ocean Drive, this trendy Art Deco hotel gives people more than beach views and a place to lay their head. Joining Ocean Drive’s endless row of street side cafés is the Hotel Victor’s Sugar Factory American Brasserie, an elaborate eatery and candy shop that guarantees to curb your sweet tooth. From alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets, like the “Berry Bliss” cocktail, to an extensive waffle menu, savory crepes, burgers and pizzas, its menu is as long as it is sugary. Of course, the crème de la crème are its celebrity-endorsed candy and extravagant desserts – like the famous King Kong Sundae. It serves 12 people, is topped with giant swirly pops, and has 24 scoops of ice cream, sprinkles, caramel sauce, fudge sauce, strawberry sauce, marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cones, gummy bears, white chocolate strawberry shavings, sliced bananas, toasted walnuts and whipped cream.

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