Miami's Best Hotel Restaurants

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By Shayne Benowitz

These hotels are a foodie’s paradise.

There’s more to Miami hotels than a stylish place to spend the night. They’re also home to some of the city’s best restaurants. From classic steakhouses to casual pizzerias, these are our favorite Miami hotel restaurants.

 

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

With three stellar signature restaurants tucked away inside this historic MiMo icon, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a true foodie's paradise. Start with London import Hakkasan serving haute Cantonese cuisine in a sumptuous setting or sample celebrity chef Scott Conant's legendary spaghetti dish at Scarpetta. Stripsteak by Michael Mina is a stylish, glittering, two-level steakhouse helmed by one of the country's most creative chefs. Indulge in its raw bar's seafood tower and then move on to your favorite cut of steak or try something different like the lobster pot pie. Mina has also created a more casual concept at the resort, the subterranean Pizza & Burger brasserie. There are even more casual and grab-and-go dining destinations at the Fontainebleau. You'll have to stay a while to try them all.

    SLS Brickell

    SLS Brickell boasts not one, but two James Beard Award-winning chefs at the helm of its signature restaurants. Homegrown talent Chef Michael Schwartz has created his first Italian concept with F’ilia, an homage to straightforward, ingredient-driven dishes like the classic Roman caccio e pepe pasta, meatballs and a Caesar salad prepared tableside. Spanish avant-garde Chef Jose Andres created a new seafood concept at the hotel with Bazaar Mar. Indulge in creative dishes like the California funnel cake made with seaweed, avocado and blue crab or Neptune’s pillow made with tuna sashimi and spicy tuna with air breads, spicy rocoto and sea lettuce powder, amongst many other out-of-this-world delights.

      Faena

      The over-the-top Faena is a palace of opulence, dripping in red velvet, leopard print and gilded flourishes with art by contemporary masters. There’s nothing subtle about the place, including its restaurants. Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann is a carnivore’s dream. The legendary Argentinean grillmaster specializes in flame-fired preparations, including skirt steak with chimichurri sauce crowned by crispy domino potatoes. For inventive pan-Asian cuisine, make a reservation at Pao by James Beard Award-winning Chef Paul Qui. The Unicorn dish has earned cult status, made of sea urchin with grilled sweet corn pudding, sake aioli and chili de arbol. From there, opt for anything from Pekin duck to roasted fish to the wagyu ribeye—and don’t skip one of their specialty rice dishes to share.

        Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club

        One of Miami’s newest luxury hotels is Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Surfside. The historic property was once the playground of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill. The original club has been restored blending Old Florida glamour with new modern architecture by Richard Meier. They’ve also imported Le Sirenuse, a stunning, family-owned restaurant from Italy’s Amalfi Coast. A true fine dining restaurant, you’ll delight in delicate crudos, pastas and steaks accompanied by some of the best service in the city.

          The Miami Beach EDITION

          When Jean-Georges Vongerichten is at the helm of the hotel’s food and beverage program, you make a reservation immediately. At The Miami Beach EDITION, snag a table at Matador Room and enjoy the French master’s interpretation of pan-Latin and Caribbean food, ranging from sweet pea guacamole to Florida black grouper tacos and more. For a more casual dining experience, duck into Market just off the hotel’s lobby for black truffle and fontina pizza, kale salads, meatballs and all manner of delicious fare.

            The Betsy South Beach

            The Betsy South Beach recently refreshed its food and beverage program and debuted the casual Alley pizzeria in a hip atmosphere. The straightforward menu specializes in a focused selection of pizzas, like San Marzano tomato with mozzarella, as well as delicious starters like snapper crudo, meatballs and zucchini salad. For a more fine dining option, LT Steak & Seafood is a concept by French Chef Laurent Tourondel. Start with items like crispy calamari and move on to your choice of steak or local snapper.

              Loews Miami Beach Hotel

              Fresh off a multi-million dollar renovation, Loews debuted updated food and beverage offerings. Lure Fishbar is its high-end signature restaurant, imported from New York’s Soho. The inventive seafood menu is designed with plates meant to mix and match ranging form crispy rice cakes with spicy tuna tartare to a classic lobster roll and an Alaskan king crab cake. In addition to the hotel’s casual Preston’s Market, Loews also launched Bar Collins serving a wide variety of small plates and wood-fired pizza. Miami Joe Coffee Co. is the perfect spot for grab-and-go treats ranging from sandwiches and salads to homemade ice cream from Little Havana.

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