Forbes Award-Winning Restaurants in Miami

Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak


Crispy Duck Salad at Hakkasan

Polenta at Scarpetta

Polenta at Scarpetta

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By: Miami New Times Writer

Each year, the Forbes’ travel guide highlights the best and brightest 4 and 5-star restaurants, hotels, and spas across the globe, recognizing those that go above and beyond to provide the ultimate in service. With up to 900 individual criteria points, Forbes’ inspectors leave no stone unturned, making its travel guide one of the most trusted barometers for excellence in the world. Since the 1950s, their experts have sought out the places delivering unparalleled experiences for those who revel in the finer things in life.

For anyone even mildly familiar with Miami’s thriving culinary scene, it should come as no surprise to learn that several of Forbes’ top restaurants are located right here in sunny South Florida. Several of Miami’s best restaurants made the 2019 list, with one even going so far as to earn the ever-elusive Five-Star Forbes’ restaurant award, joining an exclusive group of restaurants that numbers less than 70 worldwide.

Whether you consider yourself a gourmet connoisseur or simply have an appreciation for good food, there’s no doubt you’ll want to snag a table at one of the ten Forbes’ award-winning restaurants in Miami.

Forbes’ Four and Five-Star Award-Winning Restaurants in Miami


One of the rare winners of Forbes’ Five-Star Restaurant Award, NAOE is home to one of the most exclusive meals in town, prepared by the incredibly gifted Chef Kevin Cory. The small, intimate dining space means that only a small handful of patrons can experience NAOE every night, making reservations an absolute must.

Here, the menu is based on omakase-style dining, meaning that the chef will be crafting the perfect meal for you, from start to finish—no need to peruse a menu because his expertise ensures an unforgettable flavor journey. 661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami

Le Sirenuse dining room
Taste delicious Italian creations at Le Sirenuse

Le Sirenuse Miami

Nestled right on the Atlantic Coast, Le Sirenuse is an Italian export led by Chef Antonio Mermolia, who hails from the Calabria region of the sun-soaked Italian peninsula. With a relaxed but elegant ambiance, Mediterranean-inspired décor, and carefully curated menu, every element of Le Sirenuse proves that it’s every bit deserving of its Four-Star Award in the Forbes’ Travel Guide.

Chef Mermolia’s culinary prowess is demonstrated in every inch of the menu, expertly constructed around unmatched ingredients like beluga caviar, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and heirloom Pomodorino di Piennolo tomatoes grown on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius. 9011 Collins Avenue, Surfside

Palme d’Or

Tucked in Coral Gables’ sophisticated Biltmore Hotel, the Palme d’Or is a Forbes’ Four-Star award-winner as well as Miami’s longest-running fine French restaurant. The interiors are inspired by the glamour and decadence of the Jazz Age, while the menu puts a modern spin on classic French cuisine.

Locally sourced, sustainable ingredients lend a bright burst of flavor to dishes such as Jackman Ranch wagyu strip steak, sautéed Chilean Seabass, and grilled Colorado lamb chop, each entrée more delicious than the last. 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

Pao by Paul Qui dining room
Taste a fusion of flavors at Pao by Paul Qui

Pao by Paul Qui

Chef Paul Qui already has a James Beard Award and a Top Chef first-place win to his name, so it seems only fitting that his restaurant has now been similarly honored with a Four-Star Award from Forbes. Pao by Paul Qui's elaborate menu reads like a fusion of international culinary inspirations, serving up the perfect complement of flavors to accompany the restaurant’s stunning interior and beautiful ocean views.

You can’t go wrong with the A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Carpaccio, and ending your meal with the honeycomb pannacotta dessert is an absolute must. 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Los Fuegos By Francis Mallmann dining room
Experience Argentinian cuisine at Los Fuegos By Francis Mallmann

Los Fuegos By Francis Mallmann

With a Spanish name that translates to “the fires,” Los Fuegos By Francis Mallman more than lives up to its moniker. Honored with a Forbes’ Four-Star Award and led by a James Beard award-winning chef, the Argentine restaurant is centered around the outdoor barbecue dining experience beloved in South American culture.

An outdoor fire kitchen never fails to grab diners’ attention while they await their meals, producing flawlessly grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables and honoring Argentinian culinary traditions. 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Forbes’ 2019 Star Award Recommendations

While the places named above may have been Miami’s most notable mentions on the list for Forbes’ best restaurants of 2019, they aren’t the only local culinary favorites earning critical acclaim. In addition to the Four- and Five-star award-winners, the following restaurants made the Forbes’ list with their 2019 Star Award Recommendations:

Bourbon Steak Bar
Enjoy your meal at the dramatic Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak, Miami

Celebrity Chef Michael Mina is best known for his three world-famous steakhouses, one of which is located inside Miami’s exquisite JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Isle Resort. A dramatic, ultra-modern interior serves as an excellent backdrop to the assortment of expertly prepared prime cuts of meat, and the wine menu of more than 850 international varieties ensures you’ll always have a new pairing to discover at Bourbon Steak19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura

Cantonese food has never tasted better than at Hakkasan

Hakkasan Miami

Venture into the luxe Fontainebleau Miami Beach and you’ll be lucky enough to stumble across one of the city’s top-rated Cantonese restaurants and food critic favorites. Hakkasan's illuminated bar and moody dining room provide a comfortable, stylish space for indulging in modern Cantonese cuisine, while its creative cocktail menu offers something to please every palate. 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Il Mulino New York

Elegant yet inviting, Il Mulino New York has earned a revered reputation for being one of the best Italian restaurants in Florida. Located in the Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach, the restaurant is oceanfront dining at its finest, delighting its guests with homestyle Italian favorites such as handmade plates of pasta and gourmet meats and cheeses. 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach

Matador Room
Experience old-world glamour at Matador Room

Matador Room

Matador Room is an iconic part of Miami’s culinary history, and its sense of old-world glamour is precisely what inspired Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s recent reinvention efforts. Using his innovative talents and expertise, Vongerichten breathed new life into the restaurant’s menu, combining Latin and Caribbean influences to wow diners and critics alike. 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Burrata at Scarpetta
Fresh Italian flavors abound at Scarpetta Miami Beach

Scarpetta Miami Beach

Enjoy the best of Italy’s “Cucina Rustica” cuisine with a generous helping of stunning ocean views at Scarpetta Miami Beach, located inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The restaurant’s nautical-chic design pairs impeccably with the authentic Italian dishes crafted by Chef Scott Conant, providing a veritable feast that satisfies appetites for both food and aesthetic beauty. 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

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