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By Shayne Benowitz

There’s more to Miami’s 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.

Sirenuse
The gorgeous dining room at Le Sirenuse

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club

The Four Seasons Hotel at the historic Surf Club in Surfside was once the playground of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill. The original club has been restored by architect Richard Meier, blending Old Florida glamour with new modern design, featuring interiors by Joseph Dirand. Here, you’ll find Le Sirenuse, the legendary family-owned restaurant from Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Start with a glass of Champagne at their Champagne Bar, then delight in delicate crudos, fresh pastas and sumptuous steaks. You’ll also find The Surf Club Restaurant by famed Napa Valley chef Thomas Keller who is making his Florida debut. Expect contemporary continental cuisine from the Michelin star chef.

Hakkasan
Crispy Duck salad at haute Cantonese Hakkasan

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

With four 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 sultry 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, the subterranean Pizza & Burger brasserie. Beyond these options, there are even more casual and grab-and-go dining destinations to choose from at the Fontainebleau. You’ll have to stay awhile to sample them all.

Pao
Inventive dishes at Pao by James Beard Chef Paul Qui

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.

Matador
Enjoy fusion dishes on the terrace at Matador

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.

LT
Fine dining at LT Steak & Seafood

The Betsy South Beach

The Betsy South Beach recently debuted the casual Alley pizzeria decked out 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 fine dining experience, 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. Their Carlton Room Café facing Collins Avenue serves locally brewed Panther Coffee in addition to light bites.

Lure
Seafoodies flock to Lure for specialties like the grilled whole daurade

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Fresh off a multi-million dollar renovation, Loews recently debuted updated food and beverage offerings. Lure Fishbar is their high-end signature restaurant, imported from New York’s Soho neighborhood. The inventive seafood menu is composed of a wide variety of plates designed 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, Bar Collins serves a wide variety of small plates and wood-fired pizza. You’ll also find a wide variety of local offerings in their Flavor by Loews marketplace, including Panther Coffee, Zak the Baker and Azucar Ice Cream, which hails from Little Havana.

Mar
Upscale Peruvian fusion at La Mar by Gaston Acurio

La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami

La Mar by Gaston Acurio is an upscale Peruvian eatery at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami with an expansive outdoor patio on Biscayne Bay for water views reflecting Downtown’s glittering skyline. Indulge in variety of fresh fish ceviche, tiraditos, whipped potato causas and anticucho grilled meats. Start with the chaufa aeropuerto, a traditional pan-fried rice dish made with Chinese sausage, shrimp omelet and egg noodles. Other highlights include the clasico ceviche made with fluke, the Nikkei made with both tuna tataki and candied tuna in tamarind leche de tigre and the stir-fried tenderloin lomo saltado. You can’t go wrong with the chef’s tasting menu at $85 to sample a little bit of everything.

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