Miami's Best Hotels For Foodies

Scarpetta inside the Fontainebleau Miami

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Scarpetta inside the Fontainebleau Miami

By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Sure, you may book a hotel for its convenient location, dreamy beds or tranquil pool scene — but these days, many are also looking to stay where they’ll find the best food in town. Miami has no shortage of super-star chefs, outstanding food, and some hotels even boast enough restaurants that guests could dine somewhere different each night of vacation. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of Miami hotels where unforgettable food will stay in your memory long after vacation is over.

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

At this tony hotel on Collins Avenue, a longtime symbol of Miami Beach’s glamorous golden era, guests can literally take a culinary tour through a dizzying number of mouth-watering restaurants and bars — meaning you can have something different each night of your stay. Carnivores will want to spend an evening at Stripsteak by Michael Mina for out-of-this-world steaks and mile-high seafood towers; or for something more casual head to Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina where you’ll choose your guilty pleasure. For crave-worthy Italian, cozy up at Scarpetta by Scott Conant for elevated dishes like their coveted spaghetti or the truffle mushroom polenta; and for upscale Chinese food, retreat to dimly-lit Hakkasan for modern Cantonese and their famous dim sum brunch on the weekends. Don’t miss the artsy desserts and chocolates at Chez Bon Bon.

    Faena Hotel Miami Beach

    At this over-the-top hotel with movie-set magic, sashay down the dramatic red carpet to several dining destinations from world-acclaimed chefs. At Pao by Paul Qui, helmed by a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef, you’ll savor modern Asian cuisine that fuses Filipino, Spanish, Japanese and French influences, and sip a fancy drink out of a three-pound brass unicorn glass. The adventurous can try the unforgettable “Uni-corn,” a creamy sweet corn pudding with uni that’s presented in a sea urchin shell. At Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, an Argentine super-star chef, you’ll be treated to a taste of the live-fire barbeque that Mallmann is known for. Sundays are one of the best times to visit for the buffet-style “asado,” where you’ll feast on a variety of South American-inspired dishes.

      Loews Miami Beach

      With a prized oceanfront location just steps from Lincoln Road, the newly revamped Loews offers a luxe vacation that’s perfect for food lovers. Lure Fishbar is the star of the show at the hotel, and it’s where seafood is king. Slurp down dressed-up oysters from the east and west coasts, share signature sushi rolls, or indulge in fish dishes like nori-crusted tuna. If you don’t like seafood, the restaurant is known for their award-winning burger topped with bacon jam. Have casual bites and creative cocktails at the heart of the hotel, Bar Collins, where guests and locals love to congregate for live music. The hotel also plays a huge role in the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, hosting many foodie events there.

        The Setai, Miami Beach

        With its sleek design and zen atmosphere, you may never want to leave this Five-Star hotel — especially after dining at the modern-Asian restaurant Jaya. The courtyard with stone-filled pools is the centerpiece of the hotel, and Jaya offers the chance to dine under the stars at night. Go-to dishes are the melt-in-your-mouth truffle dumplings, signature Peking duck and other regional specialties from Southeast and Northern Asian cultures. If you’re looking to splurge, their signature Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring live music, free-flowing Champagne and a never-ending buffet of global cuisine should top your foodie bucket list. Head to the deck of The Ocean Grill for water views in every direction, and where you’ll nosh on octopus from the wood-fired grill, Mediterranean branzino, or the local favorite, white truffle pizza.

          COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach South Beach

          This chic hotel that boasts design elements by Italian interior designer Paola Navone stands out for its new restaurant, Traymore, a delicious collaboration with James Beard award-winning Michael Schwartz. Housed in an original 1930s building in the heart of the city’s famous Art Deco district, the restaurant celebrates in-season, local ingredients and Schwartz adds sophisticated Asian nuances to each dish. Expect a raw bar and a market table where the menu highlights include a beef carpaccio with heart of palm and wok-charred wild salmon. Schwartz also oversees in-room dining, poolside dining, as well as the bar which features a vibrant cocktail list.

            SLS South Beach

            Designed by Philippe Starck, this hotel has made a name for itself thanks to its whimsical interiors, sceney pool parties, and buzzy restaurants like The Bazaar by celebrated Chef José Andrés. Just like its name implies, this is not your average restaurant; dinner is an experience with mind-blowing dishes like croquetas served in a glass shoe, peanut butter and foie gras sandwiches, and smoking cocktails served tableside. Just as popular is Katsuya, where you’ll find unique rolls and sushi from Chef Katsuya Uechi, including must-order classics like the crispy tuna rice. And, if you want to keep the party going, head to Hyde Beach for artful cocktails and a pool day that often lasts until into the night.

              Mandarin Oriental Miami

              Tucked away on tranquil Brickell Key, just a quick bridge away from bustling Brickell/Downtown, this glitzy oasis is loved for its front-row views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. Those stellar views are best shared at acclaimed restaurant, Lar Mar by Gaston Acurio, which offers indoor/outdoor seating and where you can indulge in an unforgettable Peruvian feast. Regulars know to start with the seafood ceviche (there are 15 different dishes), freshly grilled anticuchos made with Wagyu beef, chicken, octopus, and prawns, and highly composed entrees highlighting Peruvian cuisine’s rich Japanese influence. Join locals at the popular Sunday brunch for a huge spread of Peruvian-inspired cuisine, unlimited cocktails and tempting desserts. The hotel also houses the chic MO Bar + Lounge which is made for cuddling up at a table to sip sophisticated cocktails and enjoy light plates.

                Mr. C Coconut Grove Hotel

                This ultra-swanky addition to Coconut Grove offers a taste of glamour and the mouth-watering Italian goodness of rooftop Bellini Restaurant and Bar. Part of the Cipriani empire, guests are greeted by waiters donning white jackets, dishes served on gorgeous platters, and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer coveted views of Biscayne Bay. You must start with a round of their famous bellinis, then move on to dishes that are inspired from the family’s travels around Italy like decadent baked polenta, the risotto of the day, and heaping plates of pasta topped with truffles.

                  Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

                  Getting here is part of the culinary journey, and once you arrive on quiet Key Biscayne, the posh Ritz-Carlton will wow you with several restaurants offering breathtaking water views. Lightkeepers, the newest restaurant inspired by the Cape Florida Lighthouse, puts Florida-found ingredients at the forefront, so look for fresh seafood like Key West shrimp cocktail, Florida ceviche and grass-fed meats and cheeses from Central Florida. For a more laidback scene, Cantina Beach offers the chance fill up on Mexican staples like tableside guacamole, fish tacos, sizzling fajitas and swig unique margaritas made with mangos or watermelon. For a rosé-all-day vibe and a scene reminiscent of St. Tropez, retreat to oceanfront Dune Burgers on the Beach to lounge under white cabanas sipping wine and Champagne and noshing on gourmet burgers until the sun goes down.

                    JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

                    This longtime luxury hotel in Aventura, located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, recently underwent a huge rebranding and beautiful renovation. While families flock there for the new Tidal Cove, a water park with a lazy river and seven slides, amazing food is also a big deal at the resort thanks to restaurants backed by celebrity chefs. Bourbon Steak Miami by Michael Mina is a local favorite best known for its crispy duckfat fries, decadent lobster pot pie, and of course, tender butter-poached steaks. Also on property, CORSAIR Kitchen & Bar, which touts rich dishes like braised short ribs along with flatbreads and pastas, has made a name for itself thanks to its epic weekend brunch that includes a raw bar station, hot breakfast items, mezze station, and made-to-order dishes from the kitchen.

                    Experience more hotel restaurants and find amazing dining offers during Miami Spice Month that runs from August to September.

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