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By: Shayne Benowitz

Sometimes, there’s no better way to go big and celebrate a special occasion or a perfect vacation day than with a night out at a fine steakhouse. When that mood strikes, Greater Miami and Miami Beach has plenty to offer. From classic destinations to Miami’s own modern creations and a chic Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse, take your pick from this guide to the best steakhouses in Greater Miami and Miami Beach.

Bourbon Steak lobster pot pie

Bourbon Steak at JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa

Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura is one of the area's finest destination restaurants. The duck fat fries and butter-poached steaks have earned a cult following among foodies, along with other creative and tantalizing dishes including Maine lobster pot pie, glazed beef short rib and A5 Japanese Wagyu. The restaurant’s design is sophisticated yet playful, setting the scene for a fun and memorable evening out with tufted leather banquettes, cowhide accent walls, a glass-enclosed wine cellar and exposed bulb lighting.

The Capital Grille

A classic steakhouse in the heart of the Downtown Miami/Brickell financial district, The Capital Grille makes for a great power lunch or sophisticated dinner out. With white tablecloths, wood-paneled walls and wine cellars on full display, the dining room is traditional and elegant. The menu is equally classic, with familiar steakhouse staples including a raw bar plateau, crab and lobster cakes, Caesar salad and inventive preparations of dry-aged chops and cuts, including a porcini-rubbed bone-in ribeye and seared beef tenderloin with a butter-poached lobster tail.

COTE butchers feast

Cote Miami

The clubby, Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse Cote has opened a new location in Miami’s glittering Design District – and it’s swiftly become one of the hottest reservations in town. The sleek, dimly lit dining room is awash in black marble with gold back-lighting, anchored by a circular bar where the cocktail program is as expertly curated as the omakase menu of house dry-aged USDA Prime and A5 Japanese Wagyu sizzling on gilded tabletop grills. For owner Simon Kim, an evening out at Cote is as much about “fun and fire” as it is about fine dining. Cote is a high-energy, convivial spot for serious foodies to have an indulgent night out.

Papi Steak

Part of Miami nightlife impresario David Grutman’s ever-expanding roster of restaurants, Papi Steak was created in partnership with Grutman’s pal David “Papi” Einhorn. Situated in South Beach’s glitzy South of Fifth neighborhood, the restaurant is an homage to Old World Miami and Hollywood glamour – with a modern twist – where you just may spot any number of Grutman and Einhorn’s celebrity friends at the next table. From filet mignon to Wagyu and dry-aged Kansas City strip, the prime meats are seared to order at 1,000 degrees.

Prime 112 pork chops

Prime 112

Prime 112 has been going strong for more than 15 years as a South Beach landmark. In fact, it seems that nearly every celebrity passing through has paid a visit for a lavish evening out in this see-and-be-seen setting. One of the first restaurants to define today’s South of Fifth neighborhood as a fine dining destination, this legendary steakhouse is the place to enjoy sides such as truffle lobster mac-and-cheese alongside your dry-aged steak and a classic martini or full-bodied red wine.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

Located at The Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille takes full advantage of its lovely Mediterranean setting with a spacious outdoor patio in addition to its indoor dining room, lounge and Bar 79. With a gold barnacle art installation, glittering chandeliers and pops of turquoise, the atmosphere is both modern and sophisticated. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a seafood tower and bacon-wrapped scallops before a main course of steaks, chops and bone-in cuts of beef, which you can enjoy Oscar-style with blue lump crab, Bearnaise and asparagus.

Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky

Perched at the southern tip of South Beach in South Pointe Park – and overlooking the channel with views of Fisher Island and PortMiami in the distance – Smith & Wollensky is hands-down one of the most picturesque destinations you can choose for a fine steak dinner. With ample outdoor seating on the patio and along the jetty, as well as an al fresco bar that’s always festive at happy hour, it’s a uniquely Miami way to enjoy a dry-aged steak with all the accouterments.

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