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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Have caviar tastes and Champagne dreams? Greater Miami & Miami Beach is brimming with high-end restaurants you can enjoy. Whether you’re craving seafood, French, Italian, Greek, or perhaps a cuisine more unique and exotic to your palate, here’s a roundup of some Miami’s top upscale restaurants by neighborhood. You just may leave thinking it’s the best meal you’ve ever had.

Komodo Dining Room
Try Komodo's creative Asian dishes

Brickell

Komodo

If you’re looking for a glitzy scene served with your meal, Komodo in Brickell is the place to pose and mingle with Miami’s fashionable set. This three-story hot spot is known for its Asian cuisine with creative bites like steak and egg nigiri, cereal-encrusted rock shrimp, the popular lobster dynamite and melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu beef dumplings. Choose to dine on the lush patio or in the glowing dining room, or spoil yourself with a private seat in one of the hanging birds’ nests that dangle above the dining room ceiling.

LPM

Snuggling up in the elegant dining room of LPM, with its light-and-bright interiors and eclectic art, feels like you’ve been transported to the French Riviera. The high-class restaurant, which has locations in Dubai, London and Hong Kong, draws a jet-set socialite crowd for long, leisurely lunches and special-occasion dinners at tables dressed in white tablecloths. Go light with a Niçoise salad, paired with escargot nestled in garlic butter, then move on to favorites such as homemade pappardelle with veal ragù, or opt for the decadent duck confit.

Fiola Dining Room
Dine on decadent pasta at Fiola

Coral Gables

Fiola

You’ll feel as if you’ve gone back in time to Miami’s “Golden Era” at the always-glam Fiola in Coral Gables. It’s the second location of Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s Michelin-starred Washington, D.C. restaurant, with top-notch service and a modern approach to Italian food. Splurge on caviar, seared foie gras and a bottle of Champagne. Showstoppers here are the pasta dishes, such as the decadent Wagyu short rib lasagna and the truffle spaghetti alla chitarra. There’s also an 8,000-bottle wine cellar for those who like fine wine.

Seaspice ravioli
Don't miss the blue crab ravioli at Seaspice

Miami River

Seaspice

Miami’s waterfront restaurants aren’t limited to the beach. For a beautiful seafood feast along the scenic Miami River, make reservations at Seaspice. The chic brasserie and lounge delivers globally inspired dishes with standouts like seafood casseroles, wild-caught Dover sole with black truffle risotto, grilled Florida lobster and blue crab ravioli. This is a place where guests arrive in style on sleek yachts, and a DJ keeps the energy high well into the night. Don’t miss the stellar wines and inventive craft cocktails, perfect for toasting to those beautiful views, or splurge on bottle service to really keep the party going.

Bazaar Dining Room
Experience imaginative dishes at The Bazaar by José Andrés

South Beach

The Bazaar by José Andrés

Anything that renowned Spanish Chef José Andrés touches turns to gold, and The Bazaar restaurant, tucked inside the SLS South Beach hotel, is no different. Expect an unforgettable meal and playful presentations, from cones filled with caviar to creamy croquetas served in a glass sneaker, and dishes and drinks that foam and smoke upon arrival at your table. While the cuisine is infused with Latin and Caribbean influences, with a focus on tapas, there are also dishes hailing from Singapore like siu mai and pork belly bao. Depending on your mood, you can choose from the Rojo dining room, an energetic room dressed in deep-red curtains, or the Blanca room anchored by a gorgeous seashell chandelier for a quieter night.

Estiatorio Milos Honey
Find elegant Mediterranean cuisine at Estiatorio Milos

Estiatorio Milos

Kind of like a Greek god worshipped by locals, Estiatorio Milos is a staple in South Beach’s cozy South of Fifth neighborhood. It’s known for its refined Greek cuisine. Guests can settle into the rustic dining room with billowing curtains or choose al fresco dining on the patio. Start with the Milos Special, which features paper-thin slices of lightly fried zucchini and eggplant with saganaki cheese. Sample stone crabs from the Florida Keys (when in season) and sashimi-quality octopus. After perusing the fish market, pick a fresh catch that arrives daily from Greece. For a beautiful tableside presentation, go for the whole fish baked in sea salt. While the menu favors seafood, you’ll also find delicious meat options such as black Angus ribeye and tender lamb chops.

Jaya courtyard
Enjoy Pan-Asian flavors at Jaya

Jaya at The Setai, South Beach

Jaya at The Setai is a pan-Asian restaurant that showcases mouthwatering and exotic dishes. Think truffle dumplings, Peking duck, flavorful curries, and lamb chops and steaks from the grill. While the dining room is stunning, the real luxury at this restaurant is the lush outdoor courtyard. There, you can dine while seated around sculpted pools lined with plants and trees. Don’t miss the Sunday Jazz Brunch, where guests are treated to live music, an extravagant buffet with a diverse range of Indian, Thai, Chinese and Indonesian specialties, and limitless pours of Champagne.

Stubborn Seed
Try a little of everything with the tasting menu

Stubborn Seed

Helmed by “Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford, Stubborn Seed is consistently ranked as one of the destination’s best restaurants. Settle into the intimate dining room, where you’ll be impressed by plates of art that are almost too pretty to eat. Dishes are seasonal and constantly evolving, and diners can expect lots of texture and interesting combinations like cacio e pepe cheese puffs, gooey jalapeño fritters with shaved Wagyu, and crunchy truffle bravas (potatoes roasted at high heat for a crunchy shell and topped with Soppressata ham, truffle aioli and aged Parmesan). Diners can also choose caviar service or add winter truffles to dishes. For a taste of everything Chef Ford is capable of, spring for the eight-course tasting menu.

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