Best Restaurants in Downtown Miami

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By: Shayne Benowitz

From high-end restaurants inside some of Miami’s most luxurious hotels to hidden gems and old standbys, the dining scene in Downtown Miami is not to be missed.

The dining scene Downtown is white hot with a mix of buzzy new restaurants alongside longtime classics. Whether you’re here for business or simply want to explore a new neighborhood, a reservation at one of these restaurants will give you a taste of the city between its towering skyscrapers and historic buildings. Here’s your guide to the best restaurants in Downtown Miami.

Boulud Sud at JW Marriott Marquis

French chef Daniel Boulud recently debuted a new concept at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami with Boulud Sud. Bringing a Mediterranean twist to his classical French cuisine, the menu includes crispy artichokes, Catalan grilled skirt steak, pumpkin and sage agnolotti and Andalusian gazpacho. Housed inside a chic, high-ceilinged dining room, it’s the perfect place for a power lunch or romantic dinner. 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

Zuma at EPIC Hotel

Zuma is a perennial Miami hotspot inside the lobby of the swanky EPIC Hotel Downtown. The Japanese stunner serves some of the freshest sushi in the city to a trendy crowd that’s included many celebrities over the years, from Kim Kardashian to LeBron James. Whether it’s a power lunch or a romantic dinner, you’re guaranteed to impress with a meal here. Brunch is also the stuff of legends with bottomless Champagne, cocktails, a lavish buffet and entrees made to order. Pro tip: Don't skip dessert. Their eye-catching platter comes with a variety of tropical fruits and creative chocolates, cakes and pastries. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL 33131

Marion Miami

For a taste of Parisian elegance in the heart of Downtown, Marion Miami is decked out in red and cream with bistro chairs and leather banquettes for the perfect power lunch or evening out. Start with an authentic Lyonnaise salad with boiled egg, cured pork and parmesan or a charcuterie board of cheese and cured meat. Then, move onto a main course of delicate garganelli pasta made with tuna confit, lemon zest and chili. You can also enjoy down-to-earth, yet elevated dishes like the Marion Burger made of short rib or the forest mushroom quiche. With a dessert menu that could rival a Parisian patisserie, don’t skip a sweet treat at the end of your meal. 1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL 33130

Komodo

From the nightlife impresario Dave Grutman, Komodo enjoys a loyal following of Miami’s beautiful people who look like they could either be behind the decks of a DJ booth or dancing on the table inside one of Grutman's high-octane nightclubs.. This is a flashy spot to see and be scene. The food, you ask? That’s almost beside the point, but the menu consists of creative pan-Asian small plates and sushi meant to be shared. Highlights include truffle beef tartare, tuna tacos and the Hong Kong grilled lobster. 801 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131

Soya e Pomodoro

Soya e Pomodoro might just be Downtown Miami’s best kept secret. For something unexpected, seek out this haunt serving authentic Italian alongside live jazz music in a romantic, airy setting. You’re sure to impress your date. This hidden gem is unassuming, down-to-earth and dimly lit. Even though it’s in the heart of Downtown Miami’s hustle and bustle, the restaurant’s historic Beaux-Arts architecture and moody ambiance transports you to Italy. And the fresh pasta is to die for, whether it’s the pappardelle with shrimp in a pistachio sauce or the fazzoletti stuffed with fresh pear and cheese in a creamy ricotta sauce. 120 NE 1st St., Miami, FL 33132

Fooq’s

With a hybrid menu including New American, European and even Persian cuisine, Fooq’s is a Downtown destination with an eclectic, hearty menu and a hip, yet homey vibe. Favorites include the crave-worthy meatballs made with ground brisket and Berkshire pork and the Persian salad made of asparagus, hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, olives and tumeric pickles. It’s located in a burgeoning entertainment district downtown near popular bar The Corner and 24-hour nightclub E11even. 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33136

Garcia’s

Garcia’s has been a staple of the Miami River waterfront for the last half decade. A down-to-earth destination for fresh caught fish founded by Cuban exiles, diners come here for a no fuss meal of local grouper, snapper or mahi-mahi in a relaxed setting overlooking the water. With a fish market on site, it’s home to some of the freshest seafood in Miami. 398 NW North River Dr., Miami, FL 33128

La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental Miami

For upscale Peruvian in a luxurious setting, renowned chef Gaston Acurio’s La Mar is one of Downtown’s most sought after dining destinations. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental on posh Brickell Key, La Mar specializes in a refined twist on the beloved South American fare. With seating indoors and out, the luxurious dining room is home to gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. There’s a range of ceviches, tiraditos (sashimi-style fish), causas, anticuhos (skewered meat) and traditional dishes on the menu like the whole grilled branzino with anticuchera sauce, chimi-churri garlic butter and crispy yucca. It’s a feast of flavors not to be missed on a visit to Miami. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, FL 33131

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