Where To Eat In The Design District

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The 18 square blocks of the Miami Design District are dotted with luxury boutiques, imaginative public art installations, galleries and, of course, wonderful restaurants. Whether it’s grabbing a quick bite while shopping or toasting to a memorable night on the town at a celebrated restaurant, here are some of the best places to dine in this chic neighborhood.

See and be seen at swanky Swan


At Swan, more is more. This luxe, swanky restaurant is the creation of musician Pharrell Williams and Miami nightlife star David Grutman. The expansive space is frequented by the stylish set and those looking to savor a meal created by a “Top Chef Europe” winner. Expect decadent takes on European fare such as caviar pasta, short rib fusilli and lobster cavatelli. For brunch, indulge in guava and cheese French toast or king crab Benedict. Cozy up to the onsite Bar Bevy and order a glass of chilled rosé or a fun cocktail like “Smokey and the Bandit.” Swan is open for lunch, brunch and dinner, and outside seating is available.

Buena Vista Deli

Looking for a relaxing break during a day of shopping? Stop by Buena Vista Deli, a delightful spot to enjoy a French-style meal. This little neighborhood bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drop in for a delicious chocolate almond croissant or linger longer to savor a croque monsieur or duck confit with fries. Visit the deli on the last Saturday of the month for Couscous Night, or stop by on Fridays for Brasserie Night. A French brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro exterior
Relax at Mandolin Aegean Bistro's shady garden patio

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Set in a sunny garden patio shaded by white umbrellas, Mandolin Aegean Bistro's chill vibe is a favorite with Miami’s fashion set. The bistro serves fresh and bright Greek and Turkish dishes in a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for sipping rosé and nibbling on an appetizer of hummus, cheese saganaki and tzatziki with soft, warm pita bread. Try the fresh catch of the day, paired with a fine Greek import from the wine and beer list. Be sure to save room for a piece of the honey-drenched baklava with a Turkish coffee or mint tea. Tucked inside the restaurant is Mrs. Mandolin, a lifestyle store and cafe with pastries and coffee from the creators of Mandolin.

Enjoy delectable pizzas at Harry's Pizzeria

Harry’s Pizzeria

Sometimes, the perfect pizza is what you’re craving. Look no further than Harry’s Pizzeria, a casual neighborhood joint from Chef Michael Schwartz. Named for the chef’s son, Harry’s Pizzeria serves seriously delicious pies, from traditional options such as the margherita made with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil to more creative offerings like pizza topped with short ribs and caramelized onions.

MC Kitchen

Chef Dena Marino took inspiration from her grandmother’s recipes when she created MC Kitchen. This modern Italian restaurant has gained a loyal following for its sumptuous house-made pastas such as white truffle cream fiocchi stuffed with roasted pear, pumpkin tagliatelle with braised short ribs, and lobster ravioli. The restaurant’s unique approach has put it on the map. The elegant space is a prime spot for a power lunch – or, drop in for a luxurious brunch to sample a little bit of everything paired with a bottle of prosecco.


For a quick coffee break and a tasty bite to eat, OTL is the perfect pick-me-up in the Design District. Pair your coffee with a variety of flavorful options here, such as the classic egg-and-cheese sandwich, organic chicken salad or eggplant panini. Bring your laptop if you need to catch up on some work; this sun-drenched cafe is a great spot for it.

MadLab Creamery

The brainchild of Chef Soraya Caraccioli-Kilgore, Mad Lab Creamery is a sweet shop with a razor-sharp focus, specializing in homemade soft serve ice cream, fluffy Japanese cheesecake and chocolates – all ready for their Instagram close-up. Over-the-top flavors at MadLab include Ecuadorian chocolate ice cream topped with gold leaf, cotton candy, crisped rice treats and other wild combinations.

Cote's Butcher's Feast
Cote Miami's Butcher's Feast

Cote Miami

High-energy Cote Miami combines the sleek glamour of an American steakhouse with the interactive experience of Korean barbeque. Splurge on the Butcher’s Feast, featuring the chef’s section of four prime cuts of meat served with traditional Korean accompaniments such as egg soufflé and kimchi stew. You’ll find the perfect pairing for your feast from the wine list with more than 1,200 labels.

Pura Vida

For a relaxing respite from a busy day, lounge at a family-style table under a giant indoor pergola at Pura Vida’s Design District location. The mini chain is known for its colorful acai bowls, refreshing smoothies and all-day breakfast menu with dishes such as avocado smash and the Perfect Egg sandwich topped with mozzarella, arugula, avocado, tomato, olive oil and red pepper flakes.

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