Where To Eat In The Design District

Kaido

Kaido

Mandolin's Outdoor Patio

Mandolin's Outdoor Patio

Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine in his garden

Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine in his garden

Pasta Chef at St. Roch

Pasta Chef at St. Roch

Swan

Swan

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The Design District is one of Miami’s newest neighborhoods. It’s an area defined by quality, inside the flagship stores of the world’s most haute brands, the prevalent public art by established and up-and-coming names in the art world, and eateries to satisfy every craving from a quick bit during your shopping spree to a memorable night out at a celebrated chef’s establishment. Expect quality in both the food you’re served and the surroundings tailored to set a mood, express a style, and make for a meal to remember.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

When Chef Michael Schwartz opened Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the chic Design District in 2007, he single-handedly ushered in the farm-to-table movement in Miami. Since then, the James Beard Award-winning chef has become one of Miami’s hometown heroes creating a hospitality group with a handful of beloved eateries, many of them also in the Design District. Menus at Michael’s Genuine change daily based on what’s fresh and available. Standout dishes include the signature wood oven roasted double yolk egg with cave-aged gruyère, chives and sourdough crostini, as well as the steamed mussels and slow-roasted short rib. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the restaurant offers one of the best brunches in Miami, so enjoy a sunny afternoon seated at the outdoor courtyard. 130 NE 40th Street Miami, FL 33137

MC Kitchen

With a menu of fresh Italian fare inspired by her grandmother’s kitchen, Chef Dena Marino’s MC Kitchen is known for its sumptuous house-made pastas, like white truffle cream fiocchi stuffed with roasted pear, spicy spaghetti sautéed with Florida shrimp and hand-rolled trofie noodles with pesto. The restaurant’s honest and modern approach to Italian cooking has put it on the map as one of the very best Italian restaurants in Miami. It makes for an excellent power lunch over the petite filet and lobster cobb salad or a luxurious brunch to sample a little bit of everything paired with a bottle of prosecco, for good measure. 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, #101a Miami, FL 33137

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Set in a sunny garden patio shaded by white umbrellas, Mandolin Aegean Bistro is a favorite with Miami’s fashion set, yet the vibe couldn’t be more relaxed. It serves outrageously fresh and bright Greek and Turkish dishes. It’s the perfect atmosphere to sip rosé and nibble on an appetizer of hummus, fava bean puree and tzatziki with soft, warm pita bread. The fresh fish of the day is always a smart option. Do peruse the wine and beer list for unique imports from Greece. Don’t skip a piece of the honey-drenched baklava with Turkish coffee or mint tea for dessert. If there’s a wait or you’re not quite hungry enough to sit down for a full meal, just down the street is Mrs. Mandolin, a lifestyle store and café with pastries and coffee by the same stylish minds from Mandolin. 4312 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137

Ghee

Helmed by Chef Niven Patel, an alum of Michael’s Genuine, Ghee is his homage to modern Indian fare and one of the best places in the city to indulge in this savory, aromatic cuisine. For first-time visitors, try the three-course, family-style tasting menu where you’ll sample a little bit of everything. Highlights include the lentil fritter with date chutney and yogurt, smoked duck confit samosas and chicken tikka masala. The menu changes daily with produce sourced from the restaurant’s own farm, dubbed Rancho Patel, ensuring the freshest and most creative dishes every day. Ghee’s original outpost is in South Miami near Dadeland Mall. 3620 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127

St. Roch Market

If you’re looking for top-notch food in a casual, comfortable setting, pop in St. Roch Market in the Design District. The food hall, imported from New Orleans but packed with local vendors and concepts, has something for everyone. Get one of the best hot chicken sandwiches in town at Coop, build your own banh mi at Tran An (we recommend adding the lemongrass sausage), or dig into a bowl of sushi rice topped with zingy fresh ceviche at Itamae. Other highlights include Hot Lime tacos and ceviche and Dal Plin for a classic handmade Italian pasta. Sound impossible to decide what to order with so many delicious bites to be had? You don’t have to choose just one – go with a group, divide and conquer mindset, and discuss your favorites over cocktails from their onsite bar. 140 NE 39th Street, Suite 241, Miami, FL 33127

Harry’s Pizzeria

Two blocks west of his eponymous flagship restaurant, Harry’s Pizzeria is Michael Schwartz’s casual neighborhood pizzeria named for his son and serving seriously delicious pies. You’ll find traditional options like the margarita made with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil and the meatball with peppers and onions. Or try something more creative like the short rib with gruyère, caramelized onions and arugula or the rock shrimp with roasted lemon, manchego and scallions. This hotspot is a favorite in the Design District with a sister location in Coconut Grove. 3918 N. Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33127

Ella

Ella is another Michael Schwartz joint, named for his eldest daughter. Located in Palm Court, Ella’s counter serves casual café fare starting at breakfast and extending to the early evening. Think avocado toast, parmesan-crusted grilled cheese, and Greek yogurt with chia jelly, banana, blueberries, granola, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and dried mulberries. Stop by in the afternoon for a glass of chilled rosé or a cappuccino and don’t leave without one of Ella’s daily gourmet donuts or desserts, ranging from chocolate and toffee to white chocolate and macadamia nut. 140 NE 39th Street, #136 Miami, FL 33137

OTL

For a quick coffee break and a bite to eat, OTL is the perfect pick-me-up in the Design District. Whatever java you’re craving, they’ll whip it up for you and you can pair it with a wide range of light, healthy bites, whether it’s an egg, cheese and prosciutto sandwich, baby green and citrus salad or cauliflower hummus. If you need to catch up on work or do a little emailing, this is the perfect spot to open up your laptop for an hour or two in a relaxed, sun-filled atmosphere. 160 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137

Kaido

A butterfly knife chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the dark, stark, stylish dining room at this Japanese inspired cocktail bar and lounge. At Kaido, there’s a sexy, darker energy, it’s a different take from the light-filled eateries in the area, but no less fashionable. Order a drink from the Tokyo-inspired menu by mixologist Nico de Soto, and then move onto food from the talented Brad Kilgore and his creative takes on Japanese small plates. Order a la carte off the regular dinner menu or reserve the omakase experience in advance where the chef will provide you with a memorable multi-course meal. 151 NE 41st St Unit 217, Miami, FL 33137

Buena Vista Deli

It’s not all high-ticket price tags in this stylish neighborhood, for shoppers who are looking for a more low-key break in their day, Buena Vista Deli is a delightful place to enjoy a French-style meal. At this little neighborhood bistro, they’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the hours in between when a cappuccino or croissant craving strikes. Join them on the last Saturday of the month for Couscous Night or every Friday for Brasserie Nights. 3252 NE 1st Ave Suite 107, Miami, FL 33137

Swan

At Swan more is more. This beautiful, swanky dining restaurant is the creation of Pharrell and local nightlife guru Dave Grutman. The 13,500-square-foot restaurant is for the stylist set who are looking to see and be seen but also indulge in a meal by a Top Chef Europe winner. The restaurant is open for lunch, brunch and dinner. For all meals you can expect decadent takes of European fare: like the Caviar Pasta, spaghetti with oysters caviar, butter, chives and lemon or Wagyu Pastrami Hash from the brunch menu.

Cozy up to Bar Bevy, their onsite bar and order a glass of chilled rosé or a fun cocktail like the Mon Chéri, a bourbon cocktail with vanilla, angostura and white chocolate - more is more! 90 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137

Mad Lab 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. Caraccioli-Kilgore is also the pastry chef at Wynwood’s revered Alter where her James Beard Award-nominated husband Bradley Kilgore is executive chef and owner. Exciting flavors at Mad Lab include matcha, cookies and cream and Ecuadorian chocolate ice cream topped with gold leaf, cotton candy, rice crispy treats and other wild combinations.140 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL 33127

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