Miami’s New Restaurant Openings
The new restaurants you should know about.
If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Miami, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings we think you should know about - although keep in mind, we haven’t been to all of them. And for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. If you’re looking for the new restaurants we’ve already checked out and loved, go to our Hit List.
The New York brunch spot opened its first Miami location in Coconut Grove, taking over the old Tigertail + Mary space. The big restaurant has lots of breakfast, brunch, and lunch options—like salads, sandwiches, smoked fish, benedicts, and big towers with all the bagel fixings.
Sushi Garage, which already has a Sunset Harbour location, just opened a location in Coconut Grove’s Cocowalk. There are lots of sushi options as well as Japanese small plates and skewers.
Rounding out our trio of Coconut Grove openings is the Italian spot Like Mike. The restaurant serves various pasta, braised octopus, fried artichoke, and has a sleek, white dining room.
Remember Malibu Farm, the beachside restaurant in the Eden Roc? It’s been replaced by a restaurant called Ocean Social. The menu is mostly seafood, with dishes like whole roasted branzino, lobster pizza, and ceviche.
Brava, the upscale restaurant inside the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House, has reopened. The French menu includes dishes like sherry studded lobster bisque, steak frites, coq au vin, and more.
Jaguar Sun’s Downtown space is reopening on January 6 with a slight pivot. There will be the same Jaguar Sun cocktails we love, but there will also be a new pop-up called Gilda, serving Basque pintxos ranging from $8 to $14. Gilda is from the chef behind Bocadillos Aita, a MIA Market vendor we also really love. Jaguar Sun will be open Thursday through Sunday from 5pm to 1am, and the kitchen closes at 11pm.
Jaguar Sun has brought back their steakhouse pop-up, Sunny’s, for the not-so-rainy season. It’s a very fun dinner full of red meat, oysters, and martinis. Sunny’s will be open Wednesday through Saturday. And FYI, the original Jaguar Sun in Downtown is temporarily closed while Sunny’s gets up and running.
Lots of changes are happening with the NIU Kitchen team. They’re closing Arson, NIU’s sister restaurant. The original NIU Kitchen (which is great) will operate from the former Arson space. And they’re also opening up a little wine bar a few doors down, called NIU Wine. In addition to natural wine, they’ll serve rotating small plates like mussels, tomato and anchovy salad, and more.
A small army of concepts have opened at Española Way’s new Esmé hotel. They include El Salón (a cocktail bar serving small plates), Bar Pintnxo (a Spanish tapas bar), The Drexel (a Mediterranean restaurant), and a rooftop bar. Also, the Lost Boy team will be opening up a tapas and gin bar called Tropezón, which is currently in its soft opening stage.
The Allapattah brunch spot Rosie’s (which we absolutely love) is launching a new concept: 7th. The breakfast and lunch spot will operate from the same space during the week (Rosie’s menu will now be served only on weekends). 7th’s menu includes bagels, breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, and lots more.
Off Site is a new nano-brewery in Little River from the Boxelder and Taquiza team. The small bar also happens to be serving some of the best bar food in town, including an incredible fried chicken sandwich.
Tacombi is the latest NYC restaurant to land in Miami. They opened in the Design District (and there’s a South Beach location on the way too). The casual taqueria serves tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and more small plates. They also have cocktails like margaritas and micheladas.
Here’s another new taco spot. El Porky is located in Downtown, and specializes in al pastor tacos. Except for chips, guacamole, and flan, it’s basically the only thing on the menu.
Terras at Life House Little Havana
Latin in Little Havana
- Perfect for
- Date Night
- Day Drinking
- Drinking Good Cocktails
- Impressing Out of Towners
- Outdoor/Patio Situation
Terras is technically a re-opening, but we really love this place and think it should be on your radar. The Little Havana rooftop bar and restaurant serves great cocktails and small plates, but it’s mostly a place to drink and enjoy the lovely view of the Downtown skyline.
Here’s another reopening. Michael’s Genuine is back after months of renovations. The Design District restaurant has a brand new design as well as a new menu with dishes like lamb massaman curry, chilled mussels, and raw butternut squash salad.
Hasalon is an Israeli restaurant in South of Fifth. The earlier dinner seatings are slightly more casual, but after 8pm, the place turns into a very loud dinner party.
Izzy’s is a kosher barbecue spot from Crown Heights that just opened a location in Aventura’s Waterways Shoppes. They sell barbecue dishes like smoked lamb ribs, fried chicken sandwiches, brisket, and more.
Orno is a new restaurant in Coral Gables’ Thesis Hotel. It’s from the team behind Mamey and Ghee, and has a long menu featuring pasta, roasted fish, steaks, and lots more, which you can see online.
Botanico is a new restaurant in Coconut Grove’s Cocowalk. The cocktails focus mostly on gin, and the food includes dishes like octopus carpaccio, ceviche, steak, and more.
Barbakoa is a new restaurant that opened in the Doral Yard. It comes from the Finka team, and, like Finka, features dishes that blend Korean, Cuban, and Peruvian influences. They serve things like chicken fried alligator, a Korean-style frita, and oxtail fried rice.
Miami Beach’s Standard Hotel has opened a breakfast and lunch spot in their lobby called Café Standard. The restaurant serves dishes like toast, acai bowls, salads, sandwiches, juice, and more vegetarian and vegan options.
Ball & Chain isn’t new, but it has been closed for over a year thanks to some truly ridiculous legal drama that’s sure to make a great Billy Corben documentary one day. Anyway, the iconic Little Havana venue has finally reopened.
Mimi’s is a new Edgewater spot from the Benh Mi team. The space will operate as a cafe/coffee shop during the day, and start serving dinner at 5pm. Dinner dishes include crudo, roasted chicken, a burger, and more.
The Downtown taco spot Taqueria Hoja has opened a second location in Miami Beach’s Generator Hotel, taking over the old Jim & Neesie space. The new Hoja also serves tacos, but has an expanded cocktail menu and new dishes like whole grilled fish.
La Cañita is a new restaurant in Bayside Marketplace serving Caribbean and Latin American food and cocktails. The restaurant comes from the chef behind Cafe La Trova, and dishes include things like jerk chicken wings, empanadas, whole snapper, arroz con pollo, and more.
Los Felix is a new Mexican restaurant in Coconut Grove that we’ve already added to our Hit List. It’s a cute restaurant serving excellent dishes like a sweet potato tetela, pork cheek carnitas tacos, and natural wine.
Aita is a new vendor in the Design District’s MIA market that identifies as a “somewhat Spanish snack bar.” They serve a great pan con tomate that we really enjoyed, and other small plates like shrimp skewers, patatas bravas, and squid.
After a serious renovation, Chug’s Diner in Coconut Grove has reopened. The new Chug’s is a lot bigger, feels more like a classic diner, and has an expanded menu of some really great new dishes like meatloaf and medianoche pierogis, as well as old favorites like their cast iron pancake.
Rosie’s was an Overtown brunch pop-up we loved deeply, but this month the team moved into a new space in Allapattah. They still serve the same great menu, but now they have wine, indoor seating, and air conditioning.
Casa Mariano is a new Mediterranean restaurant in Doral. Their menu (which you can see online) includes things like goat cheese-stuffed dates, black ink seafood risotto, and Basque-style Branzino.
Sérêvène is an upscale French/Japanese restaurant in Miami Beach’s Hotel Greystone. The restaurant describes its menu as “French rotisserie meets Japanese izakaya” and you can see their menu online.
La Birra Bar is a new burger spot in North Miami. The casual restaurant, originally from Argentina, has a huge selection of burgers as well as fries, chicken tenders, and mozzarella sticks.
Eleventh Street Pizza opened during the pandemic in the old Fooq’s space as a takeout-only concept. But the NY-style pizza spot just renovated its dining room, so now you can eat there or in their outdoor seating. They also have a slightly larger menu that includes lasagna, which you can see online.
Dalia is a South Beach Mediterranean restaurant from the team behind Byblos, another South Beach Mediterranean restaurant. The restaurant is located inside the Celino Hotel, and you can see their full menu online.
Tiki Garden is a new Wynwood bar in the old Wood Tavern space. The outdoor bar has shaded seating, good cocktails, and lots of bamboo.
Bonci, a Roman pizza chain, just opened its first Miami location in Wynwood. The counter service spot serves pizza “al taglio,” or cut (with scissors).
Oche is a bar and restaurant based in Norway. Their menu has pizza, sliders, and other shareable bar food. They also have fancy dart boards so you can play while you eat and drink.
Winker’s is one of three new restaurants (find the other two below) opening up in South Beach’s Firestone Complex on Friday, September 3. Winker’s will serve all-day breakfast, deli sandwiches, salads, and more.
Sushi Fly Chicken is another of the Firestone restaurants (also opening on Friday, September 3). It’ll serve fried chicken, sushi, dumplings, and cocktails.
Toothfairy Bakery is a dessert shop in the Firestone complex, opening September 3. They have soft serve, cookies, cakes, pastries, and more baked goods.
Paradis Books & Bread is a natural wine bar and restaurant in North Miami. They have lots of wine, excellent pizza, and more dishes that revolve around bread. There are also lots of books to browse and some outdoor seating.
Square Pie City is a former Detroit-style pizza pop-up that now has a home inside South Beach’s Time Out Market. They serve thick, square pizzas with crispy edges, and offer takeout as well.
Ciao Bella is a natural wine bar in Wynwood that took over the Charly’s Vegan Tacos space. They offer natural wine along with some small plates like truffle fries, marinated olives, baba ganoush, and more.
Blue Marlin is a waterfront seafood restaurant inside Oleta River State Park. The restaurant has been around for a while, but just reopened with a new renovation and menu featuring things like coconut shrimp, fish and chips, and more.
Jia is a new, upscale Chinese restaurant in South of Fifth. You can check out their menu online.
Don’s 5 Star Dive Bar is a cocktail bar from the Kush team. It’s kitschy in a fun way, and a good spot to dance or hang out by the river. It’s located right next door to Cafe Kush in MiMo’s Selina Gold Dust Hotel.
This one’s not an opening but, rather, a reopening. After a successful and delicious string of outdoor weekend pop-ups, Jaguar Sun returned to its original dining room in Downtown. You can make a reservation online.
Margot Natural Wine & Aperitivo Bar is a new Downtown spot from the team behind Broken Shaker. The bar specializes in natural wine, but they also serve cocktails as well as small plates like crudo and fondueo.
Kojin is a speakeasy pop-up in the back of Little River’s Hachidori Ramen Bar. They serve sake, cocktails, and have a menu of Japanese small plates. Reservations are necessary, and you can inquire about them by DMing Kojin’s Instagram.
Benh Mi is a pandemic-pop-up-turned-restaurant in South Beach. It’s a small, takeout-friendly shop serving some really great bánh mì, fries, and more small plates like spring rolls and green papaya salad.
Forte by Chef Adrianne is an Italian restaurant in Coral Gables. They have a raw bar, pizza, and a selection of pastas like ravioli, carbonara, and more.
Space Park is a big outdoor event space and concert venue that opens to the public on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s a local market, live music, and plenty of food options.
Doya is a new Wynwood restaurant that identifies as a “modern Aegean meze bar.” It’s fairly large, with lots of indoor seating and a menu of dishes like lamb kebab, octopus, and more.
La Traila is a new barbecue spot in Miami Lakes. They serve Texas-style barbecue dishes like brisket, ribs, and sausage in a casual dining room.
Benh Mi is a pandemic pop-up that opened a brick and mortar in South Beach, on Española Way. They serve five different kinds of bánh mì, bowls, and sides like fries, spring rolls, and green papaya salad.
Como Como is a Mexican seafood restaurant inside the Moxy Hotel in South Beach. They’ve got shrimp, octopus, and lobster cocktails, ceviches, and a lot more fish and seafood options you can share with a big group.
This Spanish restaurant is inside the National Hotel in South Beach and also has some outdoor seating with a view of the pool. The menu has dishes like paella, patatas bravas, octopus, and more.
The Shores is a new seafood vendor inside the Citadel, a food hall in Little River. They have a raw bar selection as well as some great fried seafood sandwiches. The Dungeness crab dip should also be on the table.
BackRoom is a new bar in Sunset Harbour. It’s located behind (and run by) the Diya team. They have a pool table, occasional live music, and cocktails.
This new mezcal bar is located in Little River. It’s a narrow space, with bar seating, some couches, and a disco ball.
The former Concrete Beach Brewery space is now a Dogfish Head brewery. They (obviously) have beer, but also serve bar food like wings, ceviche, loaded waffle fries, and empanadas.
Temakase is a South Beach sushi spot specializing in hand rolls. The restaurant is located inside The Sagamore hotel, and has tasting menu options ranging from $22 to $50, as well as a la carte rolls.
Kaori is a Mediterranean/Asian restaurant inside the SLS LUX Brickell. Their menu includes crudo options, salads, and large plates like octopus, braised short rib, and seared salmon.