Good food and amazing beaches, Miami Beach is a traveler’s dream. Blouin Culture+Travel picks the best places to dine in Miami Beach when you visit the city for Art Basel in Miami Beach.
Located in the heart of downtown Miami, Zuma brings Chef Rainer Becker’s internationally acclaimed style of modern Japanese cuisine to America. Already renowned in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai and Bangkok, Zuma Miami offers a sophisticated cuisine philosophy of flavorsome, modern Japanese dishes in a fun and vibrant environment inspired by the informal Japanese dining style called Izakaya.
2. La Mar by Gastón Acurio
Featuring the acclaimed cuisine of Chef Gastón Acurio, La Mar by Gastón Acurio offers diners the chance to explore the authentic and diverse flavors of Peruvian gastronomy. With an atmospheric setting overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, the restaurant’s contemporary design provides the perfect backdrop for La Mar’s signature ceviches, freshly grilled anticuchos, and specialty cocktails. Offering a mix of indoor and outdoor seating with three lively bars providing distinctive culinary experiences, the menu ranges from upscale Novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood ceviche.
3. Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar
For those with pure food indulgence in mind, head to Chef Adrianne’s carefully crafted restaurant that has ever-changing international and seasonally inspired small plates. At age 20, Chef Adrianne Calvo took a trip to Napa Valley that ended up changing the course of her life for the better. After a few fortuitous experiences and a bit of elbow grease along the way, in 2007 Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar moved from a dream to reality. At Chef Adrianne’s, the aim is to evoke the same type of ambiance as the chef's trip to Napa Valley offered her. The menu is curated with “Maximum Flavor” in mind as the restaurant makes sure that each bite, each sip, and each experience is as memorable as the last. According to The Miami Times, the restaurant has the best sangria in the city, one made with passion fruit and another with pomegranate.
4. La Petite Maison
La Petite Maison, the Brickell gem is down-to-earth, especially when it comes to the “clean” cooking that defines it. The cuisine is Niçoise: an irresistible example of French Mediterranean cuisine that relies on fresh herbs, vegetables, and seafood rather than heavy sauces or complicated techniques. For the most part, the service is nothing short of miraculous.
5. Bourbon Steak by Chef Michael Mina
All-natural, organic, and hormone-free cuts of beef tempered in herb-infused butter, then grilled over wood to order makes Bourbon Steak one of South Florida’s favorite restaurants. Executive Chef Gabriel Fenton uses fresh market ingredients to fashion seasonal salads and sides, and a wide selection of ice-cold seasonal shellfish round out a memorable meal. The bar includes classic American cocktails along with a breathtaking wine list of more than 500 selections. Bourbon Steak Miami offers prime cuts of American beef such as the 32-ounce Porterhouse. Imported cuts like the A5 Wagyu NY Strip are also featured. Michael Mina’s classic Maine Lobster Pot Pie and Miso-Glazed Sea Bass are accompanied by an array of side dishes like the Salt-Baked Loaded Potato and Grilled Vidalia Onions.
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