Michelin Guide Arrives in Miami
For the first time in its 120-plus year history, the MICHELIN Guide has extended its global gastronomic footprint to Florida and made its selections in Greater Miami & Miami Beach.
10 restaurants in Miami were recently awarded the prestigious MICHELIN star rating. Among them, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon stands out as the only two-star restaurant in the state of Florida.
These impressive ratings are a testament to the high caliber of dining that can be found in Miami. Whether you’re looking for exquisite French cuisine or a simple but delicious meal, you’re sure to find it here. So check out our list of MICHELIN-starred restaurants and start planning your next culinary adventure!
When it comes to fine dining, Miami is a city that definitely knows how to deliver. From world-renowned chefs to exquisite cuisine, the Magic City has it all. And when it comes to award-winning restaurants, few cities can boast as many MICHELIN star establishments as Miami.
Here are some of the best MICHELIN star restaurants in Miami:
If you’re looking for an amazing dining experience in Miami, look no further than Ariete. Helmed by Chef Michael Beltran, this Coconut Grove eatery is known for its ever-changing menu, which features both traditional and contemporary dishes. One of their signature dishes is the Rohan Duck a la Press for Two – a 20-day dry-aged bird that comes with three sides and a sauce prepared tableside by the hand-turned press. This unique cooking method is only used by four restaurants in the United States, which makes Ariete all the more special. And it’s not just us saying so – the restaurant has earned a MICHELIN star from the prestigious MICHELIN Guide. So if you’re looking for a Michelin-starred restaurant in Miami, be sure to add Ariete to your list!
2. Elcielo Restaurant
Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos’ Colombian heritage is on full display at Elcielo Restaurant, in the Brickell neighborhood. Served with a modern twist, dishes are presented in a dramatic fashion with options such as the tableside “chocotherapy,” the “Tree of Life” bread service and a varied tasting menu. Guests should expect a culinary experience that engages all five senses from the very first course. Presentation plays an integral role at Elcielo Restaurant, which features a menu that is 80% pescatarian.
Hiden is hidden in more than just name. Chef Shingo Akikuni’s eight-seat counter is located behind a taco stand in Wynwood and accessible with a time-sensitive passcode. The chef-selected eight- to ten-course menu includes hot and cold dishes, sushi and dessert, and is updated periodically to accommodate changes in availability of seasonal ingredients. The omakase restaurant pays homage to its Japanese roots and includes cuisine made with high-quality ingredients, many flown in from Japan.
4. Le Jardinier
Chef Alain Verzeroli’s Le Jardinier is stylishly decorated with a dining room described as “a celebration of the seasons.” The Miami Design District restaurant’s French contemporary cuisine is lauded by the MICHELIN Guide as “a study of vibrant tastes and smart compositions that pack big flavor minus the heaviness.” The vegetable-driven menu also includes sustainable seafood, poultry and meat selections. At this retro-glam, light-filled restaurant designed by architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, be sure to enjoy a high-quality spirit, fortified wine or carefully thought out non-alcoholic beverage. Try French contemporary cuisine that brings big flavor without heaviness.
5. Los Félix
Modern, organic and youthful, Los Félix features Mexican cuisine served amid vibrant décor and plenty of art. MICHELIN highlights staples such as the “hearty pork cheek carnitas with a myriad of salsas; snapper crudo topped with shavings of jicama and avocado aïoli; and grilled octopus with beetroot mole.” The Coconut Grove restaurant honors the traditions of indigenous heritage by cultivating a multi-sensory experience embedded in time-honored native ingredients, biodynamic wines and craft beers, and an inviting atmosphere influenced by curated tunes. You can even listen to Los Félix’s transcendent sounds via their Spotify playlists.
6. Stubborn Seed
Chef Jeremy Ford’s Stubborn Seed features American cuisine with a contemporary twist in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. Menu items such as the ricotta gnudi are just as tasty as they look, with dishes that are artfully presented and almost too beautiful to eat. Though the menu is frequently updated, MICHELIN recommends the truffle chicken, a signature dish, as well as the yellowfin crudo and black grouper tartare. While your meal will undoubtedly be the focus of your visit, be sure to try a cocktail, whiskey or sake drink. And with options such as milk chocolate chile cremeuz and caramel rum cake, you won’t want to skip dessert.
7. The Surf Club Restaurant
Led by Chef Thomas Keller and located in the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Surfside, providing classic Continental cuisine for the modern diner. Old school glamour shines brilliantly throughout the historic property without feeling stuffy. The MICHELIN guide suggests the scallop crudo with buttermilk-basil dressing, Maine lobster thermidor with sauce Américaine, and the coconut chiffon cake with lime-flecked crème anglaise. Indulge in their extensive wine and cocktail menu and toast to the good life.
8. The Den at Azabu Miami Beach
The Den at Azabu Miami Beach is, according to the MICHELIN Guide, “an intimate temple to sushi.” The hidden sushi counter located at the Marriott Stanton hotel in South Beach has fish flown in multiple times per week and includes highlighted dishes such as thinly sliced octopus dotted with a sunny orange miso as well as soy-marinated akami nigiri. The Tokyo-trained chefs adhere to omotenashi, a cultural experience that is more than hospitality, but rather a guest-centered experience conducted with care.
9. Cote Miami
Cote Miami, in the Miami Design District, is the perfect mix of Korean barbecue and American steakhouse. With an extensive wine list of more than 1,200 labels, this is a place where guests can pair their beverages with dishes such as the signature five-day, USDA prime dry-aged beef, the Butcher’s Feast which includes four chef-selected cuts of beef, or the elevated Steak Omakase™ experience. MICHELIN describes Cote Miami as a “highly stylized Korean steakhouse” and recommends the Butcher’s Feast for first-time diners. It’s served with banchan (small side dishes of Korean cuisine),
10. Boia De
The MICHELIN Guide calls the cuisine at Boia De “surprising” – and with good reason. Nestled between a laundromat and medical center in Buena Vista, Boia De’s chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer have created a “distinctive and impressive” menu that features contemporary Italian cuisine. Though the eatery only seats 30, don’t be fooled by its modest size. The rotating selection of pasta dishes such as king crab tagliolini nero, English pea cestini, and doppio agnolotti will have you glowing brighter than the signature neon pink exclamation point illuminated above the restaurant’s front door.
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