Plan your ultimate food lover’s vacation in Miami. Home to Florida’s only 2-Star Michelin restaurant and ten 1-star Michelin restaurants, Miami is officially on the map as a foodie paradise.
Michelin Guide Ratings: What Do They Mean?
The Michelin Guide is a widely known and well-respected rating system for the world’s best restaurants. “Stars” align for restaurants that stand out above their competitors.
This guide provides comprehensive ratings based on five criteria: quality of ingredients used, mastery of flavors and cooking techniques, chef’s personality in cuisine, value for money, and consistency between visits.
Three stars signifies “exceptional cuisine worth a special journey”
Two stars denotes “excellent cooking worth a detour”
One star reveals “very good food in its category”
A Bib Gourmand rating certifies both good quality and value (two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert at less than $50 plus tax & tip).
The Michelin Recommended designation was established in 2017 to acknowledge restaurants that have above-average food prepared with quality ingredients.
Two Star Restaurant
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami
151 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137
For an unforgettable dining experience, visit L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami in the Design District. The name L’Atelier pays homage to the craftsmanship of exquisite cuisine. Through the use of premium ingredients sourced locally and from around the region, skilled technique, and a burst of creativity, Chef Robuchon has elevated simple dishes into something extraordinary. His protégés continue his philosophy by curating an evolving Modern French menu at L’Atelier Miami featuring classic signature dishes as well as exciting seasonal creations.
The restaurant boasts an inviting atmosphere, with rosewood walls and leather chairs near the open kitchen and seating at the counter.
For a tantalizing experience of flavors, go with the seasonal prix fixe menu. The meal begins with delicious breads right out of the oven, followed by beautiful bites such as seared sea scallop with toasted spices or tuna sashimi in a warm vinaigrette. Artichokes come nestled underneath an enticing glass dome for a refreshing take on chickpea and turmeric.
End on a high note with le chocolat sensation – a delectable combination of different textures and tastes!
One Star Restaurants
3540 Main Hwy., Miami, 33133
Ariete in Coconut Grove is a must-visit for foodies who appreciate creative combinations and exquisite twists on classic French and New American fare. Those dining for the first time should order the tasting menu to get a full experience of the chef’s talent. A signature dish, the ‘orange’, is a delicious artful indulgence with creamy pâté that resembles an orange.
Other highlights include seared foie gras with sweet-and-sour caramel and plantain pave; or conch and wild mushrooms with lobster demi-glace, inspired by beef Bourguignon.
5205 NE. 2nd Ave., Miami, 33137
Boia De is Buena Vista’s hidden gem, tucked away between a laundromat and medical center. The notable neon-pink exclamation mark that marks its front door introduces patrons to the delightful surprise they will encounter within. As soon as the door opens, the charming forest-green restaurant quickly fills with guests ready to embark on a unique culinary journey.
Chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer combine Italian influences with unexpected ingredients and presentations that reap rave reviews. Fried potato skins cradled around stracciatella cheese come crowned with caviar. Fusion dishes like the chilled tagliolini nero doused with king crab and vin jaune compliment their flavorful beef tartare featuring tonnato-style sauces and garlic-shallot crumble.
3900 NE. 2nd Ave., Miami, 33137
Experienced in the art of steakhouse dining, Cote Miami is a fine tribute to the temple-like setting of its original New York City location. Enjoy the booming background tunes and walk through the neon-lit entranceway to marvel at the top-tier marbled and aged beef on display in front of you.
Start with a Butcher’s Feast, complete with assorted banchan bites and two savory stews, then end with an unforgettable Kimchi Wagyu Paella. The attentive team gives their guests a luxurious steakhouse experience that they won’t soon forget.
31 SE. 5th St., Miami, 33131
Elcielo Miami is a Colombian-inspired eatery headed by the famous chef Juan Manuel Barrientos. Locations in Bogota and Miami since 2015, offering unique takes on traditional Colombian cuisine. Guests are welcomed to the chic restaurant with a backlit bar and open kitchen, while sleek stone floors and wood tables are illuminated in warm lighting and surrounded by greenery.
Offering an array of dishes like “chocotherapy,” served tableside; “Tree of Life” bread service; silken corn puree atop garam masala-sprinkled popcorn and queso fresco curds; and seared local grouper with a salsa criolla-dressed tamal, Elcielo Miami serves up imaginative dishes that draws people from all over the world.
313 NW. 25th St., Miami, 33127
Step away from the bustle of Wynwood and into the hidden bliss of Hiden. This coveted sushi counter requires a special passcode to gain entry. Once you’re in, experience a meticulously-crafted omakase meal crafted by Chef Seijun Okano.
Fresh fish is sourced directly from Japan multiple times each week, sliced and arranged atop fluffy vinegary-infused rice. Ask questions and drink freely – there are no rules! As your meal progresses, the polite and supportive staff work in unison while the exuberant music soundtrack envelops you. When it’s all over, wonder if anyone around you knows this well-guarded secret.
Le Jardinier Miami
151 NE. 41st St., Miami, 33137
Le Jardinier Miami brings Chef Alain Verzeroli’s years of experience and knowledge from the late Chef Joël Robuchon to the vibrant Design District. Their menu boasts seasonal tastes as well as bright flavors that are both rich in taste but light in composition.
Guests can look forward to dishes like summer gazpacho with avocado, tortellini with chanterelles and hazelnuts, and seared Hudson Valley foie gras with cherry. Being located next to popular fashion brands like Gucci and Christian Louboutin gives this polished restaurant the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a meal.
3413 Main Hwy., Miami, 33133
Los Félix is a unique and vibrant Mexican restaurant in Miami. Featuring an eye-catching blend of art, colors and modern decor, it offers a great atmosphere for groups of all ages. The bar also has a selection of drinks to suit any taste, while the menu focuses on creative Mexican cooking made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
Recent delicacies have included pork cheek carnitas with salsas; snapper crudo topped with jicama and avocado aïoli; and grilled octopus with beetroot mole. For dessert there’s the raw chocolate tart – a vegan twist on the traditional recipe.
101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139
Standing sentry on a busy corner, Stubborn Seed is attractive and smooth with an industrial sublime décor and glass-fronted show kitchen. Chef Jeremy Ford brings the heat, and his bold and brashly innovative cooking is pleasantly loved through the way of the tasting menu.
The aged cheddar and jalapeno biscuit, brushed with honey and served with bread and butter pickles, is proof that nothing is general here. Yellowfin crudo sided by way of tangy Asian pear slices is topped with a creamy buttermilk sauce, whilst black grouper tartare is hit with simply the proper quantity of spice. Ricotta gnudi appears as extraordinary as it tastes, however don’t neglect the truffle chicken—it’s a richly deserved signature. The wins preserve on coming through dessert, with attractive and edgy selections.
The Den at Sushi Azabu Miami
161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 33139
The Den at Sushi Azabu Miami is an exclusive sushi experience hidden within the Stanton Hotel. Its minimalistic design features a smooth, unique Hinoki cypress counter and wood-paneled walls that create the perfect atmosphere for experiencing delicious fish flown in several times a week.
Expert chefs slice and present delectable bites with masterful precision, with offerings such as octopus dotted with miso and akami nigiri marinated in soy sauce. The friendly itamae can answer any questions you may have and are happy to fulfill any special requests you have.
The Surf Club Restaurant
9011 Collins Ave., Surfside, 33154
Thomas Keller, the celebrated chef behind The Surf Club Restaurant, has created an elegance experience within a restored landmark near the Four Seasons. Walk into the restaurant, and be amazed by its Art Deco glamor – from the vintage bar to lush banquets and dim amber-hued lighting.
Staffed by smartly dressed servers, The Surf Club offers Continental cuisine that truly shines in its sauces – try their scallop crudo with buttermilk-basil dressing, Maine lobster thermidor with sauce Américaine, or end with a refreshing coconut chiffon cake with lime-flecked crème anglaise.
Mark These Michelin Star Restaurants Off Your Bucket List
Are you a foodie planning your next great culinary adventure? Look no further than Miami, Florida! The beach-side city has become a haven for fine dining, boasting the state’s only 2-Star Michelin restaurant as well as many other 1-star Michelin restaurants. Make Miami your ultimate food lover’s dream vacation and experience all the flavor this vibrant city has to offer.
Make sure to add these tantalizingly delicious spots to your must-visit list while exploring all that Miami has to offer!
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