Miami Top 25 Restaurants: February 2018

This is an exciting time for Miami’s food scene. This Miami Top 25 list for the month of February is based on a large consumer sample set from Foodable Labs and, as it turns out, a total of 17 new restaurants have climbed onto the coveted top rankings.

The top new restaurant is ElCielo, with a score of 178.15 and ranking at No. 2. This Brickell downtown Miami eatery is located right on the banks of the river and it offers a modern signature cuisine that is inspired by Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos’ Colombian roots.

Trailing less than a point behind at a score of 178.02 is Stiltsville Fish Bar, a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Sunset Harbor in Miami Beach. The place offers multiple menus featuring seafood and cocktails to be enjoyed at any time of the day but especially during sunset time for a relaxed atmosphere.

At No. 4, you’ll find the third top new restaurant in our list—Stubborn Seed, with a score of 177.62. This is a concept by Jeremy Ford where honest ingredients are elevated to deliver an elegant yet satisfying dining experience. Following this Miami Beach restaurant is a more laid back Wynwood concept at No. 5, with a score of 177.53. It’s called 1-800-Lucky and it can be described as an Asian marketplace, where visitors will have their choice of seven eateries and two bars to choose from. Talk about options!

Other new restaurants on the list, include Palmar, Amelia’s 1931, Ariete, Habitat, Kiki On The River, Ofa, GLAM Vegan, Gianni’s, Nusr-Et Steakhouse, Amara at Paraiso, Ghee Indian Kitchen, K Ramen. Burger. Beer, and Shelley’s.

Did you think we were going to leave you hanging and not talk about the winner-winner chicken dinner? At No. 1, you’ll find Alter, a restaurant which first debuted in our Foodable Miami Top 25 list back in May of 2016. Although it’s not a stranger to our list, it is the first time this eatery, which features three different tasting menu options, has claimed the top spot. Talk about a major comeback— way to go Alter! 

Needless to say, with so many newcomers many veterans to the Miami Top 25 list have fallen off the grid. We can't help but wonder, how long will it take them to get back on it? Only time will tell!

For more food destinations, check out the full list below!

 Source: ElCielo

Source: ElCielo

  1. Alter | 178.74
  2. ElCielo | 178.15

  3. Stiltsville Fish Bar | 178.02

  4. Stubborn Seed | 177.62

  5. 1-800-Lucky | 177.53

  6. Palmar | 177.31

  7. Amelia's 1931 | 176.48

  8. Ariete | 176.17

  9. Habitat | 176.14

  10. Kiki On The River | 176.06

  11. Ofa | 175.16

  12. GLAM Vegan | 174.11

  13. Gianni's | 174.05

  14. Nusr-Et Steakhouse | 173.55

  15. La Mar by Gastón Acurio | Video | 173.51

  16. Amara at Paraiso | 173.09

  17. Finka Table & Tap | Video | 172.99

  18. KYU | 172.85

  19. Ghee Indian Kitchen | 172.77

  20. K Ramen. Burger. Beer. | 172.59

  21. Shelley's | 172.53

  22. 27 Restaurant & Bar | 172.12

  23. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink | Video | 172.05

  24. Macchialina | 172.00

  25. The Forge | Video | 171.59

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Miami Top 25 Restaurants: February 2017

Did you miss us, Miami? The Miami Top 25 Restaurants ranking is back to bring you the heat in the best of good eats! And just when you thought these restaurants couldn't get any hotter, the scores for this batch were on fire — even higher than the ones from the last list! While veterans took the top, we had a few newcomers break into the Top 25.

At No. 1 — and talk about a major comeback — is La Mar by Gaston Acurio with a score of 174.51! The last time this restaurant appeared in our Top 25 was in January 2016. La Mar definitely made waves and returned with a vengeance. Less than a point behind at a score of 173.88 is 27 Restaurant & Bar. Will this global-inspired, American fare concept, which took the Foodable gold back in May 2016, make it back to the top in our next ranking? In third place is a Miami favorite, FINKA Table & Tap. A consistent high-scorer in our Foodable Top 25, it's clear to see Miamians have yet to tire of its Cuban-Korean-Peruvian fusion food. 

But without further ado, we have to introduce two new faces to the Miami Top 25, both that made an impressive debut in the top 10: Congratulations to Glass & Vine at No. 5 and KYU at No. 9! Glass & Vine offers European-style seafood, meat, and vegetable cuisine, cocktails, and a lush paradise indoors and outdoors. KYU caught a lot of attention with its modern Asian fare and array of drinks, so much so that it has even been nominated for the James Beard Best New Restaurant Award! Best of luck to Kyu!

Ready to dig into more juicy hotspots? Check out the full list below. 

Miami Top 25 Restaurants

  1. La Mar by Gaston Acurio | VIDEO | 174.51
  2. 27 Restaurant & Bar | 173.88 
  3. FINKA Table & Tap | VIDEO | 172.56
  4. Cypress Tavern | 172.52 
  5. Glass & Vine | 171.4 
  6. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink | VIDEO | 170.58
  7. The Forge | VIDEO | 170.48
  8. Macchialina | 170.25 
  9. KYU | 170.22 
  10. Eating House | VIDEO | 170.11
  11. Prime 112 | 169.81 
  12. Byblos | 169.53 
  13. Vagabond Kitchen & Bar | VIDEO | 169.44
  14. Canyon Restaurant | 169.24 
  15. MC Kitchen | 169.02 
  16. Edge, Steak & Bar | 168.53 
  17. Swine Southern Table & Bar | VIDEO | 168.41
  18. Yardbird | VIDEO | 168.24
  19. Il Gabbiano | 165.49 
  20. Azul | 165.44 
  21. DB Bistro Moderne | 165.3 
  22. Casa D'Angelo Ristorante | VIDEO | 165.17
  23. The Downstairs | 164.12 
  24. Pubbelly | 164.05 
  25. Alter | 163.21

Honorable Mentions: Editor-in-Chief Picks

These honorable mentions are Editor-in-Chief picks. They may not have ranked high enough to be in the Top 25, but they are notable in that they have special characteristics that make them a must-visit restaurant. Whether they are recognized in the community or have a unique personality that stands out in the industry, scored high in food sentiment, or have an outstanding design or presentation of their restaurant or brand, here are this round's Editor's favorites.

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: August 2016

The Miami Top 25 is back with higher scores than the last ranking! This list from August is made up of entirely veteran restaurants, meaning all of these restaurants have made an appearance on Foodable’s Top 25 Miami Restaurants.

Although no new restaurants make their debut on the list, we have a few restaurants returning on the list after taking a hiatus. We welcome back Canyon Restaurant, known for its Southwestern fair, the Asian Inspired Gastropub, Pubbelly, and the modern and upscale Chef Adrianne's Vineyard. We also see Uvaggio and Alter, two new restaurants from last ranking’s list return.

As for the top restaurants this ranking, Vagabond Kitchen & Bar, the upscale 50s-themed eatery with a menu of "Americana with a French twist," lands at no. 1. Making a major climb from no. 10 in the last ranking, this zagat rated Miami gem at the Vagabond Hotel is a crowded brunch spot for foodies.

At No.2, Finka Table & Tap launches from no. 9 from the last ranking. This gastropub serves Cuban fare with Peruvian and Korean influences, with a broad selection of Korean and Peruvian beers, along with local Florida micro-brews.

Rounding out this ranking’s top three is Yardbird, a fine-dining restaurant known for its southern comfort and fare and bourbon bar.

What other restaurants made this top 25 restaurant list in the competitive Miami market? Check out the full list below!

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Vagabond Kitchen & Bar 170.34 Play Video
2 Finka Table & Tap 169.8  
3 Yardbird 169.78 Play Video
4 Prime One Twelve  168.7  
5 The Forge 168.37  
6 27 Restaurant & Bar 168.22  
7 Canyon Restaurant 168.11  
8 Eating House 168.07 Play Video
9 Azul  167.49  
10 Michael's Genuine Food & Drink 167.31  
11 Macchialina 167.18  
12 The Dutch  167.05 Play Video
13 Swine Southern Table & Bar 166.92 Play Video
14 MC Kitchen 166.66 Play Video
15 Il Gabbiano 166.54  
16 DB Bistro Moderne 166.53  
17 Uvaggio 165.49  
18 Alter 165.08  
19 Market 17 164.78  
20 Downst 164.57  
21 Edge, Steak & Bar 164.49  
22 Casa D'Angelo Ristorante 164.33 Play Video
23 Pubbelly 163.94  
24 Seaspice 163.62  
25 Chef Adrianne's Vineyard 163.55 Play Video

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: May 2016

Like the city’s population, Miami’s culinary scene is known for being a melting pot of restaurants inspired from different countries all around the world.

With that being said, it makes perfect sense that the Miami Top 25 Restaurants list would consistently feature restaurants with different cultural tastes.

27 Restaurant & Bar takes the coveted No. 1 spot this month after landing in the top five in the last three top 25 rankings. According to the restaurant’s website, its menu “homage to the diversity of Miami and its melting pot of flavors and cultures.” Evidently, consumers approve.

The top 25 veteran, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, known for its simple bistro menu made up of fresh and local ingredients, lands at No. 2. And rounding out the top three is Macchialina, the rustic Italian restaurant in South Beach, that launched from No. 19 in the last rankings.

Some familiar restaurants return to the list after somewhat of a hiatus, including The Dutch, making a major comeback at No. 4, Zuma returns at No. 12 and so does Market 17 at No. 23.

Foodable also welcomes two brand new restaurants to the list! Uvaggio, a wine bar that serves seasonal small plates in a chic atmosphere, makes its debut at No. 15 and Alter, a restaurant known for its New American fare in the industrial and artsy Wynwood lands at No. 22.

Without further ado, here are Foodable’s Top 25 Miami restaurants for the month of May!

 Artistic salad from 27 Restaurant & Bar |  Instagram @27resturant

Artistic salad from 27 Restaurant & Bar | Instagram @27resturant

 Corn chowder with green onion and house smoked bacon at Michael's Genuine |  Instagram @michaelsgenuine

Corn chowder with green onion and house smoked bacon at Michael's Genuine | Instagram @michaelsgenuine

 Spaghetti pomodoro at Macchialina |  Instagram @macchialina

Spaghetti pomodoro at Macchialina | Instagram @macchialina

 Salmon at The Dutch |  Instagram @miamifoogpug

Salmon at The Dutch | Instagram @miamifoogpug

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 27 Restaurant & Bar 168.53  
2 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 168.24  
3 Macchialina 167.91  
4 The Dutch  167.91 Play Video
5 Swine Southern Table & Bar 167.82 Play Video
6 Eating House 167.54 Play Video
7 MC Kitchen 167.19  
8 DB Bistro Moderne 167.09  
9 Finka Table & Tap 166.98  
10 Vagabond 166.84 Play Video
11 Yardbird 166.49 Play Video
12 Zuma 166.37  
13 Azul  166.08  
14 The Forge 165.99  
15 Uvaggio 165.97  
16 Edge, Steak & Bar 165.79  
17 The Fed 165.49  
18 Prime 112 165.49  
19 Bourbon Steak  165.29  
20 Il Gabbiano 165.27  
21 Alter 165.22  
22 Seaspice 165.19  
23 Market 17 164.59  
24 Downst 164.55  
25 Casa D'Angelo Ristorante 164.08 Play Video

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: January 2016

If you’ve been following the Miami culinary scene, you’re well aware that the city has become ripe with new concepts, chefs, and even nightlife-entrepreneurs-turned-restaurateurs. But for some reason, despite the wave of buzz surrounding these new ventures, this month’s Miami Top 25 Restaurants list is rooted with a lot of oldies but goodies.

Joining us again for the first time in months — and some, even more than a year — are Michael Schwartz’s Cypress Tavern (formerly known as The Cypress Room), Eating House, db Bistro Moderne, and Whisk Gourmet. And even though Lucali has had its Miami location opened since 2013, the New-York-based gourmet pizza outpost jumps onto the ranking for the very first time at No. 22. 

Making its No. 1 debut is Vagabond, an art-centric restaurant located in the iconic retro boutique hotel of the same name in Miami’s Upper East Side district.

Check out the full ranking below!

  Roasted Market Fish, pine nut dashi, farro verde, kale furikake, matcha at Vagabond  | Instagram @vagabondrestaurant

Roasted Market Fish, pine nut dashi, farro verde, kale furikake, matcha at Vagabond | Instagram @vagabondrestaurant

  Chirashi Don at Azul  | Facebook

Chirashi Don at Azul | Facebook

  Strawberry frangipane crostata topped with toasted almonds and house-made corn ice cream  | Instagram @michaelsgenuine

Strawberry frangipane crostata topped with toasted almonds and house-made corn ice cream | Instagram @michaelsgenuine

  Local grouper ceviche, house-made aji amarillo, herbs from the garden at 27 Restaurant  | Instagram @27restaurant

Local grouper ceviche, house-made aji amarillo, herbs from the garden at 27 Restaurant | Instagram @27restaurant

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Vagabond 170.39 Play Video
2 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 169.56  
3 Azul  169.01  
4 27 Restaurant & Bar at the Freehand 168.98  
5 Finka Table & Tap 168.92  
6 Casa D'Angelo Ristorante 168.55 Play Video
7 Blackbrick 168.37  
8 Lure Fishbar 168.30  
9 Cypress Tavern 168.02  
10 Eating House 167.92 Play Video
11 Mignonette 167.52  
12 Blue Collar 167.43  
13 The Forge 167.34  
14 db Bistro Moderne 167.29  
15 MC Kitchen 167.03  
16 Yardbird 166.05 Play Video
17 Edge, Steak & Bar 165.49  
18 Prime 112 165.49  
19 Macchialina 165.42  
20 Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering 165.23  
21 Seaspice 164.58  
22 Lucali 164.11  
23 Swine Southern Table & Bar 164.09 Play Video
24 La Mar by Gaston Acurio 163.27  
25 Prime Italian 163.01