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.