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: November 2015

Miami’s Top 25 restaurants have come a long way since Foodable first introduced this city ranking, the first of its kind, in August 2013. In the premier list, Yardbird took first with a Social Score of 119.64. 

This month, using November 2015 data from Foodable Labs’ Restaurant Social Media Index, the Miami Top 25 hits a milestone, breaking into the 170’s with Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink at No. 1 with a Social Score of 170.89. Last month’s No. 1, The Forge, falls to No. 6 but still manages to improve on score. 

Only four restaurants from last month’s Top 10 remained on top, and three — 27 Restaurant & Bar at the Freehand; Edge, Steak & Bar; and Azul — jumped back onto the list from months past, all in top spots.

Check out the full rankings below!

Slow Roasted Pork Pizza with heirloom tomato sauce, Fresno chilies, fingerling potatoes, and mozzarella at Michael's Genuine  | Credit: Instagram @michaelsgenuine

Slow Roasted Pork Pizza with heirloom tomato sauce, Fresno chilies, fingerling potatoes, and mozzarella at Michael's Genuine | Credit: Instagram @michaelsgenuine

Grilled hangar steak with soy bean succotash, heirloom potatoes and charred broccolini at Edge, Steak and Bar  | Instagram @edgemiami

Grilled hangar steak with soy bean succotash, heirloom potatoes and charred broccolini at Edge, Steak and Bar | Instagram @edgemiami

Fried chicken and buttermilk biscuit at 27 Restaurant & Bar  | Credit: Instagram @maddyslatt  

Fried chicken and buttermilk biscuit at 27 Restaurant & Bar | Credit: Instagram @maddyslatt
 

Liquid mozzarella with with cashew sesame granola, truffle, balsamic, and fall vegetables at Azul  | Credit: Instagram @chefbmurray2334

Liquid mozzarella with with cashew sesame granola, truffle, balsamic, and fall vegetables at Azul | Credit: Instagram @chefbmurray2334

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 170.89  
2 27 Restaurant & Bar at the Freehand 170.52  
3 Edge, Steak & Bar 170.45  
4 Azul  170.15  
5 Casa D' Angelo Ristorante 169.56 Play Video
6 The Forge 168.75  
7 Finka Table & Tap 167.91  
8 Mignonette 167.46  
9 MC Kitchen 166.72  
10 Blue Collar 165.33  
11 Yardbird 164.72 Play Video
12 Vagabond 163.98 Play Video
13 Blackbrick 163.82  
14 Seaspice 163.66  
15 Swine Southern Table & Bar 163.09 Play Video
16 Macchialina 163.04  
17 La Mar by Gaston Acurio 163.03  
18 Prime Italian 162.60  
19 Steak 954 162.59  
20 The Dutch  162.18 Play Video
21 Prime 112 162.18  
22 Canyon Restaurant 161.54  
23 Zuma 161.22  
24 Bourbon Steak  160.91  
25 Red, The Steakhouse 160.44  

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: September 2015

We love you, Miami. But from an observational standpoint, it seems you are constantly playing with our emotions — consistent inconsistency. This rings true for the Magic City’s dining scene.

This month’s Top 25 rankings, pulled from September RSMI data, brings on three new restaurants (new to the list, at least) — Finka Table & Tap, La Mar by Gaston Acuri, and Mignonette — and welcomes back five restaurants that have dabbled on and off — SushiSamba, Macchialina, Zuma, Prime 112, and Red, The Steakhouse.

Which restaurant came in first? We’ll give you a hint: It’s made No. 1 status before but not since January 2014. Check out the full ranking below to find out who this month’s frontrunner is, and which other restaurants made the list!

Seared foie gras over a concord grape cronut at The Forge  | Yelp, Brenda P.

Seared foie gras over a concord grape cronut at The Forge | Yelp, Brenda P.

Lobster omelette at MC Kitchen  | Instagram, @mckitchenmiami

Lobster omelette at MC Kitchen | Instagram, @mckitchenmiami

Caponata pizza at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink  | Instagram, @michaelsgenuine

Caponata pizza at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink | Instagram, @michaelsgenuine

Albacore tuna niçoise at Tongue & Cheek  | Instagram, @jamiederosa

Albacore tuna niçoise at Tongue & Cheek | Instagram, @jamiederosa

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 The Forge 167.93  
2 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 167.90  
3 MC Kitchen 166.72  
4 Tongue & Cheek 165.78 Play Video
5 Blue Collar 165.33  
6 Yardbird 164.72 Play Video
7 Vagabond 163.98 Play Video
8 Blackbrick 163.82  
9 Seaspice 163.66  
10 Swine Southern Table & Bar 163.09 Play Video
11 Casa D' Angelo Ristorante 163.04 Play Video
12 Macchialina 163.04  
13 La Mar by Gaston Acurio 163.03  
14 Prime Italian 162.60  
15 The Dutch  162.18 Play Video
16 Prime 112 162.18  
17 Canyon Cafe 161.54  
18 Zuma 161.22  
19 Finka Table & Tap 161.04  
20 Bourbon Steak  160.91  
21 Mignonette 160.62  
22 Red, The Steakhouse 160.44  
23 SushiSamba 160.34 Play Video
24 Steak 954 160.03  
25 Restaurant Michael Schwartz 159.89  

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: March 2015

Miami, get ready to feel the heat because the Top 25 has returned with restaurants that are seriously sizzling. Grab your silverware and tuck that napkin into the neck of your shirt, because you're going to want to dig into these rankings.

Bourbon Steak, despite dropping in its RSMI score from 169.74 to 167.82, still reigns at No.1 on the list. It must be the juicy, all-organic, hormone-free cuts of beef they grill and lather deliciously all over your plate. Mmm.  Following close being in second place with a score of 166.15 is Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, where guests can enjoy a casual, New-American dining experience while nibbling on gourmet dishes. The Federal rounds off the top three with a score of 164.94.

In terms of big upsets, Prime Italian has fallen from third place to 18th with a score of 160.19, about seven points less than its previous month's score.

Check out the full list below to see how the other cards have fallen on the table!

ORGANIC CHICKEN BREAST AT BOURBON STEAK   | YELP, STEPHANIE L.

ORGANIC CHICKEN BREAST AT BOURBON STEAK  | YELP, STEPHANIE L.

COOKIES AND CREAM FRENCH TOAST AT THE FEDERAL  | YELP, UTE L.

COOKIES AND CREAM FRENCH TOAST AT THE FEDERAL | YELP, UTE L.

KIMCHI BENEDICT AT MICHAEL'S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK  | YELP, KIMBERLY K.

KIMCHI BENEDICT AT MICHAEL'S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK | YELP, KIMBERLY K.

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES AT YARDBIRD  | YELP, LILY T.

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES AT YARDBIRD | YELP, LILY T.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Bourbon Steak 167.82  
2 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 166.15  
3 The Federal 164.94 Play Video
4 Yardbird 164.47 Play Video
5 Vagabond 164.09  
6 Il Gabbiano 163.81  
7 Edge, Steak & Bar 163.19  
8 Steak 954 163.02  
9 The Forge 162.93  
10 Restaurant Michael Schwartz 162.93  
11 Tongue & Cheek 162.68 Play Video
12 MC Kitchen 162.46  
13 Canyon Cafe 162.34  
14 The Dutch 162.19 Play Video
15 Pubbelly 161.29  
16 Macchialina 161.09  
17 LoKal 160.92  
18 Prime Italian 160.19  
19 Makoto 160.19  
20 Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 160.18 Play Video
21 Swine Southern Table & Bar 160.11 Play Video
22 Area 31 159.87 Play Video
23 Red, The Steakhouse 159.72  
24 DB Bistro Moderne 159.72  
25 Market 17 158.74  

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: October 2014

For the first time since launching the Miami Top 25 Restaurants list here on Foodable, the no. 1 restaurant this October, SUSHISAMBA has a social score higher than in the 150s, with a score of 160.92. Miami's social scores are the lowest of all our Top 25 cities, but this month the culinary scene in Miami is creating the most buzz ever.

Not only has this month's no. 1 restaurant broken a Miami social score record, but last month was the first time that restaurant has appeared on our Miami Top 25. As for the other top dogs- the no. 2 spot this month is The Federal, with Bourbon Steak following closely behind at no. 3. 

This month's list features no new restaurants. However, quite a few restaurants have returned after not appearing on the list last month, including The Forge, Swine Southern Table & Bar, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Market 17, 1500 Degrees (now known as 15 Steps,) Chef Adrianne's Vineyard, Bocce Bar, and Haven South Beach. Welcome back veteran restaurants!

Check out the full list below!

Seabass Dumplings at SUSHISAMBA  | YELP, Jo W. 

Seabass Dumplings at SUSHISAMBA | YELP, Jo W. 

Green eggs and ham at The Federal  | YELP, Ian H. 

Green eggs and ham at The Federal | YELP, Ian H. 

Angus eye of ribeye with Farro Risotto at Bourbon Steak  | YELP, Sergio F. 

Angus eye of ribeye with Farro Risotto at Bourbon Steak | YELP, Sergio F. 

Farm Egg, Bacon Jam, Arugula, Brioche at Market 17  | YELP, Lo D.

Farm Egg, Bacon Jam, Arugula, Brioche at Market 17 | YELP, Lo D.

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 SUSHISAMBA 160.92
2 The Federal 159.60
3 Bourbon Steak 158.77
4 The Forge 158.66
5 Swine Southern Table & Bar 156.82
6 Steak 954 156.72
7 Casa D Angelo 156.64
8 Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 155.93
9 Area 31 155.74
10 Market 17 154.92
11 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 154.88
12 Lure Fish Bar 154.85
13 1500 Degrees (now known as 15 Steps) 153.92
14 MC Kitchen 153.90
15 Chef Adrianne's Vineyard 153.72
16 Bocce Bar 152.94
17 Yardbird 152.19
18 The Dutch 151.86
19 Red, The Steakhouse 150.92
20 Haven South Beach 150.84
21 Makoto 150.72
22 Restaurant Michael Schwartz 150.28
23 Canyon Restaurant 149.84
24 Meat Market 149.82
25 Prime Italian 149.40