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: July 2015

Welcome back to the Top 25, Miami! Are you looking for some more fun in the sun? Hit the town and pull up a seat at these go-to hotspots for July!

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink hopped up from No. 2 and now leads the board with a Social Score of 165.83. This takeover is no surprise, considering Michael's Genuine Food & Drink has consistently landed in the top five for months in a row. Looks like South Florida can't get enough of its New American fare!

But that's not the only thing impressive about this round. Several restaurants have catapulted themselves across the rankings. Prime Italian, which barely clung on last month at No. 25, sits comfortably at No. 6 with a Social Score of 162.18. Tongue & Cheek, which sat at No. 17, climbed all the way back to the top at No. 3 with a Social Score of 163.83.

1826, on the other hand, fell from its solid No. 5 to No. 24 with a score of 157.42. Will this restaurant be able to cook up new ways to get its social score back up?

Take a look at the complete list below!

Crispy Rice Cake at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink  | Yelp, Kimberly K.

Crispy Rice Cake at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink | Yelp, Kimberly K.

Carbonated Oysters at Tongue & Cheek  | Yelp, Carlos L.

Carbonated Oysters at Tongue & Cheek | Yelp, Carlos L.

Certified Angus Rib Eye With English Pea "Risotto" at Bourbon Steak  | Yelp, Cara P.

Certified Angus Rib Eye With English Pea "Risotto" at Bourbon Steak | Yelp, Cara P.

Fried Chicken, waffle, and watermelon at Yardbird  | Yelp, Momo B.

Fried Chicken, waffle, and watermelon at Yardbird | Yelp, Momo B.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 165.83  
2 Bourbon Steak  164.77  
3 Tongue & Cheek 163.83 Play Video
4 Yardbird 163.71 Play Video
5 Seaspice 163.09  
6 Prime Italian 162.18  
7 Canyon Cafe 161.93  
8 Vagabond 161.59 Play Video
9 Edge, Steak & Bar 161.25  
10 DB Bistro Moderne 161.02  
11 Blue Collar 160.91  
12 The Dutch  160.72 Play Video
13 The Federal 160.40 Play Video
14 Swine Southern Table & Bar 160.27 Play Video
15 MC Kitchen 160.06  
16 Restaurant Michael Schwartz 159.89  
17 Casa D' Angelo Ristorante 159.85 Play Video
18 Steak 954 159.74  
19 Blackbrick 159.71  
20 The Forge 159.56  
21 Pubbelly 158.73  
22 27 Restaurant & Bar at the Freehand 158.64  
23 Area 31 158.03 Play Video
24 1826 157.42  
25 Il Gabbiano 157.37  

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: January 2015

The Miami restaurant social scores have been on the raise and this month they are the highest they have ever been! Does this mean that the Miami culinary scene has upped the ante? 

The fine dining restaurant at the Turnberry Isle Hotel known for its contemporary and elegant fare of steaks and duck-fat fries, Bourbon Steak holds on strong at No. 1 again this January, with the high social score of 169.74! While, The Federal makes a climb to No. 2 from No. 5 and rounding out the top three is Prime Italian, which returns to the list after falling off in December.

No new restaurants have broken into the list this month. However, the new restaurants from last month return–Hakkasan drops from its strong December debut at No. 4 to No. 17 this month and Khong River House also drops from No. 10 to No. 21.

Some of the notable shifts include- Macchialina launching from No. 20 to rounding out the top five and Steak 954 climbing from holding on at No. 25 last month to ranking at No. 11.

Check out the full list below!

Angus rib eye with english pea "risotto" at Bourbon Steak |  YELP, Cara P. 

Angus rib eye with english pea "risotto" at Bourbon Steak | YELP, Cara P. 

Green Eggs and Ham at The Federal  | YELP, Brian Q

Green Eggs and Ham at The Federal | YELP, Brian Q

Chilean sea bass at Prime Italian  | YELP, Melina P. 

Chilean sea bass at Prime Italian | YELP, Melina P. 

Black grouper and arugula salad  | YELP, Mauricio B. 

Black grouper and arugula salad | YELP, Mauricio B. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Bourbon Steak 169.74  
2 The Federal 168.47 Play Video
3 Prime Italian 167.28  
4 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 166.58  
5 Macchialina 164.82  
6 Yardbird 162.05 Play Video
7 Market 17 161.83  
8 Makoto 161.44  
9 MC Kitchen 161.29  
10 Edge, Steak & Bar 161.24  
11 Steak 954 160.73  
12 Red, The Steakhouse 160.26  
13 Tongue & Cheek 159.75 Play Video
14 Chef Adrianne's Vineyard 159.71 Play Video
15 Canyon Cafe 158.72  
16 DB Bistro Moderne 158.63  
17 Hakkasan 158.47  
18 Swine Southern Table & Bar 157.64 Play Video
19 SUSHISAMBA 157.17  
20 The Cypress Room 156.94  
21 Khong River House 156.69  
22 The Forge 155.73  
23 Pubbelly 155.09  
24 Blue Collar 154.89  
25 Prime One Twelve 153.12  

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: November 2014

This month's Miami list features some major shifts. If you have been following the list– you should recognize all the names. This November ranking consists of all Miami Top 25 veterans. However, quite a few return after not placing for the last few months.

The upscale oyster bar restaurant, The Dutch in the heart of Miami's South Beach launches from no. 18 last month to snag the no. 1 spot this November. The no. 2 restaurant, Yardbird also makes a significant climb from no. 17 and last month's victor SUSHISAMBA rounds out the top three.

Some of the notable returning restaurants are Tongue & Cheek at no. 7, Pubbelly at no. 9, Zuma at no. 11, Prime One Twelve at no. 12, DB Bistro Moderne at no. 18, and lastly Eating House at no. 21. Welcome back on the list!

Check out the full list below!

Pan seared sole at The Dutch  | YELP, Lulsa C. 

Pan seared sole at The Dutch | YELP, Lulsa C. 

Mac & Cheese at Yardbird  | Yelp, Meg O. 

Mac & Cheese at Yardbird | Yelp, Meg O. 

Duck confit gyoza w/soy brown butter, pumpkin puree & crushed almonds at SUSHISAMBA  | YELP, Jaye V. 

Duck confit gyoza w/soy brown butter, pumpkin puree & crushed almonds at SUSHISAMBA | YELP, Jaye V. 

Crab cake, citrus salad at Steak 954  | YELP, Tony Y. 

Crab cake, citrus salad at Steak 954 | YELP, Tony Y. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score
1 The Dutch 162.85
2 Yardbird 162.17
3 SUSHISAMBA 161.39
4 Steak 954 160.74
5 Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 159.73
6 The Forge 159.71
7 Tongue & Cheek 158.74
8 The Federal 157.65
9 Pubbelly 156.94
10 Bourbon Steak 156.93
11 Zuma 156.64
12 Prime One Twelve 156.38
13 Canyon Restaurant 156.37
14 Casa De Angelo 155.82
15 Meat Market 155.48
16 Swine Southern Table & Bar 155.09
17 Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 154.78
18 DB Bistro Moderne 154.27
19 Lure Fish Bar 153.89
20 Makoto 153.85
21 Eating House 153.71
22 Prime Italian 153.37
23 Market 17 152.70
24 MC Kitchen 152.65
25 Chef Adrianne's Vineyard 152.03

Miami Top 25 Restaurants: July 2014

What’s going on in Miami this month?

Sentiment from local South Florida super foodies that are tracked in our Restaurant Social Media Index seemed to be showing more love in July, putting Pubbelly at No. 1 for the first time with a high (for Miami, at least) Social Score of 155.33. Pubbelly shoots up 19 spots from last month’s rankings, and the Top 5 restaurants follow suit in terms of rising by a decent margin in the ranks. The Dutch jumps eight spots to No. 2, followed by Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (up 15 spots), Tongue & Cheek (up 12), and Lure Fishbar (up from No. 7). 

Last month’s Top 5 — including No. 1, DB Bistro Moderne — fall toward the bottom-half of the list. Also noting this month are new additions, including a few Broward restaurants. Welcome Canyon, Casa D’Angelo, and Market 17! Il Gabbiano and The District both jump back on the list.

Check out the full list below!

Chopped Bone Marrow with Bacon Jam   | Credit: Instagram, b.randie

Chopped Bone Marrow with Bacon Jam  | Credit: Instagram, b.randie

Cod Brandade Gnocchi, Ramps, Favas, Peas, Piquillo Pil Pil, Mointboisse Cheese  | Credit: Instagram, chefmendin

Cod Brandade Gnocchi, Ramps, Favas, Peas, Piquillo Pil Pil, Mointboisse Cheese | Credit: Instagram, chefmendin

Dry Aged Hanger Steak, Romesco, Coal Grilled Garlic Scapes, Green Onions, Ramps, Almond Brown Butter  | Credit: Instagram, chefmendin

Dry Aged Hanger Steak, Romesco, Coal Grilled Garlic Scapes, Green Onions, Ramps, Almond Brown Butter | Credit: Instagram, chefmendin

Credit: Instagram, southbeachdd

Credit: Instagram, southbeachdd

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Pubbelly 155.33
2 The Dutch 154.93
3 Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 153.48
4 Tongue & Cheek 152.70
5 Lure Fishbar 151.94
6 Il Gabbiano 151.47
7 PB Steak 151.34
8 Eating House 151.13
9 The Cypress Room 151.09
10 Meat Market 151.03
11 Canyon 150.94
12 DB Bistro Moderne 150.93
13 Zuma 150.74
14 Haven South Beach 150.66
15 Casa D'Angelo Ristorante 150.63
16 Makoto 150.48
17 Area 31 150.37
18 Yardbird 150.03
19 Swine Southern Table & Bar 149.98
20 Chef Adrianne's Vineyard 149.88
21 The District 149.88
22 The Forge 149.84
23 Market 17 149.74
24 MC Kitchen 149.58
25 Bulla Gastrobar 148.71