Food & Drink

5 of The Hottest Restaurants in South Beach Right Now

When you’re in South Beach, you’ll be having such a blast that you might be tempted to forgo the planned-meal route and just go with the flow. That would be a grave error, as this Florida hot spot features more than its share of hip eateries. Keep an eye out for these rising stars on your next trip south.

The swanky, backlit interior of this Collins Avenue staple evokes its NYC forbear, but the cuisine takes its cue from points both east and west, featuring Italian food with a California twist. The pizzas and pastas are the real deal, and the dinner menu even boasts a smoked roast branzino for two—an old-world classic. If you can’t snag a dinner reservation, the bar offers a generous happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m., with craft cocktails and tempting small plates.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Florida is part of the south—it has a distinctive flavor all its own, and one that’s on full display in the Miami environs. Yardbird is here to serve up a delicious reminder—or perhaps several. Everything on the menu is authentic, from the home-style biscuits to the charred okra to the fall-of-the-bone ribs. While it’s in a busy downtown locale, metered parking is available and generally affordable, especially if you use Parkmobile or a similar app.

Recognize the name? If you don’t, you will soon. Byblos offers an Eastern Mediterranean-themed menu, using the freshest local ingredients as a canvas for the exotic flavors. Start out by nibbling on citrus-spiked olives before moving on to a helping of wood-fired flatbread and a crispy duck rice bowl. On weekends, the airy and vibrantly painted dining room serves as the ideal backdrop to a leisurely brunch.

Planta might be a vegan restaurant, but if you didn’t know that going in, you probably wouldn’t even notice. The expertly made nigiri and maki rolls are resplendent with flavor and texture. Even avowed carnivores won’t miss the meat in the mock “sausage, egg and cheese” croissant, a staple of their popular brunch menu. If you can, try to snag a seat at the convivial L-shaped bar, which invites both lively conversation and the opportunity to watch the master mixologists at work.

Orange Blossom
From the intimate marble tabletops to the gentle glow of candlelight, everything about Orange Blossom whispers elegance. The menu—with selections such as tuna tartare, truffle oil French fries, and filet mignon with champagne sauce—hews to this image, and never disappoints. Reservations for small parties are available through the restaurant website; for parties larger than 8, you should call directly. If you’re unable to get in, delivery service is available through Grubhub, but you should really try to visit in person. 

South Beach is a happening destination for a number of reasons, but that’s no reason to allow the food scene to fly under the radar. Everyone has to eat while on vacation, so why not treat yourself to the best?

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