Road Trip: Miami Eats

Make your next visit to the Magic City a trip for your taste buds.

Miles from Palm Beach: 70


Mahi Mahi from La Savina - Mondrian South Beach - Miami Dining Destinations - Road Trip Destinations in Florida

Mahi mahi from La Savina.

La Savina | South Beach

Balancing the Mondrian South Beach hotel’s over-the-top personality, its signature restaurant, La Savina (305-514-1940), keeps things simple with ultra-fresh, Mediterranean coastal fare, delivering a stellar meal experience inspired by Spain’s Balearic Islands. Think: charcuterie and cheese boards, innovative salads, and succulent grilled seafood and meats.

Bayside Dining at La Savina - Mondrian South Beach

Bayside dining at La Savina

Squash Blossom Pizza from Verde - Downtown Miami - Peres Art Museum Miami

Verde’s squash-blossom pizza | Photo by Cendino Teme

Verde | Downtown

Nearly two years after Verde‘s (786-345-5697) opening, this Stephen Starr waterfront restaurant at the Pérez Art Museum Miami still reigns as Miami’s hottest lunch spot, enveloped in the museum’s high design of hanging gardens and “living” walls with floor-to-ceiling views of Biscayne Bay. The epicurean creations, such as the squash-blossom pizza and local snapper tiradito, aren’t bad, either.

Warm Shrimp Salad - Verde at Perez Art Museum Miami - Road Trip Destinations in Florida - Miami's Haute Cuisine

Verde’s warm shrimp salad | Photo by Cendino Teme


Tamarina Restaurant - Tamarina’s yellowtail snapper - Miami's Dining Destinations - Road Trip

Tamarina’s yellowtail snapper

Tamarina Restaurant | Downtown

Miami’s most glamorous eatery, Tamarina Restaurant (305-770-6223) serves top-notch Italian cuisine that easily matches the sparkling surrounds. The seafood-centric menu begins with an extensive oyster selection and other sublime raw offerings, followed by savory fish dishes like branzino with charred broccolini and smashed fingerling potatoes in a tomato-caper salsa cruda.

lobster linguini from Tamarina - Haute Cuisine in Miami

Lobster linguini from Tamarina.

Makoto - Bal Harbour - Miami Dining Destinations

Makoto | Bal Harbour

Intricately woven into the fabric of the Bal Harbour good life, Makoto (305-864-8600) is an institution for see-and-be-seen dining in between credit card swipes at Bal Harbour Shops. Choose from Chef Makoto Okuwa’s perfected traditional sushi, sashimi, and maki selections, or indulge in modern Japanese sensations from the “hot” menu, featuring the likes of meats and veggies from the robata grill, rock-shrimp tempura, and heartier dishes like the miso sea bass over crispy kale.

Photo by Simon Hare Photography


La Mar by Gaston Acurio | Brickell Key

Immerse yourself in Peru’s exploding culinary scene with the decadent Sunday brunch at La Mar by Gaston Acurio (305-913-8358). The stylish waterfront restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Miami doles out a mind-boggling array of Peruvian delights, from ceviches and causas to traditional street foods and national cocktails like pisco sours. The extravagant ending is a visual and tasty feast: an entire dollhouse tiered with desserts.

Fine Dining at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental Miami - Brickell Key

The Terrace at La Mar

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