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10 Best Restaurants in Brickell

With so many people working and playing in Brickell, you can imagine that there are a lot of great eateries in this upscale neighborhood. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the best restaurants in Brickell. If you haven’t been to any of these spots yet, it may be time to plan a visit and indulge in an extraordinary dining experience!

Casa Tua (70 SW 7th St)

Perhaps my favorite location to indulge in lunch, dinner, or even a slice of pizza, Casa Tua Cucina is the place for all things Italian. Casa Tua Cucina is the creation of Miky Grendene the founder of the iconic Casa Tua Restaurant and Private Club & Hotel who collaborated with luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue creating an environment of infused luxury dining and shopping. When I enter Casa Tua I instantly feel at home. Tons of magnificent artisan creations ranging from the Black Truffle Tagliolini to the Prosciutto and Mushroom Pizza fulfill my cravings. Add a Mezcal Passion Martini and I’m good to go. Combine the delectable cuisine with the sleek design and vibrant atmosphere, this exquisite food hall is one of the top places for lunch and dinner in all of Brickell. 

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Zuma (270 Brickell Blvd Way)

As heralded international chef Rainer Becker’s first U.S location for his line, Zuma features izakaya- inspired modern Japanese cuisine. The thing that struck me when going to Zuma for the first time was the magnificent design inside the massive establishment and the multitude of spaces you can enjoy your meal; all with unique views and vibes. Zuma has a main dining area, sushi and robata counter, sake bar, lounge, and even a terrace. The term Izakaya quite literally means “edible art,” and this is truly what you experience at Zuma. Not only is the food like a picturesque portrait, but the flavor and experience is out of this world. When ordering from the sushi bar I normally go with the popular Spicy yellowtail roll with serrano pepper and wasabi mayo. Pairing this with a glass of Midorikawa Masamune warm sake will certainly make for a memorable evening. 

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Fi’lia (1300 S Miami Ave)

Nestled within the recently opened SLS Brickell Hotel, Fi’lia is the epitome of wholesome Italian dining. Opened by celebrity chef Michael Schwartz, “Fi’lia” -which is actually a spin-off of the Italian word for “daughter”- offers homemade, rustic, classical Italian cuisine with handmade pastas, brick-oven pizzas, along with fresh meats and seafood. Fi’lia is a perfect dinner location in my opinion as it is a quaint and elegant spot intertwined with an open-kitchen concept making you feel comfortable and at home. The Margherita pizza at Fi’lia is a must- have and classics like Cacio e pepe are superb as well. If your on the daring side you have to indulge in the Snapper Tartare garnished with smoked trout roe, served alongside crisp Yukon potato chips. An honest family atmosphere, Fi’lia has all the right ingredients for a memorable evening with your partner. 

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La Mar (500 Brickell Key Dr)

La Mar is a Peruvian masterpiece developed by the world-renowned chef Gaston Acurio. La Mar truly has some magnificent views of the city and Biscayne Bay and the interior offers a comfortable and cozy vibe. The spot offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating with three contemporary bars providing distinctive culinary experiences ranging from upscale novo-Andean cuisine to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood. Some of the most brilliant features of this premium dining experience are the tremendous ceviches, tiraditos, and the signature pisco sours. I normally find my way to La Mar on Sundays during two-hour brunch when they serve unlimited cocktails. The meats are exquisite at La Mar and the plantain chips are delightful with their famous Tari sauce. For an romantic evening with your partner or a gathering with family and friends, La Mar will serve your savory desires. 

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KOMODO (801 Brickell Ave )

Positioned in the heart of Brickell, Komodo is an indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge space that combines Southeast Asian cuisine with the booming nightlife culture of Miami. Some of the most popular dishes served at Komodo are the Peking Duck, Tuna & Toro Roll, and Lobster Dynamite. The eatery spans three-stories and offers a bar on each level with artisanal cocktail menus. Additionally, Komodo features outdoor seating in the form of “birds nests”, which creates a playful and relaxing vibe suited for any occasion, day or night. Komodo is well known in Miami for its inviting feel, delicious food, and instagram-worthy aesthetics; the attention to detail from the dishes to the decorations truly make this restaurant feel unique and authentic. Owned by David Grutman, Komodo Miami has served the likes of celebrities to locals, and is sure to elevate your standards for a truly extraordinary dining experience. 

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Quinto La Huella (788 Brickell Plaza)

If you are looking for a spot in Brickell, Miami that offers a relaxing environment that promotes ethnic, simple, and delicious food, Quinto La Huella is the place to be. Executive Chef, Nano Crespo, incorporates his culinary expertise to create a menu that subsides every seafood lovers desires. Not a fan of seafood? Quinto La Huella offers pizza, pasta, and traditional food from Uruguay making it flexible for vegetarians. My favorite dish is the rich ravioli de ricotta y acelga, a charred ravioli dish coated in tomato and parmesan. The soft texture of the ravioli paired with a savory sauce is undeniably culinary excellence. While Quinto La Huella offers a wonderful array of choices for food, they also have a large drinks menu that consists of champagne, rose, white wine, sangria, red wine, and special La Huella drinks. The Caipi Maracuya, which perfectly pairs with any meal on the menu, is vodka infused with passion fruit and cane sugar. Visit Quinto La Huella for a traditional Uruguayan meal while also enjoying the contemporary ambience of the top rated restaurant. 

Sexy Fish (1001 S. Miami Ave.)

Located in Brickell Flatiron, upscale dinery, Sexy Fish will offer exquisite Japanese-inspired cuisine, and the largest Dom Perignon selection in the entire country. This is only the second Sexy Fish location, the first being in London, UK, which houses the largest Japanese whiskey selection in the world. It’s no secret that Sexy Fish will have an extensive cocktail selection, however, the drinks aren’t the only thing that make this spot stand out. There will also be plenty of late-night entertainment and music, adhering to the local culture. The menu includes many of the original Sexy Fish’s signature dishes, like fresh sushi, sashimi, and fish or meat cooked on a Robata Grill. This restaurant elegantly delivers one of the most unique and exclusive dining experiences in all of South Florida, if you are looking for a meal you won’t forget, you’ll find it at Sexy Fish Miami.

The River Oyster Bar (650 S Miami Ave)

The River Oyster Bar is one of Miami’s top seafood destinations found near the Miami River. A true gem of a restaurant, The River delivers a contemporary twist on classic seafood dishes in a refreshing and comfy location. This seafood lover’s dream is well-known for its selection of hand-shucked premium oysters, hand-selected local produce, and fresh cold-water fish brought in from Alaska. The happy hour is tremendous and the service is second to none when it comes to Miami restaurants. Perfect for a romantic evening out or a business rendezvous, The River Oyster Bar will surely satisfy your needs. 

Tacology (701 S Miami Ave)

Officially known in my opinion as the haven of taco, Tacology is home to some of the best Mexican street food in all of Dade County. Located in the heart of the Brickell City Center, Tacology’s neon purple logo is hard to miss. Tacology was created by Chef Santiago Gomez and has a unique market atmosphere with majestic hanging vines, decadent canopies, and colorful seats. My favorite dish out of them all at Tacology would have to be the Pulled Chicken Chilaquiles served with tangy tortilla chips, freshly made tomatillo salsa, along with exquisite Manchego cheese. On top of that -a dish that is great with friends or family as an appetizer- is the Queso Fundido, a brilliant fondue with warm tortillas. When you need to satisfy those powerful Mexican food cravings look no further than Tacology, a one-of-a-kind taco experience located in the heart of Brickell.  

Cantina La 20 (465 Brickell Ave) 

“The Twenty” as I like to call it, is a masterpiece of a cantina reflecting true Mexican cultural essence. A deli, restaurant, and cafe all rolled up into one perfect concoction with mariachis in the background, world- class chef Santiago Gomez has positioned Cantina Veinte among the best restaurants in Miami. Words cannot do justice to describe the magnificent Art Deco architecture within Cantina La Veinte with its brilliant black and gold colors and enchanting geometry. The food is equally as enticing with dishes from each Mexican state featuring avant-garde techniques such as vacuum cooking and spherification. The “vuelve la vida” Mexican ceviche is like taking a nibble of heaven; bursting with an avalanche of juices and citrus it is a must have. They also have over 250 tequilas and mezcals to choose from. I don’t know about you compadre, but for me that’s my way of relaxing and unwinding to find my nirvana.

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Top 5 Brickell Spots to Treat Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the wonderful father’s in our lives than treating them to a special meal in their honor. Fortunately, Brickell is home to some great spots that dad will truly enjoy. Whether he likes a cold mug of beer or a glass of fine wine, Brickell has something for every dad. Take a look at the top 5 Brickell spots to treat dad on Father’s Day, and be prepared to see a huge smile on that special man’s face.

I – Big Easy Winebar & Grill

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Big Easy Winebar & Grill, located at the Brickell CityCentre, is the only South African eatery in Miami. This South African import is backed by celebrity golf star, Theodore Earnest “Ernie” Els, and offers the largest selection of South African wines in the area. Executive chef Maryna Frederiksen, a South Africa native, created the authentic menu, which showcases meats cooked on the traditional braai grill. Signature dishes include Bobotie Spring Rolls featuring ground beef curry with chutney, duck curry, slow-roasted lamb shank, and grilled Nigerian prawns. Dads will be pleased to see classic steaks such as filet mignon, prime dry aged Kansas City strip, and T-bone on the menu. Big Easy Winebar & Grill offers a full bar and lounge and is a great spot for dads who enjoy haute cuisine in an unpretentious, yet sophisticated setting. For more information regarding Big Easy Winebar & Grill visit their website or call (786) 814-5955.

II – Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres

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Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres is located at the SLS Brickell, and is the James Beard Award-winning chef’s second Bazaar concept in Miami. As the name alludes, the focus of the menu is seafood. What makes this spot unique is that Jose Andres serves everything on the menu in his signature tapas-style manner. Highlights from the menu include sashimi, bacalao croquettes, grilled fish, and a full raw bar. The restaurant space was designed by Philippe Starck, and features blue and white décor inspired by world-famous seaports such as those found in the South Pacific and Mykonos. Dads will enjoy feasting on some of Miami’s freshest seafood, while dining in such a relaxing environment. Dads, who enjoy a good cocktail, will enjoy Bazaar Mar’s signature drinks such as the Salt Air Margarita, Cava & Sherry Sangria, and the Key Lime Pie Daiquiri. For more information regarding Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres visit their website or call (305) 615-5859.

III – Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza

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Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza, formerly known as Visa-01 Extraordinary Pizza, has recently opened in Brickell. This Miami Beach staple is a trendy, modern conceptual pizzeria that serves extraordinarily good pizza. In addition to serving fantastic pizza, Mister 01 also serves delicious pasta and salads, and offers a gourmet mozzarella bar. The original name stemmed from the idea that in order to qualify for a 0-1 Visa,
“the beneficiary must demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim.” Without a doubt, the pizza served at Mister 01 is just that good. All pizza-loving dads are sure to enjoy this pizzeria owned by Renato Viola of Agropoli, Italy. Mister 01’s signature pizza is called the Extraordinary Star Luca, which is a star-shaped pizza topped with ricotta, salami, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce. This pizza is perfect for the star father in your life. For more information regarding Mister 01 visit their website or call (786) 332-6868.

IV – American Harvest

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For the dad who likes dining at a fast-casual place, Brickell CityCentre has a great new spot – American Harvest. This fast-casual dining spot focuses on clean eating with farm-to-table fare that is ready in 5 minutes or less. American Harvest, which is backed by the Grove Bay Hospitality Group, the company behind Glass & Vine in Coconut Grove, showcases a cozy, yet modern rustic interior. For the dads who like to see a menu that’s easy to navigate, American Harvest’s menu is divided into four sections – Handhelds, Salads, Harvest Bowls & Skillets, and Bites. Signature dishes include the American Harvest Steak Taco Skillet, the Harvest Cobb salad, & Chicken Salad on Naan. Celebrate dad with a delicious cupcake for dessert from Buttercream in South Miami, which provides dessert options for American Harvest. For more information regarding American Harvest visit their website or call (786) 814-6968.

V – Fi’lia

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Fi’lia, located in the SLS Brickell, is the sixth Miami restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef, Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine fame. This rustic Italian eatery is perfect for the dad who loves Italian comfort food. Fi’lia’s menu features Italian classics that feature Chef Schwartz’ signature twist. A highlight of the menu includes Caesar salads prepared tableside, homemade pastas, and gourmet pizza topped with traditional toppings such a house-made ricotta and pancetta. Be sure to make a toast to the dad in your life with a signature cocktail, a craft beer, an Italian wine, or an Italian Spritz. For more information regarding Fi’lia visit their website or call (305) 912-1729.

Celebrate Father’s Day in Brickell

Hopefully, you found some great places to celebrate dad on his day. These 5 spots are just the tip of the iceberg of all the great dining places you’ll find in Brickell. If you’re interested in learning more about Brickell and all the fantastic dining and lifestyle options residents enjoy, contact me at brickell.com or (786) 306-4287.

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New Brickell Restaurants To Try Now

These recently revealed restaurants are Brickell’s new fantastic four. From buzzed about pizza to reimagined Japanese, we recommend visiting these spots as soon as possible. 

Mister O1

“That famous hidden place” with the infamous name change has opened a second location–Brickell’s Mister O1 (formally known as Visa O1) outpost sits on South Miami Avenue, not far from Mary Brickell Village. That means no more schlepping to Miami Beach for a bite of their star pizza or loaded calzone. A Wynwood location is also coming soon.


The River Yacht Club has opened Dashi, a progressive Japanese concept backed by Chef Shuji Hiyakawa–a protégé of Iron Chef Morimoto. The waterside restaurant features delicate but delicious hot and cold plates, including mouth-melting white fish karaage and an equally lovely sea bass miso. Don’t skip dessert, either: Sesame chocolates and a tofu custard are delightful finishes. (Feature image: Scallops and caviar)

Big Easy Winebar & Grill

A taste of South Africa has come to Brickell City City with Big Easy Winebar & Grill. The joint venture between Ernie Els (the former world’s top golfer who was affectionately nicknamed “The Big Easy” due to his stature) and Grove Bay Hospitality Group. The bustling bar flaunts multiple TVs while the dining area keeps things warm and inviting with amber lighting. Order up the bison, risotto, and flatbread to leave feeling satisfied.


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YAKU by La Mar

YAKU by La Mar is now open on the Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s northern terrace. The outdoor space emphasizes Peruvian-inspired punches and bites, including classic cebiche and mussels: Don’t skip the quinoa burger (the featured photo). The concept brings a social element to La Mar’s waterside location.