Miami’s cultural melting pot is hotter than ever right now, but it can be tough to keep track of all the new restaurants in this trendy and tropical metropolis. Edgewater just got its first rooftop bar, a chic Lebanese spot landed in Coconut Grove, Wynwood welcomed a splashy, Colombian after-hours destination, and a Japanese icon emerged from a dramatic overhaul to mark ten years of business. Here’s a carefully curated take—meet Miami’s best new restaurants to book right now.
Amal Miami (Coconut Grove)
Inspired by the shores of Lebanon, this restaurant, dressed in soft pinks and pastel blues, comes from the same group behind South Beach’s beloved Byblos. Amal, which means “hope” in Arabic, opened in June, and offers modern interpretations of dishes one would find on a Lebanese dinner table. Meant to be devoured family-style, the menu consists of dips, salads, skewers—the pistachio kebab, made with minced beef, lamb, and a house spice blend, is a must-try—hot mezze dishes, fish, and hearty meats, such as lamb chops. The cocktail menu features light and fun concoctions like the secret garden, made with vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice, pomegranate juice, cucumber, and rose water. There’s also an extensive wine list with several, straight-from-Lebanon options. Stay tuned for a massive rooftop bar with Biscayne Bay views, which Amal plans to debut above the restaurant later this year.
After a five-year wait, Klaw finally opened its doors in Edgewater this July, revealing a bayfront rooftop bar and a luxurious, two-story restaurant serving standout surf-and-turf. Start with cocktails, such as mignonette brine martinis and fancy old fashioneds, on the sixth-floor rooftop while enjoying marina and South Beach views. Then move downstairs to the stately dining area, where you’ll notice a tank of live king crabs—flown in from Norway’s Barents Sea on a weekly basis; Klaw’s star dish is presented tableside and each claw is carefully cracked before its covered in a garlicky, buttery sauce. There are also gorgeous, marbled cuts of aging beef, carefully selected from cattle farms around the country.
Mehzcla (South of Fifth)
Mehzcla, a charismatic Latin fusion spot, is tucked inside the Balfour Hotel in Miami’s Art Deco District. Just one block from the beach, it’s a lush tropical oasis inside a historic building featuring terrazzo flooring and rattan furniture, plus Miami-inspired prints. The menu is full of dishes that represent Latin America while spotlighting South Florida’s produce, with favorites such as an avocado & tomato ensalada made with frisée lettuce, pickled red onions, fresh cilantro, and capers. There’s also a whole-fried snapper that’s lightly fried without the bones and crunchy ahi tuna tacos crafted from sushi-grade fish, ginger-sesame vinaigrette, and guacamole-yuzu crema, garnished with caviar for a touch of South Beach glam.
Located in trendy Wynwood, Burdo is the place to be if you’re craving an evening that begins with a laid-back happy hour before turning into a debaucherous, all-night party. Guests at the multipurpose restaurant, a Colombian import that opened in June, have the option to sit inside, outside, or at the large covered bar where it’s easy to keep the drinks flowing. Feast on burgers, pizza, sushi, and salads while sipping a refreshing signature piña colada featuring white rum, gum resin, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and angostura bitters. Those who opt to hang outside can take advantage of Criminal Taqueria, a quick-service taco window offering tacos, burritos, and nachos. Snag photos in front of the Insta-worthy neon sign that reads “Bad friends, good drinks & expensive taste”. Once the sun sets, Burdo transforms into a spirited party scene with bottle service—this is Miami, afterall.
Zuma Japanese Restaurant – Miami (Downtown)
In honor of its 10th anniversary, Zuma, the first American outpost of the London-based restaurant, underwent an extensive facelift and emerged in January. Though the menu still boasts the familiar sushi and robata bites the restaurant is known for, new additions include a slew of Miami-inspired cocktails. Zuma 2.0. is a bonafide nightlife destination, decked with a live edge reception desk and a new DJ booth crafted from tree trunks, sourced from Indonesia; as part of Zuma’s launch into the clubstaurant scene, it will feature creative programming, such as guest bartender popups and a weekly DJ series. If you’re looking for an excuse to dress up and treat yourself, this is the reservation to make.
Rosie’s: The Backyard (Little River)
Miami fell in love with Rosie’s when it was a breakfast-only pop-up at the Copper Door B&B back in 2020. Now, the Italian-influenced, southern American food spot has a new location, an all-day brunch menu, and a much larger space in Little River. Operated by husband and wife duo Jamila and Akino West, Rosie’s serves up hearty brunch classics such as a cacio e pepe omelet, a smoked salmon benedict, pastrami hash, and, of course, the famous fried chicken—all enhanced by cocktails and a natural wine list. Soon, the restaurant, which currently occupies a charming backyard, will expand to inhabit the nearby historic home that’s currently under renovation.
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Amber Love Bond is a Miami-based food + beverage writer who can typically be found somewhere delicious with her laptop in tow and a cocktail in hand. See what she’s sipping and follow her adventures on Instagram.