If you're navigating Art Basel for the first time—or if you're a seasoned guest—knowing where to dine during the festivities is key. Here, we’ve rounded up six artfully appointed eateries so you don’t have to.
When James Beard Award winning chef Paul Qui received an email from the office of Argentine construction mogul Alan Faena, it was serendipitous to say the least. Two years later, the Austin-based toque has opened Pao by Paul Qui situated in Mid-Beach’s Faena Hotel Miami Beach. To jive with the sophisticated, yet whimsical feel of the property, the dinner-only eatery was adorned with sleek furnishings and a star centerpiece: Golden Myth, a gold-leafed unicorn sculpture by English artist Damien Hirst. Eyeing the $6 million stunner is worthy of a visit—the highly acclaimed menu of Asian fusion dishes serves to amplify the experience. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-8800
A pioneering eatery in a once blighted neighborhood, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is celebrating its six-year anniversary this season. It's been around through the rise of the Wynwood Arts District as a haven for arts and culture, and continues to remain a favorite spot today. Though the Pan-Latin tapas and cocktails are killer, the prominent display of artwork truly takes the spotlight. In fact, the bar area was completely collaged by celebrated graffiti artist Shepard Fairey in his trademark palette of red, black, and gold. But the art doesn’t end there; Fairey’s vibrant works extend to the back patio, where guests can peep his expansive Wynwood Walls installation. 2550 NW Second Ave., Miami, 305-722-8959
With eight highly regarded locales in Brazil, restaurateur Isaac Azar recently chose to expand his reach to the 305 with authentic Parisian cuisine, totally decadent décor, and of course, elaborate artwork. Inspired by Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, the restaurant is outfitted with 18 portraits commissioned by heralded Brazilian artist Flavio Rossi. For the Miami Beach location, Rossi envisioned cultural icons, artists, and literary figures including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, of course, Allen himself. 2200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-363-6806
Set alongside the Miami River, this upmarket eatery and entertainment oasis boasts innovative eats, stunning vistas, and a majestic collection of artwork. As River Yacht Club’s repertoire of featured artists is wide ranging and spread throughout the property, it’s the perfect locale for taking a break from the buzz of the heavily attended art fairs. Not to mention, several of the current installations are available for private acquisition, including works by Spanish sculptor Manuel Martí Moreno, welder Patrice Racois, and Venezuelan artist Keyser Siso, whose playful Nautical Series is pictured here. 401 SW Third Ave., Miami, 305-200-5716
The upscale eatery and entertainment gurus at ONE Group recently launched STK Miami nestled in Downtown Miami’s ME Miami hotel. It's conjectured to be a hot destination for Art Basel enthusiasts, as its architecturally driven space features artwork that's both reflective of the brand's signature style and the Magic City’s vibrancy. New York-based art and tech company Indiewalls curated the high-impact collection of works, which highlights pieces from international and local artists—a specific focus on connecting the locale to the neighboring Wynwood Arts District. 1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-722-7888
Set within the super swanky EAST, Miami hotel amidst the spectacularly designed Brickell City Centre, it's no surprise that Quinto La Huella is as sleek as its surroundings. The urban offshoot of famed Uruguayan eatery Parador La Huella, the resto is decorated with a vibrant selection of paintings and photographs that echo Miami's essence as a port town. Southern California-based design agency Studio Collective curated the collection, incorporating several hand-drawn illustrations from Uruguayan born artist Sergio Pittaluga. 788 Brickell Plz., Miami, 786-805-4646