Whether you are visiting or simply returning home, we feel hungry every time we land; maybe being in the air for hours wakes our appetite. Miami, a renowned culinary destination, is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings as soon as you get off the plane. With a variety of iconic spots, below find some of the Magic City's best restaurants to relax, eat delicious food and remember why Miami is so unique as soon as you get off the plane.
3900 NE 2nd Ave / Website
COTE, the Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-nominated Korean steakhouse, has become a staple in Miami. This 5,892-square-foot restaurant is modeled after its flagship location in New York City; it's known for combining the fun and fire of Korean barbeque with the hallmarks of a classic, regal American steakhouse. The result is a one-of-a-kind and friendly environment that infuses a fine dining experience with world-class ingredients and service, complemented by a show-stopping beverage program. COTE's signature menu items include 45-day, USDA prime dry-aged beef; nutrient and probiotic-rich side dishes; a Butcher's Feast® featuring the chef's favorite four selected cuts of meat served with an assortment of Korean accompaniments; and an elevated Steak Omakase experience, all under the direction of executive chef David Shim. With smokeless state-of-the-art tabletop grills at each table, the elegant 100+ seat dining room is designed to create an intimate, interactive experience for guests. The restaurant is only a short 15-minute drive from the Airport, making it a great location to visit as soon as you land in Miami. If you come with friends, you will have a one-of-a-kind experience, and then you can explore the Miami Design District.
971 SW 8th St. / Website
As soon as you land in Miami, whether you are a visiting or a returning local, you have to indulge in the city's multicultural experiences as soon as you get off the plane. Cafe La Trova is one of Miami's most celebrated restaurants and bars, located in the heart of Calle Ocho and offering an authentic Cuban experience. This staple was recently named the #6 Bar in North America's 50 Best Bars list, the #1 Bar in the South, and the #28 Bar in the World, making it the perfect stop for an unforgettable moment.
7127 NW 2nd Ave / Website
Visitors looking to explore Miami's culinary scene should stop by Rosie's: The Backyard, Little River's elevated brunch destination. This Southern-style cuisine restaurant has a few fan favorites that out-of-towners should try, such as the Wild Mushroom Polenta, which is cooked with charred kale, a poached egg, herb gremolata, and parmesan on top. A must-order item is the Chicken & Biscuits, which features crispy and moist fried chicken cooked in Calabrian chili oil and flaky biscuits hot off the press served with bread & butter pickles. Rosie's is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays. So it is recommended that you book your flight accordingly to experience this great spot.
1350 S Dixie Highway / Website
Chef Niven Patel, nominated for a James Beard Award and named Food & Wine's Best New Chef of 2020, is behind the island-themed restaurant Mamey. Mamey, a restaurant within the THesis Hotel, draws its inspiration from the travels of Chef Patel around Asia, French Polynesia, and the Caribbean. The restaurant, named after the tropical fruit, includes locally grown produce, the majority of which is supplied from Chef Niven's own farm, Rancho Patel, located in Homestead, Florida. This is consistent with all of Chef Niven's undertakings, including Mamey. The restaurant features a variety of unusual flavors and spices that may be found around the islands. The seasonal choices at Mamey are supplemented by exciting and original cocktails that will take you away to a faraway tropical location. A laid-back yet energizing ambiance is created with artwork inspired by the tropics, draping foliage, rich textures, and warm woods. This setting is ideal for socializing with loved ones over a delectable meal.
151 NE 41st St. / Website
The Bastion Collection's L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the only restaurant in Florida recently awarded two Michelin stars, offers the ultimate culinary and mixology experience. The restaurant was named after the late Chef Robuchon, who was named "Chef of the Century" by the Gault Millau guide in 1989 and held the most Michelin stars of any restauranteur. His legacy lives on through his L'Atelier restaurant chain, which includes this Miami location, where his protégés Executive Chef James Friedberg and Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone carry on his culinary philosophy. The modern French menu features Robuchon's iconic signature dishes and new, seasonal creations made with ingredients sourced from top local and regional purveyors. This iconic restaurant is only a short drive from Miami's airport, so if you like bold experiences, you must visit as soon as you get off the plane.
601 Washington Ave / Website
Strawberry Moon, which serves as the hub of The Goodtime Hotel and provides a lively gathering space for all visitors, is the hotel's most prominent feature. Diners can choose from a selection of traditional dishes from the Mediterranean region that have been given a modern twist to make them more exciting and savory. In addition, guests can choose from a selection of country club favorites that are certain to satiate any desire. The indoor-outdoor setting will instantly boost one's mood and make them feel as though they are having a carefree good time. It is perfect for relaxing and enjoying delicious food and fun photo ops for your feed after being in the air.
9420 NW 41st St. / Website
Description: Over sixteen vendors, led by some of South Florida's most acclaimed chefs, can be found at Doral's newest destination for food, beverages, and events. This spot, not far from the airport, was established by the prestigious real estate developer Shoma Group. The food and beverage destination features a wide variety of dining alternatives from around the world, including American, Italian, and Asian cuisine. In addition, Shoma Bazaar is home to a cocktail bar that features an extensive drink menu, nightly happy hours, and weekly live music events. A great location to relax after you land in Miami and socialize.
Photography by: Courtesy The Bastion Collection, Shoma Bazaar, Alice Gao, Kris_Tamburello, Rosie’s: The Backyard, 52 Chefs, Gary He