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Every new year brings new surprises, and we’ve rounded up ten that foodies will love. From an intimate soon-to-launch omakase counter in Wynwood to a tiny Greek taverna in Coconut Grove, these new Miami restaurants prove the city’s dining scene is on the up and up. 

Osaka Nikkei

Osaka Food Omakase Platter
Osaka Food Omakase Platter

With successful restaurants across South America, Osaka Nikkei made its U.S. debut on the first floor of Brickell House last month. Helmed by owners Diego de la Puente and Diego Herrera, the concept began in Peru as a weekly pop-up and has since spread to cities including Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Quito, and Bogota. The menu at the new Brickell restaurant will include location-exclusive dishes, plus some of Osaka’s signature creations — not to mention a world-class mixology program. 

Osaka Nikkei Miami is located at 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami

Thatch Miami

Thatch Miami

This newcomer to the Midtown Miami scene specializes in 100% plant-based dishes made with organic ingredients. You’ll find all kinds of good-for-you (and delicious) dishes here, like shareable Foccacia, Hummus with Za’atar, and Thatch Mac and Cheese, plus entrees that range from artisan pizzas and salads to heartier fare — the Coconut Thom Kha “ramen” is a fave. If you’re into wine, Thatch offers a great list of natural whites, reds, roses and skin contact vintages. 

Thatch Miami is located at 3255 NE 1st Avenue, Miami

Nativo Kitchen & Bar

Nativo Kitchen & Bar

This new dining room on the 25th floor of Conrad Miami also debuted in December and has been making waves ever since. Executive Chef Pablo Lamon (you might recognize him from Bravo’s Top Chef season 16) spotlights Miami-inspired cuisine here, elevating breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a Latin American twist. Happy hour takes place daily at the restaurant’s gorgeous new lounge, inviting guests to pair delicious drinks with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. 

Nativo Kitchen & Bar is located at 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami

INTI.MO by Juan Chipoco

Achupao de Langosta
Achupao de Langosta

Celebrated Peruvian chef (and owner of CVI.CHE 105 and Pollos y Jarras) Juan Chipoco recently debuted his latest concept, INTI.MO, in South Beach. Feeding the city’s love for Peruvian Nikkei cuisine, the new restaurant focuses on fresh, flavorful fare that leaves guests “feeling light but satisfied.” The dining experience always starts with a complimentary cup of fish broth to cleanse the palate, and special consideration is given to preparing the perfect wine and cocktail pairings to go with each dish.  

INTI.MO is located at 840 1st Street, Miami Beach

Little Hen

Offering guests a taste of England right here in Midtown, the recently opened Little Hen blends European-inspired design with updated classic breakfast and lunch dishes by Executive Chef Rafael Velazquez. There’s a stellar cocktail program, too, for those who like their brunch boozy — plus artisanal coffee, fresh-pressed juice, and a great selection of wines.

Little Hen is located at 3451 NE 1st Avenue, Miami


Gregory and Marine Galy will open MILA on Lincoln Road on January 24. Encompassing 5,000 square feet of breathtaking rooftop space, the new spot will serve “MediterrAsian” cuisine by Executive Chef Nicolas Mazier. MILA will also feature an extensive spirits program by acclaimed mixologist Jennifer Le Nechet and Mido Yahi, served across two bars.

MILA will be located at 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 


Fans of this downtown Miami gem will be thrilled to know managing partner Alex Karavias and Executive Chef Giannis Kotsos have brought their standout Greek concept to the heart of Coconut Grove. Done up in a clean, summery palette of bright white and cool Aegean blue, the new location also offers outdoor terrace seating that’s perfect for enjoying a chilled glass of Assyrtiko

Meraki Coconut Grove is located at 142 SE 1st Avenue, Miami

Bulla Gastrobar 

Sangria of Bulla Gastrobar

Miami mainstay Bulla Gastrobar will bring its beloved Spanish tapas and dishes to The Falls in late February or early March of 2020. The new restaurant will be the brand’s third location in South Florida after successful openings in Coral Gables and Doral. 

The new Bulla Gastrobar will be located at 8888 SW 136th St, Miami

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

On January 27, the award-winning Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open a new location at Dania Pointe in Dania Beach, marking its 11th outpost in Florida and its 4th in Broward County. Guests can look forward to a menu of modern-American fare with globally-inspired flavors, plus options for the perfect wine pairing.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is located at 1822 Pointe Blvd, Dania Beach


The interior design of Hiyakawa
The interior design of Hiyakawa

Say “Konnichiwa” to Miami’s newest go-to for authentic Japanese food — Hiyakawa, opening in Wynwood this month. The brainchild of Wabi Sabi’s Chef Shuji Hiyakawa and restaurateur/art dealer Alvaro Perez Miranda (who launched the Vagabond Restaurant & Bar), this new Wynwood hideaway will serve guests in an intimate 28-seat setting. Foodies can also get excited about a $100-per-person omakase menu — one of the best omakase deals in the city. 

Hiyakawa will be located at 2700 North Miami Avenue, Miami

Pink Taco

Succulent Lobster Enchiladas

All the way from Los Angeles, Mexican eatery Pink Taco has landed in South Beach. Blending made-from-scratch Mexican fare with a fun, lively atmosphere, this highly anticipated taco shop will open the doors to the public January 14 on Ocean Drive. Menu items we’re extra excited about including the namesake Pink Taco, stuffed with achiote chicken, avocado, arbol salsa, and more, Succulent Lobster Enchiladas, and a slew of creative Margaritas that range from prickly pear to avocado chile.  

Pink Taco will be located at 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

By Amanda Mesa, a contributing writer

Central Fare at Virgin MiamiCentral {600 Northwest 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami; 305.521.4837}

Flat Lay, Central Fare

The most central and connected food hub in Miami just debuted in the heart of Downtown: Central Fare at Virgin MiamiCentral brings together a variety of delicious eateries within steps from Brightline, soon-to-be Virgin Trains USA, the metro mover, Metrorail, and future Tri-Rail.

Central Fare offers exactly what you’re craving, whenever you crave it. This diverse food hall brings together known Miami favorites and new concepts under one roof, including World Famous House of Mac; CAO Bakery & Cafe; PF by Delicatessen Patagonia; Rosetta Bakery; Bucks Crepes; and, anchor restaurant, La Estación American Brasserie by Juvia Group. Not to mention the amazing eateries coming soon: Art de Vivre, Kuenko, 800° Woodfired Kitchen, and more. No matter where you’re going, Central Fare is always the perfect stop.


The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Debuts Feugo Y Mar {1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 786.276.4000}

The much-anticipated reopening of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is finally here—and it brings an exciting new dining option: Fuego Y Mar. Having a name that translates to “fire and sea,” this concept taps into Miami’s dynamic reputation as a cultural melting pot. The stars of the show? The best meat and seafood torched to perfection, and core flavors and dishes from places like Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and Colombia. The genius behind this concept is none other than French-born Executive Chef Anthony Le Pape, who worked in some of the top kitchens in Europe, on Disney Cruise Lines, throughout the Las Vegas hotel scene, and at Marriotts all over the world before helming the kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

At Fuego Y Mar, Chef Le Pape shocks diners with innovative twists on breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites. And no matter what they order, guests can expect a distinctly Latin-Miami flair. Think: the Guava Waffles Pastelito with whipped cream cheese, Lobster Guacamole with queso fresco, Sugarcane-Guava-Glazed Heritage Pork Belly with a tangerine habañero mojo, and even a Mojito Cuban Flan served with Bacardi rum cake and caramelized plantain wafers. Pair the exceptional food with the hotel’s pool and Atlantic Ocean views (seen directly from your seat at Fuego Y Mar), and needless to say—your night will be pretty, well, fuego.


Lido Bayside Grill does Izakaya {40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.245.0880}

The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is sacred ground. It has the best happy hour, there’s a co-ed spa with a Turkish-style hammam, and it has a Belle Isle location that makes it feel decidedly remote—making it a top spot to hob-nob with Miami’s trendsetters. Enjoy a relaxing day on Biscayne Bay, or simply drink frosé by a bayfront pool, unbothered, all year long. If that’s not enough to draw you in, go for the food. Just in time for fall, The Standard has unveiled an exciting new restaurant concept centered around the Japanese tradition of the izakaya.

Following the success of a series of culinary pop-ups, like The Standard’s popular ramen pop-up this past spring, the resort’s signature restaurant, Lido Bayside Grill, has been reimagined as a limited-run izakaya residency that will stay open through the end of 2019. Often compared to a Japanese tavern, izakaya represents a style of dining where friends and family gather together, share drinks, and enjoy a smorgasbord of umami-packed Japanese bites or tapas served family-style. The operation is led by Executive Chef Daniel Herget, who has overseen the Lido Bayside kitchen since 2018 and who is no stranger to Japanese cuisine. In fact, before coming to Miami, Herget opened Nashville’s critically-acclaimed Otaku Ramen, and after that, Little Octopus; the latter of which fused Japanese, Caribbean, and Latin American flavors.

Inspired by The Standard’s spa-like ethos and idyllic waterside views, the izakaya menu is packed with locally-sourced, seasonal fish and ingredients, including an extensive raw bar and seafood-centric dishes that are chilled, fried, steamed, grilled, and more. And while this pop-up might be new and different for the immediate area, The Standard still wants guests to come to the restaurant and do what they’ve been doing there for years: eat good food, drink good drinks, watch beautiful sunsets, and live their best lives with their favorite people.


By Jennifer Agress, a contributing writer