We saw quite a number of exciting new spots pop up in 2022, and Miami’s culinary scene has shown no signs of slowing down this year. While it can seem like there’s a new restaurant or bar opening up every passing minute, making it difficult to keep up, we’re here to highlight which ones are a must-visit! From new additions to expansions and revamps, here’s the lowdown on Miami’s newest openings.
1. Julia & Henry’s, Downtown Miami
There’s a reason Julia & Henry’s — named after Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler — is all over our social media feeds right now. Taking over the former Walgreens building with 26 food and drink vendors, it has made its debut as the new go-to foodie heaven in the city. A giant wine tower rises through the food hall, which also features a books and records store, stage for live performances, children’s play area, recording studio, rehearsal rooms and more.
📍 200 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131
JOEY Aventura is the first Florida location of the Canadian restaurant brand and the area’s newest hotspot, thanks to its vibrant atmosphere and sprawling, two-story space. There’s 241 seats in the dining room and 92 seats on an outdoor patio, and elements of natural wood, stone and lush greenery can be found throughout. From the globally-inspired menu, try out Asian-fusion bites like fire-torched salmon sushi, Italian inspiration with creamy truffle ravioli or New American favorites like prime steak paired with crab cake or lobster. You can even watch the chefs artfully prepare their dishes from the open kitchen!
📍 Esplanade at Aventura, 19505 Biscayne Blvd Suite 1150, Miami, FL 33180
3. Vela Sky, Downtown Miami
This new rooftop (Miami can’t seem to get enough of them) is the ultimate oasis to escape and drink some delicious cocktails while you’re at it. Perched 12 stories above the city on YOTEL Miami, soak in the breeze while enjoying tapas-style bites and upbeat music as the sun goes down. Sip on a Miami Mimosa (prosecco and orange juice with a dash of Cointreau) or Beach Bellini (peach nectar, peach schnapps and prosecco) while sharing some ahi tuna, fried yuca wedges and citrus salad.
📍 227 NE 2nd St, Miami, FL 33132
4. Regatta Grove, Coconut Grove
This buzzing Coconut Grove newcomer boasts delectable creations from renowned chefs and waterfront views that are hard to beat. The lineup includes concepts by Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-nominated chefs including Jeremy Ford, Jose Mendin, Janine Booth, Kenny Gilbert and Jeff McInnis. Brought to the city by the minds behind The Wharf and Carousel Club, the one-acre outpost has a total capacity of nearly 1,000 people and can be accessed by land or boat!
📍 3415 Pan American Dr, Miami, FL 33133
5. Shōjō’s Dojo, Westchester
Miami finally has its first sake brewery and it resides in the space that used to house Ceiba! Owned by Miami natives-husband and wife team, Haidar and Mar, Shōjō’s Dojo is the perfect place for gathering and learning about what’s in your glass. As soon as you walk in, you’re transported to a Tokyo alleyway, with neon signs and art lighting the way. Accompanying the Japanese aesthetics is a blend of Lebanese and Nicaraguan items, which reflect the owners’ nationalities. You’ll find their popular Sake Slushees, sake bombs, cocktails, craft beer on tap and packaged, and a whole lot more.
📍 4233 SW 75th Ave, Miami, FL 33155
6. Tanuki River Landing
Sipping on Japanese whiskey while enjoying a maki roll made with crispy chicken and watermelon is even more enjoyable when done al fresco by the Miami River. At Tanuki’s second (and newest) location in River Landing, you’ll enjoy some of the best sushi, dim sum and noodles paired with an exclusive list of sake and wine, as well as innovative Asian-inspired cocktails.
📍 13601 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175
7. Pastis, Wynwood
New York’s extremely popular Pastis brasserie has touched down in South Florida, with a focus on classic Parisian fare. The new location captures the essence that the original spot is famed for, with its signature subway tiles and red banquettes, but also with elements exclusive to Miami, like its lush courtyard for al fresco dining year-round. The menu features signatures like French onion soup, escargots, a selection of steak frites; moules frites and the perfect cheeseburger à l’Américain.
📍 380 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
8. Social 27 Supper Club, Little Havana
From the team behind Doce Provisions, Justin Sherrer and Lisetty Llampalla, comes their new venture, Social 27. Nestled in the heart of Little Havana, this lush and tropical Cuban gem fuses classic flavors with a contemporary twist — think dishes like Pork Belly “Chicharron” and Chorizo Croquetas. The cocktails are just as enticing, with Mojito Cubano, Piña Colada Classico, Cuba Libre, Old Cuban, Papa Doble and Canchanchara, among others.
📍 2555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
9. Cafe Bastille, Downtown Miami
Say hello to downtown Miami’s newest French bistro! Bringing Parisian flair to the city, you can pull up a chair outdoors or head inside the adorable café for deliciously baked goods, coffee and fresh juice. They serve everyday brunch, lunch and dinner so you can never go wrong. But don’t just take our word for it, see what all the hype is about for yourself!
📍 248 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131
10. Okeydokey, Brickell
No matter what time of day you’re craving something to eat, this chef-driven food hall is your answer. Enjoy an early cup of Joe at Coffee Break, Italian fare at Dal Plin or poke at Yoso Ramen, bottomless brunch on weekends, and specialty cocktails at one of its many bars as the sun sets. Spanning across three floors, Okeydokey houses six of Miami’s top restaurant groups, world-class mixology, a blend of DJs and live entertainment.
📍 268 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130
11. Tacombi, Wynwood
This popular taqueria is known for its flavorful tacos, playful beverages and warm Mexican hospitality, and now they’ve open a brand new spot in Wynwood! Accessible through a secret entrance on 26th street (and we know a thing or two about secrets), the new location is decked out in white subway tiles with pops of bright tropical colors and feature indoor and outdoor seating. Have a taste of their most popular dishes like Corn Esquites, Carnitas Tacos, Pollo Yucateco, Gringa Quesadillas and more.
📍 275 NW 26th StMiami, FL 33127
12. Lira Beirut Eatery, Wynwood
Authentic Middle Eastern fare is being dished out at Wynwood’s newest eatery, Lira Beirut. With art-adorned walls from Lebanese artists and an exterior made of stone typical of Lebanese homes, it aims to transport diners to the country and its vibrant culture. Meals are meant to be shared, with cold and hot mezzes to grilled and sides to choose from.
📍 2000 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
13. Shingo, Coral Gables
Miami’s omakase scene is nowhere close to dying down, with the arrival of former Hiden executive chef Shingo Akikuni’s namesake restaurant. Located at the historic La Palma building, it offers an 18-course omakase experience made up of traditional Japanese nigiri, seasonal sashimi and Yakimono dishes for 14. Upon entering, visitors will be struck by its traditional design elements and vintage materials like Hinoki and Sugi woods on the counter, ceiling and grand entrance, which doubles as an art gallery.
📍 112 Alhambra Cir, Coral Gables, FL 33134
14. Biscayne Bay Brewing, Downtown Miami
Biscayne Bay Brewing has set up shop inside the historic Old Post Office Building, becoming the neighborhood’s first brewery and taproom, and it’s the perfect stop for any beer enthusiast! Visitors can expect a wide selection of beers (12 on tap), bites to complement the brews, TVs screening sports, live music, foosball and a pool table.
📍 100 NE 1st Ave Third Floor, Miami, FL 33132
15. The Henry, Brickell
The Henry, a much-anticipated restaurant and bar created by 11-time James Beard-nominated restauranteur Sam Fox, has opened its fifth location on Brickell City Centre’s first floor. The neighborhood-friendly spot offers new American cuisine and a daily breakfast that’ll please just about everyone. Popular dishes include Short-Rib Potstickers, Scottish Salmon and Korean Prime Skirt Steak. For brunch, have a taste of the Smashed Avocado Toast or Rancheros Breakfast Bowl alongside a Hanks Espresso Martini.
📍 701 S Miami Ave Ste 131-B, Miami, FL 33131
16. ADRIFT Mare, Brickell
Situated on the 25th floor of the Hotel AKA Brickell, ADRIFT Mare takes its inspiration from “Gypsy Chef” David Myers’ worldly travels. You’ll get the feeling that you’re traveling too, as the restaurant transports guests to summers by the Mediterranean Sea with its ingredients and design features. You’ll get striking views of the city skyline and Biscayne Bay thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as an abundance of natural light that adds to the ambiance.
📍 1395 Brickell Ave 25th floor, Miami, FL 33131
17. Branja, Upper Buena Vista
At Branja, you’ll feel like you’re dining in an idyllic 1970s-style Tel Avivian atmosphere while chomping down on sweet and savory dishes that pull inspiration from around the globe. The menu incorporates the signature spices and flavors of generational Israeli recipes, with highlights such as shakshuka, polenta challah pudding and egg salad bruschetta.
📍 5010 NE 2nd Ave Unit 201, Miami, FL 33137
18. Amelia’s 1931, Kendall
Formerly a small Cuban diner with a handful of seats and comfy eat-in counter, Amelia’s 1931 has been an outstanding Cuban staple in the city. After recently undergoing renovations, the restaurant now offers an elegant look, expanded space, new menu melding Cuban and Asian influences and a full bar. The new dining room’s windows remain dressed as if what awaits inside is a vintage dry cleaner, complete with a large washing machine and a wall of clothes which serves as a speakeasy-style “curtain” through which diners enter the dining room.
📍 13601 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175
19. Salt & Straw, Miami Beach
A new ice cream shop has rolled into town and it’s one we all know and love. Salt & Straw, the popular West Coast shop known for its wild flavors and bold recipes, has opened a new location in Lincoln Road! Choose super creamy scoops in flavors like Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, Spiced Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pie and Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
📍 749 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
20. Rum Room, Miami Beach
Set in the historic 1916-built Miami Beach Clubhouse, Rum Room offers a unique blend of tropical 1920s Florida and an old world-feel. The restaurant has a beautiful speakeasy-like interior and canal-side terrace, and is serving scrumptious dishes led by the talented Chef Samantha Cruz. Plus, there’s a daily 5 to 7 p.m. happy hour that serves $12 cocktails and $3.50 beers!
📍 2100 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
21. Tablé by Bachour, Miami Design District
Stop by the sophisticated new restaurant from Antonio Bachour, known for his gorgeous (and tasty) pastries. With a menu rooted in French cuisine and ambiance that evokes the spirit of a Parisian brasserie with a Miami twist, Tablé is already proving to be a neighborhood hit with brewed-to-order coffee and perfectly cooked ora king salmon, to top off with signature desserts like vanilla bean crème and camembert cheesecake.
📍 180 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
22. Ostrow Brasserie, Buena Vista
Transport your taste buds to Paris at this French Kosher brasserie, helmed by renowned Chef Olivia Ostrow. It features traditional French dishes that will appeal to anyone (regardless if they keep kosher or not), a sophisticated design, open kitchen and a tropical oasis back patio. Standouts include the Lyonnaise Salad (with poached egg, frisée, beef “bacon,” croutons and tarragon vinaigrette), Trout Amandine (with almonds and string beans) and Orange Duck Confit (served with Braised caramelized endive and fries).
📍 4850 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
23. Whiskylucan, Little Havana
Mexico’s popular restaurant and bar, Whiskylucan, has traveled all the way to Calle Ocho to bring its dishes and a lively atmosphere to the neighborhood. Tacos, tostadas, flautas, tortas and sopes are what you’ll find here and there’s an extensive selection of mezcals and tequilas to enjoy. If you want to get the party going, a speakeasy named Shotimilco can be found right across the hall!
📍 1225 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
24. Chimba, Midtown
With over 10 restaurants in Argentina and most recently Tulum, Argentinian-based restaurant group Grupo Alfoz is expanding their reign in Miami with Chimba. Serving dishes designed for any time of day, the 160-seat eatery takes guests through a culinary journey with Latin influences ranging from Argentina, Mexico and Peru.
📍 2830 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
25. Vale Food Co, Boca Raton
Florida-grown healthy restaurant Vale Food Co has opened its eighth location in Boca Raton! Named after an old English word that means “to live an earthly life”, the spot is dedicated to offering healthy, high-quality protein, açai and poke bowls accompanied by a full beverage and bakery selection. At the new 3,000-square-foot location, guests are greeted with a fresh design and modern-day evolution of the restaurant with earthy tones, chic decor and furniture and vivid artwork throughout the space. If you don’t want to stray too far, you can always visit their Brickell location instead.
📍 5250 Town Center Circle #131 Boca Raton, FL 33486