We’re not short on celebrities here in the city, especially ones moonlighting as restauranteurs. From a reggaetonero’s bakery to a fast-casual franchise by a beloved rapper, here are the spots you’ve probably been frequenting that are owned by high profile stars you know and love.
1. La Industria Bakery & Cafe, Downtown
If you haven’t already, you might want to write this one down on your brunch must-try list! Nicky Jam’s breakfast spot in Bayside Marketplace specializes in over-the-top pancakes and waffles that literally look too incredible to miss out on. On the menu, you’ll find mouthwatering options like the reggaeton superstar’s favorite pancakes stacked high with dulce de leche and bananas, as well as many Venezuelan and Puerto Rican options to satisfy every craving.
Find La Industria Bakery & Cafe at 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
2. Strawberry Moon, Miami Beach
Everyone loves Miami’s iconic Art Deco designs, especially when it comes in the shape of a dreamy pink restaurant like Pharrell Williams and David Grutman’s Strawberry Moon. Part of the pair’s Goodtime Hotel, the contemporary restaurant features gorgeous pinks, lagoon blues, and palm greens that give off all the “Happy” and tropical vibes. It offers casual Mediterranean fare and specialty cocktails that you can enjoy inside the restaurant, covered dining terrace, or the expansive outdoor deck.
Find Strawberry Moon at 601 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
3. Swan, Miami Design District
Lined in pastel pinks and paintings complementing the space, this sophisticated gem is also owned by partners Pharrell Williams and David Grutman. Enjoy the best of Miami’s Design District with flavors that offer something for everyone — like rustic cuisine and dynamic communal plates — either inside or in their breezy garden covered in bushes and lush trees.
Find Swan Bar & Bevy at 90 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137
4. Okami, Miami Design District
The alluring Nikkei-themed restaurant is a collaboration between Cuban-American actor William Levy and Pedro Orihuela. The name comes from the Japanese word for “wolf” and, like a wolf’s den, is finished in eye-catching sleek natural stone, granite and crystal. On its menu are Nikkei classics like nigiri sushi using the freshest Peruvian ingredients full of umami ﬂavors; traditional Omakase platters; Izakaya sharing style plates; as well as other Peruvian signature dishes including fresh vegetables, seafood, and ﬁsh.
Find Okami at 156 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137
5. Estefan Kitchen Express, multiple locations
Owned by Miami’s royal family, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, you can order everything from croquetas and pan con lechon to a hot Cuban and ice cream here. The kitchen has two Miami locations — one at the Cardozo Hotel right on Ocean Drive and another at Miami International Airport. Grab a seat and sip on one of their delicious cafecitos made with their own Estefan Kitchen coffee! The power couple once opened Larios on the Beach and Bongo’s Cuban Cafe, but those spots have since closed.
Find Estefan Kitchen Express at Miami International Airport Gate D27 on 2100 NW 42nd Avenue, and the Cardozo South Beach on 1300 Ocean Drive
6. Gekkō, Brickell
Translating to “moonlight” in Japanese, this elegant Japanese-inspired steakhouse was brought to the 305 by Bad Bunny and David Grutman and made its celeb-filled debut this year. The venue is centered around sultry jewel-toned decor with a custom gold and red dip-dyed rope installation and velvet drapery. Serving fancy cuts of Wagyu beef, sushi and other mouthwatering chophouse staples, Gekkō also has a lounge that very well may play the sounds of Bad Bunny throughout the night.
Find Gekkō at 8 SE 8th St, Miami, FL 33131
7. Nobu, Miami Beach
Located right by the ocean, Nobu is a partnership among renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, and Hollywood producer Meir Teper. The luxurious restaurant and hotel brand as a whole has become a global success, with operations spanning five continents, thanks to its fusion cuisine that blends South American ingredients with traditional Japanese recipes. Its Miami outpost takes over the former Eden Roc Hotel.
Find Nobu Miami at 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
8. Miami Grill, multiple locations
Formerly known as Miami Subs, Miami Grill is an iconic fast-casual restaurant known for its legendary cheesesteaks, wings, gyros and burgers all throughout South Florida. However, one thing you may not know about the restaurant is that Armando “Pitbull” Pérez (yes, our beloved Mr. 305) purchased a significant equity stake in 2012 and held a seat on the board of directors. The rapper and singer also opened a South Beach restaurant in 2019, iLov305, but it has since closed.
Find the Miami Grill closest to you by visiting their website here.
9. True Food Kitchen, Kendall
Healthy eats doesn’t mean you sacrifice any of the flavor! At The Falls’ True Food Kitchen, backed by Oprah Winfrey (who is also an investor) and co-founded by integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, the menu focuses on foods that help maintain optimal health while aiming to prevent chronic inflammation. Think a crave-able organic tuscan kale salad, spaghetti squash casserole, a bowl of ancient grains, grass-fed burger, and edamame dumplings.
Find True Food Kitchen at 8888 SW 136th St, Miami, FL 33176
10. Another Wing, Wynwood
More of a ghost kitchen than a restaurant, these delivery-only wings by DJ Khaled in collaboration with REEF serves saucy, crispy wings in eight fire flavors. Try the best lemon pepper wings the city has to offer straight to your door.
Find Another Wing at thedeck at 2250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127