DOWN­TOWN/ BRICK­ELL/ CO­CONUT GROVE/ CO­RAL GABLES

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The Epic Ho­tel’s 16th-floor eatery boasts ex­quis­ite seafood pre­pared by culi­nary mas­ter­mind Wolf­gang Brik and a not-to-be-missed happy hour, all paired with panoramic (and ar­guably un­beat­able) views of the bay. 270 S. Bis­cayne Blvd. Way, Mi­ami, 305-424-5234

ATRIO RESTAU­RANT AND WINE ROOM

Ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand what it means to be wined and dined at the Con­rad’s restau­rant and lounge, which of­fers an in­no­va­tive in­ter­na­tional menu and a su­perb se­lec­tion of more than 200 vin­tage wines. 1395 Brick­ell Ave., Mi­ami, 305-503-6529

AZUL

This in­ti­mate Forbes Five Star restau­rant in the Man­darin Ori­en­tal fea­tures mod­ern Amer­i­can dishes in­fused with Asian in­flu­ences. 500 Brick­ell Key Dr., Mi­ami, 305-913-8358

GAR­CIA’S SEAFOOD GRILLE & FISH MAR­KET

Open for nearly half a cen­tury, this river­side restau­rant serves some of the fresh­est catch in the Magic City. Have a se­ri­ous sweet tooth? The clas­sic Cuban desserts with a twist, like the guava mango cheese­cake, will sat­isfy that. 398 NW North River Dr., Mi­ami, 305-375-0765

KO­MODO

Stop by nightlife king David Grut­man’s three-story Brick­ell din­ing des­ti­na­tion and lounge for de­lec­ta­ble South­east Asian-in­spired fare with a side of A-list celeb sight­ings. 801 Brick­ell Ave., Mi­ami, 305-534-2211

LILT LOUNGE

Pop in for a pre- (or post-) din­ner cock­tail at the Epic Ho­tel’s exclusive bar and lounge, where you can sip spe­cialty li­ba­tions, nosh on $1 oys­ters, and dance to live mu­sic every Tues­day through Satur­day from 6 to 8 PM. 270 Bis­cayne Blvd. Way, Mi­ami, 305-351-7403

QUINTO LA HUELLA

Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Nano Cre­spo’s Uruguayan sen­sa­tion—the East, Mi­ami out­post of one of the best restau­rants in Latin Amer­ica—com­bines its wood grill and its eclec­tic meat-cen­tric menu with views of Brick­ell City Cen­tre. Ask about the sushi. 788 Brick­ell Plz., Mi­ami, 786-805-4646

ROOFTOP AT E11EVEN

Take a breather from the 24/7 show club E11EVEN with a quick elevator ride to the roof, where hand­crafted cock­tails, sa­vory small plates, and a DJ await. When you’re ready to re­sume par­ty­ing, down­stairs beck­ons. 15 NE 11th St., Mi­ami, 305-358-9848

SEASPICE

This celebrity-ap­proved seafood brasserie and lounge on the Mi­ami River of­fers epic bot­tle brunches and a dock for those ar­riv­ing by yacht. 422 NW North River Dr., Mi­ami, 305-440-4200

WOLF­GANG’S STEAK­HOUSE

Meat lovers, re­joice! Wolf­gang Zweiner’s famed steak­house is now a 305 sta­ple, with its beloved 28-day dry-aged steak and other fan fa­vorites, like a mem­o­rable Cae­sar salad, lamb and veal chop Mi­lanese, and the same Junior’s cheese­cake that peo­ple pay to have shipped from New York. 315 S. Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami, 305-487-7130

ARIETE

Michael Schwartz and Norman Van Aken pro­tégé Michael Bel­tran’s first solo en­deavor (in part­ner­ship with Side­bar owner Ja­son Odio) is a de­lec­ta­ble bal­ance of el­e­vated New Amer­i­can cui­sine in a ca­sual en­vi­ron­ment thump­ing with Big­gie. The sea­sonal pies, cook­ies, and desserts are the hand­i­work of Hedy Gold­smith’s pupil Dal­las Wynn. 3540 Main Hwy., Co­conut Grove, 305-640-5862

CAFFE ABBRACCI

This is the type of white table­cloth, ruby light­ing, Vene­tian glass art, and dome ceilinged Ital­ian joint that a good­fella (and good Ital­ian) like Tony So­prano would be a reg­u­lar at, which is prob­a­bly why—aside from the al dente pasta and so­cialite clien­tele—it’s been an un­der-the-radar hot spot for al­most three decades. 318 Aragon Ave., Co­ral Gables, 305-441-0700

COP­PER 29 BAR

Co­ral Gables’ first le­git cock­tail bar is shak­ing and stir­ring up cre­ative con­coc­tions with in­gre­di­ents such as chia seed-in­fused vodka, av­o­cado honey syrup, and Caber­net air foam. Bot­toms up. 206 Mir­a­cle Mile, Co­ral Gables, 786-580-4689

GE­ORGE’S IN THE GROVE

Nes­tled among the cozy, tree-lined streets of the Grove, Ge­orge’s serves up tra­di­tional French fa­vorites, in­clud­ing its famed lamb shank, braised to per­fec­tion for more than three hours. 3145 Com­modore Plz., Co­conut Grove, 305-444-7878

GLASS AND VINE

Chopped win­ner and culi­nary mas­ter­mind Gior­gio Rapi­cavoli is at it again, only this time he’s dish­ing out Florida strac­ciatella, charred cau­li­flower, and Florida beer-spiked PEI mus­sels with sour or­ange at what is ar­guably Co­conut Grove’s most stun­ning eatery. 2820 Mcfarlane Road, Co­conut Grove, 305-200-5268

GREENSTREET CAFE

With cin­na­mon roll pan­cakes and white peach purée Belli­nis on the menu, it’s no won­der lines are form­ing around the block for brunch at this café. And at any other time of day, you can feast on pop­u­lar of­fer­ings like braised short ribs with po­lenta and truf­fle honey or crab and lob­ster ravi­oli. Whiskey Wed­nes­days are still a thing, by the way. 3468 Main Hwy., Co­conut Grove, 305-444-0244

JOJO TEA

Want to know the ori­gin of oo­long? Make a reser­va­tion with Jojo founder and lo­cal tea guru Michael Or­tiz and he’ll gladly fill you in dur­ing an omakase tea ex­pe­ri­ence that will give you a new­found ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the an­cient art. 951 SW 42nd Ave. #305, Mi­ami, 305-322-9521

LOKAL

What’s bet­ter than a burger? A burger be­tween two scrump­tious dough­nuts from The Salty Donut. Get yours at this Co­conut Grove burger and craft beer joint. 3190 Com­modore Plz., Mi­ami, 305-442-3377

ALL DAY

Wake up on the right side of the bed thanks to award-win­ning barista Camila Ramos’s java con­coc­tions, in­clud­ing Thai iced cof­fee with Xo­co­latl mole bit­ters, as well as a sage sausage English muf­fin with mar­bled eggs or French toast made with tres leches batter that’ll have you hash­tag­ging and com­ing here #All­dayev­ery­day. 1035 N. Mi­ami Ave., Mi­ami, 305-699-3447

EDGE STEAK & BAR

This stylish de­par­ture from the tra­di­tional steak­house, helmed by lo­cal fa­vorite Aaron Brooks, is the new crown jewel of the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Mi­ami, thanks in part to its ever-ro­tat­ing lineup of house-made char­cu­terie, its lim­it­less brunch, and its inim­itable oyster happy hour. 1435 Brick­ell Ave., Mi­ami, 305-358-3535

IL GABBIANO

Ex­pect Ital­ian cui­sine that’s both deca­dent and ex­quis­ite, with all the ac­cou­trements you can imag­ine (Parmesan wheel, any­one?) served with a view of Bis­cayne Bay. 335 S. Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami, 305-373-0063

MANNA LIFE FOOD

Get proper nour­ish­ment—as in the food of the gods—at this plant-based su­per­food and juice bar, of­fer­ing trade­marked arepas, nori bur­ri­tos, açai smooth­ies, and dairy-free mac ’n’ cheese for brunch. 80 NE Sec­ond Ave., Mi­ami, 786-717-5060

MAR­ION

Stop by this Brick­ell din­ing des­ti­na­tion to in­dulge in sin­gu­larly mouthwatering Mediter­ranean fare, from prime skirt steak with wasabi chimichurri to risotto served with Ja­panese mushrooms. 1111 SW First Ave., Mi­ami, 786-717-7512

N BY NAOE

Reser­va­tions are re­quired for this omakase ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time, cour­tesy of chef Kevin Cory. Here, the only menu is the chef’s menu and the only ta­ble is com­mu­nal. 661 Brick­ell Key Dr., Mi­ami, 305-947-6263

NIU KITCHEN

Lo­cated in a sliver of a space (only 20 seats), this hid­den gem is a well-kept secret among lo­cals, even though its chef part­ner, Deme Lo­mas, is a James Beard Award semi­fi­nal­ist. Stand­outs in­clude, well, every­thing on the menu, par­tic­u­larly the cold tomato soup and the ous. 134 NE Sec­ond Ave., Mi­ami, 786-542-5070

RIVER YACHT CLUB

A Van­dutch lounge and ter­race, dock­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and river­side gar­den seat­ing are among the draws here, as is the ro­tat­ing ros­ter of na­tion­ally ac­claimed chefs, like Alex Chang, dish­ing out sea­sonal plates. Keep an eye open for rosé par­ties on the week­end. 401 SW Third Ave., Mi­ami, 305-200-5716

TOSCANA DIVINO

Brick­ell’s trat­to­ria fea­tures an Ital­ian happy hour dubbed Aper­i­tivo Ital­iano every Wednesday, hand­made pasta every day, plus classes so you can make au­then­tic Ital­ian at home. 900 S. Mi­ami Ave., Mi­ami, 305-930-6873

TRULUCK’S SEAFOOD STEAK & CRAB HOUSE

A fan­tas­tic com­bi­na­tion of the fresh­est Florida stone crab, juicy steaks, and a col­lec­tion of more than 100 wines. 777 Brick­ell Ave., Mi­ami, 305-579-0035

ZUMA

Lon­don restau­ra­teur Rainer Becker of­fers in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Ja­panese “pub fare” at the Epic Ho­tel, but don’t be con­fused by the fancy de­scrip­tion. It’s sushi at its best. 270 Bis­cayne Blvd. Way, Mi­ami, 305-577-0277

MONTY’S RAW BAR

Crack open steamed clams and oys­ters or nosh on conch frit­ters while down­ing frozen fa­vorites like the Mi­ami Vice or the fa­mous Pain Re­mover (a blend of rum, cream of co­conut, and pineap­ple and or­ange juices), all served with a side of wa­ter­front views. 2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Co­conut Grove, 305-856-3992

ORTANIQUE ON THE MILE

See (and taste) for your­self why chef Cindy Hut­son is her­alded for her culi­nary in­ge­nu­ity at this Mir­a­cle Mile sta­ple, where she fuses Latin and Caribbean fla­vors in dishes like jerk chicken penne pasta and West In­di­anstyle bouil­l­abaisse. 278 Mir­a­cle Mile, Co­ral Gables, 305-446-7710

PALME D’OR

The long­est-run­ning French eatery in Mi­ami boasts up­scale Parisian fare, in­clud­ing braised rab­bit and tem­pura­bat­tered frog legs, along with an ex­pan­sive wine list. 1200 Anas­ta­sia Ave., Co­ral Gables, 305-913-3201

PAS­CAL’S ON PONCE

Chef Pas­cal Oudin opened his Co­ral Gables main­stay in 2000 after be­ing named one of Amer­ica’s Best New Chefs by Food & Wine in 1995 and the Best New Chef in Florida by Esquire in 1997. Seven­teen years later, he con­tin­ues to de­light with his con­tem­po­rary spins on clas­sic French foods and tech­niques, like his gourmet sir­loin burger filled with braised short ribs. 2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Co­ral Gables, 305-444-2024

TAP 42 GABLES

This is the place to be for happy hour on Fri­day (fa­vored sips in­clude the blood or­ange cos­mo­jito, the mule on tap, and the “te-kill-ya”) and bot­tom­less brunch on Sun­day (can you say “choco­late banana French toast”?). 301 Gi­ralda Ave., Co­ral Gables, 786-391-1566

VERSAILLES

A Mi­ami in­sti­tu­tion flooded with politi­cians dis­cussing city mat­ters over ropa vieja and black beans, this Calle Ocho sta­ple and its Cuban sand­wich got their 15 min­utes of fame in the film Chef. 3555 SW Eighth St., Mi­ami, 305-444-0240

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