Cena by Michy — 6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-7592001. South Florida’s favorite celebrity chef, Michelle Bernstein, along with husband David Martinez, have created a comfortably dreamy neighborhood restaurant with inventive small plates that other chefs will be using for inspiration. Be sure to try both the snapper and the charcoal-grilled lamb chops. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 7-17-15 Cipriani — 465 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-329-4090. The exquisite waterfront setting paired with outstanding food and service, makes for an incredible special-occasion meal. Expensivevery expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-30-14. Corsair by Scott Conant — 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786-279-6800. Conant, who built his reputation on Italian cuisine, serves some of the best pasta dishes in South Florida, along with very good locally sourced seafood. It’s deep inside the Turnberry Isle Miami with a view of the golf course. Expensive-very expensive. Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-23-15. Drunken Dragon — 1424 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-397-8556. The menu is mostly Korean, with barbecue tables in the sexy dining room offered on a first-come basis. Shared small plates are exceptional, including twice-fried chicken and spare ribs. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Reviewed 1-15-15. Joe’s Stone Crab — 11Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-0365. The century-old Joe’s is South Florida’s oldest restaurant. It runs flawlessly and serves the best stone crab claws and Key lime pie in the region. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12/18/15. La Mar by Gastón Acurio — 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305-913-8358. Peru’s culinary ambassador operates some 40 restaurants worldwide, so it’s no wonder he’s landed in South Florida with a menu of classic and refined Peruvian. Expensive-very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Review 6-27-14. Lure Fishbar — 1601Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-6954551. This New York transplant offers fresh seafood in every guise, from oysters and sushi to expertly prepared fin fish. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 4-25-14. Miami Smokers — 306 NW 27th Ave., Miami, 786-5205420. With just one table, this is more butcher shop than restau- rant. But Andres Barrientos and James Bowers start heritagebreed pork to create bacon, ham and sausage that they use to create inventive sandwiches. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive. Reviewed 3-11-15. Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink — 130 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-573-5550. James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s flagship restaurant continues to wow diners with its farm-to-table ethos and inventive menu. A 2014 renovation added to the restaurant’s comfortably allure. Expensive. Lunch, brunch dinner. Reviewed10-17-14. Ms. Cheezious — 7418 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-9894019. While the food trucks that begat this standalone restaurant are still serving signature grilled cheese sandwiches, here you can order them and sit in the outdoor garden. The Frito pie melt is highly recommended. Craft beer and fine wine are also on the menu. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive. Reviewed 9-16-15. NbyNaoe — 661Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305-947-6263. Chef Kevin Cory’s one-price omakase, or chef’s choice bento box, menu is for serious foodies looking for an adventurous Japanese meal. The setting is serene. Service is outstanding. Very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Review 9-3-14. Oltremare Ristorante — 80001Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305-664-0073. Cedar Key clams and tagliatelle and frito misto with rock shrimp is what you get when you cross an Italian restaurant with fresh Florida seafood. The updated resort interior incorporates lots of wood and wicker. Expensive-very expensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-3-15. Ortanique on the Mile — 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-446-7710. For 15 years, chef Cindy Hutson has been creating Caribbean-influence dishes using fresh local ingredients. The service is outstanding. Expensive-very expensive. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily. Reviewed 5-15-14. PB Steak — 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-9550. Exceptional steaks and innovative side dishes inside a bustling dining room that’s part cowboy mess hall and part French bistro. Expensive. Dinner, brunch. Reviewed 3-20-14. Piripi — 1315 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-4482423. Solid modern Spanish food from a chef whose resume includes a stint at Ferran Adrià’s famed El Bulli. From charcuterie to paella, every piece of classic Spanish cuisine has a place on the menu. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-10-15. Quality Meats — 1501Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-3403333. From the same team that brought Smith & Wollensky to Miami Beach comes this next-gen steakhouse that moves the genre from retro clubby to sexy farm-totable. How does house-cured bacon with peanut and jalapeño jelly sound? Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 5-15-15. Seagrape — 4041Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-1043. South Florida’s favorite chef, Michelle Bernstein, delights locals and tourists at this oceanside oasis that’s been exquisitely redone to accentuate its midcentury glamour. Expensive-very expensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed 4-17-15. Skippers Dockside — 528 Caribbean Drive, Key Largo, 305-453-9794. A 2,000-squarefoot tiki hut is the setting for upgraded Keys-style food, including house-blend burgers, loaded flatbreads and exceptional mahi sandwiches. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-20-15. Vagabond — 7301Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-409-5635. Set inside a “Mad Men”-worthy 1953 hotel, chef Alex Chang delivers big-flavored, globally inspired small plates. From roasted carrots with Mexican mole to buttermilk fried quail, every dish is incredible. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Review 3-6-15. Zuma — 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-577-0277. This small-plates Japanese spot is perpetually packed, and for good reason. Every dish offers a different take on Japan’s culinary canon. Expensive, Dinner, lunch, brunch. Reviewed 9-24-14.
Avocado Grill — 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561623-0822. French-born owner Julien Gremaud combines exquisite technique with as many locally grown ingredients as he can find in his mostly small-plates menu. Order anything with avocados, and you won’t be disappointed. Moderate-expensive. Dinner, lunch, brunch. Reviewed1-30-15. Kitchen — 319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, 561-249-2281. The chic, 36-seat American brasserie serves updated classics and excellent grilled fish. American. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 7-7-14.