Downtown Miami’s Restaurant Scene

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With gorgeous weather, pristine beaches, and some of the country’s most exciting nightlife, Miami has long been a dream destination for vacationers and prospective residents alike. In recent years, while other cities have attempted to get back on their feet following the recession, Miami has enjoyed a surge in new business, attracting an influx of creative entrepreneurs to the South Florida city on a daily basis. The city’s booming economy has not only caught the eyes of real estate developers, like New York-based Bazbaz Development, who have focused their next wave of development on Miami’s shores, but countless members of the culinary elite, who are turning out in droves to make a name for themselves. Here are some fantastic new Downtown Miami eateries:

Sea Salt and Pepper (422 NW North River Drive): Miami’s oceanfront perch lends its restaurants plenty of options for fresh, seafood-based cuisine. Sea Salt and Pepper has taken full advantage of the daily catch: from lobster thermidor to Chilean sea bass, clams to calamari, the bounty of the sea is as beautifully prepared as it is abundant at this casual and welcoming waterfront restaurant.

Katsuya (1701 Collins Avenue): Opening later this year in Downtown Miami’s SLS hotel, Katsuya’s inventive Japanese cuisine already has a devoted fan base throughout the country. Serving up creative twists on traditional cuisine, from crab and mozzarella tempura to wagyu filets with foie gras, Katsuya’s decadent fair turns every diner into a devotee.

Lure Fish Bar (1601 Collins Avenue): Located in the beautiful Lowes Miami Hotel, Lure’s commitment to using fresh, flavorful ingredients has made the restaurant a standout in a city full of gastronomic giants. With a widely celebrated raw bar, seafood classics like lobster ravioli and ceviche, and classic comfort food from cheeseburgers to chicken clubs, Lure is constantly reeling in new customers.

Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd Way): This Biscayne Bay Boulevard hotspot is certainly one of the city’s most inventive, dishing out chef Rainer Becker’s imaginative takes on traditional Japanese cuisine. Whether you’re in the market for an original twist on weekend brunch or are simply looking to satisfy your craving for king crab, Zuma’s menu serves up ample appeal for a wide variety of patrons.

Michael’s (130 Northeast 40th Street): Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink isn’t simply a cute name for this Design District’s unpretentious food — it also speaks to the restaurant’s unfussy philosophy. Dedicating their kitchen to making sophisticated takes on southern-style favorites, like short rib frittatas, black angus burgers, and pig’s ears, Michael’s is a perfect example of how a pinch of creativity can improve upon even the most classic cuisine.

As Downtown Miami’s creative culture continues to grow, so, too, do the options for the city’s culinary masters to flex their muscles. Whether it’s southern food or ceviche that whets your appetite, there is no lack of decadent dining options downtown.

Photo courtesy of: Ines Hegedus-Garcia