The very first MICHELIN Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa is launching with 15 new MICHELIN-Starred restaurants—four One Star restaurants in Orlando, 10 One Star restaurants in Miami, and one Two Star restaurant in Miami. Read on to find out where to tuck into sushi, Korean barbecue, Colombian fare, and more, then start making your reservations. Click through to see all the new MICHELIN Guide restaurants in Florida, and including 29 new MICHELIN Bib Gourmands.
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami — Two StarsCuisine: French
The menu here offers both tasting portions and large plates, but go with the seasonal prix fixe. The bread basket is a lovely opener, arriving in advance of such thrilling bites as a seared sea scallop with toasted spices. The Design District setting bears all the beloved hallmarks of this trendy neighborhood, with its counter and open kitchen.
Ariete — One StarCuisine: Contemporary
Chef Michael Beltran’s Coconut Grove mainstay is immediately welcoming, with a menu that weaves together Cuban and French influences to dazzling effect.
Boia De — One StarCuisine: Contemporary
A neon-pink exclamation mark that glows above the front door is impossible to miss. Surprising is certainly an apt descriptor for chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer’s distinctive and impressive menu.
Cote Miami — One StarCuisine: Korean/Steakhouse
Owner Simon Kim and his team know what they're doing in this highly stylized Korean steakhouse, which almost feels like a temple to beautifully marbled and aged beef, much of it on display in a nearby room.
The Den at Sushi Azabu Miami — One StarCuisine: Japanese/Sushi
Tucked away in the Stanton South Beach hotel, through Sushi Azabu’s dining room and behind a sliding door, is this intimate temple to sushi. Fish flown in a few times a week is treated and dressed minimally, often with just a single brush of nikiri.
Elcielo Miami — One StarCuisine: Colombian
The menu offers diners a taste of traditional Colombian cuisine presented in a modern and dramatic manner. Colombian-born chef Juan Manuel Barrientos' culinary artistry has garnered international fame, with various locations globally, including Washington, DC.
Hiden — One StarCuisine: Japanese
This spot is indeed hidden in the thick of bustling Wynwood. Chef Shingo Akikuni sticks to tradition, sourcing most of his product from Japan—beautiful slabs of tuna, sweet botan ebi, and generous portions of uni are highlights of a tasting menu that never feels stuffy or overly reverent.
Le Jardinier Miami — One StarCuisine: French
Stylish from head to toe, this dining room is a celebration of the seasons. The menu is a study of vibrant tastes and smart compositions that pack big flavor minus the heaviness.
Los Félix — One StarCuisine: Mexican
This is cooking that sends guests on a gustatory trip—at the hands of servers who are armed with ample information about the provenance of each ingredient. Recent highlights have included hearty pork cheek carnitas with a myriad of salsas and snapper crudo topped with shavings of jicama and avocado aïoli.
Stubborn Seed — One StarCuisine: Contemporary
Stubborn Seed is sexy and sleek with its industrial chic décor and glass-fronted display kitchen. Chef Jeremy Ford brings the heat, and his ambitious and brashly creative cooking is best enjoyed by way of the tasting menu.
The Surf Club Restaurant — One StarCuisine: American
Located within this elegantly restored landmark and now in league with the Four Seasons, The Surf Club is a prime location for Thomas Keller's first Florida venture. Sauces are what this team does best, starting with the scallop crudo with buttermilk-basil dressing and followed by the brilliantly reimagined Maine lobster thermidor with sauce Américaine.
Capa — One StarCuisine: Steakhouse
At the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, this steakhouse flaunts a decidedly Spanish accent. Kick things off with ace tapas before indulging in a main dish, like flame-kissed ribeye with tamarind-ancho sauce.
Soseki — One StarCuisine: Sushi/Fusion
This tiny operation, with chef Mike Collantes at the helm, is an ideal illustration of a contemporary meal expressed by way of an omakase. A laser-like focus on local Florida produce results in a menu that changes monthly.
Kadence — One StarCuisine: Japanese/Sushi
The omakase opens with hot dishes and cool sashimi. This is food that's free-spirited, yet manages to honor the classic methods. Pacing is on point in sashimi like hamachi and hirame. Nigiri, like snapper with lemon and sea salt, will have you yearning for more.
Knife & Spoon — One StarCuisine: Steakhouse
This iteration from chef John Tesar inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is the picture of plush. Care and skill are the hallmarks of this team, as they turn out contemporary steakhouse fare woven with seafood.
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