The 10 Best Places to Dine Near the Top Miami Art Week Shows and Events

Miami Art Week, which runs the week of November 28, brings thousands of visitors into town to enjoy a bevy of art fairs and over-the-top events, which makes it one of the busiest times of the year in the Magic City.

With the influx of people comes heavy traffic, so savvy food lovers want to make sure they are situated where to dine near their artsy destinations. Read on for the 10 best restaurants to visit near the most popular Miami Art Week happenings.

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Complement a view of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s new suite of exhibitions with the French haute cuisine at the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Florida. Similar to its counterparts around the world, the 3,400-square-foot interior features dramatic lighting, bold colors, walls outfitted with polished rosewood, custom-made red leather Italian seating, flame-brushed granite flooring, and black-painted ceilings. Dishes like scallops bathed in a cilantro broth and coconut emulsion, lobster in a tropical curry, and comte cheese souffle.

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Mia Market Miami

A chef-driven food hall featuring a mix of local food and beverage talent, Mia Market in the heart of the Miami Design District is the perfect place to grab a quick meal while checking out the neighborhood’s wide variety of exhibits, shows, and events during the week. Choices range from Vietnamese to sushi omakase to regional Italian, with a lively cocktail bar housed in the center of the space sealing the deal. 

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Doya

With a straightforward approach to Greek and Turkish cuisine, Doya is a favorite in Wynwood, which is home to many of this year’s fairs. Embracing meze culture with tapas-style portions meant to be shared, dishes like Branzino ceviche, sea beans with garlic yogurt, and turkey pastrami hummus are not to be missed. Wood-fired grilled dishes are plentiful and worth exploring, and the cozy outdoor seating creates this Wynwood restaurant’s ideal, intimate ambiance.

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Buya Izakaya + Yakitori

Stroll from Spectrum and Red Dot fairs into this artsy all-day Japanese soul food restaurant, and enjoy shareable dishes like ramen, tempura mushroom, a variety of bao, and charcoal-grilled karaage chicken. The space is adorned with travel trinkets and a hand-painted graffiti mural and features a secret cocktail garden with a mix of sake and cocktail ninjas. 

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Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

Consider this the perfect spot for some late-night eats following all of those Art Week parties. While Sweet Liberty might be best known for its world-renowned cocktails, its food menu should never be looked over as it’s just as good at the beginning of the night as it is at the end. The highlight are the cauliflower nachos by James Beard Award winner Michelle Bernstein, which says on the menu that they serve two but sharing with a crowd is optional. The burger is a can’t-miss, too. Bonus: the kitchen is open until 4 a.m. nightly.

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Jaya at The Setai

An enviable outdoor patio and vibrant food menu set Jaya apart from its neighbors, a sophisticated dinner option following a day at the Art Basel fair. Chef Vijayudu Veena showcases traditional culinary techniques from wok stations to tandoor ovens blending flavors from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China, and Japan. The Sunday jazz brunch features a lavish buffet with limitless pours of Louis Roederer Champagne. 

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Chotto Matte Miami

Chotto Matte is Lincoln Road’s most stylish restaurant. Its chic and colorful dining room is complemented by diverse, flavorful Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) fare of king mushroom oyster tostadas, branzino filet tempura, yellowtail jalapeno crispy rice, and three tasting menus starting at $85 per person. 

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Sagrado Cafe

A short walk away from Art Miami. this Brazilian Downtown Miami cafe offers an all-day menu of sweet and savory dishes served with warm smiles by the owner and her welcoming staff. Once settled in the cozy dining room or bright outdoor patio, start the day with gluten-free pao de queijo (cheese bread) or the tapioca crepe, which comes filled with a choice of cheese, protein, and veggies. Standout lunch items are the stroganoff, served with rice and crispy potato sticks, the hearty feijoada, and filet mignon in wine sauce. 

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Jaguar Sun

A short walk from the cultural hub Perez Art Museum Miami in Downtown Miami, this bar, run by Will Thompson, features cocktails made with small-batch brands ranging from classic aperitifs to tropical tiki. To soak all those cocktails up, dine on shareable plates of pasta, including cacio e pepe and rigatoni, oysters, salads, and more.

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Motek Mediterranean Cafe & Restaurant

Cafe Motek makes for a great mid-day stop during one art event and another. Named for the Hebrew word for “sweetheart,” it serves all the Israeli Mediterranean classics, from falafel to Jerusalem bagel to shawarma. Still, the crunchy cabbage salad, Arayes burger, and Moroccan fish reign supreme. Finish the meal with vegan panna cotta or challah bread pudding. 

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