The 10 Restaurants That Defined Miami Dining This Year

We asked our contributors to the Resy Hit List to share their top dining experiences in their cities this year — 10 restaurants that are helping to define the state of great dining right now. Please welcome back our Best of The Hit List for 2023. (You can find other cities’ top picks here.)

As Miami vies for attention as one of the country’s culinary hot spots, we continue to see this city attract high-profile culinary talent and major restaurant expansions (like PastisRao’s and Bouchon Bistro, to name a few buzzworthy openings we were excited about in 2023).

But the restaurants that truly stand out and stand the test of time in defining Miami’s dining scene aren’t always the newest and shiniest. As much as we love a hot new restaurant opening (and trust us, we do), we likewise root for the moment our favorite pop-up finds a permanent home (Tâm Tâm) or a revival reminds us of an old haunt while still feeling entirely new (The New Schnitzel House).

Indeed, many of the chefs and restaurants shaping Miami’s dining scene have been grinding here for a long time – and this year evolved, expanded or took a step forward with a new culinary perspective (take Val Chang at Maty’s with her first solo restaurant, or Brad Kilgore bringing us the most approachable cuisine of his career at MaryGold’s).

Whether through a fun culinary fusion of cultures, an homage to the chef’s heritage, or inspiration from Miami’s Latin flair and local ingredients, what these restaurants all have in common, in some shape or form, is that they’re working to bring Miami’s culinary community forward and highlighting our diversity. Without further ado, here are 10 of the Miami restaurants that best defined our dining scene in 2023.

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