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Trendiest Restaurants in Miami for a Night Out

The nice thing about Miami is that there are SO. MANY. PLACES. for that kind of thing. All of the spots below are restaurants that will make you feel like you’re having a *night out* without having to go to a full-blown club.


  • Mila: my go-to spot for dinner with girlfriends; difficult to get a rez last minute, so make yours in advance. I typically just book through OpenTable (and I believe they open reservations about a month out.)

  • Byblos: Eastern Mediterranean/Turkish food; good for groups or a date night; cool vibe & music. order the Turkish Manti Dumplings


  • Swan*: one of my favorites for a date night or group. Great crowd and consistently good food. The cocktail lounge upstairs, Bar Bevy, is a vibe for after dinner drinks.

  • Kiki on the River*: sharable Greek food in a party atmosphere (especially on Sunday nights) w/DJs, sparklers, dancing, etc. great for big groups of girls/bachelorettes


  • Sushi Fly Chicken*: restaurant + bar + lounge hybrid; turns into a clubby atmosphere later in the evening; make sure you go into the actual restaurant and not just the outdoor takeout area (which, I think, is intentionally designed to be deceiving?); order the soba noodles, little gem salad, fried chicken, sushi

  • Strawberry Moon: buzzy Mediterranean restaurant at The Good Time Hotel


  • Prime 112: vibey steakhouse on South Beach

  • Jaya at The Setai: fancy Thai food at The Setai; see-and-be-seen vibe + great people watching; fire dancers and a DJ depending on the night

  • Komodo: sceney resto w/good music that’s good for big groups; Southeast Asian & sushi

  • Chotto Matte: Peruvian / Japanese tapas (great for sharing & groups); dining room feels quintessentially *Miami* – open-air with palm trees, dim lighting, DJ booth



  • Cecconi’s at Soho House

  • Sexy Fish: a Miami outpost of the eternally popular London hotspot. It just opened. We went during the opening and it is hands-down the most over-the-top restaurant in Miami. Almost has Vegas vibes. (Also apparently it has a 3 month wait for rezzies.) The food was really good (and $$$) but I feel like you really go if you want an *experience.*

  • El Tucan*: dinner cabaret that turns into a nightclub (see below.) Good for groups



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