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The Magic City has tons to offer in terms of decadent dining and drinking selections, with varying exotic cuisines and experiential meals. With new restaurants popping up throughout the city and old staples still holding their ground, we’ve taken a look at some of the most expensive restaurants in Miami. While these may leave your pockets feeling a bit emptier than when you arrived, it’s sure to “wow” your special someone that you’re trying to impress. Here’s a look at our top 5 picks.
Scarpetta | Best Midcentury Restaurant in Miami
The interior design at Scarpetta Miami Beach located in the Sorrento tower of Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel evokes a luxury cruise liner. A beachy, nautical motif plays throughout the space, which has been fashioned with a blue, white and gray color palette. Look closely and you’ll notice maritime detailing with a rope around the interior columns, mirrors that resemble portholes and plenty of polished brass. A black and white mosaic wall of interlocking circles behind the bar is a strong focal point when you cross the threshold of the restaurant, and perfectly complements the white marble bar and the wood flooring.
The main dining room area features several curved blue patterned banquettes, while white blinds along the walls create an intimate ambiance. Dining at Scarpetta is just like experiencing a luxury cruise ship, minus the motion of the ocean. Scarpetta restaurant was designed by the acclaimed interior designer, David Collins, which has carefully chosen midcentury Italian design and nautical motifs references.
Los Fuegos at Faena Hotel | Best argentinian restaurant in Miami
The renowned Argentinian steakhouse – helmed by James Beard award winner chef Francis Mallmann – is the second restaurant in the Faena, complete with ornate decor and an open-fire kitchen serving up five-star Argentinian cuisine. In the restaurant dining area, lights hang from the massive tree and illuminate the dining area. Juan Gatti (who did the graphic art for most of Pedro Almodóvar’s films and also served as art director for Vogue Italia) designed the space’s many tiles, which bear hand-painted motifs of sea life, while the stunning columns are encrusted with corals and shells. The vibrant furniture is custom gold-leafed bamboo with red cushions and white piping. Appetizers range from the $20 price range, with mains ranging from $30-$95 depending on what sort of dish you’re looking for.
Matador Room at Miami Beach Edition hotel | Best Latin restaurant in Miami
Matador Room is an updated take on the glamorous supper clubs of the 1950s. While its own history runs back decades, the restaurant (located inside The Miami Beach Edition hotel) is an all-modern affair helmed by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Despite the name and mesmerizing images of bullfighters gracing the walls, you won’t find Spanish tapas here. At the main dining room area, you’ll find a reminiscent of bygone supper clubs, a very lovely and verdant outdoor terrace, and an elegant indoor bar that showcases a series of photographs by famed French photographer Lucien Clergue.
Inside Matador Bar, you’ll see a stunning black walnut and stone bar surrounded by custom furniture and plush, jewel-toned velvet banquettes lined against black walnut-paneled walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows give way to the splendid views of the Atlantic. The lush green-encased Matador Terrace gives way to the ocean and poolside views. Set beneath a custom pergola covered with gorgeous climbing bougainvillea, you can perch here for a candle-lit dinner or a casual Saturday or Sunday brunch and take in the picturesque setting and soft sea breeze.
Le Sirenuse at Four Seasons Hotel | Best Mediterranean restaurant in Miami
Inspired by classic Italian cuisine, this upscale eatery brings Mediterranean dishes (think: house made pasta and beef tartare), champagne and a vast list of craft cocktails to Surfside’s recently revamped Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club. You’ll find Le Sirenuse along the revitalized private club’s legendary “Peacock Alley” — in the former ballroom once host to lavish black-tie galas and over-the-top parties that were the talk of the town.
There are two more notes that might be featured in your highlights list: the intricately designed ceilings, ornate fireplaces and life-sized murals above and mammoth restored to their original grandeur; and Parisian interior designer Joseph Dirand finds inspiration in the nine acres of sandy beaches and sparkling Atlantic — you will, too, when you see the beachcomber green and creamy magnolia palette and mahogany elements. The indoor/outdoor venue features a retro-chic aesthetic, decked out with green and gold accents, lots of lush plants and ocean views.
Cipriani Downtown Miami | Best italian Restaurant in Miami
Cipriani Downtown Miami is high-fashion Italian dining in many ways, from the clientele wearing designer labels to the contemporary cuisine to space, designed in blue and white by Florentine architect Michele Bonan. Located on the waterfront, the two-level, indoor-outdoor restaurant features Murano glass chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows and decorative elements inspired by luxury yachts and ocean liners. A sibling to the famed Ciprianis worldwide and the original Harry’s Bar in Venice, the menu offers Italian luxuries of all kinds: aged Praga ham, homemade ravioli and tortellini, langoustines served scampi-style, and of course Champagne bowls filled with the famed Bellinis, comprising peach puree and Prosecco, that was invented at Harry’s. Second-generation hosts Maggio and Ignazio ensure that guests also have a party of a time at the more intimate Cipriani Bar.
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