Miami’s Design District is a hot bed of art, music, culture and cuisine. Neighboring the Wynwood District and MiMo District, the Design District offers a fusion of art and retail businesses intermingled with galleries and boutique fashion stores. Whether dropping in for the annual Art Basel fair, or for a beach vacation getaway, we discover ten restaurants in the Design District that shouldn’t be missed.
Buena Vista Deli
In Miami’s coolest, authentic and unbeknownst-to-the-press neighbourhood,BVD has been serving delí (short for the Spanish word delícioso) meals to patrons since its inception. Buena Vista Deli offers artisan crafted breads baked daily in the French style, as well as homemade paté and a variety of homemade pastries. Customers can also enjoy a sandwich or panino, handcrafted with fresh ingredients. Everything you order is amazing, especially the Rasta Garden, which consists of tomatoes, squash, Portobello mushrooms, spinach and homemade pesto.
Buena Vista Deli, 4590 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida, USA, 1 305 576-3945
Crumb on Parchment
Crumb on Parchment is James Beard Award winning Chef, Michelle Bernstein's culinary creation. The café is nestled inside the atrium of the Melin Building, showcasing country shabby chic décor and offering delicious breakfast cuisine, lunch and pastries. It’s rumored that the Chef’s mom actually bakes some of the cafe's most popular menu items. From the menu try the Quinoa Salad with chopped kale, dried cranberries, toasted sunflower seeds, manchego and lemon vinaigrette; or the classic veal parm sandwich, which consists of veal milanese, house-made red sauce and parmigiano reggiano on a toasted baguette.
Crumb, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida, USA, 1 (305) 572-9444
The Cypress Room
Situated in Miami’s design district, The Cypress Room is listed as one Bon Appétit’s 50 best new restaurants of 2013. James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz serves his version of contemporary cuisine within a quirky yet vintage inspired dining room. Rich wood paneled walls and elegant chandeliers are contrasted with teal colored leather booths, wall mounted deer trophies and the restaurant’s selection of thrift store and Etsy bought decorative china plates. The menu is centered around its wood burning grill and rotisserie, featuring items like the lamb tartar with quail egg and the duck leg, which can be enjoyed together with one of their barrel-aged cocktails.
The Cypress Room, 3620 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, USA, 1 305-520-5197
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The District Miami
The District Miami is located in the up-and-coming ‘restaurant row’ within the Design District. Partner and Executive Chef Horacio Rivadero, donned by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the Best New Chefs in the Gulf Region, created the menu by combining Pan-American flavors with local ingredients. Dinner at The District Miami begins with freshly baked cheese bread, before proceeding to signatures like the tuna tartar and lobster malanga tacos, or cobia and corvina ceviches, which include octopus, calamari and crab. Side dishes offered are a sweet honey truffle yucca mash, a chipotle mayo yellow sweet corn and seasonal okra with pickled peaches. Not only delicious, but with great offers throughout the week, it really is a must visit.
The District Miami, 190 Northeast 46th Street, Miami, FL, USA, 1 305- 573-4199
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Named after chef/owner Michael Schwartz’s son, Harry’s Pizzeria is the Genuine Hospitality Group’s second restaurant in the Design District. Harry’s offers a local neighborhood feel with artisan pizza cooked in wood burning ovens. With floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic décor and a focal piece painting by local artists Friends With You, Harry’s is a comfortable locale with a variety of menu items – including Gluten- free pizzas. Harry’s also offers daily specials and features a rotating tap brew of all four of Michaels Home Brew varieties. Say yes to the Caponata Pizza, which consists of eggplant, mozzarella, pecorino and basil.
Harry’s Pizzeria, 3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, Florida, USA, 1 (786) 275-4963
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Staples like Panini sandwiches, salads and wraps make this neighborhood café a hit with the locals. Offering soups and pitas alongside homemade desserts and a glass of Argentinean wine, Lemoní Café promises that if you eat well, you feel well. Recently expanding to offer a brunch menu on Sundays from 11am -5pm, Lemoní Café will satisfy any hungry stomach. Try the roast beef melt, proscuitto wrap and Lemoní supremo, accompanied by a fresh smoothie, beer or wine.
Lemoní Café, 4600 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida, USA, 1 (305) 571-5080
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Hailing from Greece and Turkey, with a nod to home cooking and heritage, the Mandolin Aegean Bistro is owned by Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis. The couple could autonomously relate to music of the Mandolin, which was played by a family member in each of their Greek and Turkish families and that now hangs in the bistro as a symbol of union. The couple pays detailed attention to the ingredients in their food, served from an on-property garden that grows tomatoes, peppers, greens and herbs. Menu must haves include the Greek sampler and Kefte, which consists of grilled beef and lamb meatballs.
Mandolin Aegean Bistro, 4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida, USA, (305) 749-9140
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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
With a message of ‘fresh, simple and pure,’ Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink was one of the first popular and successful eating establishments in Miami’s Design District. With a body of staff that is serious about food from the intake to the outtake, Michael’s works with local fishermen, ranchers and artisans to procure a rotating menu that is as delectable as it is sustainable. Some menu favorites include duck hash parsley aioli, poached duck egg; shrimp & grits roasted tomatoes, chorizo, kale; bananas foster French toast and the kimchi bloody Mary. Michael’s offers a well-rounded lunch, dinner and brunch menu.
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, 130 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, Florida, USA, 1 305-573-5550
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Chef David Bracha brings over two decades of experience to Oak Tavern, a comfortable dining venue and bar that seats up to 140 patrons. Offering modern American cuisine, a raw bar and seafood specialties on reclaimed wood banquettes and a large communal wood-hewn table, make this restaurant a comfortable atmosphere where new friendships are forged over meals. Embracing the concept of offering an ‘attitude adjustment’, Oak Tavern offers a daily happy hour with drink and snack specials from 4:30 – 7:00pm. Must have menu items include the charcuterie plate, braised mussels, scallop crudo and the duck confit pizza.
Oak Tavern, NE 40th Street Miami, Florida, USA, 1 (786) 391-1818
Seven Lounge is a discreet bar-cum-restaurant tucked away, behind a sea of concrete walls in Miami’s Design District. The lounge is an oasis of landscaping, white leather couches, music and cuisines at the mercy of Chef de Cuisine, Nicolas Caiset. Visual arts merge with Miami’s nightlife, creating a Garden of Eden-esque atmosphere. On Friday nights, guests can find dinner followed by a special event and on Sundays, Seven Lounge offers a delicious brunch menu. Say yes to the gorganzola truffle fries, tuna tataki, angus sliders and the dates with bacon. For a specialty cocktail, try the original sour sin that is akin to the pisco sour.
Seven Lounge, 28 NE 40 Street, Miami, Florida, USA, 1 (305) 456-3041
Audra Clemons is a creative media specialist with a passion for travel, cuisine and adventure. Based between Colombia and Florida, this former TV Producer takes her talents on the road where she captures in-between-the-lines experiences. Audra can usually be found buried behind her laptop writing articles or creating media campaigns for clients... or surfing.