NEW & NOTEWORTHY | THE TOP SOUTH FLORIDA OPENINGS / by Brackett Bilodeau

Summer is upon us, and with it comes a host of long-awaited hallmarks of the warm weather months. Celebrate the sights, sounds, and flavors of the season at these highly-anticipated new restaurant openings that are sure to satisfy your culinary cravings.

LA PETITE MAISON

1300 Brickell Bay Drive | Miami
From Arjun Waney, the restaurateur who brought you Zuma and Coya, comes his latest venture: La Petite Maison. Located inside the luxury residential tower BrickellHouse, the London-based eatery serves French-Mediterranean cuisine mixed with Italian influences. Scallop carpaccio and warm prawns in olive oil are two of the menu standouts, as well as the roasted black-leg chicken paired with foie gras.

ESTEFAN KITCHEN

140 NE 39th Street, #133 | Miami
Popstar Gloria Estefan, along with husband Emilio, brings her Cuban culinary heritage to Miami’s Design District in an upscale restaurant that combines the glamour of Havana with live music in an elegant setting. Patrons are treated to traditional, family recipes with a healthy twist, including favorites like arroz con pollo and paella.


KIKI ON THE RIVER

450 NW North River Drive | Miami
This waterfront, bohemian-chic restaurant dishes up new twists on traditional Greek cuisine. Eclectic decor highlights the colorful indoor space, as well as the spacious outdoor terrace. Diners at this Miami River eatery can expect Mediterranean favorites like charred octopus, whole sea bass, and lobster-filled pasta.

FORTE DEI MARMI

150 Ocean Drive | Miami Beach
Organic produce, farm-raised meats, and wild-caught seafood are prepared daily at this elegant eatery, which delivers simple yet delicious Italian fare in a contemporary setting reminiscent of Italian beach culture. Chef and owner Antonio Mellino, who boasts two Michelin stars, serves handmade pastas, steaks, and seafood, as well as an impressive all-Italian wine list.


 

ARTISAN BEACH HOUSE RITZ CARLTON

10295 Collins Avenue | Bal Harbour
Located at the Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, the Artisan Beach House displays casual elegance in a waterfront location. Offering a seasonally-inspired menu with only the finest locally-sourced ingredients, this gorgeous dining destination is the perfect spot for a quick bite or a romantic evening. Chef Paula Dasilva has designed the constantly-evolving menu, which includes a variety of steak and seafood offerings.