As the unofficial end of summer approaches and we begin to usher in shorter days and cooler nights, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to indulge in the flavors of the season at these top restaurant and bar picks.


401 Southwest Third Avenue | Miami
This Miami River district destination features an indoor/outdoor restaurant with a “chef’s table” dining room and raw bar serving globally influenced seafood fare. The waterside hotspot also features an expansive rooftop bar offering handcrafted cocktails, as well as seasonal mainstays like lobster rolls, coleslaw, and corn on the cob.


788 Brickell Plaza | Miami
Situated in the heart of Miami’s Brickell district, this chic cocktail bar atop the EAST Miami Hotel features signature cocktails and an Asian-influenced menu in a lush, tropical rooftop setting. Local and international DJs appear nightly, creating an upbeat atmosphere surrounded by panoramic views of the Miami skyline.


3201 Collins Avenue | Miami Beach
Chef Francis Mallman brings the ancient art of South American asado cooking to this award-winning Miami Beach restaurant. Located in the elegant Faena Hotel, this Argentine eatery offers a variety of steak and seafood selections and an extensive cocktail and wine list.


1300 South Miami Avenue | Miami
Located within the luxurious SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences in downtown Miami, this intimate eatery serves inventive seafood dishes and also has an extensive raw bar. This trendy hotspot also offers handcrafted cocktails and an impressive list of Spanish and international wines in a bright and airy setting.


3201 Collins Avenue | Miami Beach
Notable chef Paul Qui’s unique take on modern Asian cuisine draws from his extensive background, with a focus on his native Philippines. Offering a variety of crudos, small plates, and charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables, this chic hotel destination with ocean views also features an outstanding dessert menu with selections like Filipino rice pudding and cheddar cheese ice cream sandwiches.


9101 Collins Avenue | Surfside
This chic, waterfront eatery offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring seasonal Italian seafood classics prepared with carefully-sourced ingredients like fresh buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. The elegantly outfitted dining destination offers sweeping ocean views with an attention to impeccable service.


49 Collins Avenue | Miami Beach
This Miami Beach outpost of the popular NYC restaurant delivers California-inspired cuisine in a casual and rustic bistro setting. Serving a variety of steaks, chops, and fish dishes, the trendy hotspot, by restaurateur Stephen Starr and famed chef Justin Smillie, also offers a seemingly endless wine and cocktail list.


1300 South Miami Avenue | Miami
Handmade artisanal breads, wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and salads make up the menu at this popular hotel restaurant by award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. Located in the heart of the bustling Brickell neighborhood, this Italian eatery features a pared-down cocktail menu, as well as an impressive wine list focused on Italian regional wines.


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.


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.


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.


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.