At times, an excessive use of oil tarnishes the cooking at Oak Tavern. Crisp pig ears, slowly cooked in their own fat and then deep-fried in oil, were a grease-ridden rendition of the snack best-known at neighbor Michael's Genuine. The offal packed too little crunch and far too much chew. They were paired with oleaginous fried kale and a fried egg dusted with pimento, and the combination of oil upon oil proved overwhelming and poorly constructed. Wood-grilled lamb ribs, served alongside a bright arugula-and-mint pesto plus lemon yogurt, also packed an excess of fat. But in the lamb's case, the impeccable sauces balanced the otherwise-indulgent meat.

With delectable homespun dishes and an affordable drink program, Oak Tavern triumphs in a neck of the woods that boasts some of the best chefs in town. In a space previously tainted with failure, Bracha has developed a place that feels at ease. And in a town riddled by oscillating businesses and wavering fads, he has struck a balance between style and comfort.

Stone crab crostini
Stone crab crostini

Location Info


Oak Tavern

35 NE 40th St.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District


Oak Tavern

786-391-1818; Lunch Monday through Friday noon to 3 p.m.; dinner Monday through Wednesday 6 to 10:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Stone crab crostini $12
Charcuterie $9
Snapper crudo $10
Lamb ribs $18
Key lime cheesecake $8

See also: "Closer Look: Oak Tavern in the Design District"

That's why Oak Tavern is poised to fare better and longer than the rest.

See also:
- Closer Look: Oak Tavern in the Design District
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It was also "The District" after picadilly!