661 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami, FL 33131
Critics' Pick
Best Of

Photo courtesy of Naoe


  • Monday through Sunday 6 to 9:30 p.m. Closed Wednesday.
  • $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Private Party
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Garage Parking
  • Reservations Required, Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available

The reason everyone foodie in town talks about this charmer can be found within the four-compartment bento box, which with a bowl of soup constitutes dinner. It's chef's choice, and chef Kevin Cory's choices — usually coupling a local catch with one or more flown overnight from Japan — are excellent. This is cuisine you'd expect to find only in Tokyo, such as silver-skinned aji tuna, and horse mackerel glazed with shoyu and plated with pickled wasabi leaves and flowers — freshly grated wasabi root mixed with horseradish on the side. Salmon wrapped in salted white seaweed; roasted freshwater eel; deep-fried shrimp tamago; rice with shiitake mushrooms and hints of eel — all are meticulously prepared and absolutely delicious. If you're still hungry for more, Cory will prepare nigiri sushi; ask for the Scottish salmon belly. Insider tip: Cory, the Japanese sushi chef behind Naoe, started his culinary training at the age of 19. He is one of few chefs in the world to have earned Forbes' five-star rating seven years in a row. Considering those credentials and the fact the cozy restaurant allows only eight per seating, you'll want to make your reservation at least a month in advance.

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