Kaido's Nico de Soto (left) and Brad Kilgore
Kaido's Nico de Soto (left) and Brad Kilgore
Courtesy of Kaido

December 2018 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

In 2018, Miami's restaurant scene continued to mature with a host of interesting eateries, including ones by Thomas Keller and Brad Kilgore. Find New Times' best restaurants of the past year here.

December closed out 2018 with the addition of spots such as Kilgore's Design District lounge, Kaido; and La Placita, featuring food by Jose Mendin and drinks by the Cocktail Cartel.

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Sadly, the Little River outpost of Cheeseburger Baby closed at the end of the month.

In 2019, we look forward to Kilgore's Ember, the rooftop lounge Astra, Indian fare from Maska, and other exciting eateries.

La Placita
La Placita
Photo by Natascha Otero Santiago


  • Bakan. 2801 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-542-9139; bakanwynwood.com.
  • Beat Culture Brewery. 7250 NW 11th St., Miami; 786-431-5413; beatculture.com.
  • Cake Thai inside 1-800-Lucky. 143 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-768-9826; 1-800-lucky.com.
  • Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen. 3450 NW 83rd Ave., #224, Doral; 305-842-2250; copperblueslive.com.
  • Growler USA. 337 NW 25th St., Miami; 305-960-7862; growlerusa.com.
  • Kaido. 151 NE 41st St., #217, Miami; 786-409-5591; kaidomiami.com.
  • La Placita. 6789 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-400-8173.
  • Morning Glory Organic Coffee. 2895 McFarlane Rd., Miami, 305-414-0330; thevshops.com
  • Pez.  20 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-570-3440; pezmiami.com
  • Root & Bone. 5958 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami; 786-785-1001; rootnbone.com.
  • Wasabi Juan's. 900 West Ave., Miami Beach; wasabijuan.com.
Cheeseburger Baby
Cheeseburger Baby
Courtesy of Cheeseburger Baby


  • Cheeseburger Baby Little River
Astra in Wynwood.
Astra in Wynwood.
Photo by Sami Aponte

Coming Attractions

  • Ad Lib - collaboration by Jamie DeRosa and Hedy Goldsmith
  • Angelo Elia Pizza Bar - opening at Aventura ParkSquare
  • Astra - gorgeous rooftop lounge opening in Wynwood
  • Biscayne Bay Brewing - opening a second location in downtown Miami
  • Bonci - Roman-style pizza to open at Cube Wynwood
  • The Citadel - Little River Food Hall
  • Descarga Brewing Company - opening in North Miami
  • Dunkanoo Kitchen - opening in Wynwood
  • Ember - Brad Kilgore concept to open in Paradise Plaza in the Design District
  • Erba - Niven Patel opening an Italian concept
  • Gramps by the Sea - opening soon
  • Icebox Cafe - opening at Aventura ParkSquare, the Falls, and Hallandale
  • La Trova - Julio Cabrero and Michelle Bernstein reunite
  • Lincoln Eatery Food Hall - opening in South Beach
  • Lost City Brewing Company - coming to North Miami
  • Marabu at Brickell City Centre - opening in early 2019
  • Maska - Indian fare by a Michelin-starred chef in Midtown Miami
  • Monger - the Voltaggios opening a restaurant in downtown Miami
  • North Italia - opening in Mary Brickell Village
  • Osaka - Nikkei restaurant coming to Miami
  • Punch Bowl Social - opening in Wynwood
  • Salty Donut - opening a location in South Miami
  • Seawell Fish & Oyster - opening at Kimpton Angler's Hotel
  • Sistrunk Market & Brewery - opening in Fort Lauderdale
  • Spanglish - opening in Wynwood
  • Starbucks - opening in Midtown Miami
  • Time Out Market - food hall opening on Lincoln Road in South Beach
  • Trader Joe's - coming to South Beach
  • Unbranded Brewing Company - Hialeah's first brewery
  • Unseen Creatures - brewery opening soon
  • Whole Foods Market - proposed megastore in Sunset Harbour and new Fort Lauderdale locations

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