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Four Miami Eateries Make OpenTable's Top 100 Restaurants for a Big Night Out

Four Miami Eateries Make OpenTable's Top 100 Restaurants for a Big Night Out
Courtesy of Yardbird

click to enlarge COURTESY OF YARDBIRD
Courtesy of Yardbird
OpenTable has just released its list of the "Top 100 Restaurants for a Big Night Out," and Miami-area restaurants took four of the coveted spots.

The online restaurant reservation website selects the honorees from more than 12 million reviews at 27,000-plus eateries throughout the United States, highlighting a wide range of cuisine varying in style, prominence, and popularity. “The list features an array of buzz-worthy restaurants, from up-and-coming to established, trendy to tried-and-true, across 24 states and Washington, D.C.,” says Caroline Potter, chief dining officer at OpenTable.

Although California was the highest-ranking state with 18 restaurants, Florida came in a close second with 17. Four Miami restaurants made the grade, in no particular order. Here are the local spots that earned awards as the top choices for that night on the town you've been planning.
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Courtesy of Yardbird
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. The long-standing eatery has mastered the art of upscale Southern dining, featuring a nurturing menu of classics like fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and burnt ends. From vintage light fixtures to cocktails served in Mason jars, Yardbird makes you feel like you've stepped out of Miami Beach and into a charming town somewhere in the Carolinas. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220;
Sunset at Juvia - COURTESY OF JUVIA
Sunset at Juvia
Courtesy of Juvia
Juvia. Ambiance has been paramount to this restaurant's success. Juvia's rooftop setting is picturesque. Dining under the stars alongside vibrant colored sashimi and piquant cocktails is perfect for that big first date or a night on the town with friends. Aside from offering outdoor seating, Juvia serves a unique menu of Asian and European cuisine, with dishes such as king crab risotto ($45) and Wagyu short-rib gyoza ($28). 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272;
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Courtesy of Komodo
Komodo. David Grutman's restaurant seats more than 300 patrons inside a three-story compound that offers multilevel seating and bars. It demonstrates a modern aesthetic filled with unique art pieces such as floating birds' nests. Indulgent menu items include Peking duck ($98) and Miyazaki Wagyu, which will run you $120. 801 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-534-2211;
click to enlarge Kyu's bar - PHOTO BY AMADEUS MCCASKILL
Kyu's bar
Photo by Amadeus McCaskill
Kyu. Against a gray washed setting speckled with wood and metal furnishings, Kyu's dishes provide all the color inside the industrial dining room. The Wynwood eatery matches its surroundings with artfully crafted cuisine, impressive without being pretentious. A favorite is the crispy tuna tartare with roasted cauliflower herb vinaigrette (MP). 251 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-577-0150,
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for
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