Miami's Most Notable Restaurant Openings and Closings of 2016

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Happy New Year.

In 2016, Americans elected Donald Trump president and lost some of the best-loved names in sports and entertainment. But last year wasn't all bad. Miami gained some significant new restaurants, firmly sealing our place in the world as a bastion of good dining.

It's also a good sign that fewer restaurants closed in the past year, although the demise of beloved spots such as Cena by Michy and S&S Diner hit especially hard. Looking back, it was a banner year for the local food scene. Here's a list of the most notable restaurant openings of 2016, followed by a list of closings.
Notable Openings 2016

  • Ariete (3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove)
  • El Patio (167 NW 23rd St., Miami)
  • French 27 (850 Commerce St., Miami Beach)
  • Ichimi (2330 Salzedo St., Coral Gables)
  • Puroroast Coffee (632 S. Miami Ave., Miami)
  • Spring Chicken (1514 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables)
  • Threefold Café (6907 Red Rd., South Miami)
  • Trust & Co. (2 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables)
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  • Ichimi (2330 Salzedo St.,Coral Gables)
  • Kaori (1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami)
  • Pincho Factory (950 W. 12th Ave., Hialeah)
  • Plant Food + Wine (105 NE 24th St., Miami)
  • River Yacht Club and VanDutch Lounge (401 SW Third Ave., Miami)
  • The Sarsaparilla Club at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach
  • Spasso (3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove)
  • Zest at Southeast Financial Center (200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami.)


  • The Anderson
  • Antica Mare Ristorante (7999 NE Bayshore Ct., Miami)
  • Bachour Bakery + Bistro
  • Farinelli 1937 (3199 Commodore Plaza, Miami)
  • Glass & Vine (2820 McFarlane Rd., Miami)
  • Grown
  • Stellino's (8550 NW 53rd St., Doral)
  • Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen (1250 S Miami Ave., Miami)


  • Caviar Russe at Four Seasons Miami (1435 Brickell Ave., Miami)
  • Dragonfly (5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral)
  • PB Station at the Langford Hotel (121 SE First St., Miami)
  • Pawn Broker at the Langford Hotel (121 SE First St., Miami)
  • Philly Grub (99 NW 54th St., Miami)
  • SoCal Taco (141 SW Seventh St. Miami)
  • Vice City Bean (657 N. Miami Ave., Miami)


  • All Day
  • Baby Jane
  • CREAM (18719 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura)
  • Honeybee Doughnuts (7388 Red Rd., South Miami)
  • JoJo Tea Tasting Room (951 S. LeJeune Rd., Coral Gables)
  • Lincoln's Beard Brewing Company (7360 SW 41st St., Miami)
  • Quinto La Huella
  • The Spillover (2911 Grand Ave., Miami)
  • Tap 42
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TacoCraft Tacos
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  • Bianchini Mercato (220 NW 27th St., Miami)
  • Chef Leon
  • LT Steak & Seafood at the Betsy Hotel
  • Laduree (4025 NE Second Ave., Miami)
  • Sugafina at Aventura Mall
  • Sushi Maki
  • TacoCraft (5829 SW 73rd St., South Miami)
  • Taste Buds of India (5850 Sunset Dr., South Miami)
Vagabond burger
Vagabond burger


  • Biscayne Bay Brewing Company (8000 NW 25th St., Suite 500, Doral)
  • Lilikoi Organic Living (500 South Pointe Dr., Miami Beach)
  • STK Miami at ME by Melia (1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
  • Sugar at East, Miami
  • Vagabond Kitchen & Bar
Miami's Most Notable Restaurant Openings and Closings of 2016
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  • 305 Brews
  • B Bar Tapas & Grill
  • Biscayne Bay Brewing Company (8000 NW 25th St., Suite 500, Doral)
  • Café Croissant (1684 Coral Way, Miami)
  • Cream Parlor (8224 Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
  • Copper 29
  • Halves and Wholes (1600 Alton Road, Miami Beach)
  • Lulu's Nitrogen Ice Cream (1439 Alton Rd., Miami Beach)
  • Nanndi Frozen Cream, downtown Dadeland (8845 SW 72nd Pl., Miami)
  • Ocio (3399 NW 72nd Ave., #106, Miami)
  • Pincho Factory (12519 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest)
  • Spring Chicken (1439 Alton Rd., Miami Beach)
  • Tea and Poets ( 5701 Sunset Dr., #126, South Miami)
  • Tino's (1040 S. Miami Ave., Miami)
Paulie Gee's signature pie, the Hellboy.
Paulie Gee's signature pie, the Hellboy.


  • 320 Gastrolounge at Village of Merrick Park
  • Barley at Downtown Dadeland
  • Brava by Brad Kilgore at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
  • Clove Mediterranean (195 SE Third Ave., Miami)
  • Elle Taco at Dadeland Mall
  • Paradigm Kitchen (1834 Bay Rd., Miami Beach)
  • Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery (13416 NW 38th Ct., Opa-locka)
  • Paulie Gee's Brooklyn Pizza (8001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
  • Phuc Yea (7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
  • Raw Republic Juicery (14871 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami)
  • Tanuki (1080 Alton Rd., Miami Beach)
07. Fi'lia
07. Fi'lia
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  • Fi'lia - Michael Schwartz opening at SLS Brickell (1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami)
  • Florida Wine Academy (2 Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
  • Osteria del Teatro at the Marlin Hotel (1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
  • Paradigm Kitchen (1834 Bay Rd., Miami Beach)
  • Paris 6 (2200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
  • Rail 71 Cafe (7255 NE Fourth Ave., Miami)
  • Visa-O1 (1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami)


  • Bazaar Mar at SLS Brickell
  • Cafe Creme (750 NE 125th St., North Miami)
  • El Churrasco at the Four Ambassadors
  • Paris 6 (2200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)


  • American Harvest at Brickell City Centre
  • Antico Pizza (1058 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
  • Big Easy Winebar & Grill at Brickell City Centre
  • Bitter Truth (3252 NE First Ave., Miami)
  • The Brick (8955 SW 55th Pl., Miami)
  • Brothers & Brawlers (359 NW 28th St., Miami)
  • Cake Thai Kitchen (180 NW 29th St., Miami)
  • Dishes for Dogs (2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami)
  • Gin + Collins at the AC Hotel Miami Beach
  • Gio's Chicken (1058 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
  • La Estancia Argentina (1050 NW 14th St., Miami)
  • La Muse Café at Epic Hotel
  • Luke's Lobster at Brickell City Centre
  • My Ceviche at the Shops at Midtown Miami
  • Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken
  • Mooyah (2000 NW 87th Ave., Doral)
  • Ono Poke (2320 N. Miami Ave., Miami)
  • The Salty Donut
  • Tocaya Organica (920 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach)

Notable Closings 2016

  • Apeiro Kitchen & Bar
  • Aventura Mall food court closed for renovations and will not reopen for more than a year.
  • Basil Park
  • Biscayne Home Brew & Carryout
  • Calamari
  • Cena by Michy
  • City Hall
  • The Fed
  • Golden Fig
  • Jugofresh (Coral Gables, North Miami, and South Miami)
  • King's County Pizza
  • Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co.
  • Maoz Vegetarian
  • The News Lounge
  • Red Ginger
  • S&S Diner South
  • Soho Bay
  • Viva Mexico

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