From steakhouses to eateries that offer delicious international cuisine, some of the most luxe hotspots in Miami lure movie and music superstars to their tables on a regular basis. In fact, Miami has transformed into a sort of playground for celebrities, so it’s no surprise that a handful of those entertainment icons have opened up their own top-notch places to eat in the beloved beach town. Here are five famous restaurants that are owned by some of your favorite well-known personalities.
Larios on The Beach
From the mind of Gloria Estefan comes Larios on the Beach—the epitome of famous restaurants in Miami and the go-to spot for Cuban comfort food with an upscale twist. In a city full of exceptional brunch destinations, Larios feeds the hunger you worked up—and tried to sleep off—on last night’s dance floor with a mid-day menu of meals approved by Abuelita. As you sit back and take in the incredible views, you can indulge in slow-roasted pork with tostones, empanadas, and ceviche. In the evening hours, you can dine like a true star by treating yourself to fresh lobster or a porterhouse that rivals those provided at any of the neighboring steakhouses. At Larios on the Beach, you get the ultimate Miami experience delivered by the queen of the Miami Sound Machine.
With locations in a variety of different major destinations, Nobu has established itself as one of the world’s most famous restaurants. Just one trip to the Florida hotspot, which has found its home in the grand Eden Roc hotel on the sands of Miami Beach, will make you understand what all the fuss is about. The powerhouse is the domain of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, whose Japanese style infuses meals with spare luxury and unbelievable flavors—the signature dish is yellowtail with jalapeño—but the creative concept and direction is the brainchild of none other than Robert DeNiro.
Shula’s Steak House
Former football star Don Shula knows how to run steakhouses even better than he knows how to run a ball. With locations around the country, Shula’s Steak House is the quintessential spot to get red meat and all the trimmings. As you walk into the Miami restaurant, your eyes will be drawn to the cushy upholstery, lushly painted friezes, and the generously sized bar. After dinner, you can step right out onto the sand or wander the lobby of the Alexander, which is known for its sweeping staircase and crystal chandeliers.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Design District gem Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is an airy bistro with a vibe that’s deceptively casual. Celebrity chef Michael Schwartz scours local farms for the best of the best ingredients and brings a pedigree that includes other Miami institutions like Harry’s Pizzeria and The Cypress Room. After you take in the surrounding midtown district scene, you can’t help but notice the neighborhood feel within the restaurant itself. One quick glance at the menu proves that the cuisine is impeccable and strategic. As you look around, you see small, medium, large, and extra-large plates serving everything from farro to whole chickens.
Beachcraft by Tom Colicchio
Tom Colicchio, a five-time winner of the James Beard Award and frequent head judge on reality cooking contest shows, started by opening Gramercy Tavern in New York City. Now, he has his own concept restaurant, Beachcraft by Tom Colicchio, in Miami Beach, as well. The atmosphere of the Florida hotspot reflects the farm-to-table menu with soothing taupes and rustic yet sophisticated furniture design. Once you’re settled at your table, you’ll have a hard time deciding between locally caught seafood, clean meats free of antibiotics, raw bar selections, and specially made pasta. Best of all: the views of Collins Avenue are almost as good as the food.