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FASHION & FOOD: The top 5 restaurants of Miami’s Design District

FASHION & FOOD: The top 5 restaurants of Miami’s Design District

May 20, 2017

A remarkable fusion of fashion, architecture and design – that is what you’ll find in Miami’s rejuvenated Design District. You’ll also find some of the finest cuisine, not only in South Florida but in the world.

Miami is a true melting pot, and the Design District is the embodiment of that cultural experience.

This is evident when exploring the various dining destinations in this trendy neighborhood. Here are five Miami Design District restaurants that are worth visiting – and frequenting:

  1. SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill


An extensive menu awaits you at this Miami Design District restaurant. Raw bar items including clams, crab, shrimp, oyster lobster; crudos; sushi rolls; sashimi; small- and large-plate entrees; and delicious open-fire grill offerings – take your pick…you can’t go wrong. Casual, cool and innovative is a good way to describe the gastronomic fare at SUGARCANE.

Enjoy food and drink specials during happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to close.

SUGARCANE is located at 3252 N.E. First Avenue. For more info, go to or call 786.369.0353.

  1. Mandolin Aegan Bistro

Inspired by the taste of the Mediterranean and featuring classic recipes from Greece and Turkey, Mandolin is set in the heart of Miami’s Design District and uses only the freshest ingredients, including many that are grown in the restaurant’s backyard garden.

Mandolin is steeped in Design District history – it is housed in a restored 1940s “Old Florida” bungalow.

Stop by Mandolin Aegan Bistro at 4312 N.E. Second Avenue, or visit them online at You can also call 305.749.9140.

  1. mc kitchen MC Kitchen

Brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert or drinks – this modern Italian spot is a top attraction in Miami’s Design District. The menu features Italian classics, as well as spectacular specialties you won’t find anywhere else.

The staff at MC Kitchen prides itself on its creative dishes, adjusting the menu based on the season to ensure the highest quality. In fact, MC Kitchen has been voted “Best Restaurant in the Design District/Midtown” by Miami New Times.

For authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of the Design District, look no further than MC Kitchen, located at 4141 N.E. Second Avenue. Visit them online at, or call 305.456.9948.

  1. michaels Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Michael’s features one of the more diverse menus in the Design District. From the raw bar and salad selections to the entrée list – stocked with everything from seafood and steak to chicken, pizza and vegetarian selections – there’s truly something for everyone.

Fresh, simple and pure…those are the three words on the Michael’s sign, and it’s also what you’ll find once you walk through the door. It describes not only the food, but also the comfortable atmosphere and friendly, first-class service.

Michael’s is located at 130 N.E. 40th Street. For more information, go to or call 305.573.5550.

  1. Riviera Focacceria Italiana

“Homemade” is a word you hear frequently at this Miami Design District restaurant. Pastas, sauces, desserts…all made fresh daily!

Riviera Focacceria serves up traditional Italian favorites, but it’s their exclusive dishes that put – and keep – Riviera Focacceria on the Miami map. The Focaccia cheese and Pansoti, to name a couple.

While Italian is the specialty here, the fresh seafood and grass-fed steaks are also incredibly popular among Riviera regulars. No trip to Miami’s Design District is complete without a meal at Riviera Focacceria Italiana.

The restaurant is located at 3252 N.E. Buena Vista Boulevard. You can also visit them online at or call 786.220.6251.

The revitalization of the Design District has transformed this area into one of Miami’s finest. There are many reasons to visit the area, and chief among them is the restaurants. Choosing one is impossible. Choosing five was no easy task either, but hopefully this list will help get you started.