2020 has been the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that fact hasn’t stopped restaurants from opening in and around Miami.
Even earlier in the year, when we had no idea how bad it would get and for how long, new restaurants popped up all across the county.
And that hasn’t changed as we close in on 2021. Even more new places are there for your dining pleasure, whether you’re in South Beach, Coral Gables or Aventura.
Here are some of the new restaurants that opened their doors to feed the people this year.
In December, Marcus Samuelsson finally opened his long-awaited Red Rooster in Overtown, a replica of his famous Harlem spot.
Customers loved the Peruvian-Nikkei spot at a Design District food hall. Now the brother-and-sister team of Val and Nando Chang have opened a standalone Itamae across the courtyard from their original location.
This Vietnamese restaurant Tran An, formerly in a Miami Design District food hall, opened its first brick and mortar location in Little River.
The restaurant that replaced Shula’s 347 Grill in Coral Gables serves similar contemporary American fare.
This Greek restaurant at the Aventura Mall’s outdoor courtyard comes from Michael Mina (Bourbon Steak, Stripsteak), emphasizes seafood and has its own fish sommelier.
This indoor-and-outdoor cantina and bar in Wynwood has a Tulum vibe, scorpion-infused shots and all your favorite Mexican menu items.
This plant-based import from Toronto serves Asian fare in the new and improved CocoWalk.
This farm-to-table Argentine restaurant opened its first U.S. location in Midtown Miami.
Home of the biggest slice on Miami Beach now has a new location on West Avenue.
Doral Yard has an outdoor canopy with string lights and picnic tables evoking the late, lamented Wynwood Yard and several vendors from whom to order food and drink.
Ike’s Love and Sandwiches
This San Francisco native opened in Aventura with Miami-themed sandwiches named after Pitbull, Crockett and Tubbs.
2 Korean Girls
This takeout-and-delivery only spot in Coconut Grove serves all kinds of bibimbap.