Miami for Wine Lovers Part 2: Best Restaurants and Bars for Wine

Miami for Wine Lovers Part 2: Best Restaurants and Bars for Wine

Aug 23, 2017 August 23, 2017

Oenophiles rejoice! Miami has a hopping wine scene bursting with unique bars and restaurants that will appeal even to the most discerning. Relax with the perfect glass of wine at any of the establishments on our list. All of them come with the promise of good vibes and a fantastic wine collection worth sampling.
 
Restaurants

DB Bistro Moderne

JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown

Chef Daniel Boulud's Miami restaurant pairs wine with French comfort food. Head Sommelier Haunah Klein oversees a vast cellar packed with more than 600 wines. Options range from the affordable to the expensive, classics to undiscovered brands. Book ‘The Wine Cave’ for a memorable multi-course event.

DB Bistro Moderne Miami
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Casa Tua

Casa Tua Hotel, 1700 James Avenue, South Beach

The variety of categories on this Northern Italian restaurant's wine list will appeal to every adventurous connoisseur. Try a bottle from categories like "Most Sought After 'Cult' Wines of the World" or "Some Complex Reds from North of Italy". As for the food, don't miss the Burrata appetizer or the Beef Tenderloin with seared foie gras main.

Casa Tua Miami
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Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

3201 Collins Avenue, Mid-Beach

Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann provides "live-fire cooking", which includes options like Wagyu steak and Smoked Prawns a la Plancha. Fortunately, there are plenty of red wines to go with your Argentine Beef Tenderloin Milanesa. Even the most passionate wine lover could get lost in a wine list with hundreds of tempting selections.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann
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Pied à Terre

The Cadet Hotel, 1701 James Avenue, South Beach

Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, this French restaurant's wine consultant Patrick Marc Guest scrutinizes each of their revolving 241 wines. Their non-commercial wines come from private "boutique-type" wineries, meaning you might find one you've never even heard of before. Expect French food with a creative twist, such as the "'Reinvented' Traditional 'Duck A L'Orange.'"

Pied a Terre Miami Beach
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Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

1801 Purdy Avenue, South Beach

Enoteca is Italian for "wine shop," and this classic Italian restaurant does not disappoint. They have Wine Deals of the Month, plus you can order by the glass, quartino or bottle. If you make it to their daily Happy Hour (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) you can get wine for $7, along with antipasti and signature cocktails.

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante
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Xixón Spanish Restaurant

2101 SW 22nd Street, Coral Way

Sample tapas along with a collection of over 300 wines. This restaurant aims to take guests on a virtual tour of Spain via an evolving wine list. Boasting the best Spanish food in Miami, you can order tapas like their Tortilla de Patatas or Bacalao for main course.

Xixon Spanish Restaurant
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Bars

Azul

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Brickell Key

Though technically an Asian fusion restaurant, the real draw here is the wine bar. Choose from a list of over 700 wines. If you stay for dinner, ask to eat outside - you'll have breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Or, you can sit at the Chef's Table, where you'll watch your meal come together.

Azul Brickell Key Miami
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Barmeli 69

6927 Biscayne Boulevard, Upper East Side

For a fun night of mingling with a glass of wine in your hand, this Greek restaurant and bar delivers. You'll find wines from all over Europe though. Each "old world" wine is natural, organic or biodynamic, and comes from a family-owned winery.

Barmeli 69 Miami
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Bunbury

2200 NE 2nd Avenue, Edgewater

Named Miami New Times' "Best Wine Bar" in 2015, this cozy wine shop/bar has a collection sure to thrill any connoisseur. There's an abundance of Argentine wine, but you'll also fine domestic and imported brands for reasonable prices. Order their empanadas, Shrimp Balls or the Brie Cheese platter to go with your wine.

Bunbury Miami
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Cibo

200 S Pointe Drive, South Beach OR 45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
 
Another Miami New Times standout, Cibo has earned several awards for its wine collection.
"Wine angels" fly up on harnesses to retrieve your selection. You'll have hundreds to choose from, and the list has categories from all over the world. The large menu offers a generous amount of Italian dishes, including a pizza category that rivals any pizzeria.

Cibo Miami
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Clandestino Pub

758 Washington Avenue, South Beach

Try Clandestino if you're in mixed company - meaning there's some wine people, some liquor people and some who just want a good beer. This hidden bar has it all, with art on the walls and live music usually playing in the background. Order up one of their many wines, go for the sangria, or taste their specialty - Mexican spirit mezcal.

Clandestino Pub Miami
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El Carajo International Tapas & Wines

2465 SW 17th Avenue, Coral Way

This unassuming gem is part Spanish restaurant, part bakery, part wine store. Ignore the gas station on the other side of the building, because the global wine selection is worth the trip. Consider it your personal, secret wine cellar and tapas stop. Make a reservation for dinner, then get the Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce) or the Chorizo with Valencia rice. They also do brunch.

El Carajo
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Happy Wine

2833 Bird Avenue, Coconut Grove OR 5792 SW 8th Street, Flagami

According to this mom & pop wine store/restaurant, wine equals happiness! Each location has more than 1,000 international and domestic labels. A Miami New Times favorite, they have wine tasting on the weekends along with music. Their menu consists of tapas and larger plates to share.

Happy wine Miami
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Lagniappe

3425 NE 2nd Avenue, Edgewater

With a list of awards for its wine collection, this warm and inviting venue is ideal for a drink and a show. There's live music every day with afternoon shows on the weekends. Order from a select by-the-glass menu or buy one of their many bottles. You can also pair your wine with a small menu of cheese plates and charcuterie.

Lagniappe
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The Forge

432 W 41st Street, Mid-Beach

This contemporary American restaurant has wine from all over the map, even New Zealand and Australia. Beer drinkers will be happy with the amount of choices as well. Have a white with a tempting raw bar item, or pair your red with one of their many steaks.

The Forge Miami Beach
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Uvaggio Wine Bar

70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
 
This bar celebrates wine with a creative drink menu and weekly events. Choose a "Prosecco Frother" for something fun and flavorful, or pick from wine list categories like "Wacky Juice That Probably Only I Will Drink". They run wine tastings on Saturdays, blind tasting challenges, and a Wine Club. You can also enjoy live music several nights, every week.

Uvaggio Wine Bar
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Think we missed a spot? Comment in with your favorite wine haunt!

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