Miami Restaurant Openings: 10 New Places You Might Have Missed

From a speakeasy-style omakase to the city’s first all-natural wine bar.


Jia | Photo by Seth Browarnik

Jia | Photo by Seth Browarnik

Miami’s ever-evolving food scene is tough to keep up with, especially during a year when no one knew if our beloved hospitality industry would even survive. Fortunately, it’s not only survived, but thrived, with new openings popping up on the regular from lauded local names and ambitious imports determined to make their mark on the Magic City alike. And no neighborhood is immune to this influx, from the sleepy town of Miami Lakes to the hot shores of South Beach.

Here are ten recent restaurant openings that deserve a spot on your dining calendar, stat.

Design District
Craving something sceney but also a bit exclusive? ZZ’s Sushi Bar is a pseudo-membership club serving up high-end omakase bites and other Japanese delicacies by Major Food Group, the same

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New Miami Restaurants: Jia, Fireman Derek’s, Chick’ N Jones, Zaka Modern Japanese

click to enlarge Chick'N Jones is open in Time Out Market. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

Chick’N Jones is open in Time Out Market.

Photo courtesy of the Oprah Winfrey Network

Miami’s latest round of restaurant openings includes a brand-new fried chicken joint, a dinner club-style Chinese restaurant, a new flagship location in Wynwood for Fireman Derek’s.

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click to enlarge Fried chicken at Chick'N Jones - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

Fried chicken at Chick’N Jones

Photo courtesy of the Oprah Winfrey Network

Chick’N Jones

1601 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach

Amaris Jones is many things: chef, influencer, fashionista, community organizer, and restaurateur. Jones has returned to the world of commercial kitchens with the recent launch of Chick’N Jones, her modern fried-chicken concept inside Time Out Market. When it comes to the menu, Jones will lead you down a path to health as easily as

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Jia Chinese Restaurant and Lounge Opens South of Fifth in Miami Beach

click to enlarge A rendering of Jia, the upscale Chinese-American restaurant and dinner club opening in Miami's South of Fifth neighborhood. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHNNIE WALKERUSBS

A rendering of Jia, the upscale Chinese-American restaurant and dinner club opening in Miami’s South of Fifth neighborhood.

Photo courtesy of Johnnie WalkerUSBS

Jia, a modern Chinese-American dinner club with a private lounge, has opened in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood.

The restaurant is a collaboration between Ken Ray and Jason Cloth. For the past several years, Ray has focused on the food tech sector, launching À la Carte Delivery, which markets more than a dozen Miami ghost kitchens. Cloth is director of Bron Media Corp. and founder/managing partner of film-financing company Creative Wealth Media, based in Toronto.

Ray says he was interested in developing an upscale Chinese concept for quite some before deciding on the space in South of Fifth.

“I immediately knew that it was the perfect

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Upscale Chinese restaurant Jia to open in Miami Beach FL


The marble bar inside Jia, an upscale Chinese restaurant opening soon on Miami Beach.

One of Miami Beach’s most upscale neighborhoods is getting a fancy Chinese dinner club this summer.

From hospitality veteran Ken Ray comes Jia, which will bring upscale Cantonese-style cuisine to the South of Fifth neighborhood. The restaurant, which features a wrap-around marble bar at its heart, has an outdoor patio as well as indoor dining and a private lounge and dining area that can seat up to 25 guests for exclusive dinner parties.

The menu will be curated by internationally known executive chef Weng Choon “William” Lai, who won the Gold Award at the Chinese Cuisine World Championship Competition in 2016 as well as the Asian Gourmet Chef Individual Special Gold Award in 2017. He has worked in restaurants in Beijing, Thailand, Cambodia and Macau, including the Michelin guide-listed Pak Loh Chiu Chow.

Diners will soon

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