Scott’s Picks for 5 Great Restaurants

When it comes to delicious dining, South Florida has pretty much cornered the market. Not only is it home to some of the country’s finest seafood and Spanish cuisine, it’s bursting with all kinds of award-winning flavors and innovative dishes.

In fact, here are our five favorite restaurants throughout the South Florida area.

Casa Tua

Eggplant parmesan on a flatbread topped with basil.

Lavish meals. Authentic Italian atmosphere. An unbelievable ambience.

Those are three ways to describe the impeccable Casa Tua restaurant in Miami Beach. Featuring gourmet Italian food and an amazing wine list of hard-to-find treasures, this is one meal you won’t soon forget.

When you visit, we highly recommend trying the Veal Milanese. At the end of the night, say goodnight with some delicious handmade gelato or some tiramisu.

Zuma

Friends sharing sushi.

Prepare for the meal of a lifetime at Zuma. Start the night off with a phenomenal cocktail like the Rikka and Tonic before sampling some of their appetizers. Ask your server for a recommendation, you won’t be disappointed.

The sushi rolls are deliciously fresh and everything is prepared to the highest standards imaginable. The soothing ambiance perfectly complements the amazing good. Some highlights include the seared beef with pickled daikon and fresh truffle dressing, as well as daily maki.

Nobu

Friends enjoying wine over dinner.

Critically acclaimed for its world-class sushi and innovative Japanese-Peruvian fusion, Nobu is a must-try in beautiful Miami Beach. Located in the Eden Roc Resort off of Collins Avenue, this is the perfect place for a celebration, an anniversary dinner, or a quintessential “treat yourself” kind of meal.

The breakfast buffet in particular is legendary. Specially designed by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa himself, it offers something sweet, something savory, and just about everything in between.

Some must tries are the Black Miso Cod, the Yellowtail Sashimi, and the Green Tea Chicken and Waffles for breakfast!

Komodo

A plate of decadent Asian food.

It’s not just dinner, it’s a destination. Komodo is a delightful Asian-fusion restaurant with amazing ambience and incredible food. Try to get a seat at the two-story outdoor patio area, complete with giant birds nest hovering over the first floor.

For the appetizer, enjoy the crispy rice hamachi and grilled avocado. Next, the Korean fried chicken is to die for, as is the miso salmon. The duck bahn mi is another worthy contender. My recommendation? Bring some friends and share everything!

Valentino’s

A plate of steak and asparagus.

There’s just something about Italian cuisine—and Valentino’s does it just right. Authentic, delicious, and always flavorful, Valentino’s Cucina Italiana in Fort Lauderdale is perfect for date night or every night.

Start with the foie gras panzotti starter and end with vanilla Panna Cotta. For everything that comes in between, ask your server for their recommendation. The service here is almost as impeccable as the food!

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