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Welcome to the DiningGuide overview for Metropolitan Miami. For a complete list of dining options, please visit our main Miami DiningGuide page.

A sun-drenched city on the Atlantic Ocean, Miami is a unique beachfront playground of vivacious energy, fueled by a dynamic fusion of diverse and exotic cultures; pulsating with sensuality, casual style and cosmopolitan modernity and boasting a vast and diverse restaurant scene.

The revival of South Beach to the former glory of its heyday, which began in the early 90's, heralded the birth of Miami's own style of cooking – New World Cuisine: a contemporary fusion of Latin American and Caribbean influences combined with classic European techniques. New World is also known as Nuevo Latino and Floribbean cuisine.

With South Florida being the nexus where North America and the Caribbean meet, New World cuisine includes signature tropical overtones and a range of regional ingredients. Florida waters provide an abundance of fresh seafood that the local chefs use to great effect in their cooking, with snapper, shrimp, conch, grouper, lobster and stone crab appearing frequently on gourmet menus, often inventively combined with the flavors of tropical fruit and vegetables grown in South Dade County. These include such exotic delights as papaya, scotch bonnet peppers, yucca, mango and hearts of palm, cherimoya, avocado, cilantro, ginger and coriander. These dynamic flavor fusions make New World, or Nuevo Latino, cuisine a venerable taste sensation, imbued with Miami's unique multicultural flair.

New World cuisine's pioneers offer a taste of this extraordinary cuisine at their own Miami ventures.

OLA Miami – an acronym for ‘Of Latin America' – is a showcase venue for the inimitable culinary style of Chef Douglas Rodriguez, offering tantalizing selections of New World, or Nuevo Latino, cuisine.

Fine dining in Miami isn't, however, limited to New World Cuisine alone. The recent epicurean awakening in the region has raised South Florida's dining scene to the highest echelon of culinary distinction, and brought about a deluge of sophisticated new restaurants offering an exemplary array of traditional cuisines, including some of the highest quality, most authentic Cuban fare in the world as well as numerous quintessential Argentinean cafes, Peruvian dining spots and authentic Brazilian rodizios, fine French dining, and Jamaican, Haitian, Asian, European, Middle Eastern and traditional American fare.

Seafood restaurants abound in the Miami metro area, ranging from casual surf-and-turf to unsurpassed fine dining. Pilar, named for Ernest Hemingway's famous fishing boat, is celebrated Chef Scott Fredel's unique Aventura venture, serving a refined, inventive seafood-based menu that reflects Fredel's love of fishing and his respect for the culinary arts.

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