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9 Noteworthy Florida Restaurants | Listen

By: Lauren Titus

Our top 9 Florida restaurants from tried-and-true classics to new hotspots

From Miami to Orlando, Florida has a wide range of cuisines and high-end restaurants to discover. In the Local Palate’s 2024 Restaurants Issue, Florida writer Lauren Titus offers a guide to new and tried-and-true local spots with these 9 Florida restaurants. 

5 New Florida Restaurants

Lotus Noodle Bar | St. Augustine, Florida

After introducing his sophisticated ramen dishes to St. Augustine through a series of pop-ups, chef Barry Honan opened Lotus, an intimate brick-and-mortar restaurant. The menu reflects his passion for creating modern Japanese cuisine using French cooking techniques. Seasonally inspired dishes include shareable plates like beet “carpaccio” and smoked potato salad along with pork, seafood, and vegan ramen dishes.

Bowl of noodles served at Lotus Noodle Bar in Florida
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Oaxaca Club | Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Located in the heart of Jacksonville Beach, this contemporary restaurant is inspired by the cuisine from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The dishes are characterized by flavorful moles, salsas, fresh herbs, quesillo cheese, and mezcal, which pairs deliciously with the agave-centric cocktail bar, freshly made margaritas, and a large variety of tequila and mezcal flights. The beverage program also features a private label mezcal custom distilled for the restaurant.

Interior of the Oaxaca Club in Florida
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Ostrow Brasserie | Miami, Florida

Created by chef Olivia Ostrow and partner Eli Dadon, this French kosher eatery is making waves in Buena Vista with its innovative menu, charming space, and wide appeal. The versatile brasserie aims to elevate kosher dining into an unforgettable culinary adventure by featuring traditional French dishes, a sophisticated design, an open kitchen, and a tropical oasis back patio.

Truffle Salmon Pasta served at Ostrow Bistro in Florida
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Earthy Picks | Orlando, Florida

This small cafe in the South Eola neighborhood serves vegan food inspired by owner Tatiana Henao’s upbringing in Colombia and her love of Mexican cuisine. The menu reflects Henao’s holistic lifestyle principles and consists of plant-based versions of traditional Latin American dishes such as burritos, tacos, and tostadas, along with smoothies and cold-pressed juices.

Dishes served at Earthy Picks in Florida
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Amelia’s 1931 | Miami, Florida

Named after chef Eileen Andrade’s abuela, this fine-dining restaurant with a speakeasy vibe highlights Cuban, Korean, and Peruvian flavors in unexpected ways. Late-night diners should check out Amelia’s After Hours with live music, happy hour, and a secret menu; you’ll find the password via Instagram on Fridays and Saturdays.

4 Tried & True Florida Restaurants

Dish served at Gypsy Crab in Florida
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Gypsy Cab Co. | St. Augustine, Florida

Known for its urban cuisine, this restaurant has been a mainstay since 1983. The cab fare (daily menu) is influenced by Italian, Cajun, Mediterranean, German, Southern, and Floribbean flavors.

The Original Cuban Sandwich from Columbia Restaurant in Florida

Columbia Restaurant | Ybor City, Florida

Operating since 1905, this Spanish restaurant is considered Florida’s oldest and now has seven locations around the state. Fan favorites include Columbia’s original “1905” salad tossed tableside, Cuban sandwich, and sangria.

Pappardelle with braised veal served at Campiello Ristorante

Campiello Ristorante & Bar | Naples, Florida

Inspired by its founder’s background in the shrimping industry, this seafood eatery in Lake Charles offers a menu of Cajun fried dinners, crawfish and shrimp boils, po’boys, and tacos.

Ravenous Pig | Orlando, Florida

Husband-and-wife duo James and Julie Petrakis opened this American gastropub in 2007. The dinner and weekend brunch menus feature dishes that highlight seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

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