The Best Miami Restaurant Openings Fall 2016

Here are the coolest new spots where you'll want to score a table

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Miami's Design District is going to get a slew of new restaurants this year and next, including additions from big names like Estefan Kitchen, The Smile and more. Here's just a warm up of what to expect in the coming season.

Fi'lia: Michael Schwartz is dipping his toe into the Italian pool with this restaurant at the SLS Brickell, where he plans to serve wood-oven pizzas. There will also be a Caesar salad that's tossed tableside and a roaming Parmigiano cart making its way around the restaurant. The opening is slated for October to coincide with the opening of the hotel.

Bazaar Mar: A touch after Fi'lia opens, José Andrés will debut Bazaar Mar at the SLS Brickell. While Andrés has no shortage of restaurants, this is a new concept for the chef, focused on all things from the sea including ceviche, a raw bar, stone crabs and whole fish prepared in a slew of different ways.

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Poeti: Laurent Tourondel is adding another restaurant at The Betsy – South Beach, where he opened LT Steak & Seafood this summer. Poeti is Italian with a menu of antipasti, charcuterie and brick-oven pizzas at lunch and dinner, and pastries, plus breakfast sandwiches, in the morning.  

The Smile's Miami Restaurant: The team behind New York's well-loved casual spot, The Smile, is headed to Miami's Design District. The focus of the project is still under wraps, but the team has a way with vegetables, so a lot of salad options seems likely.

Estefan Kitchen: Gloria and Emilio Estefan have another upscale Cuban restaurant in the works, this one called Estefan Kitchen in the Design District (where lots of restaurants are headed these days). The restaurant should make an appearance toward the very end of the year.