Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


270 Biscayne Blvd. Way (NE Second Ave.) Send to Phone
305-577-0277 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Swank Japanese izakaya proffering sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, a robata grill, 100-plus saké selections and celebrity sightings.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late

* Click here for rating key

Zuma, Miami, FL

Zuma Restaurant Review

: In Japan, an izakaya is akin to a Spanish tapas bar; it’s an informal after-work hangout where one drops by for drinks, most often saké (the name derives from "sakaya," a saké shop) and small plates that can be shared amongst friends. As the soaring ceilings and sophisticated designer décor of Miami's Zuma make clear, this first American branch of chef Rainer Becker's popular London original is Becker's much-upscaled vision of the traditional version. Zuma's dishes --- which come from a robata grill, a sushi-sashimi bar, a tempura station and a kitchen --- are elevated by art-on-a-plate presentation, top-quality ingredients and flavors that are sometimes intense, sometimes subtle, but virtually always impeccably balanced. On the extensive menu of signature staples plus seasonally changing items, one would expect favorites like miso-marinated "black cod" (sablefish) or Kurobuta pork belly skewers to rock, and indeed, Zuma's versions are anything but ordinary. But even normally yawn-inspiring items, like tofu, soar, as it’s been spiced, fried and finished with Japanese herbs. As for the drinks that izakaya food is designed to accompany, cocktails are well-crafted and the western wine list features numerous tempting rare bottles. The best idea, though, is to explore the intricacies of Japan's wine and saké from Zuma's large and varied collection. Weekend brunch brings many options as well as free-flowing lychee martinis.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.