Where to Celebrate a New Job in Miami

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Congrats on the new job! Where are you celebrating? A (hopefully) bigger salary means it’s time to treat yourself. Check out these seven spots to kick off your career’s next chapter.

Buya

Your money goes far at Buya in Wynwood. The laidback Japanese eatery is known for its affordable and flavorful plates, of which there are many. Start off with something light like the wagyu tataki and then indulge in items like karaage chicken, yellowtail snapper, Tokyo street corn, and crispy duck ramen. Sake selections abound—cheers!

Buya Izakaya + Yakitori is located at 250 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website

Costa Med

Go off the beaten path and pay a visit to Costa Med in Key Biscayne. The neighborhood gem is ideal for a more subdued outing—it’s intimate and great for a meal with your closest peers. On the menu, you’ll find Mediterranean-inspired delights like steak tartare, pear and gorgonzola ravioli, Greek-style branzino, lobster ravioli, and veal chop. Sneak a peek at the wine list and enjoy some rare finds while you’re at it.

Costa Med is located at 260 Crandon Boulevard, #46, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. For more information, visit their official website.

Hiyakawa

Hiyakawa isn’t cheap, but you get what you pay for—and you’re paying for some of the best sushi in Miami. The Wynwood favorite boasts a dazzling array of Japanese specialties that are sure to impress. A la carte options are available, but we recommend a chef’s tasting to get the full experience. We won’t waste your time talking about the menu—just go. 

Hiyakawa is located at 2700 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website

Mehzcla

Latin-fusion cuisine is the star of the show at Mehzcla, the gorgeous restaurant inside The Balfour Hotel. This Miami Beach eatery has a wide range of bites to accommodate any palate. Think rock shrimp ceviche, ahi tuna, carne asada, Florida lobster, and chaufa rice. There’s something for everyone here, so round up your friends and prepare for a good time. 

Mehzcla is located at 350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

Riviera Focacceria

If you’re a big fan of Italian food, then Riviera Focacceria should be on your shortlist. The Midtown Miami eatery’s menu features an expansive list of delicious pasta options, meats, and seafood. You’ll want to order everything on the menu, so here are a few highlights to get you started: the signature focaccia con formaggio, the calamari, the octopus carpaccio, the lasagna, and the short ribs au jus. And of course, there’s plenty of wine to pair with your choices. 

Riviera Focacceria is located at 3252 Buena Vista Boulevard, #110, Miami, FL 33137. For more information, visit their official website.

Strawberry Moon

If your friends are more the dinner party type, Strawberry Moon will hit the spot. The high-energy Mediterranean restaurant was created by nightlife mogul David Grutman and musical artist Pharell, so you know it’s going to be a vibe. The menu leans Mediterranean, so expect to find classics like hummus, babaganoush, falafel, pide (Turkish pizza), swordfish shawarma, and more. Reservations are a must. 

Strawberry Moon is located at 601 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

The Wagyu Bar

A steak dinner is a great way to celebrate a new job, so snag a table at The Wagyu Bar for an evening to remember. The Wagyu Bar prides itself on being a casual steakhouse; you won’t find any stuffiness here. Instead, you’ll find some darn good cuts as well as a ton of just-as-awesome non-steak fare. You can’t go wrong with The Wagyu Bar’s ribeye or filet mignon.

Can’t decide on a steak? Try the wagyu flight—it comes with a hefty price tag, but you deserve it. Other notable selections include roasted bone marrow, the sausage platter, and the smoked salmon nigiri. 

The Wagyu Bar is located at 2257 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145. For more information, visit their official website.

Geoffrey Anderson

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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