So, you want to feel like a star when you go out to eat. We get it. Why not dine where the celebrities do? We scoped out a few Miami spots that famous people frequent when they don’t feel like cooking or ordering room service. You may already be familiar with some of these places that often pop up on very VIPs’ Instagram feeds, documenting their every bite.
Sugar Factory American Brasserie
They are not all about dessert here. Though we can’t say this eatery inside The Victor Hotel is exactly a dieter’s paradise. The focus is on big portions and over the top treats in a colorful, party atmosphere. Need proof of celebrity life? The website has a section literally listing its high wattage visitors.
Details: 1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; www.sugarfactory.com
She’s not just a Basketball Wife, please. Ayesha Curry is a culinary boss. Since Stephen Curry’s restaurateur wife opened this Aventura Mall upscale BBQ spot with local star chef Michael Mina in Aventura, the NBA insiders have been rolling in. President Barack Obama is a fan of the San Francisco location and we are patiently awaiting his presence here.
Details: 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura; www.michaelmina.net
Kiki on the River
Why is this clubby Miami River standout such a hit with the glitterati? One big reason: They can arrive by yacht and even eat on board, served by a personal chef. Models, athletes, pop stars, Real Housewives: Kiki, co-owned by Foreigner rocker Mick Jones’ son Roman Jones, has seen them all. The food — fancy, delish Greek — is also top shelf. Need a life changing experience? Do yourself a favor and order the homemade hummus.
Details: 450 NW North River Dr, Miami; www.kikiontheriver.com
Seaspice Brasserie and Lounge
Just like Kiki, Seaspice, right next door, is super yacht friendly. The riverside eatery is a favorite of a large variety of bold faced names, including salsa king Marc Anthony, who is usually seen here doing more modelizing than eating. Not that’s anything wrong with that, right J.Lo?
Details: 422 NW North River Dr; www.seaspicemiami.com
Prime One Twelve
On literally any given night (we’re talking Mondays), you can spot someone who a) is currently famous b) was famous a long time ago or c) had their 15 minutes and wants them back. What makes Myles Chefetz’s chi-chi SoFi veteran tick? Huge, family style portions, amazing steaks and a buzzy, see-and-be-seen atmosphere. Make sure you bring your AmEx Black.
Details: 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach; www.mylesrestaurantgroup.com
What’s the big deal here? We’ll tell you: the in-crowd feel, the subtle yet sleek decor, the awesome Japanese food with a twist and the discreet yet friendly service. Located inside the Epic Hotel, this downtown staple has fed just about anyone who has appeared on the pages of UsWeekly at some point in their careers, good or bad.
Details: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami; www.zumarestaurant.com
No celebrity watching guide can be complete without mentioning the contributions that local hospitality king Dave Grutman has made to the South Florida dining scene. The unusually prolific Florida native is the mastermind behind a number of legitimately trendy spots that come in hot, and stay that way. The vibey, three story Brickell resto-lounge attracts the beautiful people with visually alluring Pan Asian eats; a lush, tropical vibe; and spot-on service. Hey, it doesn’t hurt that Groot, as he’s known, is friends with the Kardashians.
Details: 801 Brickell Ave., Miami; www.komodomiami.com
Grutman’s newest baby (besides daughter Vida, born on Cinco de Mayo), is Swan Miami, an instant celeb magnet he opened with singer Pharrell Williams late last year in the Design District. The pink-hued, romantic decor plus global menu by “Top Chef Europe” winner Jean Imbert help reel in the likes of Trevor Noah, Lenny Kravitz and, most recently, Olivia Culpo, who celebrated her 27th birthday there (sans ex Danny Amendola). Upstairs is Bar Bevy for great, skyline views.
Details: 90 NE 39th St., Miami; www.swanbevy.com
If it’s star power you seek while you feed yourself, this is the spot. On any given night, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter owners Gloria and Emilio Estefan in the house, even performing on a whim. “You’re surrounded by Cuban music while you eat,” they write on their website. “So it’s food and music, two of the best things in life. Enjoy!”
Details: 140 NE 39th St., Miami; http://estefankitchen.com/