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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in South Florida for 2019

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in South Florida/Miami’s culinary scene. Equally known for its sunny beaches and nighttime dance clubs, this neon-glowing city—with flavor influences ranging from Cuban and southern to Jewish and Jamaican—has fun in its food scene too. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

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The OpenTable Team
7 Restaurants
Updated 02 March 2020
Restaurants:Serafina Miami, Stubborn Seed, Pez Loco
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Aventura, South Beach, Wynwood
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Serafina Miami

$$$$
Italian
Aventura
4.5
950 reviews
Serafina Restaurant group is a vision that started in 1995. A star was truly born and changed the restaurant scene indefinitely. Serafina restaurant group is now a globally recognized brand with restaurants in some of the finest cities all over the world, We proudly source the freshest local ingredients and use organic whenever possible. Partnering with our trusted vendors and suppliers, our fresh Italian favorites stand out with exceptional quality, authenticity and contemporary cuisine. Samantha Cooper began her career working in New York City at her family-owned restaurants. This propelled her into a career in hospitality at a young age, pursuing management for the Tao group, where she was on the team launching several new concept, managing venues of more than 400 employees and $50 million in revenue. Her passion and hard work drove her to open her own restaurant before the age of 30, and is now thriving at her newest venture, Serafina Miami which opened in 2018. With a son and daughter of her own, Samantha believes that strong women raise strong women and sets this example for her family both in business and in life.

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Stubborn Seed

$$$$
American
South Beach
4.7
1902 reviews
Not all great chefs have a long list of credentials and decades of experience. Every cook starts somewhere, and Dallas Wynne is no exception. At just 23 years old, this young up-and-coming pastry chef is already making a name for herself. After completing a highly competitive course at Johnson & Wales in 2015, she started working at Stubborn Seed. Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford own and operates this restaurant. Before Wynne advanced to an executive chef position, this young patissier spent years under the expert tutelage of one of Miami's most famous pastry chefs, James Beard Award-nominated Hedy Goldsmith. When Goldsmith moved to California, it was time for Wynne to expand her culinary chops. \n She took on the task of shaping artisan loaves for Stubborn Seed and plating delicate desserts. Wynne's take on brunch includes delights like an organic strawberry donut with a passion fruit sabayon. Simple, elegant, and delicious desserts and breakfast items hit the tables at one of Miami's freshest dining locations. She might be one of the youngest pastry chefs in the city, but her culinary creations are out of this world!"She took on the task of shaping artisan loaves for Stubborn Seed and plating delicate desserts. Wynne's take on brunch includes delights like an organic strawberry donut with a passion fruit sabayon. Simple, elegant, and delicious desserts and breakfast items hit the tables at one of Miami's freshest dining locations. She might be one of the youngest pastry chefs in the city, but her culinary creations are out of this world! She took on the task of shaping artisan loaves for Stubborn Seed and plating delicate desserts. Wynne's take on brunch includes delights like an organic strawberry donut with a passion fruit sabayon. Simple, elegant, and delicious desserts and breakfast items hit the tables at one of Miami's freshest dining locations. She might be one of the youngest pastry chefs in the city, but her skill is undeniable.

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Pez Loco

$$$$
Mexican
Wynwood
3.8
8 reviews
Norman Van Aken's latest culinary institution, Three, employs some of the most talented young chefs in the business, and Mame Sow is no exception. Her culinary brilliance was first recognized in New York City, her home away from home. At age 11, this young talent first landed on American shores from Senegal. A graduate of the prestigious International Culinary Center, Sow brings her talents with desserts to the thriving Miami food scene. In 2010, her decadent creations won the coveted title of Best Dessert Bar NYC for the kitchen at Spot Dessert Bar. Three, her current kitchen, is where she plates up lush concoctions like the Orely's Chocolate Custard, which comes with a brown butter cake and banana gastrique. Hibiscus has a prominent place on the ingredient list with two infused desserts featuring this less common flavor profile. Her sweet post-meal treats are the icing on the cake at Three, where New World cuisine celebrates local flavors and food history. Three, her current kitchen, is where she plates up lush concoctions like the Orely's Chocolate Custard, which comes with a brown butter cake and banana gastrique. Hibiscus has a prominent place on the ingredient list with two infused desserts featuring this less common flavor profile. Her sweet meal enders are the icing on the cake at Three, where New World cuisine celebrates local flavors and food history.

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MC Kitchen

$$$$
Italian
Design District
4.7
817 reviews
Brandy Coletta and Dena Marino teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind eatery. MC Kitchen reflects a lifetime of experience and dedication to fresh, seasonal food. Coletta brings a unique skillset to the position of managing partner. Before entering the family business, she spent time building some of the world's biggest retail brands like Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, and Gucci. Born and raised in Memphis, the family business was a century-old Italian restaurant, Coletta's. With that background, Coletta was always on the lookout for what was happening in her local food scene. Bringing all that expertise with her, Coletta partnered up with Marino, one of the nation's hot young chefs. Marino's attention to detail and passion for Italian-American cuisine was the driving force behind the MC Kitchen menu. Rustic Italian fare including whole roasted branzino and seafood pasta. While Marino has since left the restaurant, her distinct food style is still very much present on the menu. Diners still enjoy some of her creations while relaxing in a whimsical room. Fixtures like delicate butterfly lights and a wireframe airplane invite a little fun with every bite. Bringing all that expertise with her, Coletta partnered up with Marino, one of the nation's hot young chefs. Accolades in top dining magazines like Food & Wine and Wine Spectator named Dena as an exceptional founding chef. Marino's attention to detail and Italian-American cuisine was the driving force behind the MC Kitchen menu. Rustic Italian fare like whole roasted branzino and seafood pasta include local flavors like Meyer lemons. While Marino has since left the restaurant, her inimitable food style is still very much present on the menu. Diners still enjoy some of her creations while relaxing in a whimsical room. Fixtures like delicate butterfly lights and a wireframe airplane invite a little fun with every bite.

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3030 Ocean

$$$$
Seafood
Harbor Beach
4.4
2009 reviews
Adrienne Grenier started her professional career at 3030 Ocean. Under the mentorship of renowned chefs Paula DaSilva and Dean Max, she began her journey as a professional chef. Two years later, Grenier headed to the West Coast to learn more about great food and modern cooking. She spent hours at local farmers markets learning the ins and outs of farm-to-table cooking. She then made her way back to her Florida home. Once again working under the auspices of Paula DaSilva, Grenier made her television debut on Chopped. Walking off with the $10,000 prize, she took the title of champion. In 2013, Grenier returned to 3030 Ocean with a more advanced culinary knowledge. She quickly put those skills to work, and after a 2015 renovation at the restaurant, advanced to the executive chef position. Now, the menu at this seafood emporium includes local delicacies like stone crab claw and grilled black grouper. Diners enjoy a variety of flavors with an optional three-course tasting menu. In 2013, Grenier returned to 3030 Ocean with more skill and culinary education. She quickly put those skills to work, and after a 2015 renovation at the restaurant, advanced to the executive chef position. Now, the menu at this seafood emporium includes local delicacies like stone crab claw and grilled black grouper. Diners enjoy a variety of flavors with an optional three-course tasting menu.

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Stiltsville Fish Bar

$$$$
Seafood
South Beach
4.5
2221 reviews
Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis define the term ‘power couple’ in the restaurant industry. These two culinary masterminds were behind the wildly successful Root & Bone brand that took New York by storm and eventually expanded to Puerto Rico. Booth, like her partner, spent a season on Bravo's Top Chef, pitting her culinary skills against some of the best chefs in the country. Her time in New Orleans filming led right up to her first steps into restaurant ownership. After several years of building that brand, her love of sunshine and fresh foods brought her back down south. The Miami lifestyle is close to her Australian roots with plenty of outdoor time and fun in the sun. Working side-by-side with famous McInnis, another Top Chef contender, she opened the popular Stiltsville Fish Bar in Sunset Harbor. This restaurant combines a casual neighborhood vibe with some of the best sunset views in the city. Grab a table or relax in a hammock chair while enjoying food fresh from the sea. The small plates menu offers bite-sized servings of fun favorites like the snapper ceviche or crab krab Louie. Working side-by-side with famous McInnis, another Top Chef contender, she opened the popular Stiltsville Fish Bar in Sunset Harbor. This concept restaurant combines a casual neighborhood vibe with some of the best sunset views in the city. Grab a table or relax in a hammock chair while enjoying food fresh from the sea. The small plates menu offers bite-sized servings of fun favorites like the snapper ceviche or crab krab Louie. Heartier plates serve up Southern soul food like a cider-braised pork chop or bay leaf and citrus crusted fried chicken.

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Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge

$$$$
Global, International
Downtown Miami
4.5
3035 reviews
Jill Martinez Montinola breathes new life into the sweet treats served on the dessert menu at Seaspice. Martinez Montinola brings more than a decade of experience with pastries to the cutting board in this modern take on a classic gastropub. She started her career with a degree in international studies before putting her education to work at the Wynn Las Vegas. During her time with Samba Brands Management, she worked tirelessly to build a culinary reputation that traveled with her from Las Vegas to Miami. When she eventually transitioned to Seaspice as the executive pastry chef, she was part of the team from day one. Now, it’s her imagination that fuels the design of every sweet treat on the menu. Try the tropical pavlova for a succulent treat with a hidden kick from the pink peppercorn chantilly. The lemon mousse uses local key lime curd softened by a raspberry swirl. The dolce de leite cake features blood orange gel and cafezinho ice cream. These imaginative combinations generate rave reviews among anyone who dines here! Try the tropical pavlova for a succulent treat with a hidden kick from the pink peppercorn chantilly. The lemon mousse uses local key lime curd softened by a raspberry swirl. The dolce de leite cake features blood orange gel and cafezinho ice cream. These imaginative combinations generate rave reviews.

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