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A Stunning Look At Miami’s Most Artistic Foods At This Year’s Art Basel

Art Basel, one of the world’s largest international art shows, will have its elaborate galleries and works on display in Miami Beach from December 6th-9th. Being in Miami, there’s also plenty of food equally as eye-catching as the festival’s spread.

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The actual venue, the Miami Beach Convention Center and Botanical Garden, will play host to several vendors showing off intricate, tantalizing creations. In addition, you have the entire city to take in, and the chefs and restaurateurs here are just as creative as any Art Basel display.

Here’s a look at the some of the places to stop by and grab some grub while gazing and finding the meaning behind the festival’s premium art collections.

The Jim and Neesie


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This Miami hotspot’s dinner menu is unique in that it features cuisines from all around the world. That means you could be feasting on an artisanal charcuterie board as a starter and snapping photos of an intricate hamachi crudo a few minutes later.

Boulud Sud Miami


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The best of all corners of the Mediterranean is plated perfectly on Daniel Boulud’s dishes from this concept. You can dive into Turkish flatbreads, Lebanese manakeesh, pumpkin agnolotti, and chicken tagine, all of which could be stunning works of art themselves.

AZABU Miami Beach


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At AZABU, the artisty is all the work of the sushi chefs. The Michelin-starred restaurant is renowned for their omakase menus, but also features robata, or various grilled items, and other snacks like Nagoya-style wings and lobster tempura.

Planta South Beach


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The wizardry of chef David Grutman here is on full display, as the dishes here, including ceviche, meat lover’s pizza, and sushi, are all 100% plant-based, sending your tastebuds and mind for a real loop.

Donna Mare Trattoria


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Donna Mare may be new, but it’s Italian classics are rooted deep in family tradition. Chef-partner Manuel Mattei relies on locally sourced seafood to bring his authentic Italian dishes to life here.

Casa Tua Cucina


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You don’t just get to eat art at Casa Tua, you get to watch it come to life. It’s home to an 18,000 square-foot open kitchen where everything from carpaccios to pastas are crafted and topped with generous garnishes of shaved black truffle.



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All of Kaido’s dishes are designed to go with their extensive drinks menu, but each plate is just as creative in its own right. Featured here are items like uni fondue, lionfish sashimi, and A5 Wagyu katsu sandwiches.

Dal Plin Italian Eatery


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A single browse through Dal Plin’s Instagram is all you need to see just how much attention to detail they put into plating and crafting each dish on the menu. Being in a high-end festival like Art Basel should get you in the mood for their extremely photogenic white truffle pasta.



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Upland brings a heavy Californian influence to the Miami food scene, and their wood-fired pizzas are designed for capturing with your eyes, cameras, and taste buds. The coal-roasted meats, including short rib and salmon, are also worth stopping in to try.

Swan and Bar Bevy


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Swan’s menu is a celebration of food from around the world with influences from local Miami fare. It’s also one of the few places on the planet that can transform a Caesar salad into a stunning sculpture.


Crudos Fusion Art


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Crudos’ menu is as much of a show as Art Basel itself. Disappearing mounds of cotton candy and delicately constructed ramen burgers are just some of the Instagram-worthy highlights the restaurant has to offer.

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.