Here are four new Miami, Beach restaurants to try this month

The revamped Vagabond Kitchen and Bar is just one spot columnist Sara Liss checked out (Handout)

First Look takes you inside some of South Florida’s hot new restaurants.

Here are four columnist Sara Liss tried in August.


Via Emilia 9

“The 2-year-old restaurant recently underwent a complete revamp to include an open kitchen, an expanded market with Italian goods for sale, an eat-in bar, and a dedicated pasta-making station, where guests can watch the executive chef do the live pasta-making thing.” (Read more)

1120 15th St Miami Beach; 786-216-7150


Watr at the 1 Hotel

“A serene rooftop space that is outfitted with a glorious pool, white couches, teak furniture, greenery and views of the Atlantic from 18 stories high…. The only rooftop spot in South Beach to sup on sushi and pork belly buns.” (Read more)

2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000


Vagabond Kitchen and Bar 

“The Vagabond Kitchen and Bar’s original chef, Alex Chang, is out and the restaurant has been revamped by French partners…. The handsome mid-century dining room still exhibits its retro charm but has been softened a bit with checked upholstered chairs, pops of color and more artwork…. The Vagabond’s kitchen has reinvented itself with a simpler and more accessible approach to regional cooking.” (Read more)

7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-409-5635


Halves & Wholes

“Chef Bernie Matz fills the sandwich void in South Beach…. An unpretentious and comfortable counter service spot with communal high top tables, gleaming white subway tile walls and an open kitchen. Night owls will appreciate that the space is open until 5 a.m….” (Read more)

1600 Alton Rd., Miami Beach