Congrats, Grad! You’ve accomplished great things while you’ve grown into an adult! If life was a map, today would have a giant X mark the spot to represent the beginning of new adventures!

But let me tell you, adventures can’t begin on an empty stomach. So if you’re friends or family come to town to celebrate your big day with you grab a bite to eat after the ceremony and spend some time basking in the recent graduate glow. So check out these Miami restaurants to start the celebration! 

It’s the one day you can decline responding to the inevitable question: “what are your plans for after graduation?” simply because it’s your day!

So if you’re looking for a fancy meal with bougie cocktails and thick cuts of steak, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our list of the best restaurants, near The U in South Miami to celebrate you and your big day! 

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TwoChefs Restaurant
Restaurant $$
8287 S Dixie Hwy, Miami FL, 33143
TWOCHEFS European-inspired cuisine has made it one of the region’s landmark restaurants. The restaurant offers international fusion cuisine in a relaxed...
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
Bar & Restaurant $
500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami FL, 33131
Chic waterfront find offering Peruvian & fusion fare, plus bars for cocktails, ceviche & anticucho.
Palme D'Or French Restaurant
Restaurant $$
1200 Anastasia AvenuE, Coral Gables FL, 33134
Using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, Pugin hopes to gives each guest the feeling that he or she has been transported to France for an evening...
Restaurant $
6915 SW 57th Ave, Coral Gables FL, 33143
Shula's 347 follows a long line of successful restaurants, all founded on the same famous tradition of Shula's Steak Houses. Shula's 347 has everything...
Edge Steak & Bar
Bar & Restaurant
1435 Brickell Ave, Miami FL, 33131
With a casual, upbeat restaurant atmosphere and expertly prepared steakhouse cuts served in smaller portions, EDGE is always approachable, always sophisticated....
Il Gabbiano
4.6  5 Rating (2)
335 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL, 33131
Il Gabbiano is the place to be for upscale, waterfront Italian dining in Miami. Enjoy a variety of soups salads and entrees including veal, pork, beef,...
Restaurant $
415 NE 2nd Ave, Miami FL, 33132
Tuyo is the crown jewel sitting atop Miami Dade College’s acclaimed Miami Culinary Institute, offering award-winning contemporary American cuisine and...
Area 31 Restaurant & Bar
4.0  4 Rating (1)
16th floor at Epic Hotel 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami FL, 33131
From a casual bite to a celebratory feast, Area 31 provides fresh, flavorful food, stellar service, savvy wine and cocktail list, along with breathtaking...
Atrio at the Conrad
3.9  4 Rating (1)
1395 Brickell Ave, Miami FL, 33131
Latin-Asian cuisine in an Upscale atmosephere. Full wine list and fully stocked top shelf bar. Top it off with homemade Ice cream or cookies for dessert....
Zuma Miami
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami FL, 33131
Zuma Miami - The Official Page For job opportunities please go to Zuma, the brainchild of award-winning chef Rainer...
465 Brickell Ave, Miami FL, 33131
Located on the south side of the Miami river in Downtown northern Financial District, the restaurant offers panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and a chic...
Boulud Sud Miami
Bar & Restaurant $
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami FL, 33131
Chef Daniel Boulud's Mediterranean-inspired celebration of the sun and sea in the heart of downtown Miami. A vibrant celebration of the sun and the sea....
The River Seafood and Oyster Bar
Restaurant $
650 S Miami Ave, Miami FL, 33130
At The River Oyster Bar, we believe in honest food and good times. With over two decades of culinary experience, Chef David Bracha adds a contemporary...
Bulla Gastrobar (Coral Gables)
Bar & Restaurant $
2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables FL, 33134
A long-time local favorite, Bulla Gastrobar’s first location continues to set the standard for Spanish cuisine, right here in downtown Coral Gables –...