Adventurous EatersNAOE was incredible! We went for my husband's birthday and it was a truly spectular experience. You are transported to Japan and the food could not be more authentic. Picky eaters beware though as you must have an open mind and an adventurous palate to truly enjoy it. Sit at the sushi bar so you can watch the action.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner at NaoeThis was, by far, the best sushi I have ever had! Not only that, but the entire experience was amazing. The staff explained everything they brought us in detail and were super attentive. I'd say that they really went out of their way to make our night amazing, but it didn't seem that they were going out of their way at all. They seemed to genuinely enjoy making our dining experience more than memorable. We can't wait to get back there.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMNaoe is ALWAYS the bestIt is almost a 2 month wait to get a reservation @ Naoe so I jumped at the cancellation even though it was last minute. Kevin's quality and selection or rare and unusual sushi (sea cucumber roe, whelk, Hokkaido uni, etc, etc) is always highly anticipated and appreciated - I would venture to say Naoe is one of the finest sushi restaurants in the US. Kevin's family in Japan produces wonderful sake (we had the Nichiei Junmai Daiginjo “Glory Of The Sun” and it was superb) and we also ordered some extremely fine matcha tea that Wendy offered and that was not on the menu. The best restaurant in Miami.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial Japanese ExperienceVery interesting restaurant to explore for excellent Japanese food. Good quality and presentation, as well as sake options. Unique experience to truly give your mouth a taste of Japan in Miami.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMVery Authentic Asian CuisineThis place is for true foodies who enjoy experimentation and trying new and different things. The service is outstanding.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMImpeccable dining experienceExpect to pay quite a bit, but well worth every penny5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything I ate is so delicious!!!Chef Kevin... He knows about Japanese food much better than I do,and Im from Japan. It was worth the extra day in Miami!
Thank you to everyone at Naoe, they are so professional.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMMichelin StarStill waiting on it. Service impeccable as always.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOur Happy Place...We have been visiting Miami the past four years and we cannot come here without a reservation to Naoe. Chef Kevin Cory provides an amazing omakase and you would be missing out to not extend your meal to include the additional chef selections. It's always a pleasure to see and speak with Wendy - she makes your experience just that more perfect as the service is always impeccable and friendly.
The cab drivers will never know where they're going as the new location is in the Brickell area and unassuming but if you have an Iphone or a map app, it's easy enough to find if you have the address and look up the directions to guide them. Don't let the location deter you.
We look forward to next year.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMUniqueVery unique experience, totally worth the price tag (in my opinion) ... go in mentally prepared not to expect the "quantity" to be proportional to what you pay ... rather expect "quality" and "uniqueness" to be the indicators that measure your experience ... if you have a very special person in your life that enjoys Japanese cuisine this is the place !!!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMImpeccable ServiceFood was delicious and unique. Service was impeccable. Great place for foodies and/or those Looking for a unique dining experience. Very traditional Japanese cuisine. One of my favorites!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Sushi in MiamiWords cannot express how enjoyable the experience my wife and I had at NAOE. From start to finish the staff was extremely friendly and made us feel right at home. The restaurant is extremely cosy. While they only seat 8 for each dinner service they restaurant could hold more, but the limited amount of people keeps the service spectacular and intimate. The food was amazing, each piece was hand crafted with care by the chef. Keep an open mind with what you are served and you will surely enjoy yourself. I can't say enough about this restaurant. Next time we are in the Miami area we will be sure to visit here again.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe God of SushiI just went for my birthday and asked to have a great seat. They put me right infront of where the doctor was going to work on fish and shellfish that i've never seen nor heard about in my 11 years of restaurant expreience. His family soy sauce and house scraped wasabi put and twist on ever bite his bento box should be in the sushi encyclopedia for the greatest of all time. Though exotic any palette would be enticed enough to try everything overall a 10 out of 105/9/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden gemNAOE is hard to find. No signage, illegible street number, and when you actually find and look through the door, the only evidence that there might be a restaurant inside is the presence of a small podium and a receptionist. One could easily conclude he/she is in the wrong place. That is when the receptionist looks up, smiles, welcomes you, almost congratulating you for finding the place, and guides you around a wing wall into a tiny, unpretentious restaurant. That's when the fun begins. There is room for about eight diners, mostly at a bar over which diners can watch the artistry of food preparation. There is no menu, as the meal dependends on what the chef finds that day. Delicious food, ultra-fresh; perfect service; culinary artistry.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMNOAE... a total escapeNAOE is a a total escape from the crazy city life. One would never think that such a place or restaurant even exists in this town. NAOE is the closest thing to going to Japan without actually going. Prepare yourself for a pallet of flavors that even the most experienced will have a hard time trying to register them and associate them with anything they have had before. We were lucky enough to have the beautiful and extremely knowable Wendy as our server. Paired up her service and Kevin Cory's insane adventure of flavor made for one of the best culinary experiences of my life.
Clear your calendar, make a reservation, turn off your phone, and enjoy the bliss of NAOE...4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBento box didn't do it forBento box didn't do it for me, but the sushi was outstanding!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMNaoe offers a traditionalNaoe offers a traditional Japanese sushi experience like I had only previously read about. the cuisine is somewhat advanced in probably would not be enjoyed by the beginning sushi eater or non-adventurous eater. That being said, if you enjoy sushi, food and trying new things this is THE place. Sushi preparation and service of a very high caliber. Chef Kevin, Wendy, Benz and the rest of the small staff were as amazing as the quality of the food that was presented. There is a small beer list and sakes for purchase by the bottle from Chef Kevin's family brewery in Japan. I was also very excited to discover a variety of quality Japanese loose leaf teas were available as well. Order the extra available courses and enjoy!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMA Sublime ExperienceNaoe is for people who not only love fine Japanese cuisine, but equally important, who also appreciate a rarified and personal dining experience. Eating at Naoe is an exercise in mindfulness. The place is a gem (simple, stark, quiet, and focused), chef Kevin Cory is a gem, and his staff are gems. This is omakase at its finest -- and I'm speaking as a Japanophile who loves fine Japanese cuisine in New York City. Miami is lucky!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMHeavenlyThe day after the unforgettable omakase meal Kevin Cory prepared for us, i was still feeling as if walking on clouds, and it took me a while to come back to earth in order to put other food in my mouth.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMSuper expensive but an amazingSuper expensive but an amazing experience! If you think a califonia roll is sushi, don't go here. It's real Japanese, expect to try new, weird and fantastic things. Best eating 'experience' ever. The staff are lovely and very informative.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMElegant service paired withElegant service paired with exceptional Japanese food as a dining experience like no other in Miami4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAdd to Foodie Bucket ListNaoe should be on every foodie's bucket list! This place is outstanding!! Sit at the counter if you would like to see how Chef prepares the food- just watching him is an experience. There is no other restaurant in Miami like Naoe!4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!Had a wonderful experience. Excellent food and awesome service.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe most decadent food youThe most decadent food you might ever put in your mouth. My only problem was that I wanted more.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAuthentic Japanese... YouAuthentic Japanese... You should know that you will have the most authentic Japanese food you can have in Florida, that being sad, it is completely different than your neighborhood japanese restaurant.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AM5 StarsExcellent fresh Flown in right from Japan. Note Very Expensive4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of kind experience thatOne of kind experience that blew us away. I can't wait to eat there again and have another amazing experience with the chef and the staff.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWhere is the Michelin star?Absolutely stunning. Service was impeccable. Where is the Michelin star is the question.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMBest service I have ever receivedBest service I have ever received in a restaurant. You must like Japanese food I.e. sushi/sashimi to go there as it is very expensive and you have no other options. Also you must drink sake, as there is no wine list. It was my first try at sake3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was wonderful. We wereIt was wonderful. We were seated immediately and waited on by a very capable staff. The food was prepared before our eyes and everything was outstandingly fresh. I can't wait to go back.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing experienceWe took a taxi from SoBe to Brickell Key and had pre-dinner drinks at Mandarin Oriental. After drinks we walked to Naoe which was quite hard to find but I won't give any hints how to find the restaurant, we all have to find our own path :-). Ambience was magical and service perfect. Food was prepared with utmost attention to detail offering once in a lifetime experience to remember. I don't want to reveal too much, you have to visit Naoe yourself. Visit to Naoe is an absolute highlight of my foodie career!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMMost peaceful dining experienceMost peaceful dining experience I've had. Very expensive but worth every dime! Must be adventurous and openminded about what you eat! The service was calming and quiet! Watching the chef prepare the sushi was beautiful. Must sit at the bar!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMNAOE is an amazing experienceNAOE is an amazing experience for those daring enough to let the chef create amazing food with no menu. The staff is amazing and attentive beyond belief. The restaurant only seats 8 and they have two servings per night, so it is hard to get a reservation but well worth it once you do.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMExcelent is no enough to describeExcelent is no enough to describe the overall experience, each plate godly crafted, excelent service!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMContinues ot be best spotContinues ot be best spot not only in toen but in US
Great work by Chef Cory and his team.We will be going back many timnes every time we visit Miami3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing experienceThe service was amazing, and the food was truly a very interesting, innovative and exciting experience. Greate Sake selection as well. I recommend it 100%3/12/2013 12:00:00 AM