KYU

4.8
1405 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
Chef Michael Lewis and General Manager Steven Haigh bring a fresh concept to Miami with the opening of KYU. The wood-fired Asian grill features a diverse menu and focuses on professional yet relaxed service and a commitment to green practices.

Chef Lewis’s menu is influenced by years of global travel and inspired by Japanese and Korean yakiniku (literally translated to grilled meat in Japanese). The plates are designed to be straightforward and shareable, enabling a warm social environment. Barbecue aficionados will notice elements of American Southern barbecue peppered throughout the menu including the traditional “slow and low” technique. A carefully curated cocktail list features variations of classic cocktails with clever Asian twists.

The space was designed to bring elements of the neighborhood in with raw concrete, local art, and wood and metal accents. The natural elements in the contemporary design are reflective of
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm

Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:30pm

Happy Hour
Monday -Saturday: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
(available in the bar & lounge only; no reservations for happy hour)

Bar Extended Hours:
Friday & Saturday: Open until 1:00am
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Phone number
(786) 577-0150
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Lewis
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Cross street
2nd Ave
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Parking details
KYU offers valet parking for a fee in the evenings. Street and lot parking is also available in the area.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1405 People Are Saying
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PE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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SH
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fabulous. Don't miss the delicious drinks. The food items to get are the Krunchy Kale, cauliflower, crispy pork belly buns and Korean Fried Chicken. I've eaten here a few times and it's always fabulous. Make sure to make a reservation in order to avoid waiting.

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B
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, cocktails and atmosphere. Go for the fried chicken!

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MJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Staff helpful and pleasant. Food good but not great. A couple of the “more popular” dishes were nothing exceptional. Entree received before appetizer which was different.

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FL
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The experience at KYU is consistent; and for that we applaud KYO. But, not only is KYU's food execution not consistent; it's becoming boring.

We are repeat customers at KYU; and plan to return. But our familiarity gives us perspective. We know what to expect and enjoy going. But, KYU is not innovating like it did when it popped on the scene in Wynwood. And, we've had enough occasions where the food execution was lacking. On this most recent experience, we ordered the rice bowl. A few things about it stuck out - despite ordering it at the time we arrived, it still didn't make it to our table until well (10 plus minutes) after we received and finished all other food orders - so it became a take-out bowl. This is a repeat problem at KYU for us, and we did notice other tables receiving their bowls before their mains. Another oddity to the bowl - we had a whole over-easy egg laying on the bottom of the bowl, not mixed it. As for other items, the snapper was more fishy than expected; though still cooked properly and presented well. The pork sliders were nice, but the buns were undercooked (and almost raw). Service was acceptable, though not spectacular. Still, not all was off. The cauliflower was spot-on. The brisket was sublime (though a tad fatty). The filets were wonder, and despite the small portions we were fine given all of the food we ordered.

All in all, KYU is a place we will visit again. But, after spending time around the world in amazing restaurants in Scotland, France, London, and NY; I find myself longing for KYU to introduce something new to the menu or innovate again, other than a seasonal cocktail.... It's time KYU gave some thought to breathing some life into its menu. That's not to suggest a wholesale overhaul. But, please, reevaluate the options you're providing and consider introducing something innovative like your cuisine was when you arrived on the scene in Miami.

Cheers,
j

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comida espectacular , restregaré cuantas veces pueda

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LB
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING!

I made reservations for a holiday lunch gathering and I was certainly not disappointed. From the location - okay, there's construction but they have valet parking for $8 or you can arrive early and find street parking or the garage that is only about a block away - to the service and food. Absolutely amazing!

Our server, Francisco, was great! He gave us several of his favorite plates and drinks and was super attentive. Service was busy but we never felt rushed during the 2 hours we spent chatting and enjoying our meal. I also want to give kudos to Nakia for helping me with the reservation a few days before.

We ordered the coconut spinach, papaya salad, avocado salad (excellent!), and the roasted cauliflower (yummy!). One of my colleagues actually ordered a cauliflower to go! For drinks, we tried sweet tea (unsweet tea and they brought over the sweeteners), the pineapple moscow mule, and the local beer - La Rubia. They ordered the snapper and the fried rice, which they loved! I went ahead with the japanese sweet potato and mushroom plate. DELISH!

For dessert, we shared the coconut cake and the smores cake. Wow, just wow! I know we were all very pleased and even talked about having our next team outing there again. I can't thank the entire staff for making this a great experience overall! I can't wait to visit again.

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AA
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place 1st time attending that restaurant
I like that atmosphere

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WT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Read great reviews so had to try. The server was very friendly but throughout the whole dinner we felt rushed from even ordering to being served. Were told some items took a while to cook but they came out quick. So ended up that most of the food was on the table at same time. Food was very flavorable and unique. But being rushed we could not enjoy it like we should. Crispy duck is not crispy, it is just wood fired - duck meat & sauce is good just don't expect crispiness. So did not feel the experience was worth the price at all even if the food was good.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Showed up early for reservation on purpose. Had a signature and classic cocktail at the bar while waiting on table. Ryan executed one helluva daiquiri and white negroni for me.
The bone marrow dish was mind blowing. Unexpectedly, the cauliflower following the bone marrow worked perfect for ramping up my appetite as well as cleansing the palate while we waited for our king crab stone rice pot.

Overall, great experience. Sergio, the SA was definitely a highlight from the service aspect.

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W
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Beware Valet parking! They are not part of the restaurant(Manager told us this) after dinner we walked to see the walls and returned to find valet people gone. Had to call police, Manager very rude closed door on us. Police told us this happens often, we had to return next day to pick up our car!
Food average, too expensive for the noisy and too casual place. Food is ok. Drinks over 15 usd .

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must get dishes-

Fried chicken

Pork fried rice

Short Rib

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CM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

KYU is our go to place in the city when friends from out of town come or we just want an evening of great food and fun. When we are there it is like arriving at a friend's home, we feel welcomed and the staff is ALWAYS exceptional. The servers are informative and truly care about making your experience great. We look forward to continuing to visit KYU for special times and just a night we want to make special. Try the Hamachi appetizer, short rib, fried chicken, and for dessert the coconut cake!!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding culinary experience. Service is impecable and the food outstanding. Try the fried chicken !

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MM
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The last three times I've been in Miami my wife and I have stopped by KYU. Probably my favorite restaurant in Miami. The King Crab Stone Pot fried rice is a must. Pork Belly Buns and Burrata were also great. The drinks were delicious and adventurous. The crispy rice tuna was a minor miss.

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c
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! And our server E was very helpful. We had a great experience!

The only issue was the noise level - too loud while you barely could hear the peeps at your own table.

Liked the music in bathroom- the early 90’s

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing specially something as simple as a fried chicken. It was executed to perfection! Coconut cake to die for! It’s a keeper!

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K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What an amazing dining experience! Fell in love with the duck and the sweet potato (perfect combination btw). Kyu is a must go!

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HD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to KYU several times and it is consistently good.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this experience was excellent. The food was great (roasted duck, King crab and rice), the service was excellent and fast, and the atmosphere was excellent as well. Valet was also willing to keep the car for us well after dinner so we could wander around the area.

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GS
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best of the best! Amazing food and presentation! Every dish is fantastic. Highly recommend !

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b
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. Truly 5*

The fried chicken is the best ever tasted, the cauliflower was amazing.

Best place in Miami hands down!

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food is always amazing , it was the 3th time I went . But the service was too bad, took 1h 30 min to bring our rice , the one that was supposed to take 45 min to prepare. Probably will never go back again, the waiter just keep saying I’m sorry , this is not the way to treat your costumer.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food and cocktails were amazing. Recommend grapefruit margarita and mule!

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PC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was awesome, the bill came before we asked for it. Not a welcome feeling..

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Why take a 10pm reservation but then close the kitchen at 10:30? It felt rushed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Outstanding service. Love the ambience. As always. My 4th time at this restaurant and everything is consistently excellent ❤️

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C
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Had the Roasted Cauliflower and also the Burrata. The red snapper was so flavorful and perfectly cooked. Would definitely go again.

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BC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck breast burnt ends = WOW! Delicious food and loved the organic ambiance. Service was impeccable.

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RS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves the finest food I have eaten in a decade. This is not an exaggeration. We have been there a few times in the last month and have tried everything on the menu. Just go you will be impressed.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and very unique. Service is very good.

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M
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was so excited to go to KYU and my experience was disappointing. The food was pretty good although the spice level was high and menu options were limited. The service was okay... I felt that they were pretty careless. We had to ask to get our plates changed for the main course and they were really rude about it. They also spilled food on my purse... It was all just not that nice

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g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent; we did the chef’s tasting menu and I would do it again, it was wonderful. I would not do the wine pairing or cocktail pairing again, though. One of us did each pairing, and because of the way the food comes out as it’s ready and is served family style, both are really more of a “sampling” that don’t seem to have anything to do with pairing to the food you’re eating at any given point. If you do the tasting menu, just pick the wine or cocktails you want to try and order those. The sale in the wine pairing was excellent though, so if you’re looking to branch out, add a sake to your rotation.

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JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jack was outstanding!

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CB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Oftentimes we go to restaurants become they are good. KYU is a step above. It makes old things new and new things undeniable. Well done.

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FG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

To me the best restaurant in Miami so far.
The food is beyond the avarege and the price is good for what you eat!

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M
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We went for lunch. The service is extremely slow and unfriendly. The plates are large but the portions are minuscule.
Not worth your money! Will never return !

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N
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time.... AMAZING!!! Words can’t describe how good the food was. It’s a sharing plate concept which makes it even better because you can try various things. I could go on about the food and ALL of it was amazing, the fried chicken as basic as it may sound was phenomenal! The deserts, dark chocolate s’mores and Coconut cake, OMG! Drinks are a bit hot in price but the cocktail that had tequila and egg and pepper, sounds weird but AMAZING! A must go to place and now my favorite in Florida!

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FN
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a chef in São Paulo, Brazil, and I loved the food and the atmosphere in the restaurant. I took the chef s experience and it was awesome! Really worth it!

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MJ
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This Japanese inspired restaurant had more yummy items than we could try on this our first visit. The mussels in a chili curry sauce were delish, as were the soft shell crab bao, and pork belly bits. Those were appetizers and after we shared them we were too full to get any mains. The Korean fried chicken looked great. Its a big open space, not cozy, but service was great, server was knowledgeable. I'd definitely go again if I was in miami.

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