Inspired by its idyllic bayside setting, Amara at Paraiso brings together bold Latin American flavors, coastal ingredients, and South Florida’s diversity of food culture to create the quintessential Miami waterfront restaurant from environment to cuisine and vibe. Experience the dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty of Biscayne Bay that defines what living in Miami is all about.
Amara at Paraiso is about the dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty that defines why we live in Miami and why so many love to visit. We are in the unique position to bring it all together, a sense of place that only exists here.
— James Beard Award-winning
Chef and Owner, Michael Schwartz
This is clean, balanced food prepared wholesome–building flavor with great ingredients and simple cooking techniques centered around the flame. Brightened by freshly picked herbs and boldly-flavored sauces, the menu focuses on nuts, grains, vegetables, sprouts, and roasted and spit-fired meats and fish.
With a nostalgic return to Florida and intrigued by Miami’s evolving culinary scene, Paley’s approach to Latin American cooking is underpinned by bold flavors of traditional dishes and decidedly bright–a showcase for fresh ingredients.
The New Jersey native attended culinary school in Florida after graduating from university, inspired by the intersection of creativity and critical thinking unique to a career in restaurants. Having cooked in kitchens from Kentucky to Texas, Paley draws from where his surroundings to create a sense of place you can taste in his menus. The Chef has garnered praise from both Food & Wine Magazine for artisan pizza and Southern-inspired cuisine and Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants list for his embrace of regionally-sourced products with a custom-built, wood-burning fireplace.
Flanked by Paraiso Park in Paraiso Bay, Amara resides two blocks east of Biscayne Boulevard off 31st Street, offering the public unimpeded access to its entrance with street and valet parking. The 4,500 square foot indoor-outdoor space designed by Meyer Davis Studio celebrates the natural beauty of its surroundings incorporating the tropical waterfront environment. The restaurant includes main dining room and bar seating for 150 with floor to ceiling windows offering dramatic Biscayne Bay views, as well as deck seating for 70 on the water. The approach is warm and inviting, drawing the outside in with white-washed paneling, natural woods, and graphic concrete tiles. Detailing is open, honest, and relaxed with exposed trusses and an open double-height steel stair.
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“Where to go in Miami. The Best Places to explore in Miami are not where you might think… Michael Schwartz’s Amara [is] right on the bay with a beach club setting, Latin American and coastal flavors.”
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“While being romanced by Latin American flavors from the kitchen of Executive Chef Michael Paley, patrons will get all the right vibes from Amara’s decor.”
“Grilled Atlantic shrimp. Banana leaf-wrapped cobia. Coconut rum cocktails. Yeah, you’re going to be there for a while.”