Top Grossing U.S. Restaurant Is In Brickell

Miami dominated a new ranking of the top grossing U.S. restaurants last year, with Brickell’s Komodo at the top.

Restaurant Business listed the top 100 grossing independent restaurants in 2021.

Komodo in Brickell had $41 million in sales in 2021, putting it first, according to the website.

A total of 285,000 meals were said to have been served at Komodo last year, with an average check of $115.

Swan in the Design District ranked third, with $31M in sales, while Mila in Miami Beach was fifth with $27M.

In total, 15 restaurants in the Miami area made the top 100 list in 2021. That is more than all of the restaurants in both New York (10) and California (11).

 

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Foodie
2 months ago

Great news for our city. I’d love to see Miami continue to transition from a party/bachelorette city and lean into its growing culinary / arts center reputation

anonymous
2 months ago

Except Komodo is not really a restaurant, is it?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Komodo is a restaurant. Here’s the definition of a restaurant to refresh your memory: “a place where people pay to sit and eat meals that are cooked and served on the premises.”

Hilarious!
2 months ago

Calling the mainland of Miami a “party city” is totally an illusion. Mainland Miami need to beef up on its clubbing and resort image to really gain that status.

Foodie
2 months ago

Miami 100% has a reputation for being a party city. It’s not an “illusion”, it’s real.
Also I’m not saying it’s a bad thing; it can be good – I’m just saying as the city grows it’s nice that it is also building up it’s reputation as a culinary / arts hotspot.

Lenny
2 months ago

This “Foodie” ain’t never heard a no Alan Susser or “New World Cusine”.

History does not begin when you start paying attention.

https://thecookscook.com/features/our-featured-chefs/outdoors-miami-chef-allen-susser/

Human
2 months ago

It’s been an arts hot spot. It’s just getting even more known. Art basel.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Not really, Miami Beach is where the rowdy party is at, bc tourists go there. Mainland Miami is for more high end entertainment and leisure for residents and international business.

You've got to be kidding
2 months ago

LOL ok – you are right! Miami is not a party city! That’s just crazy talk. It is an intellectual haven packed with top universities and educational institutions. The city of blow absolutely is not a party city. LOL

Anonymous
2 months ago

We have theater, art, food, dance, opera, top-tier universities, law schools, med schools, film and television, natural landscapes, metros, international airport, history, culture, etc. Get over it, anything they can do in other cities we can do here (and better!)

Sry
2 months ago

A lot of those things you listed are not even in the city of Miami. And you’re not seriously trying to tout Miami’s “metros” are you?

People here are ridiculous. One second everyone loves Miami’s party reputation but then someone else points it out, and everyone gets mad.

Miami is a party city. Get over it. Trying to pretend it’s not is absurd.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Wrong I’ve personally confirmed first hand these all exist in Miami and it’s worldly known they do. If you hang with a party crowd of course you’ve heard of the party scene in Miami but your perspective is largely shaped by your experience my friend.

Mr. Reality
2 months ago

Can I hike a park with hills and a waterfall where I don’t need a car to get to? Are there free museums I can walk to? Can I bike to work without being hit and killed by a car?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Can you do that in NYC? No. Can you pull a rabbit out your…? Hope not.

Mr. Reality
2 months ago

Never said NYC. Silly for you to assume. You can, however, do all these things in DC.

Anonymous
2 months ago

You can’t even take a metro to Georgetown in DC or find parking. Don’t kid yourself.

Mr. Reality
2 months ago

Georgetown is not what it used to be. It’s mostly large companies like Nike, Urban Outfitters, and Bed Bath Beyond. You can take metro to Dupont, Capitol Hill, Navy Yard, and Eastern Market which have great restaurants.

Human
2 months ago

So…. you guys don’t have a beach so there hehehehe.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Miami has underline for bike riding and was rated one of the most beautiful cities for biking in the world.

Sure the Met has “suggested donation” entry but you have to pay for the special exhibits. I’d love for more museums in Miami. They should build a beautiful landmark museum in Brickell.

Mr. Reality
2 months ago

You can do free museums, ride bikes without being unalived, and take the metro to rock creek park in DC. NYC isn’t the only city with a lot going on for it.

Human
2 months ago

Yes people do all of those. And hike the hills in their dreams or new virtual reality AR…..🤣

Anonymous
2 months ago

We just need a green market, and I am going to pitch it to the Underline soon. It would be the PERFECT spot for a Sunday morning farmer’s market.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Miami is an intellectual haven. I’ve had more intellectual and open minded conversations here than many years of top schools and office job in NYC,m.

Mr. Reality
2 months ago

You must be talking to recent transplants then because most Miamians only talk sports, Bad Bunny, and BBLs.

Anonymous
2 months ago

What’s bad bunny and bbl? I live in Miami and grew up in SOFL and never heard of such topics. The people I have spoken with here discuss restaurants, art, film, theater, business and travel.

Sry
2 months ago

sure jan

Mr. Reality
2 months ago

Also born and raised here. You must be old or white then. Try having a conversation with someone under the age of 40 in Miami of substance.

Anonymous
2 months ago

I’m young and you can’t assume all white people are the same. White people come from all over the world.

Lenny
2 months ago

“You must be old or white then”

From the guy who complains about the intellectual vigor of Miami residents.
Wow.

As good as it gets
2 months ago

Dude
You hang out with trashy people.
Speak for yourself

Dave
2 months ago

LMAOOOO

Anonymous
2 months ago

Like nyc or San Fran doesn’t have drugs? Just walk out the doorstep.

Sry
2 months ago

I never said they didn’t.

Anonymous
2 months ago

You mean Miami Beach is where most tourist go for more high end entertainment and leisure. International business is more Mainland Miami’s shtick.

anonymous
2 months ago

Yes there are upscale restaurants and leisure in Miami Beach too, but it’s more of the beach party scene. Mainland Miami offers more high-end entertainment and cultural experiences.

Mr. Reality
2 months ago

Come for Arsht, stay for the human feces and feral chickens.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Except a good amount of the customers at these restaurants are party/bachelorette types, granted at those price points they’re a more upscale crowd.

Let’s not act like Komodo is some Michelin Star culinary wonder. People go there to be seen and for the party-like atmosphere. Same with Sexy Fish, Gekko, etc

WYTAW
2 months ago

Komodo’s food is a culinary experience – there’s plenty of Michelin star in mainland Miami and Miami Beach. There’s more restaurants opening than I have time to patron – reminds me of what NYC was like in its prime.

Lenny
2 months ago

Yeah….like, maybe there should be an International Art Fair where investors, gallerists, and art lovers from around the world could visit Miami. Maybe if that happened for 20 years, Miami could “transition from a party/bachelorette city”.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Love it, Basel. Your intellectual humor is exactly what I mean. We have smart people who are also fun and not stiff.

Human
2 months ago

Bingo

Human
2 months ago

Miami has been already a culinary destination but now it’s really upping its ante.

Anonymous
2 months ago

So many new great spaces are being built for restaurants in south, west and riverfront sections of Brickell. Great to see brickell grow and become an international walkable city.

what U talken bout Willis?
2 months ago

Walkable city?.. nahhhh, I would rather ride a scooter.

anonymous
2 months ago

Don’t tell me you ride a scooter to the gym lol

what U talken bout Willis?
2 months ago

^
Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Hopefully not one of those aggressive ones with the mufflers that boom on acceleration. Not sure how anyone could live the sound of those or embarrassment of knowing it disturbs and wakes everyone up at night.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yeah they should outlaw those noise makers on cars. It’s not even free speech to have these, literally wakes everyone up every day. I bet people would be much happier if they disappeared, and not sure what pleasure they provide. They could fine people anytime they find one on a car.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Why LA Carreta is not on that list?

MINDSET
2 months ago

Because its not your list.

HVAC
2 months ago

Because of the country that it represents and it’s nasty food

Anonymous
2 months ago

Overrated and overpriced

Vincent
2 months ago

Komodo sucks, though. The smell of weed is everywhere in that place. Never going there again.

Anonymous
2 months ago

You sure it wasn’t your t-shirt?

Hilarious!
2 months ago

Tell the truth, the prices were too much for you and you’ll stick to McDonalds and Burger Kings from now on?

Lee B
2 months ago

The whole state of California only had 11 restaurants? New York had 10, is that state or NYC? Miami is definitely a party destination. Only two places in the country have 24 hour clubs; Miami & Vegas. We were more party in the 90s but now we’re more sophisticated.

Anonymous
2 months ago

It’s only a party destination in your eyes because it’s the only place that stayed open during the pandemic. Not necessarily because of that, businesses thrived and global headquarters moved here, enriching and expanding the middle class and offering a variety of leisure and intellectualism. Miami is a city that has it all and has been leading the nation on many significant fronts and culture.

The Truth
2 months ago

So we’re getting ripped off. Gotcha.

Anony
2 months ago

Eh, all the restaurants in Miami on that “list” also have a nightclub attached to it so that’s where the majority of their revenue comes from

Sry
2 months ago

Try telling this to the “Miami isn’t a party city!” crowd.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Um yeah, sure.. and I can’t wait to go to in one of those clubs in the restaurant with the “party city crowd” in Miami so I can hear more Latin Music that I hear almost everywhere in Miami.

Melo is sigma and Chad
2 months ago

The traffic komodo is generating needs to be resolved by the city fining them.

Pleezzee
2 months ago

The feet on the streets for businesses near and next to Komodo ain’t complaining about the traffic the Komodo restaurant is generating so why should the city?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Charging an arm and a leg for a wing and a leg.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Of course we would be high on the list. The rest of the country was pretty much shut down due to Covid. Florida welcomed everyone to come and get a break from their resident state.

Looieman
2 months ago

That’s because Miami has the most overpriced food in the country

Ananyonoums
2 months ago

Yes Miami needs to continue to elevate its image away from a party city. It should also elevate to stay dry from rising sea levels! Guess we will see more seafood dining in the future.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Haven’t seen the shoreline change in 40 years. You know why? We dredge and rebuild better. I’ve seen islands build and the land get built up.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Chicago beat us at 16

Beguiled One
2 months ago

Who cares? We’re not in Chicago.

Anonymous
2 months ago

But we have the #1 place.

HVAC
2 months ago

Hey Chicago, send us some cold fronts man. It’s been unusually warm in Miami wtf.. And it’s November already

Anonymous
2 months ago

“It’s been unusually warm in Miami?”

It feels good to us…

– Iguanas

WYTAW
2 months ago

It’s been gorgeous weather – WYTAW

Mr. Reality
2 months ago

I’m with you. These 90 degree days in late November are not only unusual, but getting old quickly.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Lol we’ll go inside midday you’ll learn how to live here. It’s like when you’re in 20 degree weather for over a month. It’s totally adaptable, I’d say more so than the winter.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Warm weather in November never gets old 😂

Anonymous
2 months ago

Well I’m old and getting older and I’ll tell ya.. I lived in many cold weather cities in November, December, January, and February and I’ll tell you this, that COLD crap where all you can do is stay indoors most of the time really, really gets old. At least in Florida you can come outdoors in the winter time, and if it gets too hot for you, you can always go indoors in your cool Air-Conditioned house…

Aaaaahhhhh!….

Anonymous
2 months ago

Mr Reality said that while digging out from of all that snow in Buffalo NY.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Thought the same thing about Mr Reality…, a sour thumb is always obvious to spot 👎

Anonymous
2 months ago

Sore*

Anonymous
2 months ago

Whoever thumb downed this comment needs to go back to school and learn how to count.
Chicago does have 16

Anonymous
2 months ago

Chicago has good pizza.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yeah that’s true. Can they bring more Chicago pizza to Miami, we can add some jalapeños and jamón and add a Miami twist to the menu 🍕

Anonymous
2 months ago

Chicago is also freezing. They need to eat more to stay warm