Ceviche at La Mar, in Mandarin Oriental, Miami
By Shayne Benowitz & Kara Franker
Get ready to eat like kings during Miami Spice, a two-month long restaurant
promotion happening every summer.
Each August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals at deep discounts (lunch $23, dinner $39). This is your opportunity to dine around the city, sampling signature dishes created by Miami’s best chefs.
The deal includes an appetizer, main course and dessert, so even those with the most impressive appetites will be tempted to loosen the belt buckle a notch at the table.
It’s easy to search for restaurants based on location. Here are some great Miami Beach restaurants participating in the 2016 edition of Miami Spice.
The Sarsaparilla Club
Renowned chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, have made their return to South Florida with their new and unique dining concept, The Sarsaparilla Club. Located at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand on South Beach, The Sarsparilla Club offers a dynamic dining and lounge space for guests to experience Miami Spice. Some tantalizing items on the menu include “drunken” deviled eggs, pork belly bacon steamed buns and the famous Sarsaparilla fried chicken. 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
A Toronto transplant serving fresh and fragrant Eastern Mediterranean fare, Byblos is adjacent to The Royal Palm South Beach hotel. Start with the crispy eggplant with tahini aioli and bayildi sauce or the housemade organic labneh yogurt with fennel, honey and olive oil. Don’t skip the roma tomato salad sparkling with pomegranate seeds and mellowed by Persian feta. The wood-fired pide bread with black truffle, buffalo mozzarella and haloumi is a heavenly indulgence. For entrees, you can’t go wrong with the roasted halibut in chraimeh sauce or the braised Colorado lamb leg. 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Famous for their legendary Champagne-infused brunches and high-energy DJ style dining experiences, Bagatelle Miami is the perfect place to check out during Miami Spice. Chef Matthieu Godard is whipping up special “Cuisine du Monde” menus for the summer, inspired by sharable dishes and featuring a different flavor each month, so you can try something new and go back again and again. 220 21st St., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Straightforward and authentic Spanish tapas are served in a casual-chic setting on the third floor at the new Hyatt Centric hotel at DECK sixteen restaurant. This is menu of small plates is best when you divide and conquer. Don’t skip they’re expertly sourced charcuterie and cheese plates. Opt for the fresh caught fish with capers, oregano and garlic, the chorizo served with potatoes in an aji amarillo aioli and the grass fed hangar steak. 1600 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Prolific Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr opened an outpost of The Continental (the original recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in Philly) at the new Aloft hotel in South Beach. Dishing up global fare and creative cocktails in a Space Age, mid-century diner setting, The Continental joins Starr’s other Miami restaurants, including Makoto and Le Zoo. The menu is eclectic and expansive, mashing up an assortment of favorite flavors to create one-of-a-kind dishes, like the cheesesteak eggroll or the foie gras and pancakes. 2360 Collins Ave., Miami, FL 33139
Joining the restaurant lineup in South Beach’s trendiest neighborhood, Sunset Harbour, La Moderna is serving Roman pizza and pastas dishes in a chic, yet casual setting. Start with the artichoke salad sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and parmesan and then move straight to the San Daniele pizza with tomato, buffalo mozzarella and aged prosciutto. For pasta, the vermicelli carbonara with black truffle shavings is all creamy decadence. 1874 Bay Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139
A breezy, white-washed indoor-outdoor dining room at 1 Hotels South Beach, Beachcraft is home to Top Chef host Tom Colicchio’s first Miami restaurant with a focus on fresh, sustainable and local ingredients. It’s all about seafood here, so opt for the turbot with baby turnips, English peas and a black garlic puree or the cobia with heirloom tomatos. Pasta dishes also have a taste of the sea with bucatini served with sea urchin, peekytoe crab, scallion and jalapeno or the white bean agnolotti with clams, pork shoulder and chili. 2395 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman
The Faena Hotel Miami Beach is easily the most buzzed about hotel opening of the year and a big part of that is because of its red hot dining scene—literally. Los Fuegos (which means the fire) is the first North American outpost by legendary Argentinean chef and asado grill master Francis Mallmann. Cascading in lush red and tiger print, the gold-flecked dining room is all luxury. There’s also a spacious outdoor patio and bar where the chef literally cooks with flames in an open kitchen. The prime rib-eye “a la parilla” is enough to make any carnivore’s wildest dreams come true. 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
A hotspot inside The Confidante Hotel, Talde is the brainchild of Top Chef contestant Dale Talde. With a high-style, yet casual vibe, a late night noodle happy hour and a propensity for throw fun-loving (and affordable) weekend brunch parties to the tune of a live DJ, it’s swiftly becoming one of the beach’s best. And that’s to say nothing of the pan-Asian food, which is positively mouthwatering. You can’t go wrong with the addictive Korean fried chicken, crab fried rice, pork wonton ramen noodles, Vietnamese garlic shrimp and tater tots with sriracha ketchup. 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Curated both by Executive Chef Mathias Gervais and Executive Sous-Chef Vijay Veena, Jaya’s Miami Spice menu brings together specialties from Southeast and Northern Asian Cultures. Add a select wine paring for $28 and nosh on mouth-watering items like pork belly bao, grouper, pad thai, tandoor chicken masala and tofu cheesecake. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Spice promotions are happening all over the city, so check the full list of participating restaurants for one near you.
Insider Tip: In addition to tempting your tastebuds with their delicious Miami Spice menus, participating restaurants also post other types of specials like group discounts and happy hours. Be sure to ask if there are any additional specials you may not know about—that margarita might suddenly became a two-for-one steal.
Your dining adventure is just a click away. OpenTable makes reserving your spot and securing your table easy, just log on and see what times and dates are available. Be sure to check each individual restaurant’s weekly Miami Spice offerings. Some offer dinner only; some do not offer Miami Spice menus on certain days of the week.
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