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By: Shayne Benowitz

After taking in all the amazing works of art at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021, you’ll need to take a break and refuel over a delicious meal. In Miami Beach, you can do this in style at one of the many fantastic restaurants near the Miami Beach Convention Center, where Art Basel is held. Read on for some of our favorites – and enjoy!

Time Out Market's wood interior
Taste a little of everything at Time Out Market

Time Out Market

For a taste of Miami curated by a trendsetting magazine of the same name, head to Time Out Market near Lincoln Road. It’s only a couple blocks from the convention center and promises more than 20 vendors under the same roof to tempt everyone in your party. Sink your teeth into Kush’s signature burger, chew on pizza by Square Pie City or sample croquetas from The Local Cuban in a casual, convivial setting. The market is anchored by a cocktail and wine bar, and there are plenty of options to end your meal on a sweet note, like Azucar ice cream from Little Havana.

Chotto Matte's unique front door entrance
Enter Chotto Matte for an elegant dining experience

Chotto Matte

A Peruvian stunner set inside the 1111 Building at the western end of Lincoln Road, Chotto Matte is an elegant stop for a meal during Art Basel Miami Beach 2021. A London import with interiors by renowned Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles, the spacious dining room has a wild, subtropical motif. Delight in selections from their sushi bar and robata grill. Don’t skip the ceviche made with branzino, the black cod bacalao or the marinated lamb chop with Peruvian chili miso. If you’re not sure where to start, the tasting menu is always a good place.

Sushi chefs preparing dishes
Experience artfully prepared sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill is set inside the chic Plymouth Hotel just off Collins Park near The Bass, where Art Basel’s Public Sector is situated. Swing into the stylish boutique hotel and order from the super fresh sushi and omakase selections. Don’t skip the fried chicken, which has earned itself a cult following. The sleek dining room boasts hardwood tabletops and mellow blue and red upholstered banquettes for a minimalist Zen vibe, and there’s a spacious outdoor patio overlooking the courtyard swimming pool. The bamboo-lined interior tiki bar is also a buzzy spot to indulge in specialty cocktails paired with sushi.

Dark wood & framed vintage pictures in Dolce Italian Restaurant's dining room
Find home-made pastas at Dolce Italian Restaurant

Dolce at Gale South Beach

Located inside the Gale hotel on Collins Avenue and just a block from the convention center, Dolce is a dimly lit, intimate Italian restaurant with a subtle nautical motif. Whether it’s the spaghetti al pomodoro with meatballs or the ricotta cavatelli with Colorado lamb ragu and broccoli rabe, the house-made pastas are impeccable. You can’t go wrong with their selection of pizzas, like the San Daniele with prosciutto. Pair your meal with a classic cocktail prepared by talented mixologists or peruse the excellent wine list.

Food presented inside coconut on ice
Spanish flavors come to life at The Bazaar

The Bazaar By Jose Andres at SLS South Beach

For an evening of avant-garde Spanish tapas beneath a whimsical seashell-encrusted chandelier by Philippe Starck, The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS South Beach is a one-of-a-kind destination. With a modern and playful take on traditional Spanish cuisine, favorite dishes include the patatas bravas, croquetas and the Catalan-style pa amb tomàquet (tomato bread). Andrés’ ode to Miami is his version of the Cuban sandwich, prepared in a lighter-than-air pastry with Dijon mustard, Swiss cheese foam and Jamón Ibérico. The cocktails take a cue from molecular gastronomy, with salt air margaritas and liquid nitrogen caipirinhas. With so much art infused into the meal and the design, it’s a natural stop during Art Basel Miami Beach 2021.

Grill marks on whole dorade & lemon
Try Lure Fishbar's delicious grilled dorade

Lure Fishbar at Loews Miami Beach

Located inside the Loews Miami Beach Hotel’s historic St. Moritz Tower, only a few blocks from the convention center, Lure Fishbar’s nautical chic décor and modern approach to seafood makes for a lovely setting during Art Basel Miami Beach 2021. Sample creative appetizers like the deviled eggs with caviar or crispy rice cakes with spicy tuna, as well as sushi rolls and salads. The bucatini pasta with butter-poached lobster is a sumptuous option, and there’s an award-winning burger on the menu for those not in the mood for seafood.

Yardbird cocktatil topped with a red chili pepper & mint leaves
Don't miss Yardbird's creative cocktails

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

An upscale twist on down home Southern cooking, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is located just a couple of blocks south of the convention center. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, this South Beach hotspot has been going strong since the moment it opened its doors. Start with the fried green tomato BLT with house-smoked pork belly and pimento cheese, then move on to the chicken ‘n waffles with watermelon. Whether it’s lunch, brunch or suppertime, the shrimp and grits are always a good idea. For those who enjoy their bourbon, Yardbird’s cocktail menu highlights this spirit.

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