The Best Things to Do in Surfside

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Surfside Turtles

By: Shayne Benowitz

Surfside is known as Miami’s Uptown Beach Town. Nestled between North Beach and Bal Harbour, it has a decidedly small town, retro appeal with Harding Avenue’s compact commercial district lined with old timey facades and an oceanfront community center with free access to swimming pools and fitness classes. It’s a family-friendly destination full of unexpected quirks and charms. And as of spring 2017, it’s also home to one of the most lavish resorts in all of Miami with The Four Seasons Surfside at the historic Surf Club. Whether you come to sip Champagne at Le Sirenuse or nosh on corned beef at a newfangled Jewish delicatessen (or both!), there’s plenty to discover on Surfside’s stretch of beach.

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Four Seasons Surfside

The Surf Club Restaurant

When Four Seasons Surfside opened at the Surf Club, it was a game changer for this charming, seaside town. Once a playground for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill, the Surf Club’s original ballroom has been transformed into Le Sirenuse, the legendary Amalfi Coast restaurant by the Sersale family, with a lavish Champagne Bar, all finished in a palette of creamy limestone and marble with mossy green upholstered chairs, brass accents and the original dark wood vaulted ceiling. Specializing in seasonal Italian fare, it’s one of the most coveted reservations in Miami. You’ll also find The Surf Club Restaurant by chef Thomas Keller of Napa Valley’s acclaimed French Laundry for an unparalleled fine dining experience.

The Spa at Four Seasons Surfside

If it’s a day of pampering and relaxation that you’re after, The Spa at Four Seasons Surfside is a singularly luxurious experience. Unwind in the peaceful marble hammam and try a Biologique Recherche facial. You’ll be delighted at every corner by the intuitive hospitality and little surprises like Champagne and house made marshmallows to snack on.

    Josh’s Deli

    For a modern twist on the traditional Jewish delicatessen, grab a seat at the counter at Josh’s Deli. The hearty menu highlights in-house cured, roasted and smoked meats like the classic corned beef sandwich on rye with a pickle. You’ll find traditional dishes like matzoh ball soup and latkes with apples and sour cream alongside more inventive options like the lobster “jewchacho” for breakfast made with over easy eggs, avocado and cheese in a mole sauce. The menu is playful and constantly changing.

      Cafe Ragazzi

      Surfside’s locals flock to Café Ragazzi on Harding Avenue for hearty bowls of pasta, a convivial atmosphere and the comforting Italian trattoria environment. You’ll find classic dishes like spaghetti bolognese, fettucini alfredo and linguine in clams, along with chicken parmigiana and veal picatta. It’s a real crowd pleaser from start to finish—especially if you opt for the creamy tiramisu for dessert.

        Grand Beach Hotel

        The ground floor restaurant at Grand Beach Hotel takes its cues from international cuisines with dishes like chilled gazpacho with fennel and microgreens, ahi tuna mini tacos and Mediterranean branzino. Dine indoors in the chic whitewashed dining room near the lobby or outside overlooking the pool and ocean. After dinner, don’t miss the 12th story Sky Bar to take in the sunset with a cocktail in hand.

          The Carrot

          For a casual healthy, organic restaurant with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and kosher options, The Carrot specializes in a wide variety of gourmet wraps, salads, stuffed sweet potatoes, pita melts and vegan soups, as well as fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and coffee. For something unique, try the Fire wrap made with kale, sunflower sprouts, avocado, quinoa, grape tomatoes, alfalfa, bean sprouts, carrots and cucumber.

            Araxi Burger

            To sate your juicy burger cravings, look no further than Araxi Burger for a mile-long menu of burgers, as well as hotdogs, sandwiches and salads. Go for the namesake Araxi burger made with caramelized onions, garlic sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese, all in a casual, welcoming environment with red vinyl booths and brick walls.

              Serendipity

              For a sweet treat, duck into Serendipity Creamery & Yogurt Café in the heart of Surfside on Harding Avenue for made-from-scratch, small batch ice cream and sorbet with mouthwatering flavors like cookie dough, pistachio, pecan pie and salted caramel. It has a true small town, old-fashioned ice cream parlor vibe with a friendly staff happy to share samples of their delicious ice cream with you.

                Third Thursdays & First Fridays

                The tight knit community of Surfside knows how to throw a party and all are welcome. From January to April, come out for the Third Thursday Block Party or join the fun during summertime at the First Friday Beach Picnics. It’s a great way to explore the town with its sea turtle statues lining the streets where you can mingle with locals and visitors alike. You can also take advantage of Surfside’s oceanfront community center with free access to swimming pools and fitness classes.

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