Hot Miami Restaurants To Try During Miami Spice

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By: Jennifer Agress

For Miami foodies, Miami Spice is the best time of year. For two months, from August 1 through September 30, the city’s hottest (and often most expensive) restaurants offer three-course lunch and brunch menus for $23 and three-course dinner menus for $39. Along with these discounts, the great restaurants of Miami tempt you with steals and deals to go along with your meal—like reduced prices for group dining, happy hours and even a special partnership with Lyft that transports you to a participating restaurant at a fraction of the usual cost.

Pro tip: Before you choose where to go, be sure to check each individual restaurant's weekly Miami Spice offerings. Some only offer dinner, some do not offer Miami Spice menus on certain days of the week and some change their menus throughout the two-month period.

During Miami Spice 2019, explore the different neighborhoods on Miami’s mainland and try some of their top restaurants. Read below for some of our favorites.

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Edge Steak & Bar

Offering views of the extravagant pool from the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Edge, Steak & Bar is a modern steakhouse led by acclaimed Executive Chef Aaron Brooks. At this Brickell staple, expect farm-to-table plates made with seasonal ingredients, spices, and herbs from the restaurant garden. Start with appetizers like chorizo and cheddar croquetas or tostones with avocado chimichurri and queso cotija, and indulge in the popular Aussie lamb chops with sausage and roasted carrots for dinner. End on a sweet note with a tamarind rum tart—it’s made with butter sable and caramelized bananas and is served with a sweet toasted coconut sorbet.

See the EDGE Steak & Bar Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

    Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

    James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz brought the Miami Design District to life when he opened Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in 2007. Here, the menu is all about small to extra-large sharing plates of homemade, unpretentious fare made with locally sourced ingredients. Start with the BLT salad or “snacks” like shrimp toast banh mi and crispy pig ears with chili and lime. For a main, get the sausage pizza or opt for a house-smoked bacon cheddar burger on a brioche bun. The Key lime tart is a classic here, and comes on a graham cracker crust with a torched meringue.

    See the Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1- September 30 and book your reservation today.

    130 NE 40th St., Miami, FL 33137


      After putting in time at Alinea and Boka in Chicago, and serving as chef de cuisine at J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, Bradley Kilgore opened his James Beard Award-nominated Alter. Set in a casual, cool and unpretentious Wynwood warehouse, Alter serves three prix-fixe menus of ingredient-driven fare you would expect to find in a fine-dining restaurant. Menus change seasonally and include highlights like camouflage ‘lasagnette’ with a trio of lamb ragout, parsnipo de leche and pumpkin seed miso, or the smoked koji duck with spring berry, kaffir-lime yogurt, purple kale and marcona almond. Kilgore’s wife, Soraya Kilgore, is the pastry chef, so don’t miss her sweet ‘seven the nest’ dessert, a delicate combination of Araguani chocolate, variations of pear, young spruce and chestnut.

      See the Alter Restaurant Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

      223 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33127

        Boulud Sud

        Award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud gives Miami diners a taste of the coastal Mediterranean at Boulud Sud, bringing in the flavors of the French Riviera, Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and Turkey. Start with mezze-style shared plates of Andalusian gazpacho or Moroccan shakshuka with kale, goat cheese and a soft-poached hen egg. Move on to the summer chicken tagine, which is made for a group and served in a piping-hot tagine with couscous, zucchini, cherry tomato confit and a 20+ spice blend. For dessert, don’t miss the citrus sundae with orange blossom loukum, yogurt chantilly and mango and tangerine sorbets, or the warm madeleines that follow any meal at Boulud Sud.

        See the Boulud Sud Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

        255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131

          Zuma Miami

          Having started in London, Zuma is an A-list restaurant with locations in the hottest international cities—including Miami. Located inside the Kimpton EPIC Hotel, this stylish Japanese stunner combines the freshest and most crave-worthy sushi in town with unrivaled views of the yachts cruising by on the Miami River. Go here for power lunches, sexy drinks at the bar, romantic dinners or its popular weekend Champagne brunch. Begin with salmon/tuna tartar, followed by truffle rice donburi with mushrooms, quail egg and Japanese vegetables. Don’t leave without trying the namesake Zuma Nigiri Zushi with yellowtail fish, Japanese cucumber, sesame, chili daikon, ginger and rock chives, and end on a sweet note with chocolate caramel cremeux.

          See the Zuma Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

          270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL 33131


            Sitting right on the Miami River, and accessible by car or yacht, Seaspice is where visiting celebrities and Miami’s finest go to see and be seen. Hosting everyone from Dwyane Wade to Michelle Obama, it serves Mediterranean-tinged fare on an airy outdoor deck with a sexy St. Tropez feel. Start with coconut salmon ceviche or King crab croquettes, and continue with gorgonzola, pear and black truffle pizza or the wood-fired market seafood casserole with Maine lobster, jumbo prawns, market fish, squid, day boat scallops, Florida clams, fennel and a dashi clam broth. Pop a bottle of Veuve and end the meal with the Guanaja chocolate cremoso, which is topped with a cocoa nib crumble, “seaweed” snow and a toasted rice mousse.

            See the Seaspice Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

            422 NW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33128

              Palme d’Or

              Led by Michelin-rated French chef Gregory Pugin, the James Beard-nominated Palme d’Or at the Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables is one of Greater Miami’s more formal restaurants. The French fine-dining menus change seasonally, and include starters like Oscietra caviar with potato foam, egg, Iberico ham and tomato gelée, or seared foie gras topped with jackfruit, red bell peppers, strawberries, ginger and duck sauce. For the entree, get the duck breast with pineapple, sweet potatoes and bok choy, or opt for seared scallops with crispy green lentils and a carrot fondant. Dessert is a specialty in France, so finish your meal with chocolate mousse with a praline croustillant, chocolate biscuit, mango cremeux and white chocolate-passion fruit ice cream.

              See the Palme d’Or Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

              1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134

                Swan & Bar Bevy

                The brainchild of Miami nightlife king David Grutman and Grammy Award-winner Pharrell Williams, Swan & Bar Bevy is one of Miami’s buzziest restaurants. Swan, the restaurant in the restaurant-lounge combo, pays tribute to old-school pastel-hued Miami with shell pink walls, creamy opal and jade green accents, custom banquettes and a horseshoe bar backed by glowing pink onyx. Grab a seat there or in the magical outdoor garden and enjoy the cuisine of Top Chef Europe winner, Executive Chef Jean Imbert. Signature Swan dishes include ‘corn corn corn’ with creamy polenta, popcorn and brown butter; caviar pasta with Osetra caviar and butter; or a roasted chicken with a curry-carrot purée, buckwheat and vadouvan. For dessert, the ‘soufflé nutellalizé’ is exactly what it sounds like: a soufflé with homemade Nutella and cookie butter ice cream.

                See the Swan & Bar Bevy Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

                90 NE 39th St., Miami, FL 33137

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