Hot Miami Beach Restaurants to Try During Miami Spice

Sushi at Azabu

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Sushi at Azabu

By: Jennifer Agress

It’s that time of year again! During Miami Spice, local and visiting diners alike get a chance to eat at the best restaurants in Miami and Miami Beach at greatly reduced prices. Running from August 1 through September 30, the area’s hottest restaurants offer three-course lunch and brunch menus for $23, three-course dinner menus for $39 and a handful of other deals (like rideshare discounts to and from the restaurants) that make every bite worth it. And with more than 200 restaurants participating, there are enough for you try a new spot every day of the week.

This year, make sure you venture out to Miami Beach and see why the world’s most talented chefs have chosen it as their new restaurant destination. Read below for some Miami Beach hotspots you’ll definitely want to try during Miami Spice 2019.

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Red, the Steakhouse

At Red, the Steakhouse, Executive Chef Peter Vauthy has created a modern steakhouse with a 500+ bottle wine list, only the finest cuts of Certified Angus Beef and made-from-scratch sauces. During Miami Spice, this South of Fifth gem is known for creating different themed menus, so guests can try all of the restaurant’s most popular dishes and have a different experience each time they visit. Highlights include stuffed peppers with house-made Italian sausage and marinara, a certified Angus beef filet mignon with your choice of 20+ toppings and sauces, and Alaskan king crab. Here, the sides are as beloved as the main dishes, so don’t miss the four-cheese macaroni and cheese, the parmesan “tater tots” or the truffle whipped potatoes.

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

119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

    Forte dei Marmi

    Sitting right on Ocean Drive, Forte dei Marmi transports you to the luxurious Italian coast. Named after a Tuscan seaside town, this relaxed, upscale haunt serves rustic Italian cuisine diners dream about for days. From the “Antipasti” menu, start with local burrata and Sicilian tomatoes with an olive crumble, and move on to “Primi” pasta dishes like bucatini cacio e pepe. The whole Mediterranean fish for two is served “al sale,” grilled or “aqua pazza,” and comes with oven-baked artichokes and potatoes.

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

    150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      Azabu Miami Beach

      Just last year, Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu New York debuted its intimate and authentic Japanese restaurant in Miami in the form of Azabu Miami Beach. Located in the Marriott Stanton South Beach, this concept brings different dining destinations together under one roof: a full-service dining room, a hidden sushi counter with Tokyo-trained chefs called The Den, and Bar Azabu, a classic cocktail bar with 40+ rare and imported Japanese whiskies. During Miami Spice, let Tokyo-trained chef Masatsugu "Masa" Kubo surprise you with a chef’s selection starter before moving on to signature Azabu plates like skirt steak with Kobu sauce or branzino with an umami soy butter. For dessert, yuzu Key lime pie is a guest favorite; it comes with a house-made raspberry sauce.

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

      161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

        Prime Italian

        The haute Italian sister to Prime 112 spares no expense when it comes to food, which is why Miami Spice is one of the best times of year to try Prime Italian. Go hungry—portions here are huge! Start with appetizers like Kobe beef carpaccio with black truffle pecorino and ricotta- and sausage-stuffed brick oven meatballs. For your entree, try modern spins on classic Italian favorites like Kobe lasagna Bolognese, rigatoni alla carbonara with a poached egg and chicken parmesan with bufala mozzarella. Brick oven pizzas and Prime 112’s famous steaks are also on the menu, as are the steakhouse’s popular fried oreo dessert.

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

        101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          Pao by Paul Qui

          Located inside the extravagant Faena Miami Beach, Pao by Paul Qui is a swanky, modern Asian restaurant designed to blow your mind. James Beard Award-winner Paul Qui draws from French, Filipino, Spanish and Japanese flavors to create signature dishes like the “Unicorn” with sea urchin, grilled sweet corn pudding, calamansi, chile de árbol and sake aioli. From the “crudo” menu, the kinilaw with hearts of palm, coconut milk and cobia is a highlight, and the restaurant has tableside binchotan service on a Japanese white-oak charcoal grill. The “specialty rice” menu is a treat in itself, with options like a vegetable curry rice with Thai chilies and aromatic herbs. End the meal on a high with a lychee ice cream sphere topped with warm chocolate espuma and a quinoa-lime crumble. While you eat, be sure to note the Damien Hirst-designed “Golden Myth” unicorn statue (you can’t miss it!); it’s valued at $6.5M.

          See the Pao by Paul Qui Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

          3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

            The Bazaar by José Andrés

            There’s hardly an award that chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and TV personality José Andrés has not won these days, and you can see why when you dine at his Miami Beach restaurant, The Bazaar by José Andrés. Located in the SLS South Beach, this destination for sophisticated cuisine blends Andrés’ Spanish heritage with flavors from Singapore, Japan and Miami’s Latin influence. Here, find a mix of more traditional Spanish tapas—like charcuterie and croquetas—with an Andrés spin, as well as avant-garde options like a “bagels & lox” cone filled with dill cream cheese and salmon roe. The bacalao “empanadillas” with salt cod and honey are a favorite, and don’t leave without ordering the liquid nitrogen caipirinha. It’s made tableside and is quite the show.

            See the The Bazaar by José Andrés Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

            1700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

              Byblos Miami

              Step into Byblos Miami, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Greece or Morocco. The two-story dining room is covered in different shades of blue, gold and rust accents, with velvet couches, jaw-dropping murals and amber lights dangling from the ceiling. The food is just as transformative. For a taste of the Mediterranean you won’t forget, start with hummus made with a wagyu beef ragu, baharat spice, pine nuts and barberries, and the Middle Eastern fried chicken sharing plate with tahini, za’atar and a house-made hot sauce. Don’t skimp on the sides, like crispy hand-rolled couscous with creamed spinach and halloumi, or the Persian kale rice with crispy lentils and labneh.

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

              1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

                Planta

                Brought from Toronto to Miami by nightlife king David Grutman, Planta makes vegan food cool and enticing. Located in South of Fifth, go here and join the celebrities eating steamed dumplings filled with shiitake mushrooms, a new take on ceviche with coconuts and pickled cucumber, udon noodles with a truffle mushroom cream and a BBQ “unagi” nigiri with kabayaki and pomegranate. The charcoal soft-serve is both tasty and Instagrammable, and comes topped with a dollop of puréed fruit.

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

                850 Commerce St., Miami Beach, FL 33139

                  Scarpetta by Scott Conant

                  Helmed by celebrity chef Scott Conant, the AAA Four-Diamond Scarpetta is an A-list restaurant that mixes regional Italian fare with the dazzling setting of its iconic surroundings at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Highlights from the menu include starters like the creamy polenta with a fricassée of truffled mushrooms or Mediterranean octopus with olives and smoked crema. The restaurant is best known for its “Primi” menu, with guest favorites like duck and foie gras ravioli and spaghetti with tomato and basil. The latter of the two seems simple enough, but somehow, Conant’s rendition—which comes tied in a perfect knot that even frequent diners can’t figure out—is outstanding. Finish your meal with a cheese plate or a zeppole with cannoli cream, pomegranate and pistachio gelato

                  See the Scarpetta by Scott Conant Miami Spice Special Menu from August 1-September 30 and book your reservation today.

                  4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

                  See more great Miami and Miami Beach restaurants and dining experiences and find other amazing offers through the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB) Miami Temptations Program.

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