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By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami Spice is back, and that means dining deals at the most coveted restaurants across Greater Miami and Miami Beach throughout August and September. Diners can look forward to special three-course, prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants for brunch, lunch and dinner. It’s the perfect opportunity to tuck into a table at that fabulous restaurant you’ve been dying to try.

It’s also a great time to explore the culinary scene in neighborhoods across Greater Miami. The bustling financial district of Downtown Miami and Brickell is home to elegant steakhouses, fine dining concepts helmed by celebrity chefs, and trendy hotel restaurants perfect for a power lunch or sophisticated dinner out. Read on for some of our top picks for a Miami Spice meal in Downtown Miami and Brickell.

Below, we’ve given you a sampling of typical entrees at some of the participating eateries. The prix-fixe menus for each location will be posted on the Miami Spice site as they become available.

Barsecco
Barsecco's dining experience blends with after-dinner nightlife

Barsecco

At Barsecco, an arch laden with colorful bougainvillea vines leads diners onto a terrace shaded by a chic black-and-white canopy. Inside, the dining room is adorned with glittering chandeliers above tufted leather sofas for a dining experience that blends seamlessly into after-dinner nightlife. The global menu features a Latin twist, with starters including cheese tequeños, serrano croquettes and ceviche. Diners can also indulge in creative pizzas, burgers and salads, and entrees ranging from grilled citrus mahi-mahi to New York strip steak. Late night, the energy amps up with music, bottle service and a fun-loving crowd.

Chicken Tagine at Boulud Sud
Chicken Tagine with cauliflower and couscous at Boulud Sud

Boulud Sud at JW Marriott Marquis

Acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud marries Mediterranean flavors with his classic French cuisine at Boulud Sud, set in a chic, airy dining room at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami. Drawing inspiration from the Côte d’Azur to Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco and beyond, this coastal Mediterranean fare can be enjoyed al fresco on the canopied, Spanish-tiled patio or inside the inviting dining room. Menu highlights range from chicken tagine with cauliflower and couscous to grilled lamb chop à la Grecque with fried zucchini. For dessert, the grapefruit sorbet topped with halva makes for a perfect palate cleanser.

Fi'lia pizza
Fi'lia Restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas

Fi’lia at SLS Brickell

Set inside a sunny dining room with potted plants lining the walls, Fi’lia Restaurant at SLS Brickell is a warm and inviting Italian restaurant that specializes in wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas and entrees ranging from whole grilled fish to tomahawk steaks. A popular lunchtime destination during the week, Fi’lia also draws a crowd for weekend brunch. Pancakes with vanilla whipped cream and the steak and eggs steal the show, along with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. An outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy an open-air meal.

Kaori
Kaori marries Mediterranean and Asian cuisine under one stylish roof

Kaori

A new dining concept set inside the SLS Lux Brickell, Kaori weds Mediterranean and Asian cuisine under one stylish roof. The chic, two-story restaurant is awash in natural tones. Slotted wood screens, a floating stone staircase and bubble-like pendant lights create a serene, wabi sabi-inspired aesthetic. Dishes are equally transcendent; menu items such as Kabayaki-glazed sea bass with caramelized sweet potato puree and A5 kobe strip loin with shiso chimichurri are emblematic of the restaurant’s creative fusion cuisine.

Toscana Divino pasta dish
Toscana Divino offers many sumptuous pasta dishes to choose from

Toscana Divino

With a vast outdoor patio at the foot of the Mary Brickell Village shopping and entertainment complex, Toscana Divino is situated in the heart of Brickell amid the sparkling lights of towering high rises. Here, diners can indulge in Tuscan fine dining specialties including such sumptuous pasta dishes as squid ink pasta with fresh shrimp, calamari and octopus, or duck ragu with pecorino. Pair any of these with the restaurant’s excellent Italian wine list, and you’ve got the perfect night out in Brickell.

Trulucks SeafoodCelebrate a special occassion at Truluck's with fresh seafood and prime meats

Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab

When it’s time to celebrate a special occasion, look no further than Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab in Brickell. This fine dining establishment is beloved not only for its fresh seafood dishes (from prime king crab legs to South African lobster), but also for its prime steaks and chops. The regular menu offers plant-based selections, too, including vegan Bolognese and meatballs. While the dining room sets the scene perfectly, there’s also outdoor seating available on the shaded patio.

Remember to check out all the wonderful restaurants participating in Miami Spice during August and September.