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By: Patricia Azze

When you hear “Miami Beach,” you picture Art Deco facades, eclectic shops and boutiques, the long strip of sand, glittering water – and fabulous food. Miami Beach is one of the world’s great dining destinations. Summer is the perfect time for foodies to visit Miami Beach, when Miami Spice takes place from August 1 through September 30, 2022. Expect to find artful cuisine from all over the world paired with masterfully made cocktails – at amazing prices.

For more than 20 years, visitors and locals alike have enjoyed Miami Spice Restaurant Months. Participating restaurants offer pre-fixe three-course meals at restaurants throughout Greater Miami & Miami Beach for just $28 for lunch or brunch, and $45 or $60 for dinner.

Note: Each of the restaurant paragraphs below describes the type of food and dishes you might expect to see throughout the year. Official Miami Spice menus are posted on each restaurant’s listing page (click on the links included in this article) and on the Miami Spice website as they become available, so check back often for updates.

Interior of Bar Collins
Try Bar Collins' tuna crudo with a locally brewed beer

Bar Collins

The stylish Loews Miami Beach Hotel comes to life around Bar Collins, a chic lobby bar and restaurant. The décor is inspired by the exciting street art scene in Wynwood. Bar Collins is a comfortable place to have a casual bite and a cocktail, wine or locally brewed beer. Crowd pleasers such as tuna crudo, arugula salad and roasted salmon make for a refreshing post-beach day meal.

Honey Yogurt
Experience delicious Greek cuisine at the chic Estiatorio Milos

Estiatorio Milos

This chic Greek restaurant in South Beach’s trendy South of Fifth neighborhood is a luxe dining experience – and a memorable place to indulge in a Miami Spice meal. Estiatorio Milos is part of an international restaurant group with nine locations. Enjoy seafood such as sashimi and crudos, or whole fish options in a variety of preparations, flown in fresh daily. The menu includes Greek favorites such as spreads and paper-thin eggplant chips, zucchini flowers, crab cakes and more, all under the direction of Costas Spiliadis. Don’t be afraid to get dressed up – this is a see-and-be-seen kind of restaurant that encapsulates the glamorous vibe of South Beach.

Pekin Duck
Don't miss Hakkasan's specialties

Hakkasan

Located inside the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, Hakkasan is an institution in its own right. Devoted Hakkasan customers come back meal after meal for dim sum, traditional Peking duck, stir-fry Chilean sea bass with sanpei sauce, crispy orange chicken and vegetarian options such as tofu in a clay pot with black bean sauce. Cocktails are inventive, beautiful and always use the freshest ingredients – try The Hakka with Grey Goose vodka, sake, coconut, passion fruit and lychee. This seductive restaurant is perfect for a Miami Spice date night in Miami Beach.

Jaya dish
Indulge in Jaya's Modern Asian creations

Jaya, at The Setai

Jaya is a modern Asian restaurant inside the iconic Setai hotel. Dine indoors in the chic modern setting or al fresco under the retractable courtyard roof around a stunning water feature. Jaya means “victory” in Sanskrit, and the concept is all about a celebration of the diversity of Asia’s southeast and northern regions. Culinary highlights include hamachi with cilantro ginger yogurt, dim sum-like steamed shrimp dumplings and wagyu short rib gyoza with foie gras. The regular menu, under the direction of Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena, showcases main dishes such as Nasi Goreng, a fried rice option, Szechuan prawns prepared on the wok, and a selection of curries.

Interior of Mila Restaurant
Sample MILA's MediterrAsian dishes

MILA

The cuisine at MILA is dubbed “MediterrAsian,” a unique blend of Mediterranean and Japanese influences that come together at this stylish restaurant, rooftop lounge and mixology bar. Dishes have a healthy, clean focus and are served izakaya or Japanese tapas style. The regular menu is broken into tapas, a raw bar, salad options, nigiri and sushi, vegetables, signature dishes and then by “Water” and “Earth” focused entrees. MILA’s kitchen team, led by Chef Helmy Saadon under the direction of Michelin-starred Chef Michael Michaelidis, whips up wonderfully inventive dishes such as black cod with pickled figs and shiso, and a seasonal mushroom hotpot with shaved truffle and Arbequina olive oil. Expect a glamorous environment that is both a high-end dining experience and a vibrant socializing scene. You can also enjoy live music and art performances here.

Playa

Located on Lincoln Road in South Beach, Playa is a Mediterranean restaurant with an intriguing Southern twist. During the day, the restaurant sports a relaxed environment that feels just right whether you’re popping over after the beach or out for a stroll on Lincoln Road. By night, the venue turns into a live entertainment experience with some indulgent culinary offerings such as crispy pork lettuce wraps, fresh whole fish, specialty steaks, truffle pasta and more. During Miami Spice, you can enjoy all the same benefits of the lively ambiance and high-end menu at a fraction of the price. End your night with a standing ovation for the performers and a sweet treat for yourself (the restaurant’s Key lime pie and gateau de lave au chocolate are among its typical decadent dessert offerings).

Raspoutine

Raspoutine has been a chic destination in Paris since 1965 for lovers of late-night parties. Now there’s a bit of Paris in Miami Beach at Raspoutine’s South Beach location. Start off with The Borscht, a caraway-infused Grey Goose vodka drink with Campari, Noilly Prat Rouge, beet and orange bitters. Sit down for a Miami Spice dinner to remember. Starters on the regular menu include fresh seafood such as scallops, tartare and oysters. Signature dishes mostly focus on caviar, and main courses include such indulgent haute cuisine as Italian bottarga spaghettini, squid ink sea salt crusted whole sea bass and more. During Miami Spice, expect the same quality of entertainment and a menu of delicacies in a festive, romantic atmosphere.

Remember to check out all the wonderful restaurants participating in Miami Spice during August and September. Coming to Miami Beach at a different time of year? Find more great places to dine in South Beach, Mid Beach and North Beach.

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