Walking in a Foodie Wonderland Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2021

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! The long-awaited Winter months are beloved by many as they honor genuine time with family, friends, holiday festivities, and even more so – delicious feasts! For those looking for the perfect way to spend their holidays, we’ve put together a list of some of the most noteworthy holiday happenings for your end-of-year itinerary. Below,  find some of our favorite spots offerings for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Ariete - Escolar , hoja Santa , strawberry aguachile , nasturtium
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Ariete

This Christmas, head to Ariete for a holiday dining experience curated by James Beard Awards Best Chef: South 2020 semifinalist Chef Michael Beltran. Priced at $75 per person (excluding tax + gratuity), Ariete’s festive feast features a variety of sumptuous offerings certain to please the entire family. Dishes include black truffle stuffed Green Circle chicken; pork collar ham; yucca served with Calabrian mojo and mustard creme fraiche; locally roasted fennel served with apples and Taleggio cheese; and local calabaza in a decadent calabaza caramel served with ginger crumble. The restaurant’s impressive wine list and creative cocktails will be on offer. Christmas Dinner is served on Saturday, December 25, from 6 PM-10 PM. The eatery will be closed during Brunch. Dinner reservations can be made on OpenTable. Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. www.arietecoconutgrove.com

Boia De - Smoked Swordfish Carpaccio, Charred Snap Peas, and Ricotta Buttoni
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Boia De

The beloved restaurant from chef couple Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer, semifinalists for Best Chef: South in the 2020 James Beard Awards, will be hosting a special Christmas Day brunch in collaboration with El Bagel. Brunch will be offered from 11 AM until 3 PM inside the restaurant with a limited number of outdoor tables. Outdoors, there will also be space for guests to hang out and enjoy some bubbly and mini bagels with spreads. The full menu, which is sure to include some epic, not-to-be-missed bagel sandwiches and creative spins on brunch favorites. Reservations are strongly encouraged as the popular duo is sure to round up crowds of loyal guests. Reservations will open through RESY. Boia De is located at 5205 Northeast Second Avenue. www.boiaderestaurant.com

CHICA Miami
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CHICA Miami

Conceptualized by 50 Eggs Hospitality Group in collaboration with celebrity chef partner Lorena Garcia, CHICA is celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a specially curated menu available across all of their locations – Miami and Las Vegas. Delicious entree specials include Lobster Croquette Mac and Cheese – Tasso Mornay, Calabrian Oil ($MP); Wagyu Picanha Anticucho for 2 – crispy bok-choy, charred pineapple, farofa, criolla ($95); and Veal Shank Barbacoa for 2 – marrow, heirloom blue corn tortillas, chili jus ($130). Additionally, all wines are $25 by-the-glass and $99 by-the-bottle of Sparkling Wine – Taittinger Champagne Brut France; White Wine – Kellerei-Cantina Andrian Sauvignon Blanc Floreado, Alto Adige, Italy; and Red Wine – Remelluri Rioja Reserva, Spain for the whole month of December! CHICA is located at 5556 NE 4th Court, Miami. For more information, visit www.chicarestaurant.com.

Chug’s Diner Masitas
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Chug’s Diner

Set your alarms early on Christmas Day and head to the newly reopened Chug’s Diner, located in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. Chef Michael Beltran’s upscale yet approachable Cuban-American diner will open on Saturday, December 25, from 8 AM – 3 PM. Diners can belly up to the ventanita for a cortadito, croquetas, and delicious seasonal pastelitos from Pastelito Papi, or enjoy a sit-down meal out on the patio, at the counter, or in the dining room. The full a la carte menu will be available with favorites like the cast iron pancake, lechon hash with mojo onions and fried egg; and the wildly popular frita. Chugs is located in the heart of Coconut Grove at 3444 Main Highway. Walk-ins only.  www.chugsdiner.com

Isabelle Grill Room and Garden
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Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden

Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden is offering a five-course Christmas Eve Dinner in the Garden featuring live music and a complimentary glass of bubbly. The offering is priced at $165 per adult and $65 per child and is available from 5 PM – 10 PM. Enjoy beginning courses of Cold Smoked Oysters, Vegan Tartare, etc. Third-course options include Pork Belly with braised swiss chard, riesling poached apple, green mustard vinaigrette, or Chili Spiced Bourbon Glazed Seared U-10 Scallop with butternut squash. Fourth-course options include a Spiced Cherry Rubbed Beef Tenderloin, leek puree, mushroom and cipollini onion, port cherry gel, foie gras bordelaise, or Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Duck Roulade with chestnut apple stuffing. Dessert choices are Red Wine Cherry & Pistachio Sponge or Chocolate Peppermint “Bûche de Noël.” Christmas Day Brunch with live music and $35 Bottomless Bloody Mary’s and a Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar will be offered from 11 AM – 3 PM. Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. For a reservation, please visit OpenTable. www.ritzcarlton.com

Jaya at The Setai Miami Beach
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Jaya at The Setai

Jaya at The Setai, helmed by Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena, will be offering a la carte dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with holiday-inspired dishes alongside Jaya favorites like dim sum, tandoor and curry, and other signature Asian and Indian specialties. Christmas Specials include Seared Foie Gras ($36) with ginger caramel glaze, sautéed apples, and toasted brioche; Kushi Oysters ($32) served with ginger cucumber foam, apple, and caviar; Lamb Chops ($52) with truffle mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and lamb jus; Roasted Turkey ($48) with sweet potato confit, green beans, cranberry relish, and sage gravy; and a Hot Chocolate Cup for dessert with dark chocolate cake, eggnog mousse, milk, dark chocolate, and toasted marshmallow. The restaurant will also be offering its popular Jazz Brunch on Christmas Day and on Sunday, December 26, from 11:30 AM until 4 PM. Priced at $155 per person and $95 child. Brunch will feature limitless Louis Roederer Champagne, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys alongside a lavish buffet of culinary delights. Stations served by restaurant staff include a full raw bar filled with fresh oysters, shrimp, and more, rotisserie, Indian, and Thai specialties, a selection of grilled meats, dim sum, breakfast favorites, charcuterie, and a full dessert table with homemade rotating selections. Jaya is located at 2001 Collins Avenue inside The Setai, Miami Beach. Reservations are encouraged and can be made on OpenTable.  www.thesetaihotel.com

Lightkeepers Key Biscayne
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Lightkeepers

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas with your loved ones at Lightkeepers Key Biscayne. From 6 PM to 10 PM on Christmas Eve, enjoy an extensive a la carte menu, cocktails, and music steps away at Rumbar from 8 PM – 1 AM. On Christmas Day, guests will enjoy a Christmas Day Brunch from 12:30 PM to 4 PM, priced at $145 per adult and $49 per child. Choose from options like Domestic Artisan Cheeses and Cured Meats; Small Bites; Salads; Chilled Seafood and Raw Bar; Sushi Rolls; Ceviche; Butternut Squash Farro “Risotto”; Grilled Veal Loin; Braised Picnic Pork; Mediterranean Seabass; Carving Station; Breakfast and Omelet Station; Dessert Bar; Kids Corner and so much more. An a la carte dinner will be offered from 6:30 PM – 10 PM. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 365-4185 or (305) 365-4186 or via email at LKDiningReservations@ritzcarlton.com. Lightkeepers is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne. www.ritzcarlton.com

Nave Coconut Grove
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Navé

The restaurant features a simple yet sophisticated, contemporary American menu with a heavy focus on seafood, is set in a lush, stunning indoor/outdoor space in one of Coconut Grove’s idyllic tree-lined avenues. The eatery invites diners to celebrate Christmas Eve with an over-the-top Feast of The Seven Fishes curated by James Beard Awards Best Chef: South 2020 semifinalist Chef Michael Beltran. Standout offerings include marinated mussels tartine, tuna carpaccio, bacalao ravioli, conch bolognese, and plancha chipirons with black squid rice and lime aioli. Navé is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The restaurant will open during regular dinner hours on Christmas Eve: 6 PM-11 PM. To make a reservation, call the restaurant at (786) 615-3747 or email info@navemiami.com. For more information, visit www.navemiami.com

Nikki Beach Christmas 2021
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Nikki Beach 

It’s that magical time of the year! On December 25, Nikki Beach is offering from 12 to 6:00 PM an Enchanted Garden Christmas Day Lunch. Dine on Nikki Beach’s specialty holiday menu and sip on handcrafted cocktails while Celebrating Life with your loved ones. Guests will enjoy a $35 prix-fixe menu with a choice of Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast or Slow Roasted Blank Angus Prime paired with a selection of sides, including Jack’s Old Fashioned Stuffing, Rosemary Sweet Potato Mash, Seasonal Farm Vegetables, and House-made apple pie served with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy a dreamy afternoon of soft winter hues, enchanted garden-inspired décor, and live melodies from our signature entertainment. ‘Tis the season to be merry. Nikki Beach is located at 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.nikkibeach.com

Pincho Vaca Frita Bowl
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PINCHO

Tis’ the season for a very PINCHO Christmas as the beloved Miami brand celebrates 7 Days of PINCHO XMAS with stellar giveaways. Beginning Saturday, December 18 through Friday, December 24, fans of the concept can take part in the week-long social media giveaways through Instagram – @PINCHO – for a chance to win complimentary bites, branded swag, gift cards, and more. The seven-day giveaway lineup includes Day 1: 20 Vaca Frita Bowls; Day 2: 5 $50 rewards; Day 3: 10 PINCHO hats; Day 4: 2 PINCHO caterings; Day 5: 1 custom-designed PINCHO shoe; Day 6: 2 $100 gift cards; and Day 7: 10 VIP tasting experiences. www.pincho.com

Phuc Yea Beef Pho
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Phuc Yea

In case you’re skipping the turkey and honey-baked ham this year, Phuc Yea will be open Christmas Day, offering their full menu for dine-in and takeout/delivery via Ubereats. Serving contemporary Vietnamese fusion cuisine, Phuc Yea favorites include the signature PY noodles – a house-made signature egg noodle dish served with garlic butter, oyster sauce, and Parmesan cheese $14; no meal is complete without it. To start, edamame hummus drizzled with lemongrass chili oil, served with shrimp rice crackers $14; rolls and bao buns – especially the sweet n’ sour pork bun $14 – to caramelized chicken wings with house-made pickles $14 and the cast iron seared octopus with creamy curried chickpeas, cranberry agrodolce, lemongrass chili sate and herbage $19. To share, options include special Phuc yea pho – Hickory smoked beef short rib, pho spiced beef broth, cooked overnight, herbage, rice noodles, beef meatballs, fresh herbs, onions, beans sprouts, jalapeños, gluten-free option available and serves 3-4 people $59. Rounding out your holiday meal and new to the PY menu is the millionaire fried rice – Egg, black truffle, truffle oil, black pepper, chives, quail egg $26; and char siu roasted black cod – house-made BBQ sauce, honey, nuoc Cham, soy, lemongrass, citrus $32. Phuc Yea is located at 7100 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday, 5 PM-10 PM, ’til 9 PM on Sunday. Sunday brunch is served from Noon to 3 PM. Abundant street parking is available. www.phucyea.com.

Reunion Ktchn Bar Ahi Tuna Tartar
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Reunion Ktchn Bar

Get into the Christmas spirit at Reunion Ktchn Bar with a holiday feast set in a trendy, chic atmosphere. On Saturday, December 25, beginning at 4 PM, the restaurant offers an internationally-inspired, five-course holiday prix-fixe priced at $89 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The feast will begin with the choice of Mahi Ceviche or Zucchini Carpaccio, followed by Sea Bass St. Jacques served gratinated-style or Citrus Beet Tartar. The third course offers a selection between Crab or Lobster Tortellini and Lunette with black truffle in brown butter and sage. For the main course, guests will enjoy a choice of Moroccan Lamb Shank complemented by couscous, yogurt, and pomegranate, or Vegetarian Moroccan Pastilla with phyllo pie. The evening will finish on a sweet note with dessert offerings, including French Opera and Greek Yogurt with honey and pistachio. Guests may upgrade their meal with supplements, including a curated Wine Pairing for $69, samples of caviar for $199, and a bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvee, Brut Champagne for $110. The restaurant will also offer a limited kids menu, including an entree, soft drink, and churros for $25 per child. Reservations are encouraged and can be booked HERE. Reunion Ktchn Bar is located at 18167 Biscayne Blvd in Aventura. For more information and holiday dining hours, visit www.reunionkb.com

Rusty Pelican View
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Rusty Pelican

Rusty Pelican, known for its dazzling waterfront views, invites families to a fabulous Christmas Day feast on December 25. Christmas Brunch served from 10 AM to 4 PM is a cornucopia of choices, including Medium Florida Stone Crabs with mustard celery salt and aji amarillo and freshly-shucked Pink Moon Oysters. The Brunch Board for Two features shareable portions of Lobster Benedict, New York Strip Reserve, Fried Chicken and Waffles, and Fingerling Smash ($125). Guests can get festive with limited-time mimosa flavors, including Apple Cider Pumpkin Spice, Passion Fruit & Tarragon, and Dragon Fruit & Watermelon. For dessert, indulge in an assortment of sweet treats, including Café Con Leche Bread Pudding, Mini Seasonal Pies, Key Lime Pie, and more. Christmas Dinner will be served from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM; diners can choose from Rusty Pelican’s seasonal a la carte options with special menu additions for children and adults. Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. For reservations, please call (305) 361-3818; www.therustypelican.com.

Toro Toro Pork Chop Mojo
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Toro Toro

Celebrate Christmas family-style with a Pan-Latin Feast at Toro Toro. On Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, beginning at 6 PM, and Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, from 12 PM to 8 PM, Toro Toro features a prix-fixe Christmas menu created by Executive Chef Jean Delgado for $79++ per person. The feast begins with the choice of appetizer including Pork Carnitas Robata with plantain tortillas, confit onions, and cilantro sauce; Octopus Tiradito complemented by Botija aioli, jalapeño avocado crema, and cilantro oil; Truffle Caesar featuring baby gem lettuce, Manchego crisps, and truffle dressing; Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Carpaccio with herb ricotta, pickled red onion, and pistachio vinaigrette; and Acorn Squash Fritter served with aji amarillo aioli, parmesan, and rosemary. The entrée course, which is served family-style, features a choice of protein with options including Double Bone-In Pork Chop served with aji amarillo mojo sauce; Grilled Tiger Prawns with black garlic gremolata; and Bone-in Short Rib complemented by Kabayaki sauce. For an additional $135, guests can upgrade the protein to the restaurant’s iconic Australian Wagyu Tomahawk. The decadent feast will finish with a dessert featuring a choice between Black Forest Cake served with cherry compote and chocolate ganache and Piña Colada Rum Cake with ice cream. For children ages 12 and under, Toro Toro will offer a kids menu with a choice of Chicken Fingers with fries, Mac & Cheese, or Mini Cheeseburger with fries for $39. Reservations are encouraged and can be made on OpenTable. Toro Toro is located at InterContinental Miami at 100 Chopin Plaza in Downtown Miami. For more information, visit www.torotoromiami.com

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Christmas 2021
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Yardbird

Christmas the Southern Way! The James Beard Award-nominated restaurant concept, Yardbird is proud to announce their specialty menus available across all Yardbird locations – Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C, and Dallas – for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. Yardbird will offer Baked Oysters on a half shell – Andouille sausage, cornbread, parsley ($26), and a Southern Caviar Service – Canterbury Royale Grade White Sturgeon Caviar with Chefs Accompaniments ($MP) for apps alone! Entress will include Seared Jumbo Scallops, Herb Crusted Prime Rib, and Yardbird’s Signature Lobster Mac and Cheese. Additionally, all wines are $25 by-the-glass and $99 by-the-bottle of Sparkling Wine – Vollereaux Champagne Brut, France; White Wine – Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Carneros, California; and Red Wine – Mazzei Cabernet Sauvignon Philip, Tuscany, Italy for the whole month of December! Yardbird is located at 1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach. For more information visit www.runchickenrun.com

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