Where to Eat During Basel to Escape The Basel Madness Explore Options Outside of Miami Beach

Ariete

Set in idyllic Coconut Grove, Chef/Owner Michael Beltran’s Ariete has established a name for itself as one Miami’s most dynamic restaurant, offering a contemporary menu of New American cuisine with Latin, particularly Cuban, influences. Menu highlights include the famed Frita Cubana; Maduro y Provoleta; Local Fish; Pastrami Style Short Rib; and the wildly popular Chug Burger. For dessert, a fan favorite and an incredibly unique take on a classic Spanish dessert – Flan infused with candy cap mushrooms, Sambuca crema and coffee crumble. Offering a cozy ambiance with a full-service bar, Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The restaurant is open for Lunch, Monday – Friday from 11 AM to 3 PM; Dinner, Monday – Saturday 6 PM to 11 PM; and Sunday from 6 PM to 10 PM. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Happy Hour is offered daily from 4 PM to 7 PM. Telephone: (954) 765-3030; https://arietemiami.com/.

BLT Prime

Featuring BLT’s acclaimed modern American steakhouse cuisine in a gorgeous setting, boasting spectacular views of the legendary Blue Monster golf course, the restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can treat themselves to some of the finest cuts of USDA Prime Certified Angus beef available, including the 28 days dry-aged New York strip; Kansas City bone-in strip; and Porterhouse for two. In addition, BLT favorites such as tuna tartare; Dover sole and lobster cobb salad can also be found. BLT Prime is open daily for breakfast from 6 AM to 10 AM; lunch 11 AM to 5 PM. Dinner is served from 5 PM to 10:30 PM; Sunday Brunch 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami®, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Telephone: (305) 591-6606; www.bltprimemiami.com.

Chuy’s

If you’re in the mood for a fun Tex-Mex experience, Chuy’s marries traditional Tex-Mex, made-from-scratch cuisine and a playful lineup of cocktails with an eccentric dining room design offering a flavorful and whimsical culinary experience. Chuy’s restaurants are notable for their fresh ingredients and quirky design – and the stories behind it all. Chuy’s is open seven days a week from 11 AM-10 PM. For further information about Chuy’s, visit: www.chuys.com

Lightkeepers

The casually elegant new restaurant and bar at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami made its debut in March 2017. Located just off the island’s gorgeous waters, Lightkeepers features a contemporary, coastal-inspired dining room, a cool, casual indoor/outdoor bar and a beverage program featuring unique, hand-crafted cocktails. The menu, by Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo, relies on locally sourced ingredients – cheeses from Winter Park, beef from Ocoee, and snapper from Key West. Named as an homage to the lighthouse keepers who watched over Key Biscayne’s historic Cape Florida Lighthouse in the 1800s, Lightkeepers is a premier waterfront dining and imbibing destination for locals and visitors alike. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, served daily, offer a bevy of land and sea options. Highlighting the space is an open-air, state of the art, stainless steel kitchen that overlooks the dining area and is also home to the raw bar. Breathtaking views of the Atlantic and pool-scape can be seen from almost every angle of the restaurant including the indoor/outdoor bar and private dining room area. With an innovative craft cocktail program, delicious cuisine and a lively yet cozy, tropical, sophisticated atmosphere, Lightkeepers makes for the perfect escape from the daily grind. Lightkeepers is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive. Breakfast is served daily from 7 AM – 11:30 AM.  Lunch is served daily from 11 AM – 5 PM. Dinner is served Sunday – Thursday from 5 PM – 10 PM, Bar open until Midnight; Fridays and Saturday 5 PM – 11 PM, Bar open until 1 AM. Saturday a la carte brunch 12 PM – 4 PM. Sunday brunch served 12:30 PM – 3 PM. Telephone: (305) 365-4156; www.lightkeepersmiami.com.

Novecento

Staying true to the core elements is an aspect that has made Novecento an international sensation for more than two decades. The cuisine at 900 is a refined co-existence of Argentine, European and Pan-Latin, this style perhaps best called Argentinean Bistro. The cuisine is not fusion; rather each style is separate and is a pure reflection of its heritage. A dash of nostalgia and a sprinkle of vintage setting the stage for this glamorous, relaxing, and inviting ambiance created by the furnishings from old cafes and restaurants imported from Argentina. Novecento Restaurants are located in Aventura, Brickell, and Key Biscayne. Novecento will open its newest location at CityPlace Doral in Winter 2018. For more information, please visit www.novecento.com.

Rusty Pelican

Key Biscayne’s iconic waterfront dining destination features a world-class wine program curated by internationally renowned Master Sommelier Michael Jordan to complement Eastern Regional Chef Jim Pastor’s elevated comfort food menu. In addition to copious fresh seafood and raw bar selections befitting to the restaurant’s gorgeous bayside setting, there’s something for everyone – from the signature 16 oz. bone-in rib eye and Niman ranch bone-in 20 oz. pork chop to unique garden-fresh salads and house-made pasta. Craft cocktails created by Head Mixologist Oscar Amaya can be enjoyed in the bar and lounge area overlooking the downtown Miami skyline as well as with the stellar wine program that showcases over 300 carefully selected bottles. The restaurant boasts breathtaking views and vibrant energy which draws diners in, making it a perfect hotspot for dinner, drinks, and special events. The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Lunch and Dinner are served daily, and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 11 AM to 11 PM (bar closes at midnight); Friday and Saturday from 11  to 12 AM (bar closes at 1 AM). Telephone: (305) 361-3818; www.therustypelican.com.

The Commodore and Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden

A trendy craft cocktail bar with an old-world library vibe that also encompasses an al fresco lounge, The Commodore is Coconut Grove’s hot new destination. Cocktail connoisseurs, Happy Hour seekers, and locals on the hunt for a perfectly-made drink in an unpretentious, welcoming setting flock to it. The bar and lounge, operated by LDV Hospitality (the team behind Miami Beach’s award-winning Regent Cocktail Club and more) is nestled in The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami and features both a regal indoor bar and lounge, a tropically lush covered patio, a compelling cocktail list of classics and new innovations, and a bites menu designed to pair well with The Commodore’s featured spirits. Rounding out the bar and lounge’s attractions, live music every Friday and Saturday evening; a tight jazz trio delivering the perfect aural backdrop for a night out. The bar program delivers all the staples expected from proper craft cocktail experience, from the ice and glassware to the varied spirits and drinks it serves. The bar is the result of a new partnership forged between LDV and the hotel, which will also include a new restaurant, Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden, currently in development and scheduled to open Winter 2019. Both concepts are led by Executive Chef Abel Veulens and Sous Chef Miguel Fajardo. The Commodore is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. Open Sunday through Tuesday, 5 PM to 11 PM; Wednesday and Thursday, 5 PM to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5 PM to 1 AM. Happy Hour can be enjoyed daily, from 5 PM to 7 PM. Live music every Friday and Saturday night, from 9 PM to midnight. Valet parking conveniently located right outside The Commodore. Guests enjoy a discounted rate of $7. www.thecommodorecg.com.  Follow The Commodore on social media @thecommodorecg

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