Art Basel Miami Beach is making a highly-anticipated comeback! Between December 2 to 4, Miami will be transforming into the Art capital of the world, with Art lovers and celebrities from all over traveling to our city. While you’re shifting from one event to the next and deciding on your favorite art piece, take a moment to unwind and grab a bite at any of these Miami Beach favorites.
Abbale Telavivian Kitchen
A chic, Israeli-inspired restaurant from hospitality entrepreneurs Omer Horev and Executive Chef Sam Gorenstein opened in March 2021 in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. Abbale brings the flavors of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine to Miami – Gorenstein’s imprint can be found in many of the Syrian and Latin flavors on the menu, while Horev’s Moroccan roots are the inspiration for several dishes as well. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, featuring nisnushim (snacks), coffee and tea, craft beers, and wines from regional boutique producers with a focus on Israeli selections. Abbale Telavivian Kitchen is located at 864 Commerce Street on Miami Beach. www.abbatlv.com
Situated in the heart of South Beach, Byblos features a glamorous and high-energy setting. The famed Eastern Mediterranean restaurant’s stunning décor, interactive dining experience, and distinctive ambiance make it one of the most exotic spots in South Beach. Byblos Miami is located at 1545 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Valet parking is available at the Royal Palm Hotel. Reservations are strongly recommended. www.byblosmiami.com.
Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina
The acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant at the former Versace Mansion provides guests an inspiring dining experience from Executive Chef Valter Mancini in an unapologetically opulent setting. With a nod to its previous iteration as the late Gianni Versace’s home, the restaurant boasts several extravagant dining areas, including the Garden Dining Room, the Roman Room decorated with romantic statues, the iconic courtyard, and the terrace overlooking the mosaic-filled pool and garden. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week; it is also available for private events. Gianni’s is located at 1116 Ocean Drive at The Villa Casa Casuarina in Miami Beach. www.vmmiamibeach.com/gianni/.
Hakkasan, one of Fontainebleau’s great restaurants, is led by Chef de Cuisine Jian Heng Loo, known for his expertise and innovative execution of traditional Cantonese cuisine. The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant is also open for traditional Dim Sum lunch on the weekends. Integral to the interior design is its adherence to the principles of feng shui, through which the energy and ambiance of the space are balanced to deliver the quintessential Hakkasan experience. Behind the scenes, Hakkasan features a million-dollar kitchen constructed in the traditional Chinese style, ensuring the utmost level of authenticity. Hakkasan is located at 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 www.fontainebleau.com/hakkasan
Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach
Jaya, The Setai’s signature modern Asian restaurant, is helmed by Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena and showcases traditional culinary techniques from wok stations to tandoor ovens and offers bold, unique flavors from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China, and Japan. Dinner at Jaya is a must-go-to-see and be seen during Basel as it turns into a party atmosphere complete with fire dancers and lively music. The wildly popular Sunday Jazz Brunch features a lavish buffet of culinary delights with limitless pours of Louis Roederer Champagne. Jaya at The Setai is located at 2001 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. www.thesetaihotel.com
Joe’s Stone Crab
No list of fabulous Miami Beach restaurants would ever be complete without Joe’s Stone Crab. It’s been here for over a century, known for Florida’s treasure of stone crabs. Of course, Joe’s is worth a visit any time, but you’d better stop in when stone crabs are in season. There are options for those who prefer dishes that originate from the land rather than the sea too, and the famous key lime pie is worth saving room for. 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 www.joesstonecrab.com.
House-made pasta, creamy polenta, and a list of daily specials make Macchialina a treasured eatery in Miami Beach. For those that can’t decide between the fresh-made pasta or the branzino, veal, or poultry, the five-course tasting menu gives you an epic meal. Reserve a private dinner in the indoor dining room for family-style when you have 4 to 12 guests joining you, perfect for a special occasion that is sure to be unforgettable. Macchialina is located at 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 www.macchialina.com.
Reviving the supper club concept, there’s the Matador Room at the EDITION hotel. This Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant aptly mixes a little Spain with Latin and South America and throws in a touch of Caribbean for good measure. The result is spectacular with dishes like charred octopus, griddled Florida grouper tacos, and Maine lobster. As the menus change, you may find other options, though, with drool-worthy desserts like the tres leches cake or the cookie plate, you won’t want to have FOMO. The Miami Beach EDITION 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 www.matadorroom.com
RED South Beach
Opened in 2008, Red South Beach has consistently topped the list of best steakhouses in the country. With a new location that offers outdoor dining nearby the old South Beach location, you’ll find prime steaks, fresh seafood, and impeccable sides to round out your meal. The raw bar features oysters prepared multiple ways, along with a hot seafood tower that shouldn’t be missed. And for those that can’t decide, the surf and turf hits all the right notes. The RED South Beach menu created by Executive Chef Peter Vauthy combines classic cuisine and the freshest seasonal ingredients. With a selection of over 500 wines and handmade signature cocktails. RED South Beach has recently been named “Innovator of the Year” by the National Beef Association, and The City of Miami Beach recognized chef Peter as one of our Top Chefs. RED South Beach is located at 801 South Pointe Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 www.redsobe.com
StripSteak by Michael Mina
StripSteak by Michael Mina at Fontainebleau Miami Beach offers hotel guests and locals alike an adventurous steakhouse dining experience, including a la carte cuts as well as signature specials that go far beyond traditional steakhouse fare. The restaurant’s raw bar includes selections sourced locally through BleauFish – the hotel’s innovative ocean-to-table live catch program. Designed by Bishop Pass, the two-story indoor-outdoor venue evokes a rich, stylish tone replete with several convivial cocktail bars along with a beautifully appointed, bamboo-enclosed poolside patio. StripSteak is located inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach directly off the Chateau lobby; StripSteak is located at 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 www.fontainebleau.com/
Nestled in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, The ScapeGoat is an intimate bar known for its classic cocktails, inventive contemporary libations, and a carefully curated selection of wine, beer, and spirits. An Ariete Hospitality Group (AHG) concept, this edgy drinking den is the perfect destination for any occasion. The distressed, stained mirrored ceiling, rustic wooden tabletops, and leather stools exude a sense of sexy sophistication. The ScapeGoat is located at 100 Collins Avenue CU4 on Miami Beach. https://scapegoatsobe.com/.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Southern fare doesn’t seem very upscale, but the way James Beard-nominated and award-winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar does it is sheer perfection. In true southern fashion, the dinner menu is labeled “Supper” and features heavenly fried chicken options alongside ribs, shrimp and grits, and other non-poultry southern delights. With an impressive bourbon menu and indulgent desserts, you’ll wonder why you ever settled for the drive-thru stuff in a bucket! Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is located at 1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 www.runchickenrun.com.