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With the 4th of July just around the corner, what better way is there to celebrate our nation's independence than by spending the day at one of South Florida's iconic venues.

Whether you are gearing up to gaze at evening fireworks with your family or simply looking to take advantage of the long weekend, here at Digest Miami, we've got you covered.

Check the list below for the best options to commemorate our nations freedom.

Ambersweet at The Confidante Miami Beach

Ambersweet the latest venue to open its doors in mid-beach is. An homage to magic City’s retro-glam roots. The restaurant gets its namesake from the vibrant Ambersweet fruit, which is equal parts grapefruit, tangerine and sweet orange and grown only in Florida. Executive Chef Armando Diaz, pays tribute to the restaurant’s name infusing fresh locally sourced ingredients into each dish. The outdoor terrace is the “IT” place to dine in mid-beach, steps from the ocean under the moonlight. Ambersweet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Adjacent to Ambersweet is The Lounge at The Confidante Miami Beach, offering an extensive cocktail and bites menu. The Lounge’s standout retro and handcrafted cocktails are carefully created with house-made syrups and aromatic ingredients, along with playful garnishes such as a rose-shaped ice sculpture and an ice sphere with a hammer to crack.

Address: 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Phone: (833) 816-4530
Website: Ambersweet

Buya, Wynwood

Buya Wynwood (means “small fire”), from the former KYU founders Chef Michael Lewis and Steven Haigh who partnered with friend and restauranteur, Michael Sponaugle, is a NEW izakaya concept (informal Japanese bar) that serves quality street food and fun alcoholic drinks (did someone say SAKE JUICE BOXES?). Typically known as casual places for after-work-socializing, the menu focuses on flavorful shareable dishes including kushiyaki and yakitori dishes, as well as, “Super Rad” menu items like a tempura beech mushroom, pork belly buns and karagee chicken to name a few. Open for lunch, dinner and Saturday/Sunday brunch, guests can enjoy the open kitchen, where dishes are grilled over binchotan charcoal, and very grungy, 90’s street style design vibe – the restaurant is adorned with tons of trinkets from numerous travels, a hand painted graffiti mural, and even has a hidden eatery/cocktail den. What more? A HIDDEN DEN where guests can expect to see a Japanese soul food eatery mixed with a Wynwood vibe. Shhhh, we won’t tell….

Address: 250 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
Phone: (305) 699-0601
Website: Buya

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is pulling out all the stops this 4th of July weekend (Friday, July 2-Monday July 5) with celebratory events all weekend long for all ages. With a slew of activities and exclusive special events for hotel guests, including a prime spot for the City of Aventura’s Fireworks Fiesta, it’s easy to understand how the iconic destination has been Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice #1 Resort in Florida for two years in a row. Rates start at $579 per night and include daily access to the resort’s award-winning water park Tidal Cove, which will be the setting for poolside games and events all weekend long including drinks specials, barbecue lunches, and daily DJs and entertainment. Cabanas are also available for rentals starting at $750. Hotel guests and members will be able to participate in an exclusive event just for them: 4th on the Green, an evening of excitement and entertainment. From 7pm to 10 pm, food trucks, barbecue, unlimited beer, wine, freedom cocktails, and an onsite DJ will entertain adults; children can enjoy face painting, airbrush artistry, bounce house, cotton candy, popcorn and more. The evening will culminate in a fantastic fireworks display. The cost for access to this event is not included in the room rate and is $78 adults, $30 kids, and free to children three and under. Those not staying at the hotel can access Tidal Cove, pending availability via Resort Day Pass by purchasing tickets at www.tidalcovemiami.com or enjoy CORSAIR’s legendary The 52 Brunch on Sunday, July 4 from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm (reservations suggested).

Address: 19999 W. Country Club Drive in Aventura
Phone: (305) 932-6200
website: JW Turnberry

Time Out Market Miami - Miami Beach

Time Out Market is the world’s first editorially curated food and culture Market. Time Out Market Miami celebrates the city’s culinary heroes and local culture that makes the city so vibrant and exciting. This coming Independence Day holiday weekend, the Market will bring three days and three nights of delicious food and drink specials, live entertainment, fun classes and surprises not to be missed. The Market features a bevy of unique culinary concepts from some of the city’s most titillating talent, multiple bars and a welcoming environment that’s perfect for a quick dinner, or a post-work or a pre-club Happy Hour.
The celebration begins on Friday, July 2nd with a double Happy Hour from 4PM – 7PM and late-night from 9PM – 11PM and Happy Hour on both Saturday and Sunday from 5PM – Close. The additional Happy Hour time is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Market’s special Independence Day cocktail, the Star Spangled Swizzle, created by none other than popular Miami mixologist Gio Gutierrez. Topped with a sparkler and glitter stars, the red, white and blue cocktail features Havana Club Blanco, Blue Curaçao, Lime, Vanilla and Creole Bitters. This delicious libation will debut on Friday, July 2nd and only be available through Sunday, July 4th. As for the Late-Night Happy hour, only time will tell if this offering will extend beyond the holiday weekend, so be sure to check it out!
Brunch at Time Out Market Miami is one of the best deals in town. This will be the case even more so this weekend with an expanded Bottomless Brunch offering on Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th – featuring two extra hours of unlimited bubbles. From Noon – 5PM, bottomless cava, mimosas and bellinis will be available at $22 per person. In sync with the expanded brunch bacchanalia, many of the Market chefs will serve a number of new items and brunch specials--perfect plates best paired with bottomless pours.
For those who want a little sweetness with their buzz, Azucar ice cream will offer a special boozy ice cream exclusively on the Fourth of July. A free, Independence Day-themed art workshop for kids will take place on Sunday, July 4th from Noon – 2pm and there will be a few hush-hush surprises as well, like secret menu items, giveaways and a DJ.
Time Out Market Miami is located at 1601 Drexel Avenue on Miami Beach. Independence Day Weekend hours of operation are as follows: Friday, July 2nd from 4PM – 11PM; Saturday, July 3rd from Noon – 11PM and Sunday, July 4th from Noon – 10PM. Ample Street parking and discounted lot parking is available.

Address: 1601 Drexel Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (786) 753-5388
Website: Timeout Market Miami

Estiatorio Ornos - Aventura

Guests can escape to Greece with the award-winning MINA Group who introduces its first Greek concept to South Florida, Estiatorio Ornos. Bringing to life the sensory pleasures of a trip to the Greek Isles – delectable fresh fish, beloved Mediterranean specialties, and genuine Greek hospitality – in an approachable, friendly environment everyone can enjoy. Led by award winning Chef Michael Mina and Las Vegas’ dynamic duo – Girair “Jerry” Goumroian and Chef Nikolaos Georgousis, the new 160-seat neighborhood restaurant includes a beautiful outdoor oasis and marks the first-of-its-kind restaurant opening in the area offering traditional, simplistic yet flavorful Greek cuisine. Bringing a cultural, fun experience from the islands, transport to Greece with this one-of-a-kind restaurant.

This Fourth of July, celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Ornos Estiatorio is offering a “Mixed Grill” special in addition to its full Greek a la carte menu. The dish features half a chicken, two lamb chops, a 12-oz. Delmonico ribeye steak, and two shrimp souvlaki, with a side of Taverna fries and broccolini. It serves two, family-style for $129. Offered on Sunday, July 4, at brunch from 12 – 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 – 10 p.m.

Address: 19565 Biscayne Blvd Ste 946, Aventura, FL 33180
Phone: (786) 697-1681
Website: Estiatorio Ornos

MILA Miami - Miami Beach

Located in the heart of South Beach, MILA Miami (250-seat rooftop restaurant) has become the “it” location in Miami with an energetic setting and new inventive, upscale “MediterrAsian” menu. Transporting diners on a culinary journey throughout the shores of the Mediterranean and Japan, the restaurant was inspired by the co-owners’ – Gregory and Marine Galy – travels and experiences throughout the years. Living up to its mantra “joie de vivre” (in translation, “joy of living”), the chic Bohemian enclave restaurant embraces Miami’s unique vibrancy by pairing an elegant dining experience with a magical, glamorous nightlife. The star-studded culinary team has attracted locals, international visitors, celebrities and an A-list crowd with menu favorites, including miyazaki wagyu, olive wagyu and ohmi wagyu all imported from Japan, as well as other signature staples such as black rock lava grilled prime filet, beef short rib 'kalbi,’ foie gras & uni diver scallop, truffle rossejat, and more.

Address: 1636 Meridian Avenue Rooftop, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (786) 706-0744
Website: MILA Miami

MR CHOW – Miami Beach

Opened in August of 2009 in the “W” Hotel South Beach, MR CHOW’s international clientele have found its classics here along with new and creative recipes. The stunning dining room is centered by a unique 123 foot Gold-leaf and Swarovski crystal chandelier designed by Michael Chow. Located directly at the beach, the restaurant features indoor and outdoor private rooms, a spacious outside dining patio and interior bar and lounge.The Executive Chef is Hing Fung Matt Chan. Native of Hong Kong, China, Chef Matt began his culinary career in 1992 with intensive training as an apprentice chef in "Pine and Bamboo Mansion" which is a well known Beijing Cuisine restaurant. Since then, Chef Matt led various fine dining establishments such as Peking Garden Restaurant, Shanghai Garden Restaurant and Sichuan Garden Restaurant. Chef Matt has been a long-standing member of the MR CHOW team since his inception in 2009.MR CHOW’s menu is a combination of old authentic Beijing & Original Recipes. Chicken Satay, MR CHOW Noodles & Ma Mignon all were created by our passionate & skillful chefs. On the Menu is one of the best prepared Beijing Duck in the world.

Address: 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 695-1695
Website: Mr. Chow

Zuma Miami - Miami

Chic, minimalist hotspot and local favorite that overlooks the Miami River, Zuma Miami offers an internationally acclaimed style of modern and contemporary Japanese cuisine in the heart of Downtown Miami. The Miami location was the first US location and has been open for over 10 years. Featuring a sophisticated cuisine philosophy that calls for flavorsome dishes (inspired by the informal Japanese dining style called izakaya) within a fun and vibrant environment, whether you are looking to casually scope out the A+ celeb scene at the lounge, hang out at the bar, discover dockside dining at the coveted terrace tables, taste a little bit of everything during its weekend brunch, or enjoy the newly renovated PDR and private riverfront terrace, Zuma Miami brings founder chef Rainer Becker’s vision to life while being at the epitome of the world’s chicest scene-and-be-seen. Address: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 577-0277
Website: Mr. Chow

Café Americano - Miami Beach

This Fourth of July, head over to either of Café Americano’s two locations, located on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, and enjoy classic American fare with a Latin twist. Along with their regular menu items, both locations will be serving up a special Independence Day sandwich all month long for diners to enjoy. Guests can indulge in the restaurant's new BBQ Fried Chicken Sandwich ($18), piled high with a crispy fried chicken breast, smokey BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and topped with a giant onion ring on a brioche bun, served with a side of french fries.

Address: Multiple Locations, 1144 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 |1776 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (786) 698-4186
Website:Cafe Americano

OLA Miami - Miami Beach

Located inside The Gates Hotel South Beach, OLA Miami, short for “Of Latin America,” has helped define the South Florida culinary scene while raising the bar for modern Latin cuisine. The restaurant's eclectic menu features a combination of Latin and Caribbean flavors and dishes as well as a refined craft cocktail menu. Celebrate the Fourth of July at OLA with the restaurant's new patriotic cocktail the American Woman ($16), made with Tito's Vodka, fresh lemon juice, fresh grapefruit juice, Grenadine and Blue Curaçao. Also new to the menu just in time for the holiday weekend is the Foie-Gras Mushroom Burger ($26), crafted with a Kobe beef patty, trumpet mushrooms, foie-gras sherry sauce, manchego cheese and crispy shallots, this burger is sure to satisfy any craving. Address: 2360 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 695-9125
Website: Ola Miami

Villa Azur - Miami Beach

On July 4th, Villa Azur will be celebrating in style by decorating their chic French-Mediterranean dining room and enchanting open-air courtyard in red, white and blue for the occasion. A saxophonist will join resident DJ StephanM to set the mood with live music all night long with additional special entertainment coming through for a special dinner party to remember. Guests can dine and dance al fresco in Villa Azur’s charming courtyard, and enjoy Chef’s Specials including a Wagyu Burger ($22), two 4 oz. wagyu patties topped with caramelized onions, aged white cheddar, bordelaise sauce and served with cornichons and frites; as well as seafood platters and pastas such as the Pâtes a la Meule ($48), Cognac flamed in a mushroom Sauce served tableside in a Parmigiana Wheel.

Address: 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 763-8688
Website: Villa Azur

Verde at PAMM - Miami

Bring the whole family down to Verde at the Pérez Art Museum Miami for a twist on the usual Fourth of July celebration. After trying some of Verde’s locally inspired dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients and Executive Chef Hedy Goldsmith’s pastries, guests can explore the museum's assortment of indoor and outdoor exhibits or relax on the terrace. Verde at PAMM will be hosting The Juice Somm food truck, where customers can parch their thirst with a healthy juice or unique blended beverage. Special cocktail offerings include libations by 21 Seeds Tequila and Fever Tree, including the Spicy Cucumber Margarita, Seed and Soda, Sees Spritz and the Grapefruit Prickly Paloma.

Address: 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Phone: (786) 345-5697
Website: Verde at PAMMr

Food@Science in the Frost Museum - Miami

Add the Frost Museum of Science to your Fourth of July plans, where a Food@Science food truck will be selling burgers and other BBQ specialties in the open-air plaza between the Frost Museum and the Perez Art Museum Miami. Relax outside and explore the surrounding gardens, or head inside for exhibits that will fill anyone’s mind with awe and wonder! The Frost’s aquarium and planetarium are both great stops to take a break from all that Florida sunshine.

Address: 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 Phone: (305) 434-9600
Website: Food@Science

Casa Sensei - Fort Lauderdale

Kick off your Fourth of July weekend celebration with Casa Sensei’s Rock N Roll Brunch featuring live music, classic brunch favorites with a Pan Asian, Latin fusion twist and bottomless cocktails all weekend long. This popular Las Olas waterfront dining destination will be hosting brunch from 11:30AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday and is the perfect place to celebrate America’s birthday with friends and family. To get in the holiday spirit, guests can imbibe on The Patriot ($16), Rock N Roll Platinum Tequila, grenadine, sour mix, and blue curaçao, topped with blueberries and a blue sugar rim, only available during the Fourth of July weekend. The Rock N Roll brunch menu offers a contemporary twist to traditional comfort food and features delectable dishes ranging from the Rock N Roll Fiesta sushi roll ($36), with rock shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, truffle aioli, cajun spices, and a touch of kimchi sauce; to the Togarashi Fried Chicken and Waffles ($14), served with sriracha maple syrup and a side of fresh fruit; and the Casa Wagyu Burger ($19), wagyu ground beef 8 oz. topped with peppercorn bacon, guacamole, and gouda cheese, served with a side of slaw and truffle fries. Brunch cocktails include the Rock N Roll Bloody Maria ($14), with Rock N Roll Platinum Tequila, Casa Sensei specialty bloody mary mix, garnished with olives, lemon and lime; or the Bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis, Bloody Marys ($25), with a purchase of an entree, and a 2 hour limit.

Address: 1200 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 530-4176
Website: Casa Sensei


Celebrate the Fourth of July at Quarterdeck, a casual neighborhood hangout with a pet-friendly outdoor patio, chill vibes, great food, craft brews and cocktails. This eatery is a local favorite and offers a diverse menu serving up items such as sushi, fish fry, burgers, baby back ribs, pasta, sandwiches. Guests can get in the festive spirit with the restaurant's signature red, white and blue cocktail, The Michelle ($11), made with Tito's Handmade vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lime juice, and topped with soda water. Pair this beverage with an All American Burger ($14), cooked with Canadian seasoning and topped with bacon, American cheese, chopped red onions, chopped lettuce, tomato, and homemade Quarterdeck burger sauce and receive a fun surprise. With every purchase of an All American Burger patrons will receive a complimentary July 4th Quarterdeck Frisbee (while supplies last).

Address: 1035 SE 17 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316| 2933 E Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316| 3155 S University Drive Davie, FL 33328 | 300 North Beach Road Dania Beach, FL 33004 | 12310 West Sunrise Boulevard – Plantation FL 33323
Phone: Ft. Lauderdale: (954) 524-6163 | Davie: (954) 452-7676 | Dania Beach: (954) 929-1400 | Sawgrass: (954) 423-4197
Website: Quarterdeck

Il Maestro Pizzaiolo at the InterContinental Miami - Downtown Miami

InterContinental Miami is celebrating Independence Day with an open-air and family-friendly il Maestro Pizzaiolo Pop-Up on the SkyLawn, the hotel’s recently opened 35,000 sq. ft outdoor rooftop green space located on the 5th floor pool deck. On Sunday, July 4 from 4PM to 10PM, guests can enjoy authentic Neapolitan pizza al fresco served up alongside breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Featured items include handcrafted pies such as Traditional Margherita Pizza; Bianca Tartufata with black truffle oil and many others as well as; Calzone al Pistachio served with warm pistachio cream; and Calzone di Ferrero Croccante, a warm calzone filled with Ferrero Rocher chocolate cream. All items are priced and offered a la carte; full menu can be viewed - HERE. Also on tap, selected wine pairings, music and spacious, socially distanced outdoor seating. InterContinental Miami is located at 100 Chopin Plaza in Downtown Miami. For more information,

Address: 100 Chopin Plaza Miami, Fl 33131
Phone: (305) 577-1000
Website: Il Maestro Pizzaiolo