Throughout the months of August and September, the highly-anticipated, annual Miami Spice program showcases diverse cuisine from world-renowned chefs and local favorites across the Greater Miami Area.
Locals and visitors alike can enjoy new and unique gastronomic experiences at Miami Spice prices with three-course meals being offered for lunch and brunch at $28, and dinner for $42. Here at Digest Miami we have taken the liberty of highlighting our favorite restaurants which are participating, allowing diners to indulge in multi-course menus featuring new dishes as well as some of their most popular plates.
Lightkeepers is the casually elegant new restaurant and bar at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. 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, executed by Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo, relies on locally sourced ingredients - cheeses from Winter Park, beef from Ocoee, and snapper from Key West. Locally grown and caught ingredients are key to the quality and diversity of the menu. Named as an homage to the lighthouse keepers who watched over Key Biscayne's historic Cape Florida Lighthouse in the 1800s, Lightkeepers is poised as a premier waterfront dining and imbibing destination for locals and visitors alike.
Set Menu:- Local Burrata with Arugula Pesto, Roasted Grapes, Crispy Pancetta, Grilled Local Bread
All set to a backdrop of endless blue ocean and colorful, casually sophisticated décor, this oceanfront, coastal Mexican restaurant presents innovative menu additions and daily specials inspired by Mexico's culinary regions.
Lunch and Dinner Offered Sunday - Friday from 11AM - 4PM
- Chilled Sandia Soup with Watermelon, Habanero Pepper, Mango, Celery
- Taco de Pollo with Achiote Marinade Chicken, Corn Salad, Queso Fresco
- Chocolate Brownie
Miami’s acclaimed American steakhouse, famous for its signature butter-poached steaks and duck fat fries, Bourbon Steak is in a class alone. The work of James Beard award-winning chef and renowned restaurateur Michael Mina, this ritzy restaurant, with its smoky mirrored glass and artistic gilded finishes, sets a striking mood. Sip and savor from a selection of over 850 wines from our Wine Spectator Award-winning cellar, or order a classic cocktail and relax in our chic lounge before dinner, then select your wood-grilled steak from a choice of Japanese A5 Wagyu beef or American Wagyu & Prime cuts.Menu Highlights:
At Toro Toro, dining is more than a meal; it's a celebration of fine food and spirits. Brought to Downtown Miami by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, Toro Toro offers a twist on the contemporary steakhouse experience artfully blending Pan-Latin flavors and creative sharing plates. A place to see and be seen, Toro Toro offers comfortable Miami Chic with leather couches and armchairs complemented by wrought-iron and dark wood. Enjoy high-energy music, an extensive beverage menu, a well-curated collection of fine wines and exceptionally fresh ingredients in a sophisticated, sleek setting. Toro Toro is a must-dine destination in MiamiMenu Highlights:
CORSAIR kitchen & bar is an American-inspired kitchen and bar offering contemporary cuisine that attracts those looking for lighter comfort food. Its open kitchen offers authentic creations designed to satisfy the palate in a friendly, sophisticated setting; a perfect gathering place or breakfast, lunch, dinner, after work or a spirited night out.
Experience The 52, CORSAIR’s signature weekend brunch, offering something new on the menu 52 weekends of the year, join in the fun with lawn games on the terrace and indulge in endless mimosas, a bountiful buffet and your choice of cook to order specialties. Beautifully designed, the casually elegant environment flows onto an outdoor patio overlooking a scenic tropical oasis and JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa's acclaimed championship golf courses.
Menu Highlights: - Summer Salad with grilled peach, blueberry, roasted corn, blue cheese, marcona almond, local lettuce and raspberry vinaigrette- Cornmeal Crusted Florida Fish Sandwich with cajun remoulade, tomato and jicama slaw on homemade ciabatta served with sweet potato fries- Miami Spice Burger daily selection crafted with local ingredients .Days/Times Offered: Monday – Friday; Lunch 11am-3pm
With its acclaimed restaurants among the most popular destinations for the annual Miami Spice summer discount dining program, Fontainebleau Miami Beach will once again dazzle locals and visitors alike with specially priced menu offerings during the two-month promotion. This year, guests can enjoy luxurious offerings from the hotel’s signature, AAA Four Diamond winners Hakkasan, Scarpetta by Scott Conant and StripSteak by Michael Mina.
With menus that include some of the restaurants’ most popular dishes, it’s no wonder Fontainebleau draws crowds for Miami Spice dining. Throughout the months of August and September, Hakkasan, Scarpetta by Scott Conant and StripSteak by Michael Mina will offer three-course Miami Spice dinner five days a week with reservations spots available at 6PM, 6:30PM, 7PM, 7:30PM only. Restaurant patrons will receive discounted valet parking of $15.
This restaurant is recognized as pioneering the concept that single-handedly changed the face of Chinese cuisine within the United Kingdom. This award-winning restaurant has made its U.S. debut at Fontainebleau and offers diners authentic Cantonese fare complemented by a diverse menu of New World wines and sake. The restaurant, located on the fourth-floor rooftop, is a seductive enclave of rich textures and hues.Menu Highlights:
This restaurant, by James Beard award recipient Scott Conant, offers a regional Italian menu combining the simplicity of Italy's cucina rustica with the refined flavors of fine cuisine amid breathtaking views. Known for coaxing the most sublime flavors out of the simplest ingredients, Conant has created a satisfying and soulful meal that encourages guests to pick up a piece of bread and clear their plates.
- Burrata with pesto, heirloom tomato & aged balsamic
- Mediterranean Octopus with potatoes, capers, olives & smoked crema
- Lobster Tagliatelle with fennel & saffron
- Branzino with corn, zucchini, olives & salmoriglio
- Chilean Seabass ($12)
Wine Flights - $25 - $35
The Miami Beach outpost of Chef Michael Mina's extremely successful, award-winning Las Vegas restaurant, StripSteak - an innovative and contemporary steakhouse concept - is now open. It is very much a steakhouse for today's adventurous diner - offering a la carte cuts of steak (many of them from the hotel's on-site aging room and butcher shop) as well as signature specials that go far beyond traditional steakhouse fare.
- BLT Wedge Salad with blue cheese, pickled shallot, house bacon
- Salmon a la Plancha with asparagus, potato mousseline, Florida citrus
- Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs with black mushroom jam, celeriac puree, rosemary crumble
- Key Lime Pie with blood orange gel, citrus salad and graham cracker
Shrimp Cocktail ($5)
Instant Bacon ($9)
8oz Filet Mignon ($25)
The Prime Wine Flight ($25)
The A5 Flight ($35)
Jaya serves modern Asian cuisine, incorporating various traditional culinary techniques from wok stations to tandoor ovens, inside The Setai Miami Beach. The indoor dining room is both inviting and sophisticated. If you prefer to eat al fresco, The Setai’s serene Courtyard comes with a retractable roof. Menu highlights include Peking Duck, Truffle Dumplings and Thali Platter, which can be prepared vegetarian-style. An Asian-inspired cocktail menu, sake selection, and lavish wine list complement the flavor profiles of the dishes. Check the website for special and seasonal menus. Sunday Jazz Brunch features live jazz and a lavish dining with endless Louis Roederer Champagne and Bloody Mary's.
Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling (855) 923-7899. Check their Facebook to learn about special events, like the Asian Night Bazaar and Setai Unplugged. They are open seven days a week for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Metered street parking and valet are available.
- Chicken Panang with panang curry, chicken, shallots, cilantro and jasmine rice (lunch)
- Branzino Filet with grilled vegetables, lemon and sauce vierge (lunch)
- Wok Fried Beef with flank steak, szechuan sauce, shishito peppers, asparagus, broccolini and bean sprouts (dinner)
- Spiced Cauliflower with turmeric potatoes, masala spices and curry leaves (dinner)
- 6 oz. Filet Mignon - $10 (lunch)
- Seabass Tikka - $12 (dinner)
- Truffle Dumplings - $10/$8 (lunch and dinner)
The French word for "gardener," Le Jardinier's cuisine and setting evoke a modern greenhouse in the heart of the Miami Design District. Michelin-starred Chef Alain Verzeroli's menu is focused on utilizing the highest quality vegetables, seasonal ingredients, and fresh herbs, fitting seamlessly into the modern, light-filled interiors designed by award-winning Architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. The refined yet approachable cuisine, atmosphere, and service create a holistic hospitality experience for our guests.
- Watermelon, Grilled Peaches, Tomatoes and Basil
- Chilled Corn Velouté with Confit Royal Trumpets, Charred Corn and Chili
- Grilled Branzino with Golden Tomato Coulis, Fennel and Calamansi
- White Chocolate Cheesecake with Mango and Passion fruit Gelee
At Navé, sea meets land and comfort is contemporary. Composed of the freshest ingredients and the product of classic culinary technique, the menu at Navé is equal parts refinement and soul. From the hand-made pastas rendered daily onsite in the temperature-controlled, glass-walled pasta room to the resplendent raw bar, no compromises are made. Here, the culinary team serves an eclectic menu that at once spans the globe but feels very much at home in the Magic City. It excels at being just that, a defining Miami restaurant that honors the past and looks joyfully into the future.
The Ocean Grill has an expanded dining deck with extra beachfront seating.
The perfect setting to enjoy the artfully delicate flavors of southern Europe, classic American dishes, specialty Seafood selections, which are prepared on a wood-fired grill. With its elevated deck, guests are able to take in the breathtaking view stretching all the way to the shoreline of South Beach's glittering waters.
This open-air, oceanfront restaurant in Miami Beach features lush tropical foliage is framed in a tall wood-beamed cabana designed with modern Asian finishes.
- Braised Short Ribs with mashed potatoes, roasted baby carrots and pea tenderils
- Tortellini with spinach, sun dried tomatoes, white beans, kalamata and basil
- Grilled Artichokes with celery root puree, shaved artichokes, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes
- Yellowfin Tuna - $5
- Grilled Octopus - $8
- 6oz. Filet Mignon - $10
In 2011, Phuc Yea opened in Downtown Miami as a pop-up concept. Now it has opened as a permanent restaurant on Miami's Upper East Side. Fueled by old-school hip-hop, graffiti and a love for life, Zapata and Meinhold's rendition of Vietnamese cuisine is deeply inspired by the flavors of the Mekong, but fused with their personal experiences and cooking styles. The food is distinctly 'theirs', vibrant, bold and layered. This is NOT a typical Vietnamese restaurant. It does not serve Pho or traditional stir-fries and noodle dishes. Eliminate any preconceived notions of "what a Vietnamese restaurant should be". It does, however, offer an extensive selection of dishes deeply rooted in Vietnamese flavors and ingredients albeit fused with spicy, bold Cajun richness Days/Times Offered: Wednesday - Sunday; Dinner 5PM-10PM (4-courses served “family-style” // vegetarian menu also available)
- Crispy Imperial Roll - shrimp, pork, Woodear mushroom, carrot, jicama, nước chấm- PY Noodles - fresh egg noodles, garlic butter, oyster sauce, parmesan cheese
- Crispy Pork Masitas - 5-spiced roasted pork shoulder, nước chấm, lemongrass chili, lime, onion, tomato, herbage
- Duck Confit - red curry, mi chay noodles, pickled daikon, pineapple, coconut
- Beef Short Rib - hickory-smoked, nước chấm, caramel sauce, spicy watermelon salad - $35
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, Villa Azur is truly a hidden gem. This chic French-Medditerannean supper club known for its avant-garde weekly vibe-dining dinner series is the perfect location to celebrate Miami Spice. Locals and visitors can take advantage of their delicious Miami Spice offerings during dinner on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from August through September.
To kick off the meal, Miami Spice diners can enjoy a choice of the vegetarian friendly Roasted Beet Salad, a refreshing salad with apricots, cucumber, citrus labneh, basil salsa verde, baby spinach and olive oil, or the Mediterranean Crispy Shrimp, served with a meyer lemon aioli, pickled red onions, haricot vert and herb de provence. For the main course, guests will have their choice of either the Seared Salmon, with red quinoa tebouleh, smoked chickpea puree and lemon yuzu vinaigrette, or vegetarian entree, the Ricotta Ravioli, served in a butternut squash puree, with sage, toasted hazelnuts and a red wine reduction. Wrap up the meal with one of Villa Azur’s decadent desserts like the Apple Tart, with crispy apple, dulce de leche ice cream and butter cinnamon crumbs, or the Pina Colada Flan, with pineapple foam and a rum compressed pineapple for the perfect closing to this unforgettable meal.Days/Times Offered: Aug. 1st - Sept. 30th
Short for “Of Latin America,” OLA Miami has helped define the South Florida culinary scene while raising the bar for modern Latin cuisine at The Gates Hotel South Beach. The waterfront dining destination is offering a special lunch menu for guests to enjoy every day of the week, Monday through Sunday, during the Miami Spice season.
The limited time menu includes delicious new menu items as well as classic OLA dishes featuring a combination of Pan Latin, Spanish and Caribbean flavors. Appetizer choices on deck include the Corvina Ceviche, made with with fresh lime juice, cilantro, red onion, limo peppers and peruvian crispy corn, the Short Rib Empanada, a black beer braised short rib empanada served with creamy habanero sauce and smokey orange marmalade, Wedge Salad, crispy bacon, blue cheese, red onion, grape tomato; and Chicharron, crispy calamari and shrimp in a sweet and spicy panca sauce topped with micro cilantro. Vegetarian appetizer options include the Corn Empanada, a vegetarian empanada served with mushroom salad, huitlacoche and sweet corn sauce; and Heirloom Tomato Salad, microgreens, red onion, goat cheese, lemon-oregano vinaigrette. Appetizing entrees on offer include a choice of OLA’s signature Roast Cuban Pork, served with garlic yuca mash, black bean broth, creole style pepper salad and mustard mojo; Skirt Steak, served with grilled asparagus and chimichurri; Mahi Mahi, served with arroz verde; Pork Sliders, slow roasted pork, crispy bacon, yellow tomato and pan asian slaw; and the vegetarian Quinoa Salad, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, shaved almonds, mint, and lemon vinaigrette. Don’t forget to save room for something sweet and treat yourself to one of OLA’s amazing desserts such as the Bread Pudding, an assortment of bread, vanilla and condensed and evaporated milk, or the Deconstructed Key Lime Pie, a key lime custard with toasted meringue and tuile.Days/Times Offered: Aug. 1st - Sept. 30th
Miami Beach eatery, Café Americano serves up American comfort food with a Latin twist, as well as all day brunch. Located on Ocean Drive at the Hotel Victor, patrons can bask in ocean breezes while indulging in delicious bites from the restaurant’s elevated menu. During Miami Spice, Café Americano is offering brunch, lunch, and dinner menus that are sure to blow diner’s taste buds away.
Offered Friday through Sunday, brunch goers can enjoy a selection of Café Americano’s most popular dishes during brunch including a choice of vegetarian options like the Steel Cut Oatmeal, blueberry compote and brown sugar; or Seasonal Fruit Platter, chef’s selection of the seasons freshest fruit, honey, blueberry yogurt; for an appetizer. Next up dig into either the vegetarian Southwestern Avocado Toast, with avocado slices, roasted corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, cotija cheese; or the decadent Carrot Cake French Toast, that features three slices of thick cut brioche, griddled in spiced batter with carrot, raisin and pecan cream cheese filling and candied carrots.
For dessert sip on a classic Mimosa, and upgrade to two hours unlimited for an additional $25. The lunch menu, which is available every day of the week, is filled with favorite starters such as the Caesar Salad, made with chopped romaine hearts, classic caesar dressing, house croutons, parmesan crisp; and Spiced Brined Chicken Wings, served with classic buffalo sauce, smoked bleu cheese dressing, carrot & celery sticks. Follow up with a choice of the Classic Burger, on a butter toasted brioche bun; the Poke Bowl, with your choice of salmon or tuna; or the Penne Sorrentina, imported penne, marinara sauce, cherry tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. For dessert Miami Spice guests can enjoy Café Americano’s scrumptious Cheesecake. Available Sunday through Thursday, Café Americano’s dinner menu is not to be missed and features a mix of a small plates such as the Nola BBQ Shrimp, with guava, black pepper, charred lemon and butter toasted french bread; and Americano Chopped Salad, chopped romaine hearts, classic caesar dressing, house croutons and parmesan crisp. Large plates sure to satisfy any Miami Spice craving include the restaurant’s Fried Chicken, buttermilk brined breast and boneless thigh, cheesy steak fries, pickled green beans; Smoked St. Louis Ribs, slow smoked St. Louis ribs, served with house BBQ sauce, french fries and corn on the cob; and Salmon served with edamame puree, succotash and fresno chile oil. Top off the meal with Café Americano’s almost too sweet to eat Chocolate Cake.Days/Times Offered: Aug. 1st - Sept. 30th
You no longer have to travel too far for warm, heartfelt Greek hospitality: experience it with Estiatorio Ornos’ Miami Spice menu. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s Greek concept, Estiatorio Ornos, is offering your choice of an authentic appetizer, main dish and dessert that will transport your tastebuds to the Mediterranean. Featuring famous Ornos’ dishes like their Spanakopita, Grouper Sandwich, Wild Mushroom Moussaka, Lamb Sirloin Kebab, and Baklava, you’ll feel as if you’re eating from yiayia’s (grandma’s) kitchen, with an elevated presentation and hospitality that the MINA Group does so well.
Chotto Matte serves Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors, with locally-produced, natural, non-GMO ingredients. Located off Lincoln Road, with its retractable roof, sliding door entrance, live DJ sets & purple light pouring over the bar area, the ambience is South Beach chic with a friendly vibe. Small plates are served in the center of the table, starting with cold and light dishes and then progressing to hotter and more flavorful dishes, before ending with sushi. The menu also includes a robata grill; a tasting menu, which includes a vegetarian option; a lunch menu, offering bento boxes and poke bowls; and a fixed-price pre-theater menu.
Make your reservation online or call (305)690-0743. Street parking, valet parking and parking garages are available. They are open for lunch daily from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner hours are 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, but last order is taken at 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.