Top Destinations for Christmas 2021

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November 23, 2021

Top Destinations for Christmas 2021

The most magical time of year is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by celebrating the 12 days of Christmas than with 12 venues guaranteed to keep you jolly and brimming with joy. Our rundown this year includes venues ranging from casual beach front to upscale private dining. Expect classic holiday menus alongside modern interpretations and boozy brunch options. We guarantee these Miami favorites are the perfect way to spend the holidays.

Boia De

Once the dust settles from all the unwrapping on Christmas morning hurry over to a well deserved brunch at 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 welcoming one all as family for their Christmas Day brunch in collaboration with El Bagel. Boia De and el Bagel will be offered from 11AM until 3PM inside the restaurant with a limited number of outdoor tables. Why not bask in our glorious South Florida winters by dining Outdoors, a special space for guests to hang out and enjoy some bubbly and mini bagels with spreads awaits.. The full menu, which is sure to include some epic, not-to-be-missed bagel sandwiches and creative spins on brunch favorites, will be revealed closer to Christmas Day. Reservations are strongly encouraged as the popular duo is sure to round up crowds of loyal guests. Reservations will open through RESY 30 days out (11/25).

Dates: December 25: 11AM until 3PM
Location: 5205 Northeast Second Avenue
Contact:(305) 967-8866
Website: Boia De Restaurant
Social: @BoiaDeRestaurant

Navé


The bourgeoning Miami destination, Navé by Chef Michael Beltran has quickly become many SoFlocal's favorites. The restaurant, which features a simple yet sophisticated, contemporary American menu with a heavy focus on seafood, is set in a lush, awe-inspiring indoor/outdoor space in one of Coconut Grove’s idyllic tree-lined avenues. Celebrate Christmas Eve with an over-the-top Feast of The Seven Fishes curated by Chef Michael Beltran. While the menu is still in development, diners can expect Beltran’s culinary expertise and creativity at play with more rustic, robust American flavors.

Dates: Christmas Eve: 6PM-11PM
Location: 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove, FL
Contact: (786) 615-3747
Website: Navé Miami
Social: @navemiami

Toro Toro


Celebrate Christmas family-style with a Pan-Latin Feast at Toro Toro, chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s acclaimed Pan-Latin steakhouse inside the InterContinental Miami. On Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24 beginning at 6PM, and Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25 from 12PM to 8PM, Toro Toro is featuring a prix-fixe Christmas menu, created by Executive Chef Jean Delgado, for $79++ per person.

Toro Toro introduces you with 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 those who feel like giving themselves a gift, for an additional $135, guests can upgrade the protein to the restaurant’s unforgettable Australian Wagyu Tomahawk. The entrée course will be complemented by family-style servings of coconut basmati rice, roasted maitake mushrooms with ponzu sauce and kimchi Brussels sprouts. The decadent feast concludes with 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. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Dates: December 24 from 6pm, December 25 from 12PM to 8PM
Location: InterContinental Miami at 100 Chopin Plaza in Downtown Miami
Contact: (305) 372-4710
Website: Toro Toro Miami
Social:@ToroToroMiami

Lona Cocina & Tequileria


Ho! Ho! Ho! Your way to a savory and decadent oceanside feast at Lona Cocina & Tequileria on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Available Friday, December 24 through Sunday, December 26, Lona’s specialty a la carte Christmas menu with a Mexican twist, created by Chef Jorge Gutierrez, features Tamal de Guayaba - Oaxaca cheese, Masa de Guava and banana leaf ($11); Taco de Lechon -  roasted pork, pickled carrots, pickled onions and roasted tomatillo sauce ($15);  Enchilada de Lechon - roasted pork, Pipian sauce, pumpkin seeds, queso cotija and cilantro ($21); and Especial de Pavo - slow cooked turkey, loaded potato puree with a 74-hour demi glaze ($25).

Lona’s full dinner menu will also be available. To compliment their Christmas menu, Lona is also featuring a stellar lineup of festive cocktails, priced at $15 each, including Dreaming of a White Horchata - Abasolo whiskey, Nixta licor, Rumchata and Horchata mix; Ghost of Christmas Past - Ghost tequila, lime juice and agave; and Red-Nosed Reserve - Don Q Gran Reserva, Apple Playa liquor, apple juice, lemon, agave and cinnamon.

Dates: December 24 - December 26
Location: The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale FL
Contact: (954) 245-3069
Website: Lona Restaurant
Social: @lonarestaurantfll

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 8AM - 3PM. 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.

Dates: December 25 from 8AM - 3PM
Location: 3444 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL
Contact: (786) 353-2940
Website: Chugs Diner
Social: @ChugsDiner

Scarpetta by Scott Conant


The holiday just would not be as special without this phenomenal option. Scott Conant’s AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant will be offering a mouthwatering four-course Christmas menu priced at $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Available from 6PM – midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, diners will have a choice of Tuna Tartare, Grilled Octopus, Beef Carpaccio, Burrata or Insalata Mista to start. Second course options are a Short Rib Lasagna or Risotto Vialone Nano al Tartufo Nero. Third course choices are Black Cod, Veal Scaloppine ai Funghi, Braised Lamb Shank or Parmigiana di Melanzane. Dessert options include a Mascarpone Fondente or Chocolate Millefoglie.

Dates: From 6PM – 12 AM on December 24th and December 25th
Location: 4441 Collins Avenue at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach Miami, FL 33140
Contact: (305) 674-4660
Website: Scarpetta Miami
Social: @ScarpettaRestaurants

Strip Steak by Michael Mina


Another iconic venue within the Fontainebleau’s luxurious interior is StripSteak, an American steakhouse by celebrity chef Michael Mina. If your near Miami Beach this is a must visit. Strip Steak will be offering decadent family-style prix-fixe menu from 6PM – midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Priced at $125 per guest, diners can indulge in a Chilled Seafood Tower with shrimp cocktail and stone crab; Baby Spinach and Frisse Salad with warm bacon, smoked almonds and cranberry cabernet apples; Sautéed Sea Scallops with roasted squash puree and ginger gastrique; Wood Grilled Chateaubriand with Maître d' butter with Bordelaise sauce; Haricot Vert with bourbon tomato bacon jam and crispy shallots, and Roasted Yams with citrus meringue. Dessert is a Chestnut Crème Brulée. 

Dates: From 6PM – 12 AM on December 24th and December 25th
Location: 4441 Collins Avenue at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, FL 33140
Contact: 305.674.4780
Website: Stripsteak Miami
Social: @StripsteakMIA

MILA


Those who have frequented MILA Restaurant have come to expect the venue to dazzle guests during the holidays. This season MILA is going above and beyond to prove we’ve all made Santa’s Nice List! MILA Restaurant is celebrating Christmas Day with a special dish that embodies their luxurious “MediterrAsian” concept. They are serving “Hirame,” the Japanese term for Summer Flounder, imported from the volcanic South Korean island of Jeju. Flavored with dill for freshness, mustard seed for aroma and nuttiness, and fig vinegar for a bittersweet bite, the light fish is perfectly balanced. Is a dish ever complete without Caviar? The Hirame is topped with fish eggs and bright edible flowers for garnish that make the dish as beautiful as it is delicious. Pair it with MILA’s specialty holiday cocktail of Matcha Eggnog, incorporating Santa Teresa 1796 Rum with matcha and coconut flavors. It’s creamy and smooth while still being dairy-free. Try it while it’s available, from now until January 1!

Dates: December 25th - January 1
Location: 1636 Meridian Avenue Rooftop, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contact: (7866) 706 - 0744
Website: Mila Restaurant
Social: @MilaRestaurants


Escape to Greece this Christmas Eve with the award-winning MINA Group’s first Greek concept in South Florida, Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant. Featuring a special five-course menu this Christmas Eve ($89 per person), Ornos transports you to the Mediterranean and creates genuine hospitality in an approachable, friendly environment everyone can enjoy. Guests are lured in with Orno's iconic tasting spreads, including tzatziki, taramasalata, tirokeafteri, melitzanosalata, and hummus, followed by a choice of seafood or pumpkin soup. For the third course, there will be an option of salads followed by the main of filet mignon kebab, black bass, or classic roasted leg of lamb. Cap off your Holiday with a sweet treat of Walnut Baklava or Crema Sokolata. For special events this holiday season, book Ornos’ private dining room with a pre-fixe menu at $60 person to seat up to 35 guests. Catering is available for any at home or venue parties as well. To book any time, fill out an event request.

Dates: December 24th
Location: 19565 Biscayne Blvd Suite 946, Aventura, FL 33180
Contact: 786.697.1681
Website: Estiatorio Ornos
Social: @EstiatrioOrnos
 

Oceans 234

Spend your holiday at Oceans 234, the hottest seaside restaurant in Deerfield Beach. The electric ambiance has crafted an elevated Holiday offering that will be available from Thursday, December 23, 2021 through Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Executive Chef Nicole Fey will be featuring a first-class a la carte featuring A5 Wagyu Nigiri with a 2oz Japanese A5 strip-loin, sushi rice, bourbon barrel aged shoyu, micro wasabi ($40); White Truffle Gnocchi with herbed ricotta gnocchi, white truffle & fontina cream, crispy leeks, fresh white winter truffles ($65); Short Rib Osso Bucco with parmesan polenta, orange glazed carrots, warm ciabatta, bone marrow ($65); Duck Confit with goji berry & port reduction, charred broccolini, sweet potato pave ($50); and White Truffle Shower supplement that can be added to any dish tableside ($80).

 

Dates: December 23 - January 5
Location: 234 North Ocean Boulevard in Deerfield Beach
Contact: (954) 428-2539
Website:Oceans 234
Social: @Oceans_234

Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden, the chic Coconut Grove eatery, 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 (ages 5 through 12; excluding tax and gratuity) and available from 5PM - 10PM. Enjoy beginning courses of Cold Smoked Oysters, Vegan Tartare, Roasted Chestnut Soup and a Charred Citrus Carpaccio. 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, bacon gristle and pomegranate seeds or Caramelized Baby Fennel with fennel puree, confit orange, caraway crumble and herb roasted Marcona almonds. 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, celeriac purée, kumquat relish, apple brandy sauce or Citrus Marinated Butternut Squash Steak with kale & quinoa ragout, walnut pesto, vegan sage jus. Dessert choices are Red Wine Cherry & Pistachio Sponge or Chocolate Peppermint “Bûche de Noël.”

   

Christmas Day Buffet Brunch with live music and $35 Bottomless Bloody Mary’s and a Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar will be offered from 11AM - 3PM. Priced at $135 per adult  and $55 per child (5 - 12 years old) excluding tax and gratuity. Brunch options include a Salad Station, Cheese & Charcuterie, Seafood Station, Omelet & Breakfast Station, Holiday Inspired Entrees & Sides and a Dessert Station.

Dates: December 24 5PM - 10PM
Location: 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, FL
Contact: (305) 644-4675
Website: Isabelle's Grill Room and Garden
Social: @isabellescoconutgrove