Inspired by the Côte d’Azur, La Côte at Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a chic, two-level beach club and Mediterranean restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic poolscape. One of the closest restaurants to the Atlantic on all of Miami Beach, this open-air oasis offers guests the flavorful cuisine of the French Riviera, a lively bar scene with refreshing cocktails, live DJs and, unlike many oceanfront properties on Miami Beach, beach access from the boardwalk for non-hotel guests.
“The vision for La Côte has always been to give hotel guests and locals a fabulous oceanfront destination for great food and drinks with unbeatable views and an upbeat vibe,” says Philip Goldfarb, President & COO of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “It’s truly unique in the Miami Beach market – an upscale, chic and sophisticated poolside and oceanside restaurant and bar that isn’t exclusive to hotel guests. We love being a spot beachgoers can walk into, kick back, enjoy cocktails and relax.” Now, in its 8th year, La Côte has a fresh new look and menu. Executed by Chef Michael Hawk, under the direction of Fontainebleau Miami Beach Vice President of Culinary, Thomas Connell, the extensive new menu is perfect for those looking to dine casually in style. The cuisine artfully blends the fresh flavors of Florida with Mediterranean cuisine.
Cocktails, as well as wine and beer selections, claim center stage in this trendy setting, with Fontainebleau’s acclaimed mixology team’s delicious new libations the perfect complement to the restaurant’s al fresco setting. Two unique additions are La Côte exclusives; direct from Provence comes Domaine Sainte Foy La Côte, a rosé bottled exclusively for La Côte, while local craft beer mavens M.I.A. Brewing, have created a special brew – La Côte Hefeweizen, a refreshing quaff with tangerine orange blossom notes. Guests can also partake in bottle service or kick back with cool cocktails including the Strawberry Miami Mule with Rebel Yell, strawberries and ginger beer; Watermelon Basil Margarita with Corralejo, Cointreau, basil, watermelon and hand pressed lime; or the “Bleauberry” Mojito with Stolichnaya Blueberry, blueberries, mint, sugar and prosecco. Signature pitchers of Côte de Provence rosé sangria or white sangria, made with St- Germain Elderflower, are ideal for group gatherings.
The menu begins with shared plates such as Grilled Brie with peach chutney, toasted baguette and lavender honey; House-Smoked Bacon Pissaladiere with farmer’s cheese and caramelized onions; and Garlic Shrimp with confit octopus, green olives, artichokes and lemon. No seaside hotspot would be complete without a sumptuous raw bar, and La Côte’s does not disappoint. The hotel’s fresh-from-the-sea offerings include espelette cured salmon, oysters on the half shell, tuna tartare, fruits de mer, shrimp cocktail and king crab; like many of Fontainebleau’s restaurants, La Côte enjoys live caught selections from Bleaufish, the hotel’s innovative live catch fishing program.
More options at this outdoor escape include salads and sandwiches such as the heirloom tomato salad with burrata, balsamic semi gel and micro basil and the roasted Mahi sandwich with saffron aioli and marinated tomato on a Viennese roll. Grilled seafood selections include Maine lobster, Florida grouper and Florida snapper. Rounding out the menu selections are Mediterranean staples from tournedos de beef with fingerling potato hash and provencal roasted chicken.
La Côte has been redesigned by Jeffrey Beers International, and captures the essence of today’s modern beach club, while still embodying Morris Lapidus’ original vision of grandeur and playfulness. Atop the open-air second floor, La Côte offers a variety of seating options including six well-appointed teak cabanas featuring billowing sheer fabric and beautifully upholstered lounge furniture. These seats afford guests prime real estate to observe both Fontainebleau’s dramatic ocean views and the high-energy poolscape.
The bottom floor is outfitted with all-outdoor seating where guests can cool off under the ceiling fans while sipping their drinks and checking the sports scores on one of the flat screen televisions at the bar. With views of gorgeous pool-goers, fabulous music from live DJs and sweet ocean breezes, La Côte offers a truly unique experience for locals and visitors alike.
La Côte is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations aren’t accepted and walk-ins most welcome, from both the boardwalk and hotel. Telephone: (305) 674-4710; fontainebleau.com/lacote