With Christmas Eve or “Noche Buena” just around the corner, We wanted to share these top spots doing some epic celebrations. From Rosie’s Christmas kits to mistletoe margaritas & mega yacht views at The Deck at Island Gardens and more.
A Tropical Nochebuena in Mamey at THesis Hotel
Mamey is an island-inspired restaurant, recognized by the New York Times Best Restaurants of 2022 list and led by four-time James Beard Award Nominee and Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2020, Chef Niven Patel. Located inside THesis Hotel, Mamey is inspired by Chef Patel’s travels throughout Asia, French Polynesia and the Caribbean. For Christmas the restaurant will be channeling a tropical Noche Buena vibe, offering a prix fixe menu to be shared family style ($85 per person). For the first course guests can indulge in several treats that will transport them to a Caribbean island Christmas, including the Key West Pink Shrimp Ceviche with Crispy Green Plantain, Aguachile and Avocado; Jamaican Short Rib Empanadas with Sofrito and Roasted Garlic Chili sauce and the Roasted Poblano Tamales with Red Pepper Chimichurri, Queso Blanco and Cassava. For the second course, turkey shall not be missed as innovative dishes will keep you coming for more. If fish is your thing, the Pan Roasted Red Snapper with Carrot Habanero Stew, Kombu and Saffron will be your highlight but there are also mouth watering options for chicken and pork lovers, like the Mojo Roasted Porchetta with Adzuki Bean Congri, Collards, Rum Roasted Baby Carrot and Scallion Salad or the Smokey Jerk Chicken with Lemon Thyme Jus. No Noche Buena is complete without a sweet treat so save space for the decadent Cuatro Leches with Salted Caramel and Cherries. Menu: HERE
The Night Before Christmas at Negroni Midtown
Guests can flock over to Negroni Midtown on December 24 to indulge in a special four course pre-fixe dinner by Executive Chef Pablo Latif with a choice between a modern-inspired fusion menu and Nikkei sushi bar experience. Those in attendance will get to enjoy a soothing jazz band complete with a welcome drink and glass of champagne, sponsored by Pommery. Prices start at $90 per person and can be booked by calling 786.510.0075.
Phone Number: 786.510.0075
Christmas Snowflake and Buche de Noel at Villa Azur Miami Beach
Deck the halls with food and festivities from France at Villa Azur, Miami Beach’s favorite supper club and entertainment destination. The enchanting restaurant has cooked up two decadent holiday specials to serve on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Whether it’s during Peligrosa Wednesdays, the Thursday Night Dinner Party or an exciting weekend getaway, guests this season can delight in the Christmas Snowflake ($28), a mixture of Grey Goose vodka, Irish cream, Crème de Menthe Verte and fresh coconut. The limited-time cocktail serves up a sweet and tropical taste with a hint of mint for that holiday flair. After a luxurious dinner from the land or sea, dessert offers the Buche de Noel ($20), a mouthwatering meringue basil cake, filled with vanilla, chocolate ganache and berries and covered with chocolate glaze. Don’t miss out on visiting Villa Azur during its 10th Anniversary of the Thursday Night Dinner Party on December 22 from 6:30 p.m to 2 a.m. Celebrate with 5-star cuisine, luxury libations and live entertainment including sounds by DJ Stephan M. Villa Azur is open Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from 6:30 p.m to midnight.
Address: 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone Number: 305.763.8688
Mistletoes & Margaritas at The Deck at Island Gardens
Enjoy festive marina views of Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay this season at The Deck at Island Gardens, Miami’s most treasured waterfront restaurant. The unparalleled setting brings a tropical twist to the holidays, inviting guests to reserve a table or cabana under the stars while enjoying weekly entertainment and the exclusive cocktail Mistletoe Margarita ($19), a sweetened take on the classic tropical drink by swapping out the mint for cranberry. Indulge in the Christmas spirit this Christmas Eve by coming down for a Saturday evening of DJ beats, live sax, drums and fire dancers. Groups who book a reservation for 11 or more no later than December 15 will receive a complimentary round of Mistletoe Margarita for everyone in the party. The Deck at Island Gardens will be open normal hours on December 24, from noon to 1 a.m., and closed Christmas Day.
Address: 888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
Phone Number: 786.627.4949
Rosie’s at Home Christmas Kits
Indulge in a relaxing and stress-free Christmas at home as Rosie’s: The Backyard, helmed by Executive Chef and co-owner, Akino West, returns with its annual Rosie’s at Home Christmas Kits, for a homemade Christmas brunch of Southern classics with an Italian twist. The kit feeds two people for $130 and four people for $250 and includes: Smoked Salmon Benedict, served on a homemade English muffin with a Meyer-lemon rosemary hollandaise sauce; Buttermilk Biscuits, with Lake Meadows Farm Fresh Eggs and Rosie’s signature crispy chicken, topped with house pickles and a spicy buffalo sauce; Wagyueria Bacon, served with a shaved melon salad and Southern Polenta; and a bottle of Prosecco and 305 Squeezed Tangerine Juice. The kit will be available for pre-order via online starting Monday, December 19, and ready for pick-up from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Address: 7127 NW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33150
Phone Number: 305.631.2496
La Fuga at Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Celebrate Christmas Eve with The Feast of the Seven Fishes at La Fuga, located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale at Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Resort. The Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve kicks off holiday festivities with seven courses of fish and seafood led by Executive Chef Michael Mayer, including dishes such as Cioppino al San Francisco, a seafood stew of scallop, mussels, clams, grouper, shrimp, fingerling potato and spicy tomato broth topped with sour dough bread; Insalata di Rucola e Calamari, an arugula salad with radicchio, and griddled calamari, drizzled with lemon aioli vinaigrette; and Frittelle di Baccalà, made with salt cod, potato, cauliflower and caper-anchovy relish. The open-concept bar and restaurant will also be offering its full a la carte menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
Address: 2900 Riomar Street Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33304
Phone Number: 1-800-343-5545