Miami Art Week is a time of year when the city comes alive with creativity and culture. It’s not just about visual art; it’s a sensory experience, and that includes the culinary scene.
In this article, we’ll explore where to dine during Miami Art Week. From art-inspired dishes to fusion cuisine, we’ll guide you through the diverse dining options available. We want to ensure your palate is as satisfied as your eyes and ears during this exciting week. So, if you’re wondering where to eat during Miami Art Week, get ready for a culinary journey that’s as remarkable as the art itself. From iconic Italian traditions to tropical beachfront venues, classic French delights to Japanese-Peruvian fusion, Miami’s culinary landscape has never looked more enticing.
Best Restaurants for Miami Art Week:
“Art After Dark at COTE Miami”
From Thursday, December 7 – Sunday, December 17, renowned private collectors including Amanita, Artline, Craig Robins, Henry Buhl, John Marquez, Miyoung Lee, and Reilly Opelka, will reunite to showcase their world-class pieces at MICHELIN-starred and James Beard-nominated COTE Miami. In partnership with Artline, a public art project consulting firm based in NYC, and presented by American Express, guests will have the opportunity to view private art (not typically available to the public) and learn about the collectors and their vision and personal stories while indulging in a specially curated Art After Dark Feast offering available from December 8 – December 10. This year’s theme, “Relationships,” offers works curated by COTE owner Simon Kim, Rosa Sue Kim and Ji Park of Artline. COTE Miami is taking a deeper look at what brings us together, transcending our differences, and intrinsically embracing a more inclusive and diverse world through art and food.
Fiola Miami’s Art Week Collaboration with Local Artist Alexander Mijares x Patron Tequila
Join Fiola Miami for an unforgettable Art Week collaboration with visionary, Miami-born artist Alexander Mijares and Patron Tequila. The award-winning Italian restaurant in Coral Gables invites guests to the extraordinary unveiling on Tuesday, December 5, where Mijares will reveal a stunning art installation that will adorn the restaurant throughout the week. The internationally acclaimed self-taught artist is known as one of South Florida’s most vibrant artistic talents. Experience the fusion of art and cuisine as we celebrate Art Week and Mijares’ creativity.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami Partners With Art Angels And Artist Christopher “Flore” Florentino
As leading global galleries show contemporary art around the city, Mandarin Oriental, Miami is thrilled to once again be partnering with Los Angeles-based Art Angels Gallery for Art Week. This year, they’re spotlighting artist Christopher “Flore” Florentino, an artist of the new school, as the hotel transforms into a gallery with an exhibition of his vibrant paintings. Entitled “Best In Show”, they merge street art influences and fine art technique. Flore’s work – including pieces created exclusively for the hotel and La Mar by Gastón Acurio – will be highlighted throughout the property with several works available to purchase. At the hotel’s grand entrance, guests will be greeted with a photo opportunity thanks to Flore’s large-scale “Ron Burgundy” custom vinyl piece. Upon entering La Mar by Gastón Acurio, the cosmopolitan home of Peruvian gastronomy which has established itself as one of Miami’s most thrilling dining destinations, guests can feast their eyes on Flore’s masterpiece titled “Love, Light and Peace.” Once inside the MICHELIN recommended restaurant, they’ll be engulfed in Flore’s unique paintings and diptych, including the “Radiant Child.” In true synchronicity of the decorative and culinary arts, guests will enjoy Executive Chef Diego Oka’s special dishes inspired by Flore’s works. Additionally, along with MO Bar + Lounge’s bartenders, Flore has conceptualized special signature cocktails available to guests dining in Miami’s most glamorous hotel bar. Mandarin Oriental, Miami is also welcoming guests to immerse themselves in the city’s truly unique artistic atmosphere with an Art Week package – Especially for Art Lovers – including an overnight stay in a Junior Bay View Suite or higher room category for two guests. Unique extra benefits include an Art Week special welcome gift in the room, early check-in or late check-out and complimentary valet parking. Valid from December 5-11, the Art Week Package starts at $2,250 + tax.
Sushi | Bar Miami Beach x Sara Schroeder Art Week Collaboration
Sushi | Bar Miami Beach is collaborating with emerging Miami-based abstract painter and mixed media artist Sara Schroeder for a special collaboration during Miami Art Week. Schroeder’s vivid and emotive portfolio of work translates to that of Sushi | Bar’s vibrant flavors and textures when it comes to the 17-course omakase experience. Starting December 4th through December 10th, guests will have the opportunity to try the limited-time-only collaboration dessert between the restaurant and the artist, which is a deconstructed interpretation of Sushi |Bar’s existing dessert inspired by Schroder’s artwork titled “Pulp and Panel Poesie”. The exclusive dessert features Aubi & Ramsa Signature Sushi | Bar Ice Cream, Dulche de Leche Sponge Cake, Dulce de Leche Cracker, Strawberry Coulis, Toasted Coconut, Coconut Meringue, Matcha Mushroom Salt, Meyer Lemon Emulsion, Edible Flowers, and Fresh Strawberries. Guests will also receive a limited edition print of the artwork numbered and signed by the artist, in addition to Schroeder’s artwork to be on display at the restaurant and available for purchase with a portion of the sales to be donated to Feeding South Florida.
Sushi | Bar Miami Beach and IWA Sake Art Week Collaboration Dinner
Join Sushi | Bar Miami Beach for an exclusive dining experience on Sunday, December 10 featuring the exquisite pairing of Dom Pérignon and IWA Sake of Japan, curated in the esteemed presence of Richard Geoffroy, the former chef de cave of Dom Pérignon, now Founder & Maker of IWA. Nestled in Sushi Bar’s secluded private dining room, discreetly tucked away on Española Way in South Beach, we invite you to experience this innovative collaboration while savoring some of the world’s finest champagne and sake. Each offering will be thoughtfully paired with Sushi Bar’s meticulously crafted 17-course omakase menu, expertly prepared before your eyes. Come together at the chef’s counter and indulge in these extraordinary and highly sought-after current and older release offerings, while learning from one of the icons of the wines & spirits world. This intimate and immersive experience is not to be missed.
Sexy Fish: ART OF THE SEA
Sexy Fish is set to take center stage as the ultimate Art Basel destination, inviting guests to experience “Art of the Sea”, a week filled with artistic wonders, surreal surprises and opulent indulgence. Prepare to be utterly mesmerized by live, immersive art experiences that will leave you in awe and transport you to an alternate universe below the sea. VIEW OUR ART BASEL LINEUP: Wednesday, December 6: LIVE BAND. Thursday, December 7: ZAKES BANTWINI. Friday, December 8: HUGEL. Saturday, December 9: CLAPTONE
Chase Sapphire takes over the Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Chase Sapphire Day Lounge (Friday, Dec. 8 – Saturday, Dec. 9): Chase Sapphire takes over the Loews Miami Beach Hotel with a Lounge providing cardmembers a place where conversation, relaxation and inspiration meet. The lounge will feature a curated artwork display collection, artist talks and interactive art installations.
- Enjoy bites from local Miami Restaurant Group, Grass Fed Culture, as well as an exciting daytime menu from Los Felix with Mexican forward small plates, transitioning to Krüs Kitchen night-time menu with pastas and seafood bites.
- Additionally, this year Chase Sapphire will be introducing Chill EEEEEATS with Chillhouse and PEEL SOFT SERVE within the Chase Sapphire Reserve lounge. Chillhouse is a new-age approach to wellness offering 20-minute express manicures, 5-minute “oil treatment” hand massages, and more. Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, MILA is a restaurant, rooftop lounge, and mixology bar that transports guests on a culinary journey through the shores of Japan and the Mediterranean through visionary MediterrAsiancuisine. MILA’s cuisine is inspired by the traditions and offerings of Asia and the Mediterranean. Healthy, vibrant, and joyful, the MediterrAsian dishes are served izakaya style, meant to be shared at the table among friends and family. The transportive venue brings elevated dining and pleasure together with a magical, glamourous, and vibrant atmosphere. Reservations here.
MILA Omakase is a ten -seat enclosed space offering an exclusive and authentic journey to the far East. Japanese offerings meet the Mediterranean influences of 26-Michelin Star Chef Michael Michaelidis and the techniques of Chef Reiji Yoshizawa. The ever-changing dishes are created in accordance with the 72 micro-seasons of Japan. Guests can expect superior offerings and ingredients such as linecaught fish flown in daily, harvested local vegetables, innovative condiments, sea urchin from Hokkaido, and sustainable bluefin tuna from Baja. The intimate, ultra luxurious, transformative space features a massive overhanging cherry blossom tree and a wall comprised of personalized chopsticks for MM members. Reservations here.
Discover an unforgettable culinary experience as well as a sense of community revolving around world-class music, imaginative cocktails, entertainment, and a tantalizing new approach to dining at Miami’s hottest restaurant, BAOLI. Featuring a full selection of Asian-inspired food, each dish is carefully crafted using fresh ingredients and authentic flavors, making each bite a culinary adventure for the taste buds. From traditional dishes like sushi rolls and ramen to more modern twists on Asian cuisine, BÂOLI has something for everyone. Guests are invited to sit and relax amongst the luscious foliage, velvet chairs and tropical textures, with both indoor and outdoor seating options. Reservations here.
Rao’s: Nestled in the St. Moritz Tower at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Rao’s is set to make its mark on South Beach with its legendary southern Neapolitan cooking and home-style family ambiance. This iconic Italian eatery, beloved for its Harlem menu, will begin accepting reservations on October 25th, making it an exclusive destination for those yearning for an authentic Italian culinary experience.
Casadonna – a first-of-its-kind partnership between Groot Hospitality and TaoGroup Hospitality – has officially opened in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood alongside Biscayne Bay. The destination, which totals 20,000 square feet across indoor, outdoor and bar seating, features a sophisticated, storied atmosphere and an expansive, inventive menu designed around coastal Italian cuisine. Accommodating up to 366 patrons, Casadonna’s Riviera-style Italian cooking takes center stage as the gentle teal of Biscayne Bay–and Miami Beach’s iconic skyline–shimmers in the backdrop.
Tala Beach: Once known as 1 Beach Club, Tala Beach has undergone a stunning transformation into a 50,000-square-foot outdoor oasis. This Mediterranean-inspired paradise focuses on shared plates, finely crafted cocktails, and curated entertainment. After an extensive redesign and rebranding, Tala will open its doors in October 2023. This unique concept offers guests the opportunity to bask in the tropical ambiance with sprawling daybeds, a lively outdoor bar, and a new menu featuring thoughtfully crafted cocktails. Tala also boasts a VIP lounge for those seeking an over-the-top experience, all set beneath swaying palms and ample umbrella shading.
Bouchon Bistro: Miami welcomes renowned chef Thomas Keller, famous for Michelin-starred restaurants like the French Laundry and Per Se. His latest venture, Bouchon Bistro in Coral Gables, joins his one-starred Surf Club Restaurant in Surfside. Collaborating with chef de cuisine Thomas Castellon, the restaurant offers traditional French dishes, including the iconic steak frites and a diverse raw bar. Housed in the historic La Palma building, once home to the Cla-Reina Hotel, Bouchon Bistro presents a combination of rich history and delectable flavors.
Mirabella: Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the iconic luxury resort nestled on 20 oceanfront acres, has partnered with Michelin-starred Chef Michael White to introduce authentic coastal Italian cuisine with the debut of Mirabella. Opening on October 24, 2023, this restaurant is the latest addition to Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s world-class dining portfolio. Located at the base of the Sorrento Tower, Mirabella is characterized by its glamorous David Collins Studio design, artfully blending Chef White’s passion for fresh coastal Italian flavors with traditional dishes, paying homage to Italy’s culinary heritage. Chef White himself describes Mirabella as “a celebration of Italian cuisine and a reflection of my own culinary journey.” The restaurant aims to transport guests to the captivating coastal regions of Italy, offering a unique and vibrant culinary experience.
Toku: A fan-favorite from Long Island, Toku has made its way to Aventura, offering modern Asian fare inspired by traditional Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese flavors. The expansive menu caters to a wide variety of palates, with unique craft cocktails and sakes enhancing the dining experience. The 190-seat covered outdoor patio, complete with plush seating and spacious tables, provides the perfect ambiance for savoring Toku’s delightful offerings.
Hells Kitchen Miami: Located a block from the water in Downtown’s Met Square complex, the two-story restaurant will have ample space for diners to indulge in all of the restaurant’s iconic menu items, spearheaded by one of the most talented chefs. The 16,736 square foot space includes a ground-floor patio and second-floor dining terrace, as well as a beautiful interior dining room. The interior design is set to emulate the hit television show’s set, with an open kitchen and contemporary bar, where diners can watch the iconic red and blue teams from their seat. The bar serves a selection of both classic and signature cocktails; from a traditional Negroni and Old Fashioned to the innovative Smoke on the Water, served in a smoke-filled lantern, or the Notes from Gordon, complete with a personalized message from Chef Ramsay himself.
Chotto Matte: This Japanese and Peruvian hot spot, situated just off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, has recently revealed its newly revamped space, adorned with stunning artwork by acclaimed artist Lefty Out There. Chotto Matte presents a fusion of two distinct yet complementary cuisines in an exciting and vibrant atmosphere.
The Amalfi Llama: Step into The Amalfi Llama and be greeted by warm, modern farmhouse interiors. With organic design elements featuring art crafted from Peruvian llama tassels, soaring wine displays, outdoor patios anchored by cozy fire pits, and two lively bars, this restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The menu features live-fire creations, wood-fired pizzas, comforting pastas, and coastal Italian favorites, all paired with an enticing cocktail menu offering negroni variations, ‘Refreshers,’ and an extensive wine list.
Founded by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, Carbone is one of the most celebrated Italian restaurants of the last decade. CARBONE draws on the great tradition of the midcentury, New York-style Italian restaurant, balancing modern ideas with a reverence for the past to create an experience that’s both familiar and thrilling. The original Carbone opened in 2012 in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Carbone has since opened locations in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, Dallas, Doha, and, most recently, Riyadh. Location: 49 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Located in the heart of the Miami Design District, ZZ’s Club is a two-story Japanese restaurant and membership club, helmed by critically acclaimed global restaurant company, Major Food Group (MFG). Within the heart of the first-floor dining area lies two dining rooms, a new sports bar, lush outdoor courtyard, and a 14-seat marble sushi counter, where guests can indulge in a curated omakase sushi experience, with fresh seafood sourced from Tokyo and a large selection of Wagyu and Kobe beef. Upstairs, a second level of uninhibited decadence boasts exclusive amenities with an outdoor cigar lounge, backgammon terrace, and subterranean cocktail bar, featuring curated cocktails by longtime MFG master mixologist, Thomas Waugh. A true architectural wonder, opulently designed by the renowned Ken Fulk, ZZ’s Club reflects a playful yet glamorous environment, offering the highest caliber of cuisine, personalized hospitality, and unmatched amenities, all under one roof. Location: 151 NE 41st St Suite 117, Miami, FL 33137
Inspired by the old-world sophistication of Northern Italy’s iconic villas and estates, Contessa is a classic yet thoroughly contemporary dining destination by MFG Co-Founders Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi. This statement-making concept nods to centuries of Italian tradition and cuisine. Contessa is a two-story crown-jewel situated at the intersection of art, culture & fashion, and presents an intoxicatingly elegant ambience. Authentic to Northern Italian fare, the menu offers the finest meats, antipasti, signature pizzas–a first for Major Food Group–and an extensive in-house gelato program. Location: 111 NE 4st St.Miami, FL 33137
SADELLE’S AT KITH MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
Major Food Group and Kith have partnered once again for the first ever U.S. based outpost of Kith for Sadelle’s in Miami Design District. Sadelle’s, Major Food Group’s enduringly popular all-day dining institution that originated in New York, is situated on the second floor of Kith’s new Miami Design District flagship. Kith for Sadelle’s Miami offers the restaurant’s signature menu items including its infamous brunch. Guests can look forward to Sadelle’s classics: bagels, sliced-to-order House Salmon, chopped salads, and world famous French Toast and Blueberry Pancakes; but it also offers a variety of exclusive specialty breakfast sandwiches that pay homage to popular NYC ‘deli-style’ sandwiches culture. The sandwich menu is available only at the bar counter. Other notable menu highlights include a variety of cocktails, wine and beer, coffee, and more. Location: 69 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137
SADELLE’S COCONUT GROVE
The enduringly popular New York institution, Sadelle’s is situated at the coveted intersection of Tigertail and Mary Streets, in the heart of Coconut Grove. With ample outdoor space surrounded by lush greenery, the Coconut Grove outpost is one of Miami’s best indoor-outdoor brunch spots, equipped with show-stopping bagel towers, meticulously chopped salads, sliced-to-order salmon, triple-decker sandwiches, and lively, refined style of all-day dining the brand is famous for. The concept, which first opened in downtown Manhattan in 2016, is a lifestyle as much as a restaurant: a breakfast-centric haven, power-lunch hotspot, and energetic dinner destination all in one.
OPENING JANUARY 2024
Debuting in January 2024 in the Buena Vista neighborhood, La Màrtola, draws inspiration from the culinary treasures of the Riviera of Italy, France, and Spain. Founded by esteemed partners, internationally recognized La Filiale owned by Martino de Rosa and celebrity chef Franco Pepe, alongside food and beverage impresario Paolo Domeneghetti, La Màrtola’s menu is characterized by simplicity and anchored by the highest quality local ingredients combined with delicacies imported from the coastal regions of the “old world.” Dishes feature a variety of new and classic favorites including an array of Neapolitan pizzas by La Filiale which will be made using a Stefano Ferrara wood-fired pizza oven, as well as a variety of wood-fired and grilled farm-raised meats, local fish, and locally grown vegetables, prepared in the restaurant’s custom-made wood grill by Grillworks. The space is inspired by the charm of Adriatic coastal towns and features custom-made ceramic artworks by Greek artist Daphne Leon. Location: 4702 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Miami’s ever-evolving culinary landscape has much to offer, and these new restaurants are pushing the boundaries of flavor and dining experiences. Whether you crave the time-tested Italian classics, Asian fusion, traditional French delights, or a dose of nostalgia, Miami’s hottest new restaurants are ready to cater to your every culinary whim. Embark on a gastronomic journey and savor the unique flavors and experiences brought to you by these exciting additions to the city’s vibrant food scene.