Tis the season to indulge, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than by exploring the vibrant and diverse dining scene in Miami? As December unfolds, the Magic City transforms into a culinary wonderland, offering a myriad of options for those looking to savor the spirit of the season. From Christmas Eve gatherings to festive Christmas dinners and holiday feasts throughout the month, Miami’s restaurants are ready to serve up a symphony of flavors to make your celebrations unforgettable. Join us on a gastronomic journey as we unwrap the ultimate Miami Dining Guide, ensuring that your December is filled with joy, warmth, and, of course, delicious holiday delights. Whether you’re seeking a cozy family dinner or a lavish Christmas spread, Miami has it all – and we’re here to help you navigate the culinary wonders that await.
Best Restaurants in Miami to Celebrate the Holidays
CAFE LA TROVA
Celebrate Noche Buena at one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, Cafe La Trova, on Sunday December 24. Guests will be treated to a special family-style, three-course menu ($95 pp) featuring contemporary Latin and Cuban-style dishes. The dining experience includes ALL dishes listed per course, served family-style for the whole table to enjoy. An a la carte menu will not be available. Children 12 and under are $30 per person.
Address: 971 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130 Reservations: https://www.cafelatrova.com/
Celebrate Christmas Eve at MICHELIN-starred COTE Miami and indulge in their Feast of Seven Steaks ($225 pp++), a thoughtfully priced offering that provides guests with a tour of COTE’s finest plates featuring seven selected cuts of COTE’s most notable Filet Mignon, Skirt Steak, Lamb Chop, 45+Days Dry Aged Ribeye, American Wagyu COTE Steak, Japanese A5 Ribeye from Miyazaki Prefecture and Galbi. Accompaniments include Gogi Cha “Butcher’s Tea” – consomme from American wagyu brisket; Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Truffle Butter; Ban Chan, Janchi Somyun, Korean angel hair with piping hot clear anchovy consommé; and fluffy Savory Egg Soufflé. COTE’s decadent Soft Serve ice cream topped with soy sauce caramel and a selection of seasonal fruit will leave your meal complete! Address: 3900 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137
FIOLA MIAMI’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Indulge in the joy of the season as Fiola Miami presents “12 Days of Christmas”. From December 14 through December 25, join the award-winning Italian restaurant for a culinary celebration like no other. Fiola Miami is inviting guests to delight in festive offerings that capture the spirit of the holidays. Highlights include dishes like Stuffed Calamari & Bucatini and Prime Delmonico Steak Wellington; cocktails such as the Winter’s Bliss, Hibiscus infused Bombay Sapphire, All-Spice Dram Sparkling Wine, Lemon; and decadent desserts including the Bombolini, Ricotta Donuts, Apple Cider and Caramel Budino Fior di Latte Froth, Spiced Sugar. The restaurant’s signature a la carte will also be available. Whether you’re looking for a special date night or a gathering with loved ones, let Fiola Miami be your holiday dining destination. Reservations: HERE Address: 1500 San Ignacio Ave, Coral Gables
FOX’S LOUNGE HOLIDAY POP-UP BAR & CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER
Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive spirit as Fox’s Lounge transforms into a winter wonderland from December 1st to the 31st. The entire space will be adorned with Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, festive garland, and a radiant menorah, creating a warm and inviting holiday atmosphere. Throughout the month, patrons can enjoy a specially curated holiday-themed menu featuring seasonal cocktails. The ambiance will be accompanied by a cheery holiday playlist, setting the perfect backdrop for the festivities. Join in the merriment on Tuesday, December 19th for a Holiday-themed Trivia Night and on Thursday, December 21st, for Holiday-themed Yacht Rock, where the DJ will be rocking the boat in a Santa Claus costume. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater on any visit and receive a free beer as a token of holiday cheer. For those looking to indulge, savor the Christmas Eve three-course prix-fixe dinner available on December 23rd and 24th. Priced at $65 per person, highlights include Spicy Deviled Eggs, Glazed Ham with Tropical Sauce and Au Gratin Potato, and a decadent White Chocolate Coquito Mouse. The signature a la carte menu will also be available. A Prime Rib special with holiday sides will be offered every Thursday through Saturday. Fox’s Lounge will open regular hours from 4pm to 2am, and from 4pm to 10pm on Christmas Eve. Please note that Fox’s Lounge will be closed on Christmas Day, ensuring that everyone has the chance to spend the day with loved ones.
Address: 6030 S Dixie Hwy, Miami
JOLIET CHRISTMAS BY THE POOL
Celebrate the holiday season at Joliet, the beloved seafood bistro nestled in Miami’s South Beach. On Saturday, December 23rd, Joliet invites you to soak up the festive atmosphere with “Christmas by the Pool.” Revel in delicious Holiday Pig Roast set against the backdrop of the shimmering pool, complemented by an oyster shucking station and a tempting array of holiday cocktails. Sponsored by Jameson and Perrier Jouët, this event promises a taste of luxury and merriment. A lively DJ will provide the soundtrack to the evening, making it a celebration to remember. Priced at $65 , tickets are available through Resy. If you prefer the classic ambiance indoors, the regular menu will still be offered. The holiday spirit will come alive at Joliet starting December 11th with enchanting lights, festive garlands, a Christmas tree, and a menorah, ensuring a truly magical atmosphere for all who gather to share in the joy of the season. Christmas by the Pool and regular dinner will take place on Saturday, December 23 from 5pm to 11pm. Joliet will be closed on Christmas Day.
Reservations/Tickets: Resy Address: 1209 17th St, Miami Beach
LA MAR BY GASTÓN ACURIO
La Mar by Gastón Acurio is hosting a very special Christmas Eve dinner experience offering traditional Peruvian-inspired holiday cuisine by Executive Chef Diego Oka at $240 per person (21+) and $145 per person (ages 7-20). As part of the gastronomical journey, guests are invited to indulge in a delicious family-style pork feast and a lavish buffet featuring various grilled favorites, including Anticucho de Corazón, Anticucho de Pollo, and Anticucho de Camarón, alongside live station of seafood rice and scallops. Additional items include La Mar’s signature Whole Fish Nikkei, Ají de Gallina Empanadas, Papas y Choclo, Quinoa Salad, Pasta Salad and more. Guests are also welcome to sip on an array of cocktails served alongside stunning views of Biscayne Bay and the city’s skyline.
Address: 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, FL 33131
Christmas Dinner at The Drexel at Esmé Miami Beach Hotel
Celebrate your holidays with The Drexel, the chic Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at Esmé Miami Beach Hotel! On December 24th and 25th from 5-10pm, guests can enjoy whole organic wood-roasted chicken served with green salad, mashed potatoes, haricot vert and warm fruit crumble pie. The meal serves four people and is only $82 total! Created by the group behind Mandolin Aegean Bistro, The Drexel uses locally sourced ingredients in an elevated yet relaxed setting, perfect for a memorable Christmas dinner. Reservations can be made online here.
Elevate your Christmas Eve celebration with an enchanting culinary experience at Andalusian gin & tapas eatery Tropezon. The restaurant will offer Cochinillo (suckling pig) specials alongside their enticing a la carte menu. From 5pm to 10pm, savor the rich Spanish tradition of Cochinillo, expertly prepared to perfection served with potatoes, Swiss chard and pork jus. To complement the evening, enjoy a Buy One, Get One (BOGO) offer on select wines with the purchase of the Cochinillo. Please note that the restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day, allowing you to revel in the joyous festivities with loved ones.
Reservations: Resy Address: 512 Española Way, Miami Beach
ISABELLE’S (THE RITZ-CARLTON COCONUT GROVE, MIAMI)
Isabelle’s – located within Miami’s beloved Coconut Grove neighborhood at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami – is welcoming guests for a Christmas Day Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Priced at $110++ per adult and $65++ per child (5-12), station highlights include an assortment of freshly baked delights, eggs and omelet station, hot cocoa bar, and seafood raw bar. Guests can also enjoy traditional and gingerbread pancakes and Five Peppercorn Rubbed Rib Eye with roasted brussels sprouts and pancetta. Address: 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
LIGHTKEEPERS (THE RITZ-CARLTON KEY BISCAYNE, MIAMI)
Lightkeepers – The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami’s oceanfront restaurant – is offering a Christmas Day Feast from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Priced at $185++ per adult and $69++ per child, diners are welcome to enjoy caviar, a sushi and chilled seafood spread, carving stations, a children’s buffet, and a selection of sweet treats. For guests looking for a little extra cheer, they can choose to purchase the beverage package for $39++ which includes wine, beer and sparkling wine.
Address: 455 Grand Bay Drive
Oma on the Go at Uchi Miami
Japanese for “home,” Uchi Miami is giving Miamians the chance to bring a taste of Uchi to their homes this holiday season with a special omakase to-go package. Priced at $175, the multicourse take-home dinner for two includes the best of Uchi’s elevated Japanese cuisine for an Eastern-inspired holiday meal. The package includes Ora King Crudo with winter squash, Zero Sen makimono, Pork Belly, Brussels Sprouts, Seasonal Squash, Broccolini, Uchi Salad and a pint of Uchi’s all-new take-home ice cream in its signature Fried Milk flavor: salted fudge, toasted blondie, dulcey chocolate and cornflakes. Those looking to purchase the meal can order online from Uchi Miami’s website throughout December. Address: 252 NE 25th St., Miami, FL 33127
Santa Brunch at Pinstripes Aventura
Embrace the season this December at the newly opened Pinstripes Aventura! The charming Italian-American bistro, bocce and bowling destination is spreading the holiday cheer from December 2-17 with a Santa Brunch (Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). On either day, take a photo with the man in the red suit to enter a raffle and receive anything from a complimentary dessert, starter or one hour of gaming. You could even be the lucky guest to win a complimentary dinner at the restaurant for 10 people. On Saturdays, indulge in à la carte chef-inspired dishes such as Lobster & Egg Bruschetta ($24), with Maine lobster, shrimp and soft scrambled eggs on a grilled baguette topped with truffle, or the Florentine Egg White Frittata & Avocado Toast ($19), a delicious blend of spinach, kale, goat cheese, roasted red pepper, grape tomato, arugula and olives with a drizzle of truffle oil. On Sundays, enjoy a brunch buffet with signature carving, omelet and waffle stations, chef specialties, breakfast classics and a sweets table boasting a chocolate fountain. Pair it with bottomless mimosas, sangria and Aperol spritzes, or go for the 24-ounce Big Baller Bloody Mary ($22), garnished with a cheeseburger slider and strip of bacon. The brunch spread is $35 for adults, $15 for children (6-12 years old) and free for kids 5 and under! Address: 19505 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 3290, Miami, FL 33180
Indulge in a culinary journey at Pasión Miami as they unveil a special Holiday Menu, available now through the end of the year. Nestled in the heart of Miami’s lively Calle Ocho, Pasión Miami seamlessly combines gastronomy with education, serving as an extension of the Florida Education Institute (FEI) Culinary Arts Program. This unique restaurant provides a dynamic platform for immersive culinary education, with a dedicated team of students-turned-chefs passionately crafting innovative dishes. For a limited time, Pasión Miami presents four-course prix-fixe Holiday Menu priced at $55 per person, tantalizing the taste buds with a delightful array of flavors. Guests begin their culinary celebration with Celery Root served with duck confit and roasted seasonal vegetables. The journey continues with a Walnut Salad featuring goat cheese, petite greens, and a sherry vinaigrette. For the main course, savor the succulence of Braised Short Rib, enhanced with truffle, corn, and piloncillo. The culinary experience culminates with a Tatin Apple dessert, served with vanilla ice cream and honey crisp, offering a sweet conclusion to the festive feast. The festive menu is available during hour of operation, Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 5915 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144
Missed weekend brunch this season? No worries! Italica Midtown is hosting its beloved modern Italian brunch on Monday, December 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a holiday present for Miamians. Guests searching for a vibrant holiday brunch for the whole family or a sweet Christmas date can enjoy Buongiorno ($8), French toast with Nutella, pistachio, mascarpone cheese and housemade marmalade; Asiago cheese-stuffed Gnocchi ($28) with short rib; a slew of pizza selections; 2-for-1 cocktails; and bottomless select drinks. Address: 3201 NE First Ave., Miami, FL 33137
Italian Feast at IT Italian Trattoria
Stop by Lincoln Road’s newest restaurant, IT Italian Trattoria, on Christmas Day for a traditional Italian feast featuring a selection of pastas, such as Spaghetti Genovese, Rigatoni Tartufo and Radiatori del Capo, from 8 a.m. to midnight. It wouldn’t be Christmas without an indulgent dessert! IT Italian Tratorria’s dessert menu includes three (yes, three) tiramisus. The traditional Tiramisù Coffee is an excellent choice to round out the holiday, but you also can’t go wrong with the more adventurous Tiramisù Pistachio Strawberry or Tiramisù Caramel. Address: 1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Sweet Treats at PAUL Miami Beach
Lincoln Road’s PAUL Miami Beach will be serving festive and delectable Yule Logs and Kings Cake, a frosted seasonal treat, on Christmas Day. The beloved French bakery and café will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can sip on a Caramel Macchiato or one of the various hot teas as they take in the recently unveiled “R-Evolution™,” Marco Cochrane’s 45-foot-tall, 32,000-pound kinetic sculpture, from the café’s outdoor seating section. Address: 450 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Spris Pizza on Lincoln Road
Local hot spot Spris Pizza on Lincoln Road will be open from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, where guests can order from its extensive selection of pizzas (like a traditional Margherita Pizza or the unique Tonno Pizza topped with mozzarella, grape tomatoes, red and yellow sweet drop peppers, red onions and Italian tuna in oil) and specialty dishes. Address: 741 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Specialty Cocktails at Segafredo L’Originale on Lincoln Road
Segafredo L’Originale, a hangout spot for locals and visitors alike, is serving specialty holiday cocktails to celebrate on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to midnight. Enjoy a Matcha Martini or Pumpkin Spiced Martini alongside fan-favorite dishes like the Segafredo Burger. Address: 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Red Rooster Overtown Gets in the Christmas Spirit With a Special Pre-Fix Menu
Red Rooster Overtown, the acclaimed Overtown restaurant presented by Marcus Samuelsson, Derek Fleming & Michael Simkins, is excited to announce that they will be opening just in time for a perfect holiday dinner on Christmas Day. Grab your friends and family and head over to Red Rooster for a special Christmas Day celebration this year. This special pre-fix menu offering is served family style at $75 per person for adults and $20 for kids under 12. Guests can select two items from the small shares section, with options such as Marcus’ Cornbread Jalapeño Honey Butter, Blackberry Bourbon Jam; Bajan Salt Fish Cakes + Pumpkin Fritters Breadfruit, Bajan Hot House; Rooster Caesar Salad Baby Gem + Tuscan Kale, Crispy Farro, Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives, Harissa Caesar Dressing. Main course delights include Cajun Spiced Smoked Turkey Breast & BBQ Pulled Smoked Turkey Legs Giblet Gravy, Florida Citrus Cranberry Sauce; Smothered Curry Turkey Wings ($35pp) Piquillo Peppers, Callaloo Greens, Cassava, St. Augustine Shrimp Perlot Florida Rock Shrimp & Colossal Lump Crab, Jasmine Rice, Crushed Tomatoes, Poblano Pepper Trinity, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Tuscan Baby Kale, Cajun Spices, Soft Herbs, Blackbird Seafood Rice Squid Ink Jasmine Rice, Crab, Shrimp, Tuscan Baby Kale, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Lemon Herb Butter, Glamorous Amaris’ Greens, Crispy Jerk Sweet Fingerling Potatoes, Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing, Steamed Squash & Zucchini. Dessert options of the night include Key Lime Bred Pudding, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, & a Giant Almond White Chocolate Chip Cookie.