Weekly Nibble: Where To Spend Christmas In Miami
Christmas is almost here. Whether you’re too busy to cook because of all that holiday shopping, or you just don’t want to deal with the mess — there’s tons of great spots open on Christmas day for all of your festive feasting. From buffet style dinners to warm comforting family meals, and more. While most hotel restaurants are open, like Scarpetta, Hakkasan, StripSteak at The Fontainebleau, here are a few spots we recommend making a reservation at on this special holiday.
Nautilus South Beach
Jingle all the way to Nautilus South Beach as they serve a $75pp Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffet. The sprawling options includes a salad station with Seafood Ceviche, Chicken and Duck Liver mouse jars with port jelly and brandy, Tomato and Mozzarella, Kale Salad, Roasted beets Salad, Orzo & Sundried Tomatoes Salad and Lentils Soup; a bread station with Pita Bread and Artisan Breads, Humus Dip, Eggplant Dip, Tzatziki, Pickles Vegetables and Roasted Sweet Peppers; Cold Cuts and Artisan Cheese station; a Seafood Raw Bar station; an Assortments Sushi Boat; a Carving Station with Roasted Whole Pig and onion mojo, Atlantic Salmon with brown butter sauce, and Prosciutto, Parmesan & Foie Gras Beef Wellingtons; a Kids Station; and a Desserts station with dishes like Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, Dark Chocolate Walnut Caramel Pie, Cranberry & Blueberry Tart, Tres Leches, Tiramisu, Assorted Mini Fruit Tarts and Keto Cheesecake.
Chef Richard Hales at team at Bird & Bone are serving up a Christmas Day brunch from 10am-3pm and a special prix-fixe dinner menu. Enjoy holiday-inspired dishes with a Southern twist including Key West Shrimp, Aged Beef Prime Rib and Roasted Chestnut Trifle. Make your reservation now by calling 305-424-1234.
This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Area 31, the Downtown seafood destination, will offer a special holiday dinner menu, crafted by executive chef Alex Olivier. Perched on the sixteenth floor of Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Area 31 will showcase a three-course menu priced at $70 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) featuring a great assortment of land, sea and plant dishes, from light options such as parsnip and sunchoke soup with smoked mussels, herb-crusted lamb shank with chorizo sweet potato mash and escalope of seabass. The Christmas menu will be available on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th from 5PM to 8PM. A complimentary glass of sommelier-recommended red or white wine will be included. The menu is as follows:
Parsnip and Sunchoke Soup
Smoked mussels, apple, harissa crème fraîche, coriander
Endive, little gem lettuce, frisée, pickled peppers, tomato,
cucumber, stilton, Marcona almonds, sherry vinaigrette
Miso Honey Glazed Ham
Brussel sprouts, celery root, chicharrón, green apple
Herb-Crusted Lamb Shank
Chorizo sweet potato mash, string beans, port rosemary jus
Escalope of Seabass
Celeriac purée, sautéed smoked bacon, red chicory, runner beans and red wine sauce
Madeira, Parmesan, tarragon, roasted chestnuts
Warm Apple Cobbler
Raspberry ice cream
Spiced Pumpkin Layered Cheesecake
Area 31 is located on the sixteenth floor of Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way in Downtown Miami. For reservations, call 305.424.5234.
Christmas Prix-Fixe Dinner Special - $48 per person. $68 additional wine pairings.
Indulge in a special three-course pre-fixe dinner for $48 per person. Begin dinner with a creamy polenta and wild mushroom ragout. Entrée choices include a rolled rib-eye roast, stuffed with herbs and served with creamed spinach gratin and crisp potato wedges or a light and flavorful oven-roasted branzino stuffed with grilled fennel, lemon, and herbs served on a bed of sautéed Swiss chard and balsamic roasted carrots. For dessert, select a piece of one of Icebox’s famous cake or pies. Wine pairings are available for an additional $68.
This Christmas Eve, if you forget Santa’s cookies and milk, Minnow Bar has got you covered. The newest Washington Avenue clear spirits bar will make sure that you don’t get a lump of coal on Christmas by offering freshly baked cookies and milk on Monday, December 24th, along with a big serving of Christmas movie classics. The gin joint will offer its regular refreshing menu, expertly crafted by lead bartender Chris Resnick. Minnow Bar can’t guarantee that the fat man who gets to enjoy the cookies and milk this Christmas Eve will in fact be Santa himself but will make sure to continue The Christmas movie marathon on Christmas Day. Minnow Bar is located adjacent to Kimpton Angler’s Miami at 660 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. For more information, call 305-534-9600.
For those in search of a family-friendly dining experience, Ariete will be serving a family style meal on Christmas Day featuring Chef Michael Beltran’s inventive American cuisine with Cuban influences. From 6PM to 11PM, diners can indulge in a specially curated menu priced at $60 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The a la carte menu will be available as well as vegetarian options. For those looking to host, The Cave is available for private parties of up to 50 guests with the option of a customized menu.
Celebrate the holidays in traditional Italian style this year with a ‘Feast of Seven Fishes’ at Fiola Miami. Savor a four-course dinner, plus dessert for $150 per person, and make it a family affair with a children’s menu for $50. Main courses include, Venetian Calamari Salad with Calvisius Caviar; Baked Maine Scallops with Winter Black Truffle; and Potato Gnocchi with Alaskan King Crab and Tairagai Clams. Available Thursday, December 20 through Monday, December 24th. Fiola Miami will be closed on Christmas Day.
Other spots open for Christmas Day Brunch and/or dinner include: