Christmas 2019: Where to Eat in South Florida

It’s hard to believe that the year is winding down — time flies when all you do is eat. Don’t feel like cooking for Christmas? The restaurants below have you covered.

As always, details are subject to change. Contact the venue for the latest information. Merry Christmas!


Ariete, Coconut Grove’s popular dining gem, is inviting guests to celebrate Chinese Christmas at Ariete on Christmas Day from 4PM – 10PM. This year, Chef Michael Beltran is shaking things up with a specially curated family-style menu full of Chinese favorites with a twist.

Priced at $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), guests can delight in offerings like egg drop soup; Green Circle honey chicken with Native Guy honey sauce and pickled stuff; General Tso’s chicken with Thai chili and broccoli; beef and broccoli made with Ariete short rib, charred beef hearts, water chestnuts and wood grilled broccoli; shrimp lo mein with broccoli, snow peas, carrots and sesame; and Kimchi fried rice with carrot and cabbage kimchi, and Duke’s spicy mayo.

Sweets include Chef Devin Braddock’s Thai donuts and Cuban fortune cookies.

Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

Tis’ the season to be surrounded by great beer and good company, and Biscayne Bay Brewing will offer overflowing beer and holiday cheer in Doral. The craft brewery, one of the few in Miami that specializes in ales and lagers, and is 100% independent craft, brings patrons half-off on special release beers every day leading up to Christmas in their taproom.

Those looking to get the beer lover in their lives the perfect gift Biscayne Bay Brewing has you covered with a $40 gift featuring, a 22 oz bottle, 32 oz Growler and shirt or hat of your choice. In addition to all the fun leading up to Christmas, the brewery will be open on Christmas Day from 5 PM-10 PM, just in time for happy hour, featuring half-off core beers from 5 PM-7 PM.

Boia De

The eatery will close on Christmas Eve but will open Christmas Day for brunch from 11AM to 3PM for a Christmas Collab with El Bagel. No reservations required; service will be ventanita style at the counter with self-seating. Come for honey ham, fried egg and cheese, blue crab benedict, salmon rillette and smoked trout roe all on El Bagels. Or celebrate Hannukah with latkes with caviar service.

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits invites guests to enjoy a very Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the rustic seaside eatery located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale.

On Christmas Eve, diners can indulge on Prime Rib and Bubbly from 6PM – 10PM for $129 per couple (excluding tax and gratuity). The evening includes family-style herb roasted prime rib; truffle whipped potatoes; root vegetables; horseradish cream; and a bottle of Champagne. An a la carte menu will also be available.

On Christmas Day enjoy a buffet-style feast from Noon – 8PM. For $99 per adult and $49 for children (ages 5 through 12); excluding tax and gratuity, guests can choose from a stunning selection of delectable dishes. Bottomless beverage package is available for $25 per person.

Caja Caliente

Caja Caliente, home to the original Cuban tacos, is celebrating the holiday season with a Taco Tuesday Christmas Eve edition, where guests can get a taste of “Noche Buena” in a taco by ordering their signature Pork Taco. Want to impress your friends and family without the stress of cooking? Caja Caliente has you covered with their new catering holiday menu.

The catering menu features Cuban classic starters such as five mini empanadas for $5 and half a pan of Chicharritas for $30, Congri for $40/half pan $80/full pan, Yuca Con Mojo $40/half pan $70/full pan, Congri with Vaca Frita $15 per person, Lechon $60/ per paleta (pork shoulder), Arroz con Pollo for $12 per person and Tortilla Espanola Chorizo for $20/each.

Christmas Eve dinner won’t be complete without dessert and what better than mini desserts for all indulge, Caja Caliente will be selling their signatures sweet empanadas with guava and cheese and dulce de leche, patrons can purchase five for only $5.

All catering orders must be picked up by 3 PM in the Coral Gables location, Caja Caliente will be closed Christmas Day, to allow their team to spend the joyful day with their families and will reopen Dec 26, regular business hours.


Cheers to the holiday season with a three-course prix-fixe menu from Latin-Mediterranean hotspot CVLTVRA Kitchen & Lounge! Available from 3-9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, guests can indulge in Chef Fabian Di Paolo’s three-course menu featuring Christmas favorites with a CVLTVRA twist. Enjoy dishes such as the Hamachi Ceviche, Christmas ‘Ham’ with Pork Belly, Carved Holiday Turkey and more, as well as sweet treats including the Gingerbread Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Bouché de Noel Caramel. Available for $55 per person (plus tax and gratuity.

Diez y Seis

Shore Club’s Mexican eatery, Diez y Seis invites guests to dine with them Christmas day and enjoy a specially crafted holiday menu. The restaurant will open for both lunch 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and dinner 4 – 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day selections include turkey peanuts mole ($25), 32 oz bone-in ribeye ($95) and pork belly ($24).

Donna Mare

Looking for a jolly time? Celebrate Christmas at Donna Mare located in the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club to indulge in some italian delights! Priced at $49 for adults, or $75 with wine pairing, and $19 for kids, guests can choose from jumbo lump crab cakes or Panzanella Toscana as their starter. For a main course there will be a Cannelloni or Dorade to pick from. Lastly, a Neapolitan Baba will be available for dessert.


On Christmas Eve, enjoy a delightful three-course prix-fixe menu featuring tasty Christmas mainstays with a tropical twist. Start with your choice of salads, try the mango glazed Christmas Ham or Salt Baked Faroe Island Salmon, both served with fresh seasonal sides, and finish off with pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate ganache with peppermint ice cream. Tuesday, December 24, $54person. 3025 Collins Ave., Miami; 305-908-5458;

Come Christmas Day, skip the cooking and take the family to Essensia for the Christmas Dinner Buffet! Christmas meets SoFla flavors with the expansive buffet of fresh, farm-to-table options. Rosemary and lavender scented leg of lamb, mango glazed Christmas ham, broccolini and leeks, and a number of other appetizers, salads, sides, and desserts will be available all evening. Wednesday, December 25, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., $55/person, $22/child 12 & under.


ETARU, the Japanese restaurant featuring contemporary Robatayaki cuisine from the team behind Zuma Restaurants worldwide, will be offering a special holiday menu at both locations from Monday, December 23 through Sunday, December 29. Priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the three-course, family-style menu features ETARU favorites including the Kampachi Sashimi with yuzu truffle dressing, mizuna and pickled vegetables; a Sashimi Platter with a selection of sashimi, tartate, oysters and sushi; Pork Dumplings with mushrooms, truffle and ponzu sauce; Lobster Tempura with chili mayo; Skirt Steak with wasabi chimichurri and more. The menu also includes ETARU’s signature Chef’s Dessert Platter.

Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden

The chic Coconut grove eatery is offering a prix fixe menu from 3PM – 9PM with dishes inspired by the season for $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Choice of starters include: seared diver scallops with butternut squash, almonds, capers, and sherry or ensalate de pato – bitter greens, turban squash, duck prosciutto, pepitas, and pomegranate with mustard vinaigrette.

Entrées options are: branzino accompanied by celery root, white and green asparagus, fine herbs, and meyer lemon; petite filet mignon & king crab – bearnaise and baby vegetables; or pork ossobuco with white polenta, Calabrese chilis, apple gremolata, and crispy Brussels sprouts. Selection of tempting holiday desserts: bûche de noel – flourless sacher, chocolate crème, and cognag Chantilly or eggnog parfait with rum cake and eggnog mousse.

Jaya at The Setai

In celebration of all things merry and bright, Jaya at The Setai invites guest to join Executive Chef Vijay Veena for an elaborate, “East meets West” a la carte dinner featuring an array of Asian-inspired plates along with American staple dishes. The East meets West dinner will be available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6PM – 10:30PM.

Menu highlights include Wagyu Enoki Roll – Wagyu striploin, Enoki mushrooms, cauliflower puree, scallions, Daikon radish, truffle crumble and myoga slaw ($36); Wok Lobster – Szechuan sauce, asparagus, bell peppers, water chestnuts, bean sprouts ($52); and the decadent Foie Gras and King Crab – puff pastry, brie, foie terrine, king crab, caviar and apple slaw ($42). Guests are also encouraged to dine at Jaya for a festive Christmas Day Brunch.

The lavish brunch buffet will include an impressive culinary spread with traditional and non-traditional selections from the restaurant’s “Festive Menu” as well as several dessert and raw bar selections, displayed on an elaborate ice sculpture. Diners can expect enhanced stations, free-flowing Louis Roederer Champagne and live jazz in the courtyard. The Christmas Brunch is priced at $145 per person and $65 per child (ages 5-12 years old) from 11:30AM – 3PM.

Katsuya Brickell

For an out-of-the-box Christmas dinner, head over to Katsuya Brickell for a Japanese-inspired holiday experience. The $45 per person prix-fixe menu, served family style, includes robata Christmas ham with a pumpkin purée, cedar wood grilled salmon with caper brown butter cream sauce and cauliflower purée, and a mushroom gyoza with ponzu espuma and black winter truffle. For dessert, indulge in Katsuya’s Sweet Bread Pudding over salted caramel sauce topped with vanilla ice cream. Guests can pair their meal with an assortment of wines hand-selected by Katsuya’s Sommelier.

La Cocina Cocteleria

The Christmas season is here and KUSH Hospitality Group’s heralded Leah Arts District watering hole, La Cocina Cocteleria, will celebrate the holidays with a very Miami charity event. The Hialeah-themed bar will open its doors the night before the “official night” before on Monday, December 23 for Noche Noche Buena sponsored by Tito’s Vodka.

The festive evening, kicking off at 5PM, will feature everything that makes Christmas in Miami unlike any other. Among the highlights, guests can take their pic with a Cuban Santa; live music by Mofongo de Plena; salsa dancers; a Tony Montana Santa cut-out; a domino tournament with prizes and much more. Instead of Elf on the Shelf ®, there will be 12 days of La Cocina’s mascot, Hialeah Hector. Of course, no Noche Buena would be complete without a caja china with rice & beans, and yuca – pig out for free until everything runs out.

Beverage Director, Joel Garcia will be mixing up holiday drinks including bacon-infused vodka shots. Every hour, when the song “El Burrito Sabanero” (The Little Donkey from Bethlehem) plays, imbibers can grab a $5 burrito sabanero drink. Other promotions include a free bottle of coquito with purchase of a $50 gift card and free coquito shots at midnight. In partnership with the non-profit SFS (Shoes for Streets) – which collects used and new shoes to give to the homeless – anyone who brings in a pair will receive a free beer, wine or shot of coquito.

La Mar at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Join us for a sumptuous holiday brunch experience offering Peruvian-inspired cuisine by Executive Chef Diego Oka. As part of the gastronomical journey, enjoy a delectable à la carte menu and a lavish buffet featuring:

– Seafood and freshly grilled market-style anticucho stations
– Tableside chaufa aeropuerto
– Choice of main course including pork shank sandwiches
– Oyster chalaca
– Quinoa tamal live station
– Lobster a la plancha
– Moët & Chandon Rosé

Patrons are also invited to sip on an array of signature brunch cocktails and indulge in a selection of decadent desserts served alongside stunning views of Biscayne Bay and city skyline. Brunch will be served Christmas Day from noon to 3:30 p.m. and costs $125 per person.

Le Zoo

Enjoy this Christmas worry free with the ones you love at Stephen Starr’s Le Zoo in the luxurious Bal Harbour Shops! Open from 1 to 8 p.m., savor the featured Prime Roast Special made with roast beef prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, Bordeaux red wine thyme sauce, potato purée and roasted parsnip to celebrate the holidays. Also offering the a la carte dinner menu.

LT Steak & Seafood

Located in Ocean Drive’s renowned Betsy Hotel, LT Steak & Seafood will celebrate the season with an upscale dinner selection available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Executive Chef Danny Ganem’s “New American” menu will be offered from 5PM to 10PM with three-courses plus a side for $95 for adults; $55 for children ages 4-12 (excludes tax and gratuity).

Featured dishes can also be ordered a la carte. Appetizers include: Pan Seared Scallops accompanied by roasted chestnuts and charred Brussels sprouts leaves drizzled with vin cotto; Cara Cara Orange Salad with avocado, toasted almonds, mustard greens and sumac vinaigrette; and Local Florida Stone Crabs with calamansi dijonnaise and gin cocktail sauce.

Main Course: Dry Aged Prime Rib with confit garlic jus, caramelized cippolini onions, and a bacon popover; Cheshire Can Can Pork Chop with Tamale, Prunes, Olives and Culantro Salad; and Pan Roasted Arctic Char with roasted heirloom carrots, rutabaga puree, kale and a ginger-carrot jus.

Side dishes: Grilled Baby Escarole and Salsify Soubise; Yukon Gold Potato Latkes with green romesco; and Caramelized Parsnip-Kabocha Squash Puree with crumbled spiced walnuts.

Desserts by Pastry Chef Gabriela Amelunge are inspired by traditional holiday sweets, but with a modern interpretation: Gingerbread Buche de Noel with Valrhona Manjari ganache, cardamom and candied sesame; Valrhona Chocolate and Apricot Gelt with toasted hazelnuts; and Coquito Cremeux with toasted coconut and cinnamon sugar gelato.

Lure Fishbar

Lure Fishbar is celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with standout a la carte specials sure to impress this Christmas. To start, highlights include Florida Seafood Cioppino – snapper, crab, mussels, scallops ($18); Stuffed Cherry Stone Clams – applewood bacon, braised fennel, herb bread crumbs ($16). Mains include Black Peppercorn-crusted Prime Rib – natural jus, roasted potatoes, asparagus ($42); Lobster & Truffle Cannelloni – Maine lobster, sauce américaine, black winter truffles ($36).

End on a sweet note with the Warm Caramel Pecan Pie-Stuffed Chocolate Cake – candied pecans, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream ($10) or the Chocolate Chestnut Yule Log – maple caramel sauce, egg nog ice cream ($10). Lure Fishbar is located at 1601 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, FL. Lure Fishbar will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6PM to 11PM.

Market at EDITION

Continue the Christmas feast at Market at The Miami Beach EDITION for a buffet style meal on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For $75 per person and $35 for children, the all day Christmas Day buffet will feature salads, soups, raw bar, carving station, sides and dessert.

Guests can upgrade their buffet feast by adding Chilled Lobster Cocktail; Florida Stone Crab; Seafood Platter ($79) with fresh oysters, poached shrimp and snapper ceviche; Seafood Tower ($185) with fresh oysters, poached shrimp, tuna tartare and stone crab; as well as Prime Aged Bone-In Ribeye ($124) and 1-lb Baked Lobster Tail ($45) served with chimichurri, Champagne Beurre Blanc and drawn herb butter.

Reservations can be made via Open Table and cancellations will be charged $55 is cancelled 96 hours before their reservation.

Matador Room

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family at Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room with a special pre-fixed menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Featuring four courses filled with signature dishes and seasonal favorites including Tuna Tartare, Sweet Pea Guacamole with Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Crispy Seared Octopus, Beef Carpaccio & Black Truffle Fritter, Roasted Snapper and Colorado Lamb Chop. End the meal with sweet treats like the Valrhona Chocolate Mousse and Florida Citrus Pavlova. Guests can also enjoy live music in Matador Bar from Sol + The Tribu and Louis Amanti.

Priced at $130 ++ for adults and $55 for children age 3-11 years old, reservations can be made via Open Table and cancellations less than four days in advance may be subject to a charge of $75 per person.


Navé, the brainchild of Chefs Michael Beltran (Ariete, Chug’s) and Justin Flit (Proof Miami), is inviting diners for an extravagant Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Priced at $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the decadent seven-course menu includes an uni omelet; lobster salad with grapefruit, shaved fennel, and grapefruit vinaigrette; swan depot; bacalao ravioli with charred baby tomatoes; plancha scallop with shaved black truffle, onion, soubise, charred pearl onions, pea tendrils, and herbs; bucatini with Peekytoe crab and lemon herbs; en Brodo with tuna bottarga; and cannoli.

Peacock Garden Bistro

Enjoy the holiday charm of Coconut Grove in the lush garden of Peacock Garden Bistro. Peacock Garden Bistro invites you to enjoy the quaint garden with exquisite dishes and great cocktails. Tantalize your senses in garden-style dining on Christmas Day with fantastic specials and the always delicious A La Carte Menu.

Christmas Day specials include the Peacock Porterhouse for two guests with two sides and a bottle of Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon for $100 and our tasty Peacock Paella for two served with a bottle of Albarino for $72. You can also enjoy the special Peacock Dessert Shots served in sets of four exquisite flavors.

Rusty Pelican

For more than 40 years, Rusty Pelican has been Miami’s go-to for special occasions, with unparalleled waterfront views, creative seafood-driven menus and a sophisticated casual vibe. The restaurant will be open regular hours both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, offering a prix fixe menu in addition to its comprehensive a la carte selections.

Priced at $85 per person, the three-course menu offers a choice of festive starters including Serrano Ham Croquette with pickled watermelon radish and roasted garlic aioli; Grilled Marinated Octopus served with crispy sunchokes, garlic parsley potatoes and squid ink emulsion or Baby Kale Caesar with citrus Caesar dressing, croutons and shaved Parmesan.

Entrée selections on offer are Whole Roasted Snapper with crispy sticky rice, sautéed broccolini and a caper beurre blanc; Short Rib Surf n’ Turf Risotto – six hour braised short rib, poached lobster, arborio rice and truffle or Certified Angus Beef 16oz Bone in Ribeye with smoked mashed potatoes, organic farm to table vegetables and roasted cippolini glace.

For dessert, guests can enjoy Lavender Panna Cotta, served with blackberry sand, toasted macadamia brittle and lavender glitter.

Seawell Fish N’ Oyster

Modern American seafood restaurant, Seawell Fish N’ Oyster offers a special “Feast of the Seven Fishes” on Christmas Day with seafood and shellfish forward dishes.

Executive Chef Julian Garriga has prepared a special tasting menu including seven dishes and a dessert including: Crudo with hamachi and serrano leche de tigre; Butter Lettuce Salad with key west pink shrimp, avocado, tomato, bacon, egg, crispy shallot; Lobster Bisque; Baked Oysters Bingo with tasso ham, parmesan and herb glacage; Crabby Patty with watercress, green apple, citrus vinaigrette; Bucatini with manilla clams and pancetta; Branzino with squash veloute, chantrelle mushrooms and Croissant Bread Pudding for dessert.

The menu is available from 6 to 10PM and priced at $75 per person.

Talavera Mexicana Cocina

Talavera Cocina Mexicana is celebrating with mouthwatering special dishes with the A La Carte menu during the holiday season, including Christmas Day. Talavera will be closed Christmas Eve but you can join us for the delicious chef’s dinner specials on Christmas Day: Lava Rock Bowl (ribeye, cactus, chorizo, black beans, jalapeño sauce, fresh cheese, knob onion and avocado.

As well as the “Arroz con Mariscos” which consists of black rice and corn truffle with Mahi Mahi topped with seafood and roasted poblano-cilantro sauce. Try our holiday speciality cocktail; Elderflower Champagne with a Gold Luster.