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Key West by Nikki Beach Debuts on South Beach

Giving guests the feeling of Mile Marker 0 — without the commute

Interior of Key West by Nikki Beach
Photo Credit: Paul Stoppi

Channeling the easy-going lifestyle of the islands, newcomer Key West by Nikki Beach has debuted it flagship location at One Ocean Drive. The sister-restaurant to the popular Key West by Nikki Beach in Dubai, which opened earlier this year, Miami’s outpost features a seafood-centric concept with Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American flavors.

On the menu guests can expect plenty of fish selections fully on display in its Fish Market, roving oyster shuckers in the dining room, assisting customers with their bivalves, plenty of raw bar offerings like octopus, ceviche, Alaskan King crab legs, stone crabs and more. On the cooked side of things dishes like coconut shrimp, banana-leaf wrapped snapper, Caribbean baked scallops with blue crab, sous-vide short ribs, braised pork chops and are available.

As for drinks, they are inspired by notorious Key West barfly Ernest Hemingway with a citrus heavy cocktail program with drinks like Coladas, Daiquiris and an extensive rum menu. A nightly Happy Hour at the restaurant’s “Window Bar” is also available.

Owner Jack Penrod was raised in the Florida Keys and this venture is described as “a love letter to the culture of the island chain,” with whitewashed walls, sea-inspired art, plenty of seating and beachy furniture.

And the restaurant is putting its money to good use by helping those affected by Hurricane Irma, which recently swept through and heavily damaged the Florida Keys. The restaurant is supporting cleanup efforts with an artistic and charitable partnership with local Key West artists, whose artwork will be sold at the restaurant. Proceeds will be donated to the Key West High School’s culinary department, which has been providing lunch to students and faculty affected by Hurricane Irma.

The restaurant is now open daily Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m. Call 786-515-1150 for more information.

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