There is no better way to celebrate a special occasion than with the finest food Miami has to offer. Whether your celebration calls for seafood, steak, Peruvian or Mediterranean cuisine, there is no shortage of options in this glamorous city that loves to party. So, make a reservation at one of the following restaurants, listed in geographical order, for your next special dayRead More
14 Stellar Miami Restaurants for Special Occasions
Celebrate your next big day at these elite Miami hot
Cecconi's Miami Beach
Located in the exclusive Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s dining room is spectacular in the courtyard with twinkling lights above. For a mix of fine Italian and seafood, visit this restaurant for a glamorous evening — and you might even spot a celebrity. Be sure to order its famous spaghetti with Maine lobster and the profiteroles for dessert.
Originally a blacksmith shop, The Forge is a Miami institution that serves traditional American cuisine. Once seated in the imperial, main dining room, order its famous tableside Caesar salad, a steak with the cut to your preference and black truffle mac and cheese pot pie. Be sure to spend time by its wine cellar, which houses one of the finest collections in the world.
Los Fuegos offers rich, Argentinean food to be enjoyed in trendy alternative lounge, albeit very Miami, setting. Famed chef Francis Mallmann, an expert griller and star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, brings together local ingredients in his signature dishes like the wood oven empanadas and the Argentine milenasa prepared on the plancha.
Inspired by its name, Jean-Georges Vongerichten ‘s Matador Room serves Latin and South American cuisines with a delicate Caribbean flare. The luxuriously decorated room creates a vibe that transports you to an elite 50s supper club. Upon first interaction with the waiter, order the arroz con pollo with crispy chicken skin; it takes 45 minutes to prepare but is well worth the wait.
If you’re looking for a spot for those with a refined palate for both food and wine, head to Alter. Located in Wynwood, executive chef Brad Kilgore transforms locally sourced food into works of art that are visually and tastefully appealing, like the soft egg filled with sea scallops, truffle pearls, gruyere, and even caviar.
Its breathtaking view from the dining room on the top floor of a Miami beach designer parking garage makes Juvia and ideal spot for celebrations. If you can remove your eyes from the view, you will be equally impressed with the elegantly plated food like its melt-in-your-mouth halibut.
New York City import Lure Fishbar embraces the nautical theme inside the Loews Hotel with blue and white décor. Specializing in classic and unique seafood dishes, Order the lobster croutons and the yellowtail jalapeno crispy sushi rice, washed back with a stiff drink from its popular bar.
Byblos is an upscale eastern Mediterranean restaurant with an atmosphere and flavors that takes you seaside. Frequented by a chic and vibrant crowd, they highly recommend the creamed spinach pide and whole roasted branzino. While the food is delicious, its bar scene is lively in the evenings, making it great place to celebrate with a spiked tea in hand.
Located in downtown Miami, Zuma is a notorious ‘it’ spot that hasn’t lost its appeal since the day it opened. Dinner’s theme is highly sophisticated Asian cuisine offering dishes like the signature miso black cod, but Zuma’s real treat is the all-you-can-eat sushi bar and bottomless mimosa weekend brunch; it’s the perfect way to start the day and celebrate in the luxurious Epic Hotel.
Milos Miami beach
Milos is not your average Greek restaurant as it changes the menu daily based on the freshest selection of fish available in the Mediterranean that it flies it in several times a week. One of the chef’s classic and highly recommended dishes is the grilled octopus, but the lamb chops and thick Greek yogurt also can’t be missed. If you can’t decide on what to order, Milos offers an extensive chef’s tasting menu that offers the best variety of dishes without having to make tough decisions.
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Prime One Twelve
Odds are you’ve heard of Prime 112, the perpetual ‘it’ spot in Miami constantly populated by celebrities, professional athletes, and glamorous locals. While it is entirely possible to fill up on its cheddar-parmesan brioche bread and raisin-walnut loaf with warm butter, be sure to save room for its truffle mac n’ cheese, vanilla bean infused sweet mashed potatoes to accompany your filet mignon and the fried Oreos for dessert. From the moment you walk in, be ready to see and be seen.
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Joe's Stone Crab
Joe’s is one of Miami’s most classic and famous restaurants. Despite the two hour wait for a table – unless you know someone on the inside – the food never disappoints. Order the stone crabs and follow the rule of thumb” bigger is always better. But those in-the-know, know that the $10 fried chicken (yes, it's only $10 dollars) is the other star of the menu, and don't leave without a slice of its signature key lime pie.
This contemporary Japanese restaurant that prides itself on the concept, “it’s not fresh…its alive” providing the finest omakase in Miami. With seating limited to eight people at a time, you will always have a prime seat watching chef Cory perform his craft.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
For enticing Peruvian food visit La Mar, Gaston Acurio’s waterfront restaurant and bar. Chef Diego Oka prepares ceviche like no other in Miami, which can be enjoyed outside overlooking the Miami skyline or inside for a cooler atmosphere. On Sundays, it hosts an upbeat brunch which pairs Peruvian breakfast with cocktails and a house music DJ.