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The 10 Best Bets For Miami Spice, 2019

Where to dine during Miami’s restaurant month(s)

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And just like that Miami Spice is upon us again. Every August and September eager restaurant go-ers head to one of the more than 200 participating restaurants to celebrate Miami Spice a.k.a. Miami’s restaurant month(s). The deal offers a three course dinner at $39 a person, while lunch and brunch deals are available for $23 a person.

With so many options available, which ones are worth the visit — and which meals aren’t? Eater Miami has done some extensive research and put together a list of the 10 best dinner bets for Miami Spice for 2019.

Each restaurant on this list must offer Miami Spice every night of the week it is open — yes, that includes the coveted Friday and Saturday night time slots that so many restaurants skimp out on. Restaurants must offer a wide array of menu options and offer the diner a solid bang for their buck. Plus, many are current or former Eater 38 members. Happy Spice-ing.

Restaurants listed below are in geographical order and are not rankings.

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1. Ember Miami

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151 NE 41st St Ste 117
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 334-6494
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Rarely does the city’s buzziest restaurant in town offer a well-thought out Miami Spice menu within just a few months of opening. But Ember is looking to break that mold with its Miami Spice menu. Start with the shrimp and grits made with cheddar and bacon broth, before moving on to the must-try fried chicken, and finish with a chocolate chess pie with fried banana, dulce de leche, and roasted banana chantilly. 

2. Stiltsville Fish Bar

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1787 Purdy Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 353-0477
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Seafood restaurants can usually run a pretty penny, so heading to Stiltsville for its Miami Spice menu offers up quite the deal. Start with fish dip or the roasted oysters, before closing between pan seared fish and grits, grilled local catch, or a lobster topped burger. And for dessert? Coconut key lime pie, of course.

3. Byblos

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1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 864-2990
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Byblos always has a rockstar menu for Miami Spice and this year it’s no different. Start with a choice of not one but two appetizers from a vast selection of nine options like lamb ribs, hamachi, and sujuk pide, before moving onto one of the six entree choices such as Middle Eastern fried chicken or short rib kebabs served with a choice of three different sides such as crispy hand rolled couscous and roasted brussels. Finish the meal with fried dough loukoumades with honey, walnut praline, and burnt honey ice cream or hazelnut chocolate mousse— if there’s room, that is.

4. LT Steak & Seafood

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1440 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0044
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This menu is for the meat lovers, and it offers an impressive selection for under $40. Start with one of six appetizer choices like the wagyu steak tartare sushi made with crispy rice and grated black truffle or the burrata with pesto and peas. Move on to one of the five different entrees including (and for no additional charge) an 8oz filet mignon or grilled snapper served with a choice of a side like a duck confit hasselback potatoes. And finally, for dessert, there are four options like the organ crepe cake or a rhubarb pastelito with guava sorbet.

5. Boulud Sud Miami

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255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 421-8800
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Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean restaurant is serving up a vast menu with plenty of options for appetizers, entree, and desserts. Start with the Andalusian gazpacho or Moroccan shakshuka, before moving on to options like the chicken tagine or braised lamb, and finishing with lavender peach doughnuts or a proper cheese plate.

6. Red, the Steakhouse

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119 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-3688
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Red’s Miami Spice menu is always over-the-top, and this year is no exception. Every week will boast a different theme, kicking off with a classic steak house theme with dishes like steak tartare, crab stuffed flounder, and a chocolate chip sundae.

7. Toscana Divino

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900 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 371-2767
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Toscana Divino’s Miami Spice selection offerings rivals that of a regular restaurant menu in size and variety. Start with one of the eight appetizer options such as roasted cauliflower or a burrata caprese. For entrees, there are plenty of pasta options like cacio e pepe, pappardelle with white sausage, carbonara di mare, along with choices like branzino and cornish game hens. For dessert, four different sweets are available like a white chocolate cremona or a variety of sorbets and gelatos.

8. Edge Steak & Bar

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Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 381-3190
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This Brickell favorite inside The Four Seasons Miami showcases why it isn’t an average steakhouse with its Miami Spice menu. The starters offer a variety of choices ranging from chicken, pork, and hazelnut terrine to seafood and tomato arancini, as for main dish, of course a flat iron steak is offered, along with more uncommon steakhouse items like ricotta and lemon ravioli, pork chop, and a grilled branzino filet. Guests can then finish their meal on a sweet note with a key lime panna cotta. 

9. Palme d'Or

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1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 913-3189
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This special occasion spot inside the legendary Biltmore Hotel offers an impressive — and intricate — menu for Miami Spice. Start the meal with some pan seared crab cake or foie gras pate, before ordering a dish like seared arctic char, marinated flat iron steak, or roasted duck, and finish the meal with a macaroon tart or chocolate fondant cake. 

10. Two Chefs

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8287 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33143
(305) 663-2100
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This classic Pinecrest restaurant offers an expansive menu that is sure to appease just about any craving. Choose from one of nine appetizers to start the meal, with choices ranging from escargot pot pie to tune tartare, before closing from one of seven entree choices like grilled pork tenderloin, tuna steak, or shrimp and fettuccine pasta. And of course its signature soufflés are offered for dessert — reason enough to justify a visit — in three different flavors. 

1. Ember Miami

151 NE 41st St Ste 117, Miami, FL 33137

Rarely does the city’s buzziest restaurant in town offer a well-thought out Miami Spice menu within just a few months of opening. But Ember is looking to break that mold with its Miami Spice menu. Start with the shrimp and grits made with cheddar and bacon broth, before moving on to the must-try fried chicken, and finish with a chocolate chess pie with fried banana, dulce de leche, and roasted banana chantilly. 

151 NE 41st St Ste 117
Miami, FL 33137

2. Stiltsville Fish Bar

1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Seafood restaurants can usually run a pretty penny, so heading to Stiltsville for its Miami Spice menu offers up quite the deal. Start with fish dip or the roasted oysters, before closing between pan seared fish and grits, grilled local catch, or a lobster topped burger. And for dessert? Coconut key lime pie, of course.

1787 Purdy Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. Byblos

1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Byblos always has a rockstar menu for Miami Spice and this year it’s no different. Start with a choice of not one but two appetizers from a vast selection of nine options like lamb ribs, hamachi, and sujuk pide, before moving onto one of the six entree choices such as Middle Eastern fried chicken or short rib kebabs served with a choice of three different sides such as crispy hand rolled couscous and roasted brussels. Finish the meal with fried dough loukoumades with honey, walnut praline, and burnt honey ice cream or hazelnut chocolate mousse— if there’s room, that is.

1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. LT Steak & Seafood

1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This menu is for the meat lovers, and it offers an impressive selection for under $40. Start with one of six appetizer choices like the wagyu steak tartare sushi made with crispy rice and grated black truffle or the burrata with pesto and peas. Move on to one of the five different entrees including (and for no additional charge) an 8oz filet mignon or grilled snapper served with a choice of a side like a duck confit hasselback potatoes. And finally, for dessert, there are four options like the organ crepe cake or a rhubarb pastelito with guava sorbet.

1440 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Boulud Sud Miami

255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean restaurant is serving up a vast menu with plenty of options for appetizers, entree, and desserts. Start with the Andalusian gazpacho or Moroccan shakshuka, before moving on to options like the chicken tagine or braised lamb, and finishing with lavender peach doughnuts or a proper cheese plate.

255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

6. Red, the Steakhouse

119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Red’s Miami Spice menu is always over-the-top, and this year is no exception. Every week will boast a different theme, kicking off with a classic steak house theme with dishes like steak tartare, crab stuffed flounder, and a chocolate chip sundae.

119 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Toscana Divino

900 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

Toscana Divino’s Miami Spice selection offerings rivals that of a regular restaurant menu in size and variety. Start with one of the eight appetizer options such as roasted cauliflower or a burrata caprese. For entrees, there are plenty of pasta options like cacio e pepe, pappardelle with white sausage, carbonara di mare, along with choices like branzino and cornish game hens. For dessert, four different sweets are available like a white chocolate cremona or a variety of sorbets and gelatos.

900 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130

8. Edge Steak & Bar

Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

This Brickell favorite inside The Four Seasons Miami showcases why it isn’t an average steakhouse with its Miami Spice menu. The starters offer a variety of choices ranging from chicken, pork, and hazelnut terrine to seafood and tomato arancini, as for main dish, of course a flat iron steak is offered, along with more uncommon steakhouse items like ricotta and lemon ravioli, pork chop, and a grilled branzino filet. Guests can then finish their meal on a sweet note with a key lime panna cotta. 

Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131

9. Palme d'Or

1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

This special occasion spot inside the legendary Biltmore Hotel offers an impressive — and intricate — menu for Miami Spice. Start the meal with some pan seared crab cake or foie gras pate, before ordering a dish like seared arctic char, marinated flat iron steak, or roasted duck, and finish the meal with a macaroon tart or chocolate fondant cake. 

1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

10. Two Chefs

8287 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33143

This classic Pinecrest restaurant offers an expansive menu that is sure to appease just about any craving. Choose from one of nine appetizers to start the meal, with choices ranging from escargot pot pie to tune tartare, before closing from one of seven entree choices like grilled pork tenderloin, tuna steak, or shrimp and fettuccine pasta. And of course its signature soufflés are offered for dessert — reason enough to justify a visit — in three different flavors. 

8287 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33143

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