The lights are up, the mistletoe is hung and our trees are aglow with sparkling ornaments and shimmering tinsel. What’s left to do, this Christmas, but figure out the perfect celebratory meal? For holiday dining like you’ve never had before, sit back, relax and let some of Miami’s hottest restaurants do all the work. And to secure your place on Santa’s “nice” list, try one of our favorites, listed below:
JAYA: Now at The Setai Miami Beach, Jaya is Executive Chef Mathias Gervais’ newest Asian-inspired concept – and this Christmas Eve, it’s celebrating the season with a 4-course menu of merriment and delight. Start your meal with Foie Gras or Kumomoto Oysters, and move on to Pekin Duck Consommé, Wagyu Short Rib Gyoza, Maine Lobster, Roasted Turkey and more. Can’t eat meat? With options like Green Papaya Salad, Tom Kha Veg and Tofu Claypothis, this ultra-luxury hotel has vegetarians taken care of, too. To end the night on a sweet note, indulge in the chef’s Almond Bread Pudding, Tarte Tatin or Red Velvet Cake, and wake up on Christmas morning happier than ever before. Jaya is located inside The Setai Miami Beach, at 2001 Collins Avenue. For reservations, please call (855) 923.7899. The menu is $110 for each adult, and $55 per child. Reservations can be made between 7 and 10 PM on Christmas Eve.
SUSHISAMBA MIAMI BEACH: For another Christmas Eve dinner with an Asian twist, SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach might be just what you need. For just $169 a person, a group of five or less can indulge in a carved Whole Roasted Suckling Pig served tableside, accompanied by Yuzu-Honey Sweet Potatoes, Sake Braised Swiss Chard and Crispy Bok Choy with Apple Blossom. Choose two of SUSHISAMBA’s signature, family-style desserts, add a Magnum bottle of Dewatsuru Kimoto Junmai Sake and unlimited Cusqueña beer ($150 per group, for the alcohol), and wrap up 2015 smiling. SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach is located at 600 Lincoln Road. 72-hour notice and reservations are required, and can be made by calling (305) 673-5337.
THE DUTCH: Located inside South Beach’s iconic W South Beach Hotel & Residences, The Dutch has something planned for Miami’s finest this Christmas. For just $45 per person, head to the restaurant on either day and enjoy tasty dishes like roasted Muscovy duck served with a side of pastilla, butternut squash, quinoa, turnips, and spiced jus, and end the feast by indulging in Executive Pastry Chef Josh Gripper’s salted caramel custard with gingerbread cookie and caramelized citrus, or molten chocolate cake with almond nougatine and candy cane ice cream. Either way, you can’t go wrong. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, at 2201 Collins Avenue. Reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be made from 1PM – 9PM and 6PM – 10PM, respectively.
QUALITY MEATS MIAMI BEACH: This Christmas, head to Collins Avenue for a holiday menu fit for a king. From sides like Bacon Braised Collard Greens, Baby Carrots with local Honey and Beets, Anson Mills Grits with SF Cheddar, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Padrons, to main dishes like Slow Roasted Whole Leg of Colorado Lamb (for four) with Mint Jelly, pine nuts, pomegranate and fresh herbs, this is one Christmas meal your family will be begging to repeat every year. Quality Meats Miami Beach is located at 1501 Collins Avenue. Reservations can be made by calling (305) 340-3333.
BURLOCK COAST: When it comes to special occasions, a restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton will never disappoint. Sitting right on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Burlock Coast invites you to celebrate this holiday season with a special Christmas prix-fixe feast for just $65 per person. Choose four main dishes, two sides and one dessert item from a menu of favorites like stone crabs with tomato tartare, Sunray Venus clams, Iberico with Black Mission figs, Anderson Ranch Braised Lamb, Seleys Arc Rabbit, Bacon Braised Collards, Yukon Puree, Dark Rum Cherry Rule Log and more – and pair it with the $30 bottomless drink special for one, jolly Christmas Day. Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. This menu is available on Christmas Day, from 12 PM to 9 PM.
STRIPSTEAK BY MICHAEL MINA: For the best of Christmas dining in Miami Beach, look no further than Stripsteak by Michael Mina, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. For just $75 per person, head to this popular hotel restaurant on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and indulge in a three-course holiday-inspired prix-fixe menu of Beausoliel oysters with Petrossian caviar and a cucumber-ginger mignonette; and pan-roasted duck breast served with applewood smoked bacon, celery root puree and huckleberry jus. Follow it up with a yule log topped with vanilla cream, cherry jelly, and flourless chocolate sponge, and you and your family are sure to have one, very merry Christmas. Stripsteak by Michael Mina is located inside the Fontainebleau Miami, at 4441 Collins Avenue. The menu is available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from 6 PM to 11 PM.