The Best Places to Dine in Miami: Christmas Weekend 2010

Leave the dirty dishes to someone else. Instead, treat yourself and your family to reservations at one of these top Miami restaurants, each offering special meals and menus throughout Christmas weekend.

The Restaurant at The Setai

Start off your Christmas celebrations at The Restaurant at The Setai, which will serve a festive Christmas Eve dinner from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Enjoy performances by Christmas carolers while dining on The Restaurant’s award-winning cuisine, $85 per person.

The menu will also feature a special vegetarian option that will include a pumpkin veloute, oven roasted pumpkin and dlaypot tofu served with vegetables in a sweet dashi broth.$65 per person. Both meals include a complimentary glass of Taittinger Champagne upon arrival.

You can return the following day from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m for The Setai’s annual Christmas Day Jazz Brunch. Brunch is $85 per person and includes unlimited Taittinger Champagne and Bloody Marys; children 12 and under $30. Brunch will also be available Sunday, Dec. 26.

The Setai is located at 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For reservations call 305.520.6400 or email

Eos at the Viceroy

From the restaurant’s 15th floor view to its collaboration with Michelin chef, Michael Psilakis and restaurateur-entrepreneur, Donatella Arpaia, Eos restaurant at the Viceroy is the ideal place to enjoy your Christmas dinner. From 1 to 8 p.m., Eos is offering a special three-course prix fixe menu with three delightful main course options: turkey medallions with truffle puree potatoes, pan-seared halibut with a clam chowder, or beef tenderloin with wild mushrooms. $55 per person. Complement the meal with paired wines for $25 per person; children, $35.

After dinner, you can head upstairs to Club 50, where Kris Kringle and his sexy helpers will be on hand to pose for pictures with Santa. They’ll be offering specialty cocktails at the stylish venue.

Eos at the Viceroy is located at 485 Brickell Ave., Miami. For reservations call 305.503.4400 or visit

Tamara at the National Hotel Miami Beach

Join Tamara Restaurant at The National Hotel for its special Christmas Day Temptations menu. Start off with some traditional eggnog, followed by a first course of lobster bisque or mushroom risotto. Next, choose from their port poached pear and mesclun salad or beef carpaccio. A strawberry Champagne cocktail will follow before the main course is served, where you’ll have your choice of Angus prime rib or Chilean sea bass. And you better leave room for dessert, which will consist of a choice of an Opera Torte the layered almond sponge cake with chocolate ganache, coffee butter cream and chocolate glaze. $65 per person.

The National Hotel Miami is located at 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For reservations, call 305.532.2311.

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

The Ritz  South Beach is celebrating Christmas with a special Champagne brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bistro One LR.  The brunch promises to include an elaborate buffet of holiday favorites that will feature prime rib and turkey, braised short rib, a selection of seafood, a vodka caviar station and a slew of mouth-watering desserts. Adults will enjoy endless mimosas while children can visit the “Toy Story”-themed station for yummy kid-friendly items. $95 per adult; $45 per child.

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is located at One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. For Reservations call 786.276.4000.

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Join The Ritz in Key Biscayne for a special holiday buffet at the beautiful Cioppino Outdoor Terrace. The brunch buffet will be available all day long. Lunch seating at noon and 12:30 p.m., and 2 and 2:30 p.m. Dinner seating at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $90 for adults; $45 for children.

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive. For reservations, call 305.365.4148.

All booked? Also try Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, 1500 Degrees at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel, or Azul at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

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