Take advantage of Miami Spice until the end of October

By: Army of Writers 

Miami Spice menus for lunch ($23 three-course menu) and dinner ($39 three-course menu) have been extended! Here’s where you should go:

El Tucán
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 1111 SW 1st Ave Miami, FL 33130
For a great dinner and a show, El Tucán is the spot to be on Friday or Saturday in Brickell. The modern-day cabaret takes guests back to the 1940s in Cuba during the era of ultimate glamour. Keep the glamorous vibe in mind and dress to impress. Elegant dress code is strictly enforced! You’ll enjoy a live band and performances during your dining experience. Their prefixed menu includes two options per course. For the first course you can enjoy the Two-Timing Tuna Roll or Wagyu Beef Crunchy Tacos. We tried both and really loved the spicy tuna roll to start. For the second course you can choose between NY Striploin Steak with Roasted Potatoes or Chilean Miso Seabass with Ginger Rice. The portions are perfectly portioned for one and packed with flavor. Pro tip: get one of each if you’re attending with a guest! Your final course includes a Key Lime Tart and a Chocolate Lava Cake. The theater-style venue is open late night on the weekends to keep the party going after-hours. We recommend ordering the El Tucán drink, which comes in a giant gold tucan!

Mignonette Uptown
Location: North Miami Beach
Address: 13951 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33181

Get the diner vibes without comprising an exquisite menu and fresh seafood. At Mignonette Uptown you will aspire to try every dish that exudes a Mediterranean cuisine. From their spice menu, we could not get enough of the Royal Red Shrimp starter in its creamy, risotto style. Let’s jump to dessert, coming in for the win, with a red wine red velvet cake made with a brown butter cream cheese icing and fresh cherries. Dress down or throw on a loose tie for this one if you’re coming for date night.

Leynia at The Delano
Location: Miami Beach
Address:1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Want a cute spot outdoors for a fun night of live music and great cocktails? This is your spot! Argentinian cuisine with a chic twist that you just have to try! This year’s Miami Spice menu had us going bananas about each dish. It has an amazing variety of options that will have you wanting to try more and more, so make sure to order them all if you are planning to go with friends… Definitely our faves were the salmon cone, the corn empanadas, the Brussels sprouts, the “Parrillada” and of course, all the desserts. You know what? Just try it all… you won’t regret it!

Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

This has always been a great brunch, lunch or dinner option because the place itself has the best vibes and, if you decide to go at night, it has such a beautiful outdoor area with secret garden vibe. Excellent spot for ambiance AND good food. All in one… That Miami Spice menu though! You’re definitely in for a treat. From seafood pasta to pizzetas, great cocktails to start and lovely desserts to finish the night, this should be a MUST on your list. Try it out for a date night, a girls night out, happy hour with friends, etc.

Lure Fishbar
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (inside the Loews Miami Beach Hotel)

It’s not easy to find a Spice menu that includes both sushi and steak. And there are even fewer that offer steak without a surcharge. That’s what makes the Lure Fishbar Spice menu stand out – an incredible array of top notch cuisine for $39 for dinner, no exceptions or supplements. The appetizers include oysters, a crudo, and two salads. The Kanpachi Crudo was our favorite, with tomato, crispy onions, and yuzu kosho. For entrées, you can choose between a Sushi Platter of daily chef selections, a snapper dish, and a steak. We were pleasantly surprised to find steak on the Spice menu – in fact, a generous six ounce serving! While we savored the seafood, the steak really stood out. It is a Bavette Steak with caramelized Cipollini, smothered in a miso butter sauce. The dessert options are Lure’s signature Key Lime Pie and a Flourless Chocolate Cake. If we were limited to just one, we’d choose the Key Lime Pie, with roasted white chocolate, graham cracker, and whipped cream.

Scarpetta by Scott Conant
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

If you had one last wish to make in life, let it be the Spaghetti at Scarpetta. Tomato and basil make this dish a simple delicacy. Thankfully you can make more choices, so the Mediterranean Octopus makes the cut for our pick of appetizer on the Miami Spice menu. With the amazing views to Miami Beach, this is a great spot for date night (and you won’t break the bank). Share dessert with bae over the sunset with either a Coconut Panna Cotta or Tiramisu.

Location: Miami Beach
Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

It is all about the ambiance here. The green salad refreshes your palate before they bring out any of the following options: Steamed Flounder Fish, Stir-Fry Beef, Stir-Fry Baby Pak Choi, or Chicken Fried Rice. This special menu stays true to the flavors of Hakkasan, even the spicy kick here and there. With the dim lighting, maybe you can steal that beso over dessert.

Stripsteak by Michael Mina
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

We love this steakhouse for their fine cuts of meat. We also love them because they are offering Miami Spice every night of the week. Show some more love to their Roasted Corn Soup because it is on fire with the smoked bacon strip. Another top choice is the Grilled Beef Churrasco presented with a delicious chimichurri like you haven’t tried before. If the price tag scared you off before, here’s a great time to try this tender dish at your price point. You are at a steakhouse, so leave the flip-flops in the room.

Location: Overtown
Address: 422 NW North River Dr., Miami, FL 33128

Plan a girl’s night to Seaspice and enjoy dinner with the passing breeze from the Miami River. Besides the head-turning price on that Miami Spice menu, the staff will also have you taking a second look. That’s not on the menu, though, so stick with the Lamb Meat Balls to get you started. The Pan Seared Local Black Grouper was our favorite, balanced over a bed of forbidden black rice. Otherwise go for the creamy Walnut Ricotta Ravioli in a brown butter. Both options are on point, as was the service. From the two dessert options on the spice menu, we’d definitely go back for the Mango Mousse with coconut tapioca, basil mascarpone and graham crumbs.

Matador Room
Location: Miami Beach
2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (inside the Miami Beach Edition)
We are very excited to welcome Matador Room to Miami Spice this year! This is a unique chance to sample some incredible dishes from Jean-Georges Vongerichten at a special price. The Spice menu features two specialty cocktails, and we enjoyed the Lighten Up – with vodka, champagne, cassis liqueur, and lime. In addition to the cocktails, the sommelier at the Edition hotel has selected a tailored list of wines by the bottle for Miami Spice, ranging from $55 to $75. For the first course, we recommend the Sweet Pea Guacamole, a Matador Room classic. The main dish options include a Charred Octopus, a Mushroom Pizza, and the Arroz Con Pollo which is a signature Jean-Georges dish. The Arroz Con Pollo is a must, with crackling skin and lemon zest. All of the desserts are fabulous, but our favorite was the Coconut Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sorbet, for a tangy and light end to a wonderful Spice dinner.

Location: Brickell
Address: 1111 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130

Named one of Miami’s trendiest and most sophisticated restaurant, Marion is the place you put on your most chic look for a fancy night out. This European-style hot spot offers guests an upbeat atmosphere, all while keeping things simply classic. We began our night with the most popular item on the menu, the Tuna Tostada. This appetizer brings a superb combination of fresh tuna, on a grilled tortilla, seasoned with truffle aioli, tomatoes, and jalapeño. Miami Spice’s Entree of choice were the mouth-watering Sea Food Lo Mein and tasty Ginger Miso Baby Chicken. To end this incredible dinner on a sweet note, the Matcha Green Tea Molten Lava Cake is a must. If asked if Marion is a good idea, the answer is yes.

Location: South Beach
Address: 2000 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Get your Lat-Asian experience during Miami Spice in the heart of South Beach by entering through DÔA (translates to door in Japanese). DÔA’s Spice menu will be rotating three times during the next two months to highlight their Peruvian, Chinese, and Japanese inspired dishes. Now until August 20th, diners will enjoy their Nikkei menu. Choose one cold and one hot dish for your first course such as a Local Fish Tiradito full of flavor and the Pork Goyza. For a second course, the 48-hour sous-vide, Teriyaki Glazed Short Rib is something to drool about. A Mushroom Hot Pot full of udon noodles, Japanese vegetables, and a shitake broth is another option for our vegetarian friends. Did we mention DOA also offers a spice cocktail paring menu? For $25 per person, guests will be served three courses of handcrafted cocktails created by DOA’s award winning mixologist to compliment each dish.

Villa Azur
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 309 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Villa Azur, known for its Mediterranean cuisine and romantic lounge-y vibe, is participating in Miami Spice again this year. Their Spice menu is extensive, with eight choices of appetizers and seven options for the main course. The menu also features three specialty cocktails ($10 each) and four discounted wines ($8 for a glass and $30 for a bottle). We could not get enough of the Lobster Roll appetizer, a lobster tartare served atop a mini fried bun with yuzu and black aioli. These small bites pack an explosion of rich flavor. For the main course, we loved the 4-ounce Prime Beef Tenderloin, which can be upgraded to 8-ounces (for an additional cost) and has the option of added Rossini (foie gras). The beef is incredibly tender and served with asparagus and baby carrots in a shitake mushroom sauce. For dessert, we recommend the Vanilla Red Berry Cake, a burst of fruity flavor spread over a light cake layer.

Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill
Location: South Beach
Address: 336 21st Street, The Plymouth Hotel, Miami Beach, FL 33139

If you’re looking for high-quality fresh fish during the hot summer days of Miami Spice, then look no further than the award winning sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill. Kick-off your dinner with the Gindara Saikyoyaki, a soft Miso Marinated Black Cod that tastes delicious and melts in your mouth. For a full Blue Ribbon experience, make sure to select the Sushi and Sashimi platters: a variation of beautiful colorful fish that taste as fresh as can be! If you’re in the mood for something crunchy, the crispy Fried Chicken with Wasabi Honey will not disappoint. Oh, and make sure to try the Oxtail Fried Rice, too. It’s quite tasty! To top it off, our favorite dessert award goes to the Key Lime Pie with Yuku. Because anything that comes with an Oreo crust is a winner in our book!

Location: Miami Beach
Address: 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Start your evening with a Green Lightning! Infused with green tea vodka, this refreshing cocktail had tons of lime and fresh cucumber. To munch, the Heirloom Tomato Salad was enjoyable and great to have along Miami’s intense summer heat. Made with garden-fresh tomatoes, pickled blueberries and splashed with black vinegar. On the side, we had some sweet pea samosas with a delicious kaffir lime yogurt and gold raisin chutney for dipping!

Bird & Bone
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Strawberry Fields forever with the Strawberry Smash cocktail, crafted with bourbon, tons of smashed strawberries, fresh mint, rosemary and a hint of lemon. You’ll be asking for another round- we’re sure of it! Honestly, we’re still dreaming about the Florida Cheddar & Chive Biscuits! Chef Hales’ wife makes the strawberry preserve that these bad boys are served with. Good luck trying to have some sort of self-control- we sure didn’t. The Shrimp & Sea island Heirloom Grits made for a delightful seafood dish with a southern twist. Perfectly grilled head-on prawn and andouille sausage were served on a fluffy bed of grits accompanied with kale. Chef Hales’ Hot Chicken has caused so much of a buzz and now we get why. This special dish is a must-order, made with Florida honey and house mustard. Topped off with some cucumber pickles and laid on a slice of Zak the Baker country bread, this fried chicken is one of its kind. After dinner at Bird & Bone or Talde, head over to Nina’s House for a night cap and some dessert! A mix of pineapple, honey crisp apple, cilantro, jalapeño and silver rum created the intense Spicy Nina cocktail. For dessert, we enjoyed warm Apple Fritters drizzled in a glaze and served with fresh blackberries and raspberries! Mmm.

db Bistro Moderne
Location: Brickell
Address: 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131 

When you want French food on a buffet-budget, db Bistro Moderne is the spot to visit during Miami Spice months. They keep the menu full of local ingredients and creative culinary skill, like the Corn Ravioli made with corn five ways. We recommend the Baked Salmon or Coq Au Vin as two excellent choices from your main dish. The Hazelnut Opera Cake closes out this three-course meal with a chocolate sponge, espresso crème and vanilla ice cream. We’re feeling a la mode and it only cost us $39.

Location: South Beach
Address: 1700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (inside SLS Miami Beach)

Go for traditional Japanese dishes with a certain Miami Flair at Katsuya such as the Snapper Tiradito and Filet and Foie or the Watermelon Ceviche and Branzino Robata. Satisfy that sweet tooth with Donuts in a Coco Lopez Sauce or a Black Sesame Sponge Cake.

Bazaar by Jose Andres
Location: South Beach
Address: 1700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (inside SLS Miami Beach)

Head to The Bazaar by James Beard award winning chef, Jose Andres for a Latin culinary experience with Spanish touches. The Bazaar menu allows guests to choose one of ten snack options, three of twenty (yes, twenty) items including Patatas Bravas, Brussels Sprouts, a liquid mozzarella Caprese, and Cuban Coffee Rubbed Churrasco. Decisions, decisions.

Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres
Location: Brickell
Address: 1300 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL (inside the SLS Brickell)

When it comes to value in a Spice menu, the Jose Andres restaurants are always at the top of the list. Arguably one of the best seafood restaurants in Miami, Bazaar Mar should definitely be on your Miami Spice agenda. From the light starters, we loved the California“Funnel Cake”, with avocado, juicy and tender blue crab, tobiko, mayo, and cucumber. No trip to Bazaar Mar is complete without a taste of the raw bar, and we recommend the Oysters Ceviche, with leche de tigre and corn nuts. The nuts bring some crunch to the bite, and the dish has a great balance of acidity. Our other favorites from the Spice menu are the “Po Boy Jose!” and the Cockles from New Zealand. The Po Boy has fried baby squid and a yummy aioli on top of a steamed brioche bun, and the Cockles come in a tasty sauce with a bit of a kick from chile de arbol.

Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz
Location: Brickell
Address: 1300 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL (inside the SLS Brickell)

If you haven’t had a chance to try the new Michael Schwartz Italian restaurant, Fi’lia, then Miami Spice is the perfect opportunity. Their Spice menu features a variety of their signature dishes, so there is something for everyone. The standout appetizer is the Nduja Calzone, filled with a spicy pork salumi and whipped ricotta, served with a salsa verde. The best part about this calzone is that it is filled all the way to the edge, so you get the meat in every bite! If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, you can’t miss the Romanesco, with marcona almonds and parsley sauce. Pasta lovers will be pleased to find homemade rotini on the Spice menu, with pesto and sundried tomato. We also loved the Poussin, a tender, perfectly seasoned chicken with caponata and upland cress. For dessert, we recommend the Fresh Bing Cherry Semifreddo, which will bring you to Italy with the first bite. The cherry flavor is expertly balanced with a chocolate biscotti crust and toasted pistachio crumbles.

BLT Prime
Location: Doral
Address: 4400 NW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33178

We did it all for the popovers. If you have yet to try one, it’s basically heaven on a roll. This light, hollow and buttery roll kicks off your Miami Spice dinner. If you trust us (which by now you do), order the Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio for appetizer. It’s dressed in a truffle balsamic glaze and paired with a gazpacho ice cream. The Grilled Flat Iron Steak with black garlic chimichurri makes for a juicy main course, as does the side of barbeque corn and bone marrow custard. Top it all off with the Tiramisu that’s presented with avocado crème and dark chocolate smear on the plate.

Tamara Bistro at The National Hotel
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

From Whitney Houston unforgettable hits to classic Broadway tunes and everything in between, the Blues Bar at Tamara Bistro offers a unique experience to have your dinner accompanied by two of Miami’s most talented singers and a killer piano player. Dinner and a show…but you’re just paying for dinner! Win, win. Start off your meal with the Tuna Crudo, because nothing says SUMMER like watermelon, mint and feta, right? As for the entrée, there are no wrong answers here. The Paella was beautifully presented and as tasty as any great paella should be. The Achiote Belle & Evans Chicken brought in all the tropical feels with a black bean quinoa salad, raspberry adobo and mango chutney. The Jerked Pork Chop was incredibly juicy and tender and was accompanied by the most delightful Vermont cheddar grits and onion strings. In other words, comfort food at best! For all you meat lovers, you can’t go wrong with the Porcini Rubbed Sirloin: red meat that is perfectly cooked. Our favorite dessert of the night was, hands down, the Mango Tart. You will taste the condensed milk on the first bite you take, and if you’re Latin like we are, that’s really all it takes right? #LALECHERA4LYFE

Location: Brickell
Address: 801 Brickell Ave. Miami, FL 33131

This beautiful restaurant will be dishing up delicious Asian dishes and libations. Shishito Peppers will make a great gateway into the delicious meal (be prepared if you get a hot one, by hot we mean HOT). Wagyu Beef Dumplings are as beautiful as they are tasty, simple yet deliciously elevated dumplings. The Szechuan Beef is definitely our favorite, melt-in-your-mouth grilled beef paired with shoestring fries. Don’t forget to order the crowd favorite, Arroz con Pato, Komodo’s version of duck fried rice, includes enoki mushrooms, a poached egg and shaved truffle, all mixed together in front of you.

Red, The Steakhouse
Location: South Beach
Address: 119 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

The well-known South Beach steakhouse is going all out for Miami Spice, with a new menu, every week. Our favorite dishes include the Baby Spinach Salad with a unique bacon vinaigrette. The Chicken Parmesan is a crowd favorite, perfectly cooked chicken with a marinara sauce on top. If you’re into steakhouse side dishes, go for the Loaded Baked Potato, built with a mountain of bacon, cheddar cheese and chives. To finish off the meal our top choice was the Apple Pie with vanilla glaze and salted caramel sauce.

Location: South Beach
Address: 1669 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The newly opened Tatel restaurant which boasts numerous celebrities such as Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo and Enrique Iglesias, will be offering a Miami Spice menu you won’t want to miss (all truffle loving hungries, this one is for you!). The Tortilla Trufada will be something far apart from what you believe to be a traditional tortilla española. The Barley Risotto with shaved truffle makes for a great side to another one of our favorites, the Veal Milanese. Don’t forget to leave a little space for dessert, it’s hard to make a choice between the Arroz con Leche and the Chocolate Cake with chocolate ganache poured atop.