Last minute dinner guide for Formula One weekend

These restaurants still have reservations available but act quick

May
05
2022

Another major event weekend is upon us, the Formula One Miami Grand Prix race! If you’ve procrastinated on your dinner plans for the weekend, we’ve got you covered.

It’s the flashy Miami that we love to hate but this weekend we are going big and showing off to those friends that are traveling from out of town. Some of these we have yet to visit but it’s okay for this time around because it’s not necessarily about the food but about the vibe this weekend. If we’ve been we’ll let you know what we ate and if we haven’t we’ll let you know what we’d try.

Our restaurant search was mainly for groups of four and time slots available were on the earlier side (between 6 PM to 7 PM) or late (10 PM). You’ll take what you can get cause everyone is coming to Miami this weekend.

THE DECK AT ISLAND GARDENS


Neighborhood: Jungle Island
Address: 888 MacArthur Causeway
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Book your table HERE 

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy drinks and dinner with a view of Miami and a superyacht marina in an outdoor lounge, we recommend the Deck at Island Gardens. This is a place to see and be seen while drinking, dining, and dancing outdoors. They’ve recently launched their Sunset Society Happy Hour from Wednesday to Friday from 5 PM -7 PM offering signature cocktails, champagne, chilled seafood, and sunset bar bites. If you’re staying for dinner their High Energy Dinner Party will offer late-night dining with a DJ set, fire dancers, violin, saxophone, and drums to get the party started from Friday to Sunday. We’d try the Maine lobster ravioli and the spicy coppa di parma pizzetta made in their brick oven.

KOSUSHI


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 801 South Pointe Dr Unit# 105
Cuisine: Japanese
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Kosushi, located in South Pointe, is a Japanese Michelin-starred restaurant from Sao Paulo. In Japanese, KO means “turtle” and also represents the excellence of the number one. The Miami location offers traditional Kosushi dishes, Miami exclusive Asian fusion dishes, and a specialty cocktail selection. The menu is divided into four main sections: Signature Sushi, Maki, Hot Dishes, and Cold Dishes. Order the miso seabass skewers marinated for 24-hours and the salmon Dyo ikura quail egg, a thin slice of salmon wrapped around a small rice ball topped with quail egg yolk and Ikura roe. Craving something crispy? The crispy rice tuna or salmon topped with a creamy fish tartar make for the perfect crunch and smooth texture in your mouth.  And if you need one more recommendation go with the torched salmon truffle nigiri with truffle oil, lemon zest, and pink salt.

MEET MIA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 620 Ocean Dr
Cuisine: Italian
Book your table HERE 

Meet Mia celebrates coastal and Northern Italian cuisine on Ocean Drive. This is a great spot for a leisurely lunch or late night dinner, with nightly housemade playlists and a cozy vibe. The menu features starters, salads, homemade pasta courses, and entrees highlighting fresh fish and spectacular cuts of meat. Our go-to dishes here are the zucchini flower fritti, kale salad (and yes it’s better than most kale salads), meatballs, and spicy rigatoni (that is extra spicy).

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MOLOKO


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1801 West Ave
Cuisine: Asian – Mediterranean
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This Sunset Harbour newcomer offers contemporary Asian-Mediterranean cuisine, world-class mixology and a beautiful design. Moloko is a Jose Mendin eatery with a terrace garden and intimate indoor restaurant. They have an extensive selection of cold and hot appetizers, brioches, pasta, rice, and vegetables, and robata dishes. Dishes we’d like to try include the bone marrow steak tartare, uni Cesar salad, duck à l’orange gyoza, toro & caviar brioche, and lobster & uni tagliatelle.

MILA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1636 Meridian Avenue Rooftop
Cuisine: MediterrAsian
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Located on a rooftop above Meridian Ave, Mila is a swanky upgrade to the Lincoln Road dining scene. It has a sexy vibe and is a place to see and be seen. The outdoor area features a koi pond, a small bar perfect for enjoying the view, and retractable awnings for unpredictable Miami beach weather. The interior is designed to create a luxe lounge atmosphere. Mila’s cuisine is “MediterrAsian”, a Japanese and Mediterranean menu with dishes meant to be shared. If you go for brunch, we recommend the Egg in a Jar. Each jar is filled with egg yolk, potato puree, and topped with feta foam.

CHOTTO MATTE


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1666 Lenox Ave #1664
Cuisine: Nikkei
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Chotto Matte is a fantastic place to kick off a fun evening with live DJ sets, a retractable roof, sophisticated decor, and a trendy vibe.  They serve Nikkei cuisine, which is a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors, and specialize in small plates to be enjoyed as a table. Get the Nikkei Menu II priced at $85 per person and comes with nine dishes that include the tuna tataki, Nikkei gyoza, Chotto ceviche, and king oyster mushroom tostada.

KATSUYA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1701 Collins Ave, Ste 200
Cuisine: Japanese
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Katsuya is a hot spot for a good time in South Beach with a sexy design, an award-winning mixology program, and Japanese cuisine infused with a Miami Latin flair. It’s been a minute since we were last here but we’d go for the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, spicy tuna crispy rice, Wagyu gyoza, and the Jidori chicken. 

STRAWBERRY MOON


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 601 Washington Ave
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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Strawberry Moon is a newcomer to the South Beach scene by way of David Grutman and Pharrell Williams inside the brand-new Goodtime Hotel. Named after Spring’s last full lunar evening, this high-energy hotspot is a day to night pool club decorated in the Art Deco style and framed in palm trees for a very Miami aura. We’d keep it light with the yellowtail crudo. Prepared with a tomato vinaigrette, olives, and serrano chili. And the beet and watermelon salad with mint, pistachio, and tahini yogurt.

SCARPETTA BY SCOTT CONANT


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: Fontainebleau Hotel & Resort, 4441 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Italian
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A classic Miami favorite is Scarpetta, an upscale AAA Four Diamond award winner from Chef Scott Conant in the Fontainebleau Hotel. Start your meal with the creamy corn polenta topped with a fricassee of truffled mushrooms. We love their famous spaghetti, served with a flawless tomato and basil sauce. If you’ve saved room for dessert, try the guava panna cotta with toasted almond crumb, fiore di sambuco strawberries and St. Germain sorbet.

NOVIKOV


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 300 S Biscayne Blvd
Cuisine: Asian fusion
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Novikov is a sophisticated Chinese-Japanese restaurant in downtown Miami, with international locations in London and Moscow. Their dishes feature the freshest items from a globally-sourced, daily selection of seasonal ingredients. The menu features Asian appetizers, sashimi, maki, premium sushi, tempura, dim sum, bao buns, rice and noodles, and decadent entrees such as duck, wagyu ribeye, and a Kobe beef striploin. If you’re going for brunch, start off with an order of the hamachi carpaccio & truffle, and get yourself the nigiri selection and dim Sum selection for some crowd-pleasers. And don’t forget the in-house favorite ½ roasted Peking duck, it will leave you speechless.

BY: SARAH DUNN
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Last minute dinner guide for Formula One weekend