Where to host your holiday party in Miami

Don't be cheap, your employees will notice


Let’s be serious December is like a wasted month. Nobody wants to work, everyone is too busy planning their ugly sweater gathering to Santa’s Enchanted Forest and singing Mi Burrito Sabanero. You know what really matters in December, where you’re hosting your holiday party. That’s pretty much it.

Bosses and managers: no sean tacaños, do it right. Give your team a night to remember at one of the following venues. The food will be good, the ambiance will be great and they won’t quit on you, at least not until the New Year.

1. Ariete: The Cave

Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address:  3540 Main Hwy
Cuisine: American
Capacity: 50 guest
What you need to know: Diners seeking a one-of-a-kind private dining experience at Chef Michael Beltran’s highly acclaimed Ariete, can reserve The Cave, a private dining area available for special occasions and events located underneath the restaurant in an underground wine cellar. From the stone-lined walls and hidden wine room to the intimate subterranean setting, The Cave evokes a feeling of Old World dining, making this one of the most unique dining spaces in Miami. Guests dining in The Cave can choose from either a family style menu, or a customized Chef’s tasting menu with the option of an assorted wine pairing. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 640-5862.

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2. BLT Prime

Neighborhood: Doral
Address:  4400 NW 87th Avenue
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Capacity: from 30 to 150 guests
What you need to know: BLT Prime, a modern American steakhouse located within the resort clubhouse lobby of Trump National Doral, offers several private dining opportunities in the elegant space. Two interior private dining rooms seat 24 and 30 respectively, while the spacious veranda overlooking the famed Blue Monster golf course can accommodate up to 150. Designed by Peter Niemitz the restaurant’s interiors embrace the BLT aesthetic with clean lines, rich finishes of walnut, leather and suede and offers delectable contemporary steakhouse fare from chef de cuisine Timothy Elmore. BLT Prime is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6AM to 10:30PM. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami®.


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Neighborhood: Aventura
Address:  JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa at 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Capacity: from 14 up to 350
What you need to know:  Miami’s acclaimed American steakhouse, famous for its signature butter-poached steaks and duck fat fries, BOURBON STEAK is in a class alone. The work of James Beard Award-winning chef and renowned restaurateur Michael Mina, this ritzy restaurant, with its smoky mirrored glass and artistic gilded finishes, sets a striking mood. This holiday season, book one of their two private dining room including the Private Glass Box and Private Dining Room, or a complete restaurant buyout. They can accommodate groups from 14 up to 350 and offer breakfast, brunch and lunch private event space and group dining for dinner. For details and proposals, contact Justin Cook at jcook@jwturnberry.com or call (786) 279-6598.


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4. Jaya at The Setai

Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:  2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Cuisine: Pan-Asian
Capacity: 12 or more
What you need to know: The Setai, Miami Beach and Jaya invite guests to host their large parties and corporate events this festive season at one of South Beach’s leading social spaces. With a superlative, Pan-Asian dinner menu by Executive Chef Vijay Veena and bespoke cocktails set amidst The Setai’s sleek and serene Courtyard, Jaya is perfect for a holiday celebration. Enclosed by massive teak panel doors, Jaya’s private dining room is a 220-square foot, fully secluded dining space adjacent to the restaurant’s open-air kitchen and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the stunning Courtyard. For $85+ per person, groups of 12 or more can experience an intimate reception with butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and a welcome champagne toast followed by a seated dinner in Jaya’s private dining room. The private dining room features flexible set-up capabilities, offering a large-ceiling projection screen and private sliding doors that lead to the restaurant. Audio-Visual equipment is also available upon request.

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5. Lightkeepers

Neighborhood: Key Biscayne
Address:  455 Grand Bay Drive in Key Biscayne
Cuisine: American
Capacity: 70 guests
What you need to know:  Located in Miami’s own paradise island, Key Biscayne, Lightkeepers offers private dining featuring seafood you won’t want to miss out on. With two private dining rooms, guests can experience up to 1,239 square feet of dining for any occasion. With another outdoor area that can accommodate up to 70 people, guests can also enjoy selections from Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo’s exquisite menu outdoors adjacent to the fountain patio.

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6. Lure Fishbar

Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:  1601 Collins Avenue
Cuisine: Sushi Bar
Capacity: 75 guests
What you need to know: This Miami Beach seafood hot spot is perfect for celebrating special occasions, hosting group functions and impressing business associates. Lure Fishbar’s inviting and spacious private dining room can accommodate up to 75 guests. The nautically inspired motif is perfect for any occasion and includes a view of the sushi bar where Chef Khaleel Ali creates fresh sushi and seafood masterpieces. Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on 1601 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305) 695-4550; www.lurefishbar.com

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7. Rusty Pelican Miami

Neighborhood: Key Biscayne
Address:  3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne
Cuisine: Seafood
What you need to know:  Key Biscayne’s landmark dining and special event destination, the iconic waterfront Rusty Pelican, has been known as Miami’s premier events and special occasion dining destination for over 40 years. From graduation parties to weddings, bridal and baby showers and holiday soirees, the restaurant’s professional catering and event staff have earned a well-deserved reputation for flawless milestone events with spectacular views. A subtle color palette and rich textures create the perfect backdrop for the commanding views of downtown. This iconic gem has a unique vibrant energy and continues to be known as a contemporary yet comfortable hotspot that offers delectable modern American fare under the direction of Eastern Regional Chef Jim Pastor.  Lunch and Dinner are served daily and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on large group bookings, contact Jennie Franco, Director of Catering and Special Events, at: JFranco@SRCMail.COM .


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8. Toro Toro

Neighborhood: Downtown Miami
Address:  100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami
Cuisine: Pan-Latin steakhouse
Capacity: from 14 to 60 guests
What you need to know:  With two unique private dining options, Toro Toro, the Pan-Latin steakhouse located inside the InterContinental, is the perfect place for holiday parties big and small. The only Chef’s Table in Downtown Miami, Table 40 takes private dining to a whole other level. The hidden gem inside the Toro Toro kitchen seats up to 14 guests, it is the perfect place for that intimate private dining experience. It is enclosed in glass allowing guests to see all the action of the kitchen, while keeping the experience intimate and entertaining. For larger parties, Toro Toro’s striking El Matador Room sits up to 30 guests, with the possibility of opening the sliding doors to expand the party into the restaurant’s lounge, accommodating an additional 60 guests.


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9. Truluck’s

Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 777 Brickell Ave, Miami.
Cuisine: Seafood
Capacity: From 32 to 65+ guests
What you need to know:  You’ll be hooked on our private party rooms. The perfect place for meetings, luncheons, private parties, or any occasion with different menus for you to choose.


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10. Salumeria 104

Neighborhood: Midtown
Address:  3451 NE 1st Ave #104
Cuisine: Italian
Capacity:  57 main room; 22 private room
What you need to know:  Chef & Co-Owner Angelo Masarin is intent on creating dishes inspired by his childhood, such as the ones his grandmother taught him. The menu focuses on seasonal ingredients as well as a variety of imported salumi that is exclusive to Salumeria 104 to dine in or purchase by the pound. Host your next corporate or social event with us at Salumeria 104 or let us bring to your house or office our restaurant’s fantastic salumi for your next gathering.


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11. Esotico Miami

Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 1600 NE 1st Ave
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Capacity: Up to 170 guests
What you need to know:  Esotico Miami, a new tropical-themed bar and craft cocktail establishment located on the ground floor of CANVAS, the premier condominium in the heart of Miami’s Arts + Entertainment District. The newest venture from acclaimed restaurant operators, the Graspa Group, Esotico Miami, will offer exotic drinks conceived by Daniele Dalla Pola along with contemporary tropical cuisine. Esotico is the perfect venue for your event. With over 170 seats of indoor-outdoor space, it is the ideal venue for Cocktail receptions, happy hour, dinner, or a special social event.


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12. Spris Artisan Pizza

Neighborhood: Midtown
Address: 3201 N Miami Ave
Cuisine:  Italian
Capacity: 100 guests
What you need to know: Spris is an authentic Italian pizza concept featuring specialty Italian dishes cooked in our brick oven, artisan-style pizzas, baked paninis, and delicious salads. It is the perfect event venue for a Casual office lunch or dinner.  THE APE: We have an amazing pizza Cart. Perfect for every event. Live pizza for classes, great for office team building & entertainment, late night pizza after a wedding, kids’ birthdays and much more!!


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12. Amara at Paraiso

Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address: 3101 NE 7th Ave
Cuisine: Latin American
Capacity: From 12 to 40 guests
What you need to know: Can accommodate 12 – 40 guests nonprivate for Lunch Brunch or Dinner in the main dining room and the terrace. Up to 12 guests in our private dining room. 80+ for happy hour (passed hors d’oeuvres & Drinks) at the beach lounge (Sandy area in front of the water)


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13. Tigertail + Mary

Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3321 Mary St, Coconut Grove
Cuisine: American
Capacity: From 16 to 30 guests
What you need to know: Can accommodate up to 30 guests non-private in the patio. Up to 16 guests fit in the private dining room.


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14. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 130 NE 40th St
Cuisine: American
Capacity: 30 guests
What you need to know: Can accommodate up to 30 guests non-private in the courtyard. Up to 20 guests for semi-private seating inside.


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15. Harry’s Pizzeria

Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 3918 N Miami Ave
Cuisine:  Italian
Capacity: 30 guests

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16. CVLTVRA Kitchen & Lounge

Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 1100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Cuisine: Latin American
Capacity:  60 guests
What you need to know:This Downtown Miami hotspot boasts 12,000 square-feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space along with a private dining room that seats up to 60 guests. Perfect for the highly anticipated holiday blow-out your colleagues have been raving about! For a truly unique private dining experience, make sure to book The Living Room, featuring a warm and inviting ambiance located on the ground floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows for the perfect amount of natural light. Enjoy a carefully curated prix-fixe menu which fuses Latin-Mediterranean flavors and cooking techniques helmed by Executive Chef Fabian Di Paolo.


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