The 2021 Miami Spice guide for large groups & vibes 

Where to have dinner with your party friends

Sep
09
2021
BY SARAH DUNN

Hey Hungries – for this week’s Miami Spice guide, we are all about the ambiance and the vibes. We’re talking about where to go for dinners in big groups with great food, delicious drinks, and the music and energy to get your Miami night started. Below are six spots with the atmosphere and Miami Spice menus for you to plan your next big night out. Cheers!

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1. MILA


Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1636 Meridian Avenue Rooftop
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Tuesday to Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE

Mila is a swanky upgrade to the Lincoln Road dining scene. Located on a rooftop above Meridian Ave, 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.

Appetizers include Branzino Tataki, the Tuscan Kale and Asian Pear Salad, “Shwarma” Wagyu Gyozas (+ $8), and Tuna Tartare (+ $12). The entrees feature a fish, two beef dishes, and a sushi option: Sweet-Spicy Soy Glazed Salmon with panzanella tomato salad, a Short Rib, Bone on “Kalbi” with hearts of palm, Beef Tenderloin ($20 supplement), and Nigiri Omakase (additional $15). For dessert, indulge in the Nutella Panna Cotta with candied hazelnuts and bruleed bananas or the Olive Oil Cake.

2. CHOTTO MATTE


Cuisine: Nikkei
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1666 Lenox Ave #1664
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Monday to Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE 
View menu: HERE 

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 at a table.

The Spice menu appetizers are Lychee CevicheBBQ Chicken Karaage, and Salmon Tataki. For the main course, diners can choose between Vegetable Tempura (peppers, cauliflower, and shitake mushrooms), Asado de Tigra (slow-cooked bbq beef with purple potato puree), and the Ebi Tempura Roll with crispy shrimp and a mango unagi salsa. Try both desserts and share the Chocolate Brownie with mango chili, mango sorbet, and mixed berry coulis, and the Strawberry Garden, with sweet crema and wild strawberry granita.

3. CAFE LA TROVA


Cuisine: Cuban
Neighborhood: Calle Ocho
Address: 971 SW 8th St
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Monday to Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE 
View menu: HERE 

Cafe La Trova is a vibrant, festive, modern Cuban destination in the heart of Little Havana. With cuisine from James Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, a bar program from world-renowned Julio Cabrera, and daily live music, Cafe La Trova always makes for a memorable evening and is one of our favorites for celebrations and out of town visitors.

Cafe La Trova’s Miami Spice dinner includes a featured cocktail: your choice of a Mojito or Daquiri Clasico. Their Spice menu is an extensive sampling of the regular dinner menu. To begin your meal, you can choose from over a dozen appetizers such as empanadas, croquetas, sliders, and more! Entrees include Lechon con ChicharronesBanana Leaf Steamed Local CatchSkirt Steak Ropa Vieja, Braised Short Rib, and their signature Arroz Con Pollo. End your meal on a sweet note with the house Flan de Mama.

4. STRAWBERRY MOON


Cuisine: Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 601 Washington Ave
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Monday to Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE 
View menu: HERE 

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.

The Spice menu highlights Strawberry Moon’s Mediterranean cuisine. Appetizer options include the Pink Sultan (labneh with pistachio and mint), Sheftalia (lamb and pork sausage), Yellowtail with tomato vinaigrette (+$6), a Greek Salad, and the Bianca Pide (La tur cheese with artichoke and broccoli rabe). The main dishes are your choice of Grilled EggplantBranzinoPrawnsRoasted Chicken, or the Moroccan Merguez Kebab with harissa ($9 supplement). Dessert is either Panna Cotta with strawberry or Tahini Soft Serve with candied pecans and Sicilian pistachio.

 

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5. KATSUYA


Cuisine: Japanese
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1701 Collins Ave Ste. 200
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Monday to Sunday
Book your table: HERE 
View menu: HERE 

Katsuya is one of our go-to’s for a good time and a great meal in South Beach with a sexy design, an award-winning mixology program, and Japanese cuisine infused with a Miami Latin flair. The regular menu is on the pricier side, so Miami Spice is a great value here.

For appetizers, you can choose between Yellowtail SashimiPopcorn Rock ShrimpSpicy Tuna RollCalifornia Roll, or the Truffle Ponzu Ceviche (+$6). Main dishes include Chicken Tatsu-Age (fried chicken thighs), Beef Shortribs, Vegetable Tempura, Branzino Filet Oyster Mushroom Fried Rice, Miso Glazed Black Cod, or Wagyu Beef Fried Rice ($35 supplement)Diners can have Donuts, Sorbet, or Chawanmushi (miso soaked cake in caramel sauce) for dessert.

6. RED ROOSTER OVERTOWN


Cuisine: Southern
Neighborhood: Overtown
Address: 920 NW 2nd Ave
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Monday to Thursday & Sunday
Book your table: HERE 
View menu: HERE 

In December 2020, Red Rooster opened in the former “Clyde Killen’s Pool Hall”, the centerpiece of Overtown nightlife in the 50s and 60s. The restaurant hosts live music daily, taking guests back to the days of Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, and their contemporaries in Overtown, Miami. Diners are welcomed by a large bar in the front room, followed by several dining rooms and a covered outdoor patio with a separate bar. We love the subtle nods to the neighborhood, such as the stairwell covered in nostalgic Overtown memorabilia and the ice cream shop housed in a former speakeasy. The live music and neighborhood feel make this a prime spot for you and your crew to kick off a night out.

The Miami Spice dinner begins with an amuse-bouche of one of our favorite Red Rooster classics, the Deviled Eggs. These tasty bites are stuffed with mustard togarashi and mayo then garnished with caviar and adorned with a chicharron “tail” (to make them look like little roosters, of course). Starters include the “Chicken-fried” Green TomatoesGreens and Grains Salad, and the Amberjack Tiradito (+ $5). Entrée options feature the Grilled Coastal Catch, Fried Yard Bird, and the “Yassa” Ribeye Steak (+$15). For dessert, treat yourself to the Viking of the Keys, a key lime pie with almond graham cracker crumble and Florida strawberries.

 

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