Where to eat on Christmas Day in Miami

Looking for a fancy or chill meal? We've got both!

For some Hungries, Christmas Day is what really matters or part of a two-day event. Either way, we get it, there are lots of parties involved and we’re pretty sure some family members weren’t invited to Noche Buena for a reason. To keep them distracted and calm, take them out for a Christmas Day brunch or dinner.  If the drinks are flowing and the food is good, you’ll be all right. These are our Christmas Day recommendations for where to eat out.

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1. Ariete


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address:  3540 Main Hwy
Cuisine: American

Ariete, Coconut Grove’s popular dining gem, is inviting guests to celebrate Chinese Christmas at Ariete on Christmas Day from 4PM – 10PM. This year, Chef Michael Beltran is shaking things up with a specially curated family-style menu full of Chinese favorites with a twist. Priced at $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), guests can delight in offerings like egg drop soup; Green Circle honey chicken with Native Guy honey sauce and pickled stuff; General Tso’s chicken with Thai chili and broccoli; beef and broccoli made with Ariete short rib, charred beef hearts, water chestnuts and wood grilled broccoli; shrimp lo mein with broccoli, snow peas, carrots and sesame; and Kimchi fried rice with carrot and cabbage kimchi, and Duke’s spicy mayo. Sweets include Chef Devin Braddock’s Thai donuts and Cuban fortune cookies. Ariete favorites will be available a la carte including the short rib; wood grilled chicken; seasonal fish; and flan.

2. Boia De


Neighborhood: Buena Vista
Address:  5205 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Italian, American

 

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Open since June 2019, this charming Buena Vista gem from chef couple Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer has garnered rave reviews since that time; and is a cinch to make everyone’s best new restaurant lists for 2019.  The eatery will close on Christmas Eve but will open Christmas Day for brunch from 11AM to 3PM for a Christmas Collab with El Bagel.  No reservations required; service will be ventanita style at the counter with self-seating. Follow @boiaderestaurant for menu updates.

3. Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address:  3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
Cuisine: American

 

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The chic Coconut grove eatery is offering a prix fixe menu from 3PM – 9PM with dishes inspired by the season for $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Choice of starters include: seared diver scallops with butternut squash, almonds, capers, and sherry or ensalate de pato – bitter greens, turban squash, duck prosciutto, pepitas, and pomegranate with mustard vinaigrette. Entrées options are: branzino accompanied by celery root, white and green asparagus, fine herbs, and meyer lemon; petite filet mignon & king crab – bearnaise and baby vegetables; or pork ossobuco with white polenta, Calabrese chilis, apple gremolata, and crispy Brussels sprouts. Selection of tempting holiday desserts: bûche de noel – flourless sacher, chocolate crème, and cognag Chantilly or eggnog parfait with rum cake and eggnog mousse.

4. Bourbon Steak


Neighborhood: Aventura
Address:  JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, 19999 West Country Club Drive
Cuisine: Steakhouse

 

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James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina’s, modern, American steakhouse at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is offering a three-course prix fixe Christmas feast perfect for the whole family. Appetizers include a dozen options like the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, a variety of salads, fresh seafood and the Hand-Cut Prime Steak Tartare. Entrées include a selection of Prime Cuts like the Filet Mignon and Rack of Lamb; Seafood choices feature Ahi Tuna and Pan-Seared Scallops and there’s always the option to add on additional supplements including Hudson Valley Fois Gras or Butter-Poached Half Maine Lobster. All entrees are accompanied by a trio of farm fresh side dishes including Truffle Mac and Cheese, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Classic Creamed Spinach. Dessert options include a choice of Espresso Panna Cotta, Mille Feuille, or chocolate Molten. Dinner is priced at $110 (excluding tax and gratuity) and will be available from 5PM – 11PM on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For parties of 12 or more, please email jcook@jwturnberry.com.

5. Villa Azur


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Cuisine: Italian

 

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Villa Azur understands that the holidays are all about spending time with friends and family–that’s why this year, they’re taking care of the cooking so you don’t have to. Get ready for a holly jolly Christmas at South Beach’s French-Mediterranean restaurant with holiday specials and an a la carte menu that’s accompanied by a chic and festive atmosphere. Start the night with delicious appetizers such as the Foie Gras Torchon ($27) with porto and fig jam on a toasted brioche or the Chestnut Bisque ($25) with seared scallops, creme fraiche and toasted walnuts. For the main course, indulge in the Fennel Crusted Sea Bass ($47) served with a sweet pea puree and asparagus melange or the 22oz Prime Cote de Boeuf ($75) made with a stroganoff sauce and confit potato tourne. End your delectable dinner on a sweet note with the Buche de Noel ($18) for dessert. Villa Azur opens at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

6. Toscana Divino


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 900 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130
Cuisine:  Italian

 

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Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas at Toscana Divino. The authentic Italian eatery is offering a Christmas tasting menu ($65) perfect for giving yourself or someone else the gift of an incredible meal. Guests ordering from the Christmas menu will be welcomed with a glass of Italian sparkling wine. Menu highlights include the Tagliere with homemade ham, duck, venison prosciutto, pickles, pecorino, and jams; Tortellini in Brodo served in Grana Padano broth and chives; and Arrosto di Manzo con Verdure Cotte with roasted striploin, swisschard, Italian spinach, and potato. End the night on a sweet note with the Tronchetto Natalizio, a traditional Italian chocolate dessert with amarena cherries. The Christmas menu will be available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from noon to 11 p.m.

7. Farinelli 1937


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3197 Commodore Plaza
Cuisine: Italian

 

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Looking for a laidback Italian meal on Christmas Day? Keep it subtle at neighborhood joint Farinelli 1937 with pizzas and Pagnottielli sandwiches made with pizza dough, brushed with olive oil, grated Parmigiano and baked in their wood-fired oven. Farinelli 1937 will be open from 12 PM – 10:30 PM on Christmas Day.

8.  Dragonfly Izakaya + Fish Market


Neighborhood:  Doral
Address: 5241 NW 87th Ave
Cuisine: Asian Fusion

 

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Priced at $23 per person, Dragonfly Izakaya + Fish Market is currently serving a three-course prix-fixe izakaya lunch for the holidays through January 1st. Some of the dishes include: Chicken Karaage with springer farms organic fried chicken, Japanese mayo, citric salt and shansho pepper; Nagoya Style Braised Pork Belly with grilled onigiri rice; Robata Grilled Miso Salmon with white rice served with miso soup and mini wedge creamy soy salad; and Quatro Leches made of matcha sponge cake with dulce de leche and meringue. Hours are from 11:30am – 10pm.

9. Four Seasons Hotel Miami


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 1435 Brickell Ave
Cuisine: American

 

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Christmas Day Brunch. Wednesday, December 25, 2019. 11:30am-3:00pm. USD 135, plus tax and gratuity Inclusive of a Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Package. An extravagant culinary presentation featuring holiday and traditional brunch favorites and the Caja China, slow-roasted pork cooked to perfection. Indulge in unlimited a la carte dishes, buffet stations, and holiday offerings perfect for the season.

10. Mama Joon


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 2216 Park Ave Miami Beach
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian

 

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Celebrate the holidays with friends and family at Mama Joon, the vegetarian-forward, homestyle Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Lebanese influence, with a special pre-fixed menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Featuring four courses courses, the menu includes a Honey Nut Squash Dip with tahini, sumac and a Seared Key West Pink Shrimp with yogurt dressing and wild sprout followed by a Suckling Pig with an apricot chutney and end your night on a sweet note with a Kanafeh. Wednesday, December 25 | 6PM-11PM $60 Per Person. 

11. Matador Room


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 2901 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Latin American

 

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Celebrate the holidays with friends and family at Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room with a special pre-fixed menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Featuring four courses filled with signature dishes and seasonal favorites including Tuna TartareSweet Pea Guacamole with Toasted Sunflower SeedsCrispy Seared OctopusBeef Carpaccio & Black Truffle FritterRoasted Snapper and Colorado Lamb Chop. End the meal with sweet treats like the Valrhona Chocolate Mousse and  Florida Citrus Pavlova.  Priced at $130 ++ for adults and $55 for children age 3-11 years old, reservations can be made via Open Table and cancellations less than four days in advance may be subject to a charge of $75 per person. December 25 | 5:30PM-11:30PM

12. Talavera Cocina Mexicana


Neighborhood:  Coral Gables
Address: 2299 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Cuisine: Mexican

 

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The holidays are upon us and there is no better way to celebrate than with great cuisine at Talavera in Coral Gables! Talavera Cocina Mexicana is celebrating with mouthwatering special dishes with the A La Carte menu during the holiday season, including Christmas Day. Talavera will be closed Christmas Eve but you can join us for the delicious chef’s dinner specials on Christmas Day: Lava Rock Bowl (ribeye, cactus, chorizo, black beans, jalapeño sauce, fresh cheese, knob onion and avocado. As well as the “Arroz con Mariscos” which consists of black rice and corn truffle with Mahi Mahi topped with seafood and roasted poblano-cilantro sauce. Try our holiday speciality cocktail; Elderflower Champagne with a Gold Luster. From5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

13. Peacock Garden Bistro


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 2889 McFarlane Rd
Cuisine: Seafood

 

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Enjoy the holiday charm of Coconut Grove in the lush garden of Peacock Garden Bistro. Peacock Garden Bistro invites you to enjoy the quaint garden with exquisite dishes and great cocktails. Tantalize your senses in garden-style dining on Christmas Day with fantastic specials and the always delicious A La Carte Menu. Christmas Day specials include the Peacock Porterhouse for two guests with two sides and a bottle of Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon for $100 and our tasty Peacock Paella for two served with a bottle of Albarino for $72. You can also enjoy the special Peacock Dessert Shots served in sets of four exquisite flavors. Christmas Day: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

14. Jaguar Latin American Kitchen


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3067 Grand Ave
Cuisine: Latin American

Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen is bringing you more of their delicious multi-cultural Latin American inspired cuisine to the table for the holiday. Be merry and come join us at Jaguar for a holiday feast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with tasty specials and the extraordinary A La Carte Menu. The holidays specials include: Arroz con Mariscos Feast $49 (house white rice, fresh langoustines, sea scallops, octopus & fresh catch with our aji amarillo cream sauce and Chilean merken smokey Chile oil), Braised Short Rib with Mole $44 (roasted vegetables, special mole from Oaxaca and guajillo mushroom vinaigrette) and our Red Snapper en Cilantro $35 (cilantro sauce, black garlic aioli and clams). Come indulge in our menu specials! Add our homemade Salsa Muerte to any dish, for only $2.