Where to eat on Christmas Eve in Miami

When the main event is dinner on Noche Buena

BY: CORSAIR 

It’s been a year and you’re tired. Tired of feeling like you always have to have it all together but really, you feel like you’re hanging by the thread. Save your energy for something else, maybe for wrapping gifts and let someone else take care of Noche Buena dinner. Abuela might be on the defense but tell her to stick a cork in it and give her a bourbon. This year you’re keeping the caja china in the garage.

If you’re washing your hands of a kitchen mess on Christmas Eve,  these are restaurants that are willing to cook for you.

1. HABITAT


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:  2341 Collins Avenue
Cuisine: American

 

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Celebrate Christmas Eve at Habitat by booking a table for a special 4-course prix-fixe menu in a cozy environment for $85 per person. Some items that one may see on the prix-fixe menu include Patatas Bravas, Bucatini Pasta, Braised Short Ribs, and a Caramelized Pear Creme Brulee.  Habitat will also offer their regular a la carte menu for Christmas Eve dinner. After dinner, swing on by to the lobby for some live music!

2. Bellini Restaurant & Bar at Mr. C


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address:  2988 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133
Cuisine: Italian

 

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On December 24th, Bellini will be open to the public with a Christmas Eve menu that will feature a range of contemporary Italian flavors. Diners will be able to enjoy Bellini’s personal favorites within a fun and inviting atmosphere. Some dishes that guests can indulge in are Lentil Soup, homemade Lobster Ravioli Armoricaine, thinly sliced Octopus Carpaccio, and Roasted Turbot. Those with a sweet tooth should make sure to leave room for dessert, a traditional Panettone. Prices range from $15 to $40

3. Boulud Sud


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address:  255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
Cuisine: Mediterranean

 

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Celebrate Christmas with a three-course prix-fixe holiday menu at Daniel Boulud’s Miami hotspot, Boulud Sud! Featuring a selection of appetizers including the Italian Chicory Salad and Shrimp Al Ajillo, mains such as the Pumpkin Agnolotti and Chicken Tagine, and desserts including the Chocolate Fondant, Pear Zalabia and more. Boulud Sud brings a Mediterranean twist to the traditional Christmas favorites. The three-course menu is available for $85 per person. Guests can add a wine pairing for an additional $55 per person to complete the perfect Christmas. The menu is available from 5-11PM. Price: $85 per person with an optional $55 wine pairing

4. Fi’lia South Beach


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:  1610 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Cuisine: Italian

 

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While everyone else is out crossing off their final Christmas list items, enjoy a delicious Christmas Eve meal at Fi’Lia South Beach. The family-style course set for two, priced at $65 per guest, starts with bruschetta and spaghetti chitarra alla puttanesca. For the main course, they’ll be serving up a whole branzino, pesto chickpeas, and spinach and mushroom fregola. Guests will have a choice of either Tiramisu or Panna Cotta for dessert. Dinner will be served from 6:00pm to 12:00am.

5. Orilla Bar & Grill


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:  426 Euclid Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Cuisine: Steakhouse

Orilla Bar & Grill at Urbanica The Euclid hotel is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays! Orilla provides spectacular views of an open kitchen churning out a flavorful menu, alongside pastry delicacies in an indoor and outdoor setting with plant-filled mural walls. Helmed by executive chef Fernanado Trocca, enjoy the Chef Tasting Menu that offers curated selection of South American & European-inspired global cuisine for $75.

6. Three


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address:  50 NW 24th St Suite 101, Miami, FL 33127
Cuisine: American

 

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Three, a celebration of elevated cuisine in Wynwood’s energetic and welcoming neighborhood, offers guests a Miami-style Christmas with “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinner menu.The menu includes East Coast oysters, fritto misto, flounder crudo and grilled local fish. For dessert, choose between the dulce de leche budino or brigadeiros. The prix-fixe menu costs $85 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $45. Seatings start at 6 p.m.

7. Jaya at The Setai


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address:  2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach at The Setai Hotel
Cuisine: Asian Fusion

In celebration of all things merry and bright, Jaya at The Setai invites guest to join Executive Chef Vijay Veena for an elaborate, “East meets West” a la carte dinner featuring an array of Asian-inspired plates along with American staple dishes. The East meets West dinner will be available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6PM – 10:30PM. Menu highlights include Wagyu Enoki Roll – Wagyu striploin, Enoki mushrooms, cauliflower puree, scallions, Daikon radish, truffle crumble and myoga slaw ($36); Wok Lobster – Szechuan sauce, asparagus, bell peppers, water chestnuts, bean sprouts ($52);  and the decadent Foie Gras and King Crab – puff pastry, brie, foie terrine, king crab, caviar and apple slaw ($42). Guests are also encouraged to dine at Jaya for a festive Christmas Day Brunch. The lavish brunch buffet will include an impressive culinary spread with traditional and non-traditional selections from the restaurant’s “Festive Menu” as well as several dessert and raw bar selections, displayed on an elaborate ice sculpture. Diners can expect enhanced stations, free-flowing Louis Roederer Champagne and live jazz in the courtyard. The Christmas Brunch is priced at $145 per person and $65 per child (ages 5-12 years old) from 11:30AM – 3PM. Valet costs $17 per car with validation.

8. BOURBON STEAK


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

9. CORSAIR


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

Located at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, CORSAIR Kitchen & Bar offers garden-fresh, contemporary creations from the open kitchen of their modern American restaurant. This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day they are offering a three-course dinner menu with a variety of holiday-inspired options priced at $65/person and $32.50 for kids (ages 5-12) plus tax and gratuity. Appetizers include a choice of Roasted Cauliflower Soup, Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Salad, Fire Roasted Shrimp with Creamy Polenta or Short Rib Gnocchi. Entrées include a choice of Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Acorn Squash with Farro Risotto, Grilled Salmon or Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin. The Holiday Dessert Buffet includes a selection of mini tarts, pies, cookies and holiday treats.

10. Le Chick


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address:  310 NW 24th Street
Cuisine: American

 

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The Wynwood hotspot, which recently debuted its stylish new outdoor bar & lounge, Le Coqtail, will be open regular hours for Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.   On Thursday, December 26th from noon – 4PM, Le Chick will offer up its legendary brunch with all of the favorites including Berry Belgian Waffle, Stuffed French Toast, and Le Chicken and Waffles.  For the truly hungry, Get in My Belly – the king of breakfast sandwiches – features dry aged brisket patties, smoked pork belly patty, cheddar, scrambled eggs, arugula and truffle aioli.  Add on bottomless Mimosas for $30.

11. Navé


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. T
Cuisine: Seafood

 

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Navé, the brainchild of Chefs Michael Beltran (Ariete, Chug’s) and Justin Flit (Proof Miami), is inviting diners for an extravagant Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Priced at $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the decadent seven-course menu includes an uni omelet; lobster salad with grapefruit, shaved fennel, and grapefruit vinaigrette; swan depot; bacalao ravioli with charred baby tomatoes; plancha scallop with shaved black truffle, onion, soubise, charred pearl onions, pea tendrils, and herbs; bucatini with Peekytoe crab and lemon herbs; en Brodo with tuna bottarga; and cannoli. 14.

12. Cafe la trova


Neighborhood: Little Havana
Address: 971 SW 8th St
Cuisine: Cuban

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Cafe La Trova has unveiled their holiday lineup that includes a special Nochebuena Dinner Menu, New Year’s Eve Celebration, and New Year’s Day Brunch. A la carte limited menu or a family style three course menu for $65 pp.