Locals Know the Deal – Be a Local, Explore Budget Friendly Options Outside of Miami Beach
Set in idyllic Coconut Grove, Chef/Owner Michael Beltran’s Ariete has established a name for itself as one Miami’s most dynamic restaurants, offering a contemporary menu of New American cuisine with Latin, particularly Cuban, influences. Menu highlights include the famed Frita Cubana; Maduro y Provoleta; Local Fish; Pastrami Style Short Rib; and the wildly popular Chug Burger. For dessert, a fan favorite and an incredibly unique take on a classic Spanish dessert – Flan infused with candy cap mushrooms, Sambuca crema and coffee crumble. Offering a cozy ambiance with a full-service bar, Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The restaurant is open for Lunch, Monday – Friday from 11AM to 3PM; Dinner, Monday – Saturday 6PM to 11PM; and Sunday from 6PM to 10PM. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 10AM to 3PM. Happy Hour is offered daily from 4PM to 7PM. Telephone: (954) 765-3030;
Featuring BLT’s acclaimed modern American steakhouse cuisine in a gorgeous setting, boasting spectacular views of the legendary Blue Monster golf course, the restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can treat themselves to some of the finest cuts of USDA Prime Certified Angus beef available, including the 28 day dry-aged New York strip; Kansas City bone-in strip; and Porterhouse for two. In addition, BLT favorites such as tuna tartare; Dover sole and lobster cobb salad can also be found. BLT Prime is open daily for breakfast 6 AM to 10 AM; lunch 11 AM to 5 PM. Dinner is served 5 PM to 10:30 PM; Sunday Brunch 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami®, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Telephone: (305) 591-6606; www.bltprimemiami.com.
If you’re in the mood for a fun Tex-Mex experience, Chuy’s marries traditional Tex-Mex, made-from-scratch cuisine and a playful lineup of cocktails with an eccentric dining room design offering a flavorful and whimsical culinary experience. Chuy’s restaurants are notable for their fresh ingredients and quirky design – and the stories behind it all. Chuy’s is open seven days a week from 11AM-10PM.
Lightkeepers: The casually elegant new restaurant and bar at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami made its debut in March 2017. Located just off the island’s gorgeous waters, Lightkeepers features a contemporary, coastal-inspired dining room, a cool, casual indoor/outdoor bar and a beverage program featuring unique, hand-crafted cocktails. The menu, by Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo, relies on locally sourced ingredients – cheeses from Winter Park, beef from Ocoee, and snapper from Key West. Named as an homage to the lighthouse keepers who watched over Key Biscayne’s historic Cape Florida Lighthouse in the 1800’s, Lightkeepers is a premier waterfront dining and imbibing destination for locals and visitors alike. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, served daily, offer a bevy of land and sea options. Highlighting the space is an open air, state of the art, stainless steel kitchen that overlooks the dining area and is also home to the raw bar. Breathtaking views of the Atlantic and pool-scape can be seen from almost every angle of the restaurant including the indoor/outdoor bar and private dining room area. With an innovative craft cocktail program, delicious cuisine and a lively yet cozy, tropical, sophisticated atmosphere, Lightkeepers makes for the perfect escape from the daily grind. Lightkeepers is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive. Breakfast is served daily from 7AM – 11:30AM. Lunch is served daily from 11AM – 5PM. Dinner is served Sunday – Thursday from 5PM – 10PM, Bar open until Midnight; Fridays and Saturday 5PM – 11PM, Bar open until 1AM. Saturday a la carte brunch 12PM – 4PM. Sunday brunch served 12:30PM – 3PM. Telephone: (305) 365-4156;
Staying true to the core elements is an aspect that has made Novecento an international sensation for more than two decades. The cuisine at 900 is a refined co-existence of Argentine, European and Pan Latin, this style perhaps best called Argentinean Bistro. The cuisine is not a fusion; rather each style is separate and is a pure reflection of its heritage. A dash of nostalgia and a sprinkle of vintage set the stage for this glamorous, relaxing, and inviting ambience created by the furnishings from old cafes and restaurants imported from Argentina. Novecento Restaurants are located in Aventura, Brickell and Key Biscayne. Novecento will open its newest location at CityPlace Doral in Winter 2018.
Rusty Pelican: Key Biscayne’s iconic waterfront dining destination features a world-class wine program curated by internationally renowned Master Sommelier Michael Jordan to complement Eastern Regional Chef Jim Pastor’s elevated comfort food menu. In addition to copious fresh seafood and raw bar selections befitting to the restaurant’s gorgeous bayside setting, there’s something for everyone – from the signature 16 oz. bone-in rib eye and Niman ranch bone-in 20 oz. pork chop to unique garden-fresh salads and house-made pasta. Craft cocktails created by Head Mixologist Oscar Amaya can be enjoyed in the bar and lounge area overlooking the downtown Miami skyline as well as with the stellar wine program that showcases over 300 carefully selected bottles. The restaurant boasts breathtaking views and a vibrant energy which draws diners in, making it a perfect hotspot for dinner, drinks and special events. The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Lunch and Dinner are served daily; and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 11 AM to 11 PM (bar closes at midnight); Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 12 AM (bar closes at 1AM). Telephone: (305) 361-3818; www.therustypelican.com.
The Commodore and Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden: A trendy craft cocktail bar with an old world library vibe that also encompasses an al fresco lounge, The Commodore is Coconut Grove’s hot new destination. Cocktail connoisseurs, Happy Hour seekers and locals on the hunt for a perfectly-made drink in an unpretentious, welcoming setting flock to it. The bar and lounge, operated by LDV Hospitality (the team behind Miami Beach’s award-winning Regent Cocktail Club and more) is nestled in The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami and features both a regal indoor bar and lounge, a tropically lush covered patio, a compelling cocktail list of classics and new innovations, and a bites menu designed to pair well with The Commodore’s featured spirits. Rounding out the bar and lounge’s attractions, live music every Friday and Saturday evening; a tight jazz trio delivering the perfect aural backdrop for a night out. The bar program delivers all the staples expected from proper craft cocktail experience, from the ice and glassware to the varied spirits and drinks it serves. The bar is the result of a new partnership forged between LDV and the hotel, which will also include a new restaurant, Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden, currently in development and scheduled to open Winter 2019. Both concepts are led by Executive Chef Abel Veulens and Sous Chef Miguel Fajardo. The Commodore is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. Open Sunday through Tuesday, 5PM to 11PM; Wednesday and Thursday, 5PM to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5PM to 1AM. Happy Hour can be enjoyed daily, 5PM to 7PM. Live music every Friday and Saturday night, 9PM to midnight. Valet parking conveniently located right outside The Commodore. Guests enjoy a discounted rate of $7.
The Commodore and Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden
If you feel like escaping Miami all together, take a quick drive up I-95 to Broward and check out something new.
3030 Ocean: For over a decade, 3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has been known for its sophisticated, yet simple locally-sourced cuisine, served in a chic, oceanfront setting. Overlooking pristine white sands at the popular Fort Lauderdale resort, 3030 Ocean is an elegant hotspot frequented by locals and visitors alike. Now at the helm of the kitchen, where her career first began, newly-appointed Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier has developed a fresh menu to match the restaurant’s modern, maritime-inspired design and ambience. Grenier brings her own signature cooking style of inventive farm-to-table fare – which won her the title of champion on Food Network’s Chopped – to the seaside restaurant, with a menu that highlights premium, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. With a heavy focus on Florida seafood, 3030 Ocean’s new menu puts a spotlight on the best product available in South Florida. In addition to the new menu choices, the combined 216 seat oceanfront restaurant also boasts an expanded bar and lounge area, as well as a restyled dining room. Driven by a desire to marry organic ocean-inspired elements with contemporary sophistication, each facet of 3030 Ocean’s new look was carefully selected to enhance the dining experience. Patrons can enjoy a more intimate environment in the main dining room, while the relaxed bar and lounge area showcase an array of ocean inspired textures, colors, and maritime accouterments. Located at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive. Dinner is served nightly beginning at 6PM. Reservations are suggested. Telephone: (954) 765-3030;
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits: In November 2015, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits made its highly-anticipated debut in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Located just steps from the beach, Burlock Coast features a gorgeous indoor/outdoor bar and a rustically appointed, sophisticated dining and lounge area with breathtaking ocean views. Overseen by Chef de Cuisine Paula DaSilva, the menu at Burlock Coast enhances the farm-to-table experience with fresh, daily offerings straight from the farms and docks of South Florida. Sourced from thirteen South Florida craft and nano breweries, Burlock Coast offers nine local bottles and cans, and nine local beers on tap as well as a progressive cocktail program that includes an extensive rum list heavy with French, Caribbean and Spanish selections. The marketplace offers artisanal goods, from locally-baked breads and roasted coffees to packaged items spotlighting ingredients or dishes from Burlock Coast’s menu. Offering polished, friendly service, and a lively ambiance perfect for after-work drinks, a night out with friends or lunch with colleagues, Burlock Coast raises the bar for dining and imbibing in Fort Lauderdale. Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. The marketplace is open daily from 6 AM – 6 PM. The bar is open daily from 11 AM – 1 AM. Breakfast is served daily from 7 AM – 11:30 AM. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM – 5 PM. Lunch is served daily from 11:30 AM – 5 PM. Dinner is served Sunday – Wednesday from 5 PM – 10 PM; Thursday – Saturday from 5 PM – 11 PM. Telephone: (954) 302-6460;
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits
Kuro: Located in the AAA Four Diamond-rated Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Kuro is the resort’s new-style Japanese restaurant featuring contemporary, artisanal fare created by pairing classic Japanese techniques with both locally sourced and imported ingredients. At the helm is the resort’s Creative Culinary Director Alex Becker who brings more than two decades of culinary experience and is recognized as one of the region’s most notable chefs. The sophisticated and wholly unique concept offers an interactive dining experience in traditional kaiseki-style: a multi-course dinner designed to tease the palate with flavors, textures and techniques starting with the lightest fare and progressing to spicier and richer dishes. The innovative beverage program features handcrafted cocktails showcasing fresh Japanese flavors. Designed by the esteemed David Mexico Design Group, the 9,500-square-foot resort showpiece boasts a socially vibrant, open-theater design that encourages diners to become part of the action with open views of the kitchen, sushi bar, lounge and outdoor bar patio. Kuro is located at One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida. Telephone: 800-937-0010;
ETARU: A restaurant featuring contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine opened its first location in South Florida in August 2017 in a spectacular oceanfront setting in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A second location opened in June 2018 at The Related Group’s ultra-luxury rental Icon Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. Brought to the United States by Rainer Becker, co-founder and creator of Zuma restaurants worldwide and ROKA London, ETARU is a neighborhood restaurant, welcoming local diners as well as visitors with a menu and vibe that embraces its respective setting – whether waterfront or in the heart of downtown. The restaurant’s menu has a heavy emphasis on Robata-grilled seafood, while also showcasing a wide range of sushi, sashimi, raw dishes, salads, tatakis and tempura, as well as cooked Japanese specialties. ETARU Hallandale is located at 111 South Surf Road in Hallandale Beach. ETARU Las Olas is located in the Icon Las Olas at 500 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
DUNE: Fort Lauderdale’s new generation beach house, DUNE is a sweeping indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar recently opened on a coveted stretch of beach. It is the first East Coast restaurant from Auberge Resorts Collection, the hospitality brand that began by opening Napa Valley’s first fine-dining venue – Michelin-starred Auberge du Soleil – and then expanded to operate award-winning resorts internationally, such as Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Nanuku in Fiji, and Esperanza in Los Cabos, Mexico. DUNE will welcome residents, the community and sun-seeking visitors with dishes inspired by the sea, exciting cocktails and a Napa-inspired wine list, all delivered with Auberge’s genuine warmth and hospitality. Dinner will be served daily from 5PM to 10PM with lunch service beginning January 2019; brunch will be served every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s award-winning, signature steakhouse Council Oak Steaks & Seafood delivers a sophisticated fine-dining experience with 100% U.S.D.A. Prime dry-aged stockyard beef and Japanese Wagyu beef, fresh seafood, and an award-winning wine list served in an inviting, upscale atmosphere. Council Oak has been nationally recognized by Zagat and has earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence consecutively since 2009. Council Oak is located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida. Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM to 10 PM and Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 11 PM. with live entertainment in the bar nightly. Brunch is served on Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM Telephone: 800-937-0010;
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
Lona: Lona Cocina y Tequileria is celebrated Mexican chef Pablo Salas’ chic new Mexican eatery. Since opening its doors to the public in January 2018, Lona has quickly become one of the hottest new spots in Fort Lauderdale. Located on a stunning strip of beachfront real estate, Lona offers Salas’ eclectic, soulful Mexican cuisine in a chic, yet funky environment, complete with a gorgeous indoor/outdoor bar, casually elegant interior dining room, a special tequila tasting room and multiple private dining spaces. A tattoo devotee, Salas’ body is a living canvas and the restaurant, a clean slate, the canvas for his culinary creations. The menu is diverse, affordably priced and a definitive step above what passes for “Mexican food” in South Florida. Highlights include Pumpkin Tamale with pasilla sauce, crispy kale and cotija cheese; Braised Beef Cheek with pipian sauce and pureed cauliflower; and a not-to-be-missed Cabbage Al Fuego- grilled cabbage, with cream, cotija cheese, truffle oil, pipian sauce and cauliflower puree. Seating both indoor and outdoor, the bar offers a selection of craft cocktails, freshly-made margaritas (no premade mixes here), and Micheladas, all perfect for the beachfront vibe. Lona is located at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Lunch is served daily from 11:30 AM – 3:30PM. Dinner is served Sunday – Wednesday from 6PM – 11PM, outdoor bar open until 1AM; Thursday – Saturday 6PM – midnight, outdoor bar open until 2AM. Breakfast is served in Tinta daily. Sunday Brunch is offered from 11 AM to 3PM. Telephone (954) 245-3069;
Information provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations