It's not hard to eat well in Miami, as it's an exciting time for its culinary scene, but the question is where? From a farm-to-table hot spot in Mid Beach to authentic Latin American cuisine in the luxurious South of Fifth neighborhood, eat your way around Miami Beach at these five hotel restaurants.
Located in the luxurious Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, in South Beach, the Nautilus Cabana Club is the property’s pool oasis which features a heated saltwater pool, an outdoor bar with a daily menu, eight lavish cabanas (each including a dining table, minibar, and entertainment system), and a playful backyard setting with seating and nests for lounging. Popular with both locals and visitors, the best time to visit is during the venue’s Rosé Sundays, which includes a poolside buffet brunch for $39 per person and bottomless rosé for an additional $16 (plus tax and gratuity). The buffet includes a wide selection of appetizers, assorted cheeses and meats, salads, homemade Mediterranean dips with artisan bread, pastries, and desserts. Guests can also enjoy fresh cuts of churrasco and fish alongside an omelette station.
The Sugar Factory brand has garnered quite the list of celebrity guests over the years, which led to the opening of its Miami location in the summer of 2015. Fans include Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Sting, Rihanna, and Pitbull, who recently celebrated his birthday at Sugar Factory Ocean Drive. Located inside the Hotel Victor, the 5,000-square-foot brasserie and retail store houses a hip dining room, a chic cafe, and patio overlooking the bustling South Beach. Known for its sweet cocktails—the most Instagram-worthy are the signature smoking candy goblets—the menu consists of decadent and tasty American fare. If you are staying at the hotel, you can order room service from the restaurant. Also, there’s a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. available on the sidewalk patio, which includes two-for-one 60-ounce goblets and select half-priced dishes.
The South of Fifth neighborhood in South Beach is one of the most luxurious areas in Miami and is home to famous restaurants such as Smith & Wollensky, Joe’s Stone Crab, and Prime 112, among others. Several new restaurants have opened here in recent years, including Cibo Wine Bar (dubbed one of the best Italian restaurants in Miami and home to a two-story award-winning wine room), and most recently, Lolo’s Surf Cantina at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. Bringing Baja-inspired Mexican eats to the SoFi neighborhood, Lolo’s was created by chef/partner Richard Ampudia and Plan Do See, a global hospitality brand based in Japan. An accessibly priced menu focuses on traditional Mexican cuisine and offers a variety of customizable options for vegetarians and those with gluten sensitivities. The beachside cantina has excellent seafood, notably its Raw Bar with delicacies such as Aguachile Rojo (Sinaloa-style ceviche, cucumber, fennel, and sesame) and Tostada de Pulpo (Spanish octopus, “hoja santa,” guacamole, and chile de arbol). Tacos are served with warm, house-made tortillas and accompanied by fresh salsas and sauces. Served three per order, choose from ribeye, mahi-mahi, carnitas, or mushroom. You can find a large happy hour crowd inside the restaurant, with a good mix of locals and hotel guests. Families with kids can enjoy the outdoor deck and nearby park.
Offering both traditional and new age Greek flavors, Santorini by Georgios at the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach should be on your list to check out. Also conveniently located in the SoFi district and opened within the past year, Santorini lives up to its name by providing the taste buds with fresh cuisine that can take you to the Mediterranean. Find dishes of shrimp, local lobster caught daily, lamb chops, and prime steaks, among Greek and Med classics such as moussaka, gyro, falafel, and souvlaki. Thanks to Santorini’s partnership with the Hilton Bentley, guests can choose to enjoy their meal inside the restaurant, outside, poolside, or at the beach in a cabana.
South Beach isn’t the only part of Miami Beach to explore the food scene. Further north in Mid Beach is the trendy Freehand Miami, which highlights the local culture. Housed in a classic 1930s Art Deco building, the hotel is noted for its bespoke design, inventive cocktails, tasty food, and a lush backyard oasis that makes the the spot a local favorite. The 27 Restaurant has a communal atmosphere and utilizes local ingredients. Find fresh fish, shellfish, choice meats, and local produce – much of which is grown on the property’s onsite garden. Then near the backyard area, you’ll find the hotel’s award-winning bar, the Broken Shaker. Elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from herbs and spices, along with fresh-pressed juices and exotic ingredients from around the world make the tasty handcrafted cocktails Insta-worthy. And while not located on the beach, there is a pool if you want to bask in the sun while you eat or relax in the water with your drink.
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