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Guide to dining out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Miami

Skip the kitchen this holiday: these Miami restaurants are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and are ready to serve

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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This holiday season, we wish you health, happiness and a much-needed break from the kitchen. You’ll find that last part is easier than expected thanks to the many Miami restaurants swinging open their doors this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On the list, Miami Cuban restaurants serving classic Noche Buena feasts, local favorites bringing back popular brunches and other holiday specials worth checking out. The best part about going out for a Christmas meal? You’re out the door and one step closer to Miami’s many holiday light displays. 'Tis the season.

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Miami Restaurants serving Christmas Day and Eve meals

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Bal Harbour
  • price 3 of 4

The buzzy French restaurant in the Bal Harbour Shops is keeping it very Euro for its Christmas Day feast. Dine on prime rib with pommes purée and wild mushrooms ($52), king crab risotto ($42) and Buche de Noel ($14) while picturing yourself languishing at some fabulous Parisian café. Dec 25; á la carte.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Coconut Grove
  • price 3 of 4

If your Christmas celebrations generally revolve around food, Isabelle's decadent five-course meal is the one for you. Served in the garden to soothing live music, dinner begins with cold starters like oysters and vegan tartare then moves on to festive dishes like a spiced cherry rubbed beef tenderloin and an applewood smoked bacon wrapped duck roulade with chestnut apple stuffing. For dessert, a chocolate peppermint bûche de Noël, among other choices. Dec 24 5–10pm; $165, children $65.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Bal Harbour
  • price 4 of 4

Stephen Starr's Japanese restaurant is giving folks an upscale pescatarian answer to their favorite Christmas day takeout. For $100, you'll get a sizzling Peking salmon flavored with red miso hoison and served with fermented chili and pancakes. Dec 25; $100.

 

 

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Key Biscayne
  • price 3 of 4

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne’s waterfront restaurant is known for its extravagant brunch, and Christmas Day will be no different. Bring the family for a festive spread of meats and cheeses, salads, seafood, sushi and more. There'll also be carving and omelet stations and a kids' corner for the little ones. Dec 25 12:30–4pm; $145, children $49.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

Dining with the whole brood? Book a table at Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin steakhouse in Downtown. Priced and portioned per person, the family-style menu features shareable options like acorn squash fritters, double bone-in pork chop and a massive Australian wagyu tomahawk. Dessert can be black forest cake or piña colada rum cake served with ice cream. Dec 24 6–10pm; Dec 25 noon–8pm. $79.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Buena Vista
  • price 2 of 4

For two years and counting, the award-winning spot has partnered with local favorite El Bagel for a special Christman Day brunch. It's offered in very limited quantities and features the best of both menus, plus a few holiday surprises (hint: a bagel sandwich graces this year's list). Reservations are a must. Dec 25 11am–3pm; á la carte.

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  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

Christmas Eve is just a regular night at KYU, which is a good thing if you ask us. The Asian restaurant's full menu will be available á la carte, including its popular roasted cauliflower, bao buns, grilled meats and more. Dec 24 noon–11:15pm; á la carte.

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  • Nightlife
  • South of Fifth

The beach club offers a themed Christmas Day lunch this holiday season. Wear your most comfortable summer whites for a spread that includes your choice of oven-roasted turkey breast or black Angus prime rib paired with holiday sides like rosemary sweet potato mash and Jack's old-fashioned stuffing. Take advantage of merry mojito and Christmas cranberry margarita drinks specials. Dec 25; $35

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Mid-Beach
  • price 4 of 4

Celebrate with heaping bowls of comforting, Italian classics at Scarpetta by Scott Conant. The award-winning restaurant inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach serves up a special four-course menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, featuring your choice of beef carpaccio, short rib lasagna, braised lamb shank and more. Dec 24, 25 6pm–midnight; $95.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Coral Gables
  • price 3 of 4

The upscale Coral Gables restaurant puts out a five-course Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian Christmas Eve meal composed of fresh-off-the-boat seafood. Think wood oven-roasted octopus, king crab ravioli and grilled marinated swordfish. And for dessert, your choice of almond torte or a festive snowball semifreddo. Dec 24; $165

  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Design District

The upscale Korean steakhouse invites diners in for a pre-Christmas feast, featuring seven cuts of Cote's top USDA Prime and American Wagyu beef as well as lamb. An assortment of Korean sides accompanies the dishes, including pickled vegetables and salads and janchi somyun. Soft-serve ice cream with soy sauce caramel rounds out the meal. Dec 24; $142.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • West Coconut Grove
  • price 2 of 4

Experience the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas Eve tradition comprising course after course of delicious seafood. Chef Michael Beltran curates the menu that's sure to include his signature Cuban-American spin. Dec 24 6–11pm; á la carte.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Miami Beach

Fontainbleau Miami Beach’s glittering steakhouse does things family-style this holiday. Available on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, the prix-fixe meal includes a chilled seafood tower with plenty of stone crab claws, wood-grilled Chateaubriand, scallops, plenty of starchy sides and dessert to share. Dec 24, 25 6pm–midnight; $125.

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Brickell Key
  • price 4 of 4

Savor a Peruvian spread on Christmas Eve. The Brickell Key restaurant pulls out all the stops with a lavish buffet stacked with La Mar classics—from seafood rice and a pan con chicharron station to an array of anticuchos. Expect side dishes and cocktails galore. Dec 24; $165, children $95.

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • South Beach
  • price 3 of 4

After you've opened presents and made a mess of your house, head over to the 1 Hotel for a breezy Christmas buffet. The restaurant serves up classic brunch specials as well as hand-carved meats and seasonal dishes. Dec 25 1–9pm; $95, children $45.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • South Beach
  • price 4 of 4

Jaya gives you all the Sunday feels on a Saturday with a special edition of its weekend brunch on Christmas Day. The same wide array of Asian eats will be available, from dumplings to Indian curries to Japanese satay. Plus, bottomless Louis Roederer Champagne and live jazz to keep you grooving while you eat. Dec 25, 11:30am–4pm. $155, children $95.

  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Aventura
  • price 2 of 4

Savor a Greek-style holiday spread at Michael Mina’s Aventura Mall restaurant. Expect a filling, five-course dinner with traditional dishes, such as lamb and filet mignon kebab, and plenty of Greek desserts to send you rolling you home. Plus, a box of cookies to-go because you can never have too many sweets at Christmastime. Dec 24;$89.

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