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Where to dine on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Miami

The perfect holiday gift: letting the pros at one of these Miami restaurants open on Christmas Day and Eve handle dinner

By Virginia Gil

You’ve decked the halls, attended Christmas events in Miami, went in search of Christmas lights in Miami and even snuck in a visit to a Miami spa (the holidays are stressful!). Next on the agenda: planning the holiday feast. By which we mean making reservations at one of the Miami restaurants open on Christmas Day and Eve. From an upscale brunch and a gourmet omakase experience to a traditional Indian spread, there’s a meal for every type of celebration this year.

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Miami Restaurants serving Christmas Day and Eve meals

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1. Ariete

Restaurants Contemporary American West Coconut Grove

Forget takeout. The Coconut Grove restaurant invites guests in for a Chinese feast. Enjoy a fixed, family-style menu with dishes like charred cucumber salad, grilled Brussels sprouts, honey chicken, spare ribs and scallion pancakes. For dessert, you’ll get an on-theme miso gingerbread cake. Dec 25, 5–10pm. $75, children $35.

Traymore by Michael Schwartz
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2. Traymore by Michael Schwartz

Restaurants Contemporary Asian South Beach

Enjoy a globally inspired brunch beachside at the Traymore, serving a three-course meal featuring Andalusian gazpacho, spicy Moroccan meatballs and blue crab spaghetti. For dessert, have your pick of hot chocolate or rice pudding. Seating is available indoors or on the patio facing the Miami Beach boardwalk. Dec 25; $65

Bourbon Steak
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3. Michael Mina: Bourbon Steak

Restaurants Steakhouse Aventura

Make it a fancy Christmas with a three-course meal at Michael Mina’s award-winning steak house. Diners get their choice of meat, such as a rack of lamb, a 14-ounce NY strip or a massive 16-ounce Delmonico rib eye, plus veggie sides and dessert. If the idea of a carnivore Christmas isn’t appealing, butter-poached Maine lobster, caviar and other goodies from the sea are available at an extra charge. Dec 25, 6–10pm. $110.

Azabu Miami Beach
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4. Azabu Miami Beach

Restaurants Japanese South of Fifth

Santa’s bringing you fresh AF sushi for the holidays. Spend Christmas Day at the Den, Azabu Miami Beach’s sexy omakase parlor, prepared by chef Xiao Lin from the restaurant's New York City outpost. Dec 25; $230

Le Jardinier
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5. Le Jardinier

Restaurants French Design District

The Design District restaurant serves a prix-fixe holiday meal that will surely make your Christmas Eve dinner feel extra special. The five-course menu includes a sunchoke and foie gras terrine, pillowy ricotta agnolotti and Maine lobster with a lemongrass emulsion. The chocolate buche for dessert is one of our favorite sweet treats any day of the year. Dec 24, 5:30–9:30pm. $95.

Casa D'Angelo Aventura
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6. Casa D'Angelo Aventura

Restaurants Italian Aventura

Partake in the Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition, featuring a multitude of seafood dishes to commemorate the holiday. Casa D’Angelo serves the meal a la carte rather than in courses so you’ll have your pick of octopus, jump shrimp, scallops, lobster and more—all sold at market price. Dec 24, 25; a la carte

Matador Room
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7. Matador Room

Restaurants Latin American Miami Beach

Expect truffles and seafood galore at Matador Room’s Christmas Eve celebration. The four-course meal includes choices like scallop and truffle tartare, charred octopus and Colorado lamb chops. Dec 24; $135, children $60

Jaya at the Setai
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8. Jaya at the Setai

Restaurants Contemporary Asian South Beach

Jaya gives you all the Sunday feels on a Friday with a special-edition of its weekend brunch on Christmas Day. The same widespread 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–3pm. $125, children $63.

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9. Fiola

Restaurants Italian Coral Gables

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 seared wahoo, scallops, Alaskan king crab and porcini-crusted halibut. And for dessert, your choice of panettone (another Italian staple) or Fiola’s adorable gingerbread man. Dec 24; $155

Naan Indian Eats
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10. Naan Indian Eats

Skip your usual Chinese food this Christmas Day and feast on Indian eats instead. Naan, the fast-casual pop-up inside Taquiza South Beach, is open regular hours on Christmas Day (noon–10pm) and serves its full menu of curries, assorted fresh-baked naan and Indian-spiced wings, among other affordable dishes. Dec 25; a la carte

Toro Toro, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
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11. Toro Toro

Restaurants Steakhouse Downtown

If it’s just you and a date this holiday, book a table at Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin steakhouse in Downtown. Priced and portioned per couple, the three-course menu features shareable options like a butternut squash flatbread and a tomahawk steak with assorted side dishes. Dessert can be a guava panatela for one or, for an extra $20, the Instagrammable La Bomba treat—a literal smash it. Dec 24, 25 5–10pm. $175 per couple

Ornos Estiatorio
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12. Ornos Estiatorio

Restaurants Greek Aventura

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 grilled octopus, 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 25, 5–10pm. $75.

Phuc Yea
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13. Phuc Yea

Restaurants Vietnamese Little Haiti / Lemon City

Christmas falls on a Friday this year, which means your only plans could very well be to hit up happy hour. If that sounds like you, calendar in a stop at Phuc Yea, where Friday rituals go on as usual: $1 oysters from 5pm to 7pm and festive holiday cocktails for 12 bucks. 

Sala’o Cuban Bar and Pescadería
Photograph: Courtsey Sala’o Cuban Bar and Pescadería

14. Sala’o Cuban Bar and Pescadería

Restaurants Cuban East Little Havana

While Christmas Eve is the big day in most Latin households, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate two days in a row. On Christmas Day, head to the Little Havana restaurant for live music, handcrafted cocktails and Sala’o’s full menu of Latin and Cuban dishes. The best part? Everything is a la carte. Dec 25 noon–11pm.

Nikki Beach
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15. Nikki Beach

Nightlife South of Fifth

Nikki Beach brunch is a good idea even when it’s not a weekend. The beach club offers its signature brunch on Christmas Day and it’s making it extra special with honey-glazed ham, prime beef, seafood paella and other holiday-themed dishes. Take advantage of vanilla cranberry mimosas for just $7 each. Dec 25; $39.95

Pastificio Propaganda
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16. Pastificio Propaganda

Travel to Sicily by way of Pastificio Propaganda, the Wynwood restaurant with deep Italian roots. This Christmas Eve, they’ll be serving a special five-course menu complete with dessert and a complimentary glass of prosecco. Dec 24; $120

Le Zoo
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17. Le Zoo

Restaurants French Bal Harbour

The buzzy French restaurant in the Bal Harbour Shops is keeping it very Euro for its Christmas Day feast. Dine on a prime rib meal with Yorkshire pudding, a luscious Bordeaux red wine thyme sauce, potato purée and roasted parsnip to celebrate the holidays. Dec 25, $55

Fuego y Mar at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
Photograph: The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

18. Fuego y Mar - The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

Restaurants Colombian South Beach

The poolside restaurant adds some holiday-themed dishes to its standard brunch, including prime rib, roasted turkey and guava glazed ham. Tired of all the holiday fare? Fret not—there’s a raw bar and a massive cheese and charcuterie spread to keep you satiated. Dec 25; $125

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