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 these Miami restaurants open on Christmas Day and Eve. From an upscale Feast of the Seven Fishes to a dinner packed with Latin classics, there’s a meal for every type of celebration.
Christmas Eve Dinners
Italy’s long-standing tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve makes its way stateside to Izzy’s, which is putting a New England spin on the seven-course meal. Their version of the Feast of the Seven Fishes will include fresh oysters served with champagne mignonette, a light linguini tossed with clams and lemon, decadent Maryland crab-stuffed Maine lobster and several other dishes. Dessert is a slice of tangy lemon meringue pie. Spring for a wine pairing with your meal (an additional $25). After all, it is the holidays. 305-397-8843. 6pm–11pm.
Price: $65; $100 per couple; $25 for additional wine pairing.
No Caja China? No problem. Dine at John Martin’s in Coral Gables where heaping portions of roast turkey and mashed potatoes and grilled salmon in a savory herb butter sauce will keep Noche Buena FOMO (fear of missing out…on pork) at bay. The restaurant will serve a three-course meal with choice of appetizer, entrée (above-mentioned dishes and a pork loin option) and dessert, including a house-made Baileys Irish Cream ice cream. 305-445-3777. 5–9:30pm.
Price: $32.95, $15.50 children under 13
W South Beach’s popular American restaurant is going full-on Latin this Christmas. Instead of ham, diners will enjoy a succulent pig roast made by chef Tafur in a Caja China. The $50 feast also includes a smattering of side dishes. Like any great Noche Buena celebration, dinner will evolve into a laid-back celebration in the restaurant’s garden area, where there’ll be DJ-spun music, coquito cocktails ($8) and plenty of games to keep the whole family entertained. 305-938-3111. 5–9pm.
Miamians are up on most Latin-American Christmas traditions, but for an Italian festive primer, opt for Toscana Divino’s Christmas tasting menu. Feast on dishes such as whole-wheat tortelli filled with venison, herb-crusted filet mignon paired with potatoes in a wild mushroom sauce and duck prosciutto salad. For dessert, they’re keeping it simple with a spiced semifreddo—which means you’ll have more room for extra wine. 305-371-2767. Noon–midnight.
If getting together for Sunday supper is your idea of family togetherness, Macchialina’s Christmas dinner is where you’ll want to celebrate the holidays. In addition to their regular dinner menu, the restaurant will serve a multi-course, family-style meal that features dishes such as succulent veal osso bucco and a delicate whole roasted fish with white-wine sauce and cherry tomatoes. Make it extra special with a wine pairing, available for an additional $28. 305-534-2124. 6–11pm.
Price: $55; $28 for additional wine pairing.
Perhaps the only day of the year you’ll head to a steakhouse for seafood is Christmas Eve, when Red rolls out its Feast of the Seven Fishes with a bountiful haul of prawns, mussels, lobster and other ocean delights. Instead of the traditional seven-course offering, however, chef Peter Vauthy is offering his personal favorite dishes à la carte. For diners craving something more traditional, Red is serving holiday classics like turkey and apple sausage stuffing. 305-534-3688. 5pm–midnight.
Price: á la carte
Christmas Day Dinners
Holiday traditions are important. So, if Chinese takeout on Christmas day is your thing, stick with it but opt to make it extra special this year. Beaker and Gray is putting a gourmet spin on go-to dishes like General Tso’s chicken, which they’re flavoring with pineapple and a rich sweet-and-sour sauce, and lo mein stir-fried with pork ribs. They'll also play up Jewish classics—think savory potato latkes served with charred scallion and horseradish cream. Items will be served a la carte, making the Chrismukkah-style dinner all the more fun. 305-699-2637. 6pm–midnight.
Price: á la carte
If December is shaping up to be a busy month of celebrating and partying, you may want to take it easy on Christmas day. Take the family north to Il Mulino, where you’ll be greeted with copious amounts of food, drinks and holiday cheer—none of which you’ll have to prep, plan or cook yourself. You’ll find the restaurant’s regular brunch spread (think omelet and pasta stations) as well as more festive offerings, like honey baked ham and a holiday dessert spread. Brunch cocktails, carols and a visit from Santa complete the Christmas trifecta. 305-466-9191. Noon–4pm.
Whether you’re a parent who’s been woken up at the crack of dawn to open presents, or a happily child-free single who’s slept in, no doubt you’ll be starving by early afternoon. Relish all the things you love about Sunday brunch with La Mar’s Peruvian-slanted Christmas Day spread: hot and cold stations with items like cebiche and grilled meat skewers; Chaufa Aeropuerto (pan-fried rice served tableside); and a decadent dessert tower for the table. You’ll hardly miss the gingerbread house. 305-913-8358. Noon–3:30pm.
Price: $85 (includes unlimited champagne and brunch cocktails); $120 (includes premium entrees and unlimited Charles Heidsieck champagne and brunch cocktails); $35 for children 6–12; free for children under 6.
The Continental is introducing Miamians to a fun Japanese tradition: fried chicken on Christmas day. But instead of KFC, champagne and chocolate cake, which is typically how it's done in Asia, they’ll be serving crispy Korean fried chicken, green salad and a slice of their famous Millionaire’s chocolate cake. 305-604-2000. 5–11pm.
Price: á la carte