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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

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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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

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Coconut Grove
  • price 2 of 4

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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Aventura
  • price 4 of 4

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.

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  • 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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Latin American
  • Miami Beach
  • price 4 of 4

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

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

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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  • 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 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

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

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

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

  • 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 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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
  • price 2 of 4

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. 

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  • 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

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