Welcome to our ultimate guide to Miami Art Week! Our three-part series takes a dive into the best restaurants, must-visit galleries, and the exclusive celebrations taking place in the Magic City throughout the exciting week.
To kick off the series, we share the best places to dine in between gallery openings or for those looking to celebrate their newest art addition!
For those looking to experience Miami’s finest dishes after a day of art, The Michelin Guide’s inaugural Florida edition awarded several restaurants. Enjoy exciting menus from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Ariete, Boia De, Cote, The Den at Sushi Azabu, El Cielo Miami, Hiden, Los Felix, Stubborn Seed and The Surf Club Restaurant.
Miami Beach Bites
Miami Beach boasts several new restaurants, such as Major Food Group’s Carbone. Mandolin Aegean Bistro owners Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis work their magic at their chic Mediterranean restaurant, Drexel. Nearby, sip sangria with tapas at Tropezón or stop by the wildly popular Sushi|Bar at the Esmé hotel. Famous for its Zen rooftop, Lincoln Road-adjacent Mila adds an omakase counter, lounge and private club. Faena also debuted El Secreto Omakase with two nightly seatings.
Design District Dish
Miami’s Design District has made headlines recently with Major Food Group’s splashy soirée for its second Contessa Trattoria opening. Toronto’s Ink Entertainment imports newly opened Sofia, serving Italian comfort food and glam décor with photographs of Hollywood royalty. Michael’s Genuine, an original Design District establishment, offers a menu full of contemporary dishes with vibrant flavors after unveiling its recent expansion and renovation.
American Express Dining Series
Lucky American Express Global Dining Access members can reserve a celebrity chef dinner amid artist Phillip K. Smith III’s site-specific space titled Garden of Reflections in the Miami Design District: Massimo Bottura on November 29th, Missy Robbins on December 1st, and Mashama Bailey on December 2nd. Nonmembers are welcome at Zahav chef Michael Solomonov’s cocktail party on November 30th.
Lee Alexander McQueen’s genius and altruism further lives on through his Sarabande Foundation. Support its mission of fostering creative pursuits through scholarships, studio spaces and guest speakers by attending a fantastical fundraising dinner at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach on November 28th. It hopes to expand its successful London initiatives in the U.S.
Set in a futuristic dining room designed by immersive installation artist Mattia Casalegno, Superblue and Meta Open Arts serve “Aerobanquets RMX” from November 28 to December 4. Guests use VR headsets while eating Michelin-starred chef Chintan Pandya’s amuse-bouche menu featuring vegan options and listening to a story narrated by Top Chef Gail Simmons.