Wed. Dec 7th, 2022

For anyone who loves food, the months of August and September in Miami are always something to look forward to. Miami Spice is a two-month-long restaurant promotion, organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB) 21 years ago, initially with the goal of attracting tourists to Miami during its low season. While that’s certainly no longer a problem, the Miami Spice tradition is one locals and visitors look forward to each year.

This year, lunch/ brunch menus will be priced at $28, while dinner will go for either $45 or $60, a slight increase from last year. These prices include an appetizer, entrée and dessert. (Tax, tip, and libations are additional.) According to GMCVB, the two different price points for dinner this year were introduced to maintain the program’s commitment to value and allow a greater variety of restaurants to participate, with a continued emphasis on flexibility and options. The difference between the two tiers reflects cost of the entrees and ingredients used. Restaurants may choose to offer one or two dinner menu option(s) so long as the menus reflect value and savings when compared to their current menu prices. At press time, close to 150 restaurants are in participation, with daily additions expected leading up to the Spice months.

Some of the new additions this year include Leku at the Rubell Museum (they are hosting an early preview, so diners can enjoy their Miami Spice offerings as early as now); Chug’s Diner by James Beard-nominated chef Michael Beltran, which was recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand; Hoja Taqueria by the team behind Broken Shaker; Casa Isola, the Italian outpost by James Beard-nominated chef José Mendín; and Michelin-starred New York import Cote Miami.

The kitchen at Kaori in Brickell is now helmed by Cuban-Chinese-Colombian executive chef Raymond Li (formerly corporate chef at El Cielo Hospitality Group, who started his family-focused Li’s Dimsum concept during the pandemic) where he serves artful, umami-laden pan-Asian plates. A special they are offering this year is the Crispy Prawns, Li’s homage to the late Joël Robuchon, which he learned to make during his time at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris.

For vegans and anyone interested in plant-based cuisine, Full Bloom Vegan Cuisine in Miami Beach, voted Best US Vegan Restaurant by TripAdvisor in 2021, is participating for the first time this year. Owner Omar Barberini shares that they will be serving some of their popular dishes that best showcases their globally inspired cuisine helmed by Venezuelan-born executive chef Chris Rojas, who worked previously at Norman Van Aken’s Norman’s 180 and Zuma, and who has been vegan for six years.

Chef Adrianne Calvo, who recently celebrated 15 years of her signature brand of cuisine, Maximum Flavor, has been participating in Miami Spice for 10 years. “We love Miami Spice and how it makes Miami extra foodie-centric during August and September,” she enthuses. “Everyone is obsessed about where they’re going and what they’re trying. The energy is contagious!” Her namesake Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar will be offering a Miami Spice dinner menu this year, in addition to lunch. Guests can look forward to bestsellers like brown sugar crusted salmon, 24-hour braised short ribs, sweet corn tamalito, and new items like the wahoo sashimi. Her Cracked restaurant is also joining for the first time this year. “We wanted to offer a new option for our loyal fans and give an opportunity to those who haven’t tried Cracked yet to experience it. Putting everything on a concise, curated menu where guests can pick from three courses, gives them three great opportunities to fall in love with Cracked!”

Here are the restaurants participating in Miami Spice 2022, by neighborhood:

Airport Area

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

Allapattah

Leku at Rubell Museum

Aventura

Bourbon Steak Miami

Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant

Novecento Aventura

Perl By Chef IP

Pubbelly Sushi Aventura

Reunion Ktchn Bar

Bal Harbour

Artisan Beach House

Atlantikós – The St. Regis Bal Harbour

Le Zoo Restaurant

Coconut Grove

Chug’s Cuban Diner

Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden

Jaguar Restaurant

Nave

Peacock Garden Bistro

Planta Queen

The Key Club

Coral Gables

Bugatti Bistro

Eclectico Restaurant & Bar

Fiola Miami

Fontana

Gustave restaurant

Kao Sushi & Grill

MesaMar Seafood Table

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Sawa Restaurant & Lounge

Seasons 52

The Wagyu Bar

Tur Kitchen

Two Sisters Restaurant

Wellfed Latino Modern Eatery

Zucca Restaurant

Doral

BLT Prime

Blue Matisse Restaurant and Nau Lounge

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

Downtown Miami Area/Brickell Area

American Social

Barsecco

Boulud Sud

Brasserie Brickell Key

Caña Restaurant and Lounge

Crust

Da Tang Zhen Wei

Fi’lia Restaurant

Hutong

Kaori

Komodo

La Cañita

La Terraza Café & Bar

LPM Restaurant & Bar

Marabu

Mignonette

Novecento Brickell

Paperfish Sushi

Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe

Pubbelly Sushi Brickell City Centre

Quinto La Huella

Seaspice

Sushiato

Toro Toro

Toscana Divino

Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab

Via Emilia Garden

Kendall

Café Catula Fine Restaurant and Art Gallery

Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar

Pubbelly Sushi Dadeland

Whitney’s Restaurant

Key Biscayne

Cantina Beach

Lightkeepers

Little Havana

Cafe La Trova

Miami Beach: Mid Beach

Ambersweet at The Confidante Miami Beach

Donna Mare Trattoria

Hoja Taqueria

The Restaurant at The Palms

Miami Beach: North Beach

Cafe Prima Pasta

Miami Beach: South Beach

7 Spices Restaurant & Lounge

A Fish Called Avalon

Azabu Miami Beach

Baia Beach Club Miami

Bar Collins

Byblos Miami

Cafe Americano Ocean Drive

Casa Isola Osteria

Chotto Matte

Como Como Marisquería

Dolce Italian Restaurant

Drunken Dragon

Fratelli La Bufala

Full Bloom – Gourmet Vegan Cuisine

Havana 1957 Ocean Drive

Jaya, at The Setai

Juvia Miami

Katsuya South Beach

La Cerveceria De Barrio

Lido Restaurant and Bayside Grill

Mareva 1939 at the National Hotel

Meet Dalia

Mercato Della Pescheria Miami Beach

Mila Restaurant

Ola Restaurant

Orange Blossom

Orilla Bar & Grill

Planta South Beach

Prime Fish

Prime Italian

Pubbelly Sushi Miami Beach

RWSB Miami

Serena Miami

Social Club

Strawberry Moon

Sushi Garage

Sérêvène Miami

Tanuki Miami

The Bazaar by José Andrés

Via Emilia 9

Yard House

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Miami Design District

Chica

Cote Miami

Palat

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

Swan & Bar Bevy

Miami Lakes

Korner67

ML Steaks + Sports

Pinecrest

French Bistro

True Food Kitchen

South Miami Area

Cracked by Chef Adrianne

Old Lisbon Sunset Drive

Two Chefs Restaurant

Sunny Isles Beach

Azzurro Italian Restaurant & Bar

IL Mulino NY – Sunny Isles Beach

Kitchen 305

Upper East Side

Blue Collar

Osteria

Wynwood Area

Back Door Monkey

Bakan

Bottled Blonde Miami

Kyu

Mayami Mexicantina & Bar

Negroni Midtown

Pez Loco – Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Wayku

For more information and for the updates on new restaurant additions, visit the Miami Spice website

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