Guide to Restaurant Christmas 2015 Dinners in Miami

Spending the holidays in Miami is different. There are palm trees covered in lights and snowmen made of sand. But feeding your ten family members, including those distant relatives you love to hate, is just the same about anywhere.

Though most establishments are closed for the holiday, more than 25 local eateries offer special menus Christmas Eve and Christmas Day — from cochinillo and traditional roasted ham to oysters, lobster, and crab. So make a reservation before it’s too late.


15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar
Savor a festive three-course holiday dinner menu Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dishes include a rainbow beet salad topped with tarragon vinaigrette, blue cheese, and raisin purée; roasted pork loin served Cuban-style, with side plates including mojo-glazed root vegetables and cornbread; and desserts ranging from macadamia nut cheesecake to sweet caramel plantains topped with rich dulce de leche ice cream. All dishes are served family-style. Priced at $65 per adult and $35 per child, dinner is offered from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 305-503-0373.


BLT Prime
Christmas Day, Doral steak house BLT Prime will offer a special blackboard menu with a range of seasonal options available à la carte or as a three-course prix fixe. Including one appetizer, main course, side, and dessert, it’s created by chef de cuisine Dustin Ward and priced at $65 per person. For more information and reservations, call 305-591-6066.


Bulla Gastrobar
Bulla will offer its regular menu Christmas Eve. There will also be an à la carte to-go menu including dishes such as a dozen croquetas de jamón, paella de mariscos, and cochinillo ibérico asado served with patatas panaderas and salad. For more information and reservations, call 305-441-0107. 


Bourbon Steak
In addition to ordering from Bourbon Steak’s à la carte menu, you enjoy holiday dishes such as Maine sea scallops, American Kobe filet, and a triple chocolate pecan tart. For reservations, call 786-279-6600.


Cantina La Veinte 
Feel at home this Christmas with chef Santiago Gomez’s oven roasted turkey, table-side cut, at Cantina La Veinte in Brickell. Available for lunch and dinner December 24 and December 25. For reservations, call 786-623-6135.


Corsair by Scott Conant
Indulge in a four-course prix fixe priced at $75 per person. Dishes include hamachi crudo, grilled octopus, seared halibut, and malted chocolate cake. A children’s menu is available upon request for $25. For reservations, call 786-279-6800. 


DB Bistro Moderne
Executive chef Jason Pringle will present a four-course prix fixe Christmas Eve. It features seasonal plates such as Nantucket Bay scallops, roasted elk loin, and suckling pig. Pastry chef Saeko Nemoto will offer variations of a classic bûche de noël for dessert. Charcuterie, cheeses, and raw bar selections are available as add-ons. Sommelier Alan Feldman will offer five bottles of champagne from various producers at $99 each to pair with the meal. Dinner service runs from 6 to 10 p.m. It’s priced at $80 for adults and $35 for children. For reservations, call 305-421-8800. 


Driftwood Room at Nautilus
Driftwood Room in South Beach invites guests to enjoy Christmas with special prix-fixe menus prepared by chef Alex Guarnaschelli and chef de cuisine Lucas Marino. Driftwood Room will host Christmas Eve dinner on Thursday, December 24 starting at 5 p.m. and Christmas lunch and dinner on Friday, December 25 starting at noon. Dinner costs $59 per person. For more information and reservations, call 305-503-5700.


The Dutch
For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, guests are invited to a festive dinner priced at $45. The menu includes roasted Muscovy duck, served with a side of pastilla, butternut squash, quinoa, turnips, and spiced jus. Desserts include salted caramel custard with gingerbread cookie and caramelized citrus, and molten chocolate cake with almond nougatine and candy cane ice cream, each priced at $12. The menu is available Christmas Eve from 1 to 9 p.m. and Christmas Day from 6 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call 305-938-3111.


The Federal
Get Christmas to-go from The Federal. Guests choose from either a leg of lamb or rib eye for $275; or order both for $350. Biscuits, truffle whipped potatoes, roasted mushrooms, glazed carrots, and dessert are all included too too. Everything is served warm and oven ready. For more information, visit


Izzy’s Fish & Oyster
Christmas Eve, enjoy Izzy’s’ “Feast of Seven Fishes” menu. Each table will share a selection of warm Parker House rolls and seven fish-centric dishes, including Alaskan king crab, oysters, clams, and lobster. For dessert, expect lemon meringue pie. Dinner is priced at $85 per person or $150 per couple. For reservations, call 305-397-8843.


Jaya at the Setai
Christmas Eve, the newly opened Jaya at the Setai will ring in the holiday with a four-course menu and an optional vegetarian carta. Guests can enjoy executive chef Mathias Gervais’ Southeast Asian cuisine with dishes including tuna tataki, Wagyu short-rib gyoza, Maine lobster, and red velvet cake. The vegetarian menu includes green papaya salad, tofu claypot, and almond bread pudding. The cost is $110 per adult and $55 for children. Dinner will be served from 7 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call 855-923-7899.


La Feria
La Feria’s special Christmas Day menu includes an Iberian ham plate, traditional seafood and fish soup, roasted octopus with seasoned potatoes and crisp pimentos, wood-fire-roasted cochinillo, and assorted Christmas sweets. It’s priced at $55 per person or $200 for a table of four. For more information, call 786-443-7129. 


Take advantage of Jose Mendin’s “Christmas Table” special, which includes cochinillo served with mofongo, arroz mamposteao, yuca with mojo, heirloom tomato salad, Brussels sprouts, and a selection of sauces. Take-out is also available. For more information and reservations, call 305-532-7555. 


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