Christmas in Miami
Me and my family (4 total) will be in Miami for Christmas. I know most restaurants will be closed, but does anyone have rec's for places that are open?! We're European and like restaurants that are a little upscale but not too formal. Preferably no chains (although Roy's is a favorite), but I'm not sure we'll even have a choice that evening?
No hotel booked yet, all I know is we'll be staying in Miami city (not Miami beach), have a car and are willing to drive.
I've heart christmas eve is the time when people have dinner together (instead of Christmas day itself), is that true?
Thanks for your help!
Hotel restaurants will definitely be your best bet for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. DB Bistro is a very good suggestion; also, focusing on downtown Miami, Edge (in the Four Seasons), Area 31 (in the Epic), Azul (in the Mandarin Oriental). Azul is perhaps the highest end of the bunch, but Miami is not a formal place and there is noplace where a jacket is required. Definitely make reservations to make sure the restaurant will be open.
Not sure if you've been to Miami but you can't miss the Fontainebleau Hotel designed by Miami iconic architect Morris Lapidus and some great restaurants including Hakkasan (Asian) and Gotham Steak (Alfred Portale). They're casually elegant so you and the family will feel comfortable. If you like Italian, not sure if it will be open but one that's off the radar screen but is excellent is Toscana Divino. Also, if you like steak, there's Red the Steakhouse.
Thanks everyone! I've mailed the restaurants, I'll let you know what the final choice will be!
DB Bistro, (and many others, like Federal, Michaels Genuine, the Dutch) will be closed on Christmas day.
Area31 only offers a buffet for Christmas and we're not that into buffets...
Zuma will "probably be open", so I will try that and will try Sugarcane too. (The restaurants at Fontaineblue will also be open, but prices are just a little too high for me)
Any other great suggestions I should consider instead of Sugarcane/Zuma?
Sugarcane and Zuma are both good. If you're looking for other options, the following places which I'd recommend are taking reservations on OpenTable on Christmas Day (but call or email to confirm, as some may just have not yet taken the date off-line yet - for instance, DB Bistro and The Dutch are both showing availability):
1500° (Miami Beach)
Bourbon Steak (Aventura)
Hakkasan (Miami Beach)
Estiatorio Milos (Miami Beach)
Scarpetta (Miami Beach)