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Front of the House at the New Nikki Beach Restaurant, South Beach

Giant prawns.
Giant prawns.
Jacob Katel

Nikki Beach Miami (1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) is the flagship for a global enterprise that boasts outposts in exotic and far-flung locales such as Koh Samui, Qatar, Cannes, and Cyprus.

The South Beach branch started it all in 1998, and the father-and-son Penrod team has kept it alive and made it a force in world sexy-beach culture.

Recent renovations to Nikki Beach Miami include an updated interior, greater emphasis on dining, and a redone club.


Executive chef Gerry Gnassi has implemented a globally inspired menu that includes wood-oven pizza, sushi, and seafood such as the giant prawns pictured above as well as "local red snapper" -- which we don't know where they're getting because the U.S. government banned fishing for the species in federal waters in late 2009.



Take a look at Nikki Beach Miami.

Mmmmm, glow-in-the-dark teepees.
Mmmmm, glow-in-the-dark teepees.
Outdoor, beachfront dining.
Outdoor, beachfront dining.
Fresh, local red snapper?
Fresh, local red snapper?
Giant Australian lobster tail.
Giant Australian lobster tail.
Wood-oven pizza.
Wood-oven pizza.
Rocket pizza.
Rocket pizza.
Just a slice of the good life.
Just a slice of the good life.
Executive chef Gerry Gnassi.
Executive chef Gerry Gnassi.
Nikki sushi boat.
Nikki sushi boat.
Sailing on in South Beach.
Sailing on in South Beach.
Pork belly on pickled cabbage.
Pork belly on pickled cabbage.
Nikki salad.
Nikki salad.
Grilled salmon and vegetables with jasmine rice.
Grilled salmon and vegetables with jasmine rice.
Giant Australian lobster tail. About $100 worth.
Giant Australian lobster tail. About $100 worth.
Red, red, wine.
Red, red, wine.
Dessert by the glass.
Dessert by the glass.
Mike Penrod (far left, back row) with wife and entourage, clowning.
Mike Penrod (far left, back row) with wife and entourage, clowning.
Brand-new, free Nikki Beach iPhone app.
Brand-new, free Nikki Beach iPhone app.

Visit nikkibeach.com for more info.


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