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Ten Restaurants That Offer Miami Spice on Weekends

A meal with a view - Area 31 offers Miami Spice on weekends.
A meal with a view - Area 31 offers Miami Spice on weekends.

August in Miami brings news both good and bad. On the minus side are intensely hot days that feel like the sun has a personal vendetta against you and your tender skin. On the plus side is Miami Spice, during which about 150 of Miami's best-loved restaurants offer three-course meal deals.

There's only one glitch in the Miami Spice program: Many participating restaurants don't offer Spice menus on the weekend, leaving you to either pay full price for your Saturday-evening dinner date or moving date night to Tuesday.

Which restaurants offer Miami Spice on the weekends? You could peruse the website, clicking on every restaurant until you find a suitable spot for dinner with the boys or lunch with the girls, or you could just read on, because we've done the legwork for you.

Here are ten spots that offer Miami Spice Friday through Sunday. We've marked whether the restaurant serves lunch, dinner, or both and the Miami Spice price.

A beautiful dessert from 1500 Degrees.
A beautiful dessert from 1500 Degrees.

1500 Degrees at Eden Roc
Chef Paula DaSilva's farm-to-table philosophy is what elevates 1500 Degrees from a fine steak house to a great restaurant. Her Spice menu changes daily, based on what's fresh. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. (Dinner only, $39.)

AltaMare's catch of the day is offered for Miami Spice.
AltaMare's catch of the day is offered for Miami Spice.

AltaMare
You never know what fish you're going to get at Altamare -- mainly because executive chef Simon Stojanovic doesn't know until the fishing boats come in. What you do know is that you'll receive a beautiful meal. Spice entrées offer skirt steak and pasta, but opt for the catch of the day, served as a pan-seared filet or fried whole. (Dinner only, $39.)

 

A view to match the meal at Area 31.
A view to match the meal at Area 31.

Area 31
Chef E. Michael Reidt offers a menu filled with locally and sustainably sourced seafood. But that's not all that's on the menu. Area 31's Spice menu offers a generous array of choices -- from snapper to pork cheek to skirt steak and beyond. Plus, the view is killer. (Lunch, $23; dinner, $39.)

The Dutch is offering specially designed Miami Spice cocktails.
The Dutch is offering specially designed Miami Spice cocktails.

The Dutch
Executive chef Andrew Carmellini's classic New York bistro gets a lighter touch for the South Beach crowd. Spice offerings are plentiful, but watch out for up-charges on offerings such as king crab and New York strip. Be sure to try one of the special cocktails created exclusively for Miami Spice (Lunch, $23; dinner, $39.)

 

Try some of Jaguar's ceviche spoons.
Try some of Jaguar's ceviche spoons.

Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill
Jaguar continues to

be one of the liveliest and friendliest spots in tree-lined Coconut

Grove. The restaurant is filled with both artsy locals and chic Latin

Americans who flock to Miami on vacation this time of year. This confluence makes

the scene continental and colorful, and Jaguar a fantastic spot for a lunch-and-shopping date with friends. (Lunch, $19; dinner, $33.)

At Mercadito, margaritas are part of the Spice menu.
At Mercadito, margaritas are part of the Spice menu.

Mercadito Midtown
Any menu that offers us a margarita and guacamole as part of dinner

automatically scores in our book. Spice meals are served family-style, with

your choice of beverage (margarita, wine, beer, or soft drink), guacamole, ceviche, and tacos for the table. Perfect if you

like a more casual vibe. (Dinner only, $33.)

 

The Palm
When was the last time you were at the iconic Palm?

If you're a New Yorker, you know it as the place where masters of

the universe make deals while masticating cow flesh on sawdust-encrusted

floors. There's not much difference in this Bay Harbor Islands outpost, where you'll

find old-school waiters, walls filled with cartoons of local politicians

and regulars, and solid steak-house fare. (Dinner only, $39.)

Red Fish Grill offers waterfront romance.
Red Fish Grill offers waterfront romance.

Red Fish Grill
Even though we live in one of he most beautiful waterfront cities in the world, there are few eateries directly on the beach. Red Fish Grill is one of the few. This über-romantic restaurant is located at the very tip of Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. It's one of the last true Old Florida experiences left in Miami. (Dinner only, $39.)

 

Steak. It's what's for dinner at Red, The Steakhouse.
Steak. It's what's for dinner at Red, The Steakhouse.

Red the Steakhouse
Behold! A steak house that offers steak on the weekends for Miami Spice! Though the menu is filled with upgrades such as Kobe-style beef from Snake River Farms, if you stick with the basic Spice, you'll still feast like a king or queen. Specially priced wine bottles start at $49, adding to the value. (Dinner only, $39.)

The Royal at the Raleigh is a wonderland-like setting.
The Royal at the Raleigh is a wonderland-like setting.

The Royal at the Raleigh
Even though Michael Schwartz hasn't taken over the space yet, chef Daniel Ganem is doing a fine job in the kitchen, delivering a decadent six-ounce filet mignon for dinner or a delectable piece of fish for lunch. Plus, the indoor/outdoor setting continues to be one of the most beautiful and sophisticated in Miami Beach. Want to turn dinner into an affair (in more ways than one)? The Raleigh Hotel is offering a special Miami Spice package that includes a discounted overnight stay, valet parking, and lunch for two. (Lunch, $23; dinner, $39.)

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1500 Degrees at Eden Roc - Closed

4525 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

305-674-5594

www.1500degreesmiami.com

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AltaMare

1233 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-532-3061

www.altamarerestaurant.com

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Area 31

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

305-424-5234

www.area31restaurant.com

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The Dutch

2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-938-3111

www.thedutchmiami.com

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Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill

3067 Grand Ave.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

305-444-0216

www.jaguarspot.com

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Mercadito Midtown - Closed
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The Palm

9650 E. Bay Harbor Drive
Surfside, FL 33154

305-868-7256

www.thepalm.com

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Red Fish Grill

9610 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156

305-668-8788

www.redfishgrill.net

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Red the Steakhouse

119 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-534-3688

www.redthesteakhouse.com

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Raleigh Hotel

1775 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-534-6300

www.raleighhotel.com


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