December in Miami comes in like a lion and goes out like a drunk frat bro. At the beginning of the month, the city attracts thousands of art enthusiasts, celebrities, and assorted tourists for Miami Art Week. The month continues with a frenzy of visitors flocking to avoid the winter chill of their hometowns and to celebrate Christmas with Santas dressed in tropical shirts. Finally, the month closes with expensive parties at flashy nightclubs.
Amid all of this hullabaloo, several Miami restaurants opened. Highlights include the reopening of the Regent Cocktail Club, a beloved lounge where some of Miami's best bartenders prepare proper drinks with care; and the debut of Frohzen, a wonderland of upscale treats.
On the flip side, Lincoln Road lost two long-standing restaurants when SushiSamba and Nexxt Cafe closed.
In January, look out for Fuego y Mar to open inside the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton South Beach, as well as Alberto Cabrera's Marabú.
- Frohzen. 151 NE 41st St., Miami; 305-402-9060; frohzen-miami.com.
- Gitano. 3500 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-8800; grupogitano.com.
- Holyshakes. 7761 NW 107th Ave., Doral; 305-240-4077; holy-shakes.com.
- Hutong Miami. 600 Brickell Ave., Miami; 786-388-0805; hutong-miami.com.
- Intimo. 840 First St., Miami Beach; 305-964-8006; sevenrooms.com.
- Luna Park. 701 S. Miami Ave., Suite 181-C, Miami; 305-720-2401; lunapark.com
- Osaka. 1300 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami; 786-627-4800; osakanikkei.com
- Rivertail. 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-306-2665; rivertailftl.com.
- Sottosale. 8001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-634-1005; sottosalemiami.com.
- Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending. 4178 SW 74th Ct., Miami; unseencreatures.com.
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