Prices at the Surf Club are among Miami’s highest. So is quality. Located in a completely rebuilt Mediterranean Revival-style resort in Surfside, the restaurant stands just a few blocks from high-end Bal Harbour. The original inn and eatery opened on New Year’s Eve 1930 and quickly earned the nickname “Millionaires’ Surf Club" for its level of exclusivity and ability to attract the rich and famous, from the Rat Pack and Winston Churchill to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams and actress Elizabeth Taylor. Today the Surf Club Restaurant is run by one of the biggest names in American food: Thomas Keller, who remains the first and only U.S.-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from Michelin. Keller doesn’t take shortcuts. His beef Wellington is made from 48-hour-braised short rib in a beef mousse, layered with a spinach and black-truffle mushroom pâté and wrapped in a paper-thin crèpe, then bundled in thick brioche and placed in the oven for about a half-hour, warming the center and producing an outer crisp. Then, and only then, is it presented tableside on a wooden cart and sliced. The presence of one of America’s finest chefs is a testament to how far the Magic City’s food scene has come in the past 20 years. New Normal: Pandemic precautions aside, it’s steady as she goes at the Surf Club.
- Price: $$$$
- Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 6-9:30 p.m.
- Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
- Alcohol: Full bar
- Reservations: Recommended
- Parking: Valet