Surf Club Restaurant
Surfside, FL 33154
Photo by Deborah Jones
- Full bar
- Patio/Sidewalk Dining
- Valet Parking
- Reservations Accepted
At the Surf Club Restaurant — a ritzy remake of a 1930s classic — prices and quality are among Miami's highest. Located in a completely rebuilt Mediterranean revival-style resort in Surfside, the restaurant stands just a few blocks from the high-end Bal Harbour. The original inn and eatery opened on New Year's Eve 1930 and quickly earned the nickname "Millionaires' Surf Club." It gained notoriety for its level of exclusivity and ability to attract the rich and famous, from the Rat Pack and Winston Churchill to Pulitzer-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 American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from Michelin. Many of the entrées boast high-priced meats, such as the beef Wellington. It includes 48-hour braised short rib in a beef mousse, which is layered with a spinach and black truffle mushroom pâté and wrapped in a paper-thin crepe. It's then bundled in thick brioche and placed in the oven for about a half-hour, which warms the center and produces an outer crisp. It's presented and sliced tableside on a wooden cart. 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. Insider tip: Though you'll be tempted by all manner of decadent items, such as applewood-smoked candied bacon, beef Wellington, and caviar, save room for the ice-cream sundae. A cart is wheeled to your table, where your server will make a bespoke sundae with your choice of flavors, toppings, and house-made whipped cream. It's a whimsical yet classic ending to a memorable meal.
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