Surf Club Restaurant

9011 Collins Ave.
Surfside, FL 33154
Surf Club Restaurant +

Photo by Deborah Jones Lobster themidor

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 ritzy 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. He remains the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from Michelin. Many of the entrées include high-priced meats, including 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 crêpe. 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 best chefs is a testament to how far the Magic City’s food scene has come in the past 20 years.

Read our full review of the Surf Club Restaurant.

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