Christmas 2018: Miami Restaurant Guide

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The festive season is here — a time to eat, drink, and be merry. If a no-cook Christmas is at the top of your wish list, here's the best present of all: a guide to Miami restaurants that will serve delicious, stress-free meals that go beyond the typical holiday fare.

Whether you're craving Japanese-inspired dishes or authentic Cuban Christmas food, check out the list below for the best Miami Christmas menus. Prices do not include tax and tip. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Atlantikos. On Christmas Eve, this Greek eatery inside the St. Regis Bal Harbour will serve a special menu of four courses ($125 per person). Start with octopus carpaccio or cauliflower cream and caviar; then move on to lobster à la polita or scallops with fava of split pea and kalamata olives. For the third course, choose between braised short-rib gioutvetsi or wild-caught branzino with sea greens and zucchini. For dessert, there's a winter stout cake.
6 to 10:30 p.m. at 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-993-3300;
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Christmas at Azabu is a Japanese-insipred affair.
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Azabu. The Miami Beach eatery is offering a Japanese-inspired prix fixe ($50 per person) Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy dishes such as Wagyu beef tataki, branzino, Sakura pork Shiokoji, and yuzu key lime pie. Sake flights with three seasonal picks cost an extra $22, and Japanese whiskey flights run $35. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520;

BLT Prime. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, BLT Prime at Trump National Doral will offer a three-course prix fixe ($98 per person). Guests can dine on holiday favorites such as pumpkin maple bisque with cardamom, crisp leeks, and candied ginger; roast duck with Brussels sprouts succotash, wild rice pilaf, and amaretto sauce; and molten strawberry shortcake with white chocolate. Chef Steve Mendez's regular à la carte menu will also be available. 5 to 10:30 p.m. at 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-591-6606;

Baleen Kitchen. Breathtaking ocean views and a tropical twist on Mediterranean cuisine — available à la carte or prix fixe — await guests at Baleen Kitchen on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Offerings include persimmon-and-pear salad and crisp pork belly with sautéed gnocchi and winter squash for starters and pan-roasted mahi-mahi with bay shrimp and saffron risotto, and roast turkey breast for main courses. Dessert options are warm apple tart and chocolate cake with chocolate-Guinness beer frosting. 17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 786-923-9305;
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Boulud Sud will be showcasing Mediterranean flavors on Christmas Eve.
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Boulud Sud. Chef Daniel Boulud is set to serve a three-course dinner Christmas Eve ($85 per adult and $30 per child under 12). Appetizers include potato and sunchoke soup with black winter truffle and roasted chestnuts and a venison and foie gras paté with quince, apple, and mâche. Some of the main courses are chicken tagine, seared dayboat scallops, and roasted elk loin. For dessert, there's Miami buche de noel with passionfruit mousse and mango sauce; chocolate fondant with bourbon caramel sauce, and other sweets. An optional wine pairing is available for an extra $55 per person. 5 to 10 p.m. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8800;

Havana 1957. At this Cuban eatery, celebrate Noche Buena on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with traditional oven-roasted lechón asado as an entrée, along with tostón vaca frita, stuffed green plantain cups with grilled shredded beef and onions in Cuban mojo, caldosa criolla, and homestyle creole stew made with roots, spices, and meats ($24.95 per person). Finish the meal on a sweet note with flan de caramelo and a cafecito. Available at the Lincoln Road and Breakwater locations;

Jaya at the Setai. Chef Vijay Veena's East Meets West à la carte dinner will offer an array of Asian-inspired plates and American staples on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 6 to 10:30 p.m. at 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-809-8205;

La Cerveceria de Barrio. This seafood cantina on Lincoln Road will serve a holiday menu December 24 through January 6. Enjoy tostadas with shrimp, tuna, or octopus; three tacos — pescado al pastor, Baja shrimp, and Baja chicken, plus vegetables — served with cilantro rice and refried beans; and fajitas with a choice of protein. There's also a guacamole bar with rib eye, gulf shrimp, and grilled chicken versions. 836 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-535-7400;

Lightkeepers. At the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, this oceanfront restaurant will offer its regular à la carte menu on Christmas Eve. Offerings include yellowfin tuna tartare, crispy crab cakes, open blue cobia, Australian rack of lamb, and lobster mac 'n' cheese. 6 to 10 p.m. at 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne; 305-365-4156;
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Christmas spread at Wolfgang's Steakhouse.
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Macchialina. On Christmas Eve, chef Michael Pirolo will present an exclusive five-course tasting menu ($59 per person) in addition to the restaurant’s regular à la carte menu. Dishes include creamy polenta with Proper duck and pork sausage; cavatelli macchialina with baby meatballs, porchetta, and pecorino; branzino acqua pazza with Yukon gold potatoes; and tiramisu with chocolate crumble and espresso granita. A wine pairing costs an additional $32 per person. 5506 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-365-4156;

Sette Osteria. Head to Wynwood to celebrate an Italian-style Christmas with a special three-course prix fixe ($55 per person) featuring house-made dishes such as lobster ravioli, whole boneless roasted Mediterranean sea bass, pappardelle with mushroom ragout, fresh burrata, and butternut squash soup. Desserts include torta di mele, tiramisu, and tartufo al cioccolato. 4 to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and noon to 9 p.m. Christmas Day at 103 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-8282;

Three. Chef Norman Van Aken will offer a special four-course menu ($85 per person) on Christmas Eve. Dishes include raw bay scallops, heirloom tomato carpaccio, Florida corn soup, grilled cod, and lavender-glazed grilled duck breast. For dessert, there's buche de noel, and mont-blanc — a chestnut biscuit with huckleberry jam and chestnut mousse. 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 50 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-748-4540;

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. Spend Christmas Eve by the Miami River. An à la carte menu includes options such as a seafood platter, sizzling Canadian bacon, prime New York sirloin steak, chicken paillard, and lobster mac 'n' cheese. For dessert, opt for a slice of chocolate mousse cake or apple strudel. 315 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-487-7130;
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