The restaurant's name is meant to imply a celebratory spirit, according to owner Eric Milon. In his day, Onassis threw lavish parties on the island, including a wedding reception for his bride Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
"We saw Miami's midtown neighborhood as a catalyst between the Design District and the Wynwood Arts District and think it's the perfect area to bring a dash of Mediterranean heat," Milon says.
Erhan Ozkaya, who was executive chef at the nearby Mandolin Agean Bistro for three and a half years, is heading the kitchen.
The chef serves familiar mezze plates such as baba ghanouj ($9) and tzatziki ($9), as well as grilled octopus ($22) and fish croquettes ($12). Seafood has a strong presence and is prepared with little fuss, grilled whole with olive oil, lemon, and oregano. Daily catches include sea bass, sea bream, and langoustines. Diners can also choose oven-baked casseroles, grilled shish kebabs, and flatbreads, plus homemade baklava ($10) and an oven-baked cheese pastry with rosewater and pistachio ($10).
The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. A 13-foot hammerhead shark mounted on a wall brings the sea theme inside, while outdoors, a century-old olive tree is the centerpiece around which patrons can enjoy cocktails such as the Jackie O ($13), made with sparkling rosé, Ketel One Orange, crème de cassis, cranberry juice, and apricot nectar, and the Turkish Delight ($13), containing Yeni Raki, crème de cassis, and Bombay gin topped with prosecco.
Skorpios. 3252 NE First Ave., Miami; 786-329-5905; skorpiosmiami.com. Lunch and dinner 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; brunch Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.