We’ve only got a few more weeks left to take advantage of Miami Spice (which has been extended through October). And while indoor dining has resumed, we’re still loving our city’s embrace of outdoor dining despite the sultry temps. Check out these spots for stellar spice menus and gorgeous al fresco dining – you’ll remember why you fell in love with our dining scene all over again.
Juvia’s 9th floor rooftop perched atop the architecturally-stunning 1111 Lincoln Road building offers panoramic views of South Beach and is one of the most stunning spots in the city. Dinner here can easily add up to a pricey experience so their spice menus are a nice opportunity to try the swanky eatery. Their menu, created by talented master Chef Sunny Oh and pastry chef Gregory Gourreau, includes a nice variety of dishes including Asian beef carpaccio or Greek salad to start, a Mediterranean branzino, zucchini pasta or lamb shank for entree, and tres leche or vanilla choux puff for dessert. A bonus: the Miami Spice menu is also available for takeout including pick-up or delivery.
With a sprawling oceanfront setting, Nikki Beach is probably the most perfect place to dine with plenty of social distance between tables. The restaurant’s Miami Spice lunch menu is offered Monday through Friday and features all of the hotspot’s favorites like tempura shrimp tacos, Dubai grilled cauliflower, Mediterranean branzino, chicken satay and a sweet finish with vanilla creme brulee. Pull up a table near the iconic white tepees, dip your toes in the sand, and enjoy a uniquely Miami dining experience.
Treat yourself to a four-course Spice meal at any of the four Pubbelly Sushi locations, all of which feature outdoor seating. Served bento box-style the menu includes flavor-packed small plates and Jose Mendin’s creative rolls like hamachi taquitos, kimchi fried rice and steak anticuchos. The restaurant also recently began offering an enticing kid’s bento box for $10 that include Japanese fried chicken, udon noodles with butter and California roll with assorted fruit making it a great family-friendly option.
We could all use some good honest Italian comfort food, and Fi’lia at SLS Brickell fits the bill. Seating a maximum of four people per party, the Brickell eatery has a spacious patio that puts you at the center of the downtown action with views of neighboring skyscrapers. The restaurant’s chic, rustic outdoor seating surrounded by foliage is intimate while also offering the feeling of being social.The spice menu (which also includes brunch on Saturday and Sunday) includes four choices for appetizers and mains, giving plenty of a reason for return visits. Start off with the charred eggplant spread and then move on to pizza from the wood-fired oven, a generous bowl of cacio e pepe pasta or the hearty chicken Milanese sandwich.
Pro tip: add $10 and a pizza will be added to the restaurant’s weekly “Pizza Sospeso” giveaways, where they’re giving away 50 free pizzas every Friday to first responders and people out of work due to COVID-19.
Technically not a Miami Spice menu, but a similar offer nonetheless, Seaspice is offering a $29 two-course lunch available Tuesday through Friday, from 12 pm to 3:30 pm in addition to their all-day menu. The riverfront spot is as spectacular as ever, with gorgeous nautical-chic decor and a parade of million-dollar yachts passing by the eatery’s enviable dock. Start with the white gazpacho or octopus a la plancha, then dive into a whole yellowtail snapper casserole or a Jackman Ranch wagyu burger or the homemade pappardelle with braised short rib. It all pairs well with the sparkling water views.