Not cooking this Christmas? Here’s where to dine out in Miami-Dade and Broward

UPDATE: Hey this is last year’s Christmas Dining Guide. Check out our 2017 Christmas Dining Guide

Whether you celebrate Christmas with turkey or ham, plenty of Christmas cookies and lots of sides, these South Florida restaurants have got you covered.

Some are offering a la carte options while others a prix fixe dinners. We’ve broken them down by city and county. So read on to find out what to find where:


Miami Beach

At one of Miami Beach’s premier hotels the Fontainebleau, the options are endless probably because there are three restaurants offering Christmas meals. At StripSteak by Michael Mina $75 gets you a prix fixed Christmas Eve from 6-11 p.m. and on Christmas Day. Feast on roasted baby beets, wood grilled filet mignon, fingerling potato confit and warm apple crumble with eggnog ice cream. 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305-674-4780

Bagatelle on Miami Beach is serving a Christmas Eve dinner from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. that includes Noisette De Chevreuil, juniper seared venaison loin, caramelized sweet potato, black trumpet mushrooms, turnips and Brussels sprouts with a red currant venison jus220 21 St., Miami Beach, 305-704-3900.

Mangia at Scarpetta where Chef Scott Conant prepares a rustic Feast of the Seven Fishes with cioppino filled with seafood, tagliatelle with lobster and crab, seared snapper and salted caramel budino. This one’s also from 6-11 p.m. and $75. 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. 305-674-4660

Vida is hosting a Christmas buffet for $65 that includes a choice of five salads, sushi, ceviche, charcuterie, imported and domestic cheeses, rotisserie, a carving station, grilled items, wood stone pizzas and an enviable dessert bar. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-538-2000.

Macchialina has a four-course Christmas Eve Chef’s Tasting Menu with a variety of rustic Italian favorites. They include veal osso bucco, whole roasted fish served family style with sides and dessert for $55 per person with wine pairings for an additional $28. 820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, 305-534-2124.

Lure Fishbar Executive Chef John Iatrellis is preparing a holiday a la carte menu on Christmas Eve. 1600 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-4550.

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana on Lincoln has their Christmas menu on Christmas Eve and Day from noon to 11:45 p.m. It includes a special a la carte menu with options of antipasti, tartare of filet mignon, tagliolini in Italian butter sauce, risotto with Toma cheese, thinly sliced beef tenderloin with sautéed porcini mushrooms and veal scallopini with truffle butter sauce. 1014 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-531-4833.

The Dutch at the W Executive Chef Adonay Tafur prepares a traditional Cuban Caja China Pig Roast with traditional Latin dishes for $50 per person on Christmas Day. Knock back a few $8 coquitos while jamming to DJ Bre. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111.

At the Parisian-inspired bistro Paris 6 it’s a four-course prix fixe menu with options like an open-faced burger with Dijon sauce, salade de saumon, seafood spaghetti, risotto l’orange and Classic Grand Gateau. Enjoy your meal with live music in the background. 2200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-363-6806.

A Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Brunch are being served at Thyme Restaurant in the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort on Miami Beach. The dinner is a three-course prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Fritz Zwahlen for $58 per person served from 6-10 p.m.. Their regular menu will also be available. Their oceanfront brunch will feature a buffet arrangement of holiday-inspired dishes served from noon to 5 p.m. at $85 for adults and $25 for children. 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-7474.

Craving an Asian-inspired Christmas meal? TALDE at the Confidante Miami Beach are where to go. At Talde they’re serving hot & sour soup, egg rolls, fried rice, kung pao beef and Peking duck for $49 per person with a two-person minimum. If you’re looking for Southern-inspired food Chef Richard Hales is serving it up at Bird & Bone also at the Confidante. The menu includes heirloom corn chips, dry aged roast duck with pepper watermelon jam, sweet potato mash and fried apple hand pies for dessert. $65 per person with a two-person minimum. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-4094.

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is serving up a couple of Christmas menus. The Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Bistro One LR includes Atlantic Oyster or Brulee Fig salad for a first course, choice of pork cochinillo, striped bass or braised beef short rib for a second course and Buchee de Noel or gingerbread cream brulee. Price is $105 for adults and $35 for kids ages 5-12 years old. Their Christmas Day Winter Wonderland brunch is $125 for adults and $55 for kids ages 5-12 years old. Menu includes fresh fruits and berries, a variety of salads, raw bar with oysters, snow crab claws, smoked salmon and more, caviar station, individual chilled appetizers, antipasti station, sushi and nigiri, ceviche or crudo, carving station, Chef’s Grill, a variety of sides, Danish and bread station and a variety of desserts. One Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 786-276-4000.

The Feast of Seven Fishes at Izzy’s Fish & Oyster is the Christmas Eve menu being prepared by Chef Jamie DeRosa for $65 per person and $100 per couple. It includes bay scallops, chilled bangs island mussels bruschetta style, oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette, linguini with clams, salt cod, Maryland crab stuffed Maine lobster and lemon meringue pie. $25 gets you an additional wine pairing supplement. 423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8843.

National Hotel has a Christmas prix fixe three-course Holiday Temptation menu including two specialty cocktails for $65 per person. Dishes include lobster bisque or beef carpaccio, lamb chops or 14 oz. Angus prime rib and a pecan tart for dessert. Enjoy live musical performances from Live! at the National comprised of singers and piano players at the Blues Bar. 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-2311.

The Continental is playing off a fun Japanese tradition offering a Korean Fried Chicken Special with a green salad, Continental’s famous Korean fried chicken, a glass of champagne and a slice of Millionaire’s Chocolate Cake. 2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-2000.

Pubbelly is hosting La Parranda a Puerto Rican Christmas Dinner on Dec. 20 with two seatings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Preparing the evening’s specialty menu featuring a collection of 10 dishes served family style, are Pubbelly Chef Jose Mendin and Goya Chef Fernando Desa. Joining them will be Chefs Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon and German Alejandro of Alavara Dorado in Puerto Rico. Price is $65 per person and seats are limited to 45 per seating. 1418 20th St, Miami Beach. 305-532-7555

Nobu at Eden Roc Christmas Day brunch menu is being served from noon to 3 p.m. and includes sparkling wine, unlimited champagne, the Nobu “Triple S Bar” with sushi, sashimi and salad, Nobu style Yamucha carts with a revolving selection of items for $100 for for $300 add champagne is upgraded to an unlimited Krug Grand Cuvee Brut, 3 oz. of Wagyu per person and a special Omakase-style course prepared by the Chef. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3232.

Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach offers a Christmas Eve four-course menu from 7-10:30 p.m. It includes truffle dumplings steamed with scallops, Christmas turkey Asian style cooked in a carrot-ginger puree and chile glaze and a 30-day dry aged boneless ribeye marinated in kaffir lime, lemongrass, onions, Thai chilies, and cilantro. Cost is $125 per person and $63 per child. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 855-923-7899.

Via Emilia 9 will be offering five course tasting menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Menu highlights include handmade tortellini in turkey broth, rabbit leg with Lambrusco reduction, and artisanal panettone with warm Lambrusco zabaione. $65 per person. 1120 15 St., Miami Beach, 786-216-7150.

The Restaurant at the Raleigh is serving a Christmas Eve La Cena de Nochebuena with truffle yuca with cilantro aioli, roasted leg of suckling pig, sides including black beans and rice, moros, sweet plantains, tostones, pickled red onions and tres leches for dessert. Price is $49 per person. 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-612-1163.

Sunny Isles

Kitchen 305 at Newport Beacside Hotel & Resort will serve a savory Christmas Eve buffet of cold and hot dishes, a meat carving station and desserts from 5 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Dishes include roasted suckling pig, roasted Portuguese turkey, herb encrusted prime rib and Valencia seafood paella at $45 for adults and $25 per child.

Then on Christmas Day from 1 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day they’ll serve an unlimited Chinese buffet with snow crab legs, assorted sushi, Mongolian beef, moo shu pork and upside down pineapple cake at $35 for adults and $12 for kids. 16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-749-2110.

Beach Bar at Newport Pier serves up a 12 oz. prime rib with grilled vegetables, side of roasted potatoes or rice from 11 a.m. to midnight. 16501 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-957-1110.

Il Mulino New York at Acqualina Resort & Spa will host a Christmas-inspired  brunch on Christmas Day from noon to 4 p.m. for $65 per person including traditional pasta, seafood and omelet stations, a special honey baked ham station, holiday decorated desserts, traditional brunch cocktails along with live Christmas music and a visit from Santa. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-466-9191.

Dinners to go are another option for Christmas and the legendary Epicure Gourmet Market & Café has three dinners for your choosing. The whole roasted turkey dinner with homemade bread stuffing, gravy, potato, vegetable du jour, rolls, cranberry sauce and a pie serves 10 and is $199. Or choose the spiral sliced ham with the same sides and dessert also serving 10 for $189 or the prime filet mignon roast or prime rib dinner with same accompaniments which serves 8 for $395. 17190 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-947-4581.


Rosa Mexicano has both a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu planned. On both days they’re offering a four-course Fiesta Menu with their famous guacamole made tableside, a tasting platter with flautas and empanadas, choice of any house entrée and family style churros or tres leches dessert. They also have various a la carte options available. Mary Brickell Village, 901 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001; 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-695-1005.

The Argentinian steakhouse El Churrasco is offering a succulent filet mignon dish with a selection of la carte side options on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 801 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami, 786-558-5511.

Celebrate Christmas Day at Toscana Divino with a four-course tasting menu prepared by Chef Andrea Marchesin at $65 per person. Menu highlights include duck prosciutto served with watercress and goat cheese, tortelli in a parmesan cream and truffle sauce, filet mignon served with herb-crusted potatoes in a wild mushroom sauce and Semifreddo with chocolate sauce. Mary Brickell Village, 901 S Miami Ave., 305-930-6873.

Miami, downtown and inland

Wynwood’s Beaker & Gray is serving a mash up Christmas menu with Jewish and Asian a la carte options from Executive Chef Brian Nasajon. Pick from dishes including General Tso’s chicken, potato latkes with charred scallion and horseradish cream, shakshuka with feta cheese and sour dough bread and lo mein with juicy pork rib and stir fry.   2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-699-2637.

The waterfront restaurant that attracts celebs pulling up in their yachts, Seaspice is serving up a special menu on Christmas Eve and Day. Chestnut soup, fire roasted porchetta, pan seared turbot fillet and pistachio cake. 422 NW N River Dr., Miami, 305-440-4200.

BLT Prime Miami has a three-course prix fixe Christmas Blackboard Menu for $65 starting with butternut squash bisque or pan seared sea scallops. Choice of prosciutto wrapped monkfish or prime bone-in tenderloin with side choices of sweet potato pomme anna or roasted root vegetables. Finish with either buche de noel or caramel pecan tart. 4400 NW 87 Ave., Doral, 305-591-6066.

Miami’s hipster central Wynwood Yard is getting into both the Christmas and Chanukah spirit. They’re calling their weekly Reggae Sundays Christmas Day Reggae. Jam out with Kulcha Shok’s DJ’s, enjoy a cocktail from the mixologist at The Bar at The Yard and try out the food concepts like Della Test Kitchen, World Famous House of Mac and Shnitz ‘N Fritz. It all goes down Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Then on Dec. 27 they host a Chanukah Party with the Rogers Park Band. Feast on Israeli fare including specialty latkes, artisanal schnitzel and other kosher specialties from Shnitz ‘N Fritz from 7-11 p.m. Prices range from $10-$120. 56 NW 29 St., Miami, 305-771-4810.

Blackbrick Chinese & Dim Sum in Midtown is hosting a Jewish Christmas Menu for $45 that includes wonton soup, cumin lamb ribs with cilantro aioli, Singapore shrimp noodle, Yeung Chow Duck fried rice, General Tso’s Florida gator and azucar almond coffee with wife Hales’ fortune cookie. 3451 NE 1 Ave., Miami, 305-573-8886.

db Bistro Moderne offers a four course pre-fixe menu with seasonal inspirations like lobster soup, diver sea scallops, duck breast, pork loin and pompano. Taste options include charcuterie, cheese and raw bar and desserts include Classic Bûche de Noël. On Christmas Eve the lounge will open at 5:30pm, and dinner service starts at 6:00pm with the last seating at 10:00pm. $80 per adutls, $35 for children 12 and under. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-421-8800.

Area 31 has a prix fixe brunch from 2-8 p.m. on Christmas Day. It includes items from the buffet style menu including a salad station, assorted cheese and charcuterie station, seafood station featuring shrimp cocktail, crab legs, tuna poke and mahi ceviche, carving stations with prime rib, whole roast pork and local organic roasted chicken plus hot stations displaying with hot fish dishes and sides. Seasonal desserts sweeten the meal. $75 per person, $35 for kids. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-424-5234.

Eating House is hosting Manana Buena a Christmas Eve brunch and an Italian Christmas on Christmas Day. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer additional holiday-inspired brunch items including vaca frita buns, porchetta pan con lechon, coquito pancakes and $5 guava mimosas. On Christmas Day from 6-10 p.m. pasta offerings include pasta carbonara or Pomodoro, rigatoni amatricana and gnocchi a la gorgonzola. Those plates are $16 each. 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-448-6524.


Bad Santa Brunch is being hosted at all three Tap 42 locations (one in Miami-Dade and two in Broward) on Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to their signature brunch items including Chicago style steak and eggs served over creamed spinach and hash browns topped with two sunny side up eggs. Bottomless mimosas, Funky Buddha drafts and Bloody Mary’s are just $15. 301 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, 305-391-1566; 1411 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-4900; 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561-235-5819.

Shooters Waterfront is serving an all-you-can-eat Christmas Eve brunch alongside its al a carte menu and featured chef specials from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and their Christmas Eve dinner will include al a carte menu options from 4 pm to 10 pm. 3033 NW 32 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-2855.

Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach is offering diners a variety of holiday dining specials including jumbo stone crab claws (Market Price), Asian-inspired pan roasted Chilean sea bass with rock shrimp shitake, bok choy stir fry, crisp lotus root and ginger miso emulsion ($46) and cowboy rib eye with root vegetable gratin, grilled broccolini and truffled porcini demi ($55). 234 N Oceans Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954-428-2539.

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits on Fort Lauderdale’s seaside has a special Christmas Day buffet from noon to 9 p.m. at $95 for adults and $49 for kids ages 5-12. Offerings include salad station, garden bar, charcuterie station, raw bar, sushi and dim sum station, carving station, various hot entrees and a Christmas-inspired dessert station. A breakfast station is available until 3 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460.

Trilogy the chic contemporary American café is serving up a “Jewish Christmas” with Chinese food and a feature film at the neighboring Silverspot Cinema. The menu is being served from 11 a.m. and is $25. It includes vegetable fried rice, kung pao style shrimp, lo mein noodles, sesame chicken, beef and broccoli, white rice and pumpkin or apple pie. 4441 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, 954-977-9877.

Mamma Mia Italian Ristorante will serve a five-course Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner starting at 5 p.m. Menu includes lobster bisque, spicy calamari salad or clams casino for appetizers; penne a la vodka and choice of stuffed shrimp, snapper francaise, or cod fish oreganato, Cost is $29.95 per person and if you prefer endless brunch options those are available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $39.95. 1818 S Young Circle, Hollywood, 954-923-0555.

Coco Asian Bistro hosts a Christmas Eve menu from 3-11 p.m. with an a la carte holiday menu prepared by Executive Chef Mike Ponluang that includes Thai classics, sushi, wild mushroom soup, Maine lobster with thai chili garlic sauce and sweet crispy black rice coconut ice cream. Harbor Shops, 1841 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-3541.

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar has a Christmas Eve a la carte menu of Mexican options including stuffed jalapenos, molcajete seafood and guacamole prepared tableside. 1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-9550; 224 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, 561-650-1001; 110 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, 561-808-1100; Boca Center, 5250 Town Center Cir, Boca Raton, 561-416-2131