Miami Spice 2018: Restaurants in hotels

Miami Spice 2018: Restaurants in hotels

August can be the best time of the year to travel to Miami given that most important tourist campaigns year round take place simultaneously: Miami Spice, Miami Hotel Months and Miami Spa Month. Despite the weather not being at its best during August (it’s really hot and frequently rainy), prices bottom out and Miami boasts a myriad of attractions to enjoy at their fullest besides its beaches.

You’ll eat in exquisite restaurants, stay at the worldwide most renowned hotels, relax in the best spas, go shopping, take the children to museums, movies, etc, and your wallet and you won’t regret it. If it’s nice out and there’s good weather then you can also go to the beach!

These are the best restaurants at the best hotels


Bal Harbour - Restaurant - Greek, Mediterranean - $$$$
9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, Miami, FL 33154

Atlantikos is a relatively small establishment inside hotel St. Regis yet ideal to enjoy the original Greek cuisine, a dream in and of itself for shellfish lovers. The atmosphere will make you reminisce about the sea in every way, for the ocean is present in each and every detail, from colors to furnishings and cutlery. All of this without mentioning the beautiful view of the beach while enjoying a fine meal next to the pool and listening to the live music offered by Atlantikos’ skilled guitarist.

The menu features a broad selection, from a breakfast buffet to champagne brunch and the octopus specialty for dinners.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge, at The Palms Hotel & Spa
Miami Beach - Restaurant - American (New), Vegetarian - $$$
3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33140


Next to the gardens of The Palms Hotel you can experience a calm and laid-back ambience, ideal to eat with your significant other, family or friends. Food serving portions, though elaborate, are not meager. The fare is not that extensive but quality makes up for it. Breakfasts and vegan brunches are highlighted with organic ingredients grown in Essensia’s own kitchen garden. Customer service is conscientious, personalized and nimble.  

Miami Beach - Restaurant - Seafood - $$$
2395 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33139

A cozy atmosphere, rustic décor and a lot of wooden furniture, ideal to enjoy a good brunch, lunch or dinner under the attentive eye of its staff. Sea ingredients stand out in the menu, however, the filet mignon, lamb chops, burrata and desserts are all worth mentioning. Habitat Miami Beach is situated inside 1 Hotel plumb in the middle of Lincoln Road, a touristic pedestrian road par excellence of Miami.

Miami Beach - Restaurant - Cantonese, Dim Sum - $$$$
Fontainebleau Resort, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33140


Hakkasan boasts an avant-garde, international quality ambience that complements the excellence of Fontainebleau Hotel, an ideal dining venue for friends, couples and businesspeople. Very well distributed, it is meant to prioritize privacy and intimacy. Only the fine background music will accompany you in delighting its exotic and sophisticated menu.

Duck in any of its variations is the signature token of the restaurant and the wine selection is expansive and high quality.

It is very important to book ahead of time and be patient once there because the establishment is bustling most of the time.

La Riviera at Pullman Miami Airport Hotel
Downtown Miami - Restaurant - French - $$
5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, Miami, FL 33126


Close to the airport inside Pullman Hotel you can find this restaurant, suitable for a business meeting in an elegant atmosphere. Well lit by its White décor and wide Windows. La Riviera’s fare is based on a fusion between French and Latin cuisines. Onion soup and duck à l’orange (roasted duck served with bitter orange sauce) are well known dishes in this restaurant.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann
Miami Beach - Restaurant - Argentine - $$$$
3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33140


The Paradise for meat cuts tasting Argentinian style is called Los Fuegos. Located in the facilities of Faena Hotel, this restaurant features an exhuberant décor where the color red dominates.  HHere you will taste savory barbecue served directly at your table. Chorizo (pork sausage), morcilla (blood sausage), churrascos (barbecued steaks), and even juicy ribeyes will be the main cast starring your barbecue fantasy.

Palme d'Or at The Biltmore Hotel
Coral Gables - Restaurant - French - $$$$
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Miami, FL 33134

Let your palate savor the delicacies of the classic French cuisine in a sophisticated and charming restaurant. Wooden columns, mirrors, candlesticks and ceilings carefully painted surround diners. Palmde d’Or is located inside Biltmore Hotel and boasts a menu that is a complete piece of art, the wild dream of any foodie.

Miami Beach - Restaurant - Italian - $$$$
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33140


This is a place inside Fontainebleau Hotel makes a show of exclusivity and if you are a food lover, Scarpetta will definitely take you to another level.  Octopus as a starter and pasta as the main course are the specialty of the house; however, Scarpetta boasts a wide-ranging menu and the wine selection is equally fantastic. The service and food are of the highest quality. This restaurant has earned its well-deserved 4 diamonds by the AAA (American Automobile Association).

Fontana Restaurant
Coral Gables - Restaurant - Italian - $$$
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Miami, FL 33134


A restaurant suited to business or intimate rendezvous. Tranquility and silence are remarked by a central fountain surrounded by beautiful palm trees and gardens. If the aforementioned is not enough for your taste, the restaurant embellishes itself with some candlelight and piano music.  

Situated in Biltmore Hotel you’ll enjoy a diverse menu of Mediterranean Italian food: Pasta, octopus, lobster, caviar, salmon and desserts. Furthermore, Fontana features brunch with champagne in the morning.   

Jaya at The Setai
Miami Beach - Restaurant - Asian Fusion - $$$
2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33139

A restaurant meant to enjoy Asian cuisine inspired by the flavors of India, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea. Jaya at The Setai is located inside Setai Hotel where luxury goes together with a privileged view of the sea.

Moreover it is really close to Lincoln Road, an ideal area to go shopping.

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