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Hotel Restaurants Worth the Stay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin, BT Contributors   
July 2018

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WPix_Dish_7-18hen you think of good places to eat, hotel restaurants aren’t typically top of mind. For a lot of hotel chains, food is an afterthought -- other comforts like spacious rooms and spa treatments are prioritized.

But then there are those hotels whose restaurants play an integral role in a customer’s overall experience. Those are the ones worth visiting, and there are plenty in Miami if you know where to look.

Over in Brickell, Four Seasons Hotel impresses visitors day in and day out with EDGE, Steak & Bar (1435 Brickell Ave., 305-381-3190). The eatery’s contemporary American fare is varied and approachable. Don’t let the elegance of the place fool you: Prices for items like stone crabs in sea urchin butter, grilled Aussie lamb chops, and crispy duck confit are reasonable, especially for the caliber of cuisine. In fact, $55 for a five-course tasting is a steal; it’s no surprise this place has stood the test of time while other restaurants in the area struggle to survive.

The EPIC Hotel from Kimpton dazzles diners with a variety of offerings just over the bridge. While South Florida foodies are likely familiar with Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277) and its high-quality Asian bites, the downtown hotel’s other dining venue is no slouch. Area 31 (305-424-5234) combines a stellar skyline view with an extensive list of Mediterranean selections, such as Faroe Island salmon, fisherman stew, and Caribbean snapper. The result: a picturesque date or friendly outing you won’t soon forget.

Notable hotel restaurants are also plentiful in north Miami-Dade. Case in point: Acqualina Resort’s dynamic duo of Il Mulino New York (17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191) and AQ Chop House by Il Mulino. Patrons preferring Italian classics like spaghetti carbonara and bucatini amatriciana will find them at the former, while customers looking for a “meatier” time are likelier to enjoy the steakhouse experience of the latter.

Another beloved pairing is Turnberry Isle’s Corsair (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-6800) and Bourbon Steak (786-279-6600). Which restaurant you visit depends on the occasion. At Corsair, food is a bit lighter and more casual. Highlights like matzoh ball soup, campanelle flatbread, and braised short rib are homey and filling without stretching your budget too thin. If budget is no concern, though, splurge at Bourbon Steak. The Michael Mina steakhouse is a carnivore’s paradise, with prime cuts like Delmonico rib eye and angus rib cap. It’s more expensive than Corsair, but it’s worth the premium.



As you can see, hotel restaurants deserve their fair share of attention. With that said, stand-alone spots have also been making waves lately. Mason (3470 N. Miami Ave., 786-618-5150) is one of them. The long-awaited late-night diner from Beaker and Gray’s Brian Nasajon is officially open at the former Gigi location in Midtown. Unlike Nasajon’s other restaurant, Mason places less emphasis on sharing plates. That’s good because there’s no way you’re going to want to share your oxtail pot pie or pastrami hash -- these plates live up to the rave reviews.

Tap 42 (19501 Biscayne Blvd., 786-440-7270) is the one of the latest restaurants to open in Aventura Mall’s new wing. Diners no longer have to travel to Coral Gables, Midtown, or Fort Lauderdale to get their fill of gastropub grub like short-rib beef sliders or oven-baked shrimp mac and cheese. Just like the other locations, Tap 42 is home to a wealth of draft beers as well as draft cocktails, such as a blood orange cosmojito.

While in the Aventura area, we also discovered Moon Thai Organic Kitchen (3455 NE 163rd St., 305-974-5129) not too far away in North Miami Beach. As big fans of the Coral Gables outpost, we’re glad to see the eatery’s vast Thai and Japanese offerings have made it up here. Don’t miss out on the bento boxes, which provide patrons with an insane amount of food for under $20 during lunch; the honey pork ribs and tom yum chicken are standouts.



Jack’s Miami in Wynwood said goodbye to the neighborhood last month; the restaurant shuttered after the property was sold. Thankfully, fans don’t have to travel far for their Italian food fix: Jack’s has opened a new location in Brickell that focuses on takeout.


Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin are co-founders of Miami Food Pug, an award-winning South Florida food blog that fuses the couple’s love of dogs and food.


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