21 Miami Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered

Give yourself the gift of a clean kitchen this year.

Yardbird
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There was a time not so long ago when, if you weren’t able to snag a table at one of a handful of Chinese restaurants, Christmas meant making dinner on your own. But recently, eateries have realized many people aren’t so big on sweating out in the kitchen after an all-night present-wrapping marathon, and today, whether you’re feeling like sushi or Moroccan lamb shanks, you can easily add it to your effortless holiday spread. Here’s a handy guide to South Florida’s top restaurants for Christmas dinner.

Le Zoo

Bal Harbour
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It’ll basically be Christmas in Paris, if your version of Parisian dining includes palm trees and valet parking. This French café-inspired Steven Starr joint at Bal Harbour Shops will be open on Christmas with an a la carte menu including King Crab Risotto, Prime Rib of Beef with Pommes Purée, Wild Mushrooms tossed in a Sauce Vin, and Buche de Noel for dessert.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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Doya

Wynwood
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The warm Christmas air will feel especially lovely under the twinkling lights of Doya’s open patio. The Greek-Turkish hybrid will be open from noon to 11 pm on Christmas day, with a full menu including the Greens and Figs Salad, Whole Grilled Branzino, and a caramelized pumpkin dessert.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve on OpenTable.

Fiola

Coral Gables
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Following this DC-based Michelin Star-winner’s traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, for Christmas they’ll have the regular a la carte menu plus plenty of holiday specials. Gear up for Delmonico Steak Wellington with Foie Gras, Peppercorn-crusted Wagyu Tomahawk with Porcini Armagnac Sauce, and Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Maple Syrup.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve on OpenTable.

Makoto

Bal Harbour
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If you’re not eating raw fish, is it really Christmas? Such is the question at Makoto, where you can dine on Peking Salmon with Red Miso Hoisin, Fermented Chili Sauce, and Pancakes off the holiday menu along with all their regular offerings.
Cost: Salmon runs $100 each; a la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

TUR Kitchen

Coral Gables
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TUR’s elegant Mediterranean journey of a menu will be available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day this year, but if you’re dining out on Sunday, do something special and opt for the seven-course tasting menu complete with a sommelier-selected wine pairing.
Cost: Reservations run $145 per person ($240 with wine pairing)
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Chica

MiMo
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Lorena Garcia is working hard this Christmas, putting out a special holiday menu loaded with stuff you won’t find the rest of the year. Try the Lobster Croquette Mac and Cheese with Tasso Mornay and Calabrian oil, Wagyu Picanha Anticucho with crispy Bok-choy, charred Pineapple, Farofa, and Criolla, and Veal Shank Barbacoa with Marrow, Heirloom Blue Corn Tortillas, and Chili Jus.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Batch Gastropub

Brickell
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The best thing about Christmas falling on a weekend is that if you want to escape your family, at least there’s football on TV. The best place to catch both NFL games—and the Camellia Bowl—is at Batch, where they’ve created a special holiday menu alongside all your regular go-tos. Try the Tuna Tataki or dive into the Creamy Lobster Risotto made with Thai Basil Pecan Pesto. Or just go with wings and a beer, no pressure.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Yardbird

South Beach
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You know how excited Tiny Tim got about having a baked goose on Christmas? Now imagine if it was fried chicken. You’ll have that same, wide-eyed joy when you stop into Yardbird, with all their classics on the menu plus Herb-crusted Prime Rib, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Baked Oysters with Andouille Sausage and Cornbread.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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Mila

South Beach
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Thought you’d never spend Christmas enjoying Korean Volcanic Flounder on a South Beach rooftop? 2021 is your year, amigo. Mila is plating up a special Hirame—AKA summer flounder—for the holiday, imported from the island of Jeju and flavored with dill, mustard seed, fig vinegar, caviar, and edible flowers. It’ll be available alongside all Mila’s usual Mediterr-Asian offerings.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Boia De

Buena Vista
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Yes, this list is mostly about dinner. But when El Bagel is throwing a Christmas brunch, the world needs to know about it. They’ll be collaborating with Miami’s most intimate Italian restaurant from 11 am to 3 pm for a special morning menu, and outside you’ll find an open patio stocked with sparkling wine, mini bagels, and spreads.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Jaya at the Setai

South Beach
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Planning to propose on Christmas? Score at least a passing grade in originality by doing it at one of Miami’s most romantic restaurants, amid the twinkling lights and serene ponds of Jaya. They’ll have the normal lineup of tandooris and curries, plus Seared Foie Gras with Ginger Caramel Glaze, Kusshi Oyster with Ginger Cucumber Foam, and Lamb Chops with Truffle Mashed Potatoes.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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Lightkeepers

Key Biscayne
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If you haven’t yet made the trek out to the Island Paradise in a while, Christmas day’s thinned traffic is an excellent opportunity. Take in the sunset from the Ritz Carlton’s poolside restaurant while perusing an a la carte menu, plus live music and inventive rum drinks right next door at RumBar.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Call 305-365-4185 or email LKDiningReservations@ritzcarlton.com to reserve.

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Phuc Yea

MiMo
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Vietnamese Cajun food is about as Christmas as it gets, so why not spend your holiday at the place that perfected it? Cesar Zapata is plating up his usual favorites, including PY Noodles with Oyster Sauce and Parmesan. You can also close out the holiday with Edamame Hummus with Lemongrass Chili Oil, Bao Buns, and Hickory-smoked Beef Short Rib Pho.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to order: Reserve via OpenTable.

Reunion Ktchn Bar

Aventura
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Visiting family in Aventura and not feeling Christmas dinner at the mall? Hit up Reunion, where a world tour of food will be touching down via a five-course holiday dinner. Enticements range from Latin-inspired Mahi Ceviche to Italian classics like Lobster Tortellini and Lunete with Black Truffle, Brown Butter, and Sage. There’s also a Moroccan Lamb Shank, as well as Sea Bass St. Jacques (a nod to the French).
Cost: Reservations run $89 per person
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.

The Rusty Pelican

Virginia Key
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If you wake up on Christmas morning and to the horrifying realization you forgot to buy a present for someone really important, the Rusty Pelican has you covered. Just tell them you booked a table at Miami’s top spot for special occasion dining, and treat them to a night of fire-grilled steaks, ocean-fresh seafood, and stunning skyline views. They’re open from 5:30 to 9:30 pm for dinner, so you can knock that gift out before New Years hits.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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Toro Toro

Downtown
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Richard Sandoval’s downtown Latin steakhouse is pulling out all the carnivorous stops on Christmas, with a prix-fixe menu that kicks off with Pork Carnitas robatas with Plantain Tortillas. As is appropriate for the holidays, the entrees come out family-style with a choice of Bone-in Short Rib, Grilled Tiger Prawns, and Double Bone-in Pork Chop with Aji Amarillo Mojo Sauce. Sides include Coconut Basmati Rice, Kimchi Brussels Sprouts, and Maitake Mushrooms. Then it all finishes with Black Forest Cake and Pina Colada Ice Cream.
Cost: Reservations run $79 per person
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

If you’re going to go the Chinese-food-on-Christmas route, you may as well do it at Miami’s most classic Chinese dining destination. This Bird Road institution has long been the city’s go-to, championed by a great many Chinese international students from University of Miami. Even if you don’t live nearby, it’s worth the drive down the Palmetto. Traffic will be light on Christmas anyway.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first served seating

Ariete

Coconut Grove
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Michael Beltran is treating you like family this Christmas, except he’ll be charging you at the end. What we mean is, get ready for a family-style feast with Black Truffle-stuffed Green Circle Chicken, Pork Collar Ham, Yucca with Calabrian Mojo and Mustard Creme Fraiche, Roasted Fennel with Apples and Taleggio Cheese, and Calabaza in Caramel.
Cost: Reservations run $75 per person
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Steak 954

Ft. Lauderdale Beach
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The traditional baron of beef is a magical part of the holidays. Spending all day making it, however, is not, so if you’re feeling meaty this Christmas, head to Steven Starr’s steakhouse by the water, where they’ll serve the entire dinner menu alongside holiday specials like Herb-roasted Prime Rib with Foie Gras and Eggnog Crème Brulee.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Gold Marquess

Pembroke Pines
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Ask Broward County lifers where to find the best Chinese food in South Florida, and even those who escaped from Miami will tell you it’s a Gold Marquees. The name comes up more often than any other when talking about local Chinese gems, and even if you’re not adventurous enough to try the chicken feet and fried intestines, Gold Marquess still plays the hits with the utmost grace.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via TableAgent.

1 Hotel South Beach

South Beach
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If you’ve got nostalgic memories of taking grandma to the nearest chuck wagon buffet for Christmas dinner—but not-so-nice memories of said chuck wagon food—up your buffet game at Habitat. They’ll have the same all-you-can-eat setup as the buffet restaurants of yore, but with beautifully plated entrees, fresh salads and vegetables, and dazzling carving stations from 1 to 9 pm.
Cost: Reservations run $95 per person ($45 for children 10 and under)
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Matt Meltzer is a Miami-based contributor for Thrillist.