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10 stellar special-occasion restaurants in Miami

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by Amber Love Bond
Updated December 18, 2023

The Magic City was made for special nights out, whether they call for putting on flip-flops, espadrilles, or stilettos. It’s not just about over-the-top clubstaurants in this tropical party town. Find the city’s subtler side, too, in its MICHELIN-starred icons and hundred-year-old seafood spots.

One thing is clear: There’s no shortage of celebration spots here, no matter what your wardrobe or palate craves. Read on for a guide to 10 top Miami restaurants ready to host your next special occasion.

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4.6
4.6 (1173)
$31 to $50
Asian
MiMo / Upper East Side
About the restaurant

The paper lantern-decked patio at Phuc Yea screams birthday party, and so do the ’90s hip-hop tunes. But this artsy Vietnamese Cajun spot is just as ready for casual date night or a group brunch. Owners Ani Meinhold and chef Cesar Zapata use their heritages as a launching pad for unexpected cultural mashups like wok-fried noodles with oyster sauce, Parmesan, and garlic butter. To level up your big night, get the special oysters experience available via OpenTable.


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Friend
Dined 3 days ago
Waiter David was great!, great service, great advices, great attitude! The food was wonderful! The place could’ve better
A photo of Ironside Pizza restaurant
4.7
4.7 (241)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
MiMo / Upper East Side
About the restaurant

This beloved BYOB pizza spot is set in a cozy neighborhood courtyard and best for special occasions that don’t require dolling up. That’s because a night here is all about killer Neapolitan food and company (Ironside is especially great for large groups). A casual celebration features wood-fired pizzas, calzones, pastas—including vegan and gluten-free options—and the kind of easygoing party vibes you won’t find anywhere else in this fast and furious town.


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Kurt1459vip
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Always a good experience and a great meal. We love having them as one of our local restaurants and favorites!
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4.3
4.3 (1638)
$31 to $50
Market Cuisine
Design District
About the restaurant

Those looking to celebrate in style—and maybe spot a celeb or two—should head straight to Swan. The glamorous Design District spot is owned by nightlife mogul David Grutman and artist Pharrell Williams, for starters. Swan is also as Insta-worthy as it gets with soft pink velvet seats, a stunning horseshoe bar, and leafy garden accents. The Euro-style share plates don’t hold back on high-roller touches like caviar and lobster. Stretch your big night with a nightcap at Bar Bevy, Swan’s sultrier sibling upstairs.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful service, and our waiter was super informative about the meal choices, and recommendations were excellent.
A photo of Jaya at the Setai restaurant
4.5
4.5 (4888)
$31 to $50
Asian
South Beach
About the restaurant

Impress out-of-towners (or anyone, really) with a fancy celebration at this sleek oasis. Jaya lives in the Setai Miami Beach, and the hotel’s glam vibe extends to its signature restaurant. Jaya’s tandoor-roasted, wok-fried menu is a trip through India, Thailand, and China. Book a table around the water-filled courtyard, and saddle up for a nightly entertainment lineup that includes fire dancers and acrobats—this is dinner-and-a-show, Miami style.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Jaya at Setai is more than just a good meal; it’s a feast for the senses! Everything was bursting with flavor and fun! The combination of delicious food, exceptional drinks, and a vibrant atmosphere makes for an unforgettable dining experience. My husband and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary with crispy octopus, Thai Beef, riceless rolls, and an upside pineapple cake with a few cocktails 😋 Highly recommended for anyone looking to add a dash of spectacle to their evening out in SoBe.
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4.7
4.7 (2643)
$50 and over
American
South Beach
About the restaurant

Stubborn Seed’s MICHELIN star is one major reason to celebrate just about anything here. The elegant American restaurant is led by Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford and known for a blockbuster tasting menu with the freshest finds from local farms. Lucky for you, that means a new meal every time you celebrate here. A Stubborn Seed spread almost always features freshly baked bread, wagyu, and sensational local fish, depending on what’s in season. Outdoor tables promise a breezy al fresco celebration, but dine indoors and you’ll spot all the action in the glass-walled kitchen.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
An absolutely perfect gastronomical experience. Perfection in every bite - creative, unique, and delicious. Recommend adding the wine pairings.
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4.7
4.7 (3778)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
South Beach
About the restaurant

Thanks to its dark and velvety interiors, Byblos is where you go to dial up the romance. Most of its Eastern Mediterranean dishes are served family-style, confirming that sharing is definitely caring here. Toast to each other with the vodka and pomegranate Gulab cocktail—it’s garnished with fresh rose petals and tastes as good as it looks. Then choose from feasts-for-two that include lamb shoulder with sumac, pickles, and house lavash. A DJ spins on weekends, making Byblos especially celebration friendly.


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DebSRM
Dined 3 days ago
We celebrated a lovely meal at Byblos! The food was fantastic, our table of 8 was fighting about which one was the best dish. The service was great, a little slow at times but the place was busy so it was understandable. The waiter really pushed us to try the 4-course tasting menu, however, we ended up splitting in groups of 2 o 3 and ordered 3 o 4 dishes per group so we could try everything. It ended up being a better price than the tasting menu, with drinks, dessert, tax and tip included. The ambiance was great and lively without being too loud or too busy. The restaurant both inside dining room and outside patio are beautiful and comfortable. Overall, great experience. Would definitely recommend and will definitely go back!
A photo of Mignonette Downtown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2313)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown Miami
About the restaurant

As its name suggests, Mignonette is where you go for oysters, flown in from both US coasts on a daily basis. Its retro-cool digs call for low-key celebrations (read: flip-flops and tanks are welcome), complete with lobster rolls and clams casino. Snap a photo by the charming marquee showing off the bivalve selection of the day, and add a bottle of bubbles—or a slice of key lime pie—to make things extra festive.


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SandraTvip
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was delicious! We were warmly greeted upon arrival and promptly seated. The restaurant honored my request for a nice table by the window for our anniversary dinner. We had Mussels in white wine - very fresh and plump; Clam Chowder - it doesn't get any fresher than theirs; Crispy Skin Snapper very tasty and well-seasoned; and twin lobster rails. The tails were a bit small but very nicely flavored. My only complaint is the salad. For $15, it could have been a decent size. This one was the size of an appetizer plate and only contained lettuce, pickled onions, radish, and dressing! For the portion, they should adjust the price to $9.99 max! Otherwise, our server, Diana, was great, and we hope to return the next time we're in Miami!
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4.5
4.5 (4020)
$50 and over
Contemporary Asian
Brickell
About the restaurant

Komodo is another Grutman-owned restaurant that’s fluent in all things flashy. The massive three-story spot is known for attracting celebs and can do celebration drinks with just as much swag as an intimate dinner (request one of its bird’s nest-like seats if you’re here for a romantic occasion). Easy-to-share food like wagyu beef dumplings, rock shrimp, and lettuce wraps dominates the pan-Asian menu. But you’re really here for the OTT atmosphere, accomplished by 40-foot ceilings and sexy treehouse-chic decor.


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WaleedBvip
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
my wife and I had a very lovely evening celebrating our anniversary
A photo of Lido Restaurant and Champagne Bar at The Surf Club restaurant
4.5
4.5 (657)
$50 and over
Italian
Surfside
About the restaurant

Lido is far from your average hotel lobby restaurant. Instead, it’s a transportive special occasion spot that shuttles you to the Italian coast. Start with a glass of bubbles from Miami’s largest Champagne collection, then dive into a sophisticated surf-and-turf dinner. If you’re here for Sunday Funday, there’s a prix fixe brunch with family-style apps, Italian-accented mains, and a stunning dessert buffet.


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JohnTvip
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
Excellent food drinks and service - Server Marco was very professional and is also excellent
A photo of LPM Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1075)
$50 and over
French
Brickell
About the restaurant

Make-or-break client dinners call for LPM’s Cote d’Azur-inspired flavors. The glossy Brickell Bay Drive spot serves gorgeous French and Mediterranean food, but its claim to fame is the dessert menu, stacked with hits like lemon sorbet with vodka and a cloud-like cheesecake. Bonus points for the impressive French wine list with lots of shoutouts to Provence.


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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
Absolutely incredible. No words to describe from the greeting at arrival to the valet outside. Exceptional food, ambiance, staff and more.
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