Though we’ve yet to experience a drop in temperature, the holiday season is most certainly upon us. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means time with loved ones and likely many hours toiling in the kitchen. Why not swap your apron for something chic and leave the cooking to the chefs at one of Miami’s hottest eateries?
Since opening in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood last year, the South Florida offshoot of a popular New York City brasserie has become a local hotspot. A collaboration between famed restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Justin Smillie, Upland’s California-inspired menu features an array of shareable dishes. On Thanksgiving, Smillie will be cooking up a turkey feast along with a register of succulent a la carte dishes like roasted autumn vegetables and pork sausage stuffing. 49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-602-9998
Caffé Burgers E Bar at La Centrale
Brickell City Centre’s three-story Italian food hall is offering Miamians two ways to experience a delicious and stress-free holiday meal. One option is to book a reservation at La Centrale’s Caffé Burgers E Bar, which will be offering a hearty prix fixe menu complete with four courses featuring Italian and American staples. Or, if you’re more in the mood for cozying up at home, you can pre-order all of the fixings and pick them up on Thanksgiving. 601 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-720-2401
Known for its fresh, organic, and local cuisine, Malibu Farm Miami Beach may sound like the sundry South Florida restaurants that are on trend as of late. But what differentiates this spot from the rest is the relaxed yet completely luxurious atmosphere it conjures, and the stunning direct ocean views. On Thanksgiving, guests will be offered a complimentary cranberry mimosa before indulging in a tremendous buffet of herb roasted turkey, traditional brisket, and a variety of seasonal side dishes. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach,305-774-5579
Celebrating 10 years at the Fontainebleau hotel this season, this upscale eatery is the ideal spot for those looking for both an experience and a tremendous meal. On Thanksgiving, the Miami Beach restaurant is offering a prix fixe menu that highlights some of Chef Scott Conant’s most popular recipes, including creamy polenta with truffled mushrooms, spaghetti, and roasted branzino. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4660
Coral Gables newcomer Fiola is the sister restaurant of the Michelin-starred Washington, D.C. restaurant of the same name. With James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi at the helm, the Italian haunt is naturally poised to triumph. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to visit, as Trabocchi will prepare a four-course prix fixe menu of mouthwatering fare that includes his take on lobster ravioli, as well as smoked potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms and kabocha squash, and honey roasted duck with foie gras. 1500 San Ignacio Ave., Coral Gables, 305-912-2639
Set within Brickell’s posh EAST hotel, Uruguayan eatery Quinto La Huella is offering a decadent four-course prix fixe menu that includes two glasses of wine. Before gathering at the table, we suggest you start with a cocktail at Sugar, the property’s sky-high rooftop lounge known for its sweeping water views. When you’re ready to feast, enjoy a decadent selection of dishes like herb crusted rib roast, brown butter sage roasted squash, and cheesy cauliflower gratin. 788 Brickell Plz., Miami, 786-805-4646