In Miami, nothing rounds out the holiday season like Art Basel Miami Beach (December 6 to December 9), the internationally renowned exhibition that hosts the art world’s most preeminent creators, as well as other satellite fairs and events. Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or you’re a local, make sure you’re ready by booking tables at these restaurants right now.
Born from a collaboration between rapper Pharrell Williams and Miami hospitality guru David Grutman (he’s the man behind clubs LIV and Story, and the Brickell restaurant Komodo), this new Design District eatery is destined to triumph. But beyond the celebrity run-ins, which are pretty much a guarantee, and the swoon worthy interior design elements, we hear the food is especially noteworthy, as Williams and Grutman tapped French celebrity chef Jean Imbert to helm the kitchen. 90 NE 39th St., Miami, 305-704-0994
The brainchild of Argentine-born celebrity chef Sebastian La Rocca, this Latin American concept launched only several weeks ago at the ME by Melia hotel in Downtown Miami. During Art Basel, it’s poised to be a popular watering hole due to its meze-style dining experience, which allows for sharing, and its opportune location. CVLTVRA is within close proximity to several satellite fairs, including Art Miami and Context, which are also situated downtown, and Spectrum Miami, which is at Mana Wynwood. 1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-808-3507
Since opening this summer at the iconic Shore Club hotel, Diez y Seis has become a go-to spot for killer cocktails and Chef Jose Icardi’s renegade take on Mexican cuisine. Beyond the delicious drinks and eats, its location on Collins Avenue couldn’t be better, especially if you’re staying on Miami Beach for the day. Just minutes from Art Basel, Design Miami/, Aqua Art Miami, and PULSE Miami Beach, it’s the ideal spot for a siesta (and some good tequila). 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3226
Perched atop the Herzog and de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road building, Juvia Miami offers stunning vistas of the Magic City in addition to an eclectic array of French and Peruvian cuisine. It’s only a five-minute uber ride from the Miami Beach Convention Center, making it the ideal destination for post-Basel eats and drinks. Pro tip: arrive before sunset and order an elderflower mule to make the most out of your visit to this special spot. 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-763-8272
For a truly artful dining experience, book a table at the lauded chef José Andrés’ seafood-centric Brickell eatery. Located within the posh SLS Brickell hotel, the restaurant’s chic Phillippe Starck-decorated interior will draw you in, but the innovative small plates will make you stay through dessert. And let us note that dessert is definitely worth staying for. To be clear, order the key lime pie; this twist on the classic Florida dessert is absolutely divine. 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-615-5859
Another fantastic dining option in Brickell is La Petite Maison, the London import that serves up elegant French-inspired cuisine. The tony space features a rotating selection of artwork, and this season, Art Basel guests will be among the first to see a new installation from Romeo Britto titled “Evolution.” 1300 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami, 305-403-9133