Super Bowl Week or any other week, Miami and South Florida is not shy about its number (and quality) of restaurants. Here’s a look at some of my favorite sports for locals and visitors to dine during Super Bowl Week.
Hiden Wynwood Miami
A legendary, 15-course omakase secret speakeasy, tucked away in the back of The Taco Stand in the Wynwood Arts District. Guests receive authentic cuisine with the freshest ingredients flown straight from Japan daily as they watch firsthand how Chef Tetsuya Honda and Chef James Weinlein create every dish.
Bulla Gastrobar (Coral Gables, Doral)
Nothing says football season quite like burgers and beers – and Bulla Gastrobar – Spanish tapas hotspot – is pulling out all the stops, including an extended happy hour (drinks only) from 5 p.m. to close and culinary specials. The signature Bulla Burger (my favorite) served with chips and topped with piquillo peppers, caramelized onions, tetilla cheese and honey thyme glaze sandwiched between a brioche bun for $10. Don’t pass on the Coca Brava flatbread with cumin marinated chicken, brava sauce, red onions and Mahón cheese for $10.
Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar (Kendall, Doral)
Pisco’s signature Que Bestia Burger, with certified Angus beef burger, rocoto pepper aioli, tomato-panca chutney and shoestring potatoes is a “must have’’ for Feb. 2. Or try the new Chifa Bao Buns, made with braised pulled pork, pickled vegetables and salsa criolla. They each go great with Piscos’s extended happy hour on drinks until close.
Planta South Beach
Located in the buzzy South of Fifth neighborhood, Planta South Beach is a 100 percent plant-based eatery that serves vegan takes on dishes such as burgers, pizza, dumplings, ceviche. It even has a full sushi bar that utilizes fruits and vegetables such as like watermelon, mushroom, and hearts of palm to mirror the taste and texture of fish.
Located in the heart of Miami’s Design District, Swan is David Grutman and Pharrell’s stylish restaurant known for its modern chic cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and frequent celebrity sightings. With daily brunch and a globally influenced menu, featuring Octopus Carpaccio, Caviar Pasta, Lobster & Shrimp Sliders, and the Croque Madame.
Three (Wynwood Miami)
A celebration of elevated cuisine in Wynwood, Three features reding brunch food options such as brioche French toast, fried chicken, avocado toast, huevos rancheros, “Miami Style,” and an array of cocktails served in large formats like tea pots, punch bowls and ceramic tiki bowls. Dinner options include steak tartare, Florida media crudo, wagyu beef bavette and dry-aged striploin.
Bakan (Wynwood Miami)
An indoor and outdoor restaurant-bar with a terrific Mexican cusine. Guests can watch the Super Bowl huge screens, while drinking Bakan’s Big-Game-themed cocktails.
From the organic blue corn tortillas, handmade in-house, to the wide variety of regional dishes, and of course, the four-tiered glass case filled with more than 350 mezcals and tequilas, Bakan is a restaurant for any season.
Located in Miami’s urban Brickell neighborhood, Katsuya blends master sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi’s fresh take on classic Japanese cuisine with the vibe of downtown Miami at SLS Lux. Guests seeking dinner off the beach will experience an innovative menu featuring the highest quality sushi and robata dishes uniquely adapted for all palates.
Fi’lia Brickell (Miami)
Located in the SLS Brickell, Fi’lia Brickell is an Italian eatery that features honest Italian food made with the freshest ingredients. Guests are exposed to a selection of artisanal breads and pastas among other offerings. Known for its table-side Caesar salad and rustic pizzas.
American Social (Miami)
The elevated waterfront sports bar boasts more than 25 TV screens and features a speciality Big Game Burger ($12) stacked with bacon, chicken fingers, buffalo cheese sauce, fried onions and cherry peppers. Fans can also enjoy a variety of game-day specials, including $15 beer buckets, $6 smoked chicken wings, $4-6 shots of select liquor and more.
Luna Park (Miami)
Brickell’s three-story upscale food hall has three upscale restaurants: Macellaio RC – an Italian butchery serving certified Piedmontese beef, N.0 Osteria – highlighting Southern Italian regional cuisine from Sicily, Calabria and Puglia, and Puro’s – an entirely gluten-free and vegetarian restaurant. Luna Park is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Description: David Grutman’s three-story celebrity restaurant hotspot combines contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine with a South Florida vibe to elevate the dining and nightlife experience. Just minutes away from Bayfront Park’s Super Bowl LIVE.
Pap Steak (Miami Beach)
David Grutman’s latest hotspot Papi Steak, a partnership with David “Papi” Einhorn, fuses Grutman’s flair for mixing high-style design, and an edgy eclectic vibe with David “Papi” Einhorn’s passion for steak. In addition to the traditional signature Papi Steak Ribeye, the menu represents a modern, elevated spin on classic dishes, including prime meats grilled to order and Kosher-style items such as Wagyu Pastrami, Latkes, and Chicken Schnitzel.
The Garden (Miami Beach)
A jungle-inspired Mediterranean restaurant and lounge. Located in the courtyard of the Boulan South Beach hotel, The Garden features “Twilight in the Garden” dinner setting with interactive performance artists, live music and DJs. The dinner menu also features a variety of quality seafood, and grass-fed steak.
Sorbillo (Miami Beach)
Naples’ best pizza maker, Gino Sorbillo, brings his acclaimed pizzeria Sorbillo to Miami Beach. The second U.S. location offers only 250 pizzas each day, all handmade with fresh and well-sourced ingredients imported from Italy. The 88-seat restaurant located in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District.
Rooftop of Bellini Restaurant & Bar (Miami)
Game-day menu will feature Panino with “Porchetta”, Panino with “Milanese Di Pollo”, Mr. C Cheeseburger, Broiled Chicken Wings, and a Football Whoopie Pie. Bellin’s A La Carte Menu will also be available.
ADDiKT Modern Kitchen (Miami)
Inside the W Miami, ADDiKT will offer barbecue, games, and unlimited beer. Guests have the option to choose between the $55 unlimited barbecue option or the $80 unlimited barbecue and draft beer option.
WATR at 1 Hotel South Beach
On Feb. 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm, watch the game 18 stories up at the rooftop restaurant. Guests can get a special a la carte menu. General Admission tickets run for $150 and includes access to the rooftop bar & pool – where the game will be playing on a large screen – open bar, and a special big game a la carte menu. Menu items will include duck nachos, wings, and a triple truffle Wagyu burger. Guests also have the option to reserve a cabana (10 people), which starts at $7,000, includes a dedicated server, bottle service, and food item choices from the menu.
Leynia (South Beach)
Chef Jose Icardi’s Leynia, located within the Delano South Beach, features a Japanese-infused Argentinean grill. Guests are served their meals and drinks through roaming bikes imported straight from Argentina.
Sugar Factory (South Beach)
Sugar Factory is a great people-watching spot that serves some monstrous meals and sweet drinks.
Boulud Sud (Miami)
Watch the Big Game in a casual, yet chic atmosphere surrounded by fresh and vibrant Mediterranean fare with bites offered throughout the weekend, such as classic Chicken Wings and Chili Con Carne. With extended hours set and the game playing on the TV, Boulud Sud – in the JW Marriott Marquis – is a terrific dining destination.
Upland (Miami Beach)
Specials running through Feb. 2. Upland’s menu features discounts on dished such as Crispy Chicken Wings made with some Californian influence and Miami charm. Feeling thirsty? Guests can sip their way into the game with discounted drinks like the Old Fashioned ($10), Martinis ($12) or the refreshing Cucumber & Smoke ($15).
Katsuya South Beach
Katsuya South Beach is Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi’s dynamic dining destination, featuring sushi and robata dishes uniquely adapted for the American palate. The experience is complemented with a wide range of beverage options, including sake flights, handcrafted cocktails, and a rare selection of Japanese Whiskies. The restaurant also features the Dragon Lounge, an intimate lounge/bar on the second floor serving cocktails and Japanese-inspired bar bites.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
Located in the SLS South Beach, this high-end eatery has a menu that blends Andrés’ Spanish heritage and personal ingenuity with influences from the local Latin culinary community. Guests can indulge in dishes designed for sharing, such as like Empanadillas de Bacalao, Bone Marrow and Jamon de Toro, while sipping on uniquely crafted cocktails and wines.
Diez y Seis (South Beach)
One of my favorite Mexican eateries, Diez y Seis is Shore Club’s signature restaurant. Led by renowned Chef Jose Icardi, the restaurant features all new lunch, dinner, brunch and cocktail options – each paying homage to Mexico’s culinary contribution with an added twist on the classics. During the Big Game weekend, Diez y Seis will host a brunch featuring a breakfast table, omelette and pancakes, raw bar, salad bar, dessert station and hot food.
Prime 112 (South Beach)
Restaurateur Myles Chefetz’ steakhouse is a must when looking for places to dine, during the Big Game weekend or any time.
Big Pink (South Beach)
An all-hours scene for locals and tourists that serves oversized burgers and breakfast dishes. A South Beach staple.
Cleo South Beach
Located on Collins Avenue, Cleo is a “must dine,’’ thanks to its Mediterranean menu that features shareable plates, mezzes, flatbreads, and handcrafted cocktails.
NaiYaRa (Miami Beach)
Located in Miami Beach’s locals-friendly neighborhood of Sunset Harbour, Chef Bee is showcasing an eclectic menu featuring Thai street fare and Japanese specialties. Whether you’re looking for simple but refined sushi or spicy curry dinner at NaiYara, is nothing short of excellence. For the Super Bowl, BNaiYaRa will be offering the Big Game Sampler ($100), which includes Sriracha Wings, Sticky Spare Ribs, Beef Jerky, Chicken Dumplings, Popcorn Shrimp and Leek Dumplings.
Feature Photo: Leynia (Delano South Beach)