Christmas will be here before you know it so it’s time to start making plans for the holidays. The following restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day for you and your family to enjoy a nice meal. Have a chic soiree or just get down and party, there’s a spot in Miami to accomodate you with some holiday cheer.

Artisan Beach House at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami is hosting its first chic soiree on New Year’s Eve. Channel your inner James Bond/Bond Girl and join Artisan Beach House for its Shaken Not Stirred New Year’s Eve Gala on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite 1960s James Bond character and ring in 2017 with the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Haulover Cut from The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, Miami, and indulge in a multi-course dinner from Executive Chef Paula DaSilva. Guests can choose from a variety of packages for the evening’s festivities: Early Dinner features three-courses from 6PM – 8PM for $125 per person (excluding tax & gratuity); Late Dinner features four-courses from 8:30PM – close for $250 per person (excluding tax & gratuity); and Dance Party tickets are available for $95 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). All diners are invited to stay for the dance party featuring music from DJ: RB NYC, a live magician and an extravagant fireworks show. At midnight, guests will be treated to a celebratory glass of champagne to toast the New Year. No James Bond party would be complete without some casino action. Attendees will be given $5,000 in gaming chips to try their hand with Lady Luck. The evening’s top winners will be awarded with an assortment of prizes including exclusive dining experiences, Exhale spa packages and much more. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please email res@artisanbeachhouse.com or call (305) 455-5460. The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, Miami is located at 10295 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305) 455-5400; http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/bal-harbour.

Wynwood hotspot Beaker & Gray is switching things up this Christmas with Executive Chef Brian Nasajon’s holiday go to’s – Jewish and Chinese cuisine. On Christmas Day, guests will be treated to alternative holiday a la carte offerings including General Tso’s Chicken with pineapple and sweet n’ sour sauce; Potato Latkes with charred scallion and horseradish cream; Lo Mein with juicy pork rib and stir fry; and Shakshuka with feta cheese and sour dough bread. Beaker & Gray will ring in the New Year with a four-course menu offered at $80 per person, or $125 complete with wine pairings. The restaurant will host two seatings at 6PM and 9PM, which will include first course option of Chilled Maine Lobster with pancetta, Marcona almond and English pea; followed by Pappardelle with braised rabbit, artichoke and caraway; and for the third course a juicy Domestic Lamb with carrot, char Siu and baby root vegetable. Diners can end 2016 on a sweet note with decadent Chocolate Cracklin’ with Bartlett pear, caramel and chocolate angel food cake. Guests who dine at 9PM will receive a complimentary glass of champagne to toast at midnight. Beaker & Gray is located at 2637 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. Telephone: (305) 699-2637; http://beakerandgray.com/.

Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood is closing out 2016 with an Omakase New Year’s Eve menu. In addition to the regular menu, Kuro is offering a $150 per person tasting menu that includes Salmon with caviar, uni and root vegetables; Toro with smoked tofu and wasabi; Soba with King crab and black truffle; Monkfish with Wagyu “lardo” and tomato broth; Wagyu with white truffle and sesame kimizu; chef’s choice Sushi; and end with Mont Blanc – chestnut mousse, kinako cake and red bean. In addition, guests can pair dinner with a specialty New Year’s cocktail – Jū Nana ($14) with champagne, cognac, cranberry and ginger. Kuro is located at One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida. Telephone: (800) 585-0010; www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

BLT Prime Miami is offering guests a three course prix fixe Christmas Blackboard Menu ($65), as well as a la carte options. Diners will begin with a choice of Butternut Squash Bisque with candied orange zest and roasted pumpkin gastrique ($14) or Pan Seared Sea Scallops with apple chips, macerated apple and apple cider rouille ($15). Main course includes a choice of Prosciutto Wrapped Monkfish with vegetable bayaldi and truffle vinaigrette ($36) or Prime Bone-in Tenderloin with bone marrow croquettes and smoked sea salt ($42). To accompany the main course, sides include Sweet Potato Pomme Anna with amoretti biscuits and marshmallow ($12) or Roasted Root Vegetables with brown butter and sage ($12). For that sweet finish, a choice of Buche De Noel with eggnog ice cream, whiskey buttercream and pistachio ($10) or Caramel Pecan Tart with brown butter ice cream and bourbon sauce ($10). No Substitutions; supplemental charges may apply. Reservations for the dinner can be made at 305-591-6066 or lukas@bltprime.com. BLT Prime is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami®, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. www.bltprimemiami.com.

The Dutch, inside the W South Beach, is inviting guests to celebrate the holidays in style with Christmas and New Year’s dinners. On Christmas Eve, the $50 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) dinner will include a traditional Caja China Pig Roast, along with other savory Latin dishes prepared by Executive Chef Adonay Tafur. Guests can spend the evening in the Grove, the Dutch’s lush outdoor playground, enjoying board games, sipping Coquitos ($8); all while enjoying live music by DJ Bre. The celebration continues on New Year’s Eve, when guests are invited back for a five course prix-fixe dinner, with a vegetarian menu available upon request. The first seating from 6:30PM to 8PM for $185 per person, includes half a bottle of Veuve Clicquot per person; the second seating is from 8PM to 10:30PM for $300 per person, and includes half a bottle of Dom Perignon per person. Diners can start with snacks that include Sturgeon Caviar with Meyer lemon, crème fraiche and gaufrette and a Butternut Squash Tart with Sichuan blossom, butternut mousse and amaranth. Appetizer choices include Foie Gras and Duck Terrine with Granny Smith apple, mostarda and black truffle jus or Florida Stone Crab Claws with dijon aioli and fresh lemon. For the mid-course, a Robiola Tortellini with Alba white truffle will be served. Main course choices include John Dory with lobster curry, Spot prawns and coriander flowers or Manhattan Steak with red wine short rib, Yukon potato and Hen of the Wood. For dessert, choose from Strawberry Vacherin with toasted almond meringue, basil ice cream and aged balsamic or Manjari Chocolate Crema with espresso caramel, roasted Seckel pear and spiced vanilla ice cream. The menu is also available without champagne options. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. For more information or reservations, please call (305) 938-3111 or email info@thedutchmiami.com.

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, the upscale Northern Italian eatery on South Beach, is offering guests a special menu, available both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The special a la carte menu will feature seasonal Alba white truffles. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, specials include, antipasti Fonduta Tartufata con Crostini – Fontina cheese fondue, poached egg yolk and toasted biova croutons ($40) and Tartare Di Filetto All’Albese – tartar of filet mignon, artichoke salad and crispy Parmigiano Reggiano ($45). Primi Piatti includes Tagliolini Delle Langhe Al Burro Montato – “langhe” tagliolini in Italian butter sauce ($85); and Risotto con Toma Ossolana – risotto with Piemontese Toma cheese ($85). Secondi Piatti features Robespierre Di Filetto Con Porcini – thinly sliced beef tenderloin with sautéed porcini mushrooms ($95); and Scaloppine di Vitella Tartufate – veal scaloppini with truffle butter sauce and truffle fries ($95).

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana is also offering a variety of New Year’s Eve specials, in addition to the regular menu. Antipasti options include Antipasto Misto Di Pesce con Salsa Rosa – steamed selection of marinated seafood served with chef pink sauce ($35) and Tartare Di Filetto All’Albese Al Tartufo Bianco – tartar of filet mignon, artichoke salad and crispy Parmigiano Reggiano with white truffle ($45). Primi Piatti includes Tagliolini Delle Langhe Al Burro Montato con Tartufo Bianco – “langhe” tagliolini in italian butter sauce with white truffle ($85); Risotto con Toma Ossolana con Tartufo Bianco – risotto with Piemontese Toma cheese and white truffle ($85); and Gnochetti con Astice e Caviale – gnocchi with Maine Lobster topped with caviar and creamy brandy sauce ($55). Secondi Piatti features Robespierre Di Filetto con Porcini con Tartufo Bianco – sliced beef tenderloin with sautéed porcini mushrooms and white truffle ($95); Filetto di Rombo con Carciofi e Patate – filet of Mediterranean turbot with artichokes and fingerling potatoes ($52); and Cotechino con Lenticchie – traditional NYE Italian sausage with lentils ($30). Dolci is a traditional Panettone con Salsa Allo Zabaione ($12). Quattro is located at 1014 Lincoln Road. Christmas menu is available from Noon to 11:45PM on December 24th and December 25th. New Year’s Eve is available from Noon to 11:45PM on December 31st. For reservations, please call (305) 531-4833 or visit www.quattromiami.com.

Beloved Miami Beach eatery, Macchialina, will be offering a special four-course Chef’s Tasting Menu for the holidays in addition to its classic dinner menu of rustic Italian favorites. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the feast will feature a variety of dishes in each course – served family style – for $55 per person, with an additional wine pairing for $28 per person. The restaurant will also be offering specials such as a succulent Veal Osso Bucco and Whole Roasted Fish with white wine and cherry tomatoes; available a la carte or as part of the tasting menu. Macchialina is located at 820 Alton Road on Miami Beach. The restaurant will be closed Christmas Day. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling the restaurant at (305) 534-2124. Website: www.macchialina.com.
Miami Beach’s seafood hotspot, Lure Fishbar, will be offering holiday diners a special a la carte menu of delicacies prepared by Executive Chef John Iatrellis on Christmas Eve; the restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day. To ring in the New Year, Lure will be hosting two seating’s on New Year’s Eve, an early seating for those looking to enjoy an amazing meal, before heading off to other festivities, from 6PM to 8PM priced at $85 per person (excluding beverages and gratuity) and a late seating, for those looking to celebrate and ring in the new year in the beautiful restaurant from 8PM to 11:30PM priced at $155 per person (excluding beverages and gratuity). Festivities will include a live DJ, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1600 Collins Avenue. Valet parking is available. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 695-4550; www.lurefishbar.com.

Meat Market Miami Beach, the contemporary Lincoln Road steakhouse, is inviting guests to celebrate the New Year with a multi course dinner and live DJ entertainment on December 31st. Guests can choose between two decadent packages featuring four-course dinner menus expertly crafted by Executive Chef Sean Brasel. New Year’s Eve Early Package features four courses from 6PM to 8PM for $150 per person (excluding tax & gratuity); Second Package features four courses from 9PM to 1AM for $250 per person (excluding tax & gratuity) and a midnight toast with party favors. Meat Market Miami Beach is located on 915 Lincoln Road. The restaurant will be open from Noon to 1AM on New Year’s Eve, and Noon to 12AM New Year’s Day. Seating is limited; Reservations are required in advance by calling (305) 532-0088; http://www.meatmarket.net.

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Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, Fort Lauderdale’s chic seaside escape, invites friends and families to celebrate the holidays with a special Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve buffet. On Christmas Day the regular breakfast menu is offered from 7AM to 11AM. From noon to 9PM, guests can choose from an array of decadent buffet options priced at $95 per adult and $49 per child (ages 5 through 12), excluding tax and gratuity. Offerings include a Breakfast Station (available until 3PM); Salad Station; Hammock Hallow Garden Bar; Charcuterie Display; Raw Bar; Sushi and Dim Sum Station; turkey and ham at the Carving Stations, and Hot Entrees such as Braised Lamb Shank with Cranberry Beans. Children can also enjoy their favorites such as macaroni and cheese or chicken fingers at the Kids Buffet. Guests can finish with a multitude of Christmas-inspired sweets at the Dessert station, featuring festive treats like White Chocolate Cinnamon Apple Lollipops and Mini Gingerbread Sandwiches.
Guests are also invited to ring in the New Year on December 31st, with live entertainment, party favors and a Five-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu, including a champagne toast, for $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Beginning at 7PM, guests can start the night off with an amuse bouche of Asparagus Gazpacho with Marcona almonds, crème fraiche and Alba truffle. For the first course, guests can choose from a Coconut Bisque with lobster, basil and popcorn or Kusshi Oysters Three Ways with mimosa sorbet, mojito ice and rum punch. Second course options include Black Bass with haricot vert, coppa ham, leek, cauliflower and parmesan emulsion or Lake Meadow Duck with pumpkin gnocchi, rum apples, braised greens and sage. Third course options include Diver Scallops with parsnips, chanterelles, bacon and caper jus or Pork Belly with white beans, molasses, collard greens, chili glaze and cherry wood smoke. Fourth course includes Filet Mignon with potato, carrot, nicoise olives and black pepper jus or Lamb with cranberry bean cassoulet, boar sausage, duck cracklings, black truffle and cabernet jus. To top it off, diners can indulge in Spumoni with cherry cream, pistachio cake, chocolate cherry crumbs and spiced chocolate ice crema or Winter Haven with sea salt chocolate honeycomb, malted milk marshmallow and strawberry peach gel. Children are welcome to order off the regular kids menu. After 10PM, guests can continue the celebration at the after party in the Astor Lounge. Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. For reservations please call (954) 302-6460; www.burlockcoast.com.

Oceans 234, Deerfield Beach’s premier seaside restaurant, is offering guests enticing holiday specials for an unmatched celebration. In addition to regular menu offerings on Christmas and New Year’s holiday specials include Jumbo Stone Claws (MP); Chilean Sea Bass, pan roasted with rock shrimp shiitake, bok choy stir fry, crisp lotus root and carrot ginger miso emulsion ($46); and Cowboy Rib Eye with root vegetable gratin, grilled broccolini and truffled porcini demi ($55). Be sure to bring the kids on Sunday, December 18th for Brunch with Santa from 10AM to 2PM, and enjoy the ocean view with complimentary family photos with the big guy himself! Holiday hours are as follows: Christmas Eve from 11:30AM to 10PM; Christmas Day from 2PM to 10PM; New Year’s Eve from 11:30AM to 2AM; New Year’s Day, brunch from 10AM to 3PM, dinner 3PM to 10PM. Oceans 234 is located at 234 North Oceans Boulevard in Deerfield Beach For reservations please call (954) 428-2539; www.oceans234.com.

Meat Market Palm Beach is inviting guests to celebrate the New Year in style on December 31st. Enjoy live DJ entertainment beginning at 8PM, while dining on delectable a la carte specials. At midnight, guests will be treated to a celebratory glass of champagne with party favors to toast 2017. Meat Market Palm Beach is located on 191 Bradley Place. Seating is limited; Reservations are suggested. For more information call (561) 354-9800; http://www.meatmarket.net.

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