MIAMI, FL — Indoor dining is back for Labor Day weekend around the Miami area and a number of restaurants and hotels are masked up and ready to help us enjoy the holiday in a socially distanced way.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez plans to keep beaches open all weekend long, making Labor Day this summer's only three-day holiday beach weekend.
While Miami-area bars and nightclubs remain shuttered, you can count on restaurants to pick up the slack with your favorite wine, cocktails and beer on tap.
Don't forget to ask about Miami Spice deals not only this weekend but throughout the entire month of September for once-a-year savings at many of the best restaurants in town.
Miami Spice offers three-course meals at fixed prices of $25 for lunch or brunch and $39 for dinner but you must order from the Miami Spice menu and not all restaurants are participating this year. Be sure to ask about any surcharges for pricey menu items like filet mignon.
You might want to consider heading out to your favorite restaurant earlier rather than later since Miami-Dade County's 10 p.m. curfew remains in effect.
Here's some of the restaurants around the Magic City that will be open for indoor dining over the Labor Day weekend:
9703 Collins Avenue Bal Harbour, FL 33154
This exclusive enclave north of South Beach will be hosting a socially distanced poolside parrillada all weekend long. From Friday, Sept. 4 to Sunday, Sept. 6 hotel guests and locals who purchase the hotel's Pool & Beach Access pass for $100 or the Oceanfront Day Villas for $550 will be able to order off a special a la carte BBQ menu. The parrillada menu consists of savory barbecue dishes like Pan con Chicharron, Thai Style Spareribs, Adobo Grilled Skirt Steak Sandwich and a Charred BBQ Pulled Mushroom Sandwich as a plant-based option.
690 SW 1st Ct, Miami, FL 33130; Tel: 305-223-7004
Brickell’s waterfront hot spot welcomes guests to dine indoors as well as on its expansive outdoor patio. Offering a menu of all-American classics and hand-spun cocktails, guests can indulge in favorites such as the AmSo Burger, Maple Glazed Bone-In Pork Chop, and Key West Shrimp Cakes. In addition to the a la carte menu, American Social will offer its Miami Spice lunch menu through the end of September, as well as a number of weekly specials. This includes $5 AmSo Burger, Bourbon Mondays, all-you-can-eat Taco Tuesdays for $14.95, daily happy hour, NBA game day drink specials, and weekend brunch. Call for reservations.
1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131
Guests can explore the intricate technique of Japanese preparation met with the colorful and bold flavors of Peru to find an unmatched, multi-sensory dining experience at Osaka. Available for indoor and outdoor seating, guests can surround themselves by the city’s glistening lights in the heart of Brickell.
157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Well known for its indulgent eats, the diner-inspired Big Pink serves all kinds of guilty pleasures. Diners can now enjoy dishes like the famed Chicken Parm Fries made with thick cut fries, crispy chicken chunks, marinara, mozzarella and Parmesan for indoor and outdoor dining or takeout.
1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Juvia is the stunning 10,000 square foot restaurant and lounge on the rooftop of 1111 Lincoln Road’s Herzog & de Meuron designed building on South Beach. With unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean and South Beach’s famed Art Deco district, the ambiance exudes understated luxury. Much like the restaurant’s design, the menu embraces the gorgeous bounty of nature, with the finest ingredients sourced locally and globally. Must try dishes include Tuna Tartare, Scottish Salmon Nashi, and Prime New York Strip. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.
850 Commerce St, Miami Beach, FL 33139; Tel: 305-397-8513
Miami Beach’s popular, 100 percent plant-based eatery welcomes guests to dine indoors while adhering to all social distancing guidelines. In addition to its a la carte menu which features classics such as the Cauliflower Tots, Planta Burger and creamy Udon Noodles, Planta will continue offering weekend brunch, Miami Spice through the end of September and weekly specials. This includes two-for-one pizzas every Sunday for takeout, unlimited sushi rolls Maki Mondays plus $8 sushi takeout menu, and half priced wine on Wednesdays. For reservations, call or visit the website.
112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139; Tel: 305-532-8112
Restaurateur Myles Chefetz Prime 112 steakhouse is a must when looking for places to dine with both indoor and outdoor service. Not only will you be able to enjoy classic menu items with a twist, you’re likely to spot some celebrities while enjoying dinner. The restaurant is also open for takeout or delivery.
101 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Myles Chefetz's Prime Italian has reopened for outdoor and indoor dining. Featuring a wraparound outdoor patio with pristine views of Ocean Drive, Prime Italian offers signature oversize dishes such as the Kobe Lasagna Bolognese to share. The restaurant is also available for takeout or delivery.
100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Since launching his Prime empire more than a decade ago restaurateur Myles Chefetz has dominated the South of Fifth dining scene. Prime Fish, the fourth installment in the successful Prime empire is dominated with fresh fish and seafood offerings and features a gorgeous, lush outdoor garden for ideal Miami Beach dining. Menu items at Prime Fish include mouthwatering appetizers and freshly caught fish selections flown in daily include Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna, Red Fish and Chilean Sea Bass.
Have you heard the sweet news?Miami has reopened for indoor service. Sugar Factory’s same delicious and sweet menu will be available daily including its smoking cocktail goblets, savory crepes, salads, monster burgers, insane milkshakes and specialty pizzas. Guests can inject a pop of color into their order with the world-famous Rainbow Sliders — classic mini burgers with rainbow colored buns served with American cheese, crispy onions and signature sauce.
1784 West Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139
Located in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood, Sushi Garage has reopened for outdoor dining to offer diners their favorite Japanese staples and happy hour specials. New on the menu is the three-course Miami Spice ($39) or the Sushi Garage Happy Hour Bag which serves two guests for $45 and includes edamame, crispy avocado rice, half salmon avocado roll, half spicy tuna roll, half hamachi serriole, shrimp tempura tacos, kurobuta sausages and two Soto Junmai Sake cans.
2988 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133
Mr.C Miami-Coconut Grove’s Bellini Restaurant & Bar began welcoming guests to dine indoors and enjoy Italian specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some menu items that are available include organic yogurt, traditional pancakes, burrata with heirloom tomatoes, traditional lasagna alla bolognese, panino with milanese di pollo, and gnocchi alla bellini.
Wynwood: 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Coral Gables: 120 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Brickell: SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130
Palm Beach: 340 Royal Ponciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
South Florida’s freshest street food experience, Coyo Taco, is now serving up its iconic Mexican fare with a twist for indoor dining. Coyo’s flagship restaurantvenue is located in the heart of Miami's Wynwood Arts District, and is open for lunch and dinner. All four locations feature indoor seating as well as ample outdoor seating on their patios for guests to enjoy.
2801 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Guests can kick back and cool down in Bakan’s artsy outdoor terrace or inside its refreshing dining room and enjoy the energizing flavors of Mexico. Bakan’s flavorful menu makes for the perfect dining destination to sip on sweet spirits like the Pasion de Jamaica, accompanied by authentic Mexican food. Guests can transport themselves straight to Tulum with the Tulum Vibe paired with fresh guac and handmade blue corn tortillas.
5335 NW 87th Ave c102, Doral, FL 33178
2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134
The Falls: 8870 Southwest 136th Street Suite RR01, Miami, FL 33176
Discover the flavors of Spain without ever leaving Miami at Bulla Gastrobar. Now available for indoor and outdoor dining, guests can embark on a flavorful adventure tasting Spain’s most popular dishes like the Huevos Bulla or the classic Paella paired with a blushing sangria.
Doral: 8551 NW 53rd St A101, Doral, FL 33166
Kendall: 8405 Mills Dr Suite 206, Miami, FL 33183
Enjoy delicious Peruvian cuisine and sip on tasty spirits at Pisco y Nazca. Available for both indoor and outdoor dining, guests can indulge in bold flavors and colorful cocktails.
Bonefish Grill (multiple locations)
In honor of the long holiday weekend, Bonefish Grill is making feeding families easy and delicious with a Lobster and Shrimp Family Bundle ($45) that include salad, family-style sides and freshly-baked cookies and serves up to five people. Guests can also enjoy a Lobster and Shrimp Roll entree featuring chilled, shucked lobster and shrimp tossed with the restaurant's signature Bang Bang sauce and served in a lightly toasted baguette. These special offers are available Friday through Monday and available for online ordering.
1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
This restaurant is not only known for its expansive selection of premium tequila and tableside guacamole, but also for its unexpected pairing dishes. Indulge during brunch with their twist on the classic “Chicken and Waffles” or “Desayuno Tacos” with scrambled egg breakfast tacos, bacon, rajas, cotija cheese, cilantro, chile de arbol and will be offering unlimited mimosas and bloody Marys.
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Located in the W Fort Lauderdale, you can take advantage of the restaurant's breathtaking beach views during brunch. This luxury boutique steakhouse, designed with a fresh, clean nautical feel, drawing deep inspiration from the ocean. Guests can relax and enjoy delicious offerings such as the Raw Bar selection, Ora King Salmon, Classic Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon and Hollandaise sauce.
721 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
The restaurant will feature popular brunch items including the Cinnamon French Toast Crunch (cereal milk soaked challah, crushing Cinnamon Toast Crunch, cereal milk custard, sliced bananas, peanut butter toffee, mix3ed berry compote), the Wide Awake Steak & Eggs (grilled sirloin, chimichurri, potato cakes, aged provolone, two eggs your way), and Fruity Pebbles Chicken & Waffles (Southern fried chicken breast, fruity pebbles waffle, maple mascarpone, habanero-strawberry jam, maple syrup, powdered sugar), to name a few. As an added bonus, AmSo will offer mimosas for the holiday at just $3 each. Labor Day Brunch at American Social will be available from 11:30am-4pm. For reservations, please call (954) 764-7005
Ten Things To Do In Broward:
1. Explore Via Kayak or SUP
Rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard at West Lake Park in Florida’s Hollywood and paddle your way through winding mangrove-lined trails. Be on the lookout for osprey, vultures, crabs, turtles and ibis. If you paddle over to the connecting Anne Kolb Nature Center, you can visit the nature center or walk on beautiful boardwalk trails.
2. Snap Ultimate Selfie
Florida’s Hollywood also offers Instagram-worthy backdrops with its 26 walkable outdoor murals. Take a self-guided tour of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project. Curated, contemporary murals from international and domestic artists adorn the streets of this colorful district. Artists include Tatiana Suarez, Evoca1, Rone, The London Police, Jessy Nite, Ernesto Maranje, Logan Hicks and Kenny Scharf. Choose from flamingos, turtles, mermaids, portraits of notable personalities, and more for a postcard-worthy snap.
3. Satsify Your Cravings
Satisfy your palate at Fort Lauderdale’s first food hall, Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, in FATVillage. The newly-opened 40,000-square-foot indoor foodie village features a food hall with 11 unique food purveyors offering an eclectic range of international cuisine including Asian-fusion tapas, poke bowls, Taiwanese shaved ice, tacos and ceviche, French crepes, empanadas, pizza, vegan-raw selections, Nashville-style hot chicken, brisket-blend burgers and more. Entry is by advance reservation only for parties of one to four.
4. Social Distance On Floating Tiki Bar
Charter a Cruisin Tiki for your crew (up to six people) and enjoy a cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s historic New River on a one-of-a-kind floating tiki bar. They’ll provide a cooler with ice and water, so just bring your own food and drinks. Take in the waterway views, nice breezes and tropical tunes during this unique, special experience.
5. Enjoy Dinner Cruise And Show
Join a sightseeing cruise on the Jungle Queen Riverboat that is currently running at reduced capacity and implementing COVID-19 safety protocols. On this narrated tour along the Intracoastal Waterway and the New River, see Millionaire’s Row with homes of the rich and famous, downtown Fort Lauderdale and mega yachts. The dinner sightseeing cruise takes you to a tropical isle where you can feast on an all-you-can eat ribs and chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Afterwards, enjoy America’s longest-running variety show.
6. Shop, Dock And Dine
Stroll Las Olas Boulevard, also known as Fort Lauderdale’s Style Mile, for delectable dishes and sidewalk seating, shopping and art galleries. Drop into Ann’s Florist & Coffee Bar for macaroons, Panther coffee, antiques and sweet mementos. While on Las Olas, pick up a new outfit for the long weekend from Lily Pulitzer or Tommy Bahama, and then grab the perfect cooler or tumbler from YETI for enjoying the balmy days under the sun. Hop on the Water Taxi from the Las Olas stop on the New River and work your way to the beach or dock and dine at 15th Street Fisheries or Shooters Waterfront.
7. Workout, Reward At Park And Ocean
For daytime kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding or bike riding, take advantage of the adventure rentals at Park and Ocean at the beachfront Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. After working up a sweat, sit back and relax at their outdoor picnic tables for Southern and Caribbean-inspired food and local craft beer as you take in the salty air, cool breeze and oceanfront views. This Labor Day weekend, the monthly full moon kayak tour falls on Friday, September 4. Venture together with glowsticks in hand as you follow your guide on a 1-hour nighttime paddle along an ancient and fresh water Coastal Dune Lake for a mile.
8. Wander In Tropical Park
Venture into Tree Tops Park in Davie for winding nature trails and horseback riding. Climb up into the canopy of a 28-foot-tall observation tower and check out a bird’s eye view of the lush scenery. Ride horses in this oasis of ancient live oaks, tropical hammocks and wetlands. For more even more adventure, schedule an Everglades airboat ride with a boat just for your family group at Sawgrass Recreation Park.
9. Discover Designer Bargains
In nearby Sunrise, you’ll find the nation’s biggest luxury and designer outlet destination. The 2.1 million-square-foot Sawgrass Mills features more than 350 stores. The Colonnade Outlet at Sawgrass Mills features an open-air, palm-tree lined promenade including GUCCI, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Tag Heuer, Versace, David Yurman, Ralph Lauren and Saks OFF 5th. Fuel up between the bargains at many on-site eateries, such as Shake Shack, Seasons 52 and Yardhouse.
10 Save With LauderDeals
Labor Day weekend is a great time to take advantage of special savings offered in Greater Fort Lauderdale (available through September 30). Visit Lauderdale’s LauderDeals offer spectacular hotel packages, specially crafted $35 and $45 prix-fixe menus at more than 60 restaurants, 2-for-1 savings on attractions, $99 signature spa treatments and limited-time only promotions on experiences.