by Jessica Terson, Writer
With gorgeous oceanfront hotels and world-renowned restaurants that specialize in private dining, Miami Beach is the perfect setting for an unforgettable exclusive event. From performance-art dining to traditional steakhouses, there is a wealth of distinguished restaurants in Miami perfect for wedding receptions, corporate soirées, or intimate gatherings. We’ve chosen our favorite private dining spots in Miami where delectable plated food is part of the décor.
For new twists on traditional Chinese dishes…
For a luxurious Chinese restaurant that showcases your favorites in unique ways, look no farther than Mr. Chow Miami. Located in the W South Beach hotel, this upscale resto-lounge is owned by renowned restaurateur Michael Chow. Along with an outside dining patio, Mr. Chow boasts an interior bar, lounge, and spacious dining room. The dining room’s 123-foot Gold-leaf and Swarovski crystal chandelier, custom-designed by Michael Chow himself, brings the starlight indoors. While you can buy out the entire restaurant for large-scale celebrations, we recommend the private room for a more intimate gathering.
Private Room Capacity: up to 55
Restaurant Buyout Capacity: up to 250
For a modern steakhouse-meets-chic lounge vibe…
In addition to offering signature cuts, STK proudly serves specialty cocktails designed in-house by talented mixologists. Four private and semi-private dining suites are available for exclusive events. We love how each suite is named after a famous burlesque star. Blaze Starr, located on the mezzanine level, boasts a custom pool table that transforms into a dining room table come dinner time. For intimate events, we especially recommend the glass-enclosed Gilda Gray room. Comfortable cream-colored leather chairs tempt guests to linger over coffee and, of course, indulge in dessert.
Gilda Gray Capacity: up to 16
Blaze Starr Billiard Room Capacity: up to 28
Candy Barr and Mezzanine Combined Capacity: up to 70
Full Venue Buyout: 350 (seated) – 400 (standing)
For the bohemian at heart…
This Eastern Mediterranean restaurant is located in the Shorecrest Building, an official Art Deco Building. Byblos is a colorful mosaic of blue, gold and white accents. The two-story main dining room features massive murals, suspended amber lights and blue-and-gold patterned booths. Graphic-print throw pillows and Egyptian-themed folding screens are just some of the unique details found in this vast indoor dining space. A private dining room, designed for more exclusive events, boasts deep red velvet curtains and a golden bar that shimmers in the room’s amber lighting. Guests can also dine al fresco on the outdoor patio complete with terrazzo tile floors.
Patio Capacity: 30 (seated) – 60 (standing)
Downstairs Dining Room Capacity: 60 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Upstairs Dining Room Capacity: 110 (seated) – 150 (standing)
Private Space Capacity: 60 (seated) – 175 (standing)
For shared plates and bold flavors…
Using locally-sourced ingredients, Chef Bee at NaiYaRa serves a family-style fusion of Thai street food and Japanese specialities. This posh dining space draws its inspiration from Bangkok’s street food scene. A hand-painted elephant mural, Indonesian teak tables and hanging fishing baskets decorate the open industrial loft space. Red leather banquettes and classic Thai cinema posters add a retro feel, making this venue space a delightful mix of both past and present. When it comes to the menu, each dish is a visual masterpiece of bright florals and paint-brushed sauces. With such artistic plating, you’ll want to photograph the food as much as the décor.
Dining Room Capacity: up to 100
Outdoor Seating Capacity: up to 30
For sophisticated comfort in a family-style setting…
Upland is a neighborhood favorite with a “California-meets-Italian” inspired menu. The restaurant brings a unique dining experience to Miami Beach. While Upland lacks a private dining room, its distinguished quadrants make for semi-private dining spaces. The moodily lit interior features forest-green leather banquettes and sumptuous dark wood. Best of all, up-lit copper shelves and illuminated glass jars of preserved lemons create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for all your photo ops.
Full Buyout Capacity: 180 (seated) – 200 (standing)
For the glamour of a 1950’s supper club…
Acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten provides new takes on traditional Caribbean, Spanish and South American cuisine at Matador Room. The historic sunken oval dining room boasts an original chandelier, while Matador Terrace offers oceanside views under a custom-made pergola covered with climbing bougainvillea. For an exclusive dining experience, we especially love Matador Bar. The black walnut and stone bar is a perfect complement to the crafted cocktail menu. Best of all, the walls are covered with the works of world-renowned photographer Lucien Clergue, ensuring a picture-perfect backdrop lined with picture-perfect images.
Matador Bar Capacity: 30 (seated) – 45 (standing)
Matador Terrace Capacity: 50 (seated) – 80 (standing)
Matador Room Capacity: 65 (seated) 80 (standing)
For one-of-a-kind South American BBQ in a luxe Miami setting…
Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann at Faena Hotel Miami Beach features a unique “asado” experience. Mallmann — South America’s most acclaimed chef — draws his inspiration from the ancient art of South American live-fire cooking. The open-fire kitchen, custom-designed by Mallman himself, features a custom-built wood oven. The main dining room is equally impressive with red-and-gold accents and an 800-bulb chandelier that is programed to flicker whenever “lightning strikes the Pampas plains.” For outdoor celebrations, look to the poolside veranda with a retractable canopy. Damine Hirst’s famous sculpture, a glass-encased wooly Mammoth skeleton with golden bones, easily competes with the impressive ocean views.
Los Fuegos Capacity: 200 (seated) – 250 (standing)
For a fusion of American architecture with Far East fare…
Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena creates contemporary Asian cuisine using a variety of traditional culinary techniques. Jaya makes its home in a restored landmark building at The Setai Miami Beach hotel within the historic Art Deco District. The dimly lit indoor dining room features high ceilings and deep red accents. Outdoor private dining events are elegant affairs in the renovated courtyard which features a fully-retractable roof for weather-proof celebrations. Palm trees and a stone-filled pool complements the numerous candles and amber-sconces for just-right lighting for a romantic and intimate ambiance.
Jaya Capacity: up to 80
For laid-back elegance in a bright and airy space…
Located inside The Betsy South Beach, a historic Art Deco hotel, this venue is one of the last surviving examples of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive. With simple décor and a neutral-color palette, the room’s signature picture windows are the highlight of this sophisticated, yet approachable, space. While The Betsy Hotel has gone through a complete exterior restoration, these floor-to-ceiling windows belong to the original L. Murray Dixon Art Deco design. Guests can also enjoy a cocktail and people watch on the vibrant outdoor patio space.
Semi-Private Dining Room Capacity: up to 36
Main Dining Room Capacity: up to 84
LT Steak and Seafood Buyout Capacity: up to 120
For a modern trattoria just off the beaten path…
The entrance to this charming eatery is located off the alley alongside the historic The Betsy South Beach hotel. It’s no surprise that Chef Laurent Tourondel is the talent behind it all. Your guests will savor homemade pasta and delicious Neapolitan-style pizza that go above and beyond traditional fare. Retro photos and wicker-basket lanterns create a unique, inviting ambiance. At the end of the evening, make sure to snap a photo of the orb that connects The Betsy’s two buildings, a sight only visible from The Alley.
The Alley Capacity: 50 (seated) – 75 (standing)
For fine dining that feels like theater…
Barton G boasts a theatrical culinary vision that aims to fuse “fine dining with fun dining.” Every meal is both artwork and adventure. Guests will love the chocolate ganache warmed to perfection at your table by an actual blow torch. When it comes to drinks, nothing’s more ‘grammable’ than a smoking liquid nitrogen cocktail. Of course, the décor is just as stunning. Elaborate glass lighting installations and a lush orchid garden will have guests constantly reaching for their cameras.
Barton G Miami Capacity: 100 (seated) – 120 (standing)
For a taste of the Italian Riviera…
Located in The Gale, a historic Tropical Art Deco hotel, this inviting restaurant aims to capture “the effortless elegance of Fellini’s Rome.” The mid-century inspired main dining room boasts a wood-fired pizza oven and mozzarella bar. Mirror-lined walls and intricate globed lighting set a sophisticated tone for your private event. With a patio and private rooftop, Dolce Italian also offers an exclusive outdoor dining experience.
Dolce Italian Capacity: up to 100
For a restaurant that feels like the home of a friend…
27 Restaurant and Bar easily evokes the creative and communal spirit of a modern-day salon. Located inside a restored two-story bunkhouse in the courtyard of the Freehand Hotel, this funky and relaxed restaurant feels like a private home with its interlocking rooms and eclectic furniture. Banquettes and benches emphasize sharing and socializing. Outdoor private dinners or cocktail receptions are just as vibrant in the garden-side space. In the shade of a giant mango tree, guests can enjoy the backyard feel of this spacious patio.
27 Restaurant and Bar Capacity: 125 (seated) – 125 (standing)
For world-renowned Mediterranean seafood…
Estiatorio Milos Miami, founded by acclaimed chef and restaurateur Costas Spiliadis, offers a rotating menu that reflects each day’s fresh catch. For exclusive dinner celebrations, we recommend The Private Dining Room. One wall of windows and two walls of bookshelves make for a sensational backdrop at every turn. For an intimate celebration of 12 or fewer, The Main Bar promises to be an unforgettable experience. Framing the entire bar area is a glass-encased wine cellar that showcases Estiatorio Milos’ notable wine collection.
The Main Bar Capacity: 12 (seated) – 12 (standing)
The Semi-Private Dining Room Capacity: 30 (seated) – 30 (standing)
The Marketa Capacity: 30 (seated) – 60 (standing)
Private Dining Room Capacity: 60 (seated) – 70 (standing)
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