It's not uncommon to spot the head chef at 530 Ocean's Grill, cheerfully greeting customers as he strolls beneath the crimson umbrellas and leafy palms of the outdoor terrace. After waving goodbye to the party clinking glasses of wine on the upper patio, the chef heads back into his kitchen to craft the Argentina-inspired specialties lauded by reporters from Qué Rica Vida. Argentinean recipes, along with Italian and American influences, inspire a variety of tapas, steaks, and pasta dishes. The chef showers pizzas in housemade tomato sauce and Argentinean chorizo before returning his attention to the juicy Angus steaks sizzling on the grills. For dessert, guests fork bites of decadent regional treats, such as sweet flan with a cloud of whipped cream and dulce de leche cheesecake decorated in a sprinkle of Argentinean pesos.
Rare Steakhouse facilitates fine dining in a classic steak-house environment in its kosher-certified, 4,000-square-foot eatery, brandishing a menu of fresh meat, seafood, and sushi. Taking the helm of a raging wood-burning grill, executive chef Aryeh Goldenson crafts cooked-to-order entrees, such as the boneless rib eye, hand cut and wet aged for 21 days ($38), or braised short ribs, capering about in a bed of apple barbecue sauce for four hours ($38). Dive palate-first into pan-seared sea bass with a macadamia crust ($36), or sample sushi rolls such as the Red Dragon roll, a zesty blend of peppered tuna, avocado, and salmon spicy enough to lead a tango class in a pool of hot sauce ($15).
Set apart somewhat from the most boisterous stretch of South Beach, Miami Beach is famed for its pristine beaches and unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Sun worshippers flock to the area year-round to take advantage of temperatures that stay on the good side of 70 degrees, even in winter. The boardwalk, which runs the length of the hotel and down to South Beach, makes an ideal path for jogging, ambling, or reenacting moments from past games of Monopoly.Delicious restaurants boasting every type of cuisine—and every price point—abound on both sides of the causeway, but no trip to Miami Beach is complete without some authentic Cuban food, such as the medianoche sandwiches available at any local joint. Latin flavor seeps into the music scene, too, inspiring bouts of salsa dancing after a few rum-soaked mojitos. A morning-after swim in the calm Atlantic is a good way to restore equilibrium.
Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open flame grill to form a luscious meaty mélange. The full dinner ($39.99) marches out a cavalcade of choice cuts, allowing diners to welcome continuous windfalls of flavorful proteins. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Or feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
The historic Plaza de España in the heart of South Beach may be a slightly trendier spot now than it once was, but Flame Caffe & Grill combines the area's modern allure with the neighborhood's inviting past. According to Miami New Times, the eatery "brings casual elegance reminiscent of the old days of Lincoln Road when little cafés that peppered the sidewalk were places to chill with friends." Although local, wild-caught seafood may be the star on the menu, these fresh catches appear in dishes that draw inspiration from cuisines throughout the world. New Orleans–style seafood gumbo and smoked Kansas-style barbecue ribs demonstrate the chefs' commitment to familiar American classics. The rest of the menu includes options with international roots, such as salmon ceviche and pan-seared yellowfin-tuna steak with ginger-soy glaze and wasabi mashed potatoes. The dining room's concrete floors and stark-white chairs embrace an industrial-chic aesthetic befitting the neighborhood's trendy vibe. However, Flame Caffe & Grill's outdoor section gives guests the timeless indulgence of alfresco dining beneath a canopy of leafy green plants, sun umbrellas, and awnings.
920 Grill's rustic dining room sets a comfortable tone for an evening out. Argentinian prints adorn the walls where diners sink into their upholstered chairs to peruse a menu of steak, seafood, and pasta, Chef Elias Vasquez is hard at work preparing meals that include juicy, 16-ounce boneless rib eyes, sesame-seared ahi tuna, and house-made fettuccini bolognese. The restaurant's friendly staff can make a recommendation from the accessible but carefully curated wine program to complement the meal or make one's imaginary friend more interesting.