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5 Delicious Christmas Feasts

BY Richard Latter | December 8, 2017 | Feature Features

Forget about cooking! Leave that all-important Christmas meal to someone else. Here are five restaurants that do it right.
Holiday dishes like butternut squash soup await diners at Burlock Coast.

Prime Pickings
To celebrate its first holiday season at the newly renovated Iberostar Berkley Hotel on South Beach, BLT Steak is offering a three-course menu by chef Carlos Torres. The meal includes grilled Colorado lamb chops with pistachio-mint mojo and family-style sides like sweet potato and shiitake mash and barbecue corn. For dessert? Chocolate buche de Noel with chocolate pearls and dulce de leche. Now, that’s holiday spirit! $80 per person, 1610 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.605.0819

Coastal Cuisine
This Christmas at Burlock Coast diners can indulge in a variety of mouthwatering sweet or savory dishes at the restaurant’s splendid holiday buffet. These include fresh selections from the artisanal cheese and charcuterie station, raw bar favorites, cold cuts, sushi and sashimi. To finish things off? Sweets from popcorn panna cotta to chocolate molten lava cake. $105 per person, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.302.6460

Savory Santa
Leynia is going the South American route this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Holiday dishes at the restaurant include lamb, empanadas, turkey and ham carvings and so much more. To finish the meal, a visit to the World of Pies station is a must—we’re talking everything from apple to sweet potato. $85 per person, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.5752

By the Water
On the day before Christmas, head over to Nautilus Cabana Club for its elegant Christmas Eve buffet. The sprawling feast will feature a whole roasted pig seasoned in onion mojo and dessert choices that include everything from sticky toffee pudding cake to dark chocolate walnut caramel pie. $65 per person, 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.503.5700

Impossible to Resist
Award-winning chef Scott Conant and his team are preparing a rustic yet elegant holiday dinner at Scarpetta for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On the four-course prix-fixe menu are zuppa di mare with mussels and shellfish, and seared branzino topped with roasted sun choke purée, concentrated tomatoes and salsa verde. Leave room for the bread pudding with panettone, rum and cranberry sorbet. $75 per person, Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 306.674.4660

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