Miami Spice: 5 Reservations to Make Right Now

By Carissa Chesanek  |  August 12, 2014

Miami Spice is in full effect. If you're looking to dine at the city's hottest venues on the cheap (three-course dinners, $39; lunch, $23), you're in luck. Each week, we'll highlight five restaurants with stellar Spice menus. 

(petit) Miami

Sunset Harbour's cozy Italian bistro offers a dinner menu of artichoke salad with Parmesan or salmon tartare with avocado to start, along with a choice of curry spicy shrimp or risotto of the day for entrees and traditional sweets like tiramisu for dessert. 
Neighborhood: South Beach

Bâoli Miami

This glitzy resto-lounge serves an elaborate Spice dinner which includes octopus carpaccio, miso black cod and meyer lemon semifreddo cake along with wine pairings ($39 per bottle) and specialty cocktails like Summer Fresh made with vodka and lemon grass agave syrup ($18). 
Neighborhood: South Beach

Toscana Divino

An upscale Tuscan-style bistro, this busy hot spot in Mary Brickell Village offers lunch and dinner Spice menus that include fresh burrata, chicken liver and octopus tartare for the early shift, and sea scallop tartare, roasted rabbit and jasmine rice with coconut at night.
Neighborhood: Brickell

Bocce Bar

This rustic hideaway shells out chilled heirloom tomato and cantaloupe soup, spinach and ricotta ravioli and banana espresso gelato for lunch, and roasted beet salad, roasted pork shoulder and Frangelico gelato for dinner.
Neighborhood: Midtown

Tuyo Restaurant

Perched on the top floor of the Miami Culinary Institute (MCI), the chic domain with stellar views serves a solid dinner, featuring rotating dishes like spicy-seared pork tenderloin, mofongo-encrusted halibut and devil’s food cake.
Neighborhood: Downtown