With the holidays upon us, it’s normal to get together with friends and family to celebrate. Unfortunately, 2020 happened and this year has been anything but normal. The good news: There is still a safer option for those who want to hang out outside of the house.
That option is private dining. Instead of dealing with a busy dining room, you can reserve a private—or semi private—space within a restaurant to keep yourself secluded.
Here are the best private dining restaurants in Miami for your holiday festivities. Just remember: The pandemic is a fluid situation, so details are subject to change without notice; contact the restaurant directly for the latest information.
Coconut Grove’s acclaimed New American-meets-New World eatery doubles down on its intimate ambiance with La Cava, its underground private dining space. The locale can accommodate all sorts of events including birthday parties, business dinners and this writer’s engagement party. Guests have the choice of dinner packages that highlight the restaurant’s innovative cuisine; menus and pricing vary depending on the group size, but one thing doesn’t: Ariete’s quality.
Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. For more information, call 305-640-5862 or visit their official website.
Glass & Vine
Glass & Vine’s private dining options are among the more unique on this list, mainly due to its predominantly outdoor seating areas. The Coconut Grove restaurant doesn’t offer a truly private experience unless you buy out the place – an option that may not fit most people’s budget. That said, guests can take advantage of a semi-private dining experience for smaller groups – you can reserve a portion of the patio to enjoy the same great views and food but with only the people you trust.
Glass & Vine is located at 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, FL 33133. For more information, call 305-200-5268 or visit their official website.
Miami Beach’s rooftop restaurant MILA offers two private dining rooms for smaller groups (12-14 people): Gallery and Atelier. Both rooms offer complete privacy, and they can even be combined if needed. On the menu is MILA’s “MediterrAsian” cuisine served family-style. Expect bites like herbs-miso marinated chicken, whole roasted cauliflower, branzino tataki, prime beef tartare and a chef’s selection of sushi. There’s also a strictly vegetarian menu; other dietary restrictions can be accommodated as well.
MILA is located on the rooftop of 1636 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139. For more information, call 786-706-0744 or visit their official website.
Seaspice is an elegant Miami River establishment, and that elegance extends to the restaurant’s multiple private dining options. Family functions, fundraising receptions, corporate events … Seaspice has no shortage of rooms to accommodate your vision.
Larger functions can take advantage of the spacious grand dining room with its artsy vibes, copper bar, and stage for live performances and speeches. If you prefer an open-air experience, you can reserve tables at the Riverside Dock or the Covered Porch to enjoy dinner with a view. Seaspice’s Modern Garden space provides a more Zen-like atmosphere with origami-esque trees, orchids and other fun décor. Like we said, Seaspice has it all.
Seaspice is located 422 Northwest North River Drive, Miami FL 33128. For more information, call 305-440-4200 or visit their official website.
Whether you’re planning a big party or a small gathering, Zucca in Coral Gables can handle it. The Italian eatery offers a couple options for everything from parties to corporate events: The Small Room and The Big Room.
The aptly named rooms are pretty self-explanatory. The smaller one can accommodate up to 18 guests, keeping things fairly intimate; menus also offer a greater degree of flexibility. The larger room can fit up to 70 guests – you’re essentially reserving the entire bar area. While we wouldn’t recommend the latter right now, it’s something to keep in mind once things get back to a (new) normal.
Zucca is located at 162 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For more information, call 786-580-3731 or visit their official website.