Guide to Reserving Shabbat Meals in Miami Beach, FL


Last updated: January 19, 2016

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Spending a week or an extended weekend in the Miami Beach area is a pastime for many northerners fleeing the cold weather months and yet this question always arises: What are we doing for Friday night dinner this upcoming Shabbos?

Thankfully, due to Miami Beach’s vast amount of kosher options, you won’t go hungry.

Before going into the options, my main piece of advice is to make your reservations well in advance, especially during peak travel season like Yeshiva Week / Winter Break vacation, before and after Pesach, etc.

All of the options here are prepaid and by reservation only, typically by phone. Details below.

Here are your Kosher Friday Night & Shabbat Meal options in Miami Beach & Surfside:

MIAMI BEACH

  1. rare bistroRare Steakhouse – located in the lobby of Tower 41, this popular restaurant is transformed into a massive feast, seating ~500 people simultaneously indoors and outside. With that many people in one place, it can be a little hectic, so definitely be patient until you can get seated. Each family gets its own table. The meal is almost like an all-you-can-eat sit down dinner (not actually, but you won’t leave hungry), meaning you’re served a high-end traditional Friday night dinner (i.e. not a buffet), and can request additional portions, sides, and drinks for your table as necessary. While grape juice is provided, wine and other drinks are not. BYOW.
    • The food was good, especially considering they’re feeding 500 people (during Yeshiva Week, likely less crazy other times), but if you want the full Rare Steakhouse experience, it’s better to come any other night to enjoy the restaurant when they’re not as packed. I did enjoy sharing Shabbat with so many people in one place, but it’s not for those who are claustrophobic.
    • $85/pp for Friday Night & $65/pp for Shabbat Day.
    • For reservations call: (305) 532-7273.
  2. The Eden-Roc-hotel-miami-beach-fl-kosher-shabbat-mealsEden Roc is no longer serving Shabbat meals. Apologies for the confusion. – the popular swanky hotel next to the Fountainbleu is a frequent hangout by the Jewish snowbirds in Miami Beach. In October, we published a post that they will be hosting lavish Shabbat meals for half of the year (click for more details).
    • For reservations contact Kelly at (305) 674-5577.
  3. Florida Grill – located inside the Days Inn on Collins Ave, Florida Grill has 2 dining rooms to serve guests for both Friday night dinner and Shabbat lunch.
    • Meals are $65/pp per meal.
    • For reservations call (305) 535-6077.
  4. Asi’s Grill – a Middle Eastern restaurant serving Friday night meals only.
    • Seats about 100 people and meals are $80/pp.
    • For reservations call (305) 604-0555.
  5. The Mimosa – catered by Claudine Uzan catering in the Mimosa building near the Eden Roc since 2006, it might be Miami’s best kept Shabbat secret, as they do not advertise. Expect a heimishe Hungarian Shabbat meal. (Click here for the Shabbat menu)
    • They are open for reservations only seasonally: starting Thanksgiving weekend until Pesach, as well as chag Sukkot (with a Sukkah on premises of course), and often after Tisha B’Av if there is enough demand.
    • It is $65/pp per meal, and they are open for both Friday night and Shabbat lunch meals.
    • For reservations call Rina (305) 542-1656.
  6. Kikar Tel Aviv – located inside in the Carriage Club building, Kikar Tel Aviv has been running Shabbat meals for over 20 years. This Chinese restaurant serves a typical Shabbat meal to its guests. (Click here for the Shabbat menu)
    • It is $65/pp per meal, $120/pp special for both Friday night and Shabbat lunch meals.
    • For reservations call (305) 866-3316.

SURFSIDE / BAL HARBOUR

  1. Kosh Miami – located up in Surfside, near Bal Harbour, the new Kosh restaurant (under new ownership) also offers pre-reserved Shabbat meals. (Click here for a sample Shabbat menu) For now, they will only be open during the busy Winter season, but with enough demand they would open at other points in the year.
    • It is $65/pp + tax & tip for Friday night meals only.
    • For reservations call (305) 763-8601.
  2. Backyard BBQ & Brew – located down the block from Kosh, Backyard BBQ just started offering Friday night meals with reservations. It is a traditional Shabbat dinner, not their typical BBQ menu.
    • It is $67/pp & $35/child + tax & tip
    • For reservations visit this site or call (305) 763-8818. (There is a surcharge to reserve by phone)
  3. Bal Harbour Shabbat Dinner – this is a local Shabbat meal organized by local residents. Guests are invited to join for Friday night dinner with food ordered from Claudine Uzan catering (same as the Mimosa above). Reservations must be made by the Wednesday before the Shabbat you require a meal.

Note: All of the above options are under the kosher supervision of the Vaad Hakashrus of Miami Dade (Kosher Miami).

Note: Despite the Kosher Miami website, Harbour Grill in Surfside is no longer offering Shabbat meals.

 

For those of you needing to carry your keys or other items, click here to download the Miami Beach Eruv map.

 

Special thanks to @CookKosher & @IlanaFriedman for added info

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  • Janis Raiz Joseph

    We had the great misfortune to eat at the Rare Bistro this past Shabbbat. Gory details already provided on the Trip Advisor page.

    • Janis, if you want to provide details here you can. The restaurant may be able to learn / respond to your feedback.

      • Janis Raiz Joseph

        The price was very high, about $300 for a couple. But we assumed that for this price it will probably be wonderful. Not so. Before booking, we had inquired about vegetarian option, and they assured us they can supply a good vegetarian meal. On Friday night there was none in actuality. For the soup, chicken, the waiter offered to take the bowl back to the kitchen & have the chicken pieces removed…Finally he brought a very mediocre salad. For the main course, they simply doubled the amount of the 2 side dishes on my plate. And they were vile. The next day there was a vegetarian option: 4 huge slabs of boiled tofu. No sauce, no seasonsoning, just boiled tofu.
        My husband’s meat meals were not much better.
        The only wine included in the price was a sweet Concord. Horrid.
        Basically just cafeteria food, reminiscent of a nursing home.
        The manager half-heartedly offered to compensate us somehow but I would never go back under any circumstances.

  • Al Go

    Do you know which restaurants/properties will have a Sukkah this year?

    • Not until the week of Sukkot. Impossible to know any earlier.