Miami Spice on SMS

Miami Spice, a two-month-long restaurant promotion that showcases the very best of the Greater Miami and the Beaches’ unique cuisine, is back and better than ever. The city-wide promotion features three-course meals at the city’s top restaurants with signatures dishes at reduced prices (priced at $23 for lunch/brunch and $39 for dinner). This year marks Miami Spice’s 18th year, not to mention its biggest year to date – with 257 upscale and fine-dining participating restaurants in downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, and more.

Whether you’re going on a business lunch, dinner with friends, or just want to treat yourself, Miami Spice is a great opportunity to try your favorite restaurants in the greater Miami area. Here are some of SMS’s favorite lunch and dinner picks for Miami Spice:

La Fresa Francesa 

I recommend going for a Saturday brunch: start off with the French onion soup, followed by the croque madam (and a guava mimosa), and top it off with the mascarpone cheese pie. Gwow. Don’t forget to make a reservation! The space is small and packed on weekends.

– Sam Castellanos


Toscana Divino

Located at Mary Brickell Village in the heart of the Brickell neighborhood, Toscana Divino is a great spot to check out for dinner during Miami Spice. The Italian eatery has a great selection of unique and tasty dishes and the portions are very generous. I recommend the burrata caprese as an appetizer, the carbonara di mare or branzino ai ferri  as your entrée and any of the four dessert options are delicious. While the weather in August can be unpredictable, the restaurant does offer outdoor seating if you want to dine al fresco. Nothing better than people watching while enjoying a delightful dinner and a glass of wine (or two).

– Yudi Fernandez



Whether you try out the Miami Spice options or order off the regular menu, Zuma in Downtown Miami is one of my favorite restaurants. Start off with the salmon tartar or chef’s selection of maki as your appetizer, followed by the spicy beef tenderloin as your entrée, and top it all off with the delicious miso caramel cake. Coupled with a glass of wine or even some Japanese sake, your experience at Zuma will be one to remember!

– Shakira Molet