Yachts Miami Beach 2017 Dining Guide

Hungry? Here’s where to find great food along the Indian Creek Waterway and at the Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina on Watson Island.
By Andrew Parkinson ,

Hungry? Here’s where to find great food along the Indian Creek Waterway and at the Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina on Watson Island.

Shopping for your next boat is an exhilarating and an exhausting proposition. All that dock-walking, flybridge-climbing and engine room-diving can make a person very hungry. Finding food at boat show often becomes as important a mission as finding your dream boat. Are we going for a quick burger and a beer or are we looking for respite and a recap with red snapper and rosé?

The good news is, Yachts Miami Beach on Collins Avenue has many options within the gates of the show: concession stands with hot dogs, sausages, Greek souvlaki, Philly cheese steaks and burgers. In the beverage department, you’ll find fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade stands and, of course, plenty of beer and cocktails.

The Deck at Island Gardens

This year, there will be no food stands along the sidewalk adjacent to the docks as all concession stands are located within the show itself. Tables and chairs are available for picnicking from the food stands. For a more upscale eatery, you can purchase a VIP Experience, which is available February 16-18 aboard the Grand Floridian docked within the show. This VIP hospitality boat offers complimentary gourmet food and beverages during show hours along with other concierge amenities such valet parking, special access to yachts, or even a relaxing massage. (See for more info.)

Chilean Sea Bass at The Deck

Many dining options are available outside the show gates: at the excellent hotels across Collins Avenue from the show; on nearby 41st Street; and at The Deck restaurant on Watson Island where some of the largest yachts in the show are berthed.

Here's a sampling of some top-shelf options within walking distance of the show.

Grand Beach Hotel
 4835 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33140
(305) 538-8666

Chez Gaston
Lunch: daily 12-6 p.m.
Highlights: Mediterranean platter, burgers, grouper tacos
Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: 6-11 p.m.
Highlights: French onion soup, rack of lamb, magret de canard

4525 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33140
(305) 531-0000

Lunch prixe-fixe: Thursday-Saturday 12-3 p.m.
Sunday brunch: 12-3 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 7 p.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday,
7 p.m-1 a.m.
Highlights: signature sushi dishes, miso black cod, yellowtail jalapeño


Nobu restaurant’s sumptuous “Bagel & Lox” is a must-try.

Splash by Malibu Farm
Daily 11 p.m-6 p.m.
Highlights: Sandwiches, burgers, pizza
Happy hour daily: 4-6 p.m.
Aquatica Bar
Daily: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Happy hour daily: 4-6 p.m.

Ricotta & veggie frittata at Splash

Bar Nobu (Lobby)
Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday,
11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Tanoshi hour: daily, 10 p.m.-close

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33140
(305) 538-2000

Pizza & Burger (a Michael Mina restaurant)
Lunch: Friday-Sunday,
12 p.m.-late
Dinner: Monday-Thursday,
5 p.m.-late
Highlights: standard favorites including chicken wings, stuffed mushrooms, meatballs, burgers, pizzas, exotics such as poached lobster and chanterelles
(305) 674-4636

Lunch: Saturday and Sunday,
noon-3 p.m
Highlight: Dim Sum
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 6-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,
6 p.m-midnight
Highlights: crispy beef tenderloin with tangerine peel, steamed lobster dumplings, stir-fried grouper with black truffle, chicken clay pot
Reservations: (786) 276-1388


La Cote (oceanside bistro)
All-day menu by the pool
Highlights: fried calamari, raw bar, faro salad, roasted mahi mahi sandwich
Reservations: (305) 674-4710

Fontainebleau, La Cote Restaurant

Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave.,
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 507-7900

Lunch/dinner: Monday-Thursday,
7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,
7 a.m.-midnight
Highlights: pasta, veal tonnato with caperberries, ricotta truffle honey almond snapper, beef tartare, brussels sprout arugula artichoke salad
Reservations: (786) 507-7902

The Confidante
4041 Collins Ave.,
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 424-1234

Bird & Bone
Lunch: 12-3 p.m.
Highlights: kale caesar, lobster salad, steak tacos
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6-11 p.m.
Highlights: sea scallops and red-eyed peas, organic Nashville hot chicken, crispy snapper
Reservations: (305) 424-1234

Talde Miami Beach
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (late night noodles, midnight-2 a.m.)
Highlights: Korean fried chicken, jerk Peking duck, crispy oyster and bacon pad Thai

The Backyard (pool and gardens/beach)
All day: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Highlights: guacamole, burgers, snapper tacos

Nina’s House
Light dinner: Thursday-Saturday,
7 p.m.-midnight
Highlights: street tacos, fresh-pressed cocktails


Cafe Avanti
732 W. 41st St.,
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 538-4400
Lunch: Monday-Friday,
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30-10 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday, 4:30-11 p.m.
Highlights: minestrone, calamari, grouper, pasta, risottos

La Provence
433 W. 41st St.,
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 672-4951
All day: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Sunday, 7a.m.-4 p.m.
Highlights: breakfast, paninis, wraps, salads, quiches, empanadas

The Forge
432 W. 41st St.,
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 538-8533
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 6-11 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 6 p.m.-midnight
Highlights: lobster pot pie, yellowfin tuna Wellington, Japanese A5 wagyu, raw bar

The Deck at Island Gardens
Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina
888 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, FL 33132
Lunch: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Highlights: mezzes, risotto, fish, locally sourced produce and meats
Reservations: (786) 479-3443

The Deck at Island Gardens

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