Dining out with a large group in Miami can be a challenge. To remedy that, we have compiled our favorite posh private dining rooms. These secluded dinner escapes are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite South Florida restaurants without having to deal with the rude gaze of public scrutiny.
1. Zucca in Coral Gables
This Italian restaurant, located at the Hotel St. Michel, has a contemporary feel that contrasts nicely with the building’s historic vintage facade. The elegant décor features walls sheathed in green moss with white marble and rose gold accents.
Strolling to the back, the intimate dining room seats 18 guests, and for larger parties the adjacent bar and lounge area can be reserved for 50. All details, from menu selection to live entertainment, are taken care of by the in-house events coordinator, ensuring that your only concern that evening is choosing red or white wine from Zucca’s 1,000-bottle cellar.
162 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables; hotelstmichel.com/restaurant.html.
2. Faena Miami Beach
Oenophiles rejoice. Dining at Faena Hotel’s La Cava will feel like you are in your own private wine cellar surrounded by a remarkable 2,000-bottle collection.
This spectacular private room’s warm, dim lighting welcomes 22 of your closest friends to sit and enjoy a wine tasting or enchanting multi-course meal at the hand-carved custom rosewood table designed by Frank Pollaro accentuated with plush red leather seats. Menus can be customized, or simply enjoy the cuisine from one of Faena’s signature restaurants: Los Fuegos or Pao.
3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; faena.com.
3. StripSteak at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Dining in the private room of StripSteak by Michael Mina is an experience not soon forgotten. Straight out of a movie, you and your guests will be escorted through the main dining room through the doors that lead straight into the kitchen. Passing by the chefs, your private dining room awaits.
The room, which can hold up to 40 seated guests, has a expansive window allowing you to dine while enjoying the controlled chaos of the restaurant’s kitchen. If you seek privacy, there are curtains to draw. The room also features an HDTV for PowerPoint presentations or to watch a vital game in style.
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; fontainebleau.com/dining/stripsteak/miami-beach-steakhouse
4. The Strand Bar & Grill at Carillon Miami Beach
The Strand is the Carillon Miami Beach Wellness Resort’s newest addition. The fare focuses on fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich, a Miami native, brings with him years of experience, including time as sous chef at New York’s Seasonal when it won a Michelin star.
In The Strand’s private Tambourine Room, you can enjoy a cocktail or two before sitting down around a 14-person table. Another option is The Wine Lounge, which can accommodate up to 30 guests near the restaurant’s outdoor terrace.
6801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; thestrandmiami.com.
5. Ariete in Coconut Grove
Ariete is a unique restaurant with an eclectic menu presided over by Chef Michael Beltran. Adding to the uniqueness is its private dining room, located in the restaurant’s basement. Yes, you read that correctly. Ariete has a below-ground private space complete with coral walls.
Following the candlelight downstairs, guests enter La Cava, which accommodates 50 guests and also features secure wine cellar lockers for those extra special bottles you want to savor another night.
3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove; arietemiami.com.
6. Byblos in Miami Beach
If space is what you need, Byblos has the room for you. This 2,300-square-foot private party room is completely separate from the main restaurant and can host 125 for cocktails or 55 for a seated dinner.
Byblos has perfected the art of merging traditional flavors with local ingredients, offering guests a new take on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. And there’s no need to leave your private space after dinner; Byblos offers red-carpet VIP service as it transforms the room into a boutique nightlife experience just for your group.
1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; byblosmiami.com.
7. Terra Mare in Fort Lauderdale
Sharing is caring, and this beachside eatery takes it to the next level. Small tapas plates are replaced with large entrée dishes made tableside and perfect for sharing.
The Trident Room, the restaurant’s private dining room, offers this communal dining experience with an exclusive oceanfront terrace that can comfortably serve 16 guests. The luxury Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is home to Terra Mare, which as its name suggests boasts a variety of land and sea options on its menu.
551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale; terramarefl.com.