Between the socializing, the swimming, and the actual seeing-the-art thing, Art Basel and its fellow fairs can work up an appetite. Lucky for you a whole slew of beautiful restaurants popped up this year, and they’re all ready to serve the high-brow masses this week. Whether you’re needing breakfast to soak up last night’s sin, lunch to keep the motor running as you move fair to fair, or dinner to fuel up before the evening’s fun begins, these six spots have you covered. We recommend making reservations in advance. The competition for tables this week will be as stiff as ever.
The Surf Club Restaurant
Elegant much? The Surf Club Restaurant by Chef Thomas Keller has been a hotly anticipated affair — and the fuss has certainly been warranted. The space, a positively gorgeous blend of Art Deco and Old Hollywood, would be enough to pack this place to the gills. Chef Thomas Keller, however, is not one to let his food take second fiddle to velvet chairs and palm trees. The culinary genius, of French Laundry and Per Se fame, brings his take on classic American cuisine. Continental, is the word.
9011 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154
Vista — just north of Wynwood and not terribly far from the Superfine! fair — is a verdant oasis of pitch-perfect pasta in Upper Buena Vista. The neighborhood, sandwiched between Little Haiti and the Design District, is a convenient place to stop for a midday bite. At Vista, their second restaurant, husband-and-wife team Roberto Bearzi and Fiorella Blanco serve up Italian fare made with local and seasonal ingredients. Their all-day menu features plenty of snacks to tide you over before you hit the next spot on your Miami Art Week itinerary.
5020 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, Florida 33137
Swan and Bar Bevy
SIXTY recently touted Swan as “The Prettiest New Restaurant in Miami.” Apparently others feel the same. (Miami New Times called the restaurant/bar “gorgeous tributes to female power,” which is definitely in keeping with Suzy Kellems Dominik’s second installation at Nautilus this year.) The restaurant — owned by David Grutman, Pharrell Williams, and Top Chef-winner Jean Imbert — is likely going to slammed this Miami Art Week with people from all over seeing what the buzz is about. If you can’t get a reservation at Swan, come back on the late night for drinks at Bar Bevy.
90 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137
Malibu Farm Miami Beach
Sometimes when you’re traveling, you just want a taste of home. For those coming to Miami by way of Los Angeles, that’s what you’ll get with Malibu Farm Miami Beach. The original, in California, is a pierside breakfast-and-lunch joint. The theme carries over to South Beach — albeit with a bit more Miami flair. (Direct views of the Atlantic are certainly a plus.) Chef Helene Henderson gives veggies their due here, with a vegan chop salad, cauliflower crust pizza, and a coconut/tofu dish made with quinoa rice that’ll knock your socks off. Our tip? Come here for breakfast and then hit the PULSE art fair.
4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Planning on hitting up NADA while you’re in town? Grab a bite at Sette Osteria nearby. Or, if it’s a drink you’re after, settle in for one of their daily wine-forward happy hours. On the menu, the Wynwood restaurant turns out a whole host of Italian specialities. Here, burrata is a creamy ode to the cow, homemade pastas melt in the mouth, and salads — a beach community must — are graciously abundant in number.
2103 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Nautilus Cabana Club
When it comes to convenience during Miami Art Week, Nautilus Cabana Club is a perfect jumping off point. Just down the beach, you’ll find both the SCOPE and Untitled art fairs. Our recommendation? Start with breakfast here, seated outside on the patio with views of the pool. In the morning, the classics are king, with pancakes and French toast and waffles making requisite cameos. For you healthy-minded, fear not: try the quinoa and Greek yogurt bowl or the barley with pomegranate.
1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson