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Celebrity Chef Hot Spots in South Beach

Did you know South Beach and all of Miami are known for having some of the best food around? In Miami, the dining and food scene is ever-changing and evolving. There is food from all cultures represented and presented in many different ways. What makes some of Miami’s restaurants even more special is many of them are owned by a celebrity chef. These chefs’ spots range from fancier dining food options to comfort food. If you like watching cooking shows or have a favorite chef, there’s a good chance they own a place down here!

Here are some South Beach restaurants owned/operated by celebrity chefs that you should most definitely check out on your next visit to the area.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres
SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Celebrity chef: Jose Andres
This is a world-renowned restaurant that mixes sophisticated cuisine with a playful atmosphere. The place features a Spanish tapas style of dining with South Beach Latin flavors woven into the dishes. Andres is a James Beard award winner.

1 Hotel & Homes, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Celebrity Chef: Tom Colicchio
This restaurant features amazing fish and antibiotic-free meat dishes, has a stocked raw bar and freshly made pastas. Organic and fresh food is key here. Colicchio is a five-time James Beard award winner and the author of three cookbooks.

The Dutch Miami
W Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Celebrity Chef: Andrew Carmellini
This American restaurant features fresh fish, shellfish, meats and local produce. Some special items featured: a deluxe steak with a tower of shellfish, flavorful curry, fresh pie, and more. Carmellini is a two-time James Beard winner and has many successful restaurants and his grandfather owned Miami Beach’s Surf Club in the 1940s and 1950s; he is also the author of two cookbooks.

Other Celebrity Owned South Beach Restaurants

Matador Room at the Edition –  Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Tropicale –  Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Scarpetta – Scott Conant
Stripsteak – Michael Mina
Michael Mina 74 at Fountaineblue – Michael Mina

Visit South Beach

After spending the evening stuffing your face full of excellent cuisine from one of these celebrity chefs, you’ll want to spend the night locally so you can enjoy another restaurant tomorrow. The Cavalier Hotel is located nearby all these restaurants. To book a room, call 305-673-1199 or click here.

South Beach Water Activities: Part 2

People come to South Beach for a variety of reasons. But, it may be safe to say the main reason is the beach itself – it’s beautiful. The city’s beach draws thousands of visitors each year. And this beach, isn’t just for tanning or sleeping on. South Beach is home to endless water sports and activities for people to have fun and be entertained.


Last month, we shared some popular water activities on the blog, but since there are so many, we wanted to share more! Below is a few more South Beach favorites that will guarantee you some fun in the sun.



Want to feel like you’re flying? Flyboarding is a water-powered device that shoots you up out of the water like a jetpack; its attached to your feet (boots) and is powered by a hose connected to a jet ski. The way the device looks, it has been compared to flying like Iron Man. Both children and adults can enjoy this activity. People can choose to do this for 30 minutes or an hour. Lessons are available for those who have never tried this before. Safety equipment is also provided.


Here are a few spots where you can rent a flyboard:

Miami Watersports | 3400 Pan American Dr., Miami

Miami Beach FlyBoard | 910 West Ave., Miami Beach
Oceans Flyboarding and Jet Ski Rental Miami Beach | 1099 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach


Gondola Rides

Who says you have to travel all the way to Venice, Italy, for a beautiful, blissful ride in a gondola? Stay stateside and climb into a gondola and sail alongside Miami Beach. These rides are great for couple who want a romantic Venetian experience or fun for groups of friends and family. Gondola rides can bring guests through the Miami Beach Canals and tours can last anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes.

Here’s where you can catch a gondola ride:

Miami Beach Gondolas | 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach


Other Water Activities:
Kite Surfing
Paddle boarding
Boat tours/Cruises


Stay Nearby the Ocean

There are so many ways to have fun in the water. Want to try one of these unique experiences in the water at South Beach? Staying for awhile? If so, the Cavalier Hotel, located on Ocean Drive is within walking distance to the ocean. Stay tuned for more posts where we detail other South Beach water activities –there’s just so many to choose from! To book your stay at the Cavalier, click here or call 305-671-1199.