Seafood just got a lot sexier in Miami.
The luxurious seafood restaurant Sexy Fish Miami is finally open in Brickell, with over-the-top design that includes high-end artwork and design and a globally famous Asian menu.
This is only the second location for the hot spot from restaurateur Richard Caring, who opened the first Sexy Fish in 2015 at Berkeley Square in London. Originally scheduled to open in fall 2021, the Miami location has hosted celebrity-filled events, including an Art Basel party, but is now open to the public.
If you make a reservation, you’d better like the ocean, because the sea is represented everywhere you look. Created by a collaboration between Caring and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the restaurant features a giant fish tank from South Florida company SeaVisions with live coral and tropical fish. There are 26 bespoke fish lamps by architect and designer Frank Gehry and 10 sculptures and a grand frieze relief by British artist Damien Hirst. There are 10-foot-tall mermaid sculptures and glass mosaics with an ocean theme made from 8 million hand-assembled pieces. And you thought you were good at jigsaw puzzles.
Even the restrooms whisk you away on an undersea journey. In the women’s room, the sinks sit on mermaid tails. A hand-carved onyx octopus lies in wait in the men’s restroom. Try not to be so overwhelmed you forget to wash your hands.
If you can tear your eyes away from the design, you can start to think about the food. Chef director Bjoern Weissgerber’s menu will replicate many of the signature dishes of the original Sexy Fish: duck salad, smoked tuna belly, crispy Eringi mushroom, black cod, and King Crab and bone marrow.
You can also order dishes created especially for the Miami restaurant, like the Sexy Gold Fish & Crispy Caviar with marinated gold-flake sea bass finished on the robata and served with caviar. This is Miami, after all. Every upscale luxury joint needs to put real gold on your plate. Just ask Salt Bae.
The bar has an extensive collection of Dom Perignon and Opus One, with signature cocktail flavors like elderflower & Yuzu, Chocolate & Wine, Lime & Meringue, and Raspberry & Yogurt.
Not surprisingly, Sexy Fish aims to take on more of a nightclub air later in the evening, with a late night menu on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and entertainment featuring mermaid dancers, DJs and costumes as eye-popping as the restaurant’s design.
Sexy Fish Miami
Where: 1001 South Miami Ave., Miami
Hours: Open at 5 p.m. daily; lunch and weekend brunch to follow
Reservations: www.sexyfishmiami.com or 305-889-7888
This story was originally published February 3, 2022 6:00 AM.