Lobster Bar Sea Grille, located at 404 Washington Avenue in the heart of Miami Beach, was pleased to feature its official opening dinner on Saturday, April 1st. The restaurant offers lunch services starting now! Guests can now make dinner reservations by calling 305.377.2675.
The highly-anticipated seafood restaurant is the newest concept from the national award-winning Buckhead Life Restaurant Group of Atlanta, Georgia, and owners of the popular Chops Lobster Bar and City Fish Market in Boca Raton and sister restaurant Lobster Bar Sea Grille in Fort Lauderdale. Guests will now be able to enjoy a restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere complete with modern-contemporary nautical touches.
“We are delighted to bring Lobster Bar Sea Grille to Miami Beach especially in this iconic location,” said Buckhead Life’s Founder and CEO, I. Pano Karatassos. “From the atmosphere, to the menu and service, this restaurant will be extraordinary with the energy and culture of Miami Beach.” Karatassos acknowledged, “A superb restaurant is never complete without a first-class staff that is dedicated, passionate, and professional. We have chosen an opening team of proven Buckhead Life veterans and local talent to ensure that when we open the doors, we live up to the Buckhead Life culture of friendly, first class service we have set throughout the company.”
The culinary team will be headed up by Executive Chef Arturo Paz, who joins to the company having worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Los Angeles and Miami. Most recently, Chef Arturo served as executive chef for Cleo, a Mediterranean restaurant voted “Top Ten Restaurants in South Beach” by Trip Advisor. In the Buckhead Life tradition, he will work directly with Corporate Executive Chef Pano I. Karatassos and be surrounded in the kitchen by “Buckhead Lifers” who will join the team from the company’s other locations.
The menu offers four signature categories:
1. Live Lobster Experience- featuring superior Canadian hard shell lobsters from the deep, icy waters of Nova Scotia – considered to be the Rolls Royce of Lobsters. These succulent lobsters are offered with several exciting preparations. The purest live lobsters, available up to 4 pounds, are steamed consistently to 145 degrees then fully cracked and served with traditional drawn butter and lemon.
2. Whole Fish Experience- featuring whole European and local fish. Expertly prepared in the Mediterranean technique of grilling and basting with lemon, oregano and Greek E.V. olive oil, the fish is served filleted by our staff for the guest’s enjoyment. Composed individual fish entrees round out the fresh fish selections.
3. USDA Prime Signature Steaks- A full line of USDA Prime signature steaks from Chops Lobster Bar hand selected and custom aged by Halpern’s – Black Diamond USDA Prime Steaks. Legendary at both the Chops Lobster Bar in Atlanta and Boca Raton, these steaks are the hallmark of our company.
4. Unique Seafood Specialties & Appetizers- An array of sharable appetizers kick-off the dining experience and includes a variety shellfish on ice, crudo of pristine fish, sashimi, ceviche, tartares, as well as buttery French tartes with house-cured salmon, and other appetizer specialties.
At the entrance to the dining room, a white marble ice display made of Thassos marble imported from Greece showcases each day’s catch on ice. Buckhead Life’s dedicated staff is committed, through extensive travel and research, to procure through direct relationships with some of the most reliable and reputable fishing contacts in the different parts of Europe, especially Greece and Spain, New Zealand, Japan and the United States. As a result of these direct relationships, Buckhead Life has eliminated the need for middle-man suppliers providing Lobster Bar Sea Grille with the unique ability to air freight, transport and serve the most pristine fish available.
The dining room features soft white herringbone subway tiled walls and arched ceilings, reminiscent of the famous Oyster Bar in New York City’s Grand Central Station. War lead crystal custom lighting create an intimate and inviting ambience. Just off the main dining room is a Honduran mahogany paneled private board room that can accommodate up to 20 guests and a large private dining room for 100 guests. Principle designer and award winning architect, Bill Johnson, noted, “The design is timeless and packed full of energy.”
The vibrant spacious lounge has a U-shaped white Carrara communal marble top and a set of exquisite one-of-a- kind led crystal chandeliers, custom-made to resemble light house lenses. The lounge offers guest more relaxed dining, with comfortable banquettes and booths. Channel-backed seating surrounds the bar with the plush comfort of a luxury yacht. Clusters of comfortable club and settee sofas are located near the entrance and bar for cocktails before or after dinner, making it the perfect place to see and be seen or meet friends, or business associates. Adjacent to the lounge is a fully covered outdoor patio with cushioned furniture, ideal for cocktails and light dining.
Buckhead Life, known for creating opportunities for its dedicated staff, announced that Bobby Asare, a veteran of the company since 2006, has been chosen as the General Manager for the new restaurant. Asare served as Assistant General Manager of Lobster Bar Sea Grille – Fort Lauderdale and other Atlanta Buckhead Life restaurants. “Bobby is a rising star in our company and perfect for Miami Beach,” said Karatassos. “Between his commitment to customer service and his ability to create unique dining experiences for our guest, he has the ability to build a very loyal following.”
Lobster Bar Sea Grille is open for dinner seven days a week starting at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.lobsterbarseagrillemiami.com or call (305) 377 – 2675. For up-to-date news and happenings, follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/LobsterBarSeaGrilleMiamiBeach and on Instagram & Twitter @LobsterBarMiami.