Chef Julian Garriga Debuts New American Seafare Restaurant on Washington Avenue
From the talented team behind Washington Avenue’s Minnow Bar, Seawell Fish N’ Oyster debuts its coastal American seafare concept to Miami Beach’s vibrant North of Fifth neighborhood on Monday, October 28. Adjacent to Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach, Seawell attracts locals and visitors alike with its coastal fare, raw bar, fresh fish and shellfish accompanied by a craft cocktail selection.
History and modern chic welcome guests upon entering Seawell, located within a lovingly restored 1930s historic Art Deco building, where they can revel in the history that the notorious Townsens and Ernest Hemingway once stayed at the now Kimpton Angler’s hotel. The entrance is adorned with lush, green foliage surrounding the 16-seat covered patio that leads to the interior dining room. Teal and white striped awnings and stringed lights cover the outdoor patio paired with teak tables, canvas director chairs and floor lanterns giving the space a warm, cozy dining experience perfect for any alfresco dining occasion. Inside, guests are greeted with a relaxed, nautical-designed 38-seat dining room combined with the original marine-like elements of the building. The 1,695-square-foot indoor/outdoor space is embellished with nautical ropes, soft leathers and chic lighting that set a warm and neutral tone. The walls are lined with white linen banquettes accompanied with rustic wood dining chairs and maple-top tables evoking an airy yet rustic dining ambiance.
Located just steps away in the restaurant’s back patio, the Mermaid Lounge hosts a 36-seat “secret garden”, named after its original decorative wall mosaic of a sea siren. The Mermaid Lounge offers additional relaxed al fresco seating with teak tables, canvas director chairs and floor lanterns combined with greenery all around and stringed lights for an elevated yet intimate oasis in the heart of Washington Avenue. Guests can dine alfresco and enjoy the tropical Miami weather on the covered front patio or Mermaid Lounge.
Executive Chef Julian Garriga leads the culinary program at Seawell. With over a decade of culinary expertise in South Florida, he brings an energetic approach in the kitchen and deep appreciation for local flavors. “I’m thrilled to showcase Seawell Fish N’ Oyster to the neighborhood this season,” he shares. “When guests visit, we want to give them a true taste of American seafare with a unique Miami twist like in the Shellfish Pot. The dish combines all the seafood elements including lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels for the ultimate foodie experience.” Chef Julian’s menu features tried-and-true classics alongside entrée selections that play with finfish, shellfish and non-seafood items, offering a broad range of flavors that appeal to all palates. Serving dinner daily, Seawell’s menu highlights a selection of east and west coast oysters, Fish N’ Chips, 6 oz. Bone-in New York Strip served with escargot butter and Pan Seared Snapper made with andouille sausage, seafood nage served with Carolina rice.
Seawell also offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday with over a dozen plates divided by starters, early brunch and late brunch. Signature brunch items include Seawell’s Wake n’ Bake Bowl with poached egg, nueske bacon, peppers, onions, fontina and the Egg n’ Sausage Sammy with cheddar, rosti potatoes, breakfast gravy among other specialties. Bottomless mimosas served with varying freshly squeezed juice options round out the full brunch experience.
Complementing the food is a modern, four-seat petit bar serving classic cocktails and coastal brew favorites. The restaurant’s unique bar program features a carefully curated wine list with a strong focus on rosé and bubbles. Early Americana and the coastal fishing communities inspire Seawell’s cocktail program.
Seawell Fish N’ Oyster Bar is located at 660 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139. Seawell is open for dinner seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m, Friday and Saturday. Weekend brunch is offered from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seawell is suitable for large groups and private parties. For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.seawellmiami.com or call 786-594-5820.