Celebrated chef and humanitarian José Andrés is extending the reach of his renowned Mediterranean restaurant, Zaytinya, to the vibrant city of Miami. Following the success of its iterations in Washington, D.C., and New York, Zaytinya has found its new home within the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Established in 2002, Zaytinya has cultivated a devoted fan base by seamlessly blending traditional Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese recipes with modern twists. Chef José Andrés, along with chef-partner Aglaia Kremezi and chef Michael Costa, guides the culinary experience, offering patrons an enticing menu featuring a range of Mediterranean delights.

The menu at Zaytinya boasts an array of spreads, including the classic hummus and the smoky baba ghanoush. Complementing these are various flatbreads, such as the egg-topped soujouk pide, and a collection of vegetable mezze, with the crispy Brussels afelia standing out as a fan favorite. Larger plates like the octopus Santorini, seared sea bass, spiced lamb baharat, and tangy shish taouk provide a diverse and satisfying dining experience. Additionally, Zaytinya will open its doors for breakfast, featuring traditional Eastern Mediterranean dishes like Çılbır, Ottoman-style poached eggs, whipped yogurt, and harissa chili.

The beverage program at Zaytinya South Beach is carefully curated to complement the rich flavors of the cuisine. Patrons can expect a selection of unique wines and Mediterranean cocktails infused with regional spirits such as Greek gin and vermouths.

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The restaurant’s ambiance mirrors the seaside elegance of the Mediterranean, combining white oak and bronze accents with splashes of Mediterranean blue. This design, consistent with Zaytinya’s forerunners in Washington, D.C., and New York, aims to provide patrons with an immersive and sophisticated dining experience.

In an expansion beyond the restaurant itself, the José Andrés Group is now overseeing all food and beverage operations at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. This includes the Lapidus lobby bar, DiLido Beach Club, in-room dining, banquet services, and the lounge. This move follows the group’s joint venture in a 15-story residential building on the property, demonstrating a comprehensive approach to hospitality.

As noted by José, what sets Zaytinya Miami apart from its counterparts is the unique charm of the city itself. He describes the distinct elements that Miami brings to the Zaytinya experience: the blue ocean, the salty air, and the warm breeze. This acknowledgment encapsulates the restaurant’s commitment to providing not just a culinary journey but an immersive sensory experience that captures the essence of its location.

With Zaytinya’s successful track record and José Andrés’ commitment to innovation and authenticity, the Miami location is poised to become a culinary hotspot. As the restaurant opens its doors in the heart of South Beach, patrons can anticipate a harmonious blend of traditional Mediterranean flavors, modern culinary twists, and the unique ambiance that the city of Miami adds to this acclaimed dining experience. Zaytinya’s arrival at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, marks a significant chapter in Miami’s culinary scene, offering locals and visitors alike a chance to savor the rich and diverse tapestry of Mediterranean cuisine.