Culinary artistry in Miami
Performance art and culinary art converge at Brava By Brad Kilgore. Located at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House in Downtown Miami, Brava serves reinvented culinary classics in a stylish atmosphere from one of the best chefs in town.
Not too showy and never over the top, the upscale venue keeps the vibe cool and simple with a sleek bar and minimal accents.
Chef Brad Kilgore’s European menu shines with an array of flavorful dishes stemmed from traditional favorites and transformed into his own. Everything from seafood risotto to ribeye is distinctive, while the candied foie gras that resembles a Snickers bar is good enough for dessert.
Catering to the hungry theater guests, the restaurant is packed before each show and rises again for the post-performance nightcap.
• The interior is polished but welcoming. The fashionable blue chairs and yellow wraparound booths are colorful and comfortable, paired with intimate white-cloth tables and window seats offering select views of Downtown Miami.
• Large, heavy curtains found in the corners of the dining room can be used for added privacy with smaller groups.
• An attentive staff treats each guest with the same amount of helpful attention as the next, making for a pleasurable experience.
• With the dim lighting and soft jazz music, the overall ambiance is quiet and romantic, ideal for a date.
• The candlelit bar is warm and inviting, serving expertly crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list. The friendly bartender takes the time to explain each drink, finding the right libation to quench your thirst.
Things to Know
• When there is a performance inside the theater, the crowds slim down at the Miami restaurant. This is a great time to grab a table.
• It’s essential to make a reservation when planning to eat prior to a performance, as the restaurant will get crowded.
• The dress code is business casual. Men should look their best in a button-down shirt or jacket, while women can arrive in a dress or slacks.
• Parking can be an issue. You will most likely need to pay wherever you go, including the surrounding lots, the street or valet (the restaurant offers a discount after 8 p.m.).
• The à la carte menu serving European cuisine offers modern global takes on traditional staples, including clam chowder that is whipped with black truffle butter and lamb shank smothered in a savory garlic glaze.
• Dishes are large enough to share with your table. Most of the items are rich and flavorful, so sharing is a great way to not overwhelm your taste buds.
• To sample several of the restaurant’s signature dishes, choose the chef’s exclusive tasting menu. A wine pairing can also be added to enhance your experience.
• A Kansas City native, chef Brad Kilgore first made his culinary mark in Chicago at two critically acclaimed restaurants: Five-Star Alinea and the former L20.
• He’s well known in the Miami food scene, having worked in some big-name establishments, such as Azul in Mandarin Oriental, Miami and the Five-Star St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.
• In 2015, he opened his own restaurant in Wynwood called Alter. The New American eatery was the James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2016.