Tambourine Room by Tristan Brandt

Modern French in contemporary coziness

Unsuspectingly nestled in Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, the largest wellness facility on the East Coast, Tambourine Room by Tristan Brandt is a retreat all its own. Opened in December 2022, the elegant eatery is the brainchild of German-bred chef, global culinary consultant and entrepreneur Tristan Brandt. Since its debut, the restaurant has carved a distinct niche for its modern-classic French cuisine with bright, periodic pops of Asian influence.

The entrance to Tambourine Room is tucked off the hotel’s principal bar and American restaurant, The Strand at Carillon Miami. A staff member grants you access to the room via key card and through a light-colored wood door you go. Inside, you’ll find 18 total seats within the contemporary space, with pops of blue and uber-cushiony blue seating amid various layers of soft browns. There is a halo-like, modern light fixture composed of four circles as well as a wall of brick-configured mirrors.

Otherwise, the focal point here is on the seasonally driven tasting menus. Presented Wednesday through Sunday, 10-course expeditions may include a beef tartare tucked under a snug blanket of caviar with kimizu, a whipped crème fraîche and sourdough chips or Hudson Valley duck accompanied by butternut squash.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The kitchen switches things up approximately every three to four months, so don’t count on a favorite being a menu throughline from season to season. In fact, only one “dish” has been a constant — housemade candied walnuts to help cleanse diners’ palates during one of the multi-bite-filled courses.
  • An evening at Tambourine Room is filled with surprises. Count on a couple of whimsical creations from the chef, including an amuse-bouche, perhaps a housemade whiskey sour or a dessert-before-dessert.
  • Wine pairings are available for the 10-course experience, spanning the red, white and bubbly spectrums. The elegant glassware and popping gold and silver-hued cutlery only add to the vibe.
  • Service at the Miami Beach restaurant includes a hearty explanation of each dish (and wine, if applicable) that extends well beyond details left with diners on the table. A rare find for any restaurant and a testament to the Tambourine Room team’s cohesion, the name of every staff member — from hostess to chef de cuisine — is printed on the back of the menu.
  • The majority of tables here are two-seaters, though the space is configurable for larger groups. The restaurant has been known to host private events during some of Miami’s buzziest weeks — e.g., Art Basel — as well.

Things to Know

  • While there is no formal dress code at Tambourine Room, opt for smart casual at a minimum. Being such an intimate and sleek spot that visibly hosts romantic date nights and special occasions/birthdays, you’ll want to mesh with the ambiance.
  • Reservations are available the first of each month for that month and the following one.
  • In the 1950s, a speakeasy called Tambourine Lounge occupied the same space. Its current name pays homage to that bar.

Business casual
Private dining
Reservations required
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
6801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33141
NeighborhoodNorth Beach
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