Forbes Lists Kiki on the River as One of 10 Best Creative Spins on Lobster That Bring Seafood to the Next Level

We are thrilled to share that Kiki on the River was featured (1 of 10 Nationally and the only Florida based restaurant) in Forbes latest article “These Creative Spins On Lobster Brings Our Favorite Seafood To The Next Level.”

Greek Lobster Pasta

This beautiful pasta dish at Kiki on the River on the Miami River involves a whole lobster seared over bucatini pasta.

“While many think of pasta as a traditional Italian dish, Greek Lobster Pasta is a signature dish of the Greek Islands. Featuring of cold water Lobster, its sweet meat pares very well, with traditional Greek ingredients like grape tomato puree, white wine, Greek Oregano, and of course Greek Olive oil,” says Chef Steve Rhee.

“All of these ingredients complement the pasta chosen for this dish like this, like a Bucatini pasta, which is a thicker noodle, with a hole in the middle, to hold sauces and gives it a better texture. All of these beautiful ingredients playfully interact with each other, in a simple, but yet complex dish that highlights the best of Mediterranean cuisine.”

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Kiki on the River in Miami is a Waterfront Aegean Paradise

Nibbling on buttery grilled octopus, I melt into breezy Miami evening, watching the row of docked boats rock with the ebb and flow of the river. Scanning the beautiful patio, my eyes twinkle beneath the garden lights illuminating the restaurant’s bright white and blue décor. Would I like to transport myself to the real Santorini? Sure. But, for a taste of Greece in Miami, I’ll take it.

Kiki on the River, the upscale Greek eatery settled along the Miami River in Downtown Miami, offers a modern spin on old world flavor. The waterfront garden atmosphere balances trend-setting design choices with a relaxed vibe, strewn with dangling lights against lush greenery, popping against the prominently white and blue accents. As a nod to the space’s former life as a fish market, the patio also has a coastal influence, delicately mixing the serene hills of Santorini with the bustling Miami experience.

Credit: Paul Stopi
Credit: Paul Stopi

The menu is a delight with Greek Mediterranean fare mixed with Asian, Italian and local Miami flavors and inspiration. Begin with a taste of the raw bar with east or west coast oysters, Hamachi or tuna sashimi. For a splurge, go for the seafood tower, a mountainous heap of Alaskan King Crab, Maine Lobster, Jumbo Shrimp, Assorted Oysters, Green Lip NZ Mussels, and, of course, all the fixings.

For appetizers, look no further than the Octopus. Braised in olive oil, and served with red onion and capers, the octopus is grilled to buttery-soft perfection. The Kiki Chips are the restaurant’s take on a bar food favorite — Kettle Chips served with tzatziki. Simple, but delicious. Another must is the Pikilia assortment of Greek-style spreads served with house-made pita bread.

Haute Drink: Sip On CÎROC’S Star Martini At Kiki On The River

By Haute Living:
Photo Credit: Cîroc

Escape the Miami heat and retreat to the lush waterfront garden nestled along the Miami River for a relaxing respite. Complete with delicious Mediterranean cuisine, a lively scene, hip music and a killer bar program, Kiki on the River is currently one of Miami’s hottest havens. Perfect for a lunchtime getaway, a dock-and-dine destination or a happy hour hot spot, Kiki on the River serves up delectable food and tongue-tantalizing cocktails that rank at the top in the city.

Our current drink of the moment embodies both the city and the restaurant at its best—the Cîroc Star Martini. Indicative of its name, this cocktail is truly the star of the show and pairs deliciously with the fine Mediterranean cuisine. At the base of the pretty libation rests the key ingredient—the newly-debuted Cîroc French Vanilla Vodka. Adding silky, rich and creamy textural elements to the drink, it is the perfect counterpart to the passion fruit syrup and the bitter aperitif to result in a sweet, yet smooth and slightly complex cocktail—one that is almost too beautiful to drink. The drink calls for a small glass of Champagne on the side to enhance the flavors and bring out its full-bodied richness, which adds a nice contrast to the five-times-distilled premium vodka.

Finished with a floating, thin slice of passion fruit in a delicate coupe glass, reminiscent of the Great Gatsby era, the orange-hued libation is a fun and diverse option to sip-on solo for cocktail hour, or to pair with one of Kiki’s Greek-inspired offerings.


CÎROC Star Martini

1.5oz CÎROC French Vanilla

0.5 oz Passionfruit Syrup

0.5oz Bitter Aperitif

.25 oz Lemon Juice

1.5 oz Champagne
(on the side)

Dwayne Wade Gets Standing O at KIKI on The River

By Terez:

On Sunday night, Dwayne Wade arrived at Kiki on The River.

Accompanied by a group of male friends (Gabby Union was not in attendance), and was greeted with a standing ovation by guests and owner Roman Jones when he arrived for dinner. The DJ honored Wade by playing a mix of DJ Khaled and Rick Ross songs, shouting out “can you feel the love, Dwayne Wade??”. Holding court at a riverside booth table, Wade feasted on roast chicken and a seafood tower and toasted his friends with several bottles of Ace of Spades champagne. [he declined photos].

Earlier in the day, Kiki on The River’s Sunday Funday started off with an early lunch with Ivana Trump.

Arriving by yacht with a group of female friends at 2 pm, Ivana lunched on lobster, Greek salad and sipped Rose as she based in the sunshine and chatted up friends. Wearing her signature updo and a powder blue shirt and top, Ivana gushed to Kiki staff that she loved the restaurant and it felt “just like the Greek Islands.” Miami just feels right again with Wade back where he belongs.

KIKI On The River – One of The Most Romantic Restaurants in Miami

By Thrillist

In a city where talking about butt implants is more common than talking about work, the concept of “romance” can be a little tricky. Dating here is weird, what with the seemingly endless parade of girls who say they’re “influencers” and guys who “run a business.” But once in a while, you can find a gem, someone worth holding onto and spending time with outside the hours of 12-8am. Then, a whole new problem arises: Where to take them for a lovely, romantic dinner. Despite our city’s lack of romance, we are decidedly not lacking in romantic restaurants. Here are the 14 best around the city.

Riverfront romance with grilled meats and no attitude

For years, dining on the Miami riverfront meant packing a picnic and watching freighters full of mattresses load up for Haiti. But times have changed, and the best spot for romance on the river is this Greek offering with sunset views one way, and golden-hour reflections off Downtown the other. You and your date can share one of the plush booths next to the river while enjoying fresh seafood, souvlaki, and steaks paired meticulously with hard-to-find wines. It’s elegant and classy without feeling exclusive: nobody’s denying you entrance because they don’t like your shoes. Kiki lets you splurge on romance without making you feel like you don’t belong, and that’s why it’s the river’s best bet for dinner dates.

Valentine’s Day at KIKI on The River

The gorgeous waterfront restaurant Kiki on the River is as good a place as any to toast to love. So book a couple seats this Valentine’s Day (and, trust us, ask to sit outside). At $85 a person, enjoy a dinner with plenty of options for seafood and land lovers—plus a chocolate hazelnut mousse cake with gold flake for your sweet tooth. It’s a solid choice for both new couples and couples with some time under their belts.


Mick Jones and Ann Dexter-Jones Ring in the New Year at KIKI

By Page Six Sightings

Foreigner’s Mick Jones and wife Ann Dexter-Jones ringing in the new year with kids Charlotte Ronson, Samantha Ronson and Annabelle Dexter Jones in Miami at son Roman Jones’ restaurant Kiki on the River.

KIKI On The River Wins – Miami’s Most Gorgeous Restaurant of the Year

By Eater Miami

Which new spot had the most jaw-dropping design in 2017?

Welcome to day three of the 8th annual Eater Awards, honoring the most esteemed restaurants, bars, chefs, and more in cities across the world. Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will award prizes in multiple categories, including but not limited to Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year. In each category, editors will choose an editor’s choice winner and readers will vote for a reader’s choice winner — all to be announced on December 5, 2017. Editor’s choice winners will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here. Eater will also further the fanfare, running a splashy feature about every editor’s choice winner throughout the course of the coming year.

Now, without any further ado, it’s time to vote for the reader’s choice winner in the Design of the Year category. Polls will be open for 24 hours and will be strictly policed for funny business. Choose wisely:


Which restaurant is Miami’s cold stone stunner?

This poll is closed.

TimeOut Lists Kiki on the River as One of the Best Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Miami

By TimeOut

For a deliciously stress-free feast, book a reservation at one of the best restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Miami

Much the same way department stores skip over Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas, Miamians like to get a head start prepping La Caja China for an end-of-the-year pig roast rather than worry about the Thanksgiving turkey. That’s where some of the best restaurants in Miami step in, whipping up everything from the traditional roast bird to French and Italian cuisine so you don’t have to. Instead, hit South Beach, check out one of the best beaches in Miami, make reservations and give thanks for these restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Miami. Then, instead of washing dishes, you can chill out with some prime Thanksgiving movies after your feast.

Kiki on the River

The picturesque Mediterranean restaurant on the Miami River celebrates its first Thanksgiving with a prix-fixe dinner. The three-course meal includes mains like roasted turkey and pork belly, butternut squash and green beans for side dishes and a slice of traditional pumpkin pie (a non-negotiable this time of year). Thu 5:30–11pm; $39.