PROHIBITION MIAMI, a restaurant and lounge, opened it’s doors on April 2014 in midtown in the former George’s Kitchen space. Taking a cue from its name, the place has a Chicago speakeasy vibe, with servers dressed in newsboy caps and ties, à la 1930s.
Located in the former George’s Kitchen & Loft space, Prohibition Miami is the vision of owner Shawn Shahnazi, who has more than two decades of restaurant and club experience in Miami. Shahnazi was the owner of Karma in Coral Gables and Envy nightclub in downtown Miami.
A few friends and I visited Prohibition for a special occasion. Some of the ladies had visited the establishment prior to this gathering, therefore, I had heard great reviews. High expectations were placed and I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself.
My take on Prohibition Miami …
Upon arriving at the restaurant, I was greeted by a very polite hostess that guided me to my party. This was a surprise dinner so we arrived early. In the meantime, my friends and I ordered a few cocktails at the bar and everyone was pleased with their selection. I ordered a glass of Rodney Strong
Cabernet Sauvignon which was juicy and fresh with tangy acidity, plum, blackberry and toasty oak; smooth and balanced, long and bright.
Of course, any place called Prohibition better be on its A-game with cocktails. Classic cocktails were made with fresh fruits, individual mixers (no soda guns), and quality bitters. The drinks menu, featuring quality spirits, are pared down to about a dozen selections from the Prohibition era.
The food is an eclectic mix of favorites with an emphasis on small plates for sharing. A preliminary rundown of dishes included char-grilled octopus, escargots, lobster truffle macaroni and cheese, chorizo croquettes, beef carpaccio, and hummus. Dinner-size entrées include steak frites, slow-roasted short rib, Wagyu skirt steak, and pan-roasted salmon with couscous and vegetables.
The overall experience was one of a kind. Prohibition Miami’s ambiance has the perfect setting for a night out with a significant other or girls night out. Exquisite dishes, delicious cocktails, and outstanding service will always be on the menu. Do yourself a favor and check them out ASAP!