Home Bars La Cañita opens today, bringing bold, exciting Caribbean and pan-Latin flavors, invigorating live music, and a celebration of rum culture to Bayside Marketplace

La Cañita opens today, bringing bold, exciting Caribbean and pan-Latin flavors, invigorating live music, and a celebration of rum culture to Bayside Marketplace

by Helena Jose

La Cañita’s spectacular view of Miami’s waterfront offers the perfect backdrop for lunch or dinner, celebrating The Infectious Spirit of the Islands and Central and South American Culture with Eclectic Menu, Rum-Centric Cocktails and Live Music Daily

La Cañita is meant to invoke the feeling of a distillery somewhere in the tropics of the Caribbean. Like the various influences found in the food and cocktails, the interior features vintage tropical wallpaper, carefully mismatched cement tile lining the bar, and dusky pink walls that conjure the colonial architecture of the Caribbean islands. The restaurant also conveys an open-aired, industrial feel that one might experience at some of the region’s best rum producers with giant copper columns that run from floor to ceiling. 

La Cañita Rum Runner photo by Michael PisarriThe beverage program is designed to get the party going with house-crafted cocktails that mix traditional with modern. The bar will feature five flavors of Mojito — strawberry, guava, passion fruit, mango, and coconut — and the same five flavors for their Tommy’s Margarita. Among the 20 cocktails on the menu, other standouts include the Oaxaca, a Mexican-style Negroni; and Our Old Fashioned featuring rosemary-infused whiskey, date bitters, and grapefruit. 

Beer by the bottle and five options on draught, including Modelo, Estrella Damm, and La Rubia blonde ale from Wynwood Brewing Company. Wine offerings include three sparkling wines, five whites, and four red wines from both Old and New World producers. 

The 4,800-square-foot restaurant is jointly owned by James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, known for her command of pan-Latin cuisines, and partner David Martinez, equally well-known for his expertise in world-class, award-winning hospitality. Together, they’ve partnered with Davide Borgia and Orestes Pajon to bring this high-energy space to life.

La Cañita Waterfront photo by Michael PisarriLa Cañita Interior photo by Michael Pisarri 2La Cañita Pina Colada photo by Michael Pisarri

“La Cañita is quintessential Miami,” says Martinez. “We are so fortunate to have this melting pot of cultural and culinary influences in this city, and we hope to put them front-and-center with our new concept-driven restaurant. Between the big flavors and fun cocktail combinations, plus an amazing location with spectacular views, and live music filling the space day and night, La Cañita will be Miami’s go-to place to celebrate all the vibrancy of Latin and Caribbean culture. We’re looking forward to contributing to the continued growth of Bayside Marketplace’s landmark property; and ultimately, to spread the spirit of this great concept to other pockets of the country.” 

La Cañita’s menu features a selection of hot and chilled appetizers, soups, empanadas, salads and sandwiches, along with entrees from land and sea, and desserts. The restaurant will also offer a kid’s menu for family dining. 

Upon opening, the restaurant will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays and will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please visit LaCañitaMiami.com, follow the restaurant at @LaCañitaMiami or email info@lacanitamiami.com. 

*Images by Michale Pisarri 

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