When you walk into Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar in West Kendall, you’ll immediately feel like you’ve been transported to the Napa Valley. That’s no accident, it’s right where the chef wants you to be. At 20 years old, Adrianne Calvo traveled through northern California’s famous wine country and fell in love with everything about it. Now 30, she’s bringing the best of Napa to Miami, with a popular, welcoming spot perfect for a date night centered on fine food and fine wine. Its success is no surprise, as the prolific young talent is already on her third cookbook, stars in her own cooking segment (Maximum Flavor Live on NBC 6), and has won culinary awards and catered for World Series champions. It all comes together in this impossibly romantic eatery, where the flavors of Napa come alive on the plate.
Stepping through the threshold of one of Miami’s greatest hidden gems reveals a dimly lit, intimate setting of cozy booths, dark wood accents, and wall-to-wall shelves of wine that play on the classic feel of a Napa vineyard: the inspiration behind the venue’s décor. But it’s the carefully constructed menu, which reads like a foodie’s wish list, that is the real attraction here.
For your first visit, start with the cheese plate – a platter of the day’s fresh market selections served with prosciutto and grapes – and muse over the options while sipping on sparkling wine. Dishes like the Harris Ranch Black Angus five-diamond filet mignon tempt the palate, begging to be paired with a bold red. To devour alongside a pinot noir, try the famous osso bucco in tomato, garlic, and Italian herbs.
A daily chef’s menu is an opportunity not to be missed, as it serves to relay chef Adrianne’s muse for the day. Butter-roasted prawns with truffle pearls, brown-sugar-crusted salmon, and lobster dumplings with whipped corn and truffled bone marrow jus have all made an appearance so far – you’ll just have to be present for her masterpiece of the day. But if you’re ready for real sensory exploration, then consider the monthly “Dining in the Dark” experience, where a blindfold forces your tastebuds to really be your guide.
But don’t forget to leave room for dessert. Chef Adrianne trained under Chef Patrick Lassaque (who served as executive pastry chef for the Ritz in Paris) and she also ran a homemade cookie empire at the age of 12 — so you know she has a flair for the sweet and scintillating. The Nutella bread pudding is one for the books.
Because the young chef’s reservation book fills up fast, book a spot well in advance. West Kendall may be a lot closer than Napa, but a little travel planning still might be in order.