The Cardozo Hotel wants you to feel you’re in a home away from home on South Beach. A popular spot for cocktails at sunset, the Cardozo Bar and Grill attracts thirsty tourists with nightly happy hour specials and tasty bar snacks served with a smile. Combining Latin, Italian and Asian flavors in a fusion menu that’s unique to South Beach, the Cardozo offers amazing people watching in a classic Art Deco setting. Originally designed by architect Henry Hohauser in 1939, the hotel was originally named for Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo.
One of the first hotels to open during the 80s renaissance of South Beach, the Cardozo remains one of the most distinctive properties on Ocean Drive. Owned and operated by Miami Sound Machine superstars Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the Cardozo and the News Cafe were unique destinations on the Ocean Drive strip at the outset of the preservation movement. In a recent interview with USA Today, Gloria Estefan attributed her success in hotels and restaurants in Miami and Vero Beach to creating a warm homey feeling with personal touches like the incense she also enjoys at her Florida home.
Many hotels and restaurants on Ocean Drive compete for tourist dollars with food and drink specials that attract budget conscious guests. The Cardozo’s low priced breakfast and happy hour specials are popular with travelers who’d rather spend money on oversized tropical drinks that are two-for-one at sundown. Best bets from the kitchen include unique sushi combinations, crisp calamari and seared tuna. Entrees including house-made pasta topped with shrimp alfredo are top notch. For a unique getaway that’s classic South Beach, stop by for a cocktail at the Cardozo Bar & Grill.
Cardozo Bar & Grill
1300 Ocean Drive
Cuisine: Latin Fusion
Daily food & drink specials, Dinners $25-$35