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Café at Books & Books

About the Café at Books & Books

We’re your locally-owned, independently-minded café and bookstore in the tradition of all of Mitchell Kaplan’s Books & Books’ locations, and under the direction of James Beard award-winning Chef Allen Susser!

Find us on the Arsht Center campus, inside the landmark Carnival Tower. Our café-style restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating (weather permitting), table service and a full bar. Open to patrons for lunch and pre-show dining.

We have a passionate commitment to local, fresh ingredients” and our menu features a great choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Plus, a fine selection of Books & Books! The bookstore staff will happily share their recommendations for new titles and help you with all your book needs. 

Café & Bookstore Fall Hours 2018: Lunch and Dinner 

Mondays - Saturday: 10:00AM Coffee & Beverages; 11:00AM - 8:00PM Kitchen Services

Sunday: 10:00AM Coffee & Beverages; 11:00AM - 7:00PM Kitchen Services 

Performance Days: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am – show time; theater menu served 11:00am until show for matinee performances and 5pm until show for evening performances.  

Reservations required on show dates at 786.405.1745.   

Café at Books & Books Seasonal Menu: Click here                                                                                                Café at Books & Books Theater Menu: Click here
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Metered parking available in Parking Lot C, adjacent to the Opera House. Click here for a parking map.

Chef Allen's Farm-to-Table Dinners

Gather to enjoy Chef Allen’s Farm-to-Table Dinner, a 5-course, Vegetarian meal featuring a different theme or region every Monday at 6:30pm. The highly creative menu is served family-style at a shared communal table, under the stars, with live music. An amazing value at $30 per person, with $18 optional wine pairing. Reservations suggested through Eventbrite here.

Sustainable Seafood Special Edition Dinners

Diners are in for a night of the freshest and most delicious seafood and environmental education as Chef Allen serves five unique courses featuring sustainably caught local seafood. Allen, a long-time member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force, goes on a fishing trip to the Florida Keys, the day before the dinner and cooks up the catch with guest chefs the following day. 

Author Events & Autographings

Books & Books brings its famed author events with seasonal signings, workshops, conversations and special events. We’ve featured Ruth Reichl, Chrissy Teigen, Andy Cohen, Chef Eric Ripert and Elizabeth Gilbert, to name but a few!

Catering & Special Events

All inquiries welcome for special events. Seated, buffet, passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Contact Keith Greene at 786.405.1745.

Activation of the historic Carnival Tower is made possible with the support of American Express.

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