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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 7 days a week, 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! Manager Katherine Wakefield and her staff will happily share their recommendations for new titles and help you with all your book needs. 

Café Hours of Operation

Lunch and Dinner

Monday - Sunday: 11:00am – 8pm

Full menu except on show days.

Show Days: 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
Café at Books & Books Drinks Menu: Click here

Bookstore Hours of Operation

Monday – Sunday: 10am to 8pm 


Metered parking available Monday through Friday in Parking Lot C, adjacent to the Opera House. (Click here for a parking map.) Reserved Parking for patrons in Lot C on show nights. 

Monday Farmers Market and Farm-to-Table Dinners

Every Monday, from 4:30pm - 8:30pm, the Adrienne Arsht Center, The Market Company and Books & Books join forces to host a weekly Farmers Market on the corner of 13th Street, in front of the Café at Books & Books.

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, following the Farmers Market. . The highly creative menu is inspired by the ingredients sold at the Farmers Market and is served family-style at a shared communal table, under the stars, with live music, surrounded by our local growers. An amazing value at $25 per person, with $14 optional wine pairing. Reservations suggested: 786.405.1745

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. 

Save the date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017: The festivities kick off with hand-made cocktails, local craft beers, and sparkling Prosseco. The menu will be determined by the actual catch. Chef Allen and Captain Mike will educate attendees between courses; all five courses will be paired with delicious wines.

The evening is priced at $82 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. A portion of the proceeds benefit Captain Mike’s non-profit foundation, The Fishing Experience. Seating is limited and reservations are required at (786) 405-1745 or 

Lunch n’ Learn by Books & Books

A weekly, $25 fixed price lunch, presentation & conversation, featuring a special guest speaker each week in a casual, salon-style setting, with limited seating. A special opportunity to lunch, learn and network with speakers and other like-minded participants. Reservations:

We have these in Spanish, too: Almuerza & Aprende!

Author Events & Autographings

Books & Books brings its famed author events to our new location 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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