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The Café at Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Center


This month marks the beginning of fresh collaboration with Florida Grand Opera. Before the premier of each opera in the 2017-18 season, our Chef Allen’s Farm-t0-Table dinner will be inspired by the opera and preceded by a mini-lecture by FGO Director of Outreach, Justin Moss. Come for the lecture at 6pm and stay for the 5-course farm-fresh meal for only $25 per person. You’ll get a taste of each of the operas premiering at the Arsht!

Chef Allen’s Monday Night Farm-to-Table Dinner: Opera Edition – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Monday, November 6, 6pm | RSVP HERE

SOLD OUT! Please join us for our next edition on Nov. 20th.
Monday, November 13, 6:30pm
$25 per person and optional $14 wine pairing (+ tax & gratuity)
We don’t think there’s anyone in the world who hasn’t heard of Harry Potter, but just in case…Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J.K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on 26 June 1997, the books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. They have attracted a wide adult audience as well as younger readers, and are often considered cornerstones of modern young adult literature. RSVP HERE

Monday, November 20, 6:30pm
$25 per person and optional $14 wine pairing (+ tax & gratuity)
George R.R. Martin‘s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It’s the depiction of two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. RSVP HERE

 Monday, November 27, 6:30pm
$25 per person and optional $14 wine pairing (+ tax & gratuity)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 fantasy novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre. RSVP HERE

About the Café

Under the direction of Chef Allen Susser our Café is located within the ground floor of the Arsht Center’s designated historical landmark Carnival Tower. The Café at Books & Books features a café-style restaurant with delightful outdoor seating, table service, and specialty coffee bar dramatically enhancing Arsht Center patrons’ pre- and post-show dining options.  We’re open every day for lunch.

This Café is home to Chef Allen’s Monday evening Farm-to-Table dinners.  Each Monday he prepares a different meal featuring produce from Miami’s local farmers and growers.  He serves these all vegetarian 5-course meals family style accompanied by live music.


View the Lunch & Dinner Menu HERE 

View the Drink Menu HERE 

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1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132



Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 11 AM - 8 PM
Friday - Saturday: 11 AM - 8 PM (often open later on show nights)
Sunday: 11 AM - 6 PM