Komodo: a three-level, indoor-outdoor, Asian-inspired restaurant that seats about 275 people. This is the description of Miami’s newest hotspot that is not only a restaurant, but a lounge as well!

David Grutman, owner of mega-nightclubs LIV and Story, is the man behind the concept, along with Jeffrey Chodorow, who’s best known locally with his work with China Grill management. The menu is self-described as “Asian cuisine designed to take guests on a culinary journey of the Marco Polo trail.” Translation: expect dishes like dim sum, peking duck, tuna porterhouse, wasabi shrimp and of course, plenty of cocktails.

Grutman isn’t exactly known for doing things low key, and Komodo is no different. The three-story, 17,000-square-foot space features plenty of teak, 40-foot-high red ceilings, and lots of greenery.

Komodo is the first restaurant owned and operated by Grutman, 41, who lives in Miami Beach and who last year ranked 11th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 most important people in electronic dance music.Grutman’s name frequently appears in celebrity-gossip columns whenever he’s hosting visiting DJs and entertainment moguls at Miami restaurants like Seaspice, Hakkasan and Nobu.
“People said I couldn’t have a successful club at the Fontainebleau, or South of Fifth, or inSun Life Stadium, so I know they’re going to say I can’t do a restaurant,” Grutman said, standing on one of Komodo’s outdoor nest pods. “But I know the great potential Komodo has. I think it’s going to change the face of Brickell.”


And it already has! Everyday, no matter if it’s lunch time, happy hour, or dinner, you will almost always have a celeb sighting! So make sure you make reservations! To find out more about Komodo click here.