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Our Story

At SUGARCANE raw bar grill, globally inspired small plates come from three kitchens – an open fire grill, raw bar and traditional kitchen – overseen by award-winning Chef Partner Timon Balloo. Inviting guests to “kick back, eat well and stay awhile,” we are on a quest to celebrate the simple pleasures in life – eating well and celebrating with friends – with a focus on the “shared experience.”

Since digging its gastronomic roots into the Miami dining scene in 2010, SUGARCANE raw bar grill has become a favorite synonymous with casual cool and innovative cuisine. The restaurant has garnered widespread recognition, having received numerous awards including “Best New Restaurant” semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation; “Best Restaurant” by Johnson & Wales; “Restaurant of the Year” by Eater; “Best New Restaurant” by Miami New Times; and two three-star reviews from the Miami Herald.

In 2016, SUGARCANE raw bar grill opened a second outpost on Restaurant Row at the Venetian® Las Vegas, an AAA Five Diamond luxury resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The restaurant was quickly recognized by top culinary outlets: Eater called it “the most anticipated arrival of the year” and named it one of the “15 hottest restaurants in Las Vegas,” Thrillist and The Daily Meal dubbed it “Best New Restaurant,” and Lara Spencer of Good Morning America called it “Las Vegas’s newest hotspot.”

Continuing our growth, the newest location of SUGARCANE raw bar grill opened in September 2017 in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Perched along the waterfront in the restored Civil War-era Empire Stores complex, SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Brooklyn has been a mainstay on Eater’s famed Heatmaps including “The Hottest Restaurants in Brooklyn,” featured as one of the “Hottest Spots to Dine in New York” by Guest of a Guest, and “Best New Restaurants” by Time Out New York.

Our Design

SUGARCANE raw bar grill’s design captures a sense of timeless eclecticism. Our locations are inspired by Old Havana, embracing Cuban and Latin American architecture and design. Organic textures, salvaged ironwork, reclaimed shutters and vintage “found objects” lend authenticity and warmth, blending seamlessly with a range of modern design elements. An overall sense of “openness” in each restaurant contributes to the brand’s welcoming vibe, representing the “shared experience” and restaurant’s mantra: kick back, eat well, stay awhile.

Our Chef Partner

Our Charitable Partners

SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Miami regularly partners with Citi Gardens, an organization that has placed growing gardens in 51 schools across Miami-Dade County. The initiative targets neighborhoods designated as “food deserts” due to the lack of access to fresh food.

In November 2015, SUGARCANE raw bar grill hosted the first of several “Citi Gardens Grown with The Education Fund” dinners in our private dining room. This private harvest celebration-themed “garden to table” dining experience featured ingredients from the school gardens that were planted as part of the initiative. A group of students from community schools were on hand to assist Chef Timon with preparations of the dinner for Citi card members.

Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.

Chef Timon has actively participated in No Kid Hungry events including South Florida’s Taste of the Nation event, the No Kid Hungry Dinner in Palm Beach, and the Great American Bake Sale at Aventura Mall, the latter of which he co-chaired. In 2017, SUGARCANE raw bar grill launched Canvas, a guest chef series benefiting No Kid Hungry.