Miami’s culinary scene will continue to heat up this year with the highly anticipated debut of Aba, the stunning Mediterranean restaurant set to open this fall 2022 on the ground floor of Bal Harbor Shops. From former Chef CJ Jacobson and Executive Partner and Division President Marc Jacobs, Aba will present a menu that features a fusion of rich flavors from Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece with Chef CJ’s Californian influences. Member of Chicago-based catering group, Lettuce Entertain You
Restaurants, Aba marks the group’s first restaurant in Miami as part of its expansion into
South Florida.

Aba’s menu will include dishes that showcase Chef CJ Jacobson’s lighter style of cooking,
with highlights such as Carrot and Sunflower Dip with Sunflower Tahini, Torched Toro Toro
with Watermelon and Crystallized Castelvetrano Olives and Avocado Hummus with Dungeness
crab. Other signature dishes include the Everything Jerusalem Bagel with Smoked Salmon Spread,
Hamachi with Charred Avocado, Shawarma Spicy Skirt Steak with Black Garlic Mushroom
jus and grilled mahi mahi with roasted garlic yogurt.

To complement the kitchen, mixologist Liz Pearce will create a bar program that includes
beverages made with ingredients and flavors from the Mediterranean and Southern California.
The wine list will feature unique selections from across the Mediterranean, with a focus on
winemakers who use sustainable, organic and/or biodynamic cultivation practices.
Aba will bring the coastal vibes of the Mediterranean summer to Bal Harbor with a
Restaurant with more than 240 seats including an indoor dining room and a bar, covered terrace, mezzanine
bar and terrace.

Aba, meaning “Father” in Hebrew, is an extension of chef CJ Jacobson’s first restaurant,
Ema, which means “Mother” in Hebrew. Aba has two existing locations in Chicago and

For more information, please visit or and
follow the restaurant on Instagram: @abarestaurant.

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