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Aba is Coming to Bal Harbour Shops in Fall 2022

Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants is excited to bring Aba to Bal Harbour Shops this Fall 2022. From Top Chef Alum CJ Jacobson and Executive Partner Marc Jacobs, Aba is a Mediterranean restaurant with a California-influence, known for its mezze-style menu. This will be the third location for Aba, with the first in Chicago’s Fulton Market and the second in Austin, TX. Aba at Bal Harbour Shops will mark the first Florida restaurant for Lettuce.

As we celebrate our 50th year in business, we are thrilled to be opening our first restaurant in Florida, especially in a place like Bal Harbour Shops – an iconic destination and community in South Florida,” says R.J. Melman, President, Lettuce Entertain You.

The menu will incorporate flavors and inspiration from Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece combined with Chef CJ’s roots in California. The lighter style of cooking is showcased in dishes like Sugar Snap & English Peas with whipped tahini, Hamachi with charred avocado, Whipped Feta Spread and Grilled Cauliflower Kebabs. Other signature dishes include Muhammara, The Everything Jerusalem Bagel with smoked salmon spread and Crispy Short Rib Hummus with House-made Bread.

The bar program was created by Lead Mixologist Liz Pearce and is an extension of the cuisine, incorporating ingredients and flavors from the Mediterranean and Southern California. The wine list features unique selections from across the Mediterranean favoring winemakers that utilize sustainable, organic and/or biodynamic growing practices.

We are excited to bring CJ’s lighter style of cooking and build on the energy of the growing food and drink community in Miami,” says Executive Partner Marc Jacobs.

Aba has been named one of “Chicago’s Best New Restaurants” by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine, one of the “Most Beautiful Chicago Restaurants” by Eater Chicago, was a nominee for ‘Best New Restaurant’ by Austin Chronicle and was a nominee for Boutique Design’s “Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design.”

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Lettuce Entertain You was founded in 1971 and is one of the largest privately held multi-concept restaurant groups in the country with more than 130 restaurants and 60 concepts nationwide ranging from fast casual to Michelin-star fine dining. For more information, visit or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.


Opened in 1965 by retail visionary Stanley Whitman, the family-owned Bal Harbour Shops was the first all-luxury fashion center in America featuring high-end retailers in a tropical, open-air setting. The first to make lush landscaping a key part of the design, Bal Harbour Shops features tropical plants and orchids, waterfall features and koi ponds and a variety of palm trees for shade. Bal Harbour Shops is uniquely positioned across from the Atlantic Ocean offering a serene visual aesthetic like no other luxury shopping destination. The historic Bal Harbour Shops, known for its curated retail as well as the emotional connection to its tenants and customers is the global leader in luxury shopping destinations. For more information visit the Bal Harbour Shops website.

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