In the Roaring ‘20s, The Forge was an actual forge – a blacksmith shop owned by artisan Dino Phillips that designed decorative iron gates and sculptures for the homes of wealthy Miami winter residents including the Firestones and the Vanderbilts. In the 1930s, blacksmith Phillips turned his forge into a sophisticated restaurant and casino where regulars including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Jackie Gleason, Walter Winchell, Arthur Godfrey and Martha Ray wined, dined and danced. The Forge’s specialty was its flavorful open-hearth-grilled steak.
In 1968, international financier Alvin Malnik bought The Forge, gutted it, and spent more than a year transforming it into an opulent restaurant that rivaled the finest in Europe. In 1969, The Forge reopened a lavish showcase for Malnik’s vast collection of art and antiques.
In the 1970s, Forge regulars included actor Richard Burton, former president Richard Nixon and director, Brian DePalma. In 1991, Shareef Malnik, Alvin’s son, became owner of The Forge and attracted the trendy South Beach crowd with innovations such as the Fellini-esque Wednesday night dinner disco.
The Forge Restaurant is home of the #1 Steak in America and one of the finest wine cellars as recognized by Wine Spectator. In addition to five dramatically elegant dining rooms, The Grand Tasting Room and Forge Bar, there is an adjoining nightclub, Glass at The Forge and the East Room at The Forge available for live music performances and private parties.
The Forge Restaurant is open nightly for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and to 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are highly recommended.
The famed Wine Cellar at The Forge contains more than 300,000 vintages in an eight-room cellar within the restaurant. It is considered by oenophiles to be one of the finest collections in the world. The rarest bottles, including a 1792 Madeira and an 1822 Chateau Lafitte Rothschild – the latter worth an estimated $150,000.00 – are secured in a chamber behind floor-to-ceiling iron gates. Private tours of the cellar by Forge sommeliers Gino or George are available upon request. The collection is consistently recognized by Wine Spectator, which has awarded the restaurant its highest honors – The Grand Award and 2002 Best of Award of Excellence.
Most recently, The Forge is the proud recipient of the prestigious 2003 Five Star Diamond Award presented by the American Academy for Hospitality Sciences in recognition of excellence in hospitality.