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Perched atop the Epic Hotel on the 16th floor, Area 31 is a spectacular seafood restaurant. Taking you through a delightful culinary journey with a creative chef-driven menu where the emphasis is on fresh seafood and local produce, the eatery also offers panoramic views of downtown, Brickell Key and Biscayne Bay. This small yet elegant restaurant also has a terrace lounge serving some of the best hand-crafted cocktails in the town. Though expensive, Area 31 is ideal for special occasions and is worth the splurge.
Il Gabbiano is an impeccable Italian restaurant serving delightful dishes along with exquisite wine from their impressive French and Italian wine selections. Though it is pricey, the service and food will make you feel pampered, making it worth the money spent. With beautiful views of the river and a cozy atmosphere, this elegant eatery is ideal for a romantic dinner with your beloved.
Experience a seafood extravaganza at Truluck's located in the Sun Trust building in the vibrant Brickell district. Crab and seafood connoisseurs are in for a treat with Fresh Florida Stone Crab Claws, shrimps, oysters and Maine Lobsters dominating the menu. Meat-lovers won't be disappointed either as they also feature some of the best prime-cuts like the New York Strip, Filet and Ribeye. Must-try signature dishes include Scottish Salmon Béarnaise and Cioppino, served with greens and delectable sauces. A good selection of mature wines and eccentric cocktails perfectly complement the seafood. The classy interiors exude an intimate yet candid ambiance, with plush red banquettes, chandeliers and live background music, perfect for romantic dinners and friendly get-togethers.
The name is more than a bit misleading, as The Rusty Pelican, a popular seafood spot, is anything but run-down. The spacious dining room boasts a fabulous view of Biscayne Bay. A la carte entrees include steak, pasta and fresh, delicious seafood. The Sunday buffet brunch is one of the most popular in town, offering a variety of delicious dishes for a reasonable price. Come early to avoid the long wait for a good table.
Located in Miami's Design District, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is an enjoyable bistro offering an assortment of small, medium and large plates, as well as specialties from their wood-fired oven, making use of local, organic ingredients. The warm and friendly atmosphere has made this restaurant a favorite among Miami natives and tourists alike. Although leaning more towards the expensive side, items on the dinner menu are worth every penny. Try the fantastic lunch menu if you want to experience this restaurant without breaking the bank.
This beautiful and colorful restaurant and grill resides beachside at the posh Standard Hotel in Miami Beach. All of the dishes on the menu are made using organic and unprocessed ingredients, from meats and fish to olive oil and herbs. From the bar, visitors can choose from anything from healthful wheatgrass shots to their famous Strawberry Daquiri mixed with Piña Colada. Don't miss out on Lido's sunset happy hour where you can enjoy twice the drinks for half the price right there on the beach.
Located on Lincoln Road, Juvia a striking location on the rooftop of a parking building. Views of the rooftops over Miami Beach, the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean and the twinkling lights of the city will take your breath away. There is an outdoor bar and dining area as well as an indoor dining area. The decor is sleek, with amazing touches of amethyst. The cuisine is described as French-Japanese-Peruvian, and the chefs come from France and Korea. Some of the specialties, like the Hamachi Espuma (yellow tail tuna in a citrus marinade surrounded by a spicy foam) are especially worth trying. The wine list and cocktails are unique, and all of the ingredients are fresh. Make reservations, as it is always busy.
At Larios on the Beach, fabulous Cuban cuisine and al fresco dining combine to delight the senses. Owned by Miami's Gloria Estefan, Larios provides excellent stargazing opportunities, and not all the stars are in the sky. Situated on Ocean Drive in the very heart of South Beach, right across from the Atlantic, Larios is one of the hottest spots. Menu prices are reasonable and the typical Cuban fare is exceptional and quite varied. The ever-popular Arroz con Pollo chicken with rice and the breaded shrimp is fresh and flavorful.
If French cuisine is what your palate craves, then Pied à Terre will surely appease. Nestled within South Beach's Cadet Hotel, this French restaurant opened its doors in 2011, and quickly rose to become one of the best in the city. The menu features a contemporary take on traditional French recipes, retaining the typical Mediterranean flavor while blending in something new. Freshly caught seafood cooked in various sauces is a sure winner here. An extensive wine list is available to complement your food. Give your meal a sweet finish with a delightful dessert.
Located in the Sanctuary South Beach hotel, Ola restaurant is very welcoming with soft lighting, fresh flowers in vases, an array of lit candles on the broad marble parapet. Visit for dinner, when you're feeling and looking like a million bucks after a re-vitalizing time at the Sanctuary Salon & Spa. Apart from the standard menu, guests are faced with the choice of cuisine from selections such as Brazilian, Argentinian, Spanish, which are served in different months. Whether you opt for a tuna taco or smoked marlin, lamb or crispy pork don't miss 'da bomb' for da dessert.
Peacock Garden Cafe is a beautiful restaurant that serves delicious food and drinks. Visit Peacock Garden Cafe with your entire family or bunch of friends to savor some of their marvelous dishes and to have a good time. Outstanding service adds to the overall experience. The beautiful facility also offers banquet halls and private dining rooms. Call ahead or check website for more information.
Jaguar is a great addition to the Latin American food scene in Coconut Grove. With its flamboyant decor and spacious setting, Jaguar welcomes you to join the fun while savoring delectable Latin creations. Apart from the traditional and well-known favorites, you can try some of the innovative creations by the chefs. The innovative dishes are served in small portions so you can try more flavors and get a taste of more dishes in one meal. Try some of their flavorful dishes like mango fish or filet mignon and pair them with South American beers. Check website for more details.