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My parents are celebrating their 60th anniversary and we are taking them to the Florida Grand Opera in Miami (1200 Coral Way). Does anyone know of a good restaurant for lunch that is not too far from there? We will be driving down from Delray Beach for the matinee, and wanted to take them to nice place before the opera‚Äďa good fish place would be ideal. Thanks for any help-

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  1. I have not been, but friends have raved about Romeo's Cafe which is around 22nd Ave. and Coral Way. Italian, no set menu, the chef comes out and asks what everyone likes, then goes back and makes something (3 dishes at lunch, 6 at dinner).

    There's also a charming little place called Old Lisbon around 17th and Coral Way. Being Portugese there's lots of fish and seafood. Pretty sure they are open for lunch.

    You're also pretty close to the Gables where there's a plethora of choices. Some that are particularly good:

    Pascal's on Ponce - French. Classy but unstuffy place, very good food, nice lunch. Probably a very good choice for what you're looking for.

    Ortanique - nuevo-Caribbean. Excellent, but may be a little exotic for your parents unless they're adventurous eaters.

    Cacao - nuevo-Latino. Also very good, but may be too "weird".

    These are all within 10 minutes of the Opera, barring obscene traffic.

    1. Florida Grand Opera is presented at the Carnival Center at Biscayne and 14th St. Their business offices are located on Coral Way. We love River Oyster Bar at 650 S. Miami Ave. which is 10 minutes away from the Carnival Center. Bayside has Los Ranchos for cuisine from Nicaragua. Tony Chan's Water Club is two blocks away. Have not tried it myself but it is within walking distance.

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      1. re: rebus1805

        thanks- I am from out of state and have never been to Miami, so I was misled by the address on the Opera web site. I appreciate the suggestions!

      2. River is one of my favorites as well. Miss saigon is an option and is very good as well. I also like tutto pasta/pizza. If I am not mistaken, mortons is open for lunch too.

        If you want special, I would go with river, then mortons.

        There is no lunch at romeos cafe.

        I would not drive to sobe unless you want to spend more time in sobe than just lunch. I don't believe that Escopazzo is open for lunch btw.

        1. Good save on the location. We're talking downtown and Biscayne then to be close, not Coral Way and the Gables.

          My favorite downtown is probably Capital Grille (yes, it's a chain, no, I don't love pitching chains, but yes, I still like it a lot anyway). Steakhouse but they also have a good selection of fish and seafood. Probably a broader selection than Morton's and a little more elegant too, compared to Morton's which is more a traditional steakhouse (though I like Morton's too).

          Tony Chan's is very good, although I haven't been in a couple years, and very close to the Carnival Center.

          Also reasonably close is Azul in the Mandarin on Brickell Key, haven't been since celeb chef Michelle Bernstein left but it's still probably good and the view is very nice.

          Since we're not seeking proximity to Coral Way, the Romeo's discussion becomes moot, but tpigeon, both the Romeo's website and the Zagat profile say Romeo's is open for lunch. What gives?

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          1. re: Frodnesor

            Umm, what gives is that I am not too bright and made a bold assumption without actually taking the time to look. I thought because they do individual 6 course meals that they would only do dinners because it would amount to a 3hr lunch. I was obviously wrong and I apologize and promise next time to look before I leap.

            I forgot Tony Chan's this time :).

            As far as CG vs Mortons I am in the opposite corner and give mortons the edge but I do agree that CG is nicer.

            Azul and Sambal are probably both great options but I have not been to either in a while but the spaces are beautiful for sure and would make a special occasion lunch regardless.

          2. thanks for all of the suggestions. My folks are not much on steaks, so maybe Azul or River Oyster Bar would be good. Tony Chan's would be great since it is so close, but I am seeing a lot of mixed comments, in part criticizing service. I was probably most intrigued by the Old Lisbon suggestion- sounds like a wonderful place. Would it be a real hassle to try to do lunch there and then make a matinee at the opera? Thanks again-

            1. It's probably 15 minutes from Old Lisbon to the Carnival Center; not much out of your way. I would never say it's one of the best restaurants in Miami, but certainly if you like Portugese food, especially cod and clams, it'll hit the spot. They also have the broadest selection of Portugese dry wines that I've seen anywhere (which I guess shouldn't be that much of a surprise).

              I haven't been to River Oyster Bar but lots of folks like it.

              Don't short-change Capital Grille even if you or your folks don't like steak. The clam chowder and lobster bisque are both excellent, as is the calamari w/ cherry peppers appetizer, and I've known people to happily order the tuna, salmon or swordfish there (though I'm not one of them!).

              1. Anri>

                You have lots of great advice here... what day of the week are you visiting? The River does not serve lunch on weekends.

                I want to pop in with something practical.

                The Performing Arts Center is a clusterPluck of jamming traffic and parking is at a premium. Since you are driving down from Delray, if the weather is mild, it might just be a good idea to consider lunch in the Brickell Key area and then hop on our free people mover and take the little monorail ride over to the Omni stop and arrive at the opera above the gridlock of people paying over $20 for a spot at a hotel or mall garage. Your folks can get a bird's eye view of Miami en route the trip will take about 15 minutes.

                Call any of the places listed below to be sure they are opened for lunch before your big day.


                Azul or Sambal Restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
                500 Brickell Key Drive 305-913-8288

                Morton's the Steakhouse
                1200 Brickell Ave 305-400-9990

                Gordon Biersch Brewery (micro brewery, casual dining)
                1201 Brickell Ave 786-425-1130

                Rosinella Downtown (lovely Italian cafe)
                1040 S Miami Ave, 305-372-5756

                Provence Grill (salads, grilled entrees)
                1001 S Miami Ave, 305-373-1940

                Perricone's Marketplace & Cafe (lovely pasta/Italian menu, patio dining)
                15 SE 10th St/Miami Av, 305-374-9449

                Mosaico Restaurant (tapas)
                1000 S Miami Ave, 305-371-3473

                Porcao Churrascaria (huge portions - grilled meats)
                801 Brickell Bay Dr, 305-373-277

                Capital Grille
                444 Brickell Ave, 305-374-4500

                River Oyster House Woode Grill (evenings only)
                650 S Miami Ave, 305-530-1915

                Giacomo (italian, salads)
                638 S Miami Ave, 305-379-1525

                PF Changs's Chinese Bistro
                901 S. Miami Ave 305-358-0732

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                1. re: advisor_Girl

                  You win :).

                  Is mosacio still open? I heard it was closing a while ago. You can also do Solero the cheaper sister restaurant next door. Good tapas.

                  Perricones is a strong call btw. I totally forgot about that place...

                2. That list of restaurants in the Brickell area left out Duo, which I've heard wonderful things about but haven't yet been. Pretty sure they do lunch.

                  Not a bad idea to eat in Brickell and take the MetroMover over, although for out-of-towners who have never done it, it might be a little tricky. I suspect the parking is not quite as bad for a matinee. Perricone's is a very nice place for lunch.

                  1. anri>

                    The metromover is a circle line so it's tough to get lost. From Brickell, hop on (free) and switch to the Omni loop at Knight Center or Bayfront or College Station. Omni loop lets yo off at the Omni station which is steps away from the Opera.



                    Duo is opened Saturday for lunch and closed Sunday... good place too.



                    1. Thanks to all for the suggestions- will report back the results. If you are ever planning a trip to Alaska, I'll be happy to return the favor.

                      1. It's not the greatest grub, but it can be good and the prices certainly are. The location is perfect...it is one of my secret hide away spots in the area...since you're slepping all the way from Alaska, I'll give it onto you.

                        Mike's at the Venetian. 9th floor at the Venetian Plaza Condo, leftside before crossing the Ventian Causway's White Bridge on 15th St. Just one block to the Arts Center. It's essentially an Irish Pub...with good grub. Note for locals: The late night menu is dreadful, the specials are usually decent and at about $12-14 a great deal for good old american comfort food.

                        enjoy...it's time to hit the sea.