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Best on Lincoln Road and South Beach?

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Hi there: My husband and I are going to Miami for our one year anniversary (as we were married in FL one year ago). what restaurant do you think has the best food on Lincoln road and is in a good part of the scene to people watch there? also, would like a romantic restaurant in south beach, as well. we have been to casa tua a few times, I want that atmosphere--or something romantic like that (candles, possibly outdoor seating), but with less attitude and superior food. any ideas? thanks!

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  1. Lincoln Road has some decent casual places but is somewhat lacking in the romantic dinner department. Probably the closest to fit the bill is Pacific Time which I don't completely love, partly b/c they haven't changed 95% of the menu for about 10 years and I'm just tired of it. I have not tried the new Italian place, Quattro Gastronomia.

    1. Hate to recommend it, but quattro is probably the best bet for what you are looking for.

      1. why do you hate to recommend quattro?

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        1. re: bubbles

          read the title wrong. Thought I was limited to lincoln road only :). Quattro is in the good but not worth it category. Either alta mar or pacific time (have not been in a while to either now though) probably has the best food on lincoln, but neither place is as nice or would be considered as romantic as quattro.

          Off of lincoln rd, you could try Evolution - some things missed, but hits were eggplant app, scallops and shrimp app, duck main, veal main and chicken main were all great.

          Looking forward to trying table 8 mentioned below but have not yet...

        2. Table 8 for the second/romantic dinner.

          1. Do you all like it better than Wish? Better atmosphere? table 8 website does not show pictures.

            1. Just went to Table 8 this weekend. It's a sort of curious place, ground floor of a hotel on Ocean Drive (not really an ocean view though as there's a building on the other side) which is completely open to the outside. As you walk in there's a sizable bar and lounge area, as you go further back they have more tables; sort of cool effect is that the pool is above you, and they have cut "skylights" so that you look up into the bottom of the pool. It is very dimly lit, lots of candles - beyond the point of romantic and into near darkness if you ask me, but perhaps I'm just not romantic enough - and has a "casual elegant" feel to it, if that makes any sense. It was a peculiar crowd when we were there b/c it was boat show weekend. I kept wondering "What's with all the old guys in blue blazers?" until I figured out why.

              My comments on the food are here:

              I haven't eaten at Wish since several chefs ago - I like the outdoor area at Wish, the indoors was a little underwhelming though I liked all the murano glass lightshades hanging down.

              1. In Lincoln the good people watching places are # 1 Quattro, # 2 Funkshion, # 3 Santo. These are all people watching places the food is ok, Funkshion been the best over all three. As for romantic I think Wish or Pacific Times are better choices. If you like Asian Fusion Pacific Times is a great choice, specially if is your first visit there. Unfortunatly I wished they had a people watch and romantic place all together, but I don't think in Lincoln Rd there aren't any. Right outside Lincoln you can find Tranta witch does have both.