graduation lunch-miami area
Hi there cotnerc and congrats on your graduation!
Not sure how many guests you'll have or if you are treating everyone to lunch? Do you have a budget in mind or a type of food?
If you are looking for a lovely atmosphere and not particularly high prices, walk your guests through the lower lobby of the Knight Center and through the tunnel to the tower of the Bank of America and outside for a 2 street walk north west to La Loggia (the entrance opens onto the steps of the old Courthouse building on Flagler Street.
La Loggia serves very nice salads, delicious pasta, panini sandwiches, hot Italian style entrees and has a full bar. The restaurant is lovely and so is the service. If you are bringing in a larger group, you can telephone in advance and arrange a set menu.
Also a short walk from the Knight Center is the Capital Grill (a steak place that is more expensive w/ dark woods a giant wine list and lots of business people who will be more dressed up). This place is just out the valet entrance of the Hyatt and a walk across the Miami River Bridge toward Brickell.
Out behind the Knight Center is another bridge at Miami Avenue. You can walk across that one and dine at the River Oyster Bar - a very lovely seafood place with a full bar, some meats (churrasco and burgers on the mostly fish menu).
There is a Spanish style Restaurant called Navarre that serves tapas and traditional entrees like lechon (roast pork) and paella. It has a beer/wine license and is a bit less dressy.
La Loggia 68 W Flagler St, Miami · 305-373-4800
Capital Grille www.thecapitalgrille.com
444 Brickell Ave (305) 374-4500
Navarre Restaurant 353 SE 2nd Street Tel. 305-373-7202
River Oyster House Woode Grill www.therivermiami.com
650 S Miami Ave (305) 530-1915
If you choose to drive a brief distance from the Knight Center -
P F Chang's China Bistro 901 S Miami Ave (305) 358-0732
Perricone's Cafe - has patio dining and salads & pastas
15 Se 10th St, (305) 374-9449
Rosinella Downtown - pasta and Italian menu - 1040 S Miami Ave (305) 372-5756
Porcao Churrascaria - all you can eat grilled meats
801 Brickell Bay Dr, (305) 373-2777
Garuda Indonesia Restaurant - seafood and sushi
152 Se 1st Ave (305) 374-9015
Sushi Siam Restaurant - thai & sushi
801 S Bayshore Dr (305) 579-9944
Morton's the Steakhouse - 1200 Brickell Ave (305) 400-9990
Cafe' Sambal Restaurant - 500 Brickell Key Dr (305) 913-8251
Duo Restaurant - Great for a special event, a very gourmet spot! 1421 S Miami Ave,)
(786) 497-4386 (lunch til 3pm www.duorestaurant.com
Bayside is a black hole as far as good food goes (or much else for that matter). Purely a tourist trap for the cruise passengers. Didn't realize how many places around downtown area are closed for lunch on weekends.
I have never gotten particularly excited about the food, but Perricone's has a very nice space that would probably be good for this kind of lunch, and is open for lunch on weekends.
Rosinella I believe is also open for lunch on weekends and does solid Italian.
Porcao is fun if you're feeling gluttonous and also is open weekend lunch (according to Zagat). Also looks out on the Bay which is nice.