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Apr 23, 2007 07:40 AM

graduation lunch-miami area

Looking for a fun place for my graduation lunch that is close to the James L. Knight Center in Miami.

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  1. 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 ยท 305-373-4800

    Capital Grille
    444 Brickell Ave (305) 374-4500

    Navarre Restaurant 353 SE 2nd Street Tel. 305-373-7202

    River Oyster House Woode Grill
    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




    2 Replies
    1. re: advisor_Girl

      My graduation is on Saturday and most of these places don't seem to have lunch on Sat. I would like something that is medium priced and has a good variety on the menu. The Duo restaurant looks great but no lunch on Sat. Anything good at Bayside?

      1. re: cotnerc

        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.

    2. also in the area for seafood is The Oceanaire Seafood Room
      900 South Miami Avenue