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Restaurant near MIA needed

I have a 4 hour layover at Miami Intl Airport and need a recommendation for a good restaurant nearby. I don't think I have enough time to head to South Beach like I originally hoped. When I called Table 8 for a reservation, they told me it might take 90 minutes by cab from the airport and that's going to cut it too close. Is there anything worthwhile closer to the airport? Thanks for all your help!

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  1. 90 minutes?? Not even close. 15 depending on the time of day and the cab driver..

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    1. 90 minutes from MIA to South Beach is absurd unless you're taking a rickshaw. 30-45 depending on traffic is more like it. If you're concerned about time, however, Coral Gables has an excellent concentration of good restaurants and is closer (10 - 20 minutes depending on traffic). Top suggestions -

      Ortanique - Nuevo Carribean.
      Graziano's - upscale Argentine parrillada. Excellent wine selection.
      Cacao - Nuevo Latino.
      Pascal's - upscale, semi-traditional French
      Su Shin - casual sushi.

      I'm sure others can add additional suggestions.

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      Ortanique On the Mile
      278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

      Izkaya Japanese Restaurant
      159 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

      Graziano In the Gable
      394 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33131

      Cacao 1737
      139 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

      Pascal's On Ponce
      2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        Frodnesor, you're right on the money with your Coral Gables rec as an area and also for food. If it were up to me, I'd choose Ortanique.

      2. Hereford Grill is my best bet - it is very close to the airport (the cab should really be affordable), and it is a great steakhouse (I haven't heard a single complaint about it yet, and at the same time all I've heard were good things)! You won't find a restaurant of that caliber or higher closer to the airport. It is sort of hidden because it is in an office tower and it is not its own free standing restaurant. Don't miss it, there's a sign in front of the office tower you should see on the right side when going down Le Jeune from the airport.

        Hereford Grill
        782 NW 42nd Ave # 5
        Miami, FL 33126
        (305) 441-6505

        Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm

        1. http://www.herefordgrillmiami.com

          Hereford Grill also has a website (I wish it looked better), that shows the prices so you can see what's good and what's not.

          1. I misreported the hours... sorry.

            Hereford Grill's hours:

            Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
            Fri 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
            Sat 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
            Sun 2:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.