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chocolada Oct 1, 2007 10:06 PM

From high end to low end...from destination to dive...I'm all ears.

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    mialebven RE: chocolada Oct 2, 2007 05:39 AM

    Portobello Restaurant (Italian restaurant) on Coral Way is an excellent date place (at nights, they dim the lights and there's live music). Unfortunately I don't see many of these places within the affordable range while also having excellent food.

    Also nearby, and a pricier alternative, Romeo's Cafe is supposed to be good (I haven't been yet). It's a popular dating restaurant from what I heard. Maybe someone here will back me up on that one?

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    Portobello Restaurant
    2841 SW 22nd Ave, Miami, FL 33133

    Romeo's Cafe
    2257 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33145

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      LauraFL RE: mialebven Oct 2, 2007 06:05 AM

      I'll most certainly back you up on Romeo's.. it's the ultimate date place, and a really great way to impress. Very few tables (maybe 8 or 10?), dim lighting, cute romantic music, and amazing food. No menus - Romeo comes out and asks you what you like and don't like, then he whips up 5-6 courses to fit your tastes. Wine isn't as expensive as you might think, and there is decent selection (although very little by the glass). I get dreamy just thinking about it... I could go broke eating here every weekend.

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        tpigeon RE: LauraFL Oct 2, 2007 08:12 AM

        3rd romeos cafe.

        The vino bar in sobe looks like a great date place but I don't know anything about the food...

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      jessicam29 RE: chocolada Oct 2, 2007 08:46 AM

      Jake's Bar and Grill in South Miami is a decent date place at a decent price. If you go on weekends its a little more loud and on Fridays there is a young happy hour crowd earlier in the evening. I went on a Sunday night recently and it was quiet...I think everyone in the restaurant was a couple! I had the short ribs which were good....my date had a churrasco which he enjoyed. Dessert was below average...some kind of chocolate cake. You're better off grabbing coldstone or something after to prolong the date :)

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        chocolada RE: jessicam29 Oct 2, 2007 09:37 AM

        Thank you for your help!

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          Blind Mind RE: chocolada Oct 2, 2007 12:20 PM

          Baleen - Grove Isle - Coconut Grove (Great date place, tad pricey, incredible view from outdoor dining deck, even better if full moon, guaranteed to end with some luvin)

          French Kiss - Coconut Grove - great food, escargot and duck are the bomb, intimate setting

          Ristorante D' Il Frasca - Coconut Grove - authentic Italian (not heavy), intimate setting, eat in or out, nice atmosphere, pop into Christabelle's for a nightcap afterwards.

          Tropical Chinese - 79th and Bird (Kendall or S. Miami?) - yes, they do other things besides Dim Sum and they do them very well.

          Francesco - Coral Gables - Incredible Peruvian food, intimate setting, must make reservations as its small and fills up fast

          A la Folie - Espanola Way, SoBe - better for a lunch date but one of those "hidden gems" that will make you look good haha

          Ice Box - Michigan Ave between Lincoln & 17th, SoBe - One of my all-time faves, new menu daily based on fresh ingredients (a few menu staples), cozy, best dessert in the country (according to Oprah haha)

          Le Bon - Lincoln Road, SoBe - go for the mussel pots and the belgian beer, mussels are an aphrodisiac, you know?

          Tony's Sushi - Alton Rd, SoBe - nice atmosphere, killer sushi, not bad on the cost, good sake options too

          ...and then there's always the mega high end ones like Nobu, Setai, Table 8, Prime 112, Smith & Wollensky (Sobe location outside on the water), etc. There are more I could list but I think Ive got you covered for the 1st date thru the marriage proposal as it is!

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            chocolada RE: Blind Mind Oct 2, 2007 12:42 PM

            GREAT List!

      2. Shirley U. Jest RE: chocolada Oct 3, 2007 01:47 PM

        are there any places someone can suggest that is reasonably priced, small, comfortable, not high end fancy?
        with good chow.
        big booths.

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          Blind Mind RE: Shirley U. Jest Oct 23, 2007 11:54 PM

          Shirley,

          Every one I listed above fits your criteria except Baleen. Enjoy!

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            lync0091 RE: Blind Mind Oct 24, 2007 06:48 PM

            I didn't have much luck at Baleen at all, everything was just ok, but I thought I heard they were getting a new chef. Anyone know the status on that?

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