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The Best Hotel Restaurants in Florida?

eatnbmerry Dec 25, 2007 02:09 PM

With Florida being a prime tourist destination we are blessed with more than our share of great hotels and in some places even more special dining establishments. Here in SoFla we seem to be blessed with a lot, but I also know that Orlando, Tampa Bay, and the rest of the sunshine state also have their fair share.

I'll start of by nominationg one of my all-time favorites: Nobu, The Shore Club hotel in SoBe.

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    theflytyr Dec 26, 2007 04:41 AM

    Victoria & Alberts @ The Grand Floridian @ WDW
    Normans @ The Ritz Carlton Orlando
    Primo @ The JW Marriott Orlando
    La Coquina @ The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando

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    1. re: theflytyr
      eatnbmerry Jan 6, 2008 10:58 AM

      I gotta admit I was oblivious to V&A until recently learned they are only five diamond in area. What do you suggest ordering there?


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        Olive123 Jan 27, 2008 02:56 PM

        They will ask about your preferences and dietary restrictions and create a menu for you. I imagine that you can request specific dishes, although I haven't. I had the best meal I have had anywhere at V&A.

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      kmills9408 Dec 26, 2007 07:51 AM

      The Maritana Grille at the Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach gets my vote. The location is beautiful. The hawaiian fish-Chef's selection is always perfect.

      1. rhnault Dec 26, 2007 08:26 AM

        Pelagia Trattoria at the Renaissance in Tampa, Armani's at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa

        1. gblcsw Dec 26, 2007 09:37 AM

          Cero at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale.
          Cafe Boulud at the Brazillian Court in Palm Beach.

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            eatnbmerry Dec 26, 2007 07:55 PM

            Anybody know if the Breakers has anything going on?

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              mountdorahound Dec 27, 2007 06:36 AM

              As far as central Florida Goes i usually shy away from Hotel resturants but I have been to a few. I like Everglades at the Omni Rosen on I-Drive. I also like Benny Hana at the Holiday Inn. i know its a chain but It's better than Kobe'.
              I think most will agree that the Contemporary Hotel at Disney has a great choice of resturants. The California Grill and The Concourse Steakhouse are both very good. I have also heard great things about the grand bohemeian downtown and Cabre' Royal's resturants.

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                eatnbmerry Dec 27, 2007 05:36 PM

                The Polynesian used to have a nice room and decent food. Do you know if it still does? What about the Dolphin and Swan anything worthwhile there?

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                  zook Jan 29, 2008 02:18 AM

                  I just ate dinner at the Blue Zoo in the Dolphin this past week ( a Todd English restaurant). Of the four of us who ate there, I probably enjoyed it the most. You have to like fish or you won't like this restaurant as the menu is so heavily slanted in that direction with only two or three non-fish choices on the menu. The preparations were very creative. The restaurant is huge (as typical of most Disney establishments) but very nicely decorated. It's very loud up front in the bar/cafe area; but much quieter in the back, restaurant part. The service was impeccable. The prices were only slightly on the high side with mains ranging in the high $20's up to $60 for what was advertised as a two pound lobster cantonese preparation but which consisted of about 8-9 oz of lobster meat per the waitress). There are several family sized side dishes in the $7 range, the tempura haricot verts with aioli sauce especially tasty. Desserts were approx. $12 and the one we ordered, pear Helene, was nothing like one would expect...it was very good and we especially enjoyed the "magical" service that came with it. Overall dinner for four (two martinis, one salad, one app, the green beans, and three main courses and the one dessert) cost $176 before tip. Two of us would recommend it, the other two, not so much.

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                zook Jan 3, 2008 04:02 AM

                If you mean "going on" in general, yes, L'Escalier is terrific. While it is expensive, it is worth it in that the food is creative and delicious, and the service beyond par. The dining room is lovely and the tables spaced far enough apart to insure privacy.

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                  eatnbmerry Jan 3, 2008 11:44 AM

                  TY for info!

              3. re: gblcsw
                mikek Dec 27, 2007 09:52 AM

                Cero is actually at the St Regis

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                  eatnbmerry Dec 27, 2007 05:37 PM

                  Worth a drive from down south?

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                    mikek Jan 2, 2008 04:34 PM

                    I have yet to go, but it seems to be getting pretty good reviews on here. I would like to at some point, though there are many places on the list above it.

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                      eatnbmerry Jan 3, 2008 11:44 AM

                      TY mikek,
                      Nice to hear from you!

              4. netmover Jan 2, 2008 05:07 PM

                The resto at the Mandarin on Brickell Key is good, as are the 3 joints at the Setai on South Beach.

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                  BlueHerons Jan 3, 2008 05:53 AM

                  Barton G at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
                  Marks at The Nash Hotel
                  Azul (haven't been since Michelle Bernstein left) at The Mandarin Oriental
                  Wish at The Hotel
                  Blue Door (finally) at The Delano

                  Honorable Mentions:
                  Vix at Hotel Victor
                  The Restaurant at The Setai
                  Nobu at The Shore Club

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                    Frodnesor Jan 3, 2008 06:57 AM

                    Barton G at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne? Is this something new?

                    I've been to the hotel (though not in the past year) and recall no such thing. Neither the Ritz Carlton nor the Barton G websites say anything about it.

                    Perhaps most remarkable would be if it were actually good food - his restaurant on South Beach has flashy presentations but mediocre eats.

                    How is the food at Blue Door? I've somehow never been.

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                      tpigeon Jan 3, 2008 06:59 AM

                      I enjoy the blue door but it is a bit overpriced for what you get.

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                        BlueHerons Jan 3, 2008 07:33 AM

                        Complete brain fart.

                        Cioppini Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne! Although I really like Barton Gs.

                        The Blue Door is spendy but after years of being really good then bad then really good then bad, I think it has finally found its groove.

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                        eatnbmerry Jan 3, 2008 11:47 AM

                        TY ,

                        Nice list, (dont worry about brain fart we all have them) Wanted to know why you think think Nobu is only honorable?

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                        tpigeon Jan 27, 2008 04:46 PM

                        Prime 112 is technically a hotel restaurant. Maison d'azur is also a great choice in Sobe. Marks is also a hotel restaurant but haven't been in a while.

                        1. HDB107 Jan 28, 2008 05:49 PM

                          The Restaurant at the Four Seasons Palm Beach is a fantastic location.

                          Cascata Grill at the Turnberry Isles (the true gem of that location, not Bourbon Steak)

                          The Grill at the Setai (newly renovated and phenomenal)

                          Lucca at the Boca Hotel

                          Grill 66 at Pier 66

                          Acqua at the Four Seasons Miami

                          All Great locations

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