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Mar 26, 2008 07:35 AM

Good Dinner in South beach for 16 ppl


We are going on a business trip to South beach and are staying at The Tides. We are a bunch of magazine editors who work for a food lifestyle magazine so the food needs to be great, not necessarily fancy but great. We would even settle for not fancy if it was great food!.

We'd like something within walking distance and already have reserved Table 8 for one of our dinners but we need another restaurant for a second dinner.

The concierge suggested Esscapazzo but im not shtrilled with the reviews. Anyone have any great suggestions. The food really needs to be good because these people are PICKY!



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  1. On South Beach I would recommend Sardinia and Talula.
    If you are willing to drive about 15 to minutes off the beach I would highly recommend going to Michael's Genuine and/or Michy's.


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      1. re: sharoni345

        OP requested walking distance from the Tides and neither Michy's nor MGFD are even on South Beach, which would seem to take them out of the running.

        I'd second Talula and Sardinia (in the order I gave them) and would hesitate on Tuscan, which I've found to be OK but not particularly exceptional (even when recommended in ALLCAPS!). Unfortunately neither are quite comfortable walking distance from 12th & Ocean, but they're only about 10-12 blocks away.

        I'd throw Maison d'Azur into the mix. I've also heard good things about Joley but haven't tried it myself.

        I've actually been quite intrigued by Escopazzo, which recently made a shift to an all-organic menu, but haven't tried it in years. I intend to do so soon though.

        1. re: Frodnesor

          Sardinia is too far for most people to walk it from the tides, it is 1.5 miles away.

          Maison is a good choice and has better food than Joley.

          Tuscan is a good choice too but is not as refined as maison.

          You could also try Grazie. They may be able to accomodate you.

          Table 8 makes great steaks but I am not a fan of anything else there anymore (I have only been for dinner).

          Marks is another good choice.

          1. re: tpigeon

            We ate at Table 8 last week (I posted our vacation report a few hours ago) and were very very disappointed. We ate there last year and it was our favorite of all the places we went to. This year, not so much. It was mediocre at best and we wouldn't return.

          2. re: Frodnesor

            Frod, My bad. That being said, "a bunch of magazine editors who work for a food lifestyle magazine" should consider heading across the water to MGFD

            1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

              Agree - though I'm not sure of their ability to handle a group of 16.

        2. Try and make it to David's II on the corner of Meridian and Lincoln Road Mall for the lunch buffett. Really good Cuban food and you'll see a lot of locals and few tourists.

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          1. re: BlueHerons

            I really can't believe that the lunch buffet at David's Cafe is going to qualify as "great food" that is going to impress "PICKY" editors of a food lifestyle magazine, to quote OP. It is passable for Cuban food.

            I forgot Mark's, which is one of my usual "under-the-radar" recommendations (so under the radar I forgot about it myself). Geographically desirable as well.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              LOL ... David's Cafe is not going to "impress" anyone. I agree if its a group of editor's at a food lifestyle magazine they might as well try Michael's or Michy's.
              I was at Table 8 couple weeks ago and had a very nice meal (again)... we had the "famous" grilled cheese, sweetbreads, the kobe-style flat iron steak, and the local yellowtail. everything was delicious.
              A group of 16 should be able to get the upstairs room at Prime 112 right? Plus there is always Joe's...
              Speaking of the Tides, their Popsicle Martini's are very tasty. I was wondering, has anyone been to that restaurant there with all the turtle shells? any good?

              1. re: dmo305

                I said for lunch, I did not recommend it for her dinner.

                I did not say it would "impress" anyone either,.

                David's II is as close to real Cuban as you'll get in South Beach and the lunch buffett is actually quite good.

                1. re: BlueHerons

                  Puerto Sagua is a little better than davids and more "real" too.

                  1. re: tpigeon

                    In your opinion. I personally prefer eating at Davids II to Davids or Puerto Sagua as does my brother in law who is Cuban.

                    He's the one who turned my on to David's II lunch buffet in the first place.

                    He and my sis live in South Beach and he is pediatric oncologist.

                    1. re: BlueHerons

                      David's is closed now btw. I think they are going to reopen as a much fancier place...

                2. re: dmo305

                  Prime 112 is probably a mile away from the tides. Believe it or not, those are some long blocks....

            2. Try getting something delivered if no one can accomodate your group -- Jerry's Deli, The Big Pink and all deliver and you don't have to go anywhere.

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              1. re: AnnetteGallagher

                Again, I really don't think a group of "PICKY!" editors for a food lifestyle magazine are going to be impressed by Jerry's Deli, Big Pink, or delivery eaten on their hotel beds. There are plenty of good restaurants on South Beach that can handle a group of 16.

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  You are wrong. They will be impressed by how bad Jerry's Deli is.