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May 23, 2008 02:52 PM

Buena Vista Bistro

I know that this place has been mentioned in a few other threads, but I'm curious to hear what other people have to say about it. I'd passed by a few times and not given it much thought, but after seeing the write-ups in both the Herald and the New Times Best of, I decided to give it a try. My girlfriend and I went last night and it was really wonderful. The menu is a large chalkboard on the wall, which had a few things crossed off by the time we got there around 9. I guess every article written about them has mentioned the rillete, so they were out of that. Perhaps the best thing we tried was the roasted salmon--moist inside with crisp skin brushed with a bit of pesto, served over mashed potatoes and ratatouille. I have to say that the fries that came with my steak trumped the steak itself. They were crisp, dark brown, and still very moist inside. The steak was cooked a bit past the medium rare that I asked for, but as I said, the fries more than made up for it. The gazpacho with a drizzle of pesto was also great, as was the green salad. Desserts of rice pudding and chocolate mousse were also winners. Everything came to just about $50. I also thought I saw a good looking tray of mussels go out, but I don't recall seeing that anywhere on the chalkboard. I'll have to ask about that next time. The interior of the place is bright yet still cozy. We definitely felt well-taken care of while we were there and we'll definitely be back. Someone else mentioned brunch there. Has anyone tried that? Also, does anyone know if the lunch menu is different as well? They get extra points for being open until midnight.

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

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  1. Every time we've driven by the place has been (almost) full. We always forget about it till it's too late. Seems like the perfect place to go after an Arsht Center function.

    Is the place still BYOB or did they finally get a license?

    1. I've had a positive experience here as well. enjoyed both the rillete and the lightly roasted salmon

      1. I loved the place - I've been there three times already and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon except inside the restaurant, to eat! ;-) Affordable, French-inspired dishes, and no wine license (meaning it's BYOB until then)! But be patient, service can be slow - there's usually only two people manning the restaurant - the chef and hostess/waitress couple!

        But in the end, it's very worth it.

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        1. re: mialebven

          Try the Sunday brunch here-really nice eggs benedict, steak & eggs also great. They now are licensed so...mimosas. Great local vibe.

        2. Care To Share Buena Vista Bistro With Friends?
          5 star rating
          4582 NE 2nd Ave
          Miami, FL 33137
          (305) 456-5909

          "First thing that impressed me about this restaurant was the wine list. Wine by the glass start at $4 and go up to $8!!

          The food and service were excellent. We had the gazpacho, which was better that some I have had in Spain. Then we had the Sweet and Sour Tuna. It's a generous portion covered in caramelized onion, over mashed potatoes surrounded with ratatouille. The mixture of flavours was delicious.

          We love that it is a neighborhood resturant...not a chain. It's small and cozy.

          I live in the Gables/South Miami area (only chains opening here lately) and I'll definitely be driving to the Design District to eat here again."

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          1. re: msague

            Went there tonight, really good food and prices are really low compared to other places in miami or just the design district next to it.

            had rillettes and salmon, really good.

            will go back to try mussels and other things. + they have specials every day.

            Friendly staff, the owner is nice and likes his job, goes everyday to the market in order to find fresh ingredients.

            The interior is very basic, nothing fancy, just a bistro but the food is good and not expensive.

            Will go back for sure and its easy to park there.

          2. I went to Buena Vista Bistro on Saturday night after cancelling a reservation at Sra. Martinez (I came across some Heat tickets so I had to cancel!) The food was great and the atmosphere is very home-y. Not to mention incredibly reasonably priced.

            We started off with the gazpacho (me) and scallop carpaccio (him). I didn't try the carpaccio since that's not my thing, but he thoroughly enjoyed them. The gazpacho was tasty and swirled with pesto and i think balsamic vinegar. Our entrees were the lamb chops (me) and braised grouper (him). Both were very good. My lamb chops were simply prepared with salt, pepper and thyme, and served with mashed potatoes and ratatouille. The grouper was perfectly cooked, served over basmati rice.
            For dessert we had the profiteroles. Good, but not excellent.

            Overall, the meal was very good. I would definitely return, especially since the price point is so much lower than a lot of the other restaurants in the area. Our total before tip for 2 apps, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 1 bottle of sparkling water and 1 glass of wine was $55. Definitely worth a shot if you find yourself in that area.