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Best place to eat in South Beach

My husband and I will be spendiing just one night in South Beach. Can anyone recommend a great place to eat that is not too expensive? We have never been there before.

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  1. Sardinia

    11 Replies
    1. re: tpigeon

      amen brother. ive been there a couple of times already . never been dissapointed.never had the chance to try their monday specials yet

      1. re: nikostoumbaios

        you will need to wait until next summer but to be frank they are not as good as their regular specials usually are - however they did present a great value.

      2. re: tpigeon

        I will just say this after having visited Sardinia tonight - while the antipasti and pasta items are all pretty reasonably priced, the entree items are pretty darn pricey. With very limited exceptions, pretty much everything was in the $30s and $40s.

        A special of spaghetti w/ sea urchin (done in a style similar to their regular menu spaghetti w/ bottarga) was very nice, and not badly priced at $22.

        There are links to several additional South Beach threads in these posts if you want to do some more research ->
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/560007
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539442

        1. re: Frodnesor

          Agreed, Frod. I wouldnt call Sardinia "inexpensive" either. Food is worth the fare, but its not inexpensive.

          Id recommend Le Bon on Lincoln Road. Reasonably priced, especially the mussel pots, and you can sit outside and people watch while you eat. Great intro to casual life on SoBe.

          1. re: Blind Mind

            Le Bon is not inexpensive either unless you go from 5-7, there is a difference between not too expensive and inexpensive btw. I can't eat the mussles at Le Bon anymore after trying the Spanish mussles (Special) at Sardinia. They are far superior but not always on the menu. Fortunately they are in season again so you should see them quite often...

            1. re: tpigeon

              Other than steaks, lobster and bouillabaisse, all entrees at Le Bon are under $30 with many in low $20s, so while not "inexpensive", I would definitely say it's generally less expensive than Sardinia.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                Possibly, but you are giving up quite a bit in food quality not that le bon is bad btw. My personal opinion is sardinia is better bang for the buck, but that can depend on financial condition and how much you care about food quality...

                1. re: tpigeon

                  Bottom line is that it is the OP's first time on South Beach and they are looking for good eats at a good price. Nothing beats Lincoln Road al fresco dining for a first time visit to SoBe and Le Bon is good times. While the food may be better quality for the price at Sardinia, the location is blah compared to Lincoln Road. Nice place to have a quiet dinner for 2 or a small group but not somewhere Id recommend for first time visitors looking for the SoBe vibe, especially since theyre only here one night.

                  1. re: Blind Mind

                    They did not say good at good price. They said "great" and "not too expensive". That perfectly describes sardinia, not le bon. If you want to have fun on lincoln afterwards, just walk to segafredo, sit down and have a drink. It is a superior scene to Le Bon.

                    1. re: tpigeon

                      Hey, I like Sardinia but Ive never got out of a dinner for 2 for less than $150 and that is not "not too expensive" to me. I know you are their #1 fan but if Im recommending a place to dine for one night on Miami Beach, I want that place to be in the heart of the action not off the beaten path on a quiet street like Purdy Ave. Food is definitely superior at Sardinia, not fun/vibe.

                      1. re: Blind Mind

                        This is chowhound not funhound and the poster never asked for hip, or happening. They asked for great and not too expensive. Also, you can easily go in for under $75/person for dinner there and walk out full with a great meal. I have done it and I know no one who considers me a light eater.