4 nights in Miami--please help
We're staying in Miami Beach for 4 nights at the new Canyon Ranch. We're in our 50s and want some good food for dinner (we'll do the spa thing for lunch). Our priority is good food, although my husband also appreciates a calm and lovely atmosphere. We're thinking of:
Michael's in the design district
Joe's Stone Crab
The restaurant at the Setai
The BLue Door at the Delano
Azul (too stuffy?)
We don't want a steak house and my husband doesn't love Italian. Any help prioritizing top 4?
I'm not sure you'll get that "calm and lovely atmosphere", but I agree with Joe's (although don't expect an outstanding meal) and Michael's is definitely worth leaving the Beach for. I don't think Michy's or Ortanique are (they're overrated). Cafe Sambal would be a great alternative to Azul and, if you can convince your husband, Il Gabbiano is also good option. However, unless you are from NY or CA, you should definitely consider Asia de Cuba. It's also in Miami Beach and, in my opinion, worth it.
I'm sorry....then why is it you're asking? Having read the reviews from other people, I think would justify anyone trying it out. If I was happy w/ Nobu in London, LA or NYC, then I would certainly try it in Miami too. Right? And for anyone that has visited numerous restaurants, there is always a chance of having one bad experience. That's why we try!
BTW, The answer to your if it is good in LA or NY it is good in miami is "not necessarily" - For example, Jerry's deli is certainly not as good(I liked Jerry's in LA when I went years ago and was excited for this one to be open. This one disappointed to say the least.) I believe it is a combination of staffing issues and food distribution issues that can cause vast differences in quality between cities.
What days of the week will you be here? Places like Michy's and Michael's can get a bit hectic on weekends, though with good reason.
2. Senora Martinez
4. Scarpetta at Fountainbleu (I know your husband is weary of Italian, but this is NEW Italian. Meatballs and red sauce are optional)
IF still iffy about Scarpetta, any of the top three would definitely suffice a second visit.
Michy's / Sra. Martinez (I might choose one or the other, but if you really like one then visit the other)
The atmosphere at all of these is more "lively" than "calm and lovely", though not outrageously so.
Joe's, if you want an old-school vibe - not the polished and elegant old-school vibe, more like old-school steakhouse vibe.
I'd pick Talula over any of the other places you've listed in a heartbeat, and over Joe's if you're not a stone crab fan.
Incidentally, I thought the food was surprisingly good at Canyon Ranch (surprising b/c I'm so wary of the calorie-counting ethos) and would go back even if not staying there or on a diet.
1. Senora Martinez (Hands down best Spanish food in Miami)
2. Joe's (staple), but I would also consider La Dorada or Baleen's for seafood.
3. Ortanique on the Mile
4. Michy's (I'm in love with Michelle Bernstein!! LOL)
If you've never visited Miami before you need to make room for pastelitos and croquetas in the morning.