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Feb 1, 2009 02:44 PM

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?


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  1. defiantly go to Joe's, can't leave S Beach without going there.

    1. My top 4 would be...

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        1. re: tpigeon

          No mention of Sardinia? Who are you and what have you done with tpigeon?

          1. re: Blind Mind

            Husband doesn't love italian so I stayed away :)

          2. 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.

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            1. re: drmtk674

              Michys is much better than cafe sambal

              1. re: tpigeon

                I think THEY would definitely enjoy Cafe Sambal over Michy's. Michy's has no atmosphere and the food has become mediocre. Even though gas is cheap now, it's still not worth the gas money.

                1. re: drmtk674

                  In bizarro world you would be correct. We live on earth, the planet where superman is the good guy.

              2. re: drmtk674

                Have you been to Asia de Cuba? I saw the menu, it looked great, but I was a little astounded by some of the prices (and I usually don't even look). The menu sounded right up my alley. Is it a "scene" though? Love to hear more about it. Thanks.

                1. re: sibeats

                  Asia de Cuba has always been a favorite of mine in NYC. As far as the restaurant being a "scene", what new place is not? I would suggest giving it a shot on a week night if you are avoiding that sort of vibe. Its definitely worth it!

                  1. re: amatias

                    How do you know if you never tried the one in miami? The food could be terrible. I have eaten at asia in both ny and la btw,,,

                    1. re: tpigeon

                      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!

                      1. re: amatias

                        My point was not giving it a shot but saying it is definitely worth it. How do you know?

                        1. re: amatias

                          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.

                2. 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.

                  1. 1. Michy's
                    2. Senora Martinez
                    3. Michael's
                    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.