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2 Dinners in SoBE - Romantic and Business

So coming down to SoBe all the way from Fort Lauderdale (although originally from London). Staying 4 nights at the Loews for a trade show, but bringing the wife and baby with. The show starts Monday night, but coming down Sunday so I get a night with the wife - we have already organized a babysitter Bringing her with so she can get some R&R, and it doesn’t cost anything extra as the business is paying for the hotel. Have only been out once with her since our boy was born in September, so looking for somewhere really nice and romantic for our ‘date’ night!

Also need somewhere for dinner on Tuesday for me, my boss (flying in from London) and an important client of ours - a European lady living/working in Houston. For this, need somewhere upscale and elegant; not too noisy, but ideally somewhere we know its SoBe. Also want to be able to walk to both restaurants. Was originally thinking Casa Tua, but I think its too expensive - expensive is fine, just not break the bank expensive.

So, was thinking Wish for Sunday night with the wife, and perhaps Escopazzo or Bistro One LF on Tuesday. Then saw the set-menu at Blue Door, could be an option for Sunday but I am not sure the missus will think being at the Delano too romantic (good for drinks, not sure for dinner), but this could work well, and could do Wish for the business dinner.

Any suggestions / tips would be really appreciated. Also, if you know of any other deals for our Sunday night dinner, like the $36 menu at ChinaGrillMgmnt restaurants or the 25% off wine at Talula - would be much appreciated.

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  1. I have been in Miami for 5 weeks and will share my two cents. The Delano could work either for Business or Date night. I think it would impress your boss and client, as it is classic Miami style. Quattro would also be a good option for that. It is expensive, but also on Lincoln, so you get the "show" aspect too.
    Wish is not romantic enough in my opinion, so I would not suggest that for your special night out with your wife. I have not eaten in Escopazzo, but the decor is nice and it does look romantic, so that might be a good option for you.

    1. Casa tua is probably the best place to impress the boss and is also the most romantic but not the best food.

      I would do Prime 112/Prime italian for business and Casa for romantic.

      1. Thanks so much for your suggestions / comments. I have a couple of questions:

        Wish - not romantic? The reviews I had read really gave me the impression it was. I had already booked this so now having second thoughts :( Maybe it would be better for my business dinner.

        Casa Tua - think it is too expensive, especially if the food is not that good?

        Quattro - did consider it, but had a bad experience once being late for our reservation and when we got there they were extremely snotty and would not give us a table. Still as I said, I did consider it, but the comments at zagat.com were not complementary. have you eaten there?

        Prime 112 - is this going to be too loud? Plus, my boss doesn't eat meat, and although I know they do fish, not sure he would be impressed with me taking him to a steak place.

        1. Prime 112 - $15 for French Onion soup!!! It better be the best french onion soup in the world!!!

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          1. re: mrmagee

            I did not read the noise reqirement prime is pretty loud. Quattro is at least as expensive as prime 112 when you consider portion sizes. Not sure what is offending you so much about the pricing when you would have eaten at quattro.

            I would do talula with the boss given your requirements (you didn't say food was a priority before and it is less noisy than other places).

            For your romantic dinner go to creek 28.

            1. re: tpigeon

              hi tpigeon

              with Quattro, i didn't end up eating there last time, so wasn't familiar with their prices, and hadn't got as far as checking as I had ruled it out for the aforementioned reasons.

              creek28 looks nice, but doesn't look like it is walking distance.

              someone else had suggested loftin's at casa casuarina - anyone been there?
              or perhaps maison d'azur with their new set menu?

              1. re: mrmagee

                I've been to loftin's and highly recommend it. the place is obviously beautiful but food and service were awesome too.

                1. re: rockysobe

                  having checked, I didn’t realize how far Wish was from the Loews (not easy walking distance in heals) - perhaps better for my business dinner.

                  So then I was thinking that Loftin’s would be perfect, but my wife thinks it might be too showy - translated into English this is ‘i just had a baby and don’t want to put a dress on that might not fit’. any comment?

                  if she won’t go for that, someone suggested iCorsini - has anyone been - care to comment on the food?

                  otherwise i think we are down to Maison D’Azur or Blue Door, which might be a bit of a cop out, but they do have the fixed price menu’s. which would you choose from these?

                  1. re: mrmagee

                    I have not been to maison since they moved but it was very good when I went in its earlier incarnation -- better than blue door.

                    What about talula? You may also want to try the grill at the setai. I have not been in a long time but I have heard it is not too bad.

                    I Corsini is further from you than wish btw.

                    I Corsini had some pretty serious service issues when I went. I agree with an earlier comment that having the bus and waiters wear the same clothes adds to the confusion. The food is good there but it falls short of sardinia for the most part -- desserts match sardinia though.

                    1. re: tpigeon

                      ok, looked at iCorsini, but like you said would probably need a taxi there, which I would rather not do (like the freedom to walk about).

                      so I phoned The Setai as the menu was not on their website (it was for The Restaurant) and they said The Grill room is closed for ‘the season’ although this is the season, so I’m thinking they couldn’t be doing so well. Anyway, I enquired about their set-menu, and they said it is $55 and if we don’t like it, they could craft a menu for us using something from the main menu. Sounds good, although shows how tough the times are.

                      Now leaning towards Loftin’s (they were really nice on the phone and said they could seat us by the Grotto pool) but will post back when I get the menu from The Setai.

                      1. re: mrmagee

                        "closed for the season"? It IS the season. That's rich. Too bad, though, they'd recently redone the menu for the Grill and it looked pretty interesting. The Restaurant's menu has also been intriguing but extremely pricy (and thus I've never tried). If they're doing a prix fixe, they should get the word out. The Setai's online menu is here ->
                        http://www.setai.com/assets/File/TheR...

                        Particularly if you're looking to stay on the north end of South Beach in walking range from the Loews, I'd strongly consider Talula particulalry for your business meal. It's mellower than most SoBe places and you'll be able to have a conversation. It's also somewhat more modestly priced than some of the highest-end South Beach places (which in these times I think both bosses and clients respect).

                        I have not eaten at Loftin's but the location is beautiful and unique and would probably be great for a romantic dinner. Just tell the Mrs. she looks beautiful no matter what she wears.

                        I ate a couple times at Maison d'Azur before it moved from the Angler's Resort to the Hotel Astor - the food was pretty good, some things better than others. I've always liked the Astor, it's a great room. Probably also a decent option for either business or romantic dinner - though I've not revisited since the move.

                        The outdoor seating at Wish is nice but I can't tell you much about the food as there have been several chef changes since I've been.

                        www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

          2. tpigeon - no plug for Sardinia? Im blown away! This would be good for either occasion and is of relative walking distance though a short cab ride would probably be much easier. More proof that someone has stolen your CH identity...

            I too am planning a date night at Loftins based on a few solid recommendations but that wont be for a few weeks so I cant really comment. Good review here though...

            http://allpurposedark.blogspot.com/20...

            Another resto that sure had its legion of followers here on CH was Table 8 but I havent heard any blurbs about it in ages. I thought the food was simple. Good but really simple. Pretty quiet inside from what I remember too. I find Quattro to be vastly overrated and pricey. Meat Market was great when I went there but it definitely was loud. Only been once so not sure of the consistency there.

            Talula is a fave on this board too and though I have yet to go its on my short list for later this month.

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            1. re: Blind Mind

              I like sardinia a lot. But, while it is nice there it is not my first choice for impressing the boss, girlfriend or wife.