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May 5, 2009 03:08 PM

Dinner on Lincoln Road

My husband and I have a toddler, so a date night is rare. He wants to go to a movie and dinner on lincoln road and I never been thrilled with our choices. Does anyone have an recomendations for something either on lincoln road mall or with in walking distance?

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    Go West - AltaMar (sidewalk seafood @ 1223 Lincoln)

    There is a small empanada shop next door called Panizza if the baby needs a cookie...


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    1. re: advisor_Girl

      HA! I knew there would be a AG AltaMar plug in here! ;)

      Im a fan of Doraku, a sushi bar a couple of shops down from the movie theater. Ive always found the food to be good and well priced.

    2. The pizzeria/enoteca owned by the Quattro people should be opening soon and the menu looks really good.

      1. I cannot blame you since the food sucks.
        Honestly, there is nothing worth recommending.
        I basically refuse to eat out in Miami but the above mentioned Panizza(didn't know the name) is acceptable for what it is supposed to be for the price. Note, I only would eat the empanadas and small bits, not entrees or the like. I forget exactly everything they serve.
        Alta Mar, I remember that shocking disappointment all too vividly.
        Doraku lost quality. Used to be acceptable, now, not so much.
        The menu looks good? I never understand what that means, really. To a small point, yes, I understand the intent but many menus have the same dishes and completely different outcomes
        Quattro is awful, no way another venture by that group is any better.
        Spaghetti con pomodoro
        Does that look good? It might end being Chef Boyardee or something truly top notch.

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        1. re: dietndesire

          If you refuse to eat out in Miami perhaps you're not the ideal person to be making Miami restaurant recommendations. Having said that, Lincoln Road does not exactly demonstrate the high points of Miami dining lately.

          Meat Market was pricey and far from perfect but had some good points, and has a lively feel to it. If I were in the neighborhood I'd go back and hope it's improved rather than declined. I like the pizza at Piola around the corner from the movie theatre (on Alton Rd.). I am not a fan of Doraku. For simple, casual, serviceable Italian (and a seat outside on Lincoln Road), Rosinella is decent.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Im curious, Frod... What turns u off to Doraku? I forgot that Spris has excellent pizza and salads. Super casual and great people watching but a few blocks (Meridian) away from the movies on Lincoln.

            1. re: Blind Mind

              It has been ages since I've tried Doraku, but when I did, I found it mediocre quality for higher than mediocre prices - which may be more a function of location on Lincoln Road than anything else. I didn't think it was actively bad, just never saw much reason to go back.

                1. re: tpigeon

                  Remember when that space first opened and they had the conveyer belt sushi? You can still see the octopus on the ceiling that they've tried to cover up with fabric. Neither place was very good, but liked the conveyer belt more just because you could get in and out of there fast and cheap.

                  1. re: lax2mia

                    I do remember the conveyor belt. I now go to Katana when I want mobile sushi.

          2. re: dietndesire

            Baires is going to open soon. I hear lots of great things about the crepes place by the movie theater.

          3. I like Cafe Nexxt on Lincoln Road. Nexxt is located at 700 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach FL, 33139. Nearby restaurants include: Sushi Samba, El Rancho Grande, and Pizza Rustica.
            I also agree that DORAKU is pretty decent and well priced for sushi. Sushi Samba is great but more expensive.
            For a moderately priced dinner before a movie I think CAFE NEXXT has a big menu and the food it very decent.

            For a nicer restaurant on Lincoln Rd you can try MEAT MARKET. This is relatively new restaurant on Lincoln and I was really impressed with the food.

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            1. re: Alyson777

              FWIW, Cafe Nexxt is the exact same thing as the Cheesecake Factory. The owner ripped off the entire menu pretty much and just changed the names of the dishes around. CF actually tried to sue him and lost which I find hilarious. The food is serviceable and fairly cheap, actually better than CF, but I wouldnt choose to go there personally.

              1. re: Blind Mind

                They changed the names of the dishes?! I did not even think they did that.

                1. re: Icantread

                  Yeah I know they didn't even change most of the names HAHA... I live in Montreal most of the year and they did the exact same thing. Someone opened up a place called Elixor restaurant and tried to rip off the cheesecake factory menu and the Decor which is a spitting image. CF sued the owners of the Elixor chain and LOST!!!

                  I personally don't love the CF... I do find NEXXT much better,,, I have had the same dishes at both and Nexxt is much better, Although, it depends on which CF... the one in AVENTURA MALL is not very good. I went to one in BOSTON though and it was pretty good.

                  1. re: Alyson777

                    Can we stop with the nexxt and jerry's recs? No wonder we have a bad rep.

                      1. re: tpigeon

                        If you read the original request she asked where she can grab dinner before a movie she wasn't asking for the finest establishments in South Beach. For an OK regular easy dinner with a lot of options Nexxt is not bad...

                        Now if she asked for fine dining in South Beach I would have said try Barton G or Joes or China Grill or Tuscan Grill, Philipe Chow, Meat Market, Nobu.. Jerry's is okay for a lunch deli and not spectacular.
                        For the record this is a forum on people opinions everyone has an opinion that is why they are called opinions.

                        1. re: Alyson777

                          I have news for you nexxt sucks and Jerrys is an abomination.

                          Don't get me started on Barton G as fine dining.

                          1. re: tpigeon

                            I didn't even suggest Jerry's I think its gross. I think most of the Delis in Miami are dilapidated and not good anymore.
                            I do however know a lot of people who happen to like Nexxt Cafe for before a movie.
                            Also I do not think Barton G has the most fabulous food but the presentation is pretty cool for a 1 time experience.
                            I am curious what you top choices are?

                          2. re: Alyson777

                            Joes, osteria del teatro, sardinia, prime 112 (not for steaks), talula, Nobu - haven't been in a while would be my choicees

                2. I think for a date, Nexxt is too big and busy. I would recommend the simple Books & Books or Ice Box, both of which are *really good* - and Ice Box has those great desserts! These two places are more low-key and are where I would take a date over Nexxt and Sushi Samba. Pizza Rustica is a counter-service place, not table service, so if you're finally getting a night off, at least give yourself the luxury of table service!