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Sep 30, 2009 07:20 PM

Much, Much Needed Date Night in Miami -did I mention Much needed?

My husband and I haven't had a night without our little one in many, many months. We have scheduled a date night for a Sunday, and I would love to find a great restaurant for us to try - one that has amazing food and ambiance. We live in Weston, and would love to try a restaurant NOT in Weston - we are new to South Florida, and heard Miami Beach and Biscayne Bay are nice - sorry this is so general. But I'm sure there are other places as well. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. What type of food do you guys like? I think if you're a bit more specific you might get more responses.

    5 Replies
    1. re: lax2mia

      We literally love everything! Love Asian, Latin, American, seafood, everything. We are also adventurous eaters. Because we rarely get a date night, we'd appreciate some place that an amazing ambiance + food. We prefer places are not stuffy, but are not opposed to high end trendy places. Thank you!!!

      1. re: Lotus7

        I've had really good recent experiences at Scarpetta at the Fountainbleu. It's Miami offshoot of NY Italian and everything we've had has been no less than phenomenal. Since it's in the Fountainbleu you can go for drinks before or after dinner (or both) and extend your date night.

        If you want to stay a little closer to home you can take advantage of Dine Out Fort Lauderdale where there's a fixed price for app, main and dessert at some of FLL's better restaurants (check to see what days it's offered as it varies by restaurant, but I think most should offer on Sundays). Not too familiar with FLL dining scene but maybe others can chime in.

        1. re: lax2mia

          Thanks for the suggestion. Would you recommend Scarpetta over Casa Tua and Talula? I heard these places are great. I am looking forward to checking out Ft. Lauderdale eventually but am feeling that I'd like to check out the scene in Miami. Thanks again, and pls keep the suggestions coming!

          1. re: Lotus7

            Scarpetta was awesome when I went but I like Talula better. I just find the menu a bit more to my liking and a tad more adventurous, I guess. I dont think you can go wrong with either. If you eat at Talula, you could walk across the street to the Gansvoort and have drinks at the rooftop bar afterwards or head to the bar at the Setai too.

            1. re: Blind Mind

              Casa Tua has the best ambiance of the bunch by far but the worst food (not bad but Scarpetta and Talula are great). Scarpetta and Talula are tough to decide between.

              I agree with blind mind that talula has a more diverse menu and is more interesting but there are some lights out good things at scarpetta (creamy polenta, spaghetti with clams, panna cotta), so I would not write scarpetta off. Scarpetta is much more sceney than talula, talula is more laid back. Overall, the food at these two are very close quality wise. Talula is a better value.

              I hope that helps. If ambiance matters the most, I hate giving this advice because I care about food much mroe, but Casa Tua is the best. That place is beautiful.

    2. Get the sitter. Drive south on 75 and then 95 then head east over a causeway to Lincoln Rd in South Beach. It runs east west between 16th and 17th street. Park Car. Get drinks somewhere. Walk. Eat at one of many restaurants. Walk. Shop. Get Drinks somewhere again. People Watch. Stay late. Drive Home. Get rid of babysitter. You know the rest.

      On Lincoln, I like Sushi Samba (Latin Japanese Fusion) and Yuca (Cuban Fusion). Neither is terribly authentic but both have big bars, esp Sushi Samba which makes interesting drinks. Samba is louder and younger. Yuca a bit more formal but we take our kids there so its not that stuffy. You can sitoutside in both cases. If you like Italian, there are tons of restaurants there but since I don't really do Italian, I don't know.

      I'm a broward person like you so I don't know the dining scene in Miami very well but I know an evening on Lincoln is a great date night.

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      1. re: Raboi

        You guys are great! Thank you for the suggestions--I definitely think either Gansvoort or Setai for drinks would be a perfect addition to our evening!

        1. re: Raboi

          p.s. Just so I have a few options, any other top notch restaurants near Gansvoort and Setai in addition to Talula?

          1. re: Lotus7

            Talula is easily my favorite restaurant on South Beach. Around that area, your other options include the Setai restaurant, the new Solea and Mr. Chow in the W Hotel, Philippe in the Gansevoort. More downscale and a few blocks north I like Indomania.


            1. re: Frodnesor

              I tried Solea this week and cant say it was anything better than mediocre, unfortunately...

              1. re: Frodnesor

                Yes, if you are going to the Gansevoort, I would choose talula out of convenience. Keep in mind though Casa Tua is also close (i feel so dirty now I have to take a shower, I hate telling people that casa tua is an option).

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  I like indomania but think creek 28 is better, I would choose talula over both of them though.

                2. re: Lotus7

                  Setai serves very good food but is terribly expensive. I agree with possibly eating at Talula and then going to the rear bar of the Setai for drinks. Indomania serves very good food but is downscale (though not a dive) and probably funner with at least 3-4 people. Lincoln Road is fun and you have the movies there but you won't find a meal as good as East City Grill on a good day.

                  1. re: Icantread

                    though I have never eaten at East City Grill :). Drinks are horribly expensive at the setai though...