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jcm Feb 14, 2011 11:56 AM

Has anyone been here? - - - My wife and I are zipping down to Miami for a couple of days and this place is near our hotel and right up our alley. Any opinions would be appreciated about this place or anything else nearby.
Is there anything in South Beach that is not too hip with great food? I don't feel like packing a jacket, but will if necessary. Price is not an issue, but I appreciate value.

Thank you

South Beach Cafe
121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130

  1. t
    tpigeon Feb 14, 2011 12:29 PM

    I have not been to ROB in quite a while but I really liked it. I prefer the bbq over their seafood btw but both were great.

    There is no place in miami that you need to bring a jacket to.

    For SOBE in no particular order (assuming no hole in the wall places):

    Joes Stone Crab
    Alta Mare
    Osteria del Teatro
    Joe Allen

    Pubbelly gets dq'd on hipness (it is an in spot) but it is not sceney. Food is great there.

    Joe Allen Restaurant
    1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

    1. Frodnesor Feb 14, 2011 07:07 PM

      Good recommendations from TP. I've been to River Oyster Bar recently and enjoyed it. Oysters are 1/2 off during happy hour and they've got a very nice selection and very fresh. I also like their fire-roasted oysters, topped with bubbling manchego cheese and chorizo, the crabcakes, the steamed mussels, the pasta with crab and sea urchin roe.

      The River Oyster Bar
      650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130

      1. Blind Mind Feb 15, 2011 12:51 PM

        A friend who dines out as often as I do recently asked where to take someone for seafood that isn't too casual like Garcia's, etc. I was totally stumped for about 5-10 minutes before finally concluding that River Oyster Bar is probably the best spot for it, with Altamare not far behind. After that, nothing really fits that category

        The River Oyster Bar
        650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130

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        1. re: Blind Mind
          Frodnesor Feb 15, 2011 02:02 PM

          Haven't been back to Area 31 since Critchley left but it would fit the bill too.

          Area 31
          270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

          1. re: Frodnesor
            tpigeon Feb 15, 2011 02:24 PM

            Joes aint bad either.

            1. re: Frodnesor
              Blind Mind Feb 16, 2011 06:59 AM

              True. My buddy lives at the Epic so that one was out of the question.

          2. f
            Fineas Feb 16, 2011 10:29 AM

            I like River Oster and go for happy hour (M-Sat till 7) pretty frequently. As others have said, the raw oysters are half off and they always have 8-10 varieties and are very fresh. I can't bring myself to go at non-happy hour times knowing that it is costing twice as much as what I can get it for if I just get there before 7. Strangely, I have often preferred the non-seafood items on the dinner menu to the fish dishes. Their chocolate mousse cake/pie is very good too.

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