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Restaurant near JW Marriott Marquis

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sallygg Mar 22, 2011 04:21 PM

Coming to Miami from Texas for the tennis tournament this weekend. Have Saturday dinner to plan! No car; would prefer to walk. We are looking for good, but not overly expensive food/wine. Italian, French, Continental? Simple bistro type of meal with fresh flavors! A few that I have found as possibilities are TRE, Fratelli Milano, Cafe Bastille. Any comments on those or suggestions for other places would be much appreciated!

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Fratelli Milano
213 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

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    tpigeon RE: sallygg Mar 22, 2011 07:38 PM

    Something you should be aware of.

    The ultra music festival is this weekend and it is going to be a zoo around your area. Walking is your best bet.

    I would try out river oyster bar.

    There is DB bistro in your hotel but unfortunately it is expensive. You may want to check the menu just in case.

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      sallygg RE: tpigeon Mar 23, 2011 07:52 PM

      Thank you for the mention of the music festival! We will definitely be walking! Will check DB Bistro but I think I read of their burger being $32 and I am NOT going to try that! The River Oyster Bar looks interesting!

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

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        tpigeon RE: sallygg Mar 24, 2011 03:53 AM

        That burger has Foie Grois on it. That is the main reason it is so expensive. You should check the menu just in case to see if there are other items you can deal with. DB Bistro is very good and very convenient for you. Unfortunately, the pricing may be a bit too much.

        That all being said. River oyster bar is good too. I have not been to Fratelli Milano to compare unfortunately.

        BTW if you are interested in burgers, you can also try Burger & Beer Joint. It is a bit of a walk and might be too casual and limited for what you are looking for but it is very good. Particularly the mac & cheese.

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      Fineas RE: sallygg Mar 23, 2011 07:09 AM

      On the high end, the best options within close walking distance are Il Gabbiano, Zuma and DB Bistro. Chophouse Miami and Capital Grill are also close if you want steak. Those are all pretty pricey.

      At a more reasonable price point, Fratelli Milano is probably the best choice. Ceviche 105 is another good one. Tre is pretty good, but a step down from Fratelli Milano. I'm not a big fan of Cafe Bastille. With a little more of a walk (but not too much), there's also Bali Cafe (Indonesian) and Soi (thai/Japanese), which are both good.

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      Fratelli Milano
      213 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

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        mialebven RE: Fineas Mar 23, 2011 08:06 AM

        I personally liked Cafe Bastille but admittingly I've never been there for dinner - only for Saturday brunch.

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          Fineas RE: mialebven Mar 23, 2011 09:27 AM

          I've heard that brunch is good there, but I haven't been. I've been for lunch and, while not bad, isn't great IMO. Fratelli Milano across the street is much better.

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          Fratelli Milano
          213 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

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        sallygg RE: sallygg Mar 23, 2011 07:57 PM

        Thanks to all of you for your suggestions! May flip a coin between River Oyster Bar and Fratelli Milano!

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

        Fratelli Milano
        213 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

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          nikklos RE: sallygg Mar 24, 2011 07:34 AM

          FRATELLI MILANO. Without a doubt based on what you are looking for. Honestly, there are few better places to eat dinner in Miami.

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            Blind Mind RE: nikklos Mar 24, 2011 09:03 AM

            Wow, and I know you're a River Oyster Bar fan too so that's quite an endorsement.

            TP - Burger & Beer is about the same distance from JW Marquis as River Oyster is...

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

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              Fineas RE: Blind Mind Mar 24, 2011 09:20 AM

              I'm a fan of both Fratelli Milano and River Oyster. The big draw for me at River Oyster is the half price oysters at happy hour. While the rest of the food is good, the half price oysters (good selection) are what keep me going back. Without that I'd go occasionally, but it wouldn't be a favorite.

              Fratelli Milano is the "neighborhood" trattoria that we all wish we had in our neighborhood, but few do outside of Italy. Prices have gone up a little since the expansion/renovation, but are still pretty fair. It's also a fair bit closer to the Marriott Marquis than is River Oyster.

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

              Fratelli Milano
              213 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

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                nikklos RE: Blind Mind Mar 24, 2011 11:04 AM

                No knock on River Oyster, but Fratelli Milano's a no-brainer. "Not overly expensive Italian". And excellent. Plus it is practically a block away from the Marriott.

                I am at the point where I would rather eat there than Gabbiano any night of the week. Unless we were talking "very special occasion"-type thing.

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

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                  tpigeon RE: nikklos Mar 24, 2011 03:28 PM

                  I'm going to try this place out. Thanks.

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                  tpigeon RE: Blind Mind Mar 24, 2011 03:29 PM

                  I thought B&B was a few blocks south. I always assume I am talking to someone who might be walking in heels so I thought I would mention it. If I am incorrect, I apologise.

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                    Fineas RE: tpigeon Mar 24, 2011 03:40 PM

                    B&B is a good 15-20 minute walk and over a bridge. I would think that would be a tough walk in heels.

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                      tpigeon RE: Fineas Mar 24, 2011 04:00 PM

                      Good point. ROB is also over that hill so that in itself might nix it if one is walking in heels. I drive in this area so I keep forgetting things like hills...

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                        Fineas RE: tpigeon Mar 24, 2011 04:23 PM

                        There is the Metromover, but a visitor probably won't want to deal with that.

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                          Blind Mind RE: Fineas Mar 25, 2011 06:24 AM

                          Why? Because it's easy to use and free?

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                            Fineas RE: Blind Mind Mar 25, 2011 07:29 AM

                            It is free and is generally easy to use, but not so easy to go from the Marriott Marquis down Brickell. The closest stations are either Knight Center or Bayfront Park. To get to Brickell from either of those you either take the Brickell Loop north and go all the way around downtown before turning south down Brickell (which takes a while) or you take the Inner Loop to Miami Avenue station and then walk to Third Street station to take the Brickell Loop south, or you take the Inner Loop all the way to Government Center and switch to the Brickell Loop. None of those options are very quick or convenient. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is not familiar with the system and the area.

                            Whenever I have suggested to people who are not very familiar with downtown to take the Metromover they look at me like I am crazy. Granted, those are often South Floridians who have never contemplated takign public transportation here, so maybe it would be different for an out-of-towner whop comes from somewhere that has a decent public transportation system and uses it.

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                      sallygg RE: tpigeon Mar 25, 2011 07:21 AM

                      Not going to wear heels, ha. Also wouldn't mind using the Metromover at all, but time is at a premium and would rather just walk somewhere closeby. I believe Fratelli Milano is our choice! Will report back! Thanks everyone!

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                      Fratelli Milano
                      213 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

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                        Fineas RE: sallygg Mar 25, 2011 08:03 AM

                        Make a reservation. It used to not be necessary, but it is getting busier on weekend nights and reservations are recommended.

                        A few recommendations:

                        Fiocchi di Pera e Taleggio
                        Pappardelle Milano
                        Lasagna
                        Bucatini San Babila

                        But really everythign there is good.

                        Enjoy!

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                          nikklos RE: Fineas Mar 25, 2011 11:17 AM

                          Agreed that everything is good. The Pappardelle Milano and the Bucatini are my favorites along with the simple Tagliatelle with meat ragu (served at lunch but can be had for dinner for an extra $2.00 charge).

                          Among appetizers, really enjoy the Mussels in white wine and olive oil with tomatoes and capers. And their Buratta is great.

                          While I am not a dessert person, the cannoli is something else - it is served with cream on the side and is just incredible.

                          Blind Mind - sorry but I have to agree with Fineas on the MetroMover. Even I get stuck on the wrong loop from time to time.

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                          Fineas RE: sallygg Mar 25, 2011 12:33 PM

                          Sallygg,

                          If you are going to be at the Marriott Marquis tonight, the W Wine Boutique in the building there is having a wine tasting event from 6-8 that looks like it should be pretty good.

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                            sallygg RE: Fineas Mar 25, 2011 02:31 PM

                            Darn! Not going to be there til tomorrow.
                            Have made a reservation at the restaurant!
                            Will def try the mussels; deciding on entree will be hard!

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