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Apr 14, 2012 10:26 AM

Seeking South Beach restaurant advice

My wife and I will be in SoBe next weekend for a corporate R&R program being held at the Ritz Carlton. There is an event at The Mansion that we need to attend on Friday, but am hoping to be able to make a brief appearance and then head to a (hopefully nearby) restaurant.

I liked the sound (and location) of Tulula but understand that it has closed. Can someone pls give me a recommendation - budget mid 20s mains. Hopefull something atmospheric and a bit off the beaten path.

Thanks from Mtl.

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  1. In no particular order:
    Alta Mare
    Dining Room
    Tudor House
    Pubbelly & Pubbelly Sushi

    Not all of them are off the beat path and I don't know what you mean by atmospheric but these are all good places with main dishes in your price range.

    11 Replies
    1. re: tpigeon

      Good list. The Dutch may skewer higher than the sought after price range though - with a couple exceptions, most mains are $30+.

      I miss Talula too.

      1. re: Frodnesor

        True but you can get some pretty good pasta dishes for 25 or less there so I kept it in. The pork chop which unfortunately costs 36 is by far the best item on the menu and is worth the money. You will not find a better one easily.

        1. re: tpigeon

          off topic, TP, heard the steaks at The Dutch are up there with best in town. I know you are a steak fan, accurate?

          1. re: The Chowfather

            Did not try the steak but will now have to. I'll let you know.

            1. re: The Chowfather

              Had the ribeye at the dutch. It is very expensive but it is easily the best steak I have had in Miami and one of the best steaks I have had anywhere. I was floored by it. Thanks for the rec.

              As an aside their sour cherry pie is excellent - almost as good as their blueberry pie. I am not a big fan of cherries btw.

              1. re: tpigeon

                Good to hear. Need to try that ASAP. Love the burger at The Dutch. wonder if they are using LaFrieda down here

                1. re: The Chowfather

                  Never tried the burger at the dutch - will need to try that now as well.

          2. re: Frodnesor

            Just went to Pubbelly tonight. Actually it was Pubbelly Sushi. Didn't catch that there were two different restaurants, well really three Pubbellies with a fourth on the way. Split 5 dishes between four people and each had a drink. Definetly over the $20 range but could be done without drinks.

            The food was tasty and presented well

            1. re: scubadoo97

              The budget is actually mid 20 mains only, so all the Pubbellies work. As Frod pointed out, the only place I was pushing it was Dutch but you can still have a good but limited meal choice there with mains at 25 criteria. I figured the op can look at the menu online to see if it is a good choice for them.

            1. re: upupaway

              I have not been to OLA south of 5th and I have not been to the one on 17th in a while which I liked but I would not put it on this list.

          3. Go to Juvia at 1111 Lincoln Road. In the penthouse level of a building designed by the famed Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. The views are some of the best in SOBE. The design of the space is spectacular. The cuisine is French, Peruvian and Japanese fusion. We had the sesame tuna with the hearts of palm appetizer and the chocolate candy bar dessert. Excellent food with prices in the upper 20's to low 40's for entrees. Service was very good. Well worth it considering the views and the ambiance. It gets noisy late and is an "in" hotspot. BTW, had a mediocre meal at the Dutch and will not return.

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            1. re: rebus1805

              I would not go to Juvia given the budget as it is expensive. I was unimpressed by Juvia regardless of price.

              1. re: tpigeon

                Yup, Indomania is a great suggestion.

                I agree with most of your suggestions and Altamare would be a nice walk down Lincoln from the Ritz. I agree with Frod that The Dutch is too pricey for the OPs price range. Have to disagree with Barceloneta and Tudor House though, especially the latter.

                1. re: Blind Mind

                  I have reserved at AltaMare. Although I generally have an aversion to places that charge separately for sides!
                  But I need to eat more fish...
                  Thanks for all your help.

                  1. re: upupaway

                    Though they do have vegetable side dishes at AltaMare, it's not really a steakhouse style a la carte menu - i.e. most of the entrées come with some veg accompaniment, you don't need to order a side dish to have a complete meal.