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See and be seen…

The Bazaar, SLS Hotel. Jose Andres is the second James Beard Award winning chef in town (homegrown Michelle Bernstein is the other). The newly opened hotel boasts three restaurants – with Andres’ The Bazaar shining with ultra-modern cuisine from Spanish, and “around the globe” The menu is extensive, with lots of unusual and unexpected food combinations. The other fine dining choice in the hotel is Katsuya- sleek and sexy with outstanding sushi.

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Juvia – The rooftop location at 1111 Lincoln Rd is a dreamy setting for a lovely meal. Long waits and buzzing crowd are best enjoyed if you can relax with a glass of champagne or cocktail before dinner.
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Ciccone in Soho House is open to the public in the otherwise private club. Nice scene… lovely setting, wide menu choices. The bar is a nice place to enjoy a drink before dinner as well.
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Lido Restaurant in the Standard Hotel – Lovely outside restaurant on the bay, uber-cool crowd. Bright and happy place! “Health-conscious” menu… food is fairly good, but just go for the setting, and make sure to check out the pool (one of the best in town) and spa. The co-ed hammam is quite …memorable.
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Lively and chic, Mr. Chow’s restaurant in the W Hotel – also the big bar in the back of the main floor is usually filled with cool people. 

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Chic and exclusive… sometimes you just want to feel like a super-star

Casa Tua… Italians know a thing or two about romance, chivalry, and food! Wonderful service, great international wine list (they even serve one of the best California Chardonnay’s – Kistler), delicious desserts, and a private club (sshhhh…) upstairs. Sister property is in Aspen. Always the “right crowd.”
1700 James St, Miami beach, fl 33139

The Villa, is a glimpse into the life of former Miami Beach resident Gianni Versace. His former abode was a labor of love, and a legendary scene for the fashion crowd. Probably the most famous home in the city, the restaurant is uber fancy, romantic, top tier service- and worth the price!
1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach FL

Good food, good vibe, good any time!

Yard Bird – Southern theme, authentic and always a great choice for comfort food, and delicious cocktails, with a heavy emphasis on Bourbon.
1600 Lenox Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

Haven – Chef Todd English serves some of the most innovative and spectacular dishes. Sophisticated without being fussy… the sushi is, well, heavenly. The desserts are nirvana. The scene is loungey, late-night where hipsters hang at the bar. Beautiful videos change themes and the mood of the place on a nightly basis.
1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Pubbelly/Barceloneta/Macchialina – local hangouts, cozy, warm and great food. The owners have created several restaurants in South Beach, but slightly removed from the “scene” (each specializing in a different palate – from sushi to Spanish to Italian) with consistently wonderful service and yummy food.
1418 20th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139
1400 20th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139

STK in the Betsy Hotel, always delivers lovely food and great service in a beautiful setting on the beach. The adjacent bar is frequently filled with nice people as well..
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 hyperlink address

Sushi Samba on Lincoln Rd Mall – lively scene most days and nights, killer-sushi, creative cuisine (love the sea bass).. particularly fun vibe when the DJ’s are on premise!
600 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139

Rosa Mexicana, of the New York group. Nice spot, good food, fresh guacamole… inside or outside, always a good choice.
1111 Lincoln Rd.Miami Beach

Joe’s Stone Crab. The institution of South Beach is celebrating 100 years in 2013. In two words: Stone. Crabs. The scene is an absolutely delicious melting pot extraordinaire.
11 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sometimes you just want to eat steak

Miami Beach has a seemingly limitless number of steak houses, which is not my specialty.. but, Smith & Wollensky’s is always filled with locals, in a beautiful waterfront setting, with a lively bar scene and some tables outside on the rocks.. one of the best spots to enjoy the sunset. They have many good fish and veggie options too!
1 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
Other steak houses that get rave reviews are Red and Prime 112.
119 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
112 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139

Crossing the Border… venturing outside the center of Miami Beach are so many great restaurants.
These are just a few favorites- all within a $20/20 minute taxi ride

9700 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33154

J&G Grill in the St Regis Hotel
9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour – Miami Beach
Canyon Ranch

6801 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33141

Zuma in the Epic Hotel

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131

1035 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136

Michael’s Genuine contemporary American, organic fare by Michael Schwartz and to die for desserts



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