Coconut Grove

3195 Commodore Plaza (786) 552-1030
Traditional Indian dishes such as Tandoor Se, oven specialties with chicken, lamb, large shrimp or fish delicately prepared with a fragrant combination of special spices. Try the vegetarian or seafood a la carte accompanied with exotic rice and Naan. $$

4 Grove Isle, (305) 857-5007
A whimsical, yet elegant setting with serious cuisine! Fish creations like Chinese-fried snapper or the delicate stuffed trout fillet are thrilling. Landfood features filet mignon, veal T-bone, and wood roasted chicken. An impressive array of international and domestic wines, and a spectacular waterfront brunch are to remember. $$$

2833 Bird Avenue, Coconut Grove.

Contemporary Italian
Although a hotel restaurant, Bice stands on its own, with a separate entrance leading straight to the jazzy bar -one of the nicest in town, with sushi happy hours and martini nights. The handsome room, with subdued lights and rare wood floors, looks warm and friendly whether packed or empty, as soft music from the piano player in the bar wafts through the door throughout the evening. $$$

Café Med
3015 Grand Ave. (305) 443-1770
Popular meeting/eating spot in the heart of Cocowalk, where the crusty pizzas from the wood-burning oven are the favorite, but where the fresh-made pastas and homemade desserts are equally fine. $$

Café Tu Tu Tango
3015 Grand Ave. (305) 529-2222
A truly unique place for meeting and eating in Cocowalk. Appetizer-size portions of dozens of tasty dishes makes it possible to share and maximize the taste treat. A perennial favorite: the mushrooms sautéed in garlic. Festive, friendly ambiance and service. Plus, changing artwork by some of South Florida’s most talented. $

The Chart House
51 Chart House Dr. (305) 856-9741
The Chart House is a long time favorite with visitors and residents alike, who know they’ll dine on the finest beef — prime rib, filet mignon — or freshest seafood — dolphin, swordfish, in a lovely setting overlooking Dinner Key Marina. $$$

Chrysanthemum (Streets Of Mayfair)

2911 Grand Ave (305) 443-6789
Original Chinese fare with unique signature dishes including sautéed chicken with crispy flash-fried spinach, and ravioli in peanut butter sauce. The elegant setting, attentive service and imaginative food may inspire you to abandon your neighborhood Chinese haunt. $$

Don Quixote
3148 Commodore Plaza. (305) 443-2774
An extraordinary recreation of Don Quixote’s hometown La Mancha, with a posada including a windmill, a town square and a terrace where light meals and sandwiches can be ordered al fresco. Boquerones, Manchego cheese, croquetas, and chipirones en su tinta are a few of the delicious traditional Spanish tapas. Salads, soups, and a vast array of rices and pastas precede a long list of poultry, fish and meat entrées such as churrasco filets, baby lamb chops, and wild game. $$$

Il Tulipano
2822 Bird Ave. (305) 529-1115.
Traditional Italian
Freshness and quality are major ingredients in the traditionally prepared appetizers like the flawless mussels, and gamberoni, sweet Central American shriimp. Pastas and risotti are excellent but the ravioletti, little pasta pilllows stuffed with chestnut puree and sausage is exceptional. But the osso buco is without peer the best in town. $$

Le Bouchon du Grove
3430 Main Hwy. (305) 448-6060
Say bonjour to French classics like the homemade pâté and chicken en papillote. This authentic French bistro and wine bar beckons patrons back with their friendly service and sumptuous bistro cooking. $$$

Mayfair GrilL (Mayfair House Hotel)
3000 Florida Ave. (305) 442-2131
Indulge a loved one with a romantic evening at this elegantly appointed restaurant located on the second floor of the Mayfair Hotel. Your special night will include dining and dancing at the newly renovated establishment. Check out the Orchids Champagne and Wine Bar. $$$

Mezzanotte in the Grove
3390 Mary St. (305) 448-7677
Dining and dancing take on an entirely new meaning at this happening spot. Between servings of very good pastas, pizzas, meats (outstanding veal chop) and salads, you’ll find patrons dancing on their tables, mambo-ing to the music, and line-dancing out the door. $$

Monty’s Stone Crab Seafood House
2550 S. Bayshore Dr. (305) 858-1431
Upstairs at Monty’s, the spectacular view rivals the setting. The freshest fish is prepared in all possible variations while the steaks are as good as they come. Downstairs, a popular happy hour waterfront hangout. Funky and festive (there’s usually a reggae band holding forth); dig into a basket of fried clams or chicken wings, accompanied by a frosty mug of beer, or opt for the raw bar. $

News Café
2901 Florida Ave. (Streets of Mayfair). (305) 774-6397
American & Mediterranean
French café ambiance with gleaming brass rails and a reading terrace open-24-hours. Coffee is good, but don’t venture into the food. $$

Señor Frog’s
3480 Main Hwy. (305) 448-0999
Young Groveites flock en masse for generous portions of tasty Mexican favorites. Big margaritas. Big fun. A popular happy hour and pre-movie destination. $$

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