Conrad Miami
1395 Brickell Avenue/305-503-6529

Executive chef Michael Gilligan makes fireworks with his global fare menu with dishes like pan seared citrus salted ostrich loin and lavender dusted rack of lamb. Also on the menu simpler yet delicious seafood and fish with several vegetarian options. The casually elegant 25th floor restaurant offers a spectacular view, great drinks and a cool and sophisticated atmosphere. $$$

Café Sambal (Mandarin Oriental Miami)
500 Brickell Key Drive (305) 913-8358
Asian cuisine.
One of the best outdoor dining spots in the city with inventive Asian cuisine overlooking the bay. The sushi is excellent and don’t miss the Thai and Wok specialties. Visit anytime from breakfast, lunch to dinner.$$$

Azul (Mandarin Oriental Miami)
500 Brickell Key Drive (305) 913-8358
Contemporary with Asian flair.
The ideal setting for Chef Clay Conley's well-conceived and beautifully presented dishes. The amazing Rainbow of Oysters is a real treat as is the Study in Tuna. Entrees are delicious and dramatic like the Asian-style Miso-Marinated Hamachi with Edamame Rice and Shrimp Dumplings. $$$

Bayview Grille
1633 N Bayshore Dr. (305) 536-6414
Festive medley of fresh seafood, Caribbean dishes and Southern recipes featured in appetizer, entrée and buffet-style portions. Some of the “Tropical Delights” are bruschetta Cubana, shrimp cocktail margarita, South Beach swordfish and Jamaican chicken. $$

Blue Water Cafe
100 Chopin Plaza. (305) 577-1000
Tropical Grill
A grill with a spectacular view to enjoy succulent appetizers like lobster tempura with wasabi horseradish and soy sauce and luscious salads. Their gourmet pizzas are outstanding. Prime rib and Tuna steak are some of the mix and match dinner entrees. $$

Capital Grille
444 Brickell Ave. (305) 374-4500
One of the best steakhouses in town, where power lunches last until late afternoon, and cigar lockers are available to the aficionados. Wickedly rich desserts. $$$$

Diego Tapas
401 Biscayne Blvd. (305) 372-0072
Casual dining with nightly flamenco dancing and an al fresco terrace overlooking the bay. The menu features a good choice of paellas, salads, hot tapas such as patatas bravas with spicy tomato sauce, stuffed piquillo peppers and flambéed chorizo diabla. $

Fishbone Grille

650 S Miami Ave. (305) 530-1915
Fun and funky. The open tiled kitchen turns out flavorful sautéed, grilled and blackened fresh fish, accompanied by yummy jalapeño cornbread and imaginative “sides.” $$

Garcia’s Seafood Grille
& fish market
398 NW North River Dr. (305) 375-0765
Fish and seafood
Indoor or outdoors, this casual, friendly, family-run eatery cooks up a tasty grouper chowder, spicy conch salad and lemon accented grilled snapper. A favorite “find.” $$

Indigo (Inter-Continental Hotel)
100 Chopin Plaza. (305) 577-1000
Fine indoor and outdoor dining with five distinct lavishly appointed rooms ranging from a sushi bar to a glass encased wine room seating 16. The menu features stone crab croquetas, Chinese five-spice fried chicken, Moroccan tagine and Mongolian beef fondue. $$

Japengo (Hyatt Hotel)
400 SE 2 Ave (305) 358-1234
Asian Pacific
The modern Asian menu offers lobster spring rolls, warm duck salad, lemongrass shrimp soup, and jumbo lump crab cakes for starters. In addition to the sushi bar, main courses feature crispy whole red snapper, grilled filet mignon, and curry-rubbed tatake ahi tuna. From the wok lists ten ingredients fried rice, lobster lo mein, and cashew chicken. $$

Perricone's Marketplace
15 SE 10 St (305) 374-9449
High quality gourmet food market and restaurant. Try the mussels with pesto and white wine, the linguini with shrimp and asparagus or the balsamic sauteed chicken with a bottle of wine from the market’s shelves. Their made-to-order sandwiches are the best around. $$

Piccadilly Gardens
Design District, 35 NE 40 St (305) 573-8221
Enjoy gourmet salads, classic sandwiches, fresh local fish of the day or freshly made pasta dishes. The pub-like bar is considered to have the best cocktails in town. $$

801 S Bayshore Dr. (305) 373-2777
One meal only all-you-can-eat churrascaria offering Brazilian rodizio, a continuous feast that begins with a gourmet salad buffet, followed by unlimited grilled meats and finishes with a la carte dessert selections. $$

Provençe Grill
1001 S Miami Ave. (305) 373-1940
Brothers Eric and Jerome Cormouls’ new Provençal fare brings a nice change to this downtown Italian enclave. $$

Suzanne's Vegetarian Bistro
7251 Biscayne Blvd, (305) 758-5859
Plenty of fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs in savory dishes from soups, salads, sandwiches to smoothies, shakes, and desserts. Specialties such as Lotus bowl, lentil loaf, The Macro Mama, and tofu coconut curry are some of the delicious items found on the interesting vegetarian menu. $

5556 NE 4 Ct. (305) 759-3117
Bistro home-style and Mediterranean
Jazzy ambiance. Excellent appetizers with a good wine could be a meal in itself: the shellfish starter, grilled polenta, fried calamari or the tandoori chicken. There are nightly specials like grilled smoked chicken and apple sausage. Pizzas, salads and sandwiches are plentiful. $$$

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