Key Biscayne

Cioppino, The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Dr. (305) 365-4156
Named one of “America’s top 20 new restaurants” by Esquire magazine, Cioppino features wonderfully authentic Tuscan cuisine. Imported cheeses are flown in twice a week, and fish and meat dishes are superbly cooked. Stunning panoramic views, an extensive wine list and an acoustic guitarist on special evenings add charm to a truly memorable experience. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cantina Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Dr. (305) 365-4500
Miami’s only oceanfront coastal Mexican-inspired restaurant —just steps from the ocean, is a great location to enjoy fresh Baja-style cuisine prepared by Chef Lupe Sanchez under a thatched roof canopy, complete with tiki torches, a fire pit, a bar rail and plush lounges. Menu include fresh ceviches, guacamole prepared tableside and lobster quesadillas. A Tequilier—a tequila specialist trained in Mexico—makes recommendations, leads tastings and suggests menu pairings from more than 85 premium tequilas. Open for lunch and dinner.

Aria, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
415 Bay Dr. (305) 3615-4156
High class Mediterranean
The lavishly appointed oceanfront restaurant is posh yet genteel and harmonious with delicious food pouring out of the kitchen. Vibrant starters like ceviche-like lobster salpicón martini and chilled melon soup with Sauterne gelée with a slice of bresaola are superb. The talented Chef Jordi Valles also excels at cooking meat like the Mediterranean-style surf-and-turf with braised veal cheeks topped with crunchy langoustines. $$$

Bayside Seafood Restaurant
3501 Rickenbacker Cswy. (305) 361-0808
Laid-back seafood shack with a friendly atmosphere. Serving fresh shrimp and fish fingers, a hearty conch chowder and black bean soup, and a good key lime pie. The perfect accompaniment, of course, a margarita. $$

Farmer's Market
91 Harbor Dr. (305) 361-1300
Gourmet Market
A full service market includes divisions of local and imported cheeses, meats and cold cuts, coffees, as well as a well-stocked produce department, a rotisserie and a catering service with a good variety of take-out meals.

Le Croisic
180 Crandon Blvd. (305) 361-5888
French-Mediterranean Bistro
The recently opened restaurant devotes two menu pages to dessert crêpes (owner Adriana Fatat studied crêpe making in France) with such offerings as Moliére, a flambe of cognac and strawberries, and Valery, fresh mangoes and kiwi in a chantilly sauce with fresh mint. Plus an array of galettes and salads, with several interesting entree selections. $$

Linda B. Steakhouse
320 Crandon Blvd. (305) 361-1111
Upscale Steak House
This fine dining steak house with Italian leanings boasts an impressive wine list in addition to its impressive menu. Prime rib, filet mignon and steak au poivre are but a few of the meat offerings, but you may also indulge in roast duckling, a grilled veal chop or shrimp scampi. $$$

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