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Old 06-09-2019, 05:52 PM
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Default Where to take out of state colleagues for a Miami experience?

I'm from the Gulf coast so I don't know Miami at all. I'm at the downtown Hilton this week for a tradeshow and I have colleagues joining me from the UK, Detroit, Denver and Phoenix. I want to take them somewhere to eat which is a cool Miami spot: I'm thinking waterfront, great seafood, great boat watching. So where's a good spot? This will be in the evening.

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Originally Posted by Copout@castaways View Post
Miami: Bayside, Monty's in South beach or Coconut Grove.
I would avoid Bayside. It's run down and all the dock space has been rented to large rust buckets that take tourists around the bay. And I mean, ugly rust buckets. The restaurants there mostly serve overpriced mediocre to bad food. Last visited about 6 months ago and decided not to return until they refurbish the whole place and change management. Here are other suggestions:

One of the most famous waterfront restaurants in Miami with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and downtown skyline is Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne. It's about a 15 minute ride from downtown Miami. Can't beat the view of Miami from the Rusty Pelican. Not cheap, but you're not gonna find too many good waterfront restaurants in Miami that are inexpensive. This restaurant matches the criteria you requested in your post. Great seafood, great view of the bay with boat traffic, spectacular view of the city skyline, etc.

Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse in South Beach. They have outside tables in the rear and it's located right next to Government Cut, the main commercial channel into the Port of Miami.

Not even many local people know about this place, but it's right on the water with an outdoor restaurant next to Biscayne Bay. It's the Lido Bayside Grill at the Standard Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach, located at 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach. You can search it in Google.

As previously suggested by others, Monty's in Miami Beach and the one in Coconut Grove have marinas adjacent to them, but not a lot of boat traffic at the one in the Grove. Food is okay, but not nearly as good as the other places on this list.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio, the famous Peruvian chef's restaurant is waterfront with a beautiful view of Brickell Ave skyline. Located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key, very close to downtown Miami. There are outdoor tables right next to the bay.

Crazy About You - In the Brickell area right on the bay. Some outside seating, but reserve with time.

On the bank of the Miami River, there are a number of popular waterfront restaurants. This area has been renovated within the last 5-10 years and some very good restaurants have set up shop here. Look up American Social (vibrant party scene on weekends), Seaspice, IL Gabianno Italian, El Cielo. Check online for prices and reservations. Some of these are more exclusive and expensive than the others.

Cipriani Italian on Brickell Point is next to the Miami River entrance, although it doesn't have outside seating.

Joe's is famous for its stone crabs, but it's not waterfront.

Have a great time and thanks for visiting our city.
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I almost forgot to add the obvious Miami pastime: people watching!
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Miami: Bayside, Monty's in South beach or Coconut Grove.
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Hialeah.................................
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JOES STONE CRAB FOR DINNER ...best old bar for drinks ..CLUB DEUCE 222 14 th st ...BOTH ON SOUTH BEACH
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After dinner, take them to Drunk Bitch, or to Bodega for drinks. Or Broken Shaker mid beach area if you want something a bit more local.
Not sure of any dinner spots off-hand that are waterfront. I like The Matador Room at Miami Beach Edition, or any of the upscale options in South Beach, unlikely to disappoint.
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Hialeah.................................
LOL! Not quite the authentic experience I was looking for
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Originally Posted by Copout@castaways View Post
Miami: Bayside, Monty's in South beach or Coconut Grove.
I would avoid Bayside. It's run down and all the dock space has been rented to large rust buckets that take tourists around the bay. And I mean, ugly rust buckets. The restaurants there mostly serve overpriced mediocre to bad food. Last visited about 6 months ago and decided not to return until they refurbish the whole place and change management. Here are other suggestions:

One of the most famous waterfront restaurants in Miami with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and downtown skyline is Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne. It's about a 15 minute ride from downtown Miami. Can't beat the view of Miami from the Rusty Pelican. Not cheap, but you're not gonna find too many good waterfront restaurants in Miami that are inexpensive. This restaurant matches the criteria you requested in your post. Great seafood, great view of the bay with boat traffic, spectacular view of the city skyline, etc.

Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse in South Beach. They have outside tables in the rear and it's located right next to Government Cut, the main commercial channel into the Port of Miami.

Not even many local people know about this place, but it's right on the water with an outdoor restaurant next to Biscayne Bay. It's the Lido Bayside Grill at the Standard Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach, located at 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach. You can search it in Google.

As previously suggested by others, Monty's in Miami Beach and the one in Coconut Grove have marinas adjacent to them, but not a lot of boat traffic at the one in the Grove. Food is okay, but not nearly as good as the other places on this list.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio, the famous Peruvian chef's restaurant is waterfront with a beautiful view of Brickell Ave skyline. Located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key, very close to downtown Miami. There are outdoor tables right next to the bay.

Crazy About You - In the Brickell area right on the bay. Some outside seating, but reserve with time.

On the bank of the Miami River, there are a number of popular waterfront restaurants. This area has been renovated within the last 5-10 years and some very good restaurants have set up shop here. Look up American Social (vibrant party scene on weekends), Seaspice, IL Gabianno Italian, El Cielo. Check online for prices and reservations. Some of these are more exclusive and expensive than the others.

Cipriani Italian on Brickell Point is next to the Miami River entrance, although it doesn't have outside seating.

Joe's is famous for its stone crabs, but it's not waterfront.

Have a great time and thanks for visiting our city.

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If they are fun loving folks you can't go wrong with Mango's on Ocean Drive South Beach.
Ask for bottle service on the 1st floor near the very small stage.
Good spot for ladies and guys, very high energy and entertaining.
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Joe’s is probably one of the better old school Miami dining experiences. I go every time I am in town. Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne is good for something more low key.

Monty’s is a chill tiki bar type setting. Good place for happy hour. Lots of dock candy... not just talking about boats. South Beach one has the South Beach crowd. Coconut Grove is a bit more low key, but gets the UM crowd Friday afternoon.

Clevelander and Mangos are good picks for late night. There might be better spots, but these 2 are pretty iconic.

As for nightclubs... I am too old for that shit. Couldn’t tell you the place to go these days.
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Originally Posted by maitman99 View Post
If they are fun loving folks you can't go wrong with Mango's on Ocean Drive South Beach.
Ask for bottle service on the 1st floor near the very small stage.
Good spot for ladies and guys, very high energy and entertaining.
Good suggestion for raising hell folks, but this is more of a tourist bar with dancers than a good place to eat.And it's not waterfront. It's on Ocean Drive in South Beach, but you can't even see the ocean from there.
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Originally Posted by joediaz View Post
I would avoid Bayside. It's run down and all the dock space has been rented to large rust buckets that take tourists around the bay. And I mean, ugly rust buckets. The restaurants there mostly serve overpriced mediocre to bad food. Last visited about 6 months ago and decided not to return until they refurbish the whole place and change management. Here are other suggestions:

One of the most famous waterfront restaurants in Miami with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and downtown skyline is Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne. It's about a 15 minute ride from downtown Miami. Can't beat the view of Miami from the Rusty Pelican. Not cheap, but you're not gonna find too many good waterfront restaurants in Miami that are inexpensive. This restaurant matches the criteria you requested in your post. Great seafood, great view of the bay with boat traffic, spectacular view of the city skyline, etc.

Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse in South Beach. They have outside tables in the rear and it's located right next to Government Cut, the main commercial channel into the Port of Miami.

Not even many local people know about this place, but it's right on the water with an outdoor restaurant next to Biscayne Bay. It's the Lido Bayside Grill at the Standard Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach, located at 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach. You can search it in Google.

As previously suggested by others, Monty's in Miami Beach and the one in Coconut Grove have marinas adjacent to them, but not a lot of boat traffic at the one in the Grove. Food is okay, but not nearly as good as the other places on this list.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio, the famous Peruvian chef's restaurant is waterfront with a beautiful view of Brickell Ave skyline. Located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key, very close to downtown Miami. There are outdoor tables right next to the bay.

Crazy About You - In the Brickell area right on the bay. Some outside seating, but reserve with time.

On the bank of the Miami River, there are a number of popular waterfront restaurants. This area has been renovated within the last 5-10 years and some very good restaurants have set up shop here. Look up American Social (vibrant party scene on weekends), Seaspice, IL Gabianno Italian, El Cielo. Check online for prices and reservations. Some of these are more exclusive and expensive than the others.

Cipriani Italian on Brickell Point is next to the Miami River entrance, although it doesn't have outside seating.

Have a great time and thanks for visiting our city.
all good stuff

Casablanca on the bay next to your hotel or on the one on miami river
The wharf
Wynwood is nice as well
Calle 8 has some nice bars


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Great suggestions. Only thing ill add i believe stone crab season is over so Joes might not be a good choice. I give you another one. Kiki's on the river has the best greek food in town. Seafood is outstanding. The view and ambiance in the place is great. And it has a nice bar you can have drinks at after dinner. Nice eye candy too and not touristy.
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Sit it traffic on the causeway to SOBE on a Saturday night. Sit in traffic trying to get on Ocean Drive in SOBE on a Sat night. Sit in traffic on NW 36th street from Doral to/from MIA any weekday morning or evening. There's also Sawgrass Mills and Dolphin Mall.
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How did no one recommend Tootsies?
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I would take them to a decent Cuban restaurant for a real Miami experience. Versailles, Isla Canarias, La Carreta are a few that come to mind. If you really want to slum it but have a interesting time, go to El Palacio de los Jugos and order up some food and juice and sit at a picnic table and mingle with the locals.
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Awesome info from everyone - thanks! I feel like Miami is one of those places you can get suckered into a not very good experience so some local knowledge is really helpful. I'll have a look at a few of these today and pick a couple. We're here till Thursday so we can sample more than one.

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La Mar by Gaston Acurio, the famous Peruvian chef's restaurant is waterfront with a beautiful view of Brickell Ave skyline.
Is that the same as the La Mar in San Francisco down on the waterfront? I've been there a couple of times and absolutely loved it - fantastic food.
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Originally Posted by joediaz View Post

One of the most famous waterfront restaurants in Miami with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and downtown skyline is Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne. It's about a 15 minute ride from downtown Miami. Can't beat the view of Miami from the Rusty Pelican. Not cheap, but you're not gonna find too many good waterfront restaurants in Miami that are inexpensive. This restaurant matches the criteria you requested in your post. Great seafood, great view of the bay with boat traffic, spectacular view of the city skyline, etc.

Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse in South Beach. They have outside tables in the rear and it's located right next to Government Cut, the main commercial channel into the Port of Miami.
UM takes all of their football recruits and their families there. I've never seen a negative comment on either of these places. Go 'CANES!!!
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Avoid Joe’s - stone crab season is closed so your party won’t get an authentic experience.

Rusty Pelican is ok however NOT the “Miami Experience” you seek.

Smith and Wollensky is good for brunch so you can enjoy the view. I would not go in the evening though.

Crazy About You in Brickell is a nice option. You can go in the early evening before it's dark out.

Cantina la 20 also in Brickell has a nice "miami" vibe.

Now if you want a truly authentic Miami experience: Dinner at Prime 112 then Eleven for drinks or you can go to the SLS for dinner and drinks.

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Originally Posted by Leeroyjenkins View Post
How did no one recommend Tootsies?
Well, Eleven is a short stroll from his hotel.

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