Area 31 Terrace The views from the terrace where Area31 is located cannot be beat – but neither can the restaurant’s commitment to good food! The name of the restaurant pays homage to Fishing Area 31, which is a zone that has been designated as a sustainable fishery by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Area31 supports sustainable cooking, like using herbs from their on-site herb garden. Talk about fresh. The restaurant is located on the 16th floor of The Kimpton EPIC Hotel, located in downtown Miami. That means beautiful views of downtown, Biscayne Bay and Brickell Key. The open-air restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as seafood and such to the sunbathers on the hotel’s pool deck. The ceviche and yucca fries are must haves on the appetizer menu. Mushroom risotto, pork belly, and crab cakes are favorite main courses. And of course, the molten lava cake is an obvious dessert choice. Area31 tends to fill up for happy hour…in a good way. The restaurant draws an elegant crowd in appreciation of quality cocktails with a view.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131 area31restaurant.com
Baoli Baoli has a strong commitment to sophistication and secured its name in the haute cuisine world with its first location in the French Riviera. Baoli Miami offers a similar ambiance, merged with the feeling of a trendy bar scene.
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1906 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 baolimiami.com
The extensive menu is made up of Mediterranean and sushi fare. It would be impossible to try everything of interest in one visit, but luckily sharing small plates is encouraged within the social atmosphere. Executive Chef Gustavo Vertone uses fresh ingredients that are local to South Florida, while calling upon traditional recipes from countries like France, Italy, and Spain. Key menu items include golden lobster tempura, Saikyo miso sea bass, and the Thai wok fried wagyu beef.