South Beach
Van Dyke Cafe
846 Lincoln Rd., at Jefferson Ave., tel.305-534-3600
This cafe's shaded terrace protects espresso-sipping patrons from the sun while they take in all the action on Lincoln Road.

South Beach Brasserie
910 Lincoln Rd., at Jefferson Ave., tel.305-534-5511
The South Beach Brasserie boasts a very warm and elegant decor. The menu features American and international fare, including beef, pasta, fish and seafood dishes.

Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant
11 Washington Ave., tel.305-673-0365
Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant is a Miami institution. Its menu features a variety of fish and seafood offerings besides its famous stone crab, including shrimp, oysters, salmon and lobster.

A Fish Called Avalon
700 Ocean Dr., tel.305-532-1727
Located in the culinary epicentre of Ocean Drive, A Fish Called Avalon attracts a steady crowd of satisfied regulars and tourists with its delicious fish and seafood.

Central and North Miami Beach
Cafe Avanti
732 41st St., tel.305-538-4400
With its quiet, low-key ambiance, this Italian restaurant is perfect for a quiet romantic dinner away from the lively South Beach scene. The refined cuisine is prepared with obvious care.

The Forge
432 41st St., between Royal Palm Ave. and Sheridan Ave., tel.305-538-8533
You may think you've stepped into a Mafia film set upon entering The Forge. The restaurant's cuisine more than lives up to the sumptuous decor, and we highly recommend the huge juicy steaks.

Coral Gables
Restaurant St. Michel
162 Alcazar Ave., at Ponce de León Blvd., tel.305-444-1666
Restaurant St. Michel boasts a beautiful, cozy antique decor. The place is renowned for the quality of its New American French-inspired cuisine.

Coconut Grove
Café Tu Tu Tango
CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., tel.305-529-2222
The friendly staff at Café Tu Tu Tango will be delighted to help you choose among the many rather eclectic dishes that feature on the restaurant's menu.

North of Miami
Le Méridien, 18683 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, tel.305-503-6011
Part of a reputed international chain of restaurants, BiCE serves rich and savoury authentic Milanese cuisine. Its menu also features a few "Americanized" variations that are fortunately worthy of classic Italian fare.

Sugar Reef
600 N Surf Rd., between New York St. and Filmore St., tel.954-922-1119
Truly interesting restaurants are few and far between on Hollywood's Broadwalk. One notable exception is the Sugar Reef, where you can enjoy a healthy salad or a tasty tuna sandwich for lunch.