The Dining Room, Miami Beach, Florida
Concierge.com's insider take:
Brothers Zack and Brian Lieberman—the duo behind popular Ola restaurant in Miami Beach—were looking to bring something with a more local vibe to South Beach's SoFi district when they opened this intimate restaurant in early 2011. The Lieberman family has deep ties to Miami; the brothers' grandmother was social director at the Fontainebleau back in its heyday. The Dining Room has a European café-style interior with Lieberman family photos on the walls and a vintage chandelier. There are only six outdoor tables on the café-packed block of Washington Street and another six tables indoors, so reserving your spot is a must. Inside, all tables face the postage stamp–size kitchen (little more than a set of gas burners and countertop space); miraculously, the tiny galley turns out dishes such as crispy braised pork with a tangy mustard sauce and grilled scallops wrapped in Serrano ham with a foie gras sherry sauce. Don't miss the baked Patagonia (dulce de leche ice-cream with Italian meringue and passion-fruit coulis) for a lovely Latin American dessert.—Terry Ward
Open Tuesday through Sunday 6 pm to 11 pm.