112 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 532 8112
Concierge.com's insider take:
Detractors—probably those who've had to wait a long time in the bar even with a reservation—say this restaurant in the Browns Hotel is just a steak house. True, but what a steak house it is. The prime beef is spectacular and carefully cooked, as are all the sides, such as four-cheese truffle mac(aroni) and rum-baked sweet plantains (for 11 bucks, they should be baked in gold). Sometimes, the excess is really excessive: a one-pound Kobe beef burger for $30! But then, everything about the place is oversized—particularly the portions, which are enormous. Even though you practically have to take out a bank loan for dinner here, it's been mobbed, including a large celebrity contingent, since the day it opened in 2003. Some of the overflow is now going to Prime Italian, which opened across the street in late 2008. The menu is much the same, with the addition of pastas, pizzas, classic Italian dishes, and ridiculously large meatballs stuffed with cheese (101 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-695-8484).
Open Mondays through Thursdays noon to 3 pm and 5:30 to midnight, Fridays noon to 3 pm and 5:30 pm to 1 am, and Saturdays 5:30 pm to 1 am.
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