For ultimate power lunching, Chef Scott Conant serves up an innovative menu inspired by Italy’s cucina rustica that focuses on a clean crisp flavors and farm-fresh ingredients. Conant strikes a perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication with standouts like his Spaghetti with Tomato & Basil and Creamy Polenta with a Fricasse of Truffled Mushrooms, Mediterranean Branzino, Spice Roasted Chicken and Bone-In Prime Aged Sirloin of Beef. Sweet treats to try, after striking a deal of course, include the Amedei Chocolate Cake and Mocha Swirl Cheesecake.
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.fontainebleau.com; 866.940.4512
This business hotspot seats 54 inside and spills out to a partially covered terrace where 106 seats allowing guests to power lunch by the shimmering bay or the glow of the downtown Miami skyline. Strong on flair and flavor, Café Sambal features a versatile, distinctive menu encompassing specialties from the east with an unparalleled sushi and sake menu. The menu offers many specialty items such as Mandarin Pad Thai, Mixed Seafood Tempura and Hibachi Skirt Steak. Scrumptious house-made desserts are also available in an impressive dessert case and can be enjoyed in the restaurant or packaged to go to take back to the office.
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami; 305.913.8386; www.mandarinoriental.com
Joe’s Stone Crab
For the past 98 years, Joe’s Stone Crab has hosted some of Miami’s greatest power players. The atmosphere, as described by Zagat, is an old city feel combined with a power scene. Make sure you get there early as reservations are not taking. On a beautiful day, which is often, strike a deal on the patio. Besides their famous stone crab, great picks include oysters, marinated grilled artichoke, coconut shrimp and key lime pie.
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305.673.0365
Located on the ground floor of W Fort Lauderdale, the 4,000 sq ft restaurant is situated oceanfront. It offers an invigorating and eclectic dining experience complete with genuine hospitality for those power lunching up north.
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale; 954.414.8333; opentable.com
Blue Door restaurant in South Beach, under the direction of restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow and renowned chef Claude Troisgros, provides refined modern French cuisine with Brazilian and global influences perfect for power lunching. Blue Door Terrace is the ideal place to dine alfresco – during the day while enjoying the warm ocean breeze, or at night under the brilliant stars.
685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305.674.6400; www.delano-hotel.com