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I have not been to these places (I have been to other places owned by Mark Militello from Mark's), so don't know. I doubt any of these places are contintental or have old world lists. Mark's is certainly not.

South Beach is not really the best spot for what it sounds like you are looking for. Maybe Emilio or Miami Atty have some thoughts. La Vielle Maison in Boca would be perfect for you, but is quite far from where you will be.
Purple Teeth,

Jcocktosten is right about South Beach not being the best spot for what you're looking for. There are a lot of excellent restaurants on South Beach but it's not the place to be for continental cuisine and old world wine lists. You can find some great eclectic menus or 'Floribbean' menus as they are called here or I could recommend a good Italian or Argentine restaurant that would have very good wine lists. To get a good continental restaurant with an old world wine list you'll need a car and need to be willing to drive about 30 minutes. Smile

Are you coming for the South Beach Food and Wine Festival?

If you haven't been to South Beach in the last 5 years you might not recognize it. There has been a lot of transition but there are some very good restaurants now. Mark's is excellent as is Nobu, Duo, Prime One twelve and one of the best kept secrets is AltaMar.

The problem with Joe's is that unless you're a well known celebrity or athlete they make you wait (sometimes hours) to get in and it's really not worth the bother.
Purple Teeth,

We visited South Beach for the first time last month, and did the usual "pre-trip" research. We stayed at The Nash Hotel, and Mark's South Beach restaurant is located in the hotel. We had previously decided to eat there, sheer co-incidence we stayed there too. Very good meal, very good wine list. We had a Martinelli Sauvignon Blanc. The wine list wasn't long, but certainly adequate.

FWIW - For an "adult trip" where the wife will wear clothing she won't wear in the hometown area,etc., I'd go to Vegas 10 out of 10 times.
Thanks to everybody for their comments. We ended up eating at Mark’s South Beach.

The wine list was a bit thin, but we settled on a bottle of Pouilly Fuisse. My wife and I shared a delicious tuna tartare with avocado and cucumber as an appetizer. We also shared a tasty Arugula salad with roasted peppers, parmesan, capers and balsamic vinaigrette.

For entrees, I had stripped bass served on a bed of green and yellow squash noodles. The wife ordered Pampano with a herbed butter shrimp sauce – a truly superb dish.

The atmosphere was pleasant, dark and relaxed. The service was adequate. The bill including tip was about $200. All and all a pleasant enough experience. Good food, imaginatively prepared, in a pleasant atmosphere. My only complaint – it was cold enough to hang beef in that place! Not only a bit uncomfortable but it cooled the entrees rapidly.

Save for the frigid temperature, Mark's South Beach is a dining experience I would recommend to others.
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Of course all the 'commercial' answers for SoBe dining because SoBe dining IS commercial for the most part. However I would guess even a lot of locals haven't been to or even heard of AltaMar which I recommended. As far as Casa Tua is concerned I wouldn't recommend it on 2 counts. First is that it's Italian and it really wasn't what PT was looking for and the second is that it is overpriced.

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