Oldies but goodies – Smith & Wollensky – 39 /50

We had other plans for Friday but given the bad weather we had to settle for an indoor place close to SoFi. Friends suggested Smith Wollensky Miami. Gosh, we weren’t entirely convinced of this being a good idea.

S&W opened in Miami Beach in 1997(!) but underwent a major renovation three years ago. Last time I went (about seven years ago 😂) it was packed with conventioneers and tourists and exuded the atmosphere of a stuffy yet crowded country club. Dress code strictly @BrooksBrothers.

But we overcame our initial doubts and had a really entertaining evening with a great group of people (see photo) and very good food!.

Atmosphere: located in South Pointe Park right on the water in a two-story colonial-style building it is always a pleasant sight for the eye. The interior remains very much classic Steakhouse with dark wood, leather and brass elements. Tables and booths are grouped around a central bar area. Not overly cozy, rather functional. 7/10

Crowd: mixed, on avg slightly older (>40), still a lot of khakis, polo shirts, even jackets 😅. The French call it BCBG – bon chic, bon genre. 6/10

Food: the starters (shrimps, lobster, soups, salads, marrow) all well-prepared, well-presented and far less “standard” than in my memories from the last visit. Steaks 🥩 absolutely outstanding (quality, seasoning, cooking & size). Same for desserts (choc & coco cakes). 9/10.

Drinks: outstanding wine list with 24 different champagne alone. Veuve Cliquot $145, Cristal 2008 $495. Same for cocktails and beers (>15). We had a good Prosecco $65 and mixed our own Rossini as – again – no Demisec. 8/10.

Service: great!! Mike managed a (split) party of 12 professionally & efficiently. Flexible, accommodating & attentive. 9/10

We had a great time!! Thank you @aquatunnel for making this happen 🙏💕👍⭐️🔜!!

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