Chef Willy Hernandez is an international man through and through—and the evidence can be tasted at Zielo Restaurant. His Dominican Republic heritage presents itself in the Caribbean-steeped trio ceviche, with shrimp, whitefish, and coconut-ginger tuna, or the ahi tuna tartare, served over a plantain nest. But influences from Asia, Italy, and France weave their way into the dinner entrees, resulting in such dishes as truffle-infused risotto. And the time Chef Hernandez spent in New York while training in the William's Culinary Institute also gets some face time with the cowboy ribeye and rack of lamb dressed in mustard sauce.
Guests pair this culinary voyage with sips of wines curated by general manager Ervin Machado, a sommelier and wine judge. The deep red of a Louis Martini cabernet sauvignon or Charles Krug pinot noir pops amid the predominantly ivory color scheme, joining the russet tones of the leather-bound volumes upon backlit bookshelves. Calculated swathes of cobalt add another dimension throughout the restaurant, resurfacing on water glasses, lampshades, the front of the bar, and the faces of those competing in breath-holding competitions.
From its perch inside Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Lighthouse Cafe's wooden patio overlooks a mile of Atlantic shoreline. In the distance stands the Cape Florida Lighthouse, Dade County's oldest manmade structure. The landscape and salty sea breezes complement the open-air restaurant's seafood-stocked lunch menu, which is served until sundown. Dishes range from salmon burgers and fish fingers to fried cuts of red snapper or hog snapper, which often leap out of the water to attack passing piglets.
The catch that gets the most attention in the Lighthouse Cafe kitchen is shrimp, which is tossed in asopado, spiced up creole style, served in ceviche, or, for breakfast, stuffed into an omelet. Breakfasts at Lighthouse Cafe include traditional items like ham and cheese omelets and french toast, as well as cups of café con leche and cuban coffee.
Fresh fare can be found at The Fish House, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. Dieters beware — The Fish House does not offer low-fat cuisine. Toast your evening out at The Fish House with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. Families will feel right at home at The Fish House with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. A great space for entertaining large parties, consider reserving the private room at The Fish House for your next big event. Wifi is on the house at The Fish House, so you can stay connected on your mobile device. The Fish House's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Reservations are not accepted at The Fish House, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours. No need to gussy up for a trip to The Fish House, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. Or, take your grub to-go. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — The Fish House offers catering.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
The menu at The Fish House is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Fresh fare can be found at Rock Fish Grill, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Ready for a drink to unwind? At Rock Fish Grill, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Rock Fish Grill. Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Rock Fish Grill's wifi.
Rock Fish Grill does not accept reservations, so it doesn't hurt to be fashionably early. Jeans are just right for a meal at Rock Fish Grill, which embraces a casual vibe. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Rock Fish Grill as well. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Rock Fish Grill's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
For easy dining, Rock Fish Grill provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Rock Fish Grill's moderately priced fare. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Rock Fish Grill serves up all three meals.
Though it's one of the more popular menu items at Catch of the Day, the only constant on the Catch's fish sandwich is a layer of grilled onions. Otherwise, its contents shift based on the kitchen's supply of fresh fish and the guest's preparation preference: grilled, blackened, or fried. This unpredictable dish sits beside shrimp wraps and Black Angus burgers on the seafood restaurant's expansive menu. The pages also gather shellfish, fillets, pastas, steaks, and housemade soups along with internationally inspired dishes such as paella and ceviche.
At both locations, Catch of the Day's atmosphere matches its oceanic eats. Nautical decor spread throughout the space includes underwater murals, hanging lifesavers, Captain Nemo, and suspended models of swimming fish. Happy hour unleashes a slew of specials at the bar, and live entertainment frequently sets meals against a musical backdrop.
Tutto's Mare chef Juca Oliveira draws on his own life experiences to craft his menu of international fusion cuisine. Inspired by his childhood in Brazil, he crafts escondidinho de camarão—shrimp creole layered with yucca mash and baked in a wood-burning oven. Drawing on his Italian culinary training, he simmers classic pastas such as al dente black linguine and gnocchi with wine-mushroom sauce. From the cosmopolitan culture of Miami—his home for more than 20 years—he borrows still more eclectic tastes, from Japanese miso to Peruvian spices. He also gathers seafood, fresh fish, and Cordon Bleu–trained mermaid sous chefs fresh from the ocean.
A thick white column supports the high ceiling of Tutto Mare's bright and airy dining room, filled with sleek black tables or cream-colored banquettes. Patrons may also opt to sit at additional outdoor tables or stay inside to pluck utensils from the food-themed graphic art on the walls.