It’s really no wonder why the Zagat Guide rated Chophouse one of the top five restaurants in the United States or that The Miami New Times said it was “The Best Power Lunch” in the city. I had the pleasure of dining here last night, and I was absolutely blown away. The location sits in the heart of downtown, and with an exceptional outside dining area you have a crystal clear view of water, part of the skyline, and the beautiful people who frequent the bar. I came during dinner hour, so you had a mix of the business power crowd and attractive model types–a true Miami mix.
I haven’t had such a positive dining experience for about six months. It started out by two seats saved for us at a corner of the bar (near the TV just like I asked for because of the Cavs game), and being greeted by what I can only call a true bartender. This mixologist not only made the best drinks I’ve had in a while, but he came armored in true bartender fashion (two tattoos; one on each arm–a martini glass and a lemon drop) and well equipped with stories from fun nights on the town, his travels, and even educated us on the different types of liquor. This was a bartender experience I’ve only seen in movies! The service was unparalleled, with frequent check-ups to make sure we were satisfied, constant clean ups of the dining space, and explaining in detail about each item we were dining upon.
First to arrive at the bar was a surprise order from the server–two cocktail glasses filled with fresh seafood. The first held a king crab ceviche and the other carried a lump crab wasabi. When the server asked if I liked the lump crab wasabi, I replied yes, (and although I am not the biggest seafood lover, I actually liked it) and he told us it was a little recipe of his from home. I was very impressed and it gave me a feeling of a restaurant with a true passion for dining and where everybody has the ability to have an effect on the food. Next, the bone-in ribeye was given to my date and the butterflied filet to myself. The sides that accompanied them were assorted grilled vegetables, spinach and an AMAZING baked lobster mac & cheese–my personal favorite of the night, pairing perfectly with my filet. After dinner was cleared, they brought out a spectacular strawberry cheesecake. WOW!
I would sincerely recommend it to anyone looking for a dining experience that’s a step above the rest. The venue being extremely versatile offers different feels–from the New York steak house posh interior, to the secluded romantic corner booths, and finally the outside with its sexy big-city vibe.