But here's the real kicker: Though budget dining generally implies a matching budget décor, Crazy About You is lovely in a more upscale manner than prices suggest. The location in the Mark Building on Brickell Bay Drive is off the street and out of sight, which might explain why prior venues here failed (the first occupant was the hallowed La Broche; the last was Mendoza). This time around, it seems word of mouth is helping folks find the place.

Guests enter through a warm, casual, and pretty lounge with a full-service bar and a cohesive mix of couches, beanbag chairs, high-top tables, and coffee tables, all spaced in little nooks here and there. A sleek, glassed-in wine rack takes up one wall.

The house wine is $14, but there are also dozens of more sophisticated and well-priced selections. Bottled beers such as Stella and Mahou go for $6.

Crazy About You's miso-glazed orange roughy. View more photos.
Crazy About You's miso-glazed orange roughy. View more photos.

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Crazy About You

1155 Brickell Bay Drive
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Portuguese

Region: Central Dade

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Crazy About You

305-377-4442
crazyaboutyourestaurant.com

Lunch and dinner Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday noon to midnight.

Choice of appetizer included with each entrée:
Mojo-roasted half-chicken $15.75
Petite pork osso buco $19.75
Veal churrasco with shoestring fries $23.75
Miso-glazed orange roughy $23.75
Cappuccino flan $2.50

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Once you pass through the lounge, a podium appears, behind which affable hostesses (some in short black miniskirts; think Lolita, not Dolores) greet you. Black-and-white murals of palatial Italian rooms blend with warm woods in the stylish dining room, which is stocked with plush white leather chairs and wrapped by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay. Tables on the terrace beckon with the same view and a breezier setting.

The young service staff isn't exactly polished, but it gets the job done in genial fashion. On one occasion, our waiter was right on top of everything, while other workers smoothly hustled through the crowded room. (Note to restaurateurs who charge double these prices: The place was crowded even on a Monday evening.) A smiling manager also swept by quickly and unobtrusively to see that all was well.

I'm crazy about that amiable attitude, crazy about the ambiance, crazy about some of the freshly prepared cuisine, and, most of all, crazy about the concept of giving diners a fair shake.

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Sarah L Dotson84
Sarah L Dotson84

I was so let down with the service at this place! The hostess was rude to us, and it took forever for us to get sat...and then it took a good 20 minutes to get greeted and served. It was so loud on the patio that we moved inside...except it was full to the brim with drunken, large parties of people. The food was mediocre and the service was terrible. Nice concept for a restaurant though.

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Riki
Riki

I 100% agree, Not Crazy About This Place. My girlfriends and I had an awful experience here. The food was so-so and the service was arguably the worst I've ever experienced in Miami in nearly a decade. Osso bucco with barbecue sauce? Blasphemy! I'll never return.

Not Crazy about this Place
Not Crazy about this Place

This is the first time I 100% disagree with a review by Lee Klein. I visited this restaurant on a Friday night and it was loud, full of drunken dinners, and the food seemed to come off a plastic tray of Lean Cuisine (or worse, Hungryman). The sauces were clearly not fresh, and the salad I had, the spinach, goat cheese, butternut squash, was barely edible. The only thing it was "spiked with" was flat, uninteresting flavor. Sure, the prices are fine, but I'd much rather spend my $15.75 for a pizza at Harry's or a salad at Gigi. The face that this restaurant was packed on a Monday night only proves that Miami has a long way to go in its path to discovering a true palate.

Lee
Lee

They serve pork with barbecue sauce, and they call it "pork osso bucco," but it is not osso bucco. I find that barbecue sauce actually goes pretty well with pork.

 
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