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Best Bistro Miami 2007 - Mama Lila's Bistro

In France, a bistro is a homey (and often family-run) everyday eating/drinking place, serving down-to-earth fare at prices that match. Unfortunately le bistrot has lost a lot more in translation than the final "t." Today's American bistros can be almost anything, including pretentious and pricey. At the three Valderrama sisters' friendly neighborhood place, however, the "bistro" part of the name is as genuine as Mama Lila (their Peruvian grandmother, and inspiration). In the kitchen, head chef Elisa and sous chef Lili turn out honest, eclectic fare that's basically contemporary American, with influences from the Mediterranean, Asia, and Mama L. Standout dishes include jalapeño, chicken, and cheddar soup ($3.95/5.95); and Lila's chicken salad, a succulent, nut-crusted chicken breast sliced on a mix of greens, grapes, and muenster cheese, with a tangy-sweet onion dressing ($9.95). In all dishes, everything is house-made, from the imaginative salad dressings to the luscious mayo on the sandwiches. And you get a lot of food for little money. Out front, sister Rosa's welcome makes everyone feel like regulars, and something from the small but thoughtfully selected and well-priced wine list induces a similar warm glow. French it's not, but a real bistro it is.
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China
China

Mama Lila's is just delightful and an anomaly in terms of quality matched with affordability. Shrimp and burgers grilled on lava rocks, generous salads, and of course, my perpetual fantasy of being hooked up to an IV of the golden calabash soup they made last winter. My only criticism is that the menu can get a little boring if you plan on eating there on a weeklky basis. At least its consistently delicious!

Theresa
Theresa

We all know you wrote all these. Like that many people post comments on one restaurant and all within the same few days??? Come on now. Give it a rest.

Anonymous
Anonymous

When you eat at Mama Lia's is like eating gourmet comfort food!

Ed Schwartz
Ed Schwartz

I'm glad I discovered Mama Lila's so soon after they moved to the Gables. The Valderrama sisters' creativity and versatility make every meal special. They have a knack for making visitors feel like family.

Maria Elena Diaz de Villegas
Maria Elena Diaz de Villegas

What a treat to eat anything at Mama Lila's! the gourmet quality of the food, the personal service and those home made desserts!!! We are lucky to have you in the Gables.

Brian Arena
Brian Arena

I was given a gift certificate to Mama Lila's but had no idea that it would be so good. The stuffed mushroom cap appetizer was incredible, as was the pasta dish I had. My friends and I have this on our favorites list and will be celbrating a birthday there soon. It is a wonderful treat to have this Bistro in Coral Gables.

Martin and Aleida
Martin and Aleida

From the moment you walk in and Rosa greets you to the truly wonderful food prepared by Elisa and Lili, each visit has always been a treat. Our most sincere congratulations!!!

Elisa
Elisa

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, to The New Times and to the lovely customers who commented. I wake up everyday excited about what soup I'me going to make, and it makes me all tingly to know other people get excited about it too. A toast to creamy soups, medium-rare BBQ burgers, flourless cakes, and my three beautiful sisters who inspire me daily.

Sally
Sally

I love that I can walk to the restaurant and enjoy a great meal. I don't eat out often, to date, I have been there only one time but enjoyed a tasty and healthy meal and am planning my next visit. The personal service was unrivaled and complimented the great tasting, affordable meal.

The Blockheads
The Blockheads

We love to go to Mama Lila's and we are so glad that it is getting this much deserved recognition from the New Times! Keep up the wonderful bistro feeling and those delicious dishes.

Letitia & Glenn
Letitia & Glenn

We have eaten at Mama Lila's at least 25 times, and have always enjoyed wonderful food! Rosa is the perfect hostess ~ we love it!

Roger & Joann Soman
Roger & Joann Soman

Rosa, better order more of "that Chardonnay" that Roberta Valderrama helps herself to. I just made reservations and my party and I are planning to arrive hungry ... and thirsty!

Tere
Tere

Congrats, ladies! Well deserved!

Mia Capanna
Mia Capanna

This is my favorite place in all of Miami. The food is incredible, the service is stellar. I wish there was one like it in L.A. I can't recommend it highly enough. So tasty!!!!!

Miriam
Miriam

Tried it for the first time last week and loved it. Will definitely return with friends to enjoy the charming ambiance and excellent food and service.

Angela
Angela

Anything these women do is genuine and full of heart and soul. How could there place be anything but the best?

Roberta Valderrama
Roberta Valderrama

Best Bistro run by the best three sisters I've ever known, and I know sisters. I'm counting the days to get back to Miami to eat me some of Elisa's fettucine alfredo and any of her soups, and let's not forget Lili's spicy Peruvian pepper tapenade....mmmm...scrumdidliumptious. And Rosa, save me a bottle of that Chardonnay I'm always helping myself to so I can better perform my duties as official taste tester of the family. I'm so proud of all of you!!

Annette & Carlos Iraola
Annette & Carlos Iraola

Mama Lila's has it all...great location, inviting charm, one-of-a-kind service & DELICIOUS food! You are guaranteed to LOVE it & keep going back!

Biff Nugent
Biff Nugent

My wife and I been dining at Mama Lila's since it opened late last year and it always delivers fine food, great hospitality, and the charm of the Valderrama sisters. It's been on our weekly "must do list" since then." Be sure to order the soup of the day!"

Roger & Joann Soman
Roger & Joann Soman

Mama Lila's Bistro is a TREAT... I suggest you treat yourself soon. While you're at it - bring some one with you and treat them too!

Rosa
Rosa

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! What an increadible honor! You like us... you really like us!

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