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Best Late-Night Dining Miami 2008 - Buena Vista Bistro

Buena Vista Bistro

Buena Vista Bistro

4582 NE 2nd Ave.

Miami, FL 33137


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Readers' Choice: Big Pink

"Labor of love" is a cliché, but it's an accurate description of this new neighborhood eatery, owned by a charming May/December married couple: Callie Postel, who runs the front of the house, and her husband Claude (who had several restaurants in Quebec before relocating to Miami), who helms the kitchen, cooking up evocative French comfort food (plus a few Italian dishes) with a smile. Diners get huge portions of honest fare (starters such as rillettes du mans, a rustic pâté-like spread served with cornichons, Dijon mustard, and crusty bread; and full entrées including moist-centered roast salmon with ratatouille), at minuscule prices (starters $5 to $8, most entrées $8 to $14). But even better are the hours: seven days a week 11 a.m. to midnight. On weeknights, that's pretty late even for SoBe, and it's plenty late for midtown dining after catching a show at the performing arts center, a game at the arena, or some art exhibits on gallery night. This bistro fits the classic French definition: a convivial neighborhood place where folks can drop in for a glass of wine and a bite to eat any day at all hours.

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This place truly is a fantastic bistro. Having lived in Europe I can not say I have seen one more authentic than this! Keep it up! And Claude is a fantastic cook. If you skip the Chocolate mousse you don't know what you did to yourself!