La Sirenuse

9011 Collins Ave.
Surfside, FL 33154
786-482-2280
Critics' Pick
La Sirenuse

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Details

  • Breakfast daily 7 to 11 a.m.; lunch daily noon to 3 p.m.; dinner daily 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local ingredients, Wheelchair accessible, Full service bar, Business Dining, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Water View, Wifi Access
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking, Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended
Located inside the historic Surf Club, this Positano transplant exudes the grace and elegance of a bygone era. The meal begins when a server wearing white gloves and a jacket with gold epaulets appears tableside holding a silver tray. On it sit two demitasses with rims powdered red by dehydrated tomato. Narrow crackers stacked with opaque red flesh balance on the cups' rims. "Tuna tartare," the server explains before pouring a cold lemon-and-tuna-infused broth into each cup. The fish's essence and bright citrus jolt you awake like a bucket of ice water. The place was envisioned in the 1920s by tire tycoon Harvey Firestone as a glitzy refuge for the early 20th Century's 1 percenters. It opened New Year's Eve 1930 and soon became a favorite for celebrities and the global elite looking to hide from the prying eye of Prohibition, which was repealed in 1933. The duke and duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra all strolled its yawning hallways. Today, chef Antonio Mermolia blends some classics of his Southern Italian heritage, such as a rich, sweet eggplant parmigiana, with ingenious Mediterranean creations such as a forest of vegetables plated with thin apple slices, skinned cucumber spears, and crisp greens soaked in ice water along with an orb of lemon sorbet that does double duty as a palate cleanser and dressing. La Sirenuse will surely help Surfside become the area's most sought-after culinary destination.

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