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Symcha's - Closed

22 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 | South Beach | 305-604-0000

Location Description:

Across the street from Joe's Stone Crab in SoFi, Symcha's would be a fabulous spot for a casual dinner with friends if the prices were more within reach. The sectioned dining area exudes warmth and rustic elegance, with wooden planked floors and thickly beamed ceilings. Chandeliers create a cozy glow against walls made of inlaid stone, reminiscent of a fancy European ski lodge. Taupe-linen-backed chairs and rich brocade banquettes packed with pillows are both attractive and comfortable. It's a room that makes you want to return often. A full bar offers signature cocktails such as a pear version of the classic Bellini ($14) and "Forever Young" ($16), made with an açaí spirit and blueberries. Wine by the glass is decently priced (most $10 to $12); whites hail from California, and reds offer a more global perspective. Executive chef Joshua Wahler, a Miami native who was "fired" by Gordon Ramsay on the third season of Hell's Kitchen, spent time at 5300 Chop House and Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi at the Catalina Hotel. He plates the food carefully, taking appropriate measures to ensure that pricey dishes exit the kitchen dressed to kill. Appetizers range from a seafood ceviche served atop a smooth slab of pink Himalayan salt ($16), to veal sweetbreads with minted guacamole ($22), a jumbo lump crab cake ($23), and cream of tomato soup ($12). Entrées are a bit overpriced, including a half-rack of lamb ($45), cachaça-marinated Chilean sea bass ($39), and veal osso buco braised in Chardonnay ($39). All of the produce and proteins are flawlessly sorted from places such as Tanglewood Farms and Sterling Silver Premium Beef. The food is satisfying enough, but Symcha's might not be not worth the wallet shock.

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  • Cuisine(s): American, Contemporary
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-0am
  • Price: $$$$
  • Serving: Dinner
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted, Recommended for Large Parties, Online Reservations Available
  • Parking: Lot Available, Meters, Valet
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party

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