Located inside the new Iberostar Berkeley Hotel, previously the Berkeley Shore Hotel, in South Beach, the restaurant churns out doughy popovers, large seafood displays, and a selection of beef.
The restaurant seats more than 150 guests inside a sleek white dining room right off the lobby and on a lushly landscaped patio with a direct view of Collins Avenue. The space also has an intimate backyard with communal seating for larger parties.
Highlights of Torres' new plates include snapper crudo drizzled with ají amarillo ($18), mini steak tartare tacos ($18), foie gras empanadas where truffle shiitake vinaigrette oozes from a warm and doughy shell ($21), and uni toast, presented on a wooden tray with four servings of sea urchin and slices of Zak the Baker bread ($22).
When the steakhouse, formerly located inside the Betsy Hotel, shuttered in May 2016, there was no word if it would relocate or reopen. After the restaurant's closure, the space was transformed into LT Steak & Seafood, a similar surf-and-turf eatery with a greater focus on fish. For more than a year, BLT Steak has worked on plans to reopen, but management wanted to find the right location. According to BLT's reps, the Iberostar team approached them with a proposal to restore the Berkeley Hotel and make the steakhouse one of its main restaurants.
BLT Steak. 1610 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-605-0819; bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/miami. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Sunday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.