100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
Located at the multi-level lobby of the hotel InterContinental in downtown Miami, Toro Toro (double for bull in Spanish) brings that Latin American flavor dear to South Florida to locals and visitors. Wrought iron and leather mixed with the glass and stainless steel surroundings make the perfect setting for a business lunch. The location is ideal if you have clients staying in the hotel or for businesses located in the financial district of Brickell Avenue all the way to the Downtown Omni area. Easily reachable and friendly valet service are two extra perks to meet your clients and enjoy some arepas (voted best by locals).
Swine Southern Table & Bar
2514 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Don’t let the declaration of love to the hog and the porcine species drag you out of contest. Take your business partners upstairs before dinner and let your self be cradled by bartender aka master-in-command of the barn. Barrel-aged signature cocktails, a full bar, beers and sparkles will be the perfect background of a new venture discussion, not to mention, staying over for a celebratory dinner based on all things swine.
4385 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
If you want to capture and allure your prospects with drinks and “cicchetti,” the name used in Veneto, Italy for small finger food, then the place to allure the palate is Cecconi’s. Ducked in the garden of Soho Beach House and surrounded by some local flora, you will have to concentrate just on conversation and leave the rest to the sophisticated ambiance and sublime service.
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Cipriani Downtown Miami
465 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131
The Roaring Twenties, Harry’s Bar, Truman Capote and the worldwide famous dry martini all come to the popular imagination when hearing Cipriani. After setting its landmarks in Venice and New York, the expansion continued to the most exclusive destinations in Spain and Turkey to finally set foot in Miami. Arm yourself with the name of the hostess who takes reservations or be proactive and when you know you have clients in town or a business to close, blindly reserve to be in the right place at the right moment. The experience will be worth an Instagram snapshot.
The Cypress Room
3620 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
You open the understated door and you enter into a small venue where old fashioned, all-men private club meets a sophisticated French brasserie. Nothing is left to the chance, even the mismatched China is exquisitely chosen. When it comes to “The Beverage Book,” you know you are down for serious business, not for the faint at heart. The Cypress Room’s barrel-aged cocktails are not to be missed. Come here for your next business meeting.
A resident of South Beach for 16 years, Francesca Belluomini has long been an iconic presence on the local nightlife scene. Raised and educated in Tuscany, Italy, she has also lived in two fashion capitols, Milan and London. She writes about all fashions in Miami. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.