Outbound flight plans forced me into a 7 hour layover in Miami's airport. Traded in a free rental day certificate, grabbed a rental car & headed to Joe's Stone Crab.
The layover timing was perfect. Only took about 20 minutes to get to the restaurant location (leaving airport at 10:30am on a Friday morning) and put us there just before they started lunch service. Bar was open & gladly served cocktails.
Getting there early is recommended. The place filled in very quickly between 11am & 11:30am.
Service was wonderful. All of the wait staff seemed cheerful and genuine when it came to wanting everyone to enjoy the experience.
There is a small outdoor patio area that was perfect for what we were expecting from Miami Beach... sunshine & umbrela covering for shade. Rough guess looking back puts the outdoor table count at/around 12 tables.
Street out front was undergoing serious repair work (November '12), response was that the work was to continue thru 1st quarter of 2013.
Inside seating options were a lively bar seating around a very large bar or lots of tables in multiple separated rooms.
Pricey.... couple of cocktails, bottle of wine, good size sampling of crab claws, two family style side dishes & desserts cost us just shy of two bills. Go without the wine & cocktails and you could probably do a very nice lunch for two at a reasonable price.... realize that this is Miami Beach and you're Joe's Stone Crab... location, location, location.
Would I go back? Yes, because it's not something I can get back home in central Illinois.
Would I go often if I could? No because of the price.
As an fyi... there is more of a deli style version of Joe's RIGHT NEXT DOOR. We did a walk thru on the way out & it seemed to be very popular as well. Prices were a bit more down to earth but the fare was more focused on sandwiches and such.
Made it back to the airport by 3pm & back thru security with time to spare.
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