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“The Beach's Best - Approved by Locals!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Clarke's

Clarke's
840 First St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Pointe)
(305) 538-9885
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Ranked #286 of 811 restaurants in Miami Beach
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Irish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Pointe
Miami, FL
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“The Beach's Best - Approved by Locals!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

If it were at all possible to keep this restaurant/pub all to ourselves, as locals, we would. It's THAT good.

Because Clarke's is an unassuming little spot on an unassuming little street several blocks away from Ocean Drive and well away from the typical tourist traps, a lot of people miss it. But that's exactly what makes it awesome.

When you walk in, it's traditional Irish Pub decor with the rich wood bar that wraps around one whole side of the restaurant. The other side is cafe tables and booths - but it's a small place - 30 tables max. The staff is excellent (a rarity on Miami Beach), attentive, helpful, always willing to accommodate special requests.

Most importantly - the food is OUTSTANDING. Every dish, every time. The Shepherd's Pie is authentic and delicious, the truffled mac-n-cheese is piping hot and topped with an irresistible crumb topping, the skirt steak is perfectly cooked and seasoned, Irish Spring Rolls are crisp and filled with a heavenly mix of mashed potatoes, cabbage, and corned beef. The burgers are amazing, fries are hand cut and yummy. You simply can't go wrong here.

But the REAL treat is brunch on Sundays. This is bar-none the best brunch in Miami from a food perspective. What Clarke's lacks in ocean views it more than makes up for with a Goat-Cheese and Herb omelet that is to die for, crisp chunky flavorful home fries, this chicken rosemary sausage that is delightfully surprising, and a vanilla french toast that makes all other french toast look like eggo waffles... seriously. Coffee is excellent, as are the mimosas. We're not bloody mary people - but have been told they're great too - slightly spicy. And, in the mornings during sunday brunch, it's so calm and quiet there, which is such a welcome reprieve from overcrowded south beach tourist restaurants.

Visited April 2012
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Tell Laura she's got a winner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

So full disclosure, I lived across the street and ate here at least 3 times a week - at least! Sunday brunch kicks butt - get the pancake that is the size of your head!

Visited July 2011
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Great food locally owned Wednesday night $25 lobster excellent.
Visit every time down from Indy love the staff!

Visited January 2012
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Keystone, Colorado
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Clarke's South of 5th on South Beach Bar”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

Clarke's was recommended by a local. Nice atmosphere and our waitress was polite and attentive. Nice modest selection of beers, both on tap and bottle.

We both had hamburgers, neither too special. I had their onion rings and they tasted liked they'd been deep fat fried in old oil. The sweet potato fries were much better.

Visited November 2011
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Glasgow
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great Find and Well Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

This is a small restaurant on First Street, which has some stools at the bar for anyone wanting a drink although you can also eat at the bar.

The atmosphere and service within the restaurant was very good.

The food was excellent and great value for money.

Can find no fault with the establishment and would highly recommend.

  • Visited November 2011
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    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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