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“Not your Ordinary SoBe Bar” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Clarke's - CLOSED

Clarke's
840 First St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Pointe)
(305) 538-9885
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Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Irish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Pointe
Albany, New York
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18 restaurant reviews
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“Not your Ordinary SoBe Bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Stopped in on Thursday night after a day of walking in the Art Deco section of South Beach. Our hostess seated us promptly and I noticed the ambiance was more relaxing not your typical hurry up and getem out tourist trap.

Sipped some Guinness while waiting for my steak sandwich which arrived in short order. I noticed the steak was cooked just right - not over or under done. Something in the sauce had a zip to it, might have been some peppers with the onioins. Either way it was tasty and hit the spot.

Clarke's is a great place to relax and unwind with some good food and good conversation and not feel like you were 'just a tourist.'

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Miami, FL
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“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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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
33 helpful votes 33 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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35 restaurant reviews
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“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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