Finding the Best Spots for Solo Dining in Miami and Fort Lauderdale

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Sea Watch on the Ocean - Seafood - Fort Lauderdale

A blustery weekend in South Florida blew me to the enclosed patio of Sea Watch on the Ocean which was selected in 2016 as the most scenic restaurant in the nation ....




CinéBistro @ CityPlace - American - Doral

Dining out alone does not have to be restricted to an actual restaurant! Why not treat yourself to dinner AND a movie! Did I find the perfect spot in Doral to do so?  Read all about my experience and find out ...




Describe the establishment in three words: 

Comfortable, Chic, and Alcohol 🍷🍸


Solo dining rating:
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Parking: 

If you've ever been to Dolphin Mall, you know you need to be prepared to drive in circles for a while trying to find a parking spot. There is, however, free valet parking for any guest with a ticket purchased on the same day. GREAT DEAL! Additionally, there is a large, free parking garage where you will more than likely have to drive up to the higher levels to find an open space.

Can you eat at the bar?

Yes, there is a very nice bar at CineBistro...most guests enjoy an adult beverage while waiting for the cinema doors to open. You can also eat at one at several hightops in the lounge which is very South Florida sexy and retro chic.

Fully Stocked Sexy Bar

Lounge Area

What to wear:

Smart Casual; it was a cool night in Doral, so everyone had on long pants and was covered in sweaters and jackets. It is not a casual establishment, but you don't have to dress for the typical SoFl night out.

People watching/entertainment/atmosphere rating:

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CinéBistro is a movie theater...so there's no people watching going on. The atmosphere inside the lounge and bar area is very much like any other cozy bistro; high-top tables, cozy white leather sofas and chairs, warm red walls and carpeting, and dazzling modern chandeliers. Inside the actual theater is intimate and comfortable. For the theater enthusiasts, it boasts 4k digital projection and 7.1 surround sound. I was quite cozy and eager to watch one of my pretend husbands, Liam Neeson, in The Commuter.


Organic/Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly
Yes; there are a few items to choose from, such as the BLT sandwich with Seared Salmon, Bianco Roll, Bacon, Arugula, Lemon Basil Dressing, Sliced Tomato & Sweet Tomato Jam, and a Kale Salad with Salted Almonds, Dried Cherries, Pickled Shallots, Sliced Radish, Pecorino Vinaigrette. There is not much in the way of gluten free items.

Ella's Cafe - American - Plantation

Oversized coffee mugs, mason jars, and old fashioned milk bottles are only a small portion of what makes this warm and fuzzy eatery a true escape from the madness of daily life. Learn more about Ella's Cafe ... 






Describe the restaurant in three words: 

Rustic, Cozy, Inviting



Solo dining rating:
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Parking: 

 Lots of free parking in the plaza.


Can you eat at the bar?

There is no bar at Ella's Cafe, however you don't need one. There are a limited number of small tables and chairs in this narrow eatery at which to enjoy your meal. 


What to wear:

Casual; anything from shorts to yoga pants.

People watching/entertainment/atmosphere rating:

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Ella's Cafe is busy enough to keep the people watching fresh and interesting. Everyone, especially the staff, is very friendly and ready with a quick smile. The clientele is a mixed bunch as far as age, ethnicity, and attire. There were a few small children at the cafe on the evening I visited, but they were not a distraction.

The cafe has a very rustic, somewhat European vibe. Exposed brick on one wall and deep green vines on the opposite wall. Lots of wood and metal used for the tables and chairs, and in the rear, two low-rise heavy wooden tables with thick, wooden stump stools. Add to that, a cosy sitting area to the very back of the cafe consisting of four soft comfy chairs and a large pastoral coffee table under the exposed industrial ceiling. The Indie music playing in the background was too loud for me, but other patrons did not seem to mind.


Organic/Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly
Yes; there are many choices from which to choose! There are several salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and pastries on display -- everything is delicious -- just dive in!

Ceviche Arigato - Peruvian/Japanese Fusion - Weston

Sometimes cool and cozy is just what you need! The Weston neighborhood gem Ceviche Arigato is the perfect spot to get a light bite, or a hearty serving of Peruvian/Asian fusion fare. Check it out!






Describe the restaurant in three words: 

Quite, Cozy, Consistent


Solo dining rating:
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Parking: 

The fact that this gem is housed in a strip mall means that there is ample FREE parking.


Can you eat at the bar?

Yes and No. There is a very small bar at Ceviche Arigato, however I have never seen anyone dine there. There is a big screen TV mounted on the wall above the bar for anyone interested, however it seems like the owners are the only ones who use that sitting space.  


What to wear:

Casual; T-shirts, jeans, etc.

People watching/entertainment rating:

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Organic/Vegan Friendly
Yes; there are many choices from which to choose! There are several soups, salads, tapas, and rolls on the menu that are sure to please even the pickiest pallets.

Palme d'Or - Contemporary French - Coral Gables

My solo dining experience took me to the beautiful historic Biltmore Hotel's French restaurant, Palme d'Or. With so much history, this hometown treasure lived up to all of my expectations.  


Amuse Bouche

Describe the restaurant in three words: 

Old World Charm


Solo dining rating:
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Parking: 

Valet parking fee of $18 
Tip: Ample free parking is available in The Biltmore Hotel parking lot; its a short walk to the restaurant.
Uber is easily accessible.


Can you eat at the bar?

No; there is no bar at which to dine in this restaurant. 

What to wear:

Many of the men wore jackets, and women were dressed nicely in warm sweaters and boots; it was a cold night and we know Floridians like to take out the 'winter wear' when the temperature drops to 65 degrees 😄

People watching/entertainment rating:

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The restaurant was not crowded at the time of my visit. The entertainment was minimal and consisted of very soft, almost inaudible background music. Many of the patrons were on the 'mature' side; younger diners were there in what appeared to be family gatherings. Lots of old-world charm, with old-school, suite and tie service. Give the staff bonus points for referring to me as Miss and not M'am!

Organic/Vegan Friendly
Yes; however, keep in mind that Palme d'Or only serves a pre-fix dining menu (no a la carte options). There may be items on the tasting menu that you are not be able to eat. I made my food allergy known at the time of the reservation booking, and was pleased when when my server acknowledged this and assured me that the chef was aware. Palme d'Or will prepare a Kosher meal with 48 hours notice. There are also gluten free options. Very nice!