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No doubt, 2020 has b*tch-slapped the restaurant industry. More than 8 million restaurant employees were laid off or furloughed, and the industry lost $235 billion in sales between March and November. 

Mandolin Aegean Bistro - Greek/Turkish - Miami

Miami's Design District has always been a hot-bed for some of the city's best authentic dining experiences. Mandolin Aegean Bistro is no exception ... 

Exterior Entrance

Describe the restaurant in three words: 

Authentic, Inviting, Romantic

Solo dining rating:


Parking can be a little tricky if you don't know the area. I saved a few dollars and managed to snag a spot on a side street. In the Design District, however, there is a parking garage. Across the street from the restaurant you can also use the $5 valet lot. 

Can you eat at the bar? 

No. There's no bar seating at this restaurant, nor is there any hard liquor.  It is designed to be a gathering spot for friends and family. There are many large tables for six or more outside in the beautiful courtyard, and a few large tables in the very cozy interior. That being said, you must make reservations for this restaurant or you may end up enjoying your dinner in a cute, albeit small, spot at the entrance of the restaurant.  

Interior Waiting Area
What to wear:
For the dinner seating, Mandolin Aegean Bistro is not a shorts and T-shirt type of restaurant. It is by no means snobby, but the diners were dressed nicely in typical Florida Chic attire; most women wore heels and dresses or slacks, the men were comfortable in button down collard shirts There were a few suits and ties in the crowd, but they were mainly the exception and not the rule.

People watching/entertainment/atmosphere rating:

Exterior Patio Dining

Organic/Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly
Vegetarian and Vegan items are on the menu. I would be remiss if I didn't mention their fantastic herb garden.  There's an abundance of farm fresh ingredients growing in the restaurant's backyard garden; that's what I call farm to table! 

Herb Garden