Fontainebleau Hilton’s Michael Mina’s Stripsteak. by Ray Raposo

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View of the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel Miami Beach from the large pool area towards the iconic curved main building
The Fontainebleau’s classic lobby with iconic bow tie tiled floors and main entrance

While spending a weekend at Miami Beach’s most iconic hotel, the Fontainebleau Hilton, we had the pleasure of trying several of the eating establishments in the large complex. The property is almost a town all on its own. You certainly have a variety of 11 dining and drinking spots to keep your stomach and mouth satisfied. The hotel’s several pools are something to see and experience.

The Fontainebleau Hotel’s main large pool

Besides a large free form huge main pool, there’s an exclusive European pool, multiple dipping pools, an interactive children’s waterscape pool, 31 cabanas and extra function space near the ocean. The Lapis Spa offers every kind of treatment and private rooms, the fitness center with views of the pools is second to few. There are also some small exclusive boutiques you can visit. Of course there’s the sand and the Atlantic Ocean behind the facility waiting for you to take a warm dip. Also lets not forget there is the famous LIV Nightclub, an opulent club where DJs spin music late into the early Miami Beach morning that attracts locals, visitors as well as celebrities and VIPs.

Two of the restaurants inside the Fontainbleau Hilton when we’ve visited were Michael Mina’s Stripsteak and earlier, Michael Mina 74. Michael Mina is a well known San Francisco based restaurateur who also has Bourbon Steak in Aventura. His Michael Mina’s is a classic steakhouse. The other one, Michael Mina 74 restaurant, when open, is located down a winding staircase, to a bottom floor, near the main hotel lobby. I say when open because during the Summer season it’s been known to transform into Pizza & Burger – Michael’s Backyard Kitchen. Best to check the Hotel’s website listed below for all the current restaurants available in the hotel. 
Peg and Ray enjoying their meal
The current Michael Mina restaurant is Stripsteak. Located in the historic Chateau lobby, it his richly decorated with plush leather booths seating areas. The fine dining restaurant offers quality aged cuts, fresh seafood, and signature sides. It’s really is a classic American Steakhouse in the truest sense of the word, also featuring a fine seafood selection. 
From the steak side they offer filet mignon, veal chop, rib eye, and an 18 oz. Chateaubriand that will cost you $95.00. You’ll also see all kinds of seafood on the menu from oysters, scallops, clams, shrimp, and lobster, to salmon, halibut and tuna. The appetizers are a bit pricy with the salads priced a bit less. There are interesting sides including a delicious truffle mac & cheese, and a yam puree with fresh cheese. You can stay on a relative modest budget with Entrees in the $40s, or go crazy and order an Iranian Asetra Caviar that will set you back $295.00.
The other Michael Mina restaurant we visited while staying in the Fontainbleau for the weekend was Michael Mina 74. The first impression is that you walked into a sophisticated and old time grand New York establishment… dark with romantic low lighting. There’s a long bar near the entrance, numerous half-moon soft dark leather booths and several small tables as well, with an overall low ceiling. You might expect to see Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack palls of the 1960’s like Sammy Davis Jr. or Dean Martin hanging out in one of the restaurants booths or at the bar. 
They had a food cart with some items to entice you before you ordered. We stated with the cocktails, which were fine. Most of the food plates are small portions, with lots of savory items, and they all tasted absolutely fabulous. Likewise the desserts were very tasty and satisfying. The wait staff was attentive and friendly during our visit. The prices are typical of Miami Beach, which means expect to pay a bit more than you’d pay for similar fare in other less touristy parts of Miami. 
 
Besides the aforementioned Mina spots, currently the other restaurants in the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel are Hakkasan (modern Cantonese cuisine), Scarpetta by Scott Conant (Italian cucina rustica with ocean and pool views), La Côte ( perfectly located between the pool areas and the backside beach boardwalk) and Pizza & Burger (casual dining). 
One of the outdoor poo area bars
If you plan on staying in the hotel, or just visiting, you can check out which of the many restaurant you might want to try by checking their website’s dining section at: https://fontainebleau.com/dining
 
By the main pool, showing the iconic curved main hotel and the blue glassed fitness center.

The Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel is truly a Miami Beach classic, it’s located away from the more hectic and tourist filled South Beach area. Definitely one you should not miss if you live in South Florida or when visiting Miami or the Beach. And naturally trying any one of the variety of restaurants available.

Corridor that leads to car retrieval area with classic B&W photos of Frank Sinatra

The Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. You can also call them at 305-674-4680.

View from La Côte seating area
The car pick up area
Part of the large fitness center
Nighttime view from hotel room towards ocean

To check which restaurants are currently available check their website: https://fontainebleau.com/dining

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