Gerry Quinn just might be the unofficial mayor of South Beach. Award-winning chef and proprietor of the top restaurants on the strip, Quinn launched A Fish Called Avalon before dedicating his efforts to the steaks, seafood and raw bar menu at his eponymous restaurant. Providing an authentic fine dining experience in a district fairly overwhelmed by honky tonk cafes, his emphasis upon locally-sourced fresh produce sets the restaurant far above the rest. Whether you want to start your night with a cocktail and a platter of pristine fresh seafood at the raw bar or linger over any of the chef’s Caribbean-inspired entrees, an evening at Quinn’s promises to be the highlight of your South Beach vacation.
Gerry Quinn marinates fresh shrimp in palm sugar and a secret 14-spice mixture to create his signature Bam! Bam! Shrimp. A saffron-rich bouillabaisse, spicy Caribbean snapper or herb-crusted char should convince you that the chef knows when to push and when to hold back so the briny fresh flavors of the sea shine through. Landlubbers will appreciate the chef’s deft handling of New Zealand lambchops seared to perfection or a tangy steak with fresh peppercorns that brings out the richness of the beef. With the Art Deco splendor of the Park Central Hotel as a backdrop, it seems entirely appropriate that each dish at Quinn’s is an instant classic.
Guests at the swank Ocean Drive landmark enjoy the mellow music, swaying potted palms and unrivaled beach views from the terrace of the Park Central. Restored to perfection, the hotel boasts vintage terrazzo flooring, period furnishings and the casual beachy elegance that is the hallmark of South Beach style. Grilled entrees like lump crabmeat and bernaise-topped filet steak and Courvoisier creme sauced steak au poivre demonstrate the chef’s hand with delicate sauces. Crab-crusted mahi mahi is the perfect marriage of fresh seafood served with crisp matchstick potatoes and swiss chard. Seafood pastas like linguine topped with shellfish or tender lobster ravioli capture the essence of summer on a plate. For an evening of sophisticated flavors in a setting straight out of a Fred Astaire movie, visit Quinn’s on Ocean Drive.
640 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL
Cuisine: steak, seafood
Appetizers $10-$16, Entrees $20-$48