I've searched this board over for *the* place to have dinner this Saturday night, can't settle on a place. My very good friends, Washington DC lawyers in their 50's, are visiting for one night before leaving on a cruise out of Miami. She loves French food, so I could cater to that. I have a preference for outdoor dining in the middle of winter, just because it is such a stark contrast to the weather back home in the north. My only other requirement is that it isn't too noisy because I haven't seen them in ages and I don't want to have to spend the evening straining to hear them.
I'm holding a reservation at the Blue Door for Saturday but wondering if that's the right choice. We live within walking distance of Le Buchon in the Grove, but it just seems too grungy to be their one meal in Miami (full disclosure, I've walked by Le Buchon a zillion times but never eaten there).
If you could pick one place, french food or otherwise, that had the right mix of food and ambience, what would you suggest? Miami (including Gables, Grove, S Miami, Pinecrest, City of Miami) or Miami Beach.