Just back from another fab vacay in SoBe.
First we ate at Talula, in their back garden. Very pleasant environment/ambiance. Service was attentive and well informed. I had a top rate watercress salad with pecans and blue cheese to start, and snapper for the main. My husband had a very good caesar salad, and also had the fish. The wine list was extensive too. Everything was fresh. I would say this is a good spot for a romantic dinner, or a low-key business dinner/lunch. I wouldn't call it hopping, but then you don't always want that, right?
On the advice of several posters here, we went to Alta Mar, and I absolutely loved it. What amazing fish! I had the pompano, a variety I wasn't familiar with, and it was very light and pan friend just right.
We also had the misto fritto, and I had the tuna tataki (sp?), a sort of sashimi. Everything was excellent, and the prices were extremely good. The only slight downside is the location. We were seated outside, next to a printer cartridge store. But I guess that can't be helped.
As for Sushi Samba, I know it's a chain, but you can't beat the location on Lincoln Road for people watching. I thought actually that the sushi was quite good. I had something called the Edo roll (might be mistaken on the name) and it was very tasty, as was the spicy tuna (something I always choose). My main complaint was the rude hostess who seemed to balk when we asked to sit at a particular table (there were many free). Where these haughty staff get off, I have no idea, particularly since we had a reservation.
One final note...we left the garden at the Raleigh in a huff one night, after we waited for 15 minutes without any service to get dessert. We were only one of three occupied tables.
Cafeteria (the restaurant) served us a delicious fallen chocolate cake that I'm still thinking about.