Spent 2 nights in South Beach this past weekend. Friday night we had reservations at Talula at 7:30. Found parking almost in front of restaurant. At 7:30 the restaurant was almost empty and we were seated outside in the garden which was lovely. They first brought out a basket of french bread with a delicious spread. I ordered off the Miami Spice menu: I started with a chilled ahi tuna appetizer which was excellent, next course was grilled filet mignon medallions with bacon and aged cheddar smashed potatoes, delicious and for dessert, vanilla bean pana cotta, also delicious; My wife ordered off of the regular menu and had a salad (I forget which) and a pasta dish, fusilli with shrimp, which she loved. Our server was excellent. All and all, Talula's was great.
The next evening we had a 7:30 reservation at Francesco's which based on reviews I was really looking forward to. At 7:40, unable to find the restaurant, we called to say we were a little lost and that we would be late. We finally found restaurant and entered at 8:10 pm, the restaurant was packed and they said that they could not accomodate us. All and all, a frustrating experience. We drove back to Miami Beach, went to Lincoln Road, and were seated fairly quickly at around 8:45 at Spris. Spris was good, nothing extraordinary. We split a eggplant appetizer, very tasty, and a pizza with sausage and red onion. Pizza was good, very tasty toppings but I prefer a crispier crust. Value however at Spris was very good.
As an added and quite unexpected benefit, when in conversation I explained to our hotel staff our frustrating experience with Francesco's, before we checked out on Sunday, the staff delivered to our room a Peruvian lunch made up of a Seafood Soup and a Seafood Salad. They apparently tried to order it from Francesco's but it was closed and I am not sure where they got it but it was very good. The hotel was the new Angler's Boutique Hotel on Washington Avenue and the staff there were incredibly helpful, friendly and accomodating!