When we talk to people about restaurants on Miami Beach, The Restaurant at The Raleigh has never really come up in conversation. But that all changed last month when we finally stopped in to try the refreshed menu from Executive Chef Josh Elliott.
Now, we can’t praise the restaurant enough. Few places make you feel this good while you eat; instead of hating ourselves after gorging on a meal, we left the restaurant feeling refreshed and satisfied. It’s great, clean food served with a view.
The Restaurant at The Raleigh’s menu mixes American and European influences, and the results are delectable. The Tahina Hummus pairs wonderfully with our favorite flatbread (lavash) and comes with a side of vegetable crudites for added crunch. The deep ponzu flavor in the Tuna Poke made our taste buds dance with joy; we savored every hunk of tuna on our plate.
The two salads we tried — the Seafood Salad and the Greek Salad — couldn’t have been more perfect, although we were a little weary of the former at first. Seeing “Seafood Salad” on the menu with no description gave us pause, but once we found out what was in it — smoked salmon, shrimp and crab — we were all in; the buttermilk aioli still brings a smile to our faces. As for the Greek salad, it’s a requirement during any visit. If the beautiful presentation doesn’t wow you, the lemony vinaigrette and crisp greens will.
Hopefully, you still have room at this point because the Mushroom Tagliatelle doesn’t play around. Since it contains three types of mushrooms, you’re hit with a rich earthiness that takes your palate on a delicious roller-coaster ride. For something not so heavy, there’s the Grilled Yellowtail Snapper; the pickled grapes are a nice touch. Our favorite entree of the night was the Aussie Lamb Rack: From the char to the seasoning to the meat itself, the plate made us believe in love at first bite.
The mains should be enough to fill you up, but if you’re really hungry, order a side. Our three accompaniments — Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Fingerling Potato Tostones and Pickled Beets — were all tasty, so it really comes down to a matter of preference and appetite. Pastry Chef Neil Adams helped wrap up our meal with two stunning sweets: Carrot Cake and a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bar. Honestly, they’re both as good as they look, but the carrot cake’s presentation will take your Instagram to the next level.
Despite eating our weight in food, we still left The Restaurant at the Raleigh without feeling too guilty. Kudos to Chef Elliott and his team for crafting a menu that fills you up with everything except regret. If you haven’t been to The Restaurant in a while — or if you’ve never been — stop in for a quick bite or a full dinner. This new menu is not to be missed.
The Restaurant at The Raleigh is located at 1775 Collins Ave inside The Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 305-612-1163.