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Stephen Starr's Retro-Inspired Continental Inspires South Beach Diners  Miami Florida United States

Stephen Starr's Retro-Inspired Continental Inspires South Beach Diners

It was my first night back in Miami after a grueling snowstorm in New York City. The night was warm with a breeze, the perfect weather for street dining. The setting: Continental, a mid-century gastronomic wonderland by famed restaurateur Stephan Starr. I was ready to soak in all of the beautiful novelties that I take for granted every time I return back to Magic City.

The restaurant almost appears out of a time capsule, but somehow looks appropriate along bustling Collins Avenue in glittery South Beach. The interior is Mid-Century decor, with comfy booths and an inviting bar with eclectic glassware. Our table outside was tucked under the neon roof and bougainvillea on the exterior.

The staff was friendly as they introduced very Miami cocktails. All of which were strong, fruity and refreshing. I chose the dragonfruit mule.

We made our way though the menu of tuna tataki, grilled short rib empanadas and tea smoked spare ribs.

What I like about Continental is that it screams South Beach without being cheezy or over-the-top. Before dining there, I assumed that it would be an homage to the location in Philadelphia and not have an identity of its own on South Beach, but that's absolutely not the case. The vibe is very relaxed and nostalgic. NExt time I'm going to come for happy hour (daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for another delicious cocktail, beer wine and bites.