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    Member Maria de los Angeles's Avatar
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    Aug 2006
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    Default Miami River Restaurants - Bijan's and More

    Hey y'all, I wanted to add some photos and commentary here that didn't make it into my Miami River article. When I was researching the article, I went to Bijan's on the River, which is tucked away behind the Hyatt hotel and the James L. Knight Convention Center and just off the S Miami Avenue bridge (google map).

    Bijan's is a casual place serving light fare ranging from caesar salads to sandwiches and fish. There's also a full bar. The restaurant is run by an Iranian family and their claim to fame is making the world's largest paella. If you ever plan on going there on the weekend, you should call ahead, since they may close the restaurant for private events.

    The location is Fort Dallas Park, a historic site recalling the old military posts here during the Seminole War years in the 19th century. On site is a yellow house called the Palm Cottage, which was built by Henry Flagler around 1897. It's original location was actually SE 2nd street. The structure originally housed mechanics who were out of work after the Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel was completed. The actual restaurant is just as picturesque, housed inside what looks like a boat house, with maritime motifs. Needless to say, this all looks very quaint surrounded by those new, towering condos.

    Parking around Bijan's is kind of tough. Paid lots can be super pricey but there are some meters around the corner by the Fedex building. The trouble is, you might run into a crack whore or a street bum.

    I recommend that you park elsewhere downtown -- say by the Omni -- and then take the metromover all the way to the Riverwalk station, which drops you off right in front of Fort Dallas Park. Actually, it's a really nice way to see all of Downtown from the metromover. As well, you can see the "An M for Miami" sculpture by Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar at the Riverwalk station. Another option is to park on the other side of the river by Brickell and take the metromover from there. The view is really nice going over the river.

    I really enjoyed hanging out sitting by the water's edge at Bijan's. The shaded area at the back near the dock is the best place to sit. I ate a mahi-mahi caesar salad that wasn't really out of this world, but it was totally worth it to sit by the river seeing the boats go by.

    Bijan's on the River is located at 64 S.E. 4th Street. (305) 381-7778

    Have you gone to Bijan's or experienced any other Miami river restaurants and fish markets? Please share.
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    Member Kristine's Avatar
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    I have sent a few guests to Casablanca and Garcia's... they come back super full and happy! It's not about fancy or expensive there.. it's all about FRESH seafood.

    Another place I have sent a few guests to was Big Fish, the reviews were mixed. Some came back happy others were upset with the service they received.

    I went to Big Fish for drinks with co-workers one night and we had a great time. After restaurant hours it turns in to a really hip place to hang out and dance under the open air.

    There's a bit of construction going on in this area due to the new condo buildings, so you may have a wonderful view of rubble on the other side of the river but for the most part... It's pretty!

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