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dark interior with booths and modern chandelier

Lucky Cat

Southeast AsianSushi

South Beach

$$$$Perfect For:Drinking Good Cocktails
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The thick crowds at Lucky Cat aren’t here because it’s one of the best restaurants in South Beach. It’s not. They’re here because it’s owned by an inescapably big celebrity chef who’s famous for screaming at people. And although the dark, brooding dining room doses feel aesthetically inspired by a professional meanie, the restaurant itself is not a complete gimmick. It's trying to be a good restaurant, and it occasionally is. Highlights of the vaguely Southeast Asian menu include a fried confit duck leg served with bao and a whole sea bream cooked on a robata grill. But there are misses too, like the puny sushi, a sad take on Korean fried chicken, and the fact that you may have to wait 30 minutes for your table on a busy night. Overall, Lucky Cat doesn't stand out in South Beach enough to make it your first choice for anything, but you can also do worse if your priority is simply to eat somewhere with name recognition.

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