In Miami a top-notch restaurant doesn’t have to be free standing to be respected, take db Moderne Bistro inside Downtown Miami’s swanky JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. They’ve nabbed acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud to work his magic in the kitchen to come out with their stellar menu.

Three times a James Beard award recipient, Chef Bouloud is revered for creating a menu that’s traditional French bistro mixed with contemporary American flavors. The dining room’s elegant design and great view of the Miami river are the perfect complement to a menu ripe with original creations and a wine list with amazingly affordable bottle selections beginning at a modest $25.

Taking advantage of the bounty from the sea in Miami, there’s a tasty selection of seafood appetizers. Classics like coq au vin and tomato tarte tartin are listed alongside the popular db burger which is an exercise in decadence. They take a sirloin burger and fill it with braised short ribs and foie gras on a parmesan bun and serve it up with pommes frites (the real French fries).

db Moderne Bistro is located inside the JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL