Day of the Week: Saturday, 2/28
Total Bill: $342.20 (before tip)
Breakdown: 1 seafood platter, 4 pounds of crab with sides, 2 desserts, 4 non-alcoholic drinks
Pros: Amazing service, fresh seafood, great atmosphere.
Verdict: Sophisticated but not stuffy.
Hubby and I were in Miami last month for the J. Wakefield Brewing grand opening. We were thinking “seafood” by the time the party ended and a local cop working the event recommended Truluck’s just a few miles away. We were able to get a 9:30 reservation. Valet parking is available for $10, which is convenient considering the restaurant is downtown (i.e., limited parking).
We got there about 20 minutes early and checked in. The hostess was very honest and let us know they would not be able to seat us early. We hung out in the bar and listened to the very nice live music. We were seated within five minutes of our reservation time.
Our server, Jorge, greeted us quickly and was really welcoming. We started with the chilled seafood platter for two (“2 shrimp, 2 oysters, 2 fresh Florida Stone crab claws, and a blue crab cocktail,” $48) but we added two extra stone crab claws (bringing the price to $78). This was one of the best seafood platters we’ve seen, especially for the price. All the seafood was super fresh. I tasted the ocean in my oysters!
For dinner we just ordered a bunch of crab. We got two pounds of king crab ($69 per pound at the time) with a side of crab fried rice and two pounds of Dungeness crab ($29 per pound) with a crab mac and cheese side. The king crab was split and very easy to get into. (You have to crack Dungeness crab yourself; fortunately, Hubby is an expert.) The crab was steamed simply but perfectly. Our crab fried rice was really good but the crab mac and cheese was excellent – so much crab in it!
For dessert, Jorge recommended the carrot cake ($11) and we also ordered key lime pie ($8). Both desserts were very generous portions. I don’t usually eat carrot cake but I actually preferred it to the pie. The butterscotch sauce on it was amazing and the cream cheese frosting was not too sweet (my usual gripe). I also had a French press coffee (probably my favorite way to be served coffee in a restaurant) that was delicious.
Throughout dinner, service was excellent. Jorge was really attentive and friendly. At one point, I got up to find the ladies’ room. I was about to ask a server when a manager saw me and motioned to follow him. I was impressed that he was paying such close attention.
Our experience at Truluck’s was a complete 180 degrees from Nobu the night before (our review is on their Urbanspoon page). We spent the same at both places, which surprised me when I looked at the receipts. When we got the bill for Nobu it just seemed outrageous but Truluck’s felt like a really good value.
If you’re in Miami and looking for a restaurant that’s sophisticated but not stuffy, give Truluck’s a try.