db Bistro Moderne at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel

db Bistro Moderne Dining Room
db Bistro Moderne Dining Room

One of Downtown Miami’s most elegant dining destinations, db Bistro Moderne at the JW Marriott Marquis offers appealing contemporary cuisine prepared by a kitchen that is steeped in the traditions of classic French cooking. A beautifully-designed Florida offshoot of Daniel Boulud’s cooking empire – which includes a number of highly rated New York eateries – db Bistro Moderne joins Boulud’s popular hotel ventures in London, Singapore, Toronto and Montreal. The restaurant’s gleaming expanses and 18 foot ceilings showcase the energy and style of a truly professional waitstaff and Chef Clark Bowen’s thoughtfully-executed dishes.

db Bistro Moderne Lounge
db Bistro Moderne Lounge

Former db Bistro Sous Chef Clark Bowen took over as Executive Chef in early 2016 following the departure of Jason Pringle who relocated to California. “When he joined the team at db Bistro five years ago, it was apparent that he had great potential,” says Chef Daniel Boulud. “We look forward to his continued contributions to our family in his elevated role.” Passionate about his connections to area farms like Swank and Paradise Organics, Bowen will introduce new seasonaly-inspired dishes utilizing fresh Florida seafood, herbs and tropical fruit.

Celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud promotes Chef Clark Bowen to lead the team at db Bistro Moderne
Celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud promotes Chef Clark Bowen to lead the team at db Bistro Moderne

Well-dressed Miami professionals flock to the weeknight happy hour in the lounge area from 5-8pm where drinks and snacks cost just $7. Thursday nights are especially popular when a DJ adds extra energy to the swank surroundings. Bowen’s team prepares a 3-course chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings at dinner and a 3-course executive lunch series as well. He notes, “Our favorite French classics including the coq a vin, escargot, duck confit and steak fries will always be on our menu, but we are excited to introduce new colorful seasonal dishes.”

Enjoy the weeknight Happy Hour from 5pm-8pm at Bistro Miami Bar & Lounge.
Enjoy the weeknight Happy Hour from 5pm-8pm at Bistro Miami Bar & Lounge.

Photos: Claudia Uribe