4. Pierre's Restaurant—Islamorada, FL
Inspired by the plantation houses of West Africa and classic French cuisine, Pierre's was created to incorporate the elegance of international cultures into its island setting. After tying up at the 25-foot dock, guests head towards the two-story colonial house, where they will be stunned by decor that includes what manager Judy Roberts describes as crystals, a monastery door from India, arches from Tibet, and a polo lounge. The upstairs dining room is full of Moroccan accents, and events manager David Shine emphasizes the "old-world cigar lounge feel" of The Green Flash Lounge. The gourmet food prepared by chef Benjamin Loftus integrates worldly influences, with imported ingredients from locations as far-flung as Hawaii, Norway, and Australia. Delicacies include grilled rib eye au poivre, Margez lamb sausage, and mahi-mahi. For guests who prefer to lounge in Adirondack chairs with a cocktail in one hand and two feet buried in the sand, Pierre's offers the Morada Bay Beach Cafe & Bar, right on the shore. This outdoor area features live music and a Mediterranean bistro menu for those who relish New World flavor.
This article originally appeared in the August 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.