Small plates and alfresco vibes at Deck Sixteen

Deck 16 lobby restaurant at Hyatt Centric.

The Who: The splashy new Hyatt Centric in South Beach is now home to alfresco spot Deck 16, helmed by chef William Milian (Traymore, Bazaar).

The Space: A third-floor indoor-outdoor space that includes a patio overlooking the pool. The furniture is a modern take on Mad Men-esque mid-century decor. The indoor dining room functions as both a cocktail lounge and the hotel lobby so sitting outside gives a more intimate feel.

The Dishes: Spanish-Mediterranean seasonal fare done tapas-style. The menu comprises charcuterie and cheese boards as well as hot and cold small plates. Prices are reasonable with boards going for $18 and small plates ranging from $12 to $22.

Marinated olives and a tomato-stracciatella salad give way to hot dishes of grilled Florida shrimp in lemon butter; octopus with garlic and fried yucca; and grilled market vegetables with romesco sauce. A grilled Casablanca Market fish comes with capers and garlic while a grass-fed hanger steak has a mustard-chorizo sauce.

Desserts keep the Latin feel going with tres leche cake with macerated berries and a rice pudding brulee with orange zest.

The Bottom Line: A tranquil atmosphere and smartly composed small plates give this restaurant with a view a good start in South Beach.

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