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Luxe seafood at Lure Fishbar in South Beach

The first night we dined at Lure Fishbar, we felt like we were in a scene from Key Largo.

The restaurant, reminiscent of a vintage seaside resort, was relatively quiet at that hour–the calm before the Art Basel week storm. Tropical-print curtains framed large windows offering views of palm trees doubled over in the wind.

Vintage resort decor befits a restaurant located in the old St. Moritz hotel.

There's a smart beauty to the South Beach outpost of the New York City restaurant: Floor managers sport navy yacht wear; plaid banquettes and wooden walls channel a Don Draper-on-holiday vibe.

Sushi chef Jose Gamez | Sea bass ceviche

The gloomy weather didn't dampen the generally exhilarating seafood dishes: show-stopping sea bass ceviche with tart mango slices ($16) and the citrusy Bibb lettuce salad with crispy calamari ($12).

The sushi rolls aren't particularly adventurous, but we don't mind that if they're all as tasty as the lobster tempura roll touched with Kewpie mayo, tobiko and ponzu sauce ($21).

Executive chef Josh Capon adds celery and cucumber to the Maine lobster roll for some crunch.

Stellar main courses include grilled daurade agrodolce ($36), flanked with lemony onions. Buttery breadcrumbs, sweet, shredded Maine crab and Fresno chilies crown a nest of cappellini and subtle uni cream ($34).

Dessert doesn't get more classic Miami than Lure's key lime pie topped with fluffy waves of whipped cream ($12).

Consider us hooked.