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3030 Ocean - Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort & Spa (954) 765-3030; 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Amenities: 3030 Ocean wants you to have it "your way"!

Communal table dining? A seat at the raw bar? Or one of 25 seats at the drinking bar (full menu available)? You decide!

The communal table, located in the lounge area and seating 14, attracts EVERYONE couples, groups and solos. Comprised of hotel guests and locals, the latter's gender mix is 50-50.

Raw bar aficionado? Banked with tiers of fresh lobster, clams, shrimp, oysters and stone crabs, the "Sea Bar" hosts eight seats.

Cuisine: Stylish American Cuisine Seafood Bistro

(The wine selection is in keeping with the restaurant's solo diner-friendly demeanor: nine half bottles, three "very small bottles" and 30 by the glass.)

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Azul/Café Sambal - Mandarin Oriental Hotel Azul (305) 913-8254/Café Sambal (305) 913-8251; 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Florida

Amenities: An organization with sufficient savoir-faire to offer guests amenities like reading glasses (four strengths) and pashmina shawls (a range of fashionable colors) to ward off breezes is most likely to be solodiner-friendly. Indeed, fine dining Azul and all day dining Café Sambal of the Mandarin Oriental do not disappoint.

Azul, "Best Restaurant of 2001" by Esquire Magazine in its 20th Annual survey, features an open kitchen which encompasses a raw bar and neighbors a long wine table. Floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides overlook bay and city views.

Café Sambal accommodates diners inside and outside on a partially covered terrace overlooking the bay; additionally, its expresso bar offers breakfast and lunch.

Both restaurants favor "long table dining." A common breakfast occurence at Café Sambal, is the seating together of solos and couples.

Cuisine: Azul a blending of Latin flavors with Asian, new Caribbean and classic French Influences; Café Sambal Asian-inspired

Neighborhood: 44-acre island in Biscayne Bay

SAMBA dromo (305) 673-5337; 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida

Amenities: Sushi bars are super for solo diners (nothing new!). Here, it is the centerpiece of the restaurant, surrounded by mahogany wood and encased in glass, and is the best seat (13, plus side tables) in the house from which to survey the scene. Another plus an outdoor patio is located on either side of the street outside.

Cuisine: Inventive fare that unites bold Brazilian flavors, precise Japanese technique and exquisite Peruvian culinary traditions on one plate.

Neighborhood: One of South Beach's premier shopping and sightseeing areas

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Christini's (407) 345-8770; 7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard, Orlando, Florida

Amenities: Removed from hotels in the area, this restaurant is a secret known to just a few solo diners. Enjoy booth and table seating, plus the ministrations of a devoted staff.

Cuisine: Northern Italian Fine Dining

Neighborhood: Southwestern area

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