AQ by Acqualina
AQ by Acqualina

AQ by Acqualina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.acqualinaresort.com/dining/aq/
  • Phone: 3059186888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly
    Sunday to Thursday 5.30 PM to 10 PM
    Friday and Saturday 5.30 PM to 11 PM
    Bar open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Executive Chef: Dewey LoSasso
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please visit our us at www.acqualina.com for details
  • Special Events: Please visit our us at www.acqualina.com for details

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from AQ by Acqualina
AQ by Acqualina features Modern American cuisine from acclaimed chef Dewey LoSasso. Beautifully presented, globally-inspired dishes with fresh, local ingredients served in a relaxed but luxurious oceanfront setting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
AQ by Acqualina reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (30)romantic (26)scenic view (25)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (8)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Very good, but not special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service was excellent and dining in a couch was fun. Had the Miami spice menu. Very good, but expensive even with that deal. Had a 6 oz filet that would have been better and cheaper at Carrabas. Parking was $18 for less than 2 hour dinner even with the stamp from the restaurant. Miami Spice for two, one cocktail, two glasses of wine plus parking = $170.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Sucked but Service was Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had to send both my appetizer and entree back because I could not handle taste. What I received after was tasty. The server was very pleasant and understanding. I do not normally send things back
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great way to end our night
    latenightdate
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The atmosphere was superb. The ambiance was perfect. The waiter and waitress was very welcoming and warm. The dining was elegant. I'm not a steak lover, but the filet mignon was delicious. The barbecue rib appetizer was by far the best ribs I've tasted. We ordered from the Miami spice menu. The only downside of the menu is there are no great side dishes. The gratuity was a big surprise, it was already included in the meal. I can see if it were a party of 4 or more, but it was only my wife and I. The gratuity was over % 15. Be prepared for valet parking, make sure to have your waiter validate your ticket before leaving. Overall the dining experience was lovely.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amoung the Best
    bruce4guns
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Two years in South Florida, many nights out at different restaurants. This is amoung the best and actually to date was the best. Expensive but so very worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    You know what they say about expectations, don't have any. Acqualina was a bit of a bust for me. As a native of Miami, I'd often see the venue from the outside. The experience left a lot to be desired.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a disappointment
    Wanttobewowed
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were not provided a wine list nor a spoon for soup until we finally could get the attention of one of the over-burdened servers. While apologies were offered, nothing could fix the surprisingly mediocre meals that were served. Soup (once a waiter, not ours, was flagged down to provide a spoon) that was vinegary, a filet mignon that was over cooked and a uninspired chocolate dessert that clearly had been defrosted or over-refrigerated were the low-lights of our dinner. I do not recommend this experience to anyone.
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  • A Sunny Isles gem
    Citygirl15VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We are new to the area and discovered AQ during Miami Spice month. Ever since my husband and I have been dining here once a week. Bothe the food and service is amazing. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Miami Spice
    KBCB
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Attended as a result of miami spice. Had a great meal and very nice menu selection. Heard a review that someone felt bait and switched when they asked for the spice menu but restaurant was happy we were here. Great romantic evening! Waiter was awesome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to bring a date
    Alfredo
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Perfect to bring a date. Make sure you sit outside (weather permitting of course). Food is good. Good wine list. Great cocktails as well. Our server was great despite his first day on the job. I totally recommend this place. Thumbs down for the cost of valet parking. You should cover the cost for your guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Megg
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I was really looking forward to AQ, the ambiance is great, beautiful decor, amazing view, good service, the cocktails excellent; but i was very dissapointed with food, nothing special and very poor presentation. For the high price they should put a little more effort in the presentation and quality of the dishes!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • miami spice menu..............
    remus421
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    the restaurant experiance and the service was outstanding . the only issue i had was that the miami spice menu that was published wasn't the one offered at the restaurant and it wasn't that they didn't have the menu items because they offerred them as a- la cart menu items . that made me feel like we were bait and switched.But all said . it was a nice experiance
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miami Spice Evening!
    skier110
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I went for the Miami Spice Dinner with 2 friends. We all had an excellent meal with great service. The Chef came over to greet us which added a nice touch. We would all return. The room is beautiful. We had a very nice evening. Roz
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From the hostess to the servers, every one was friendly and welcoming. We sat outside and enjoyed the view. Once the food arrived, a couple of flies lurked around and became constant pests. Of course the waiter tried to kill them which took away just a little bit from the evening. However, the romantic dinning experience was well worth it. I will definitely go back with friends, not just my husband. Great dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First visit...
    Kartel34
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    this was my first visit to AQ by Acqualina. Experience was inexplicable. it was absolutely 5 star experience. very happy. will visit again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AQ Miami Spice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The hanger steak was ok. The lobster Mac & Cheese was amazing. The crab cakes, duck salad and tomatoe and mozzarella appetizers were also amazing. The wine was great. Overall had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    2truefoodies
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    AQ delivers excellant food and great service in an elegant setting. We went to dinner with a group of four. The special appetizer of fresh figs, proscuitto and mikd goat cheese was a perfect start. We each enjoyed three courses and loved it all. The seafood bucatini pasta was especially excellant, grouper was light and delicous and the filet was great. The new executive chef has created a delicous menu. There is an emphasis on using fresh ingredients with a very nice use of herbs and flavors. We also really enjoyed the service and quiet atmosphere. We have a condo nearby and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our dinner
    NaplesJFK
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great to sit outside if staying at the beautiful resort. Food was very good. Very nice server.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    food was not good. don't go during miami spice they serve the cheapest food they can possibly offer. the dessert was disgusting. I wasn't even able to eat it. extremely dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time was not a charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    After a nice experience celebrating my wife's birthday mid-May, our second visit was quite the opposite. Suffice it to say management attentiveness, service and the timing of meals coming out of the kitchen left something to be desired. Difficult to explain how two in our party were served their entree while the other four were served 15 - 20 minutes later. Wine service was no better. Management was apologetic and offered free dessert. Great...but it consisted of a community plate with four smallish desserts while we were a party of six???
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tlbclb7
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Friendly service. Food was tasty. Cocktails were overpriced. The policy of adding gratuity to the bill was a bit unusual in that they added it and then taxed it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AQ by Acqualina
    BPE01VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Meal was excellent the Steaks and risotto were top of the line. Great job
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Outstanding!
    FattyJJ
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was outstanding! Our server, Justin, was outstanding! I would recommend to anyone, even if your are staying at another resort.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AQ is a winner
    BobWVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Visited AQ last Thursday to celebrate a friends's birthday. Wonderful evening - we could talk - the range of appetizers were outstanding. Food was very tasty - variety of options to suit different peoples' tastes - everyone was delighted with their choices. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    TBVcritic
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The place is beautiful and the menu sounds good but just in paper. The service is not trained to explain the plates and forgets what is for who, Also they were rushing us to leave before dessert. The food does not taste so good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always incredible experience
    FLcustomer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food and ambience are perfectly matched. A very beautiful place for a special occasion or just a relaxing time catching up with a friend. Great menu with a variety of tasty creations, and extensive wine list that could please most of the discerning palates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Dewey LoSasso rocks AQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    No surprise: Chef Dewey LoSasso's arrival at Aqualina has upped the class and fare at this previously ho-hum location. Chef Dewey's inventive and succulent menu is truly worth the drive from any distance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef Dewey is the Best
    marty
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great innovative food, need to dim the lights way to bright like a cafeteria would go back and would prefer to eat outside
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 5 reviews are from the AQ by Acqualina reviews archive.
  • Fantastic outdoor dinner
    FabioVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Excellent place to have a fabulous dinner outside with Ocean view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review Aqualina
    dano
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    BOTH FOOD AND SERVICE WERE TERRIBLY POOR. The entrees we ordered came all wrong, after having waited for 90 minutes, and nobody apologzed for the inconvenience. We had a terribly bad experience dinig al AQ Aqualina. Also unfortunately there was a power failure at the time we were dining at the restaurant, it seems is was a power failure of the whole Sunny Isles area, but nobody came to tell us what was happening. There were no emergency lights, we just waited in the dark until pople form the stuff appeared with candles. Due to this power failure, an alarm kept saying for at least 30 minutes that all the people should leave the building, but nobody came to tell us if we should do so, or what to do. It vas a TERRIBLY BAD EXPERIENCE.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elyta
    Elyta
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Can you beat the view at AQ? I think not. It is only surpassed by Chef Dewey's wonderful as always cuisine and culinary inventiveness. There are always surprises on his menus, yet the items manage to complement each other and do not fight for attention. The service was friendly and in no way stuffy. Don't let all of the Rolls and Bentleys parked outside deter you! This is, after all, Miami Beach. Prices were entirely reasonable for the meal we had. Had a cocktail made with gin and lavender--who would have thought?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting and very
    HAppyVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Beautiful setting and very good service. We wanted a NY Strip and even though it wasn't on the menu they said they could make us one. We were presented with a very small, overly cooked (ask for medium rare) previously frozen steak that looked like it was purchased from the local super market. We thought since we were in an up scale hotel that they would anticipate the same from the guests. Not so apparently.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice setting and good
    PenendenVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Very nice setting and good food.Very limited wine list . Unfortunately if you are looking for the special night out in a semi formal setting the restaurant is part of the hotel and there are lots of young kids and very informally dressed patrons.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.