Area 31 - Epic Hotel
Area 31 - Epic Hotel

Area 31 - Epic Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.area31restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3054245234x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 10:30am
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday to Friday 11:30am - 3:00 pm
    Dinner: Sunday to Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Wolfgang Birk
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: You may reserve the following spaces for your event or meeting :
    Our ballroom provides 4,200 square feet, divisible by half, with stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows and softly illuminated glass spheres that give the sense of shimmering movement
    One 625-square-foot meeting room with outside terrace
    Two large meetings rooms that can each be divided in half to accommodate groups of varied sizes: one room is 1,600 square feet and the other is 1,900 square feet
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live music on our terrace during our Thursday & Friday night happy hours from 6pm-10pm.
  • Special Events: Don't forget to visit us for our Extended Happy Hour with $6 premium well drinks, while DJ Kristian Caro spins the best beats. Event takes place every Thursday and Friday in our outdoor lounge.

    With two private dining rooms overlooking Brickell Avenue and the Miami River, your needs are sure to be met whether hosting a small business dinner, birthday celebration, or an intimate engagement dinner. The larger of our private dining rooms can accomodate up to 16 guests and features floor to ceiling windows showcasing panoramic views of the Miami skyline. The small private dining room seats up to 6 guests and has it's own private balcony in the case that you so wish to enjoy the fresh air in addition to the spectacular views.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brickell Ave
  • Public Transit: Miami Metro Mover drop off two blocks from restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: For a limited time, Area 31 will be offering complimentary valet for all lunch diners! Valid between 11:30am and 3pm only.

    Valet Parking will be discounted after restaurant validation for Dinner and lounge guests.
A word from Area 31 - Epic Hotel
Chef Wolfgang Birk at Area 31 delivers a dramatic menu of fresh, local seafood prepared with Global Influences for Atlantic Coastal Cuisine. The name comes from the United Nations 'Fishing Area 31,' which encompasses the local waters surrounding Miami and the Florida coast. The UN is dedicated to supporting sustainable development in this region, a vision that our restaurant has embraced as well.
The menu combined with the chic ambiance welcomes locals and visitors to its stunning 16th floor location for business or pleasure. Guests may dine indoors or on the expansive outdoor terrace overlooking the Miami skyline. The restaurant features an extensive list of high-end and unique wines thoughtfully assembled by Master Sommelier Emily Wines . Our Bar also showcases an innovative cocktail list from Head Bartender Dean Feddaoui.
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Area 31 - Epic Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (76)great for outdoor dining (64)romantic (43)special occasion (40)hot spot (30)fit for foodies (26)vibrant bar scene (26)good for groups (24)great for lunch (22)late-night find (17)great for brunch (12)notable wine list (12)neighborhood gem (11)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Area 31 is a Miami-must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The restaurant's focus is sustainable seafood from local fishing regions and really fresh produce from local farms. We started with the grouper ceviche that was out of this world. It was so fresh with a ton of flavor from the fennel and tarragon leaves. The server told us about the pork and scallop wontons and also recommended the grilled octopus. We ordered both and they were fantastic. Octopus is served at so many restaurants, but the way it was prepared left it super tender with a light char. A roasted baby chicken sounded too good to pass up. It was gorgeous- served simply on a wood board with flavorful fall vegetables and au jus. Beyond great food and service, the views are amazing! It's a classy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Adiaz014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The staff goes out of there way to give you exceptional customer service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit was great!
    Vote2win
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    They sat us promptly. No waiting. Great table outside overlooks Brickell Ave at night. Unexpected fireworks went off from a barge on the Miami River. Great ambiance! Food was delicious. We will go back. Nice young crowd at the bar, which is next to the pool on this 16th floor venue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood, slow kitchen
    Sel3
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The seafood was fantastically fresh and wonderfully prepared, which is what you should go for at this seafood oriented restaurant. The kitchen was very slow however, but that may have been a fluke caused by a very large party that appeared to be seated before us; the waiter also seemed surprised at how slow it was operating. The vistas are also one of a kind in Miami. The dish sizes were described as modest by the waiter; they were certainly on the modest side of modest.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Baconcroutons
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went with my girlfriend for dinner and was blown away. Our server Dan was incredible, he was extremely knowledgeable and provided great recommendations. The food was excellent, try the scallops app and the duck confit sweet potatoes. Drinks were fantastic. Definitely going back there next time I'm in town, one of the best restaurants I've been to in a while. Be sure to sit outside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marsha
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my first time coming to this restaurant and it was fabulous!!!!! The waiters were extremely nice and kind. The view (even though we sat inside) was awesome. Our waiter told us we could go outside and take pictures while we waited for our meal and it was just the best. I have told all my friends that this is the #1 place to go. Great food/ambience and scenic view. We received complimentary champagne for my birthday which was a pleasant suprise. I am looking forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My boyfriend and I live in Virginia and were looking for a cool and hip place to have a quiet and romantic dinner. The food and service were awesome, I just wish we were seated at the back and not by the bar, it was very loud and we could barely even speak to each other. We actually had to get up and have a drink outside before the meal came to have a quiet conversation. Great if you like loud bar scene dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!!
    Chris
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My wife and I attended Area 31 for our 4 year anniversary. We both love seafood but since I've moved to Florida I haven't found a good seafood restaurant, well, our search has ended, Area 31 offers the most exquisite seafood cuisine. The food, view and service were beyond all expectations, our server David was incredibly knowledgeable and most importantly welcoming, warm and super friendly. He made us feel like we were old friends. We definitely will be back to Area 31, we consider it our new hot spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    BdimoVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Title says it all! This place is just amazing! Such a great find...thank you Open Table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprise
    tonyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The restaurant itself is open and modern looking. Service was great. The waiter was always checking to make sure everything was fine. We had the goat cheese salad and scallops as appetitzers which were good. My wife had the seafood rissoto which she said was excellent and I had the swordfish which was good. The Decoy merlot wine was excellent as always. There is an outside seating area but with the rain we were unable to sit there. Finding the entrance to the hotel was challenging.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Scenic view is not that great. for the price, there was little effort placed in decorating the restaurant. Also smokers took away from the scenic view.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service with a sneer
    MiamiFood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    From start to finish, the service was lousy. Food was ok—nothing special, but OK. But the service was slow, and they didn't care. After a half hour of waiting for our order (eggs and a sandwich, for brunch), we asked for some bread to tide us over. They said no, they don't serve bread. We had been there before, sometimes scheduling breakfasts in their beautiful private room. We won't be doing that again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Totally dropped the ball
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I decided to take my wife out for a nice evening on the town. Unfortunately, we choose to have dinner at Area 31. The experienced started pleasantly with a friendly waiter, the ordering of a couple of drinks and some appetizers. After that it was all downhill. Our waiter disappeared and apparently never entered our dinner order. After almost 2 hours of waiting we were able to track him and a manager down to see what was up. Neither one gave us an explanation and indicated that the food would be out in the next 5 minutes. 30 minutes later we had no food and decided to cut our losses and leave. The manager did comp our appetizers but we paid for our bottle of wine. Not worth the hassle. Better choices exist
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice, but something was missing
    Pacosmom
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    No other restaurant in Miami can match Area 31 for the gorgeous view. The food was excellent..we had the lump crab cake appetizer and seared snapper mains. Both done perfectly. But there was something missing from our many previous visits. I think the service lacked a certain "polish" we used to expect. While our server was friendly and helpful, the total service experience just wasn't what it used to be. They no longer bring bread and choice of toppings to the table. They no longer have American decaf coffee. Espresso was served BEFORE dessert. Our desserts were not served together. The bill was presented with dessert...without being requested. Maybe we wouldn't have noticed these little things if not for our many other perfect visits.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific Luncheon Spot
    slicknickel1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    First visit and impressed by the staff and food quality. Nice location in downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    EatinBacon
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We came in right near the end of brunch. The kitchen was about to close to set up for dinner. Our waitress Natalie didn't pressure us at all. In fact, she gave us as much time as we needed when one of our party was called for work. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. Will definitely return!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miami Spice
    Jess
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had a chance to grab lunch at Area 31 during Miami Spice with some colleagues. To start, we had the Snapper Tirrado and Grouper Ceviche! The snapper was amazingly fresh and delicious. For the main courses, we had the Grouper Burger, Wild Grains, and Chicken. The burger was phenomenal, and the chicken as well. The grains were good but we're just missing something. And the desserts, we had the key Lime tart, our favorite, passion fruit and Mango panacota, and the crunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    First time going to Area 31. Our group was taking advantage of the Miami Spice menu to try to new restaurants. We were all happy with our experience. Top of our list to recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad we went
    KATEVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My husband and I ate at Area 31 early on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was empty, so we decided to go outside on the patio. We ended up eating dinner at the bar outside and had a great experience. Our bartender/server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We shared a crab cake appetizer (huge!), one entrée and a side dish and that was plenty. The swordfish was excellent! Good wine list. The view of the city and Biscayne Bay is beautiful and you can enjoy a drink or bite to eat on one of their couches if you'd like to fully appreciate the scenery. There is also the pool right next to the bar so you also have the view. Overall, we had a great dinner and we will be back. Really love Kimpton hotels!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfactory Visit
    Globetrottingfoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Although food can rate at an acceptable level, the service kills everything else. We got sat after 45 minutes of arriving, then our waiter forgot about us for another 25 mins, only showed up once and rapidly rushed all the dishes ordered. I had heard good things about the restaurant but wont bother coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service - Great food
    GreggR
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our server Adam was very friendly and relaxed. The restaurant knew it was our anniversary and added a lot off special touches from printing happy anniversary on our menus, to giving us some champagne to toast with, and selecting a dessert sampler for us . The Scallops and Octopus were incredible, the Grouper Ceviche Delicious, and the snapper was perfectly cooked and delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a warm place to dine.
    connoisseur1VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Except for the 16th floor exceptional views I have nothing special to say about this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Slow service
    Miamifoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went for lunch during Miami Spice and it was not very busy. The food was good, appetizers were better than entrees. The grouper ceviche was really great, as was the kale and quinoa salad and the gazpacho, which was unique. We all had grouper sandwiches and they were ok - they kind of tasted like grouper mixed with canned salmon. The fries were excellent. The desserts were small, but good and fine for lunch. There were two negatives. Firstly, each course took forever. It is difficult to imagine what the service would be like if they were busy. This was compounded by a 25 minute wait to get our car. Despite the line of people, they didn't move with any sense of urgency and this made us not want to do this again especially for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed with food
    GG23
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The decor of the restaurant was really nicely done, it was very chic. But I dine for the food and it was just OK. The price for the quality and quantity was not up to my expectations. I wanted to try out Area 31 because a friend had gone for drinks and he had fun. I later asked him and he only had drinks so he didn't try the food. I ordered from the Miami Spice menu. I had the gazpacho it was the best part of the meal. I had the swordfish, it came with potatoes and corn. The swordfish was nicely done but it was very small and the potatoes and corn didn't really do the trick of bringing the dish together. The dessert was not good at all. It just tasted like chocolate, nothing original.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent View
    NAPDMIA
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The view of downtown Miami is excellent from Area 31. The food was very good as was the service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for brunch
    Espie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Limited menu. The order was taken fast yet the food took for ever to arrive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An EPIC view !
    SecretFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The best surprise was the incredible downtown view. If we hadn't sat outside I would have still been pleased but the ambiance outside was great even on an August midday. Under the spacious umbrellas the temperature was lovely. Our meal took a little longer than I would have expected but when it came, it was worth the wait. Fresh ingredients, well-balanced. Our server also made the suuggestion of the strawberry basil mimosa. So good I'll make it at home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty & fun
    john1200
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good welcome, very nice service with a tasty food and an amazing view of the Miami Bay and Downtown, what more could you expect? It's vibrant without being snob, you definitelly should try it; one of the funniest dinners we had in Miami!! Thanks to Marcelo.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible
    EddtwoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service is really bad, they took so many time for everything, looks like they forgot about you! You have to ask for the same thing many times. And the food is worst, we asked for tiradito, the worst ever, the fish was awful the quality was really bad, and then a chicken so dry and with any flavor. We sat at the terrace and suddenly some ice came from the sky, it hurt me. In resume it can't be worst.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fiances B Day
    EPICALLYAMAZING
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We booked our wedding at Epic when we were there last week and I suprised her at Area 31 for her B Day... It was PERFECT !!!!! The staff was AWSOME!!!!! Thanks again Craig Friedman
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to enjoy!
    jlodommar
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Perfect food for foodies. Excellent Drinks and the the view is amazing. For couples or groups. Unforgettable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Mc84
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food is good, just not incredible... keep in mind it's pricey and portions are on the small side. Other than that, awesme service, incredible view, nice atmosphere, music at the right volume level.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was superb creative and the service fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe we just picked...
    maxdema
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    ...the wrong night but the "crudo" presentation experience was embarrassing: 4 tuna slices, each one smaller than the size of a nigiri sushi, quality just fair. We ordered 4 different main courses, none to be remembered. We read many good reviews about this place but honestly much ado about nothing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    Lcama027
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful, the good is presented amazingly. The service was not was I'd expect from such a high-end establishment (our server would go missing for long periods of time) and the music was way too loud
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Promises delivered
    ngaio
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We hadn't specified outside, but when we arrived that request was accommodated in a reasonable amount of time. Our server was very good at explaining the entrees and guiding us along. The pace of the meal was just right. A pause to talk and digest but not too long. Oh, and the food was first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    Badservice10
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We went For lunch For my Moms b day really bad service never smiled i have never been any where in my Life where none of The staff at The restaurant smileS . I made a mistake ordering a chicken For my Mom And The wait reses says "I told You how it came bredded" like if she was mad at me wow. Then never said sorry it was For my 87 year old birthday Mom wow how rude All at The table were uncomfortable how rude never tried to accomidate ya At ALL. Very disappointing
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • so little food
    beenthere
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Beautiful setting and nice crowd but ridiculously small portions(and I am French) Ceviche misto is a joke
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst service ever.
    Juniebjones
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    After waiting 1 hour for being seated, even though I made reservation, the service was poor. We were 5 persons and the waitress barely talked to us, didn't even said anything about the menu and took forever to bring the dishes to the table. We got there at 8:15 pm (on Wednesday) and left at 12:20. 4 hours for a dinner. They brought the main entrance to 3 members of my party and made us wait 10 minutes to bring the rest.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cold room with no Spice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I made a reservation for Miami Spice by computer and got a response for noon on Sunday. When I got there there was no miami spice on Sunday. And there was no need to make a reservation because all they had was Brunch. The Menu was very short and the room was very cold. We could not eat on the terrace with the views because it was raining
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate