Calamari in The Grove
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Calamari in The Grove

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://calamarirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3054410219
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Friday: 11:30am -11:30pm, Sunday 11:00am - 11:00pm Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Calamari in The Grove
Welcome to Calamari restaurant! With ample umbrellas and trickling fountains, our court garden is as lively as a sidewalk café, yet, all the while retaining a wonderfully intimate feel of dining al fresco in a private garden. Inside, our spacious dining room will welcome you with its open kitchen and visible brick oven, providing the perfect setting for a party of one or a party of 250
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Calamari in The Grove reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Reservation didn't show
    RCGenjoying
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Although overpriced for an appetizer, there's no question they have a great Tuna Tartare! My only complain is that they couldn't find my Open Table reservation when we showed up. Fortunately it was a rainy evening and thus the restaurant wasn't busy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Calamari is for you
    Beinish
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Delicious food, warm and friendly service, nice atmosphere, where every diner is treated as a special guest
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we ordered the lobstser special
    Vicki
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    we ordered the lobstser special but they only had 3 lobsters but were kind enough to accomodate by give us the lobster tail for those that could not receivei the full lobster dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wordless
    Barbara629
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I'd heard good reviews on this restaurant, and glad to finally eat there with my family. But, sadly the food was awful, my pasta was not al dente but raw, the shrimps overcooked and dry. The bread basket was removed before the arrival of our food, its was so fast I no time to stop the waiter. The final was my espresso coffee, it was the size of thimble with the cookie to match. The wait staff was awesome, friendly and fast to refill wine and water.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • would not go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    It was a thursday night and it was not crowded. Our server was friendly but disappeared for (I timed him) at least 25 minutes between checking in with us to see how things were going. The woman bussing our table was terrible, she would ask if we were done in spanish (I think, she mumbled so I can't be sure) and then when we said yes, walked off without taking our plates! Several times! The Caesar salad was poorly constructed with too much cheese and dressing. The seafood soups we got were extremely salty. The dessert: chocolate cake was so dry we only ate the frosting with the ice cream! Our water glasses stood empty until I flagged someone down to fill them. It was not a good experience and I would not recommend this place to anyone.
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  • When making reservations through
    hugs2001VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    When making reservations through open table you must call them and let them know you made a reservation on open table and confirm that they have your reservation because they don't follow through with reservations made online with open table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience. The
    keylimegirl7296
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Wonderful experience. The ONLY downside was the over zealous clearing of our plates (some of which were still in use) and the accompanying interruptions to do so. Having eaten here prior, I recognize this was not the norm, but still annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Grove Gem
    keylimegirl7296
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    The outdoor ambiance is terrific. Service spot on and food delicious. Great place to take visitors or catch up with old friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Calamari was delicious. Everything
    Oliver
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Calamari was delicious. Everything was perfect. The best coconut flan I've ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It took a very long time to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    It took a very long time to even get menus and water, and quite a long time after that to order our food. Our server was nice, but it felt like they were just too busy or something. It was a Friday night and several large parties came in at one time, so maybe that was part of the problem. The food was good.
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  • Second Trip as Good as the First!
    SpgesqVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    This was our second trip to Calamari and we were very pleased again, as were our guests. Great antipasto, thin crust Margarita pizza and truffle risotto. One guest had a unique bone in veal chop parmesan, which I've never seen anywhere else. He loved it. Beautiful outdoor venue and delightful casual dinner ambiance. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster Lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Monday nite lobster special was truly outstanding and a wonderful way to complete our trip to Miami. Great Italian wine list, as well!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful setting, quiet,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    beautiful setting, quiet, wonderful service will go back often
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Food as always is very
    monk568VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    The Food as always is very good.The service was a little slow. The bus guy was very attentive. But the server was slow in taking our order & getting more wine at our table. I don't think it was the server's fault because he was attending 5 tables. One of the tables had 8 people. I don't know if they where short of servers but that was a small problem. Our server did apologize for the wait several times. So I don't think that the server was at fault. I liked the server. Maybe the restaurant can hire more servers on weekends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party of 4. Ambiance is excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Party of 4. Ambiance is excellent. Bruschetta and bread was very good. Eggplant appetizer was very large and was good but nothing special. My daughter had the caesar salad. All the entrees were too salty and not worth the money. Had seafood and two different veal options so it must have been the chef over- salting the food. Had the chocolate melting cake which was good but not great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    This quickly became one of our favorite places. Whether it's a quiet business dinner or a family birthday with kids, this is a wonderful restaurant. The service is always great, the food wonderful, and the setting quaint and charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we both had pasta dishes and
    Toughtoplease
    Dined on 12/3/2012
    we both had pasta dishes and they were nothing special. but the ambiance makes it worth trying-maybe try a meat or fish dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/26/2012
    An excellent place to dine outdoors, with or without kids, for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always their service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    As always their service was polite and professional, and their food consistent albeit never really great. Their desserts aren't good enough to be worth the calories. This is a great place for a fast meal and having valet parking makes it so easy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wouldn't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    The food was okay at best. The fried calamarie wasn't great. The chicken parmesan was not memorable, barely good. The pizza was the best part, but compared to NY pizza it's lacking. The tiramisu is probably the only thing that I would 4 stars for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was very pleased with our
    UMparentVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Was very pleased with our first encounter with Calamari. We were a group of six and everyone enjoyed what was ordered. The service was excellent and I liked the ambiance. My husband said the lobster ravioli was the best he ever had. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    BrendaB
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    The service was excellent. Our ice teas were refilled every time they even were half empty. It was very loud in the restaurant. I believe that may have been due to the flooring. The atmosphere otherwise was really nice. The food was very good. I would recommend Calamari's in the Grove.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Calamari is one of a chain
    doublebVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Calamari is one of a chain of mid-priced Italian restaurants in the Miami area. The quality of the food coupled with moderate prices makes this place a good value most nights. If you are unfortunate enough to be sitting in the bar area, the noise level is staggering. Also, service can be a bit rushed as servers obviously are trained to "turn" tables rapidly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good as was
    ViokaVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Food was very good as was the service. The outdoor area is also very nice but too marm in the summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good wa so so, the sevice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Good wa so so, the sevice was not the best, I will probably not going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    The food was good and the outside area is beautiful. It's a great place to take a date very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the restaurant's fault...they
    cbati01
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Not the restaurant's fault...they tried, by putting citronella candles everywhere, but we got eaten up by mosquitoes. :( Otherwise, it was a great evening with exquisite food and outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good menu, if the weather
    Jlc1950
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Good menu, if the weather is not too humid (it's Miami!), the outside seating it's Excellent! Loved the Rissotto dil Mare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Food very good - Service only fair
    JAD648
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    The food was as good as it has always been, but service on this visit can barely qualify as fair. We had to ask three times to reorder wine; water glasses were not refilled; he forgot to mention any specials for the night and only did so after I asked. Despite all the service shortcomings, everyone claimed to really like what they ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Calamari in the Grove ROCKS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2012
    Fantastic food, service, over all was a great dining experience! Both times I've dined there with friends , everyone had a good time and the service was simply amazing !
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Calamari has gone one of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    Calamari has gone one of the greatest restaurant experiences I have ever had. From the minute I stepped in the place, I was treated like the most important person there. Billy, our waiter was very informed and extremely attentive. He helped with any question I had and made the overall experience ever better. The food was top notch. I had the lamb shank with risotto and my date had the Linguine Frutti Pasta, which were amazing. We also ordered the burrata and stuffed calamari for appetizers and the white chocolate soufflé for dessert. I would seriously recommend Calamari to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/31/2012
    Great service and good food. The snapper with clams and mussels were excellent. You will definitely want to save room for the Canoli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Food was delicious!!! Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2012
    Food was delicious!!! Very good service and had a wonderful experience. Will definitely be coming back and recommending to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have eaten many times at
    keenpiVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    We have eaten many times at Calamari's. The food as usual was excellent. But we had to wait awhile for service. I think our waiter was new. However, all the other times our service has been great. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    The food was delicious and the food was not rushed we had plenty of time for the appetizer to settle before the food came out and the same before the dessert came out. Everything was delicious ns cooked to my specifications.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK food. Servers who underhand
    ilsaairVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2012
    OK food. Servers who underhand English would help a lot. If it wasn't close to home we likely would go elsewhere v
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  • The setting was very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2012
    The setting was very nice with the outdoor garden. The food was average at best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Miami seafood differently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/21/2012
    Good food that keeps us coming back!!! Seafood in miami is lobsteriffic!! :-) I know that's not a word America, but it should be!! But seriously this lobster with shrimp, mussel, clams, with linguini pasta in a white wine lemon butter sauce is out of this world! I've only been here for 3 days and I've never had seafood that's been as fresh and appetizing. Thank you 305 for blessing my palate with such great taste! I've never been to a restaurant where I couldn't tell the difference from waiter and busser that's how attentive they were. Thank you for your time and service, and I would highly recommend you to anyone that wants great food and exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Not able to enjoy eating as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Not able to enjoy eating as the platesvwere cleared while we were still nibbling It felt like we were being rushed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic