Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/keybiscayne
  • Phone: (305) 365-4286
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Andres Parlange
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crandon Blvd & Grand Bay
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
All set to a backdrop of endless blue ocean and colorful, casually sophisticated décor, Miami"s only oceanfront, coastal Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach presents innovative menu additions and daily specials inspired by Mexico's culinary regions, created by Chiapas, Mexico-native Chef de Cuisine, Andres Parlange. Vibrant hues of red and blue alongside espresso furnishings accent the cavernous, thatched palapa roofed restaurant, built by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians. Plush lounges, tiki torches and a fire pit complement the natural oceanfront setting, which is so captivating in its beauty that the island's first settlers named the location, "favorite path of the rising moon." A Tequilier (tequila specialist trained in Mexico's Agave growing regions) Heriberto Ovideo offers recommendations on the restaurants 85 premium tequila selection, the largest 100 percent Agave tequila collection in Miami.
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Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (4)special occasion (4)scenic view (4)good for groups (2)romantic (2)fit for foodies (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Service amazing
    cbati01
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    the best part of the entire experience was the service! would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • relaxing place
    RegularCutomerVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    one of the resort feeling place. food is okay. service is great
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come for the sunset... Stay for the
    G1225
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Stay for the ambiance and great service. Food was very good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only review submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 21 reviews are from the Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne reviews archive.
  • best relaxing location
    CandlelightVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Go to this restaurant if you are not a picky eater because the food is ok, but the location next to the beach by night is ultra romantic which is the reason we chose this place ! You can go straight to the beach and walk barefoot under the moonlight!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience Shines; Food No So Much
    CommentaryVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We loved the atmosphere of dining outside and enjoying the ocean breezes, but the food was just okay, nothing special. And definitely not worth the very high final bill. The guacamole was not very tasty, and the cerviche was average. Either the food needs to improve or the prices need to come down.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be aware of valet only parking
    Coco212
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Be aware of valet only parking (20$ which drops down to 12$ when parking ticket is validated.) Also "tableside guacamole" is not made tableside if you choose to sit on the patio area where the ground is rocky. They add tip in already even for a party of 2 people.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • drinks and such
    SaratogamixologistVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Went to have apps and drinks with friends while in town; better to arrive by 6 to get the beach and sunset view, but firepit was a plus. The menu is good, and service average. We just had drinks and guacamole before going to dinner elsewhere. Sort of a " couldn't be bothered" attitude from our server, after realizing we weren't having dinner. I asked about what tequilas the bar pours and was told they don't have a well tequila, and whatever it says on the menu is what they use. So I went to the bar and they have a list of all tequilas and ordered a margarita based on the list. More for a once in a while visit for the view and scenery. Suprisingly for a resort property; Ritz Carlton, not so great customer service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and food
    Vacationing
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We dine out in South Florida quite a bit, from Miami to West Palm. I have lived in Miami most of my life, and it is a shame how bad the service is and the attitude you get at so many restaurants. The food was amazing, the atmosphere is beautiful, and service was perfect. Of any place you would expect the servers to have an attitude would be the Ritz Carlton. It was the exact opposite. Drinks were great, food was great and everyone was very friendly. The tip was included in the bill, and I left an extra 15% because of the service. The waiter came over to us as we were leaving to make sure we knew that there was an 18% tip already included in the bill, to make sure we did not tip again by accident. That's why this hotel has 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Birthdaydinner
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Beautiful setting and delicious food, very fresh. A little high priced for a casual venue but still very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miami Gem
    rose
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    this is one of hte best restaurants i've been to in miami, well Key Biscayne. finding it was a bit hard but worth every challenge. I brought my 4 month old son and the environment was so mellow that he was fine. the food was great and the service was exceptional. i give this place 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food with RC Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The food was really good but the service was great--hard to beat a Ritz Carlton's service. Definitely a casual vibe with a not so casual price but the view is terrific....go before it is dark out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cinco de Mayo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Perfect. Unforgettable. Maybe it was the energy of the holiday, but I found the place to be memorable, and the food outstanding. The ceviches were a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The service was excellent from all of the staff, the location is stunning, the food was good at a fair price considering the location. The prices for the Margaritas however are a joke. Having to pay $ 17 for a basic Margarita in a plastic cup which didn't even taste great is unacceptable even in a RC Hotel.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best dinning experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    My boyfriend and I had the greatest experience at Cantina Beach. The service is beyond excellent, very attentive. The food is delicious, the drinks are amazing. We have been to restaurants before, but the service & the food have never gone hand in hand like this place. Highly recommend it. You can choose to sit outside by the beach or indoors. The person that helped us through our dinning experience, is the greatest we have ever seen. Great place! We are definitely going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    The Cantina was great and awesome restaurant. The staff and food were amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • From the second you walk in
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    From the second you walk in to the moment you leave you want to come back!!! Service is 5 star,food is high quality, drinks are worthy of their Price!!
    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, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2012
    Food and service were both excellent (as to be expected at a Ritz). However, the drinks were over priced and weak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Quite expensive for a poolside
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Quite expensive for a poolside restaurant. Service was average. Drink prices are very high. $17 for a margarita. Nice music and view of ocean are a Plus. Go for lunch or ask for the lunch menu at dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not what you would expect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Not what you would expect at a Ritz Carlton. The service was great but the food was very unremarkable. We had drinks there in the late afternoon and their guacamole was so fresh and delicious that we were really looking forward to dinner. What a disappointment! I had the chicken fajitas which was very dry and lacking in flavor. My husband had the prawns which were slightly better but still very bland. Located right next to the beach and pool, the view is pretty but it is crowded and loud. Go for a drink and appetizer and skip the dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very overpriced for fair to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    Very overpriced for fair to bad mexican food......$150 dollars for two.....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a diverse menu and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2011
    Not a diverse menu and very overpriced. That hotel could use a good outdoor american restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appetizers were far superior
    nancoise
    Dined on 7/30/2011
    Appetizers were far superior to main course. Food good but not oustanding. The tacos were nothing special. Meat and chicken needed much more kick. For a Ritz Carlton, one would expect a more outstanding preparation of the main course. Atmosphere and service exceLlent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cantina beach was an ok Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/9/2011
    Cantina beach was an ok Mexican restaurant with a wonderful ambiance. We ordered mini crab taco appetizer and the guacamole. Both of those were awesome. The chips were not homemade and were a little stale. The salsa was a little better than average but did not taste homemade. The crab in the tacos was sweet and delicious and very fresh and the guacamole was also very fresh. For dinner, we ordered the Skirt Steak tacos. Overall, the steak was very avg and chewy and not flavorful. At $30, it should have been better. The chicken enchiladas were excellent with both red and green sauce. Margaritas and Mojito's were very Average and $15 each. Cost: $168w/tip for the two of us including 3 drinks, 2 meals, 2 appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance was great. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    Ambiance was great. Food a little pricey for what was served. Should have been aware that the food and drinks were very pricey. Would not go back as it was just Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall