De Rodriguez
De Rodriguez

De Rodriguez

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.drodriguezmiami.com/
  • Phone: 3056726624x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch / Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Douglas Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off Site Catering Available
  • Entertainment: Every day at De Rodriguez is a pleasant surprise. The staff at De Rodriguez goes above and beyond to provide guests of every age with an entertaining experience from start to finish.
    Enjoy private cabana dining and private suite dining.
    Reservation required.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Hilton Bentley offers Discounted Valet for Guests Dining at De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean.
A word from De Rodriguez
The Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine, Chef Douglas Rodriguez, is a pioneer in the culinary world. With numerous award-winning restaurants, best selling cookbooks, and television appearances under his belt, Chef Douglas has incorporated a fresh twist on his highly regarded ‘Nuevo Latino’ cuisine. Beyond the revamped menu, we have added new ways to enrich your dining experience: including luxurious poolside cabana dining and private suite dining, complete with your own sound system and HD TV.

Featuring only the freshest seasonal ingredients from Latin America, the new menu will present a twist on classic dishes, delivering diners in Miami an authentic experience to be remembered. Located on the famed Ocean Drive, but away from the tourist-laden haunts, De Rodriguez’s sumptuous beachfront restaurant is intimate and elegant, pulsing with the energy and excitement that Miami demands.
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De Rodriguez reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (20)fit for foodies (15)romantic (15)special occasion (15)good for groups (11)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)scenic view (6)neighborhood gem (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (5)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Don't eat here!
    Moose
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Run away. The air conditioning doesn't work and it's hot and humid in the dining room. The manager says that it just happened but if you read many prior reviews, this is been a long-standing problem. The food is average at best and four out of six of our dinners were served cold and overdone. Add to this the inflated prices that are rather standard at South Beach, And you have a terrible experience. We had high hopes really wanted to like the place, but it was nothing short of awful.
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  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Horrible Service!! And watch out for the flirty waiters.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After having been to a few of Rodriguez's restaurants dating back 20+ yrs both in NYC and MIA I was disappointed. The paella was burned In some spots and the quality of seafood poor. The black bean soup was very bland and the Ecuadorian ceviche which is what he is known for was lack luster. To cap off the evening it was very hot inside restaurant which made me leave faster. Will not go back. Must say Patrias in NYC was his best?
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  • Great Food
    arjvera
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The restaurant is awesome! Pan de bono is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • greekandy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Not living up to the hype / reviews, way past its glory days. Average food quality, totally predictable hotel food. Try elsewhere.
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  • Spectacular!!
    LucyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I were in South Beach vacationing and went to De Rodriguez for our anniversary. We usually frequent Alma De Cuba (a sister restaurant) in Philly where we live. Douglas Rodriquez well-deserved the James Beard award. The SB restaurant was a totally spectacular sensory experience. Our server was outstanding and extremely attentive as was the other wait staff. The food was memorable in presentation as well as taste. We shared guacamole as an appetizer. My husband had the skirt steak and I had the salmon. We each had ice cream for dessert. I cannot recommend this restaurant (or Alma De Cuba) highly enough. If you are in either city be sure to make a reservation. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your traditional restaurant....
    Polymorphikx
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was amazing and the restaurant was very nicely decorated. Air conditioner could of been a little cooler, but everything was great. All the drinks were really good and came to the table very promptly. The food was very flavorful as it should of been being Cuban food. I had the lamb and it was cook to perfection. I will say the short ribs my wife ordered were by far one of the best tasting short ribs I've ever had. The deserts were a good size. I had the cuatro leche. The portions were more than fulfilling for a couple. Overall the atmosphere was really good and the attention was up to par. I wouldn't mind suggesting it to friends and family. I had a great time and I would be going back to try some more of the menu items. Good..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    Guest
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went there with our family -group of 6 - sat on the patio -very nice -food was excellemt - great recommamedstion from the server Highly recommend-surprise my hasbamd with a little birthday dessert-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Waiter!
    SoBeDiners
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    An excellent dining experience enormously enhanced by our waiter, Alberto, who started off by recommending his favorite cocktail, a Passion Picoso, which was both different and delightful. He then convinced us to try the tuna and watermelon ceviche which was fantastic. At this point, we let him recommend the main entrée; he selected the Chilean Sea Bass with a Beluga lentil stew sauce which may have been the best sea bass we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Hunnynut
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I highly recommend this place for a Cuban food. Authentic an delicious food. Service is amazing. Generous portions. Will definitely come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Esquisite !
    Angie093013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Absolutely delicious meals, I ordered the churrasco skirt steak and It was absolutely tender, juicy and savory. The ambience was quiet and hip. I would definitely come back here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Ten
    Eatalot
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The service and food was fit for royalty. It is so rare that you find service with charm or without attitude and the waiters at Derodriguez achieved both. For We had the 4 ceviche sampler, grilled squid, and pork belly. All were interesting examples of S. and C. American fusion food. For my personal taste I'd skip the squid, which made me squirm a bit- just can't take my mind off what this creature looks when whole. We were there in low season at night, so there were few other tourists around. The outdoor patio overlooks a hotel pool, which I imagine would be a lot busier in high season and detract from the elegant/romantic ambiance. For dessert the waiters excelled again, serving a tres leche cake, not a slice, for my husband's birthday
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elizabeth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I ordered paella. It was a small portion which seemed as if the cook poured tomato sauce from a can over the rice at the last minute. The seafood was over cooked. I was displeased with the quality of the food. I specifically selected the restaurant to enjoy Cuban quizine. Nice ambience
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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  • Impressed with Chef!
    NanyVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    After learning about Chef Doug Rodriguez and the history of the restaurant, I truly wanted to go & finally did. At first, my friend and I were not too thrilled because we really did not like one of the appetizers ordered. However, Jaime (the server) was incredibly understanding & helpful. The Chef (Mario) himself made sure to not only immediately correct the situation, but surpassed our expectations with a ceviche that my friend calls the BEST by far! Unfortunately, the a/c was not working properly, which made it quite uncomfortable, but that only means that now we have to return. Looking forward to it...especially to try some of the dishes Chef Mario recommended. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Bad
    seviche
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    For a chef who won a James Beard Award the food was uninspiring and down right bad. Supposedly know for its ceviche, the ceviche I had was a running bland mess presented in a very unappealing manner; I have had much better at cheap Mexican restaurants. I ordered Sugar Cane Tuna, which I was told was the most popular dish on the menu; it should be taken off! The tuna was OK, but the rest of the dish detracted so much from the tuna that I only eat a small bite. The waiter was arrogant and impatient. Not to mention the place was empty.
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  • Great experience!!!!
    Luisjaime1968
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We went to De Rodriguez because a couple of friends were staying on a closer hotel and they wanted to eat vuban food. I found De Rodriguez on a online research, reviews were very good, reviews were not wrong, the place is beautifull and service and food are amazing. Highly recommended! !!!!! The only issue is we had to pay $10 for valet parking, if we spent more than $400 on a dinner probably Reataurant could take care about it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Godfather of Latin- Si, por favor!
    CevicheVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Your palette will thank you for enjoying the bright citrus notes and sushi grade fishies, adorned with chilies, onion and tons of sabor! The menu is outstanding, reasonably why Chef is nicknamed- TheGodfather. Service was pleasant, hotel demeanor which could be a connective opportunity for continuing patronage- specifically did not acknowledge our reservation notes of "celebrating just married." The bar program has international wine selections, although large mark up for hotel business guests. We suggest cocktails menu and happy hour mojitos and sangria for $5. Well worth it! Going for the food alone, you still will be wowed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • Exquisite Latin Cuisine
    Moodyfoody
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We opted for small plates, and were happy with our choice as each dish was unique, providing exquisite flavors. It's hard to choose a favorite dish, but surely the fois gras and fig empanadas were the most unexpected treat. Flavors and textures of all dishes were like a celebration for the palate. Our server was attentive, warm, enthusiastic, and informative. A glorious evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Love2eat
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were only in South Beach for the evening - but this was a great find. The food was awesome! The Crispy Pork Belly was to die for. Definitely a MUST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice!
    JayG
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Nice restaurant tucked away from the madness that is the So Be strip, has very good Cuban food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor service
    lv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The service was horrible. We ordered 2 appetizers, one was the Kobe meatballs, it was tasteless and had a very odd texture. Our other appetizer was the foie gras & fig empanada which was very good. Due to the poor service, atmosphere and the disappointment that they are not a Cuban restaurant, we decided not to order entrees, we paid our bill and left.
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  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    From the beginning to the end service was great, as well as the food. Will totally come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Tasty
    KaysFavePlaces
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Always love De Rodriguez when in SoBe. Totally off the beaten path and seems to almost never have anyone in the restaurant but us. This time around we found the new guacamole pretty bad but that was literally the ONLY problem. Everything else was delicious. My pink elephant was rather watery but it didn't mar the fantastic dinner. Will always return to this restaurant, it holds it's own amongst the standouts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 339 reviews are from the De Rodriguez reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was pricey and some of plates were small portions but it was good
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    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent but nothing special
    Phiction
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The good was okay. The place was dead on a Friday at 9pm. The taco small plate may have been one of the worst dishes I've ever had. The paella was good, but it was more of a sea food platter dropped on a bead of what I would describe as too wet rice. Decent flavor though.
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    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining by the Pool
    SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This is a very good restaurant, but did not quite live up to the other reviews I had seen of it. The food is good, but, again, it wasn't as expected. It is lovely to eat out by the pool on a warm Miami night, but there was some loud noise coming from next door that cut into the ambience some.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nonfoodie
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Food was unbelievable terrible. We ordered the most expensive item on the menu: paella. It was the worst paella we ever tried and the size certainly didn't justify $45. We were so disappointed, we couldn't believe this restaurant is listed as one of the best in Miami , the city with so many great restaurants.
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  • Good food, very slow service
    HungryandthirstyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Pro: good food Cons: it took a long time to get the food even with only a few guests; we got the shared starter after our main course had arrived; we got the wine 10 minutes after getting our main courses; we were billed incorrectly (twice the total amount); there were few people and not much ambience. The place should have potential though.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was great; service wonderful. Someone in our group was gluten free and others vegetarian -- the waiter did a great job guiding us. Super helpful.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • De rodriguez review
    SirHarold
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    they have an amazing menu, the food was prepared well, and very good. the drink menu was good as well. the server had excellent knowledge of the menu and the food preparations, and the location was very good. my only complaint was we sat outside near the pool around 7ish, and there were kids swimming and splashing water. if your on a romantic date eat inside, or later when the pool is closed. they are a little pricey as well. but it is south beach Bentley. there you have it.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The service was friendly and very helpful - they went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. The chef sent out an assortment of appetizers and we were surprised with a champaign toast! What was supposed to be a special dinner turned into a 4 hour wonderfully memorable evening! The food, drinks, service and atmosphere were all amazing!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected
    noahVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The menu posted on open table was not the menu we were handed. This was a Poolside hotel restaurant. Restaurant was labeled Latin fusion; I don't know why. I asked for Sangria and got some awful, fizzy red wine with no fruit (and I think they charged me twelve bucks for it). The avocado and heirloom tomato salad was very good, but way overpriced. Staff was friendly; that's the only plus. Oh, and some entertainment .... A woman took her top off at the pool and the "pool butler" had to tell her to put it back on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant
    NenaVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    It was my first time in the restaurant. The octopus was the best! I recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2travl
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Delicious! Highly recommend the vaca frita, tostones, maduros...everything we ordered was excellent and the service was too.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    CdnGal
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We showed up on a recent Saturday night expecting a lively Cuban resto to celebrate our first weekend in Miami...instead, they didn't have our rez which wasn't a problem since the place was dead. Then our server forgot my friend's entree and on top of that called us, "My Lady" all the time which seemed odd but maybe is part of the industry down there. Anyhow, not the best ...for us anyway.
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  • We walked out
    robbielou
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    While researching places to dine in Miami from the website this looked like a great retro Cuban restaurant. From the minute we walked in it did not look like the website nor did it appear to be a place we wanted to stay. We left before the waiter even arrived. Buyer beware!
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  • Great restaurant that's not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Great restaurant that's not as popular as it should be, probably due to the somewhat hidden location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • No flavor on shrimp and grits Cinna
    X2ykVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    No flavor on shrimp and grits Cinnamon overpowered the vaca frita
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey and mediocre
    DavidS
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a beer each and shared 3 appetizers among the 5 of us. The bill was $240 and no one was enthusiastic about the food.
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  • Cuban Experience
    LouisDaniel
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Went here for a special occasion and since it was all our first time to Miami we figured you must try Cuban food, this place was super delicious and really have us a good experience. The waiters were super nice and friendly and the front desk lady was the nicest. We would definitly enjoy going back and trying some other great plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.