1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139Neighborhood:
Miami Beach / South Beach
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.florida-cookery.com/
- Phone: (786) 276-0333
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
- Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Jonathan Mccan
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Florida Cookery has a number of customizable menus to suit every occasion. We specialize in fresh, local, and seasonal food products with an emphasis of the freshest Floridian seafood. Please call us today to ask and inquire about our menus.
A word from Florida Cookery
Florida Cookery, fully expresses the food culture of Miami. Unadorned by "influence" statements or backgrounds it accepts the multi-national, multi- regional, multi influence culture that is Miami, rolls it up and unabashedly brings "Miami, to Miami".Continued
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Florida Cookery reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 28, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelQuiet
great for outdoor dining (6)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (4)special occasion (3)romantic (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)neighborhood gem (1)late-night find (1)Show More
- Not worth itSimpleFoodDined on 10/18/2014Food was average at best. Way too expensive for an average meal at an average place.
- DesiDined on 9/22/2014I had reservations at 9:45 on a Monday. We get to the restaurant only to find out we were the only people there. Having been traveling all day we decided to eat there even though we were the only people. We felt as the servers were annoyed that we decided to stay. The whole time we felt rushed. The food part: ordered an appetizer.....30 mins later the waiters comes up and says " oh btw we are out of octopus forgot to tell you but your food is almost out". So it took 30 mins to let us they were out of octopus . My dinner wasn't that good, fish was small and the rice was undercooked . Deffenitly not worth 4 stars....very disappointed .Special Features:
- misleadingOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/21/2014we were not informed that only the brunch buffet for $30 was available. the menu online suggested that a la carte items were available. we had coffee and juice and left.Special Features:
- just not a good experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 9/20/2014went there this past saturday night with friends and pretty much everything was off. first, the restaurant was closed for a private event so they routed us to another dining area within the hotel. then the place was completely empty. despite the fact that it was empty, we stayed. and then our food took waaaay too long to come (how that happens in an empty restaurant is beyond me). and then the portions were tiny...and of course, expensive. the only reason we came to this restaurant were the good reviews. i feel like they failed me this time around. that baby octopus appetizer...really? two redeeming things - the empanadas and the drinks. but that's about it.
- The following 98 reviews are from the Florida Cookery reviews archive.
- Seafood heaven!BoomerfoodiesDined on 6/14/2014The menu was very innovative. My husband had char grilled octopus and I had a seafood sausage appetizer. Both were very good. On to more seafood! Had grilled cobia with corn and tomatillo sauce and poached grouper for our entrees. Fish was absolutely wonderful - fresh and cooked perfectly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mother's Day BrunchSoFloFoodie1Dined on 5/11/2014We went to the Florida Cookery for Mother's Day brunch. The food was decent, but nothing was amazing or fantastic. I can't complain, but there was no "WOW" factor either. Brunch included an omelet station, salmon, lamb, bacon, eggs, sausage, fries, pasta salad, baked chicken, veggies, Caesar salad, and a few other items. I thought it was strange that they chose to serve lamb at the carving station, as opposed to beef or pork. The desserts were not memorable at all. Brunch did include one complimentary mimosa or bellini, which was nice. The baked chicken looked underdone...very pink, so I was afraid to eat it. I've had much better brunches in the South Beach area but this wasn't bad for $49.00 pp (plus tax and 18% gratuity added).Special Features:
- Loved the alligator empanada!NewlywedDined on 3/8/2014Really, this was the best thing we ate. My friend and I ate here for out last night in Florida and it was a perfectly fine meal. We are both very food oriented and somewhat picky and were a little disappointed about some of our choices but overall the food is better than most we had in Miami beach. I agree with others that it costs a lot for the quality but I think that's about the location rather than the food itself. Our waiter was very attentive, the pool area is actually quite nice and we had a great time.Special Features:
- Good Food/Poor ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/9/2014The adventure started off by trying to find the rest. When we called the rest, they said it was located on 15th street so we went up & down 15th street to find it, turns out they were on Collins. Once we went inside, someone asked us to go upstairs which we did. When we went up, there was no one. Finally went inside the kitchen. The waiter told us that lunch is served downstairs. So, we walked down. The waiter took our order on time and the food came out fairly quickly. After we were done eating, the waiter disappeared and the plates weren't taken off the table nor did anyone come to ask us if we needed any more drinks or dessert. No one came for the check either. After we asked for the check, it came about an hour later. Won't go back.
- Wonderful and different Apps!ChrisDined on 1/11/2014I really enjoyed Florida Cookery, outside patio seating is nice. I think for lunch or brunch would be nice as well. We did have dinner and i was really surprised and excited to try the different appetizers. We had the three different meat empanadas which included alligator, AMAZING! We also had the pork cheek with plantains...all very good. Service was also very good, Joel was attentive and enjoyed chatting with him.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not up to their own standards.....SterlingDined on 12/31/2013The evening was dreadful. I requested a regular menu on New Year's Eve when I made the reservations and again when I confirmed, but was seated with the set menu. The menu was blasé and not very Florida with some black-eyed peas thrown on a plate and 1/2 bite of lobster claw on the surf and turf. (The filet was good.) The waiter had difficulty understanding what we wanted as well as explaining what the restaurant offered, so it was not until I returned to write this review that I understood that the $30.00 beverage package included all premium drinks and not just house wines. The restaurant was loud and the service inconsistent. One minute plates coming too fast, the next, water glasses not filled. We left early to go elsewhere.Special Features:
- Underwhelming food and serviceBobTheFineDinerDined on 12/31/2013Looking for a good place to dine (food is the most important criteria for us), and this was recommended by NYTimes but did not appear on any top ten lists for Miami. For a $200 dinner + wine for two, you can do much better than this in Miami (if not in Miami Beach). The ingredients are good. But, the food is underwhelming. The grouper appetizer had ingredients that didn't appear to be going well together. The Ceviche was the most yummy of all dishes. The 2012 Wind Gap pinot was not preserved well (a bit sour). The main waiter was friendly and we had a great time talking to him, but didn't not know much about the food or wine. We were served also by multiple people (at least three) which was odd.
- We were very disapointed.OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 12/28/2013We were very disapointed. The Lobster was Cola and we got no Instrument to Open it. The Paella was dry, the mussels were all closed. For 58 Dollar we had o only Rice .
- Good food ruined by bad serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 12/28/2013This is was by far some of the worst service I ever had in Miami (despite the manager apologizing!) .. We basically had to stop servers as they were walking by to order as no one ever came to our table. When we finally ordered drinks, my friends ordered strawberry mojitos and 20 minutes later (after asking about our drinks) the manager finally delivered the raspberry mojitos our waiter ordered. We had to wait for everything despite the place only being moderately filled. It felt like no one had any control of when food would come out of the kitchen or what would show up. Overall the food was good (except the paella) but didn't make up for poor service and really long waits for everything!Special Features:
- Interesting Menu on SOBERobbieCLDined on 12/25/2013We booked this restaurant for Xmas day 2013 having only read reviews. An interesting choice on the menu and we were very happy to have eaten there. Everything was very good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- just plain wrongnotAprincessVIPDined on 12/5/2013we had reservations weeks in advance for Thursday night during Art Basel. When we arrived for our 8:45 reservation they told us the restaurant had been rented out for a private party, but they had devised makeshift seating on an outdoor walkway in a second floor wind tunnel between two buildings. Tables were awful, there was no atmosphere, and they expected us to pay their $40+ for entrees. An apology was offered, but that was it. There had been no advance warning, even though they called us that morning to confirm our reservation. We left.
- OddzfoodVIPDined on 12/5/2013While I gave one stars across the board because you must check something the truth is stranger than fiction. Never got to eat at Florida Cookery because even though reservation for 8:45 pm was confirmed at 4:30 pm The resturant bumped all reservations for a last minute art basel event. So I could sit in the breezeway and order from their menu Or go to their other resturant called the Catch. While everyone was polite when our menus flew away even when weighed down with plates we opted for the other restaurant. So, usual south beach silliness masquerading as a service business
- Not good food, poor serviceLalaDined on 11/27/2013I left a review yesterday but it was removed??!! We had a very expensive (for 3 @$140 plus tip) lunch that was lacking in all areas. The empanadas arrived clearly with different fillings from menu and servers description. It took asking 4 times to get what was in them. The food was NOT fresh, VERY salty, heavy and not the quality that the prices indicate. The server was clueless and while we did not harshly complain - the table behind us did. If you are going to charge high prices in S Beach then you should work to serve good food. One of the most disappointing meals I've had in S. Beach. Good service could have helped bad food a bit but bad service made it all worse. Think before dining here and peruse the menu w/ open eyes.
- Florida Cookery is a great find !TulipDined on 11/15/2013Found this restaurant via the Slow Food Miami links and loved it ! The menu is interesting, the food very tasty, the products used of great quality. The staff was warm, enthusiastic and helpful but not over-bearing and seemed genuinely concerned by the quality of the food which was being served. The athmosphere is pleasant but relaxed, the decoration and lighting really nice and - most important - the noise level was kept to a minimum: which allowed for a normal dinner conversation without lip-reading or shouting. Quite unusual and welcome for a Miami / S. Beach restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- As South Beach would have itOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/26/2013There are some natives to South Florida that really don't like to go deep into south beach because of the tourist attraction it has even though there happens to be some of the best chiefs in the world. I recommend you the Florida Cookery as on the fringe of an attraction with its flare for the natives without the noise of tourist and certainly excellence in it menu. What the Florida Cookery definitely has is substance in it's menu and most of a fantastic taste across the world combined into a presentation that is very hard to duplicate anywhere. Its majestic scenery just adds an element of elegance with a feel of comfort which does always goes well together but, the exception will be the Florida Cookery.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice spot but could be more livelyMichaelDined on 9/28/2013I was there when the main restaurant was having a private event, but they were serving on the patio. The food and service were fine but it was just not busy enough for a weekend night. Adjusting some prices and presenting different menu options might bring a bigger crowd. Not bad for a quiet dinner but there are other options in the area with more energy.Special Features:
- The restaurant was bettersobepsychVIPDined on 9/21/2013The restaurant was better in the past. Food was very good but not as excellent as last year.Special Features:
- Just add A/CsuchamomDined on 9/21/2013Wonderful meal and drinks! Best Miami Spice meal ever! But would have preferred their pretty indoor dining area upstairs. This is Miami Beach, we spend enough time outside.Special Features:
- Great new restaurant on South BeachLloydDined on 9/14/2013The restaurant is located in the stunning James Hotel, worth a visit alone for the beautiful renovation of this Deco landmark. For lunch on a Saturday, the inside restaurant was closed, so we ate on the patio. The service was very friendly and attentive(especially by SoBe standards!). The menu is an imaginative mix of updated Florida favorites. The creamy, almost ricotta-like burrata mozzarella on fried green tomatoes was a standout, as were the BBQ ribs appetizer. The key lime tart for dessert was tiny, but delicious. As to be expected for a South Beach hotel restaurant, prices weren't cheap, but not outrageous either. I wouldn't go for lunch on a Tuesday, but for special occasions when in the area, I'd definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great decor, amateur chefOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/1/2013I went here by recommendation of a friend who I consider a foodie. She said it was great for dinner and wanted to try brunch. That was a bad idea. From her omelette that was just a tasteless egg white slab with the veggies thrown on top to them trying to charge us individually for the unlimited mimosas it was a horror show. We were the last to leave since we had so many issues... Never again
- tourist trapOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/31/2013I had an enjoyable dinner there a few months ago when they first opened. The restaurant at that time was upstairs and inside, To my surprise, the restaurant is now downstairs, outside seating only. This was supossed to be a special girls night out for my friends birthday. No one wanted to sit outside and sweat while dining in 90 degree heat especially when we've gotten all dressed up. The place had a very cheesy atmosphere, mainly hotel guest and out of towners. Not at all what we were expecting. Also, very uncomfortable hard chairs, dark table, the staff didnt seem to be very concerned and so we got up and left. We had dinner somewhere else (INSIDE with airconditioning)Special Features:
- Winelove2eatDined on 8/30/2013The restaurant kept running out of the wines we ordered of they did not have the wines we wanted. It was the start of a holiday weekend and already they were out of stock on several wines.Special Features:
- ExcellentOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/24/2013Excellent local sourced food with a creative menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not excitedPeZiDined on 8/23/2013Was there for Miami Spice as an opportunity to try it out since we live in the area, but unfortunately it was not what we expected: Red wine way too warm (as if it was in the sun), our entrees came 8 minutes apart (even the kitchen was definitely not busy). Entree portions were very small and nothing special at all, which I would have expected with such raving reviews. I had the sorbet dessert, you get to pick 2 flavors and the key lime flavor was not edible - too sour and bitter.
- Lack of CommunicationEve10Dined on 8/16/2013We wanted a reservation here at 8 but open table only allowed a time for 6 or 9pm which led us to believe the reservations were filling up. When we showed up at 8:45 we found the indoor dining area was closed for a private event and the only seating was outside in the pool area. The only other people there were 3 people that had been in the pool and one other table. There were no fans to keep customers cool due to the inconvenience of not being able to dine indoors. The food was good - but not excellent and not worth having to eat in the hot summer night. Would have like to have been told outdoor seating only in advance. The conch chowder & Oxtail were the best dishes we had that night - would order that again if ever went back.
- Really enjoyed Kris Wessel'sOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/15/2013Really enjoyed Kris Wessel's latest culinary endeavor - this is a clear winner, and the setting certainly helps. This is where Miami Spice works its magic; I definitely want to return to Florida Cookery again!Special Features:
- lovely lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/14/2013We enjoyed our Miami Spice lunch very much but found other menu items pretty expensive. More specials would mean more visits, for sure! Kris Wessel's tremendous talent shows through in his new location, especially his gift with salads and veggies - though the little key lime tart was tremendous, too.Special Features:
- Good food & service but HOT!brettDined on 8/11/2013The food was very good and the service was outstanding. Especially our waiter Mike! However it was very HOT! Almost too hot to enjoy the good food.Special Features:
- After all the reviews I read,OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 8/4/2013After all the reviews I read, Florida Cookery was a complete disappointment. Food was not very good, they were out of multiple dishes on the menu, our waiter was nice, but had no clue what he was doing...all at a ridiculous price.
- Unfortunately we chose toOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/15/2013Unfortunately we chose to sit outside in the evening for dinner and towards the end of the dinner it started pouring rain. We were moved into the semi enclosed space that was hot and there was little air moving. I asked if they had any bug spray because the bugs were really biting. I was told that they had run out of bug spray the night before. The fish I ordered was the snapper of the evening and it was overcooked, but presented well. The restaurant is in a good location in Miami Beach and in a very nice hotel.Special Features:
- NOT WORTH ITSHARPKNIFEVIPDined on 7/5/2013I read about Florida Cookery as being a restaurant to try, but really disappointed by atmosphere and menu selection. Skip it!Special Features:
- Must be worst restaurant in MiamiGTownBoyVIPDined on 7/5/2013I eat out in Miami a lot....I have to say this is the worst restaurant I have ever dined at. The food and presentation thereof is simply not worth the risk. Horrible experience.
- Upsetting start, overall fine timeOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 6/30/2013I was returning to this restaurant for dinner as I had really enjoyed my first time. Bad news was the chef had decided to move the venue from its amazing-decor, dim-lights upstairs to an almost poolside, kinda-hot outside area. As it got dark, the place came to life: it is beautiful; I did not miss the upstairs so much - a cool breeze helped. Service: knowledgable, friendly, alert but not pushy. Appetizers and entrees: excellent. Dessert (coconut panna cotta w watermelon sauce and mango ice cream): a VERY mixed experience. I would recommend FC, with a caveat: call and check whether the chef has decided to change your dining experience since you last heard/read of this place. Predictability is a big part of what makes any review worth it!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Horrible serviceKingVIPDined on 6/29/2013This is the third time I have been here and it is not going to get my money again because of the service. The waiter was slow, it was way too dark to see the food, and the hostess was not concerned about our happiness. The irony was that it was not even busy at the time. It is too bad because the food is great, Good luck.
- Don't waste your money.NaplesGuyVIPDined on 6/24/2013Upon arriving for dinner we discovered only the outdoor patio was open. We were dressed "smart casual" in long slacks and collared shirts. The 7:30 PM temperature was 88 degrees with high humidity and the only thing warmer than the weather was our red wine. Their signature lobster dish was not available. We went for the grouper instead. It was over cooked and dry. The waiter did his best to make us happy. The manager wouldn't come near our table, even though he was aware there were problems. Obviously, the owner or head chef need to stop by the place now and then to keep things up to par. There to celebrate my friend's 59th birthday, Florida Cookery was a big disappointment.
- Very nice place in a veryOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 6/15/2013Very nice place in a very quiet relaxing setting, with fantastic food. The night we were there they obviously were shorthanded and the service was slooooooooow... Just a pity, the food was so good, but you lose count of it when it takes twenty minutes after your first course to get the second. We never tried dessert: fifteen minutes after they dropped the menus they hadn't been back for the order, so we got the hostess to get us the bill and we left. We will try it again...I would recommend this to a friend.