La Mar by Gastón Acurio
La Mar by Gastón Acurio

La Mar by Gastón Acurio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/fine-dining/la-mar-by-gaston-acurio/
  • Phone: (305) 913-8358
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    11:30am – 3:30pm

    Dinner
    5:30pm -11pm

    Bar
    Sunday through Thursday 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5:30pm – 12:00am
    Friday and Saturday 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5:30pm - 1am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Diego Oka
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The South Terrace of La Mar offers the perfect outdoor waterfront option for groups that would like to dine al fresco. With innovative group lunch and dinner menus, the dynamic terrace is directly on the water and faces the Miami skyline.
  • Private Party Contact: Leonor Cuadra 8773449853

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South East 8th Street
  • Public Transit: Metrobus stop located across from restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: For lunch from 11am to 3:30pm valet parking is offered on a complimentary basis.

    Valet parking is available during dinner service for USD 13 per car with validation.
A word from La Mar by Gastón Acurio
La Mar by Gaston Acurio features the acclaimed Peruvian cuisine of celebrity chef Gaston Acurio in a high-energy setting with dramatic water views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline.

Diners are invited to explore the authentic and diverse flavors of Peruvian gastronomy, ranging from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood cebiche.

A contemporary design by Arquitectonica and interiors by Nathan/Pereira Arquitectura offers a mix of indoor and outdoor seating with three lively bars providing distinctive culinary experiences and a personal look into the creation of signature cebiches, freshly grilled anticuchos and specialty cocktails.
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La Mar by Gastón Acurio reviews from OpenTable diners
269 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (167)great for outdoor dining (158)special occasion (112)fit for foodies (110)romantic (78)hot spot (61)good for groups (60)great for lunch (60)neighborhood gem (38)vibrant bar scene (25)late-night find (24)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (11)Show More
  • Delicious food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I went by first time with my wife for her birthday. We loved it. The food was a piece of heaven. Exquisite decoration.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This place was excellent. We tried 7 different dishes and every bite was exquisite. Every time we took a bite we said "wow". While the place is expensive, (it can average out to around $100 a person after tip including cocktails), it did not disappoint. The decor and vibe inside was fun and energetic. Outside seating has magical views of the bay and the city that cannot be beat. This place has quickly become my second favorite restaurant in Miami behind Zuma which I have similarly great things to say about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place beautiful view, excellent service .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Nice place beautiful view, excellent service , food portions are a bit small
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had been to La Mar in San Francisco and enjoyed it very much. My wife and I were on a long weekend get away, this was my pick for one of the nights and it did not disappoint. The flavors are familiar but everything about the presentation, textures and combinations is unique. It is a fun restaurant to try new things or allow the servers direct you. The menu leans more to the Peruvian flavors then Japanese which I enjoyed. Be sure to request a table outside, the view of the bay is great and the seating inside can afford a partial or no view. Strongly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cuisine and fantastic waterside view
    JAD648
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Most of the dishes we tried were absolutely fabulous. Although advertised as "for sharing", the portions for most menu items are not that big, especially if you're using to dining at other Peruvian restaurants. We've tried many Peruvian restaurants and this one has to be one of the best in Miami for taste and presentation of food. The restaurant's location on Biscayne Bay right across from Brickell Avenue ( aka Miami's financial district) makes it one of the best waterside dining establishments in Miami. As expected, it's an expensive restaurant, but you get what you pay for and it's ideal for romantic dinners and special occasions. If you want to guarantee outside sitting, advanced reservations are recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant
    Reat77dine
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Since you get to valet very polite guide you to entrance of the restaurant the reception at door welcome warm they walk you to your table of choice the attention exelente food is great exelente the atmosphere is exelente. Opentable is exelente since a plans this on my way to work. Thank you for making this day soo expecial for me n my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, overrated, upsale
    Bell
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Ever spent several hundred dollars and left hungry from a restaurant with a bitter taste in your mouth? Welcome to La Mar. The view of the Miami skyline is terrific. But you can enjoy it for free from the boardwalk next to the hotel. Here's what you get if you pay dearly to dine there: no wine until the middle of the dinner after ordering a bottle. We didn't go with the wine steward's recommendation of the most expensive wine on the list which caused "confusion" resulting in our wine being brought after the appetizers and the main course. The portion sizes are deminishing by the month. Ordered bread, never got it. Ordered the Plancha Anticuchera - they didn't have it (the cheapest dish on the Specialties menu). Subpar service. Disappointed
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  • Amazing: La Mar Only Gets Better
    TerryBearVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Since it opened earlier this year, La Mar only gets better. This Sunday 3 of us feasted on the Ceviche Barrio, a treat of flavors and textures, along with the Tuna Tiradito Nikei in a balanced and delicate passion fruit leche de tigre, and the Chalanita of Causas to start. Then continued with the marvelous Empanadas, Chicken Anticucho and our always favorite, the Chaufa Aeropuerto a luscious pan fried rice with chinese pork sausage, roasted pork, shrimp, topped with Nikei sauce and a shrimp omelet that is broken up and mixed by our waiter, surfacing the crunchy rice socarrat from the bottom of the stone vessel where it was all cooked. Best ending: Alfajores ( These are the best in town and anywhere!) An uplifting meal on a rainy Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Lunch
    luvtoshare
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Cebiche was delicious, food was very good, fantastic views good friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Home Run
    Ralf
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great spot with beautiful view of downtown and the bay, the food was outstanding and service was excellent, prices are reasonable but watch out for the specials as they do not state the price and it was a shocker when the bill came so be sure to ask, other wise it is our new favorite restaurant by the bay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    wsalas4
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The main food was overall excellent, the appetizers such as "ceviche" or "causas" are too small for my taste but they are good in flavor, it just doesn't match the price vs quantity. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gaston's Miami restaurant
    Patricia
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great place, awesome view, delicioso food. If the weather allows it, ask to be seated outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Just returned from Peru last week, and This restaurant was recommended to us by a close friend. We live in Puerto Rico and were in Miami for a wedding. I have to stay we ate better here than in most of the best Lima restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazin experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We dined there Friday for our first time. From beginning to end every aspect of the meal was flawless. Amazing cocktails at the bar. We sat outside where there is a stunning view of the Miami skyline. We had the ceviche sampler which included 3 different types, each one better than the last. we had some other Peruvian appetizer all excellent. We had one of the house special a whole fish that is bone free , crispy, delicious! I was dining with seasoned travelers and people in the restaurant industry and everyone was blown away. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CrazyBoutBrickell
    CrazyBoutBrickell
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Not only is every dish presented a work of art, but the flavors are exquisite. We have yet to find fault with any of the dishes - from the ceviches to the desserts. The service we received was second to none. All of the servers were well trained and knowledgeable about the Menu offerings. La Mar will not disappoint. It is truly a special culinary experience in every sense. The only issue we have ever had with the restaurant was with their reservation system - which apparently is hit or miss (as I have never been able to get a person to answer the phone during working hours). This is now solved by using Open Table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good combiation of flavors
    PaoloMiami
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The and food view is very nice ! Just one thing the price of the drinks was to much $30.oo for maracuya sour! x two $60.oo
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous birthday experience !
    Blossom
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Having been in the Peace Corps in Peru in the 60's, i had been hearing a lot about Gaston Acurio and his international acclaim by friends in Peru and fellow PCV's who had recently returned for a visit to Peru. We were visiting my son in Pompano Beach ( we live in Dade City), so I made reservations to celebrate my birthday at La Mar. The setting and the food were outstanding ( they even served Chicha Morada !). The service was the best ! Very friendly and accommodating. Really enjoyed chatting with sous Chef Fiorela Cornejo and sharing memories of Peru. A memorable treat !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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  • memorable restaurant
    guaro
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Excelente lugar para celebrar la alegria del espiritu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fred
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food and outstanding service. Nice settings and very nice outside sitting
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian-infused Peruvian heaven!
    itaketea
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We went to this restaurant off of a Thrillist list and it did not disappoint. I've had Peruvian food a lot in Miami, but thoroughly enjoyed this take on it. We had the Cebiche mixto, the Octopus, and the Snapper. The Octopus was cooked to perfection. The snapper, while deep fried, was not oily or overly fried, it was moist, crisp and absolutely divine. At the manager's suggestion, we had the chocolate mousse to end the night and wow. Light, fluffy, crunchy, sweet and salty - all of that in a single dessert. I highly recommend this restaurant. It was a little too loud, making conversation very difficult, and the table for two was a little big so it lacked intimacy for two, yet it is still a delicious experience with superb service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    LValderrama
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food is incredible and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Is La Mar receding?
    SouthFloridaGourmet
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It kicked off so well! The delicious food, the view, the service as could be expected from a restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental. A year later, the view is still extraordinary. But not so the overall experience. I had made a reservation for 5 the day before, yet, yet I was asked to wait, standing, for over 15 minutes until they "got a table ready". It was 6:45 p.m. and the place was empty! The table was the worse on the terrace. The manager only agreed to change when my mojito slipped from my hand. it was served very cold, as it should, but wet from the condensation, and no napkin! I knew the dishes I ordered from previous visits. This time they were less than 1/3 of the original size for the same price! I won't return. What happened ?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and modern Peruvian dining
    KWMWVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We loved every dish we tried. Our waiter encouraged us to share an entree so we also ordered 2 appetizers to start. From the cebiche bar to the flaming hot bar and the wet bar this restaurant has everything. Definitely makes me want to go back to Miami just to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome experience
    Luckystrike
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had a great dinner at this restaurant. The food was exquisite and the ambiance delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Limbo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The best place to experience and enjoy the wonderful peruvian cuisine. Had a great time with my wife. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. A must if you live in Miami or if you are visiting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated with inattentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Disappointing after reading reviews. Food did not live up to restaurant reputation. Many entrees very overpriced. Environment inside not pleasant. So loud we could barely hear each other. Waiter was very inattentive. Had to flag him down to request missing utensils, more water, order dessert,remove wine and drink glasses while waiting for dessert. Had to ask manager for the check since waiter was nowhere to be found. I attribute this in part to the automatic gratuity system. Perhaps we are spoiled but are accustomed to having good food served more attentively and with more decorum. Locals like us will not be returning or recommending this restaurant to others. Seems geared to one time tourists since it is based in a hotel.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated
    Doris
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was delicious, the portions small, and the food was much too expensive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Sibarita
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great Peruvian fusion attractive to those interested in Peruvian cuisine. Service was very good. Some dishes seemed over priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the good, the bad, the ugly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Very Good service. Good food. Bad: very uncomfortable chairs in the patio area, high table Ugly: had to eat a small appetizer (conch) with a huge, huge heavy fork.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    So you can't get a prettier view than the outside deck of La Mar on Brickell Key. The food was definitely tasty but perhaps my expectations were too high. It was good but I really expected something more. Also the portion sizes are extremely small, so if you are hungry expect a big bill. Lunch for 2 which included the one lunch special and two small appetizers and 2 glasses of wine was over $100
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3 time a charm
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Can't miss. Great food great view good service. ANyone interested in a unique food experience with some of the best peruvian inspired dishes needs to try this place. We have dined here 3 times all have been great experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe and cuisine
    Libby
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    La Mar has interesting mix of regulars, locals celebrating, business professionals and hotel guests. We went for a Girl's Night and had a wonderful experience. The service is spot on and the Executive Chef came around to meet the guests and even delivered some dishes. We had the Miami Spice menu and just loved the Salmon entree. A lot of tables were ordering a fried fish entree so we are going back to try this dish as the presentation was smashing. It was a beautiful night and the views of the Miami skyline really set the stage. La Mar's interior design is fresh, colorful and vibrant. Do not miss the PISCO SOURS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    Quique
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Bad acoustics. Good food, good service, nice ambience, nice crowd
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointment
    Mascaw
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The lomo saltado was salty and had a thick sauce. The tuna causa was tiny and nothing special, I had a salmon special with a thick sauce as well. The ceviche clasico was the only plate that was quite decent. The waitress was good and professional. They should improve the flavor and quality of the product and maybe a little more variety of the main entrees.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect dinner and great view
    franco
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fantastic dinner very friendly attention and the best Pisco in town, the smoked Alaskan crab was delicious
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great view but I was not offer seating outside despite having many empty tables. Food was good but I expected better. I have had much better food in the local places here in Miami. It felt like a sanitized version of Peruvian food, (for gringo consumption). Pisco sour was very good. Ceviche was ok. Noise was very loud. Hard to talk without screaming, almost felt like a bar on Happy hour. I will stick to the local places for a real taste of Peru without having to go there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • incredible Peruvian food
    nicolasVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fantastic Ceviche and causa platters, service is very good and relaxing, deserts are just perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was excellent, service and ambiance inviting. The only disappointment was the nice. I will definitely go back for the food. Megi from Miami
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You won't be sorry
    lunchbunchx3
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    ordered Miami Spice. Excellent food, presentation and service. Interesting décor. Loved the wall of plants. View spectacular. Very noisy. This is not a romantic or conversationl place. We had to yell to talk. Maybe outside dining would work for conversation or romance. Given all that. Food excellent.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    One of the best dining experiences my wife and I have had in Miami. Extraordinary service, delicious food, delightful ambiance. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.