OLA at Sanctuary
OLA at Sanctuary

OLA at Sanctuary

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.olamiami.com/
  • Phone: 3056959125
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6pm-10pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Castro
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Contact Layla Seda for Details
  • Private Party Contact: Laylah Seda 3059154323

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th
  • Parking: Valet
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OLA at Sanctuary reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)special occasion (49)romantic (40)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (22)notable wine list (20)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (8)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • SOBE fantastic
    OTREVIEWERVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A real gem for the those looking for an interesting selection of fish prepared with South American inspiration (meat and a chicken also available). An outstanding menu, venue and service. And service is more than delivery; it is professional service at a level where the server is also a partner in your selections of food and accompaniments; ask for Rachel. She is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Tried the fire & ice cevechi and it was amazing. The meatballs, oysters and shrimp were all great. We shared several small plates and it was plenty for three of us. Prices are high. Wolfgang was a wonderful server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Munchie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Not obvious from the outside but welcoming and warm once you step in. Service and good was top notch!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in South Beach
    DontGetOutMuchAnymore
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My husband and I were looking for seafood and Latin cuisine and happily found both at Ola. The food was delicious. Our waiter was charmingly candid and his recommendations were on target with respect to both food and drink. We enjoyed a lovely evening in a nice atmosphere. My only wish would have been to slightly slow the pacing of the meal, but this is not an uncommon feeling for us when dining outside of our native NY. Even so, we would return to Ola in a heartbeat. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Allie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent food and friendly but non-intrusive staff. Very good recommendations on food and wine from the server. Only problem was the lobster empanada had a burned flavor that visually was disguised by the octopus ink. The item was re-made and was perfect. Long wait times for main course, but the kitchen may have been thrown off by re-doing the empanada. Cuban Pork was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish
    OhLala
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Ceviche and the fish plates were simply delicious, we loved everything we ordered.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delivers on a great reputation
    pickyeater
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Lived up to the online hype, a must visit for those seeking a Latin food experience in Miami beach. The staff were attentive, their recommendations superb. Yes Cuban is not Mexican. Ola allows you to exolore the differences. Outstanding dishes, no duds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awsome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I really enjoyed the food and the service that was provided...excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Latin food
    MonkeySixx
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Smoked Marlin tacos and squid ink empanadas.... To die for! The food, service, and ambience are all stellar at Ola. The menu is unique, and the food is just delicious. Highly recommended if in the South Beach area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Highly suggest coming here. My husband and I started with the fire and ice ceviche and the lobster empanada. Both delicious. For our main entres we got the tuna and duck. Everything was great, although I think we could've gotten away with one main dish since the portions were large!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive night out
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The ceviche was delicious, as was the fish, but most dishes are very unusual, a fusion of Latin America, like chocolate on lamb chops dipped in cream sauce, duck served with sweet beans and rice. The rolls are delicious (high in calories), made with butter, cheese and sugar inside. Quite expensive desserts: $12, although the presentation is beautiful! Service is excellent! If you want to try something very different, on a special occasion, this is the place. However, public parking opposite the restaurant at $15 is a rip-off!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, ok atmosphere
    PhillyeatsVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    we tried Ola on a recent trip to miami after reading rave reviews. We thought the service and food was very good- especially loved the meatballs. we were a little disappointed with the ambience. we were hoping for a trendier restaurant. We were there on a monday night and it was pretty quiet in there (aside from a fussy toddler). I think if you are an out of towner looking for more of a scene you may be disappointed with the atmosphere, but on the other hand if you are in miami and have been eating at trendy restaurants all week this might be a nice change of pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Miami
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The ONLY "fit for foodies" restaurant in South Beach. A must-go if in South Beach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Tomnallison
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fantastic ceviche menu, salmons and pork dishes were memorable - quintessential Miami. Service exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ola isn't the trendiest restaurant in Miami Beach, but it serves excellent Latin American food. Highlights to the menu are the lobster empanadas (no the crust isn't burnt, it is made with squid ink dough which gives it the black color), the meatballs, the ceviches, and the braised pork. The decor of the restaurant is slightly retro/rat pack, and the noise level is high, but this is the best food I have had in Miami Beach in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic experience
    partyphil
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Outstanding food & wine, everything we tried was delicious. Would recommend to anybody looking for great dining in Miami Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Miami favorite
    Tiffany
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant when we visit Miami. The creative and delicious food is only surpassed by the excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing short of amazing
    emmayer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Spectacular! Loved the lobster empanada, as others suggested. Had the Branzino on pork, amazing pair. A+ service and we loved everything about the meal. One of the best we had in Miami.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Insulting waiter/bad food ruined it
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We are willing to pay a high price for food, but the experience better be good and this was horrible. The server decided to pick on me, out of our table of 3, for special insult. When I ate a piece off the mountain of ceviche without also dipping into the granita in the Fire and Ice dish he was highly critical, but I didn't want the mountain to land in my lap. He failed to provide a chainsaw with which to cut the empanadas and never asked why they went largely untouched. He felt compelled to "instruct" me how to eat a deconstructed dessert as he placed it before me. I wanted to say, "Look here, bub, I was a foodie before YOU were born!" I thank fellow reviewers who warned of the 18% included tip so that we didn't overtip. We won't return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place to eat
    Rebenga
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I recently took a week long vacation, this was by far the best place I ate at during my trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the money by far.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The rack of lamb was probably the best meal I've ever had. All 5 people in our party agreed. All of the other food was delicious as well. Drinks were great as well. Came out to $125 pp with tip (we all had one cocktail, an app, entree and 3 had coffee) and it was worth every penny. Would love to go if I return to South Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    AlphaGamma
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The atmosphere was great, the service was fantastic, and the food was phenomenal. We couldn't stop eating the bread rolls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OLA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    After looking at a number of great restaurants in Miami / Miami Beach , we decided on OLA. Excellent restaurant, great Latin food & wine and the service was exceptional. Hector our server and the supporting team were great. Tucked away on a quiet neighborhood street in Miami Beach. Cool location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food and service
    Choosydiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I did quite a bit of research into Miami Beach restaurants prior to our trip, and I'm so pleased OLA turned out to be fantastic. The flavor and presentation were exquisite, and the service was perfect--helpful but unobtrusive. This restaurant is a few blocks off of Ocean Avenue, tucked into a hotel called The Sanctuary. It's truly a respite from the beach scene. We hope to stay there on a future trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marty
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Service friendly,very knowledgable and attentive.Food was inventive,beautifully presented,delicious.Music was too loud.A little pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South Beach dining delight
    joeittheATLVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our waiter Jackson did a wonderful job explaining the menu and making execellent suggestions. Amazing variety of Latin America cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our absolute favorite in Miami!
    Diningshouldbespecial
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    OLA is our absolute favorite restaurant in Miami. Everything was perfection. Our oyster appetizer was fantastic. It was a wonderful fusion of Latin food and all things delicious. DO NOT forgo the Chocolate Bomb dessert. Light and heavenly with a delicious Cabernet! A French, Palm Beach Chef recommended OLA and he KNOWS what he is talking about. So glad I listened!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed
    miachuckVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Lobster empanadas crust was over cooked. Burnt flavor. Lobster filling was great. Foie gras empanadas crust was very flavorful but way too much crust for the little foie gras. First glass of champagne had to send back as flat and no bubbles. Bottle had been open too long.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food done right
    Emkayay
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Ola's food was delicious and visually pleasing. The service was very good, the staff was friendly and gave us great recommendations based on our restrictions. We will be going back without a doubt.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Class
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was my first time trying authentic Spanish food and it was beyond delicious!! Every bite we tried was amazing and I am a very picky eater, but I ate every last bite! Great atmosphere and even better service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beyond fantastic
    notareviewer
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I never do these reviews, but OLA is fantastic. Beyond fantastic. I have been there a few times and it is always THE BEST. Fantastic food (delicious and unique), great service, and lovely memories. I have recommended it to everyone; starting with the cab driver who took us home. Go to OLA once -- it will not be your last time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden jewel
    Floridian
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Not to be missed! Decor, food, wait staff- - all excellent. Will definitely go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tucked away South Beach Gem,
    EricManVSFood
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our server was the second best part of the the dining expearience, she was knowledgable when it came to the food and drinks offered on the menu and very attentive throughout the course of our meal. Now for the best part....The food! This ranks up there with some of the best I've ever eaten. They start by serving you small diner roles which dont look like anything special but...are amazing, best diner roles Ive ever had. We then ordered the meatballs for our appetizer which our server suggested. They melt in your mouth with a creamy somthing sauce and thinly sliced pepers on top. I ordered the pork dinner and my girlfriend the porkchop dinner both of which were excellent! Our daughter had potato's and rice which was really good even!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    BillykinsVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Amazing food, rather pricey. The decor was okay, but the food and service were truly outstanding. The lobster ceviche blew my mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely well prepared.
    ThadVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I am not sure how anyone could be disappointed at Ola. Everything from the hostess, to the service, to the food was top notch. The restaurant itself has a quiet well done sort of feel. Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We read great reviews about Ola and decided to give it a try to celebrate 3 birthdays while in Miami. Service was great - food was amazing. Definitely try the fire and ice ceviche!!! But everything tasted amazing. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Results
    cookingfool14
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Hamachi Ceviche is a killer and the Mixte Ceviche was good. The Rock Shrimp appetizer is a large portion and could be shared. It was ok but we wouldn't order it again. The filet with crab dressing and chimichurri was excellent. Excellent service. Our waiter explained what was in each of the dishes as we asked. I would definitely go back. It's great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Been there many times since their opening...excellent food...intimate setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    dceatsVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was recommended by a friend in the travel business. She said all her "foodie" friends go there. We LOVED it. The ambiance is just right and the service is so Latin and Friendly. The food...WOW. If I lived closer and the prices weren't so steep, I'd eat there every week. We will definitely be back with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Being Honest/Tipping Procedure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    While the food was very good the restaurant needs to be honest when charging an 18 percent tip upfront and then accepting a 20 percent tip above the 18 percent. The way we discovered this was by reading reviews after our visit. We now have to call the restaurant back on Monday in regard to the extra 20 percent tip. Live here in South Florida and more than likely will not return due to this situation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall