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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
OLA at Sanctuary reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)special occasion (55)romantic (52)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (23)good for groups (15)notable wine list (14)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    Billykins
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
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  • Amazing Top Restaurant Anywhere
    AdamD
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We eat in fine dining restaurants frequently and live in the NY Metro Area. OLA stands among any of them. The Lobster Ceviche was amazing, The cuban braised pork was delicate and sumptuous and the special Mediterranean fish (dont recall the name) was fabulous. The herbs and flavors were delicate and bright - just enough. The service was great - spot on and friendly but not in your face. My only reservation was the deconstructed Key Lime pie. The Key lime could have been lighter (but then again, I am not a key lime fan and not sure why I really ordered it). All in all, fabulous! I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing experience
    MikeGVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I went to OLA because I had seen that it got great reviews. It is kind of tucked away on James street in the Sanctuary hotel. We had one of the best dining experiences we've ever had here. We started with the Hamachi and then had the marlin tacos and Kobe beef meatballs. All were outstanding. We finished with the fish of the day "a la macho". Every fish was amazing. The service was great. Would recommend to anyone that lives in or is visiting Miami that is looking for great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasure
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    it was not our first visit. we like it again! and we will come again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Meal - Great Flavors
    TonysTaste
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We tried Ola because of the great reviews and we were glad we did! Located on a quiet street it is easy to walk past this place and not notice it. The feel was energetic and the food had wonderful flavors. The "Fire and Ice" ceviche was perfect, the corn empanadas had a great blend of flavors and the Pork Milanesa was the best pork dish I have ever eaten... and possibly one of my top ten meals ever!! Our waiter name was Hector and he provided excellent suggestions on food and wine pairing and just the right amount of contact. We really enjoyed our meal...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Da Birthday Bomb
    SMVJax
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I were in Doral for a convention and since it was my birthday, I made reservations at OLA based on reviews on OpenTable and Yelp. I am GF (not by choice!), and the waitress offered great info about menu items, including the bread they serve (they call it Colombian cheese bread but its real name is pandebono-super yummy!) My husband got a huge piece of red snapper (boneless) and I got the pork with yucca mash. Oh my goodness! And we ordered Da Bomb to share for dessert and they wrote Happy Birthday on the plate! We were probably the oldest folks in the place (we're in our 50s) - apparently it's the go-to for 20-30 somethings. Parking was difficult on a Friday night-the synagogue is around the corner but we found a spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    goodfoodmakesmehappy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We love the food here. The lobster ceviche is incredible. The service is outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service ,
    11ddVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We been coming here for the last 10 years since we come to Miami . Great service and good food ( used to be unbelievable ) the appetizer and special lobster cevice , oahaaa. Great cocktails and nice atmosphere . We will come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Perfection
    skindoc
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    A must go. The food was absolutely perfect. Every dish. Every presentation. The waitress knew every ingredient in every dish. A great find. A great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting pallete of tastes
    Chelsealady11
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Very innovative cuisine beautifully served by knowledgeable wait staff. Would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was very good with a great twist to it. Service was attentive. We went on a Thursday night and it was busy.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A wonderful meal...creative and very tasty menu. Our group shared 5 starters and all were amazing....mains were just as good with everyone sharing with others so we could all taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most delicious Restaurant!!!
    KatzVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We have been to other excellent restaurants but this is the absolute best! Their food is paradise in your mouth! The service is extraordinary and this has become my favorite Restaurant in the world!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!
    msbeachbubble
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Found this place on a whim with Open Table and we were NOT disappointed. Parking is across the street - $10 for 2 hours - but it was totally worth it. Rachel, our server, was so knowledgable and helped us navigated the menu. She suggested some amazing selections. The ceviche was wonderful, meatballs were to die for, Cuban pork was delicious, and we finished with a chocolate cigar and the flan (YUM YUM YUM!). I would definitely come back here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Roetodine
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had planned on going here only once during this short getaway but couldn't help ourselves. We ended up eatting here twice. We had the same waitress who remembered my drink from the night before and helped us order again. Always the best choices. Can't wait to Come back next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    PDMATL
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The menu was loaded with great choices. The cocktails were great and the service was outstanding. The seafood was fantastic, including the cerviche. The desserts were the best I have had anywhere. I highly recommend this to anyone in or traveling to South Beach. One of the top spots in the country today.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oooh La OLA!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Lovely Mrs. and I went to OLA for our 3rd anniversary dinner and it was everything the other reviewers have posted and more. A delightfully eclectic menu with Pan-Latin offerings that are sure to please any pallet. If you are visiting South Beach then OLA at the Sanctuary is a gem of a find that will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Ola
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and the food was rich and delightful. Adding to our positive experience, they accommodated us arriving late to a reservation and came out to confirm an additional tip that we left for our waitress because we didn't know the tip had already been included. Very honest staff and creative menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Ajm5215
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Awesome food, service, and ambiance. Had the mixed ceviche for an appetizer, sugar tuna and red snapper for main courses and deconstructed key lime pie for dessert. All cooked to perfection an very tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most wonderful taste sensation!
    Exceptional
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I had to savor every bite as the taste sensation was exceptional. The service was outstanding as well! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodgasmic
    Miamifoodie
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The best food I've ever had in miami. Truly phenomenal experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.