Oolite Restaurant & Bar
Oolite Restaurant & Bar

Oolite Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ooliterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3059075535x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - Midnight
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    During all operational hours, even when there aren't reservations available, we always invite you to join us at the Bar Area!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kris Wessel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: There are two beautiful private dining rooms. The smaller is for 10 guests and feature a white leather banquette with a flat screen television. The larger seats up to 40 guests and has a projector screen available.
  • Private Party Contact: Frank Scottolini 305-907-5535x
  • Special Events: Happy Hour Every Day 4 pm to 7 pm
    All draft beer $3 House cocktails $5 House wine $4 All Bar Food Menu 50% off


    Call Oolite Restaurant for details 305 907 5535

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public self parking garages are located on 17th Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania, and at the New World Center on Lincoln Road Lane, just off Pennsylvania Avenue for $1 per hour.
A word from Oolite Restaurant & Bar
Oolite received 3.5 stars from the Miami Herald for Chef Partner Kris Wessel's original concept of Healthy Regional Fare inspired by the food culture and bounty of product in the region of Florida, the American South, the Caribbean and South America. Created as a healthy based cuisine, the entire menu is gluten free and protein specific. Oolite's kitchen technique is diverse using modern and time tested approaches to production including slow cooking, poaching, steaming, smoking, grilling, dehydrating and preserving. The seasonal menu allows a continual creative approach, always identifying with locals on favorite food use and recipes. Oolite is housed in a Frank Gehry building, just two steps off Lincoln Road, and adjacent to the Convention Center and the Fillmore Theater. Oolite's Craftsman interior design references mid century American with hand crafted wood tables, wainscoting, glass and pure Oolite limestone. The Artisanal wine and beer program was singled out for originality.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Oolite Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (24)great for lunch (20)special occasion (14)hot spot (13)romantic (12)great for brunch (11)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food, overwhelmed kitchen
    Ceejayell
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was great -- I had the brussels sprouts that everyone online had raved about, and was equally pleased. But we waited for our entrees for over an hour. Three times we flagged down members of the restaurant's staff to ask about our meals; 3 times we were told the kitchen was just very busy and that they'd be out shortly. But it turned out that they'd lost our ticket entirely. We didn't receive our entrees until two hours after we were seated. To Oolite's credit, they did almost everything to make up for it: free drinks, free food, a discounted bill. But the restaurant wasn't busy when we arrived, and the food we ordered wasn't time-consuming. It seemed like the place was just overwhelmed. A shame, because the food itself was lovely.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Special place for those in the know
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Gluten free, and delicious. This is one of the few healthful dining options anywhere near Lincoln Road. Chef Wessel is an excellent chef, with highly creative ideas, coupled with the personal commitment he has made to assure the entire menu is gluten free. Now I personally do not need to eat gluten free and do somewhat miss a bit of bread with some of the menu items, but I nonetheless enjoy what Chef does within this self-imposed constraint and the other health-oriented choices he has made. I have dined here twice and plan to return with some regularity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharonluvs2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was very good. Modern, very clean restaurant one short block just north from Lincoln Road, so much less foot traffic. Prices much more reasonable than Lincoln Road for high quality well prepared food. I would certainly recommend this restaurant. Self parking garage on 17th street is only $1 per hour. The restaurant is definitely a plus to the Lincoln Road experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Amazing
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful gluten free fresh sumptuous selections. You cannot go wrong with your choice, whether the poached grouper, jackfruit swordfish, corn spaghetti with tomato basil the entrees are top notch. I also cannot fail to mention the delectable sudes, Brussels sprouts, out of this world arepa, corn conch chowder. I am getting hungry just talking about it. Service is amazing. Prices are very reasonable. Oolite is all it should be and more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Interesting Dishes...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    But most of the them failed to deliver. The duck dish was just regular, the brussel sprouts were nothing special, and where was the fried green tomato in the arepa?!?!?!
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  • Delicious Gluten-free food!!!
    JcgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This place is gluten free friendly! They offer so many surprisingly yummy selections! Eggs Benedict, chicken & coconut rice, Huevos Rancheros...all amazing!!! And I heard their dinner is even better. Cozy nice atmosphere with the best music and service was spectacular. Great management (Frank) accommodated our brunch party of 8 and we were greatly pleased with our service Anis. Definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great go to place
    love2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    So it on the list of Miami Spice restaurants and decided to give it a try. The food was good but not over the top. What impressed me was the prices including wine which seemed very reasonable for South Beach. The service was excellent. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Always good
    Onlythebest
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    First time for lunch! Good menu and great food as usual with Chef Kris.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodlover
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was quiet the night we went but service and food were excellent. Loved that the chef was playing with different flavors and textures. We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Oolicious!
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I am pleased to write a review for this delightful new restaurant. I cannot say enough good things about it. First off there is a $1.00 an hour garage across the street, and it is off the craziness of Lincoln Rd. The chef/owner is a South Beach legend and is delivering gluten free healthy food. The menu is fit for foodies . BBQ shrimp, a fried green arepa, grouper poached in coconut water, conch and corn chowder, key west lime chicken, the list goes on and you will get hungrier. The wine selections are pleasing with selections from Spain and Italy to compliment the meal. The service is helpful, friendly, and welcoming! This is South Beach how it should be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We found you at last
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were sad to hear Red Light Little River closed because we loved the food. I am happy to report that the chef has opened in tbhis b eautiful space across from the Miami Convention Center. And, minus the sewage smell and the seedy neighbourhood. The barbecue shrimp and the fried green tomatoes were delish. The menu is gluten free. Call me old fashion but I like real bread. Otherwise yum! welcome back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comelon
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The mango mojito was not that good, the waiter immediately removed it and out of the bill. the food was trendy (read healthy) and excellent over all wonderful evening
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    fit for foodies
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  • 3.5 Star Review??
    RedSoxFanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    After reading the Herald's glowing review of Oolite i was eager to go and take some out of town guests there this week. The room is beautiful and the food is good but by no means is it 3.5 Stars, plus the service which I would include in a 3.5 star review was comical. Server was so disinterested and seem to be bothered that he had to work. Food runners were good and knowledgeable. Still trying to understand Miami Food Scene and now I am questioning food critics here.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional palomilla
    jefft
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    my daughter and I decided to try oolite thanks to a favorable review in the Miami herald and we are glad we did. my grouper was excellent as well as the apps and desserts. my daughter raved about her palomilla, saying it was the best she had in ages. I recommend oolite and I will be going there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Great food & service
    JamesBrownInMiamiVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Gluten Free options by Chef Kriss make this new South Beach hot spot the new place eat. Food was tasty and our waiter was excellent. Flank steak on steamed spinach, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts with goat cheese, and mango coconut cream pie were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very happy about this opening
    gentlecritic
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent fresh healthy food uniquely prepared with knowledgeable staff serving impeccably. Everyone should support this restaurant so that it has staying power.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Completely Gluten-free
    PassingthroughVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our party was surprised at how flavorful everything was considering the entire menu was gluten free. You can tell a bit with the desserts, but overall was delicious. The sauce in the BBQ shrimp was one of a kind. Thank you Brit for the high-touch service!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly underwhelmed
    samshimi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Bus boy provided great service and constantly filled my tables water. That was the only good thing about the restaurant. Food was mediocre - came here for the Miami Spice event. The waiter was aright. The host brought our desserts - but brought the wrong one. I informed him of this and he returned with the correct order and slam/threw it on the table. My dinner guests weren't pleased. Will not be returning or recommending to anyone.
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  • Oolite
    SamplingSB
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Upscale, trendy and great location. Service was excellent and although I came at lunchtime, would be great to come back in the evening for wine with friends. Food presentation was over the top but lacked flavor. My palate was disappointed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clever name, clever concept
    finickyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I can't say that the execution of the concept was perfect, but I give points for trying. The decor was great, loved the design and the ambiance. Our waiter did a fair job at service, it was just that his demeanor was so horrible, we didn't want him anywhere near us. You know the type, very dour, practically throws the plates on the tables and walks away sulking. I thought I was in a twilight movie. But I don't let that kind of attitude bother me. The food was fine, nothing spectacular, but good. Desserts were different. I took a risk and ordered the avocado cheesecake and it was a risk not worth taking. Not sweet at all, the nutty crust was quite good, but the avocado was a runny mess with little flavor.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Great space for great food
    flyingpig
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Healthy, locally-obtained and delicious food served in a beautiful restaurant. The BBQ shrimp is a must have. The Miami Spice program here is excellent, and anyone should try the avocado key lime tart on a almond/pepita crust. Service is attentive without being cloying, and the bar seems like a very beautiful place to meet friends before dinner. The location is also very convenient, next to one of SoBe's largest garages so parking is not an issue.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Miami Spice winner
    MR1216VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tried Oolite Saturday evening and we were thoroughly pleased with our Miami Spice choice. Kris Wessel came up with a very creative and delicious, gluten free menu. Appetizers and entrees on the Miami Spice and regular menus were all interesting. There were 4 of us so we sampled from both menus. Desserts need some work. The avocado mousse cheesecake was not "pretty' and my friend said needed some chips to go with it. The summer mango pie was a bit too gelatinous. The chef's chocolate fruit dessert of the night was a banana peanut butter mix, which was the best the of choices. Would definitely go back. Service was great.
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  • Gastro experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Having known the style of the chef for over a decade, I can say the idea has only become better now offering gluten free dishes combined with style and imagination that will surprise your taste buds. The ingredients are pure enough to eat daily without the worries of busting your gut yet remain exciting and unique. The staff was well managed for a newer establishment. The parking garage is right there also, so if drive over, it's easy access. An all around great experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    drgordon2
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    What a great experience on our first visit. Oolite has a completely gluten-free menu, a rarity in South Florida, and a real find for those who have Celiac or are gluten sensitive. However, don't think that this is diminished dining for the rest of us. This is a top notch, top tier restaurant with a creative and regionally crafted menu, an attentive staff, and an ambitious setting. This is going to be our new haunt on South Beach!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Creative and lovely
    Professor
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent food and caring service, this new Lincoln Road restaurant is one that will beckon whenever I'm in South Beach. Prices are good too. The room is beautiful And seating comfortable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • finally interesting healthy food
    CherVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I want to try this entire menu! In love with all the vegetarian and gluten free options. The bbq shrimp with roti amazing. The coconut corn conch chowder is also delicious. I have really enjoyed everything I've tried in my 3 visits. The kale cauliflower dish too salty for my taste. My only complaint :-)
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great add for Lincoln Road area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This strip is notable for touristy restaurants. Oolite is not geared for tourists. It is real food with a healthful orientation. We were dining on Miami Spice, so our meals were a relative bargain, but we plan to return in season on the full price menu (and probably again while Miami Spice is in effect). My wife enjoyed the BBQ Shrimp (threatening to drink the leftover sauce from the bowl) and the poached Grouper. I thoroughly enjoyed my coconut conch chowder and the orange tamarind duck. The desserts (mango pie and avacodo "cheesecake") were both quite good but their lightness betrayed the fact that they are vegan preparations. Still an all, we are already contemplating our return visit.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I'm a local and went to Oolite with some out of town friends. I was very disappointed with the quality of the meals. I had the Lechon (pork) and it was tasteless and appeared to have been boiled! It had large amounts of rubbery white fat and lacked any seasoning or taste. My wife had the Palomilla (Cuban style) steak and as my food it was lacking seasoning and taste. We did enjoy several appetizers and the staff was very attentive but the price minus the quality of our meals does not equate to a return.
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  • Healthy Dining in SoBe
    SoBeconciergeVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This great new restaurant was awesome! The food was wonderful and the cocktails are great too. Its a shame that it was so slow that day. The service was wonderful and he had great recommendations for the menu. The menu is based on healthy seafood and everything is good!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Sooo...Good!!
    Onlythebest
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Oolite has great ambiance , the service was impeccable, and with Kris Wessel in the kitchen you can never go wrong! We had the goat and skirt steak, it was delicious! We can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OOlite Rules
    cece
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The outstanding attention to great food is so appreciated. Finally there is a reason to go to South Beach for dinner!! Superb chef and service. thank you Kris for opening this treasure..The turkey burger is so delicious and the arepas are so so tasty. i will send all my friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kris is Back!
    YUMMYTUMMYVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was great. Best new restaurant so far this year. One minor complaint: kitchen was slow getting food out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jury still out
    DavidMVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Oolite has only been open a couple of weeks, so our experience may just be a question of teething problems, but they have work to do. The restaurant (a large space) was only sparsely populated and yet the service was pretty slow. The wine list is not extensive, was overpriced (a bottle of Cab Sauv which we'd had the night before elsewhere for $80 is $140 here). The low point was a $44 ribeye which came out well done, rather than medium rare as ordered, and the replacement, while rarer, was grainy and unappetizing rather than moist and juicy (and went back to the kitchen uneaten). Maybe from frozen? The restaurant offered us a complimentary desert which we didn't want, when is should have comped the uneaten steak.
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  • Awesome
    scott
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I've been following Chef/Owner Kris Wessel for yrs and this is the best yet!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service and a bit more
    OTREVIEWERVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    For a new restaurant they provide good service and a bit more.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wessel's Latest is Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    All the old favorites and then some. You won't be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Early Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Excellent food - timely service. Go for the Arepas, Ribs and BBQ Shrimp as must haves. Roti needs work. .
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
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