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Oolite Restaurant & Bar
Oolite Restaurant & Bar
  • Address:
    1661 Pennsylvania Ave
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    Neighborhood:
    Miami Beach / South Beach
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

Oolite Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ooliterestaurant.com
  • Phone: (305) 907-5535
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: 12pm- 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - Midnight

    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: Dale LoSasso (305) 907-5535
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour Every Day 3 pm to 7 pm
    All draft beer $3 All cocktails $7 All Bar Food Menu 50% off

    Free Wine Tastings
    Every Tuesday Evening 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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 :-)"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Everything was great. Best new restaurant so far this year. One minor complaint: kitchen was slow getting food out."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've been following Chef/Owner Kris Wessel for yrs and this is the best yet!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "For a new restaurant they provide good service and a bit more."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "All the old favorites and then some. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent food - timely service. Go for the Arepas, Ribs and BBQ Shrimp as must haves. Roti needs work. ."
    Dined on 6/23/2014