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: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Friday and Saturday: 5:30p - Midnight
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    You are invited to the Oolite Bar, with or without reservations, during all our operational hours.
  • 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
  • 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
Oolite Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)neighborhood gem (42)good for groups (37)great for lunch (26)romantic (23)special occasion (23)great for brunch (20)hot spot (18)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (7)notable wine list (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • So healthy and Special food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Die Speisenangebot war ausgewogen und das Besondere: Low Carb or No Carb! Frische Zutaten, frisch zubereitet und so köstlich im Geschmack! Wir lieben es und werden zum Wiederholungstäter. Es ist so tolles Essen, so fein abgestimmte Nuancen, perfekte Präsentation und gute Auswahl. Wir danken der Küche für den schönen angenehmen Abend.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New World Ctr needs great restauran
    nsfrrbVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Kris Wessel still does not appear to care about service at his restaurants, at least the 3rd with service a common complaint. Everyone is pleasant but absent. Why serve the bread after we finished our entrees, despite 3 reminders? yes, we were charged. Pour wine during the meal? too much to ask. 2+ hours for 2 apps, 2 entrees, and 1 dessert. Food was inventive and well-prepared, with 1 exception. A way overly dressed "wild mushroom" salad contained maybe 2 tablespoons of not very "wild" mushrooms, mostly chopped into tiny pieces amid a generous portion of mixed (not just arugula -- a plus) greens. We attend concerts at New World Center at least once/week in season. Too bad we have to return to Lincoln Road for a pleasant meal.
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  • gentlecritic
    gentlecriticVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The Florida Grouper with coconut sauce was delicious. The side dishes were not extraordinary. The atmosphere is very conducive to talking and catching up with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab gluten-free eating!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I had a wonderful birthday lunch for 2 at Oolite on Columbus Day, a Monday. I had a wonderful "Green Vichysoisse" for a starter - a quinoa/corn timbale surrounded by a kale/spinach/celery thickened juice. Lovely to look at and lovely to taste (@ $9). This was followed by a good burger, cooked correctly, on a rice cake bun and bonita (whit sweet potato) chips - I think $12. A glass of Prosecco was the beverage ($9). Food was inventive and tasty. The restaurant was nearly empty on a Monday lunch, and the service was a bit slow - a good 10-12 minutes to get the Prosecco when no one was there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Be adventurous
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Gluten free means no wheat or rye in any of the dishes, so no bread, and no traditional cake or pies. And yet there's plenty of great food on the table. Plus, while the savory dishes are certainly not vegan (there are fish and shellfish, beef, pork, goat and cheese on the menu), the desserts are (no egg, dairy or honey). Ask a few questions, let your server guide you, and you'll be quite happy ... and you will return for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Amazing food and service. The best oxtail and Lechon I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hmmm, will give it another try
    Scrumpterou
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Very disappointed, had A $24.00 oxtail; yes, I said that right, "A", meaning 1 oxtail, we were told we could share our meal... Needless to say, I did call, spoke to Frank, explained Oxtails were $6 a pound, while it was delicious, it was a bone and broth with very little meat. He appreciated the fact that I shared my experience and will make it up; I had decided to go back before I spoke to him. Server was clueless; she finally explained she had only been there two weeks, she did not know nor understand the menu. All-in-all, the place is very nice; great ambiance, near the heart of everything with great parking directly across the street. I am sure Kris Wessels will make the necessary adjustments, after all, they are only 2 months old.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Delicious,gluten free
    FoodGloriusFood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Gluten free.... Has found it's chef par excellence! Congratulations.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten free heaven!
    Audi
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The entire restaurant is gluten free!!! I wanted to order everything on the menu. Dessert was my favorite part because I could actually have it, not to mention is was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DO YOURSELF A FAVOR
    FoodIsGood
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food was awful. The dishes are misrepresented on the menu. It was not fresh. Everything left a stale citrus flavor on your palate. We had 7 dishes and everyone of them lack balance of flavor. I live two blocks away and, being on a gluten free diet I was excited. everything is a'lacarte. Don't let the "under $30" fool you. They even charge $7 for bread. It's been two days now and I'm still upset. What a total waste of time and money. I actually had to come home and cook dinner after we left.
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  • NOT fit for foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    It was not bad, but there are many better restaurants in South Beach for the price. Unless you have a limited diet, skip Oolite.
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  • Ahhh ... He did it again !!
    MarcoVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Chef Kris Wessel is (once again!) serving-up delicious foods. Existing fans (of Kris Wessel) will be pleased, and those who have never dined @ Wessel's prior restaurants owe it to themselves to try Oolite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Excellent again!
    gentlecriticVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We couldn't wait to go back and we were not disappointed. We tried completely different menu items this second time and all which were delicious. The pork rib meat fell off the bone, the whole grouper was perfectly filleted, wow to the roasted boniato and mmmmm three bean salad. We hope to return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite!
    MiamiBroker
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent service with lots of creative, healthy and delicious options. Some tasty drink specials too! Can't wait to try their brunch. Prices were very reasonable for what you get. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much sauce
    Professor
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The first time I went to Oolite I loved the food. The chef is wonderfully creative and the food tastes fresh and is creatively spiced. However, as with the Red Light, the dishes have way too much sauce. The Barbecue shrimp and the grouper were drowning in sauce that I tasted unfortunately through the middle of the night. Next time, I'll instruct the waiter that I'd like much less sauce. The restaurant is beautiful and the seating comfortable and the food priced fairly. Before our friends arrived, I ordered a martini, which came in a champagne glass. Please buy the proper drink glasses.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very nice food. Safe restaurant for costumers with sensitivity to gluten
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch As Good As Dinner
    JamesBrownInMiamiVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I had the burger and mac n cheese. The Oolite salad was a perfect compliment to the lunch entree. Excellent service and quality, full of taste, gluten free dishes.
    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, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu and food!
    RTapia
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Amazing selection of Latin American varieties and mixes! The place is amazing!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A New Way To Brunch
    JamesBrownInMiamiVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Oolite offers two brunch deals for customers to choose from. Excellent gluten free brunch options that are full of flavor and satisfy. The French toast with glazed bananas really hit the spot. Bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Mary's really make this an affordable brunch with gilt free options. Anais was our waiter. He has waited on me several times and is always on top of the service. The attentive service and amazing food makes this the new place to be for brunch on Sundays. Oh - and don't miss the smooth sounds from the live band. What a great new way to spend Sundays on South Beach, just off Lincoln Road. Plenty of parking available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Not much to praise here, we were underwhelmed. I've always enjoyed Chef Kris Wessel's fish preparations, but nothing shined on this night.
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  • 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
    YummyVIP
    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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    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very happy about this opening
    gentlecriticVIP
    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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    special occasion
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate