When I left, my thought was that I'd never be able to eat sushi again. Perfection in every way. Only 8 seats at each seating. Reservations must be made in advance! $$$$, but worth it.
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Happy Place...
We have been visiting Miami the past four years and we cannot come here without a reservation to Naoe. Chef Kevin Cory provides an amazing omakase and you would be missing out to not extend your meal to include the additional chef selections. It's always a pleasure to see and speak with Wendy - she makes your experience just that more perfect as the service is always impeccable and friendly.
The cab drivers will never know where they're going as the new location is in the Brickell area and unassuming but if you have an Iphone or a map app, it's easy enough to find if you have the address and look up the directions to guide them. Don't let the location deter you.
We look forward to next year.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very unique experience, totally worth the price tag (in my opinion) ... go in mentally prepared not to expect the "quantity" to be proportional to what you pay ... rather expect "quality" and "uniqueness" to be the indicators that measure your experience ... if you have a very special person in your life that enjoys Japanese cuisine this is the place !!!
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still waiting on it. Service impeccable as always.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything I ate is so delicious!!!
Chef Kevin... He knows about Japanese food much better than I do,and Im from Japan. It was worth the extra day in Miami!
Thank you to everyone at Naoe, they are so professional.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Impeccable dining experience
Expect to pay quite a bit, but well worth every penny
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Authentic Asian Cuisine
This place is for true foodies who enjoy experimentation and trying new and different things. The service is outstanding.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special Japanese Experience
Very interesting restaurant to explore for excellent Japanese food. Good quality and presentation, as well as sake options. Unique experience to truly give your mouth a taste of Japan in Miami.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Naoe is ALWAYS the best
It is almost a 2 month wait to get a reservation @ Naoe so I jumped at the cancellation even though it was last minute. Kevin's quality and selection or rare and unusual sushi (sea cucumber roe, whelk, Hokkaido uni, etc, etc) is always highly anticipated and appreciated - I would venture to say Naoe is one of the finest sushi restaurants in the US. Kevin's family in Japan produces wonderful sake (we had the Nichiei Junmai Daiginjo “Glory Of The Sun” and it was superb) and we also ordered some extremely fine matcha tea that Wendy offered and that was not on the menu. The best restaurant in Miami.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Naoe
This was, by far, the best sushi I have ever had! Not only that, but the entire experience was amazing. The staff explained everything they brought us in detail and were super attentive. I'd say that they really went out of their way to make our night amazing, but it didn't seem that they were going out of their way at all. They seemed to genuinely enjoy making our dining experience more than memorable. We can't wait to get back there.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
NAOE was incredible! We went for my husband's birthday and it was a truly spectular experience. You are transported to Japan and the food could not be more authentic. Picky eaters beware though as you must have an open mind and an adventurous palate to truly enjoy it. Sit at the sushi bar so you can watch the action.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing experience! After traveling around Japan this was a treat because it felt so authentic in every way.
The sake was the best I've ever had- and Wendy was the gem of the evening!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am just as speechless now as I was when I was trying to comprehend what I was putting in my mouth. Best meal of my life.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second visit to NAOE and this time we were able to sit at the kitchen counter and watch Kevin Cory and his staff do their magic. For those who have never been to NAOE, it is pricy, there is no menu - the chef chooses what he will serve. The experience of eating top Japanese Omakase cuisine created by one of the top chefs in the world makes NAOE the perfect place for a special occasion. In my opinion, it is priced just right for such a wonderful experience and the quality of the food. The service was superb, Since they serve delicacies you will find in few other Japanese restaurants in this country, Wendy explained each presentation in detail. We're already looking forward to our next visit sometime in 2014.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
NAOE is undoubtedly cutting
NAOE is undoubtedly cutting edge, maybe a bit too much so. As my wife said, just because you can eat something (sea cucumber roe, monkfish liver) doesn't mean you should. On the other hand, the preparation is exquisite and the quality is extremely good.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go again!
NAOE is simply amazing. I would recommend sitting at the bar area where you can watch chef Kevin Cory prepare each one of your meals. His skills and attention to detail are amazing, it's like you have dinner and a show when watching him make your dinner. Note that when looking for the restaurant, you have to look for the address because there is no sign outside on the building or door. It has this cool, hidden, speak-easy kind of feel to it, where only 8 people dine at a time. Not only is the food amazing, but the service is impeccable. Wendy is always around to explain what Chef Kevin Cory is preparing and to make sure that your food is right in front of you and that your drink is always topped off. I can't wait to go again!
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible food. The best
Incredible food. The best dining experience I have ever had!!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Minimalistic ambiance - no sign outside, minimal decoration, however very high quality. Open kitchen concept. Service outstanding -customer oriented 100%. The personalized menu idea is wonderful.
Now, about the food. Only selected and high quality ingredients: from soy sauce to fish/seafood and high end sake. Attention to every little detail: serving plates, glasses, presentation of dishes. Very naturally prepared so you can feel the texture and taste the flavor in every bite. Sitting at the bar table is definitely worth it, as you can see the Cheff preparing each dish, get more info about what you are eating - I guess it puts you closer with the overall food experience.
Thanks for a fantastic experience. Highly recommended.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had to wait for a long time to get a reservation, but it was well worth doing it. The food was amazing, prepared right in front of us by the chef/owner. The staff delivered a personalized service, explaining each dish in very specific detail.
An experience that we'll certainly repeat soon!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
NAOE was a wonderfull culinary experience. I would highly recommend to foodies who enjoy eating fresh seafood. One must go in with an open mind and a healthy appetite so one can experience the tastey rollercoaster that Chef Kevin has in store!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome but challenging
This was an amazing experience where just about every course was something we had never had before. The food was great but somewhat challenging (which we like) and with drinks this dinner ended up being very expensive. However, we did not expect differently and have paid similar prices for far less of an experience elsewhere so we did not feel taken advantage if at all. Would highly recommend for the adventurous eater.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth Every Hoop
Naoe has more rules than most institutions, but the food is extraordinary and the service is out of this world. If you give them enough notice and are polite they will do there best to accommodate any special needs regarding allergies. An experience that everyone in Miami should try once.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best sushi in MIAMI!!!
Absolutely the best sushi in Miami. Chef is artist!!! I've been to the best Japanese restaurants in NYC, San Francisco and LA, but this experience was amazing and better that anything before in US. You have to try it to understand the menu and the food.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Imagine having a front row seat to an episode of Top Chef. Well, this is better
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best Japanese experiences I've ever had...including all my visits to Japan. As good as it gets; as authentic as it gets. True Miami Gem!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A quite interesting experience... Very aggressive food selections, meant only for the most adventurous and super foodies.
Amazing service, great dessert... Worth a try, though make it a special occasion... Ends up being around 250.00 per person...
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent gourmet Japanese
Excellent gourmet Japanese food! Good service. The mystery dessert is incredible.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the first arrival at the restaurant to saying good-bye and shaking hands with the chef-owner, this was an incredible experience.
The food was stellar and the presentation beautiful. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. The price is steep but well worth the expense.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice sushi bar
We visit lots of Japanese restaurants all over the world. These one offers very high quality food. But only sushi. Lots of local fish and mussels. Only the bento box for the first course was no sushi.
But fantastic service!
The price is to night.......
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a truly unique and wonderful experience. The food was exquisite and the service was the best i have ever experienced in a restaurant. in depth explanations about all the food, which was served immediately and prepared by the head chefs own hands.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best, what else can one say?
This is the best restaurant in Miami. Period. Maybe even the best in the whole country. If you have any idea about what the best of the best feels like, looks like, but most of all tastes like, you can not pass on this gem. The service is impeccable and the new location is making it much less of a venture and makes for easy access to all that live in downtown, sobe or anywhere in Miami really. But the shining star is the food, food like you will taste nowhere else in Miami and prepared immaculately by the best sushi chef one can find in Florida and for my account (and many others with me now) in the USA. Kevin Cory is an absolute genius, who does not stop to find extremely rare, delicious treats and who will amaze you every time you visit.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Naoe Experience.
Amazing! Chef Kevin is so talented, he's sushi s to die for. I'm a fan:)
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
Incredible Food. Everything is Fresh. Very good location.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real treasure
We celebrated our anniversary here after waiting for months for a reservation and it was certainly worth it! I wish I could pin this in a legendary dining experience category, as it doesn't deserve to be judged amongst "regular" restaurants. This was far more than just going to dinner: it was being transported to a place I'd never been. From the impeccable service of Wendy, the hostess, to the course after course of delicacies that were hand crafted in front of us, this place is a MUST visit. My favorite thing about it is that I tried items that I would have never ordered on my own, but trusting the chef, was pleasantly & exquisitely surprised. Advice: be adventurous and you won't be disappointed!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but pricey
-Probably the best service I've ever had (which means if you're used to Miami - the service will blow your mind)
-The best fish I've ever had
-Innovative menu that incorporates traditional Japanese and local ingredients
-Friendly chats with the chef/owner and staff
-$160 per person (billed in advance!!)
-No booze or gratuity or even parking included for $160 per person (Total bill will easily be $450 minimum)
-Parking is validated only for 2 hours and the meal always takes 3 or more. Parking the garage next door is $12 an hour! Just leaves a bad taste in your mouth having to pay super expensive parking after dropping $500 on dinner.
9/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had a business meeting there, definitely an awesome place, food and service, it will give your plenty of topics to talk about, food quality and presentation is unique, service is special, every detail is being taking care of, definitely once in a life experience
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Culinary and Cultural Masterpiece
I tried for months to get a reservation after hearing great things about Naoe & I managed to finally snag a Sat night 6PM seating. My husband and I are huge sushi fans but this was far and away the best sushi and Japanese cultural experience I have ever had. I doubt you could find anything with this much attention to detail and freshness even in Japan. Each bite was a new experience and watching Chef Cory right in front of us was just amazing. If you are a foodie and love sushi, you MUST go and experience this. So many things to try including fresh ground wasabi and uni that are both nothing like what you have ever had before. Yes it is expensive but worth every penny. The service is impeccable with every detail just perfect.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A True Experience
Naoe is a restaurant that offers a true dining experience for lovers of sushi. Several of the fish served were flown over from Japan that day. The chef prepares traditional Japanese sushi with the very best ingredients. There is no ordering as the chef chooses the menu based on seasonal availability. If you are dining with anyone who is not adventurous, they will not enjoy this evening. Our meal began wih a bento box for each diner and followed with 8 courses of sushi - 1 piece each. We all left feeling fully satisfied. The crowd favorite was a salmon belly sushi but everything was delicious. Expect between $250-$350 per person including tips and drinks.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Somewhere B/T Here and Zen
Where is it, how much is it and did I just get transported to somewhere in Japan? Listen closely..you wont get this type or quaity of food anywhere else, the flavor , textures and colors of Japan are so ardently in display.
Loosen the wallet free the mind and make sure all your senses are acute, you are in for a ride. To try and review this restaurant in detail would be a disservice to Chef Cory, you have to experience it to truly understand. I warn you you will never look at sushi at your regular neighborhood sushi bar the same again.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best authentic japanese!
This is the best authentic japanese restaurant in Miami! Excellent and friendly staff. Highly recommend it!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
NAOE- always AMAZING!
Really unbelievable! Still perfect, year after year. They even ask you whether you are right-handed or not to see where to place the dish for soy sauce. Impeccable!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I were celebrating
My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the staff of NAOE made it a unique experience and very special event. The food was awesome and the service spectacular. We loved the beer and the sake...from the bento box, sushi, and desserts it is very much worth the visit for a special occasion.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was spetacular, a symphonie for The paladar.
9/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Naoe is an unique experience. Chef Kevin is very creative and uses only the best and freshest ingredients.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
While I have never been to Japan, eating at Naoe is what I imagine dining there would be like. I felt transported. And the one bite of salmon belly sushi was by far the best piece of sushi I ever had.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing else like it in Miami
A true gem with an experience unlike anything else in Miami. The chef takes great care in everything he prepares and the manager and servers are exceptionally hospitable. It's a tiny operations doing big things.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tout simplement le meilleur
Restaurant Japonais que je connaisse ! La diversité et la qualité de la sélection du chef sont à couper le souffle. Et que dire des Sushis ? préparés sous vos yeux à la demande, ceux-ci atteignent un tel niveau de saveur, jouant sur les textures et les températures, que l'on n'en croit pas ses papilles ! Ajoutez à cela un accueil et un service formidables qui vous téléportent instantanément au pays du soleil levant, voilà ce que vous trouverez tout au Long de votre soirée au Naoé.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, the chef, the staff, the presentation all exceeded my expectations. I have not had such an elegant dining experience in a very long time. Japanese dining at its best. Next time I will sit at the bar to see the chef in action!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfection Worth Every Penny
Almost the entire world acknowledges that the food and service is perfection. See yelp or the many great reviews written about this place. I can't add much more, just note that it is omakase. For some of the high-stress, type-A types that make the kind of money to afford this place, letting go and putting your culinary destiny totally in someone else's hands is difficult. If you can do that, you will have the best meal possible. It takes 2.5 hours on average, and for the amount of dishes, it really is a nice pace. Think relaxing culinary adventure, not fast food sushi. It's expensive until you consider the ratio of artistry and ingredients to price. While the hit will still be the same to the bank account, your mind will be blown.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Each bite lovingly prepared and explained. Exquisite service and food.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM