Best of S beach and still be civil
The SB crowd isnt what it used to be and thats not a complement. Its getting to be more like Bourbon street. Not good. But if you still want to experiance it but be at arms length this is the place.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal and service in South Beach. Orlando was great and provided excellent suggestions. Food was in wonderful especially the grilled octopus and the snapper. Also, the best mojitos!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, Attentive service,
Great food, Attentive service, relaxed yet professional.
Great spot for people watching and observing the South Beach scene. , made for an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I found this restaurant on Open Table. Was looking for great food at reasonable price in South Beach our waiter was very pleasant and helpful. My husband had the Ahi Tuna and I had the grouper. Both were outstanding. Starters of heirloom tomato salad and crab cake were also very good. The special dessert for the night of pineapple flan with bourbon sauce was delicious. Would definitely recommend this place. Yum!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best seafood in Miami Beach...
...in the three days i was there — and I'm pretty sure it was the only seafood resto i went to. It was a great experience nonetheless.
A trio of musicians played fun dinner music by the entrance. Definitely get a patio/sidewalk table. The service was attentive and knowledgeable. To eat: the crab legs were delicious but expensive ($50 for 1lb), the lobster bisque was outstanding and the paella was also good but needed a lot of lemon. Go here if you love seafood.
7/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Fish Called Avalon
I am a resident of South Beach, and I enjoy dining at the best restaurants. A Fish Called Avalon is one of my favorites. The service, food, selection, and ambiance are consistently excellent.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Price and quality match
Very good food for an affordable price, regarding the place is situated at the ocean drive. Wine price moderate to ok.
Service very friendly, can be recommended.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took too long
The food took long, and the waiter didn't come to check on us... Bread could be softer. However, the food was very good
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance and great food!
Thanks Opentable for this find! I was looking for good seafood at a reasonable price and I found this restaurant. We truly enjoyed our dinner price fixe menu. Portion were plentiful and delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. (The only reason that I gave 4 stars is that the bus boy attempted TWICE to take away our plates prior to completion. Otherwise, a truly enjoyable experience!
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food great location
Great menu choices and good food with very pleasant, efficient serving staff. The location on Ocean Drive couldn't be better for people watching and live music too.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Smoking vs. Non Smoking
We were a little disappointed sitting outside when the women at a table directly next to us started smoking. Because the tables are so close together, one cigarette at the table next to you is enough to ruin a meal (whether it's outside or not). We would have preferred a smoking and non smoking designated section outside. Thankfully it was only as we were getting the check / desert so it was a good experience, but could have been bad if they came earlier.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good, with the fish dishes standing out. Service was effective and friendly. The wine list needs more breadth , and the wines don't (ugh) have years listed.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing seafood on Ocean Drive
We wanted excellent seafood in Miami and we found it! It was recommended to us by several people so we booked a table and were not disappointed. If you are looking for high end seafood in South Beach with excellent service, I highly recommend this spot. And since its on Ocean drive, the people watching is great :)
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A concise menu with choices of classics and some chef's creations.
The fish was fresh and precisely cooked. Also precise was the information about the sizes of the portions.
Service was attentive and friendly . The prices affordable and coherent.
The Orzo Paella was very good and the chef's special - alaskan halibut with vegetables - was a nice combination of tastes.
The Vanilla beam crème brûlée was a imaginative rereading of the traditional french dessert. More rustic than refined, but really tasty with all the flavours nicely put together.
Good, not exquisite.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Fish Called Avalon and had the Miami Spice menu. It was actually the MS menu that tipped the decision in favor of the restaurant. Nothing disappointed. Service was attentive, waiter was knowledgeable. The water was constantly filled, anything we needed immediately brought. The food was out of this world. Every course was very special. Highly recommend the calamari appetizer as well as the shrimp turmeric curry appetizer. All our main dishes were outstanding. Their sorbet was scrumptious. Would come back over and over.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again I returned to A Fish Called Avalon!!! We had a great table on the street again, so much to see, it's like going to a dinner and a movie. We had an outstanding waiter and the food, as always was AMAZING!!!! I LOVE this restaurant!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food quality !
We went to this restaurant as I have been there one year ago -
The food was - as expected - nearly perfect !! I invite some friends to this restaurant as we love goof fish and wine - and we have been served very well!
The only thing what i would like to mention is, that the musician playing live this evening "has room for improvement!"
So from our personal view it was loud and not good :-(
But - nevertheless we will come back for shure as we love the food at this scenic location
Greetings from Germany -
8/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
The bass and the grouper were both excellent. Had Asian style calamari to start and it was excellent too.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful way to start our vacation
We dined here on our first of 2 nights in Miami Beach and loved it! We sat outside and it was a beautiful night. The food was amazing. My husband had the red snapper special and I had the miso glazed seabass. Both of them exceeded our expectations. We started with a crabcake appetizer which was the best crabcake either of us has ever had, and we've had our share. The service was wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I would highly recommend to anyone.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
South Beach Gem
Next time I am in South Beach I would definitely eat here again. Great spot on Ocean Drive. Lively outdoor seating with live music while dining. Fantastic food. Dim lighting sets the mood but bring a mini flashlight to read the menu. Large variety of seafood and other choices.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Class in South Beach
A Fish Called Avalon is a different experience from the many restaurants lining Ocean Drive with outdoor seating flanking the sidewalk and hawkers accosting you as you walk through. Avalon is all class and the prices reflect it. Not a muscle shirt to be seen. Ambiance is reserved, elegant and civil. Service (Orlando) was polished and professional. Wine list was excellent but well priced for a high end place. Lobster bisque first followed by Seafood salad entree and a Risotto entree were all excellent and elegantly presented.
This is a perfect special occasion location on Ocean Drive.
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice Surprise on Miami Beach Strip
I went here with my wife and a business partner during a conference in MB. I was told it was "pretty good" by the concierge at our hotel, so I wasn't expecting the quality we all had! Fantastic grouper encrusted in macadamia nuts and Snapper encrusted in crabmeat. Service was attentive and atmosphere was very nice. I wasn't expecting it to be one of the best meals of our trip, but it was! Go here... You'll be pleasantly surprised!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining across from the beach
My companions and I all had a great dining experience. The food was perfectly prepared, the music was appropriate for the setting and the street scene was entertaining. Added bonus was watching the moon rise over the ocean. A perfect choice on a warm Miami night.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great every time. Must go
Great every time. Must go in South Beach. Food is always nice and fresh and the service is very good too.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent seafood right on Ocean Dr
Excellent food quality, with nice presentations for all the dishes as well. We tried 4 different appetizers and 5 different entrees, and all were prepared very well and tasted great. The bugs were biting outside, and we were caught by a brief shower. So it would have been better for us to have dined inside. But with no bugs and no rain the outdoor seating is definitely preferred. The service was also very good, even though they were quite busy.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go To Place
I chose A Fish Called Avalon for our anniversary dinner based on reviews; we weren't disappointed. We both had the roasted garlic and spinach soup which was very good. For my entree I had the macadamia-crusted snapper with spinach risotto, also very good. DH had the oysters appetizer, entree of twin lobsters and roasted asparagus which he rated very good. For desert we had raspberry and mango sorbet with fresh fruit, which was refreshing. This is a go to place to for its atmosphere, great food and service.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was amazing from appetizer to dessert!! This was the best seafood I've ever had in Miami.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great South Beach restaurant
It's awesome to sit on the sidewalk and enjoy good food and take in the surrounding of south beach. Food is delicious. Generous portions and unique preparations!
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Well worth it.
First time dinning on South Beach. Great service. Would eat there again.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Great Food
A great place to people (and car) watch and the food is good too. Not a tourist trap. Try the creme broule, you can thank me later. A friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Good wine list. They do add 18% gratuity for smaller parties, but they don't hide it.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just what the Doctor ordered
My husband and I have been so busy. We live in Miami and decided that we needed a night out. This was the perfect place! Romantic, cozy, food was wonderful and our server was amazing. This is just what we needed to remind us that fun is still allowed no matter what age!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food with view of SOBE
Now that the weather has cooled, this is a wonderful place to sit on tables that are outside and give you the entertaining view of the Ocean Drive crowds from tables that don't have the pedestrians walking next to your table. The food is very good as well. Try the sea bass if you like , or if you like spicy, the bang-bank shrimp is a wonderful appetizer.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you want to spend an evening dining right in the middle of the strip to people watch, I think this is the best restaurant in the area. Further North are better dining experiences but this restaurant offers great outdoor dining. I asked for a table on the porch area so you are seated above the sidewalk and away from the constant flow of pedestrians. Food and service are outstanding.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great South Beach spot
The food at this restaurant was delicious and the location makes for an entertaining night! Definitely sit outside, preferably not right on the sidewalk.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Moon over Miami
Loved every minute of the evening! Food was FABULOUS!!!!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never ever a disappointment !
I have been coming to this restaurant for 15 years and it has always shined to me as the best restaurant on Ocean Drive. Proof is in the fact that it is the only restaurant on the strip that does not have hosts and hostesses begging you to sit and eat at their restaurants.....The quality is tip notch, sitting outside is a romantics must do ! I highly recommend this place ! !
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite South Beach restaurant
We always plan on a dinner at A Fish Called Avalon when we are in the Miami area. It is always amazing!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent in every way
Recommended by a friend & it was everything we expected & more.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. My wife is still talking about the sea bass
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Gem Among Stones
I love Avalon's laid back vibe on the high traffic Ocean Drive in South Beach. I have been to South Beach many times, and I have never seen Avalon. I was worried that it would be like the other restaurants on Ocean, displaying their dishes on the sidewalk, but Avalon was a delicious gem in a sea of stones.
We chose it from the review on Open Table and it did not disappoint. The service was good, the food was amazing and the restaurant ambiance made us feel like we were in Havana, from when we sat in the small bar before dinner to the music to the delicious cocoa favored lava cake for dessert. Do not leave the restaurant without trying the Bang Bang shrimp appetizer. I will definitely go back to try other dishes.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fishing for Compliments
Loved ' A Fish '. The main course was superb. Shrimp Scampi Provençal. I had the Baby Greens salad. It had great flavor but didn't have the wow factor. The Key Lime Pie wrapped up the meal. It was traditional and excellent . The ambiance was fabulous, the service was great and the live music set the tone for a wonderful ' Miami After Dark. Terrific people watching restaurant. I will definitely go back.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Six of us went to dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. I phoned the restaurant the evening before asking them to note this and to have a birthday dessert complete with candle and song. I was ensured that they will take care of it. During our meal, there was a birthday celebrated at the table next to us and they received all the amenities. At the end of our meal I waited and waited. I finally called our waiter and told him the entire story. Well, he never returned with ANYTHING! I spoke with the manager as we left and although he apologized, the evening was a letdown.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great and this was a lovely retreat from the usual South Beach fare.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I will definitely come back next time I'm in Miami. Great restaurant for any occasion including "just because!"
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great. Portion size good. Service was good but I felt like because we didn't order an appetizer and dessert we we ignored more than others.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are from SF and were in
We are from SF and were in Miami for the weekend. We're serious foodies and loved this restaurant. We sat outside, which is wonderful for people watching and listening to the classical guitarist. Even with the music, we could easily hear each other. The food was delicious and the portions were large; we had the octopus for appetizer, miso glazed sea bass and macademia crusted snapper for entrees, mushrooms as a side dish and bread pudding for dessert. Our waiter was charming and helpful. The prices for entrees were a little high, but we highly recommend this restaurant. Plus, you get to be right in the heart of South Beach which seems to be filled with mediocre restaurants.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a great find on Ocean Drive
Frankly, when I moved into the area I wasn't optimistic about finding really good food on Ocean Drive, given that I had tried a few restaurants before I moved to the area and the food quality was dismal. I guess the assumption of many restaurants is that most tourists won't be back again for years, so they don't work to ensure repeat business. But, I have tried to find good restaurants within walking distance from home and Avalon is an exception to the "don't care about getting repeat business." The food is excellent, and the servers attentive without being intrusive.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just what we were looking for in Miami Beach. Romantic dining. Unique selections on the wine list. Orlando our waiter was the best! Just the right amount of help and service. Had the sesame seared ahi tuna. Fabulous! We also had Filet. Very juicy and perfectly cook. Each meal came with sides even though technically ale carte. Definitely will return on next visit to South Beach.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not one bad word to say......
My husband and I dined at Avalon whilst on a recent weekend break to South Beach. I was a little concerned when we arrived as the interior seemed a little shabby but these were soon put to rest after some great attentive service and fantastic food. The octopus starter was the best I have ever tasted! Overall presentation of the food was fantastic although white plates ( rather than patterned) would have further enhanced this. I do not have a negative comment to say about Avalon. I real gem. I would highly recommend it.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanksgiving in Miami
We spent our Thanksgiving in Miami. My kids love to have traditional turkey for dinner. Some restaurants were closed, some dont serve turkey, some were booked ahead... And A Fish Called Avalon meets our expectation, even on short given notice.
Very good place, Ahi Tuna was delicious
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM