Chris Wessel does not know
Chris Wessel does not know how to produce a bad meal! The place is nice but with parking at $20 + tip you will have limited success from locals. IT will become a tourist attraction (at best) and will fade into just another typical SoBe spot - too bad.
Locals are key!!!! Take care of them and they will take care of you.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, overpriced.
Second visit. Food was imaginative and with great flavor. The wine was overpriced. The prices were above what you would pay in a similar restaurant of equal or better reputation. Also, valet parking was $20. Dinner for two with wine: $160. If that were $120 I would go there more frequently.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was excellent, unique
Food was excellent, unique florida choices, sevice was only let down, waiter was not very attentive and was unable to elaborate on menu items.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Only complaints vegetable
Only complaints vegetable side dish( Spianch & Aspargus) was under season and my Grouper was either previously frozen or just over cooked. Cevache (Grouper) was perpared very well tastey and delicious All in all every dish gets a passing grade. I will return.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch was very good. The
Lunch was very good. The Conch Chowder was one of the best chowders I have ever eaten.
The fish sandwich was very nicely prepared and very tasty.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This resturant lives up to
This resturant lives up to the hype. Perfect for foodies like us...a wonderful blend of latin and southern flavors without feeling too heavy.great salads and apps. We adored the cheese grit cakes! And wonderful fish. We recommend buying wine by the bottle...glass prices are high enough to make it well worth it. Wine list not extensive but whites were well suited to fish dishes. Watch the spice on the shrimp app! If you aren't expecting it, it will surprise you!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate inside because it was
We ate inside because it was quite windy when we arrived, but the outdoor patio dining area looked very nice. 24-hour marinated chicken was really tender and tasty. Service is included in the bill.
4/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the 2 hour drive!
The food was seasoned to perfection. Everything had a kick to eat; nothing was bland. The oxtails was tender and tasty. Even though the Maui Maui was not extraordinarily displayed, it made up for it with the seasoning. The quail salad had lychee fruit in it and all the sweetness went so well well with the other flavors. I can go on forever with positive words about my experience because everything exceeded my expectations. It was a slow evening and I received great attention from all staff members.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice place in a very
Very nice place in a very quiet relaxing setting, with fantastic food. The night we were there they obviously were shorthanded and the service was slooooooooow... Just a pity, the food was so good, but you lose count of it when it takes twenty minutes after your first course to get the second. We never tried dessert: fifteen minutes after they dropped the menus they hadn't been back for the order, so we got the hostess to get us the bill and we left. We will try it again...
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upsetting start, overall fine time
I was returning to this restaurant for dinner as I had really enjoyed my first time. Bad news was the chef had decided to move the venue from its amazing-decor, dim-lights upstairs to an almost poolside, kinda-hot outside area. As it got dark, the place came to life: it is beautiful; I did not miss the upstairs so much - a cool breeze helped. Service: knowledgable, friendly, alert but not pushy. Appetizers and entrees: excellent. Dessert (coconut panna cotta w watermelon sauce and mango ice cream): a VERY mixed experience. I would recommend FC, with a caveat: call and check whether the chef has decided to change your dining experience since you last heard/read of this place. Predictability is a big part of what makes any review worth it!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food & service but HOT!
The food was very good and the service was outstanding. Especially our waiter Mike! However it was very HOT! Almost too hot to enjoy the good food.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our Miami Spice lunch very much but found other menu items pretty expensive. More specials would mean more visits, for sure! Kris Wessel's tremendous talent shows through in his new location, especially his gift with salads and veggies - though the little key lime tart was tremendous, too.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed Kris Wessel's
Really enjoyed Kris Wessel's latest culinary endeavor - this is a clear winner, and the setting certainly helps. This is where Miami Spice works its magic; I definitely want to return to Florida Cookery again!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent local sourced food with a creative menu.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new restaurant on South Beach
The restaurant is located in the stunning James Hotel, worth a visit alone for the beautiful renovation of this Deco landmark. For lunch on a Saturday, the inside restaurant was closed, so we ate on the patio. The service was very friendly and attentive(especially by SoBe standards!). The menu is an imaginative mix of updated Florida favorites. The creamy, almost ricotta-like burrata mozzarella on fried green tomatoes was a standout, as were the BBQ ribs appetizer. The key lime tart for dessert was tiny, but delicious. As to be expected for a South Beach hotel restaurant, prices weren't cheap, but not outrageous either. I wouldn't go for lunch on a Tuesday, but for special occasions when in the area, I'd definitely go back.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just add A/C
Wonderful meal and drinks! Best Miami Spice meal ever! But would have preferred their pretty indoor dining area upstairs. This is Miami Beach, we spend enough time outside.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
As South Beach would have it
There are some natives to South Florida that really don't like to go deep into south beach because of the tourist attraction it has even though there happens to be some of the best chiefs in the world. I recommend you the Florida Cookery as on the fringe of an attraction with its flare for the natives without the noise of tourist and certainly excellence in it menu. What the Florida Cookery definitely has is substance in it's menu and most of a fantastic taste across the world combined into a presentation that is very hard to duplicate anywhere. Its majestic scenery just adds an element of elegance with a feel of comfort which does always goes well together but, the exception will be the Florida Cookery.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Florida Cookery is a great find !
Found this restaurant via the Slow Food Miami links and loved it ! The menu is interesting, the food very tasty, the products used of great quality. The staff was warm, enthusiastic and helpful but not over-bearing and seemed genuinely concerned by the quality of the food which was being served.
The athmosphere is pleasant but relaxed, the decoration and lighting really nice and - most important - the noise level was kept to a minimum: which allowed for a normal dinner conversation without lip-reading or shouting. Quite unusual and welcome for a Miami / S. Beach restaurant.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM