A Fish Called Avalon
A Fish Called Avalon

A Fish Called Avalon

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.afishcalledavalon.com/
  • Phone: 3055321727
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kal Abdalla
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: A Fish Called Avalon offers professional planning assistance and custom menu options for all of your entertainment needs. Our specialized hospitality service ensures that your group meeting, dinner party, cocktail reception, or special event will be a success. Please call 305.532.1727 to plan your next party.
  • Entertainment: Caribbean, Latin and Jazz
  • Special Events: A Fish Called Avalon is a perfect location for your group dinner, cocktail reception, company party or any special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public parking garage located on 7th st. between Washington and Collins Avenue. Valet parking nightly, $20.
A word from A Fish Called Avalon
Located in the heart of The Art Deco District on Ocean Drive, A Fish Called Avalon features Modern American Seafood with tropical influences, impeccable service and nightly entertainment that further captures the true ambiance of South Beach.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
A Fish Called Avalon reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (65)fit for foodies (49)romantic (45)scenic view (41)special occasion (40)neighborhood gem (22)hot spot (17)good for groups (14)notable wine list (13)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Amazing dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was delicious, fresh seafood and our server Santiago was phenomenal! Highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good restaurant
    medjine24
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    i went thee for my 21st birthday, and the experience was great the food was perfect a little expensive but it's south beach what would you expect the only problem was they close a ilttle bit too early
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still continues to deliver
    crdlondon
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We first visited AFCA in 2004 and have returned on each subsequent visit to Miami. I am pleased to say it still continues to deliver the same quality food and ambience. We started with the shrimp cocktail and the special bang bang shrimp (both excellent). For entrees we had the crab crusted grouper and the tuna. Again both excellent. Loved the humous dip served as a pre-appetizer (although we were served our appetizers pretty quickly so didn't have much time to enjoy it). We were seated on the outside terrace (as requested) and it is always fun to watch Ocean Drive go by.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lights too dim
    Ydumas
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Overall the food and people were great. I feel they need a bit more lighting in order to see the menu and know what you want. Also, waiters need more knowledge of the menu and recommendations to their guests. Food too a bit long to come out and the restaurant was not at full capacity. Enjoyed the ambience of the location,
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavor sensation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Awesome....the bread with their special hummus is out of this world! The fried calamari, salad with pear cucumber& blue cheese, the grouper were all fantastic. This place is for foodies! Plus we ate outside with a great view and lots of people watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miami dinner enjoyment
    YummyforSouthBeach
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great food from drink to dessert. Grant was a fantastic waiter who knew the menu well. 2 adults plus 4 year old $200. 18% gratuity included automatically. Outside dining was very enjoyable
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ending
    Samiam
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My adult children and I were visiting South Beach on vacation and had our last night dinner here. The food was great, the waiter was adorable and very helpful. The outdoor seating was fun but it got a little dark. The dessert was my favorite, I would definitely recommend the creme brûlée. The experience definitely ended our vacation on a high note.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 885 reviews are from the A Fish Called Avalon reviews archive.
  • Very good!
    Randy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great dinner, great food and service. Great sitting outside watching the South Miami folks getting ready for Memorial weekend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good fish restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We asked our hotel for a recommendation and a friend had also been here. We started with scallops and calamari - the latter was tasty but dare I say too much?!! then we went for lobster - whole - which needed to be tackled. It was good. My criticisms would be; we did book but arrived to find that they'd put us inside - so we waited for 40 minutes in the bar for an outside table - and they'd done the same to another couple; I'm not expecting fine dining - but really hate it when the waiter does not wait until everyone at the table has finished eating before removing the plates - my friend was actually still chewing when the waiter took her plate! Generally a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not Great
    Vogel
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I think Avalon has ambitions to be a great fish resturant. And they try hard. Nothing to complain about really. But the ambitions comes with a price tag - its expensive to eat here and the food they serve doesnt match that level. It looks nice but doesnt taste that much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GMAT24
    GGGG
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Too expensive for subpar food. Not worth the trouble of trying to find parking (which took me an hour to do).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find!
    double2luv
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Celebrated our 17yr anniversary and were not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ellen
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Service was great. Food was great. Will come back next time in Miami.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was our third time eating here while visiting SoBe. The view and the people watching from the porch is terrific. The hummus served with the bread is very good. Our salads were tastey and fresh. The paella was decent. The key lime pie was mushy and didn't seem fresh.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ellen
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was completely delicious! At least 50 characters in length
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    Dani
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Located on the lower end of the Ocean Drice you see a lot of people while you're dining an exellent fishmenu. Recommandable, but reservation necessary
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jurata Gelhar
    Laura
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Excellent service, food is heavenly, perfect location, overall hot spot!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avalon on south beach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    A fish called Avalon is one of our favorite seafood restaurants on south beach. we always try to sit on the upper street level seating so that we can watch everyone go by without them being in our face. the food is always good at Avalon and the creme brulee is a great dessert. the only rub in the whole evening was our server. he was very friendly but seemed distracted most of the time that we were there and didn't know the menu as well as he should have. We'd go back for the food and the views on Ocean dr. but we were disappointed in the service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected Elegance
    Drbtansha
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This was our first time to South Beach and we weren't quite ready for the urban beach scene. But, "A Fish Called Avalon" went a long way towards making this a very nice vacation. All of the high ratings I found for this restaurant are greatly deserved. Our server was entertaining (just enough). The food was spectacular. We purchased a bottle of Kistler which was $50 less expensive than the restaurant the night before. I had the special Mahi Mahi and it was delicious. My wife had the Grouper and she loved it. The Spanish guitar background music was not over powering. And you were entertained by the unusual traffic walking past the restaurant which is typical for South Beach. We sat on the porch. Inside seating is available.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a classic that won't disappoint...
    pjs64ma
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This was a return visit for us for dinner and it was once again perfect.... we requested a table outside and it was ready for us upon arrival..... the food portions were generous and priced appropriately.... the noise level was expected being on Ocean Dr but we enjoy the sights and atmosphere so it didn't not take away from our wonderful dining experience.... they had a gentleman on the porch playing and singing live and that was a compliment to our dining as well..... after a very disappointing dining experience the night before elsewhere, we enjoyed and appreciated A Fish Called Avalon even more, we will return and recommend!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Spot
    Gourmand
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Restaurant has a varied menu to meet all palates. I had the ahi tuna which was well prepared and served over an Asian slaw with sticky rice. Two sauces (one soy and the other, Mango, I think) accompanied the dish. There was a Wasabi decoration which I also used as a "dip." We ate inside which was nice and quiet. If you eat outside the constant flow of car and pedestrian traffic can be noisy. Also, there is a guitarist but he is drowned out by the surrounding noise. We passed on dessert. Nothing particularly exciting but there was enough variety to satisfy any palate.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never disappoints
    southbeachohioVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    this place is amazing...it is the only restaurant in South Beach we return to every time we visit...we always want to try something new but make sure we come here at least one night for the music, the food and the incredible service. This time, Orlando was unbelievable. he smiled and said YES to every single request we threw at him.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out door dining
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Food was very good. Our guests raved about the seared tuna. Escargot was wonderful. The best place to dine is on the patio. The sidewalk dining would be constant pedestrians going by @ inside is too dark.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks to the chef!!
    Lola
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We liked everything very tasty and délicious!! A really good address!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great experience!
    Foodie57VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Dined here for my birthday the other night. To start off the bread was great along with our wines by the glass. Super octopus and scallop apps. Loved my halibut entree and my hubby raved about his paella. Our server was friendly and helpful. A great first time dining experience and worthy of my 5 star rating.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a must in Miami
    momoffourboys
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My husband and I enjoy this place everytime we are in town, beautiful place with great cocktails and fresh seafood. Nothing better then that!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular SEAFOOD!!!
    BobbyUSNVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Excellent seafood and excellent service! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South Beach Gem
    ChefJamieAnn
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great place for a romantic and delicious experience. You still experience the lively street but from a far classier setting. Try sake and taragon twin lobster tails..perfectly cooked...to die for! Seared scallop appetizer is also a must have. Interesting and diverse wine list to boot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish service could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Excellent menu especially the fish - recommend the octopus and mussels starters - out of this world. Welcoming on arrival, great indoor table. A little dark - number of customers had to use flashlights to read the menu. Service started off really good, nicely timed starters and drinks but then all became very rushed and uncoordinated. Mains arrived before our appetiser plates had been cleared and we had 60 seconds to choose dessert. Main course plates were also cleared whilst one of us was still eating. We gave this feedback at the time and our waiter was genuinely interested in the feedback. Definitely try it ...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Paella
    5Startaste
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Seafood Paella fit for two. More than any one person could ever eat. Just split one order.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View. Great food.
    Lorenec3VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Great view of trendy Ocean Drive people watching. Food was great. Had escargot appetizer, lobster tails for main entree came with green beans and mashed potatoes. Great flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service
    Russ
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    That was my first and last visit. The service was horrible and the food was just ok. I should have gone to Joe Stone Crab instead of wasting my time and money. I came from really far to try out this restaurant because it was a special occasion for me and my wife and it was a huge disappointment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unproffesional waiter...
    Tackz
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Very nice restaurant. Great food. Friendly hostess. Attentive water boy & food runner. Mediocre waiter, who was impatient, spoke to me like a frat guy & literally took the check out of my hand as I was signing it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tuna since Maui!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    What a find! Called on a Sat. nite to say running late, no problem. Sat us right away, greeted very quickly. Sheldon was our server, was fantastic, read the pace we wanted to move at, and timed everything perfectly. Had a wonderful Calamari for an app with a glass of prosecco followed by the most beautiful, tasty tuna we have had in a long time. Hate it when restaurants throw the term "sushi grade" around when it isn't. They threw the twrm and meant it!! Wonderful night! Thank you A Fish Called Avalon and Sheldon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so disappointing
    Jtampa
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Avalon usually provides an intimate and special atmosphere. However, during a recent dinner (reservations at 8 PM) the management crammed in families off of the beach without reservations creating a much difference experience. For those of us that make Avalon a must on every visit as the food is really outstanding (as it was this night as well), it was more than disappointing to have our night ruined so the Avalon could force walk ins off of the beach into small tables overlapping with customers who had spent time to prepare for an elegant evening. Not the night we had looked forward to for months.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food!
    Grlsweekend
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food was great, service was amazing! Just very classy upscale outdoor dining option.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Hollys
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I very much enjoyed my experience at A Fish Called Avalon. Food was fantastic, portion sizes were very generous, and the staff was very helpful! It was a bit too chilly to eat outdoors so we were bummed to miss out on the South Beach flair and people watching from their patio. I hope to dine there again on my next SB trip.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    LisaSVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Loved the food, wine, view and there is nothing like sitting on Ocean Drive in an elegant setting watching the world go by! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SOBE Treasure
    vecchio49VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wonderful experience. The food was great. The service was excellent. It is the best restaurant on the strip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No better place to watch sobee
    Neilgulfcoast
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Right on ocean ave, the Fish called Avalon is the best place to watch south beach walk, drive and saunter by, in full regalia. Food and service were great - don't be fooled if you walk by at 2:30 in the afternoon and the place is dead - it's transformed a few hours later.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.