Florida Cookery
Florida Cookery

Florida Cookery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.florida-cookery.com/
  • Phone: 7862760333
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Mccan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Florida Cookery has a number of customizable menus to suit every occasion. We specialize in fresh, local, and seasonal food products with an emphasis of the freshest Floridian seafood. Please call us today to ask and inquire about our menus.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: street, hotel valet are available
A word from Florida Cookery
Florida Cookery, fully expresses the food culture of Miami. Unadorned by "influence" statements or backgrounds it accepts the multi-national, multi- regional, multi influence culture that is Miami, rolls it up and unabashedly brings "Miami, to Miami".
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Florida Cookery reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (4)great for outdoor dining (4)special occasion (3)scenic view (3)romantic (3)good for groups (2)great for lunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    LuvGoodEatzandSvc
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Mediocre food=huge mound of micro sprouts dominated plate of micro shaved hearts of palm rounds on the bottom of the plate with with barely a speck of a brazil nut on top of the sprouts; mushy coconut rice with entree; dry pineapple "barely a hint of" rum cake. Fair service=initial server poor; subsequent server good--had to twice request and hail down someone to initially get a glass of water and twice requested to get complimentary bread in a fairly empty dining "room" (3-4 tables of 2-4 diners). Dining "room" is covered opened area with two standing oscillating floor fans. Signage directing to the ground floor outdoor dining area is poor due to diners confusion of going to an indoor upstairs dining room.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the 2 hour drive!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good overall experience
    MiamiGirl
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    It was hard to find the restaurant, the address is only written on the building (set back a bit from the street) and there is no exterior signage for the restaurant. Sadly the lobster entree was sold out when we ordered, perhaps a heads up prior to looking and setting our hearts on that would have been nice. The foie gras appetizer was great, both a warm seared portion and a cold pate. The service was good, despite being initially served the wrong tables' entrees. A trendy yet relatively quiet outdoor dining area was perfect for a date. As a local, I always find it a bit off putting to see tip included on a check for less than 6 people; but the server did clearly explain that gratuity was included, not always the case on South Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip dessert here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    I like the concept of the restaurant, using local food. But ultimately, my impression was that this was just a dressed up hotel restaurant. I really enjoyed the hearts of palm carpaccio to start my meal with shaved brazil nuts. That starter along with the spicy roti bread had my hopes up. The yellowtail snapper I ordered as an entree was a bit overcooked though and service was pretty slow. We were dining later and there weren't many people around so I'm not sure why that was the case. Desserts were most disappointing. The brown sugar rum ice cream didn't taste remotely like brown sugar or rum and the dulce de leche rice custard was a gummy mess. I wouldn't return here, but I'm generally not that impressed by Miami's dining scene.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ate inside because it was
    SusieVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    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.
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  • This was a really weird experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    This was a really weird experience. We went on a Thursday evening and the place was completely dead. When we got there at 7pm there were 2 other couples in the whole place. When we left there were maybe 6 total. The bus girl was useless and very awkward about taking dishes, wiping the table, etc. First waiter didn't know the menu. Finally we got a new waitress and she was awesome. Knew the menu, made the proper introductions, etc. Too bad the food didn't live up. The apps were yummy. But the entres were mediocre. My Fiance's fish looked like hotel food swimming in butter. My wild boar was in a dish that made it very awkward to cut. It was a bit fatty but tasted alright. Now we know why they had to run a Gilt City coupon.
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  • Service was beyond amateur
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Sunday night was dead - no one there, slow borderline incompetent service, and several of the menu items weren't available. We had to beg to order every round of drinks. Everything from food to cocktails/wine came out painfully slow despite the restaurant having all of 4-5 tables occupied. Food was good, not great. Was very excited to try the place based on magazine and user reviews, but left disappointed and embarrassed for having even recommended the place to friends in the first place. The waitress was totally uninformed about the specials, actually made something up at one point. She didn't know how to describe or recommend anything on the menu. At one point, she rambled on about parking in Miami, as we poured our own wine!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This resturant lives up to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Worst service ever!!! Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Worst service ever!!! Staff are completely inexperienced. I had dinner, lunch and breakfast and all three meals were completely messed up. Orders were incorrect in all three meals and staff was slow. What's interesting is the service on the beach is absolutely spectacular and amazing!!'
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  • Lunch was very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    There are definitely better places to spend this kind of money. The food and service were mediocre.
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  • Only complaints vegetable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Negative experience Florida cookery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    The service was aggressive and took our plates without asking even when there was still ample food on the plate. The food was over salted and the rib appetizer came out cold and sloppily drenched in a cold underwhelming sauce. I don't recall the noise bc it was everywhere. The restaurant was not overly crowded but we felt like we had to yell across our 2 top to be heard. I unfortunately am unable to recommend this restaurant.
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  • Food was excellent, unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Food was excellent, unique florida choices, sevice was only let down, waiter was not very attentive and was unable to elaborate on menu items.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, overpriced.
    Carmen
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Chris Wessel does not know
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The menu at Florida Cookery
    REDHOUSEPROJECTVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    The menu at Florida Cookery is really a foodie's goldmine! Lots of interesting fish dishes, captivating appetizers, creative desserts. The pecan dusted grouper with cheddar grits and green beans may have been one of the most exquisitely cooked fish dishes I've ever had. My only pet peeve was the restaurant had a large group event that night in a room next to where we were dining which was highly annoying. I would definitely return and would have loved to have eaten outside had the patio been available that night as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a business meeting during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Had a business meeting during breakfast. Menu was great for the occasion - we could choose from the menu or have a buffee with a variety of options. Staff was very discreet. Recommend.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a great meal. Very memorable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Had a great meal. Very memorable. So happy we chose this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The location inside the hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    The location inside the hotel may not be the best for the restaurant. Appetizer portions were on the small size. The snapper I had was tasty and we also had the cowboy steak and was tasty. Not sure if we'll go through the mission to go back though.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great, but it
    bebogazpachoVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The food was great, but it took some effort to get it to us. We arrived on time for our reservation and were told we would have to wait 30-45 mins for a table. Then we were offered a table outside, despite it being about 60 degrees. Soon after we were seated we asked to be moved inside. After some negotiation the manager came over and immediately moved us inside. After that, everything was pleasant. The food was delicious especially the ceviche.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over priced and over rated
    cjarrigo
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Service was horrendous. Started with a 35 minute wait for a 9:30 reservation for 2. As other people have mentioned what followed were long waits for water, drinks and for the waiter to take our order. By the time we sat they were out of a number of dishes. Our appetizers arrived after a reasonable amount of time, but then there was another way too long wait for our entrees to arrive. When they did my wife's Florida spiny lobster (a house special) was actually a Maine lobster (the difference is very easy to see) and my snapper portion was smaller than most restaurant's lunch portions. When I mentioned this to our server (once he could be found) he just shrugged his shoulders. The prices and hype surely do not meet expectations.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place for a Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I have taken different out-of-town guests here for dinner three times in the past few weeks, and it has been a hit with all of them! The key lime pie and the pecan-dusted grouper are two items that I would rate the best in Miami Beach. The service has been fantastic as the servers have been friendly, professional and knowledgable about the food. Prices are not low but - unlike many South Beach locations - totally worth it. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to impress out-of-town guests with great Florida food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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  • We had uneven expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We had uneven expectations based on what others had told us but it was a good dining experience. The food was really good and service was a bit uneven but acceptable overall. Will likely return.
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  • Excellent, young restaurant.
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Excellent, young restaurant. Soon to be one of miami's best.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sublime
    sobepsychVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Our new favorite on Miami Beach. Intimate on outside patio. Not crazy noisy. Amazing, attentive service. Sublime food. Special.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Nice food; service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Had 2 nice apps - empanadas and frog legs. Both had nice flavors. I particularly enjoyed the oxtail empanada, while my gf loved the gator; oyster was so-so. Excellent, fresh tasting oysters served with a unique dressing. Sweet and spicy, delicious. Our fish entrees were a mixed bag. The daily snapper was a tasty fish, but the rest of the plate was boring/bland (pile of dry, undressed chopped spinach was just weird), while the grouper was the opposite. The fish was forgettable flavor-wise and a bit overcooked, but the sides were nice. We also ordered a side of conch fritters, which were decent, but barely noteworthy. The chocolate cake/espresso ice cream was great! Staff was nice, but, frankly, service was poor - slow with myriad mistakes
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Try the shrimp appetizer.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Try the shrimp appetizer. It's amazing! Enjoyed sitting outside, where it was quieter than inside. The menu was very inventive and the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
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  • We had lunch at this restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    We had lunch at this restaurant. We shared Homestead salad with broiled goatcheese, cherry tomatoes, basil cucumber salsa and arugula. It was very tasty. I had Ocean's fish sandwich maid with mahi mahi, fennel greens and lemon aioli on a baquette. It was seriously tasty. Girlfriend had Miami media noche, a roast pork sandwich with ham and swiss. Although it was tasty was on the dry side a little. Overall, this place is a very nice lunch spot.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • HERE'S WHAT SHAKING AT THE PALM
    NYAttorneyVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    While the service was suprisingly pleasant (for a South Beach establishment, where most places effectively deprive customers of the discretion to determine tips), the food was a disappointment. (Had a shrimp dish -- a supposed signature dish -- that was drowning in some "steak sauce" tasting concoction.) Didn't leave humming the food, that's for sure. For the money, you'll find a lot better places right up the block (on Collins).
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  • Great food; terrible service
    babywong
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    Food was very good. Can't say the same for service. Overall, had to wait 1/2 hr for water and drinks - which should be a no brainer - that's where a restaurant makes the most money. The value of the food was great, not pretentious like other SOBE restaurants. Reservations were honored right away minimal wait. The atmosphere is cool casual. I don't really understand why they can't get their service up to par - especially with a 18% svc charge.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Amazing Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    After returning from 11 days in South Beach (Miami Beach), "FLORIDA COOKERY" was indeed the 'Highpoint". From the welcome as we entered thru the various dishes ( Lobster, Ceviche, Roasted chicken etc.), everything seemed perfect. The server, Edwin I believe, explained each dish with painstaking detail. The hostess , (she had an interesting tattoo) was so pleasant and welcoming that we felt like honored guests. The manager, Anthony greeted us and explained the theme of the restaurant - South Florida Cuisine. The setting - in the James Royal Palm Hotel - was magical. Outdoors one dined under the stars with the sound of the ocean in harmony with the ambiance. We dined at Florida cookery twice. The second time we brought a guest.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • one of our best recent meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    one of our best recent meals in Miami innovative menu excellent service and nice outdoor dining
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kris Wessel Does It Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Kris Wessel has done it again. I don't know how he gets his inspiration but his creativity for food is off the charts.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Very, very good unique Miami
    MarcoVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Very, very good unique Miami restaurant -- local fresh ingrediants, New Orleans influences. Spicy, tasty cuisine
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was outstanding as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    The food was outstanding as was the entire staff from the maitre d to the waitress to the servers, etc. Our waitress (Irene) was knowledgable of the items on the menu as well as how they were prepared. She was attentive and oh so pleasant! The prices are very reasonable. We brought my six year old daughter who enjoyed her experience as well. I would definitely go again and again and again!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • The food is excellent. Had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    The food is excellent. Had fresh grouper which was just that & cooked perfectly. The downside of this restaurant is the service. Spotty at best & they add 18% to the check which is really insulting when the service is bad!
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  • Food was very spicy. I WOULD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    Food was very spicy. I WOULD NOT RETURN. This is a restauraunt for tourists staying in the hotel or adjacent hotels.
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  • Outstanding food; not a scene
    Nick
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    I only came across the restaurant by virtue of reviewing some foodie-focused websites. Chef Kris Wessel is doing some outstanding work here. But first, you'll have to find it — no signs at all; it's located in the James hotel, upper floor, far back. The decor is modern and fresh, with a Danish influence perhaps. The menu is available online—fresh, local fish, expertly and carefully prepared. The restaurant is currently the opposite of a scene: quiet to the point almost of abandonment. There is seating available outside with views to the pools and ocean, although we sat inside. Comfortable, quiet, and food focused. I think it would be great for a romantic getaway for food-focused couples, or a place to go and chat at length about the day
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • FLA Cookery
    CCMiamiVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Very disappointed. Did not live up to the pre-opening hype. The service was awkward at best. The server managed to mess up the delivery of each plate to only 4 people: 'who ordered the clams? who ordered the salad? It felt like being at an auction: how much for this plate? Too bad, because the food was pretty good....but not great.
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