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AltaMare

4.1
554 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

Alta Mare is a small bistro located in Miami that specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. Both inside and outside dining maximize the available seats for patrons, and the open kitchen both saves space and enables diners to watch the chefs work their magic. The intimate space also makes it the ideal place to either begin or end a romantic evening.

The menu is mostly Mediterranean fare, with a few twists. Popular items on the generous menu include the grilled octopus, blackened cobia with roasted vegetables, arugala salad with beets and goat cheese and Harris Ranch braised short ribs. The dessert menu features a delicious classic vanilla bourbon creme brul�e that can't be missed.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary Italian, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday -Sunday 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Happy Hour Menu Specials and Cocktails everyday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Phone number
(305) 532-3061
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
VINCENTTHILLOY
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Private party facilities
Private dining room can accommodate up to 45 guests. The room has moveable furniture, allowing us to create lounge space for pre-post parties – very modern, where dancing precedes any great dinner party. For more information on private events please contact the restaurant via phone or email.
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Private party contact
our Manager: (646) 509-7366
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Catering
Catering available upon request.
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Cross street
on Lincoln between Alton Rd @ West Ave
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Parking details
You can park Valet or use any parking available close to the restaurant on the street. Also, there is a public parking lot right behind us, and a large parking garage at the end of the block.
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Special events & promotions
Contact restaurant to organize any special event of your choice.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

This is the most impressive restaurant I've found on Lincoln Road in terms of food quality. We return regularly.

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1.0Dined on February 20, 2016

We ordered octopus and grouper both over cooked. Paid too much and should have went for grilled grouper sandwich on ocEan save and save a tin of money

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2016

We had not eaten at this restaurant in a long time . We had an early movie and wanted a restaurant close to the Regal cinemas . I had the porcini risotto and my companion had the spaghetti with clams . Both are dishes were tastey and we decided to return again soon

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2016

When we first sat we were informed that there was no salmon for the evening. Not a problem. However. I ordered a tuna carpaccio appetizer and turns out they were out of tuna as well. For my meal I was considering the chicken piccata and was then informed the restaurant also had no chicken for the evening. I then decided on a pasta dish and my friend ordered the Chilean sea bass. The entrees took about 20 minutes to arrive after the apps were cleared. The sea bass was a $50 dish and was very sub par so she sent it back. She then ordered the special for the night and the manager offered to give it to her for the price of the sea bass which was nice, seeing as the special price was more than her original order. However, the dish took another 25 minutes to arrive at the table, leaving me to eat my meal alone while she waited for hers to arrive. There was only 1 other table sat in the restaurant and we were puzzled why after so many issues, her food then took so long. I honestly felt bad for the waitress in the whole ordeal. She was very sweet and I could tell that she felt awful for all that was going wrong, she did offer to get us dessert or coffee as compensation for all the problems. The ambiance of the restaurant was beautiful and I think would be a lovely place for a romantic dinner if they were more organized.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2016

Quite enjoyable dinner with delicious preparations. We started with mussels in a great tomato garlic sauce and seared scallops with an awesome saffron cream sauce. The risotto with seafood was perfectly prepared. We also enjoyed the flash fried fish, which was a tasty unique treat. The parpadelle with short ribs was delightful. We enjoyed a nice Chianti Classico which was a bit pricey. Overall, it was a delicious dinner.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

It used to be one of our favourite restaurants, however on our most recent visit we realized that the owner and staff changed. The place looks much better but the food was bland. There were a few items on the menu that only after we ordered they informed us they are not available. The octopus was served as a very small dish that was rather tasteless. This was strange to us as it used to be one of the best dishes on the menu. On top of all that they also charged a steep 20% to the bill.

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2.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Food was not worth the money .

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2016

We were a party of six. Everyone had something different and everyone RAVED about the food. Was a great night. Its not inexpensive but its worth it.

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1.0Dined on February 5, 2016

It was a horrible experience. We had a late reservation and they were rushing us to the point of removing plates from the table before we were finished eating. Server was rude with no patience.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2016

What we ended up ordering and eating was very good but there were quite a few items on the menu that were not available. That was annoying.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2016

the chef knows how to prepare fresh fish, and the staff knows how to pace the meal.
the bread is freshly baked, and served with EVOO and balsamic- a plus.

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2016

The food was passable, the service was marginal, the first bottle of wine was good. Even after telling our waiter that we wanted a dry, oaky chardonnay, he suggested one that ended up being quite sweet. It was too expensive for the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2016

Great dining Experience
We are NYC foodies
Do not miss this great place
We've been coming for years and will continue every trip

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

This is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food is always very good with one exception... the Wahoo Crudo - ridiculously small for $14 and absolutely no flavor. Everthing else as usual was terrific.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We arrived 25 min earlier. Asked to wait 5 min, than asked to sit, than ask to come back in 25 min. Unprofessional, particularly considering that the restaurant had plenty of tables available.
We booked from the website for a New Year's eve dinner. They did not mention that there was a fixed menu for the night, so we reserved the dinner based on the advertised fish menu.
Well, fixed menu available with meat and fish together...and 4-5 other choices out of the new year's eve menu. We should have left then, but after all the trouble we decided to give it a try. Food was good even if below expectation considering the premium price. I am pretty sure that during a regular week it would have been a better experience. Would I give it another try when I am in town? I do not think so.

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2015

After making a reservation for Christmas dinner a week ahead of time, and entering a mostly-empty restaurant, we were treated coldly by the hostess, ignored by five waiters, and finally told that they were out of almost everything on the menu. So disappointing! We paid for our cocktail and walked out!

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2.0Dined on December 12, 2015

Recently had dinner and unfortunately the quality of the food and the service is not as it used to be...

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3.0Dined on December 3, 2015

I wanted tuna and they were out. My yellowtail was so dry as to almost be inedible. My date said his was very good. I never send food back. He said i should have. The staff was very nice. The location is good. I won't return though since there are lots of options in this neighborhood.

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1.0Dined on November 27, 2015

They priced wrong and didn't honor. 3 items on menu missing. Poured my own wine. Simply poor. Have been going to this place for years and clearly not under same Managment.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2015

Salads were average, but the fish was excellent. Background music was very irritating and not appropriate for such a good restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2015

Good food and service. Nice decor and not too noisy. On the expensive side.

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3.0Dined on October 30, 2015

There's been a change here and not only in ownership. The restaurant is not up to the same level as we had come to expect. We left here tonight very disappointed.

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3.0Dined on September 28, 2015

Service was lacking. Smiling a lot does not count for great service. Food was good though.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2015

Fish was great, everything else was okay.
More tourists spot.
Waiter forgot part of the order.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2015

I try to visit Altamare every time I visit Miami (I live in Chicago). They never disappoint me. We had a tasty salad with Asian pear, grilled octopus with chorizo and faro, Thai mussels, and fresh pasta with shrimp, snow peas and asparagus. The best surprise was the panne cotta, served over a sort of fresh pineapple marmalade. I'll be back.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2015

We picked this based on good feedback on Open Table, and we were not disappointed. The seafood specials all sounded wonderful- it was hard to choose. Everyone at the table enjoyed their food immensely, and having classics like burrata to start with meant there was something for everyone. the service was excellent and friendly. This is a restaurant that deserves one of the prime spots on Lincoln Road- the food is better than what the big splashy places closer to the action offer.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2015

Loved it. Great food and location. Wonderful starting point for a great night.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2015

If your looking for excellent food and don't mind spending a few extra bucks this is the place. Great seafood good drinks and right on Lincoln rd. I liked that it wasn't touristy I can't stand those places. We went with our two children and had a great meal. Order wisely because it could add up.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2015

We had a pleasant early dinner here. The dining room was empty but the bar very active. The atmosphere was nicely nautical. It was unfortunate that the tables outside were on a busy street rather than a waterfront deck. The service was fine. My wife did better with her dinner than I did. She had an excellent burrata with good tomatoes. This was followed by a very good mushroom ravioli. I had the fritto misto which turned out to be a calamari dish with a shrimp and a couple of other things tossed in. The calamari was hardly crispy and I was fairly disappointed. The cobia entree was very good but marred by being served on top of a nice vegtable medley that had not been warmed up. Thus the mixed review. Should we be in the neighborhood (Lincoln Road west of Alton) we would try again but not otherwise make a drive to get there.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2015

While their is a neighborhood feel the food is at a higher level and freshly prepared.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2015

Ceviche and Crudo were good. However, black grouper entree was overcooked, dry and overall lacking in flavor.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2015

I go to a lot of restaurants so I wasn't expecting much but this place impressed me! It's very intimate, quaint, awesome decor. The head chef was in the restaurant greeting customers, the staff was helpful without being pushy, very knowledgeable about the menu but the food... Oh the food tasted like they had a garden outside. The veggies were fresh, the garnish delicious, not overdone, not too salty or peppery just perfect. The seafood... If you like fish this is the place for you! Their fish was absolutely delicious in all the places I've been to I have never tasted fish this fresh! I have told everyone I know and I will be bringing my parents there as they love fresh fish! Awesome job keep it up please! Expensive but so worth it!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2015

nice place , waiters with a lot of personality, and food is amazing kudos to the chef

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2015

Food is always en pointe and the staff works together to make your meal a memorable experience. Biscotti served with coffee was an enjoyable surprise. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner. Everything our table had was awesome, fish, meat, sides. Great service.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2015

A friendly place with excellent fresh food on the touristy street in Miami Beach.
The owner is always there to welcome guests. The food is amazing, healthy and well prepared.
It is priced just right. Don't miss dessert.
We plan to return every month of the year for years to come.
Thank you, Altamare.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

After I had gone there several times for excellent tapas at the bar and an entrée meal with a small group which was great, I counted it as one of my favorites, enough to reserve a table for Valentine's Day with my girlfriend.
And not to mention it was listed somewhere as having the best seafood in Miami Beach. However that particular night, after the typically great appetizers, both our seafood entrees, although fresh, were lacking much flavor.
I will probably stick to appetizers at the bar there in the future.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

The grill octopus w farro is super tasty, healthy, and pretty filling as a main dish. Love it every time!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2015

Great food service good like eating outdoors and people watching after all it is Miami. One of my must stops when in Miami.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2015

Our meal was mostly a selection of mostly happy hour appetizers (we arrived a little before the end of happy hour). With the help of our waitress, we put together delicious and meal of sushi, fish and salads.

Good location. Lively, but not noisy. Half a block from crowds on Lincoln Road Mall.

One of the memorable meals we have had in Miami Beach.

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