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Bolivar Restaurant and Lounge

66 reviews
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$30 and under
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South American
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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Feast on a fusion of Venezuelan, Colombian and Peruvian cuisine at Bolivar Restaurant and Lounge. This trendy spot is ideal for hanging out with friends. Patrons can munch on sea trout, duck confit or baked salmon topped with hollandaise sauce for lunch at Bolivar Restaurant and Lounge. Its dinner menu serves up roasted steak roulade sprinkled with mint parsley, a hearty seasonal soup and other fare.

Bolivar Restaurant and Lounge features a large bar that offers wine, beer and various cocktails. It has happy hour throughout the week with various specials. A semi-private lounge area is ideal for groups of up to 50. This restaurant hosts events for parties and more, as well as welcomes reservations.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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South American, Colombian, Peruvian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(305) 305-0801
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jairo Hurtado
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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edandmar (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

great place for tapas and sangria. not a wide selection on the tapas but everything was delicious. very good ambiance friendly atmosphere great service.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

Good food, service & price. There are only a few places in South Beach that have all 3 of these things. That's why this place stands out.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2015

Overall the experience was a bit disappointing. The food was good, but not great. However, the service was HORRIBLE! Especially from our waitress, she took our order and we never saw her again until the check. The wait staff was understaffed, only 2 that evening, on a busy night. Call me picky, but great service is a big deal for me.

vipLucy97 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

We knew it from prior reviews: service was likely to be poor, but food was likely to be worth the wait. Sometimes, when a restaurant is hot, the kitchen or wait staff can be overwhelmed, and it's worth giving them time to get their act together. But Bolivar doesn't get it. There have been too many negative reviews about sluggish service. They need to analyse and repair. Is their kitchen understaffed? Is their wait staff poorly trained or disciplined? It took 30 minutes to be "discovered" at our table after the hostess seated us, and that was only because I flagged down the earnest and harried maitre d' as he rushed past. He, in turn, grabbed the first waiter who passed by on his way to the kitchen. (Was this waiter assigned to the front of the house? We were in the back. )He took our drinks order, brought our beers, and didn't return until he happened to notice us sitting there forlorn. He took our food order: seviche and a platter of tapas. Now I'm no seviche cook, but I know it's a brief marinade. No cooking; scoop it up. As we waited, we watched our nearest neighbors get served their appetizers (seviche!) and then, their entrees. (Different waiter.) Finally, I flagged down the maitre d' again who rushed to the kitchen. As the maitre d' disappeared, I saw our water streaking past our table. He noticed us, empty tabled, and said , "Oh, oh. I'll check in the kitchen!" I told him not to bother. We had help. Another waiter brought out our seviche and, before we finished the appetizer, out came the hot tapas. The food was very good: well prepared and flavorful, and, we thought, authentic. The singer was very good, and her music kept our spirits elevated despite the long waits. The maitre d' offered us an after dinner drink with an apologetic smile but we declined. It was late. We would give Bolivar another chance when it's not the holiday season and at a less popular hour.

MFZm (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

Had a wonderful meal here. Ordered the chicken and beef fingers apps for our 7 year old and she loved them. Big enough portions to bring home for next day's snack on the beach. Recommended- great value considering SoBe location.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2015

The staff were extremely friendly, fun ambiance and the food was generally interesting and fun however the calmare and pork belly were massively overcooked.

vipjilkat25 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2015

We loved our meal at Bolivar! Every bite was delicious! I'm not usually impressed with sausage, generally, but the slices of Argentine (?) sausage on my husband's plate, along with the array of mild to very spicy sauces, was the best I have ever tried! When the disco lights came on and I heard drums being played I did not expect them to be for me! What a fun birthday surprise! Yummy chocolate cake vodka shot with lime!! I am SO glad we chose Bolivar for our meal on my actual birth date last week! Loved it! We will return!

Alyssa (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

Went here for dinner with 3 friends on a weekend trip to Miami. We loved the food and the ambiance of the place. It was a bit loud because they had live music and the singer was walking around singing and getting tables to sing. This was fun but not the most conducive atmosphere to intimate chatter with your table-mates if that's what you're looking for. We were there on a Friday night at 9:00 so that is probably something they just do on the weekend nights.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by the Bolivar. When we walked in, the general vibe is very energetic and fun. They had a stage area with a very, very talented salsa singer who interacted with the tables who were enjoying it and knew when others were a bit more private. There is a small dance area for those that enjoy to dance salsa. The food was very good. I recommend the lomo saltado and patacones!

vipRonnie (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

Charming Resturant with excellent cuisine.