Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

4.5
100 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
All set to a backdrop of endless blue ocean and colorful, casually sophisticated décor, Miami"s only oceanfront, coastal Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach presents innovative menu additions and daily specials inspired by Mexico's culinary regions, created by Chiapas, Mexico-native Chef de Cuisine, Andres Parlange. Vibrant hues of red and blue alongside espresso furnishings accent the cavernous, thatched palapa roofed restaurant, built by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians. Plush lounges, tiki torches and a fire pit complement the natural oceanfront setting, which is so captivating in its beauty that the island's first settlers named the location, "favorite path of the rising moon." A Tequilier (tequila specialist trained in Mexico's Agave growing regions) Heriberto Ovideo offers recommendations on the restaurants 85 premium tequila selection, the largest 100 percent Agave tequila collection in Miami.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Alexander
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Guac was great, meal was not properly hot TEMP-wise.

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vipDavidC
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

So the setting is beautiful, it was a little windy but it’s literally on the Atlantic so you can complain. The food was amazing, I mean spectacular, my grip was the service. We were sat and then no one came to take even a drink order for 10 mins. Then we made our drink order, 2 of us stayed with water(I asked for some limes) and 1 ordered a Coke. 15 mins goes by and then the waiter comes back and asked if we wanted to put our order in and I was like hey where are the limes and his Coke, he did apologize and said I’ll be right back with it, 25 mins goes by, I’ve tried to flag down the waiter twice, another waiter once and the host who sat us and it was like I was clearly being ignored. I finally literally almost tripped someone to flag them and I was like what’s the deal, and she was like I’ll get it for you right now, a minute later out comes our food. So they made our meals before someone could walk out a small plate with limes and a can of Coca-Cola. 5 mins after our meal arrived so did the drink order. Just sad. We expected more in service. However the food and setting two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

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vipAnthony
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The place is nice and stands facing the sea.
The pool nearby is also nice to look at.
The Mexican ambiance is holidays'oriented.
The food is ok. Pretty basic. But good enough for a beach lunch

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vipMichelleC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our lunch was amazing! The service was excellent and the tacos were fabulous!

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vipAnonymous
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The menu is a bit limited, but overall service and experience was fantastic.

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vipEricS
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very tasty the n a comfortable and casual setting. Our server William was amazing and incredibly fun and attentive!

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honestdining
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service!! Cannot wait to go back!

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vipOmarN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, nice music and ambiance to grab a drink and relax.

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monicak
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We expected the advertised online dinner menu, but instead it was a very simple and short menu, I suppose the lunch menue, served at dinner. Our server explained this was due to decreased demand due to covid/corona... I wish they would have updated the menues online. We came for a nice upscale dinner to celebrate a birthday, but instead had to settle for a simple and generic menue that wasn’t worth the price or drive.

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vipKRod
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem, loved the view, food was great!

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vipEmilioG
Miami
78 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for 12 years. Place is unique, never disappoints, beautiful ambiance, good food & service. Safe during covid times. We love it. Servers like Placido, Alberto & Lala are wonderful.

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DawnM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very tasty. Enjoyed the fresh Guacamole!!
Fajitas were delicious 😋

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vipEmilioG
Miami
78 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, safe, upscale yet relaxed, spacious, clean, delicious food, courteous staff. Beautiful hotel grounds. Ocean front. Love it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice setting, excellent service and good food.
Definitely a place to go to when in Key Biscayne`.
Must make a reservation.

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jaimet
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Extremely hot. Terrible food. Expensive.
Bad experience.

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vipLuisP
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A little pricey, we could have easily shared portions but were not aware of size

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Parksloper
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for dinner with kids! Fun to be on the beach - food is excellent and good kids menu!

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AdamR
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto was an outstanding server. Ambience more than anything is what brought me here, but the rest of it will make me a returning customer.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place, but the food was nothing to really write home about. A place this expensive should not serve drinks in plastic cups when you are sitting in their dining area. I can say I have been there and done that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious fresh Mexican inspired seafood and fresh flavor fusion. Service was a bit slow and glassware for fine drinks and wine was plastic - a little chintzy for dinner I thought.

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vipopenwater
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Want to pay double for simple Mexican food? This is the place. I paid $24 for dry chicken and over cooked vegetables.

It’s very clear that Marriott now dominates the food and beverage service for the Ritz Carlton. You’re paying Ritz-Carlton prices for Marriott Courtyard food.

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vipNew2Fla
Naples
38 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I felt the greeting and wait for seating was not the world class of the Ritz. Because I'm a woman who dines alone I was ignored. Not cool. Dinner took so long I was no longer hungry. For this price that was disappointing as was the food flavors. Tortilla soup called sweet corn chicken tortilla had neither corn nor chicken in it. This is the Ritz?

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JimG
Key West
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening started with great drinks at the Rum Bar with our bartender, Anthony. He was very friendly and very knowledgeable. We then dined at La Cantina which is outside right on the ocean. Food we as great, the view was spectacular and our server, Raul, was very friendly and attentive. It was a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An AMAZING experience, the food was great! We had the guac made at the table churassco steak and $5 tacos. The blended mojito with mango juice topped the night off for my wife. The valet is a bit high at $25 for only an hour or two.

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MonicaI
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The beach view was lovely, however, we expected more from the quality of the food considering it was a Ritz Carlton. It was average at best. The mixed drinks were good, though. I ordered the sea bass and far from being moist, it was overcooked and dry. The guacamole was tasty although it was not made 'table-side' as described on the menu which was disappointing. The desserts were a good final note to the evening. And the wait staff made a big deal of the birthday girl, bringing mariachi hats and taking a picture with a polaroid to remember the occasion plus a complementary dessert for the birthday girl. That was greatly appreciated. Don't go for the food alone.

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vipCarrieV
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (scallops & mango shrimp) excellent service and an amazing view. My go to restaurant every time I’m in town. Favorite place to catch up with friends.

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TerryL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and beach view! Food was great and service was awesome!

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Donna
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The service was horrible, we never received our guacamole that we ordered. The waiter took forever to bring us water or even get our drink order. They didn’t know who ordered which meal and we waited forever for our food. The food was good. The service was extremely bad, but now I know why, when you sit on the outer rim closest to the ocean they add a 18% tip no matter how many people are in your party! Don’t go there. Ritz Carlton you should be ashamed! This is not the service indicative of your hotel!

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vipNatalie
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely setting right on the beach. Good service, and the skinny margarita and red snapper were great. A little pricey, but it's part of the Ritz-Carlton resort.

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CORRYR
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently Fresh & Delicious

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vipBillS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Outstanding food the guacamole is the BEST.
Service is not the best but very friendly.
Overall love this place.

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MichaelB
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience of the restaurant is wonderful - on the water, perfect for a sunset dinner.
The food is delicious and not skimpy in its servings at all. The fresh made guacamole is good (just wish they gave more!), but the tuna tacos are fantastic!!!
The service was great: our server was friendly, knowledgeable and not at all overbearing! He was the kind of guy you didn’t mind having around the table. And we were visited by not one, but TWO managers who came to check on things, which I thought was both smart and lovely. It’s nice when that happens...showing care and consideration. More places should realize how much that little effort goes towards a clients’ feelings,

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vipDistroy
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Très bon restaurant
Cadre idéal
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eatvegan
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We were excited for table side guacamole... but lands up the call it “made table side guacamole” but it’s not, it’s premade- not the same! Food was ok, but nothing special.

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viptrulysplendid
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Fabulous view, passable food, horrendous service.

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vipGrandoc
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cantina is our go-to place on KB, either when we’re staying at the Ritz or just close by. Great food, great service, great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. We celebrate our son’s birthday, outstanding service!, food was excellent, I recommend the Black Diamond Margarita. They surprise us with a wonderful dessert as a birthday present

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I'm from Texas and this was one of the best chicken quesadillas I've ever had!

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vipEdwardS
New York Area
360 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We went to have a nice Mexican meal.
Well it started great and had wonderful guacamole to
start. Home made at table side.
Mark our waiter was very good. We spilt the
Fish tacos and the braised chicken
They were ok but nothing more than that
The last dish frajitas was very good
The view makes it very nice
Overall decent place. Expected more for the Ritz Carlton

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with my wife. The waiter Conde was awesome, very nice, patient, and caring person.

FAQs

Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is rated 4.5 stars by 100 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.