Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

4.4
137 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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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KyleS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I are staying at the Ritz for a quick kid-free getaway. We enjoyed the Cantina. We sat outside. It was casual but had a nice ambiance; you can’t beat staring out at the ocean. The food was surprisingly good. She had the fish tacos and I had the fajitas. It definitely felt more upscale than your standard Mexican fare. The Margaritas were great too. Service was too notch; what you expect from the Ritz. The prices also seemed very reasonable, especially for the Ritz. We’d definitely go back.

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vipRebekahH
Tallahassee
26 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great appetizers. Great drinks. Entrée was bland and not hot.

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Carina
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

excellent view and good mexican food , excellent hotel

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Emma
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best tacos ever!

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ShelbyP
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here are first night at the hotel! It was so good we had it again for lunch the next day! They also have a great selection of drinks and don’t forget to try the churros!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Service was very good but the portions are small and pricey, we dont mind paying expensive plates but at least give me a good portion for what Im paying, chicken quesadilla, $17 and only a lil bit of cheese, guacamole $17 and very small portion as well, drinks are also expensive and 18% service charge added to the bill, like really?? Vivian was our server and she was great and attentive.. 5 starts for her..

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KBNI
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The first time we went here we had a server named Placido and he was AMAZING! We only ate the guacamole which was good so we decided to go back in a week. The second time we went, we ordered appetizers and dinners and we were significantly disappointed. The service was terrible, my husband and I had to get up at least 5 or 6 times to find someone to get us things like napkins, limes, drink refills, missing food items, etc. this is an outdoor restaurant by the pool and the plastic sheeting for all the windows were closed so it was like a 100 degree oven inside the restaurant with no breeze and despite asking 4 times with 4 different people, to open the windows at least half way, they kept ignoring us and finally we asked the manager and he didn’t want to bother and said it would be too windy. The entire reason for going to this restaurant was because it was outdoors by the beach and with the windows all closed it was hardly the experience we wanted to have.

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martins
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

A beach restaurant is always great. Unfortunately it was the only one on the island. Way over priced. Taco Bell would have been better.

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MIamistars
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambience at Cantinas. It’s a beautiful setting right on the beach. The tacos, quesadillas, and burrito were very good. The only negative is the price for drinks, $17 for a margarita was $6 too high!!! The drink itself was ok but not worth the price. Yes I know it’s the Ritz Carlton so you can expect really high prices for drinks including wine, $15 for a small glass of so-so-quality red or white.

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TheresaV
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and service

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vipJdis
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and the property is beautiful.

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HappyGirl
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with a friend here for Cinco de Mayo. It was great. The server, Boris, is excellent (attentive & energetic) as always.

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Luigie
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place and the ambiance. Been there several times.

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KeithP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Not a good experience. Didn’t have our reservation table setup. Waited extremely long to get an order. I finally had to ask if we had a waiter for our table. Kitchen was understaffed and food came out late with little flavor to the meal. Took over two hours to eat dinner despite reserving a couple weeks in advance.

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ManuelL
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

If reservation is outside they do not warranty it. Other times the did. Basically they do whatever they want to do. Do not have false expectations. They do care just about themselves instead of the customer.
Really poor management

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vipJules
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent and the outdoor ambiance was wonderful. However the service was not what you would hope for. The servers were very nice but they didn't seem to be trained well as things came out in the wrong order and there seemed to be constant confusion. But if you're prepared to have patience, it's an enjoyable experience.

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Susana
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the experience
Service was good
Loved the location next to the beach

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HappyGirl
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and vibe are great. It’s all outdoors and there are fans which help with the heat. Boris the server is absolutely wonderful.

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roxannen
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was mediocre. Drink were very good. The mango and watermelon margaritas are delicious. Will not be eating food there again. Low quality Mexican food.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very LOWKEY spot the beach is right there so after dinner you can walk up and enjoy the waves , the food was amazing and so was the customer service !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Poor service and food was average

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vipEvelynS
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great view, food and service

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TheDude
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

While all employees wore masks and respected social distance. The guests in general did not wear any masks and congregated freely.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Guacamole was great!!!

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vipRebekahH
Tallahassee
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience. Food was great and service was too

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vipDavidH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Spotty service at this beautiful location near the beach. Food was not great. I orderded chicken fajitas and they came cold. Never good for this kind of dish. Should have been sizzling. Tough to get water. asked several times. Other waiters do not help your table. One waiter per table!!! Will probably not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for our 12th daughter got a wonderful preordered cake
Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very nice the place, close to the water but it was too cold and windy

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vipJdis
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with friendly staff who made the meal special. The food was well prepared and we had the fresh grilled fish sandwich and quesadilla both tasted great. The watermelon margarita is memorable and worth it to make the experience even better. The atmosphere of this restaurant is hard to beat being so open and comfortable. This is one of those special spots in Key Biscayne not to miss if you want a special occasion to remember. Keep up the great job!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This place is always good. Beachfront Mexican food under a giant tiki hut with great ambiance & service. Refined, yet relaxing atmosphere, typical of the Ritz. We go often & always enjoy it.

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3Pearls
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!

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CathyS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mexican cuisine on the beach. What could be better. Freshly made guacamole was outstanding.

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CarlosR
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience and food. Great choice for those preferring outdoor dining.

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vipAdrianaF
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We went back because our previous experience were fine! This time everything was very disappointing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is incredibly nice, food is great and can’t beat the view!

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Alexander
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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MalenMcD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had good Mexican food here. Went for my husband’s birthday. We all agreed that while it was very good, the portion was smaller for the amount that they charge.
The ambiance is nice and the server was attentive.

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vipDavidC
Miami
35 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
25 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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Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is rated 4.4 stars by 137 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.