El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos

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362 reviews
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EL CIELO RESTAURANT BY JUAN MANUEL BARRIENTOS
50 BEST RESTAURANTS LATIN AMERICA SAN PELLEGRINO 2013, 2014 AND 2015
MODERNISTIC CUSINE WITH LATIN AND COLOMBIAN INFLUENCE USING LOCAL PRODUCTS.
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Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, unlike anything else I have done before.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant that I have ever experience. The positive attitude of the chef is transported to the employees. Exquisite professional service, the creativity and quality of the food is exceptional.
Dinning at El Cielo is an experience that is out of this world.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Espectacular overall experience. The food: presentation, explanation portion and taste.

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LS
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

It was my birthday: we waited for 90 minutes to get our table and we were quite disappointed with the service.

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JB
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated 23rd wedding anniversary with friends and had a very memorable evening

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l
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an enjoyable evening! We did "The Experience" and enjoyed 14 little plates of food poetry. Everything was delicious and thoughtful. The cocktails were exceptional too. My husband had the jalapeño margarita and it was incredible. We will definitely be back and try the regular menu. YUM!

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AR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great experience and the food is just simply amazing!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Not worth it. The “Chocotherapy” on the menu is a joke, they pour chocolate onto your hand tell you to rub your hands and lick.. seriously? Why don’t you just give a shot on the side for drinking and do the hand part separate, hands are full of germs and there is no way I am licking my fingers in a restaurant even if it’s “part of the experience”. Plus at the very end they bring 2 rose petals with a tiny dollop of hand cream between them, it is redundant we already had a hand treatment before, I have enough products at home to my opinion there is no need to include that in a food menu to justify the price. Only 2 plates were good the rest was disappointing, took the pescatarian menu the scallop was too salty, the chocolate cake tasted like the ones you get from a box. All the plates were small, which was expected for a tasting menu, except this giant bread they bring and call “tree of life” so if you eat that you will for sure be full at the end of the meal to compensate the 2 courses that are for your hands.. We asked for an item not to be put on 1 plate for one of us they decide to remove it for all without letting us know. There Was also a mistake with what was brought to the table so we had to send it back. They have a “coffee show” at the end that is also a joke for coffee connoisseurs. Only Smoke and mirrors very disappointing and not worth the money.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and best of service! Went for anniversary and couldn’t have asked for more! Affordable wine bottle options. Definitely recommend!!

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DA
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, again!
JMB's is a culinary artist, with an uncanny ability to translate his artistic creativity into a gastronomic reality.
Difficult to evaluate every dish of the degustation menu, as each item has it's unique inspirational origin.
Key to remember, is that you're paying to visualize and taste JMBs vision.

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BF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dining experience! Would and have recommended to all our friends. The staff and service was amazing as was the food.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good service, food was amazing.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience. Definitely for a special occasion. It is very expensive and only pre-fixed menus are available: however, totally worth it. It really is an experience, a very interactive one. It was fun, and exciting. Would definitely go back. A foodies must!

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Y
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have already recommended several friends to share this unique experience with their special someone.

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DA
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The experience was amazing! The food, the decor, the cocktails were wonderful. A great concept The only bad thing is that we had two waiters one was very warm and friendly but the other was too methodical, direct and I feel like I was in a hurry. Another negative point is that there was a lot of cold in the restaurant, we asked to turn up the temperature of the air conditioning as the food cooled very quickly, but the waiter told us that the air was automatic and could not be modified, in the end the host girl said that if the temperature could be raised, I was confused. Of rest everything excellent

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k
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally recommended! It wowed all my senses!
Incredible experience, worth every penny :)

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PC
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I really wanted to give this gorgeous place 5 stars. The food was outstanding, service was attentive and ambiance was spectacular. What it is missing is more options on their wine list and plenty of wine in stock. They had run out of both our 1st choice, Shafer, or 2nd choice, BelleGloss, in stock. Normally we would’ve left at this point since this didn’t settle well with either of us. However, the Sommelier, Juan, was very apologetic and knowledgeable. He recommended a CabFranc blend, Justin’s Justification, which was to our liking. We decided to stay and we’re very glad we did. We will definitely return and hope to find more fine wines added to their selection and plenty of stock to pair with the delicious food.

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MV
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a great experience, the place is beautiful and we got excellent service

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V
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Extraordinary culinary experience!! Food was excellent and it’s remarkable their skill to have a innovative approach. Wine list is very good. The service was good but confused two plates of the tasting menu but they were humble enough to leave the mistaken plate and bring the correct one. Totally recommended.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is absolutely phenomenal. We had the full experience and cocktails, and it was some of, if not, the best food I’ve had in Miami bar none. However, the service is not so great. The entire meal took us 3 1/2 hours. I understand prep time between dishes, but it took us 15 minutes just to get the check. The service was extremely slow, and the waiters did not do a great job of explaining the dishes at all. We had a hard time understanding them, and for a $400 tab for two people I would expect better for service. Especially considering the place is quite small. I would go again but the service seriously needs to improve. Go for the food, because it’s worth it - but know that the service is somewhat lacking compared to other high end restaurants in Miami.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great experience, it will be nice to have more options. In our case there were just 3 options, but I wasn’t a fan of all the meats included.

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BF
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

When you go for the avant-garde style, I believe first and foremost the food has to be excellent.

This was not the case with El Cielo.

The dishes were served beautifully but the flavors never stood out. I can order over cooked pork tenderloin at a lot of other places in Miami.

For the price tag - I would not return.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s pricey but it is worth it for a wonderful evening. They take great care of you and the food is very good and unique. We will definitely do it again, but best saved for special occasions.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary here and it was the best experience ever. We’ve never been to this type of restaurant and we had so much fun trying all of the different and unique meals. Definitely a memory I will never forget.

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London
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had high hopes for El Cielo before arriving in Miami.
Unfortunately the whole experience felt a little too focused on gimmicky over serving amazing food, and the hard sell on the genius of the 33 year old chef by the waiter felt highly contrived.

It was a busy night, and the restaurant itself was pretty cold in temperature.
We sampled "The Journey" menu, but a couple of the dishes listed were changed out, for what I assume is lack of availability of ingredients, which is fine.
The waiters had trouble talking us through the changed dishes, and most of what we ate was lukewarm at best, including the soup course. We struggled to get any real contrasting of flavours in the dishes, which have been really apparent at other molecular gastronomic restaurants we have had the pleasure of dining out at.

Based on El Cielo's website, and other reviews, we entered the restaurant expecting to be wowed, but left feeling sadly disappointed. Chalking it down to a bad night, but we won't rush back again in a hurry.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bravo to the chef and all the employees of the restaurant extremely professional service attentive the chef created a work of art
An experience of beauty, senses, laughter an amazing tasting

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B
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

El Cielo is an experience worth having. Right on the waterfront, the location is beautiful. It was a little confusing to get to due to some construction. We did the journey experience with one vegetarian in the group, who was greatly accommodated for. The food was great, some of the vegetarian courses were okay, but otherwise the food were great. The courses were all about different sensory experiences. Our server Juan was amazing and very attentive and accommodating. For the experience, it was the worth the price.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fue una cena inolvidable especialmente porque estábamos celebrando el cumpleaños de mi esposo, la atención fue fabulosa, alto profesionalismo de todo los empleados.

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Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Their 10 course "journey" surprised and delighted at every course. Expect the unexpected. I'm not going to give you a spoiler, but this is a sensory, molecular gastronomy delight with a Columbian flair. They easily accommodated dietary preferences and kept the courses coming at an easy pace. From squid ink crusted crab cakes to a spectacular coffee and dessert finish. Each course was a visual and tasty morsel. They are developing a restaurant in my hometown of DC - I will make it a priority to go. This restaurant is NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

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P
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

It looks like this restaurant is dying. Nice decoration, kind attendees with insufficient preparation to manage the service timing in a high level restaurant. On top of that, there were two tables occupied by people who looked like people with money with little education. That did not match the level in which the restaurant is positioned. We are very sorry about this experience.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Todo perfecto pero estaba muy helado y no era agradable estar sin chaqueta

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Y
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great and different experience, but I would not come back soon to try the same food
There should be an option to make people wanting to come back to try something that you did not try this time

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s
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and presentation but very noisy and difficult to hear waiter. Also, the staff was very inexperienced re: wine selections.

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly memorable and amazing culinary experience. I was there celebrating my birthday and they made it special. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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SG
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Love it!

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CT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!!!

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Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expectativa y sorpresa totalmente diferente hay que venir si te gusta la comida no hay más que decir es una experiencia sensacional

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l
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have been to many michalen star restraunts. I have worked with many chefs and have been in the hospitality industry for many years. This was a slap in the face to anyone who has worked for a star. The service was the worst I have ever gotten. The waiter was very poor in english and neither myself or my husband knew what we were eating. It was overall awful and not worth the money.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced and underwhelmed!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food, unexpected but delicious combination of flavors - and textures-. Definitely visiting again!

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