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About Il Bolognese on Ocean

known throughout Europe as a capitol of culture and fine living, the wealth of good taste from Italy"s Bologna region now makes its home on Ocean Dr. in Miami Beach- at Il Bolognese
Inspired by the authentic recipes and fresh regional ingredients of Northern Italy, this exceptional Italian eatery offers contemporary interpretations os classic favorites by chef Manuel Mattei.
Everything we do at Il Bolognese is focus around creating a hearty, European sense of welcome. From our delectable lunch and dinner selections to our playful list of hand-crafted cocktails to our extensive regional wine list to our intimate lounge for private events, we invite you to savor our unique culinary experience for yourself.
Our approach is simple only the best ingredients and only the best preparations.

1400 OCEAN DR.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am;

Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm;

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:30am;
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:30am

Cross Street:
14th Street And Ocean Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(305) 455-0399

Website:
http://www.ilbolognese.com/

Executive Chef:
Manuel Mattei

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Il Bolognese on Ocean Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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4.1

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4.0

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3.4

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Moderate

67% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I can’t believe this place was recommended by anyone. Really bad food, the service is really a disaster and is really expensive for the offered quality. Bad experience!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was excellent, the wait staff and manager were wonderful made us feel like we were their only customer!!! Wonderful atmosphere and exceptional service!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food, service, and ambiance!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Enjoyed the quiet ambiance of the restaurant and service was very good. The dinner entrees however were only fair. The lobster tortellini first came out cold, and the light tomato cream sauce was not light but heavy in crushed tomato. The lobster in the surf and turf was over cooked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Very good service, location and food! Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Great meal exceptional service from Noberto

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Fantastic location right on Ocean drive with large spacious dining area. The grilled lobster was fantastic; try it! Also had the calamari, caesar salad and the salmon, all which were good indeed.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Casual mediterranean ambiance with great italian food.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Server looked like they didn't know how to multi-task, wasn't wearing a name tag but had a european maybe russian accent ? she was a brunette - Server would bring 1 thing out at a time rather than several. Table besides us (4 top) got their food at the same time we got ours and we were there (also a table of 4) 25 minutes prior. They did mention the kitchen was behind but they didn't say anything about the servers. I understand it was a busy lunch but she was just not attentive to any of her tables. It seemed like it didn't matter since dining down there gets them an auto grat therefore they don't "have" to give good service. The food was incredibly bland, it took 15 minutes to get the worst bloody marys we had ever had. We tried to doctor them at the table by adding pepper, hot sauce, worcestershire sauce but they were just cheap tomato juice and no saving them. We tried to drink them and when she asked if they were ok, we were unsure, but when we asked to changed, she had the audacity to say "i asked you if they were ok" - completely uncalled for. If anything we were trying to give her less work - We all settled for Stellas instead and thankfully they took those drinks away. The food arrived and it was ok, appearance was better, but the taste was very bland, ask another server to please bring some parm cheese and they must have forgotten, we had to ask twice. Food just wasn't worth it. When it came to pay, we told the server to split it by dish, apparently that was to be mentioned at the beginning of the meal. Just wasn't very accommodating especially considering the lack of taking care. I would watch her run into the kitchen and come out with 1 drink, then she would go back and come back with 1 spoon. It was mind baffling, the hostess hardly helped, just standing their taking selfies and videos of the parade rather than keeping an eye on the tables and assisting the servers. Two words to describe this dining experience "hot mess". Would not recommend AT ALL.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Best breakfast I've ever had! Will definitely be going back before the end of my trip!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 6, 2017

All the dishes our group ordered were delicious. I think the fettuccini and gnocchi were the best I've had, both very rich and creamy. Multiple options if you are gluten free.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Took a group of 16 there for dinner on 3/1. Everything from the food, service to seating was great. One area to improve on would be the wine list.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Good service good food okay price but not thrilled with automatic 20% service charge

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Average Italian food. Ordered the antipasto special. It was good, but certainly NOT worth $56.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Booked a last minute reservation. We were accommodated quickly and the service was very good. Since we were in South Beach the prices were high and value only good. In particular we ordered an antipasto appetizer special and we got surprised that the price was $32, a little too high for the value. Limited amount of steak on the steak/salad combo but my Grouper was very good just not very hot.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Whenever we are in town we find an opportunity to eat here, be it lunch or dinner. Although it is street side, the terrace is a great place to dine. The noise is buffered from the street. The food is always incredible with superb waitstaff.

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Delicious Italian food right on Ocean so loud music and a fun scene.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We had dinner here for New Year's Eve.
The food quality as excellent. The service outstanding and it filled our expectations.
The waiter was a gentleman from Venezuela and he went out of his way to make us feel good.
Thank you

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Here for New Year's Eve - previous reviews mentioned to sit on the second floor and I requested the second floor when I booked the reservation. However, it was a great night and A LOT of great energy outside so when we arrived, we requested - and were granted - an outside table. Great place to people watch, food was amazing and Roberto - our waiter - very attentive for such a busy night. We were with three teenagers and it was a hit. The seating was tight, but we made some friends with the table next door. Fun night!

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (New Zealand)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Lovely setting for New Year Eve. Service was top notch and food was great. Make sure to ask the price of specials. We had a wee surprise at the price of the special we ordered. It was was good but we sure wouldn't have ordered it if we had known it was $75.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2016

The positive is that the outdoor atmosphere is inviting and great. Unfortunately, that is our only positive. The service was subpar and the food was not good at all. The lasagna was burnt and didn't even taste like lasagna. The bolognese dish was bland and also not really edible. The spaghetti special was greasy and unappetizing. No one in our party enjoyed their meal. We won't be returning.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Great atmosphere on Ocean Drive. Hostess was accommodating and our food was served promptly.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Food was phenomenal . We had the filet with mushroom risotto along with fettucine and seafood. Management and Wait staff were so attentive . Enjoyed the night !

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 24, 2016

great & busy location (on Ocean Drive), good Italian food (as expected) and attentive waiter

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Our waiter was top. Cared for our every request and futfilled them willingliy. Food was outstanding, we orderd 3 apps, 5 entres, and 4 deserts, spaced out so we werent constantly being fed and were able to converse and enjoy each course.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 28, 2016

Very impromptu decision to have a quick dinner early and close to the hotel and was not disappointed. Fillet over risotto was superb and a very generous proportion. Service was excellent; attentive but did not feel rushed at all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 17, 2016

Option to eat inside or outside was nice. It was clean and the atmosphere was pleasant. There was no trashy rowdy people. The food was vey good and the waiter was attentive. I'm all about excellent customer service. I would recommend this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2016

Organized for a business dinner. Received periodic texts from restaurant point of contact.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 3, 2016

Truly enjoyed as it was on the quiet end of Ocean Drive. Service was great and the food delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2016

The main strength of this restaurant is that it has comfortable, covered, outdoor dinning, right in the heart of the historic art deco section of South Beach. It was wonderful to relax, have a good meal, and enjoy being there. The service is warm and friendly. The food is very good. Not cheap but worth the price for the overall experience. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Carlos was a wonderful server. All the staff were friendly and attentive. Food was fantastic. Penne arrabiatta was nice and light with a touch of spice

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 28, 2016

Delicious!! And great service. Will be back!!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2016

If you're going to eat outside, eat on the upper level so you're not in the midst of street folks walking through. Inside is nice and quiet, but you're literally eating in a hotel lobby. Small portions but great service!

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Bar was close to dining area and very noisy. Food was not good. Really not worth it.
Better choices. Atmosphere is alluring, but not reflected in the food. Service was good.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2016

Four of us had different pasta dishes that were pretty tasty. The other two ordered lasagna and both were served burnt until black. How does a cook and a server both ignore that and let it go out? What about the person that watches quality control? Wasn't there? They did graciously replace both dinners, but I can't recommend this restaurant after that.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2016

Service was good, food had great flavors, however for three dishes of pasta (no seafood) and a seafood soup and a couple of saladas $281 was too much! The server did not bring detailed invoice to the table, and told service was not included and it was! so we end up paying $320 for a four people lunch, no wine!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 17, 2016

Il Bolognese on Ocean is a great restaurant with a diverse menu of Italian classics, seafood, and some wonderful specials! We had the special filet mignon with a wine truffle sauce, served on a bed of mushroom risotto, which was divine! Juan at the bar serves creative, hand crafted cocktail with a twist and made some great recommendations on wine also! To top things off, all of the staff are so friendly and engaging, they always make us feel so welcome! A must visit in SOBE!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Good food and wine, but overprized. The service was allright until we said no to desert. Then they tried to get us out asap. And then the waiter didnt bother to bring back the change, so the service charge beacame a lot more than they deserve. We payed around 160 for two main courses and a bottle of wine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Went there on NYE and it was very expensive but we had a great time and the food was amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2015

Beware of this Tourist trap! The good part ended with the bread. Wine at 12$ a glass was terrible. We were a party of 5 with teenagers kids. Ordered 3 appetizer. Beef carpaccio was tasteless. Wasn't sure it was beef. The bruschetta wasn't a bruschetta . It was a kind of a tasteless paper thin dough. We should have gotten it then and leave but we were unfortunately too hungry and too tired. Then came the pasta. Never had something so poorly made. My 6 year old suddenly said she's not hungry anymore. I returned my first mushroom pasta and asked for a 4 cheese gnocchi . Then came a group of white little balls drowning in watery "cream sauce" . Four cheese? Really? 230$ down the drain. The only thing we all left with was a severe belly ache. What a shame.

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