La Mar by Gastón Acurio

4.6
1821 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Peruvian
La Mar by Gaston Acurio features the acclaimed Peruvian cuisine of celebrity chef Gaston Acurio in a high-energy setting with dramatic water views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline.

Diners are invited to explore the authentic and diverse flavors of Peruvian gastronomy, ranging from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood cebiche.

A contemporary design offers a mix of indoor and outdoor seating with three lively bars providing distinctive culinary experiences and a personal look into the creation of signature cebiches, freshly grilled anticuchos and specialty cocktails.

La Mar is now offering a two hour Sunday Brunch dining experience with a sumptuous Peruvian-inspired menu, refreshing cocktails and decadent desserts served at the water’s edge.

Enjoy a Peruvian punch cocktail al fresco at YAKU by La Mar before or after dinner at La Mar Thursday through Saturday from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Peruvian
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Hours of operation
Bar
Daily 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Daily 6:00 pm–12:00 am
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(305) 913-8358
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Diego Oka
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South East 8th Street
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Parking details
For lunch from 11:30am to 3:30pm valet parking is offered on a complimentary basis.

Valet parking is available during dinner service for USD 13 per car with validation.
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Public transit
Metrobus stop located across from restaurant.
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Entertainment
Join us for live DJ music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to 11pm. DJ music is also played during Sunday Brunch from 12pm to 3:30pm.
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Special events & promotions
La Mar's contemporary dining room and two sprawling terraces overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline offer the perfect location for group dining, whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a corporate event.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The South Terrace of La Mar offers the perfect outdoor waterfront option for groups that would like to dine al fresco. With innovative group lunch and dinner menus, the dynamic terrace is directly on the water and faces the Miami skyline.

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What 1821 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The place is so beautiful. The Flavor is worth to try

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EA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place. It is pricey. Was disappointed with the ceviche portions. Very very small plate. Otherwise, all was fantastic.

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M
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Our server recommended the most expensive item in every menu category, then sent all of our food out within minutes of ordering and before we were able to select a wine...which we did not end up ordering because what’s the point when your whole dinner is already on the table getting cold. The support staff was great, but our server ruined the experience. No managers visited the table at any point to check on us, which might have helped as well. We will not go back.

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DB
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch :) great quality in the appetizers and the main course ! Recommended

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GM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is great but not good for sunday football which i wish it was

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AB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been to a few of Gaston Acurio's restaurants in the Americas, and I'm sad to report that on this occasion I was somewhat disappointed.
Our main problem was the service, although courteous and nice, it was slow and lackluster; while waiting for our table at the outside bar it took over 20 minutes for our drinks to come - even though they had already been taken outside a good 10 minutes before being taken to the table. Once inside, the slowness of the service continued. An empty pot of fried plantain chips took a friend asking for it to be taken away no less than 5 times before it was. Food was slow to come out, and one of the dishes (which was had by 2 people in the group) took an extra ten minutes to come out, by which time the rest of us had almost finished.
The food itself was nice, well seasoned and presented, but for a name of its stature and the price, it just didn't quite deliver. I myself had salmon which I ordered cooked medium rare while a friend asked for hers well done, when they came the waiter made a point of asking who was having which, but later when we compared the dishes both were cooked all the way through.
The one amazing thing were the pisco sours - best I've had outside of Lima!
All in all I'd say 3 to 3.5 stars. Not bad, but I won't be anxiously waiting for the next time I can go there.

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DL
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic evening! Delicious food and absolutely one of the best waterfront views in all of Brickell.

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MB
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my birthday and decided to sit outside. The view was breathtaking, we watched the whole sunset. Very quiet relaxing ambience.
We ordered 2 appetizers (The Ceviche Sampler & the empanadas) very small but delicious! *not your typical empanadas. My boyfriend ordered the Lomo Saltado, and boy was that amazing!! I would go back just to eat that plate lol. I ordered the Picante de Camarones and it was jumbo shrimps with white rice and corn and it tasted delicious! For dessert we ordered the the 1st dessert on the menu which was brownie pieces with 60% Peruvian chocolate. Really subtle and tasty. Dont think it was expensive at all, spent $157 on 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, a coke and a natural juice and dessert. The tip WAS INCLUDED in that price btw! For the experience, it was worth it! 5 STARS

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamar’s desserts are the best they have. The food overall is great but we all know that since it’s Gaston Acurio’s restaurant. Amazing time, amazing view, thank you for the great service!

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O
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food is not good, I mean really not good.
Outside setting saved the moment. view is breathtaking.
Service is just OK. Valet did open door to me ( passenger) and not to my wife (driver) - how rude!

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RA
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious but one entree we ordered was not worth the price.

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f
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, good service. Pretty good Spice. Thought flavors were too similar--2 of 4 dishes were adobo(I think). But cooking technique was excellent. Our first time, but thanks to Spice, we'll come back for regular menu.

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to La Mar on the last night of our honeymoon in Miami. While we were consistently treated to great service given the occasion across our week in Miami, La Mar went totally above and beyond. The food was absolutely excellent - my wife and I love Peruvian food and this was the best meals we've ever had. If you're trying the appetizers, the empanadas are a must have and in terms of meal, the lomo saltado was the best I've had (and it's my go to in terms of Peruvian cuisine) and the paiche fish was a unique must have that I've rarely seen at any a restaurant.

Our server, Jennifer, really made our night - she provided great recommendations, was charming & engaging, and took great care of us as we sat there for well over three hours. To top everything off, the GM (I believe) treated us to a bottle of champagne to gap off a wonderful evening. I would highly recommend La Mar to anyone and we will undoubtedly come back anytime we're in Miami, even when we're not celebrating our marriage.

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice experience with the tasting menu. Beautiful venue on water. Bit noisy and over priced though. One waiter was very attentive.

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j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner in a beautiful setting! We tried a few different things on the menu - three kinds of ceviche and causas, and a seafood stew - all very tasty.

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L
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

It was my first time in Miami and this restaurant was highly recommended. The hospitality was great but our waiter forgot to bring out the Miami spice dessert. Miami spice is a three course meal... The food was "okay." A bit on the salty side.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Love the food and place! The service was a little slow. But definitely would go back for the beautiful view!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Poor service. Very difficult to work with and get their attention. They added the tip before bringing the check so service was not their priority

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We ordered the tasting menu and there was very little explained to introduce the content or concept of each dish, or to feel that service was done with care. Plates were quickly dropped at our table. At one point a runner asked, "Where should I put this dish?" and expected us to make a space for the plate, which we did for her. One of our drink orders never arrived. If felt like airport dining, and the food lacked care.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Muy bueno todo excepto por la espera, considerando que tenia reserva

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even if we go for miami spice , they don’t serve on Saturday, but the food was amazing for sure will be come back

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I found this a nice place. Its stylish, good people and elegant. The service was great, as expected in a restaurant of this calibre. The food was not what I expected. It had a interesting variety of main courses, but all three plates ordered for my guests and myself lacked that taste that would make me want to have more or come back. Definetely not worth the price.

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M
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was unique and amazing, different and interesting will come back for sure !!!

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've tired Gaston's restaurants in Peru & was excited to see his name in Miami. My family is from Peru and so the expectation was high, but Gaston delivered well; service was great, flavors were authentic & creative in presentation. We ordered way too much food, but we ate it all. no regrets.
I can't wait to go back with friends or just my husband.

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OM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambient, food,service. Jshsinnanjdjsnnsnhhj

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the food quality, service, and view. One of my favorite Miami dinners!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just beautifully located and designed. This was a great dinner experience.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente en todos los aspectos, personal sumamente atento, comida exquisita, ambiente perfecto, excelente vista! Muchas gracias , volveremos!

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T
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

“Head” waiter was inattentive and got several orders wrong, table would have ordered several more rounds of drinks except for the fact waiter was never or around or when he was did not look around or attend to other tables.

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the menu options, and the knowledgeable servers.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always. We had the Miami Spice lunch menu. Portions were right, since it was a 3 course menu.

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IN
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Went on a heavily discounted "spice month" lunch. Even at a discount, didn't get what we paid for. Fried fish was cold and soggy. the place is hidden the basement just of a nicer hotel but just above sea level.
front staff was kind, waiter was clueless about menu. served steak and a starch on an ice cold plate. somewhat nauseating after two minutes. dessert was great but a popsicle stick

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and great food as usual. Can't go wrong with La Mar

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LM
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I don’t know what’s the point of doing reservations and wait 35 minutes to seat

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C
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We visit Miami every summer from New York, was highly recommended to visit la mar by multiple people. Miami vice menu was going on, but I was more excited about their a la carte menu, but server didn’t really help us with guiding thru the menu well, recommend us a safe/mediocre choice when I was more adventurous to try interesting items off the menu. When I asked him about seemed less popular item, he recommended us tuna which I tried most of Japanese restaurants so I was more prone to try new things, his response as “what’s wrong with tuna?” Instead of trying to guide us thru the menu. Also, he seemed he lacked beverage/wine knowledge when we asked him about wine by the glass, and gave us a very unfriendly/poor table service which left a very bad taste in my mouth when I was leaving.

It seemed that service staff don’t communicate amongst themselves, (we politely asked them not to pour our bottle of wine into our glasses but three different staffs came without asking trying to pour our wine) and the steps of service was very inefficient and painful.

Due to the restaurant being located within the hotel property, the 18% gratuity was added to our check, which we didn’t believe that service staffs didn’t deserve it at all.
I don’t understand why, when we asked for a check, the server dropped the check on our table 3 times and picked it up 3 times without explaining a reason why until we actually get the check in our hands.

We love dining, have been to multiple interesting/fine dining restaurants in Miami, by far one of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had to the point I couldn’t wait to pay and leave the place.
Maybe our expectation was too high.
They really need to improve in a better staff training in terms of table service and beverage/savory knowledge.

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f
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice to try Peruvian gourmet food without traveling to South America. Gaston Acurio Restaurant lived to its reputation . Value is certainly moderate to high, but worth it.
Maybe the plates should have a larger description of the source of the ingredients, or the waiters could have a deeper knowledge. It will make it even more enjoyable to understand where and how the spices have been gather and used some for millennia from the Inca times.
Also I would like to see several courses with small portions, tapas sizes, to even have a more amazing experience.
Sommelier needed too, although our waiter paired it properly.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Very authentic Peruvian Cuisine ... great view ... service was ok.

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N
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent.interesting food. Our son recommended the restaurant, and we agree with his assessment. Food was superb as was our server.

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OT
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is located in the lower level of the mandarin oriental hotel. I would Uber or Lyft there otherwise you’ll be paying to valet park your car. The portions are small and priced way above what they should be. We went there 4 years ago and it was fantastic. They will try to give you the worst table possible or seat you next to someone else even if the restaurant isn’t crowded. Yes I understand every server needs a patron. But if a table is empty and not marked reserved which it wasn’t if a customer asks for a nice view don’t stick them in the middle of everyone else. Definitely won’t be back and I can see why the Mandarin didn’t last in Las Vegas. Also the one in Boston changed the restaurant to pretty much just a fancy bar. Overpriced and the 3 young ladies at the hostess station could seem to care less if your happy where you sit. I should have bribed them for a better table. It used to be great now it’s just blah!

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DV
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, one of my favorites. Great location, excellent food, nice service. I have been there for several times already, the last time was a little loud but just because we were seated next to Bachelor party, the rest was great.

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