Pao by Paul Qui – Faena Hotel Miami Beach

4.6
535 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary Asian
Pao boldly reflects celebrated chef Paul Qui’s renowned brand of modern Asian cuisine drawing from his background and range of international styles, including Filipino, Spanish, Japanese, and French. Signature items include crudo specialties, original rice dishes and fresh fish and meats seared table-side over Japanese binchotan charcoal.

Pao’s beverage program will include an extensive list of wines from old and new world regions, an international liquor selection, innovative cocktails from an impressive team of mixologists and playful non-alcoholic libations.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Filipino
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday-Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 7:00pm-12:00am
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Phone number
(844) 798-9713
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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
Paul Qui
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Cross street
32 street
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Parking details
Hotel Valet Parking
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Public transit
Collins Av@32 Street
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 535 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

A big disappointment after having great expierneces in Pao previously. Service is outstanding, however the food quality was un acceptable.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Very attentive, food came out appropriately quickly, and complimentary dessert to celebrate. Loved it! Favourite restaurant in Miami.

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SN
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance coupled with terrific service and exquisitely prepared food. Menu selection is limited but what's on the menu is all great.

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A
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful as always! Delicious food and incredible service! It is one of our favorites in Miami!

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SF
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Highly recommend. Impeccable service, waiters calling you by your name at all times and were very friendly (unlike how they treat you at the jazz lounge). Fried chicken was delicious as well as the rice with pork belly and the dessert with the pear ice cream was nothing like I have ever had before.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

La nourriture était horrible. L'hamachi de thon goutait le chlore, Il avait un minuscule oursin de mer dans le plat, juste de la sauce et maïs. Les cuisses canard ressemblaient à celle qu'on achète sous vide à l'épicerie.

C'était extrêmement cher pour la qualité de la nourriture. Il est préférable de manger au Los Fuegos si vous allez au Faena.

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service (Jed) was outstanding. And that’s after 3 weeks dining in all the best places in Miami. Jed hosted us, made the experience of dining here romantic with his story telling and guidance through out the meal. There was an explosion of flavor in every dish. Loved the short rib, unicorn, and hamachi especially.
Coursing was perfect, and he closed the meal by taking us down to the Mammoth exhibition in the back of the hotel. Truly extraordinary and we can’t wait to return.

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JA
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We were really looking forward to Pao. We went for my birthday dinner - wanting to explore someplace new. It was very disappointing - two dishes were good - the bamboo rice and fried chicken. The other dishes - king crab appetizer and curried vegetables were disappointing. The cookies at the END OF THE MEAL were fabulous. There are too many other great restaurants in Miami to go back to this one

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Still had to wait even after having a reservation and dishes are overpriced

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!! Food was excellent

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience with Asian food has been pretty scant due to the fact that it tends to emphasize seafood and shellfish. I had checked out the Paos' Miami Spice menu, saw a few items I liked, and decided to check it out this past weekend. The fact that when I checked in at the hostess stand, they inquired as to any food allergies so they could be careful with my plates made them a winner. They were able to customize a delicious dinner for me without inconveniencing others. Service overall was top notch; the waiter or busser describes all of the plates and ingredients and checked regularly on me.

Their Miami Spice menu, price (very) fairly proportionate portions for their regular menu, started with the fried chicken was the essence of spice with their sweet chili, jalapeno and banana ketchup. That last seasoning intrigued me at first; my waitress informed me that it's made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and jalapeno. Next up was the sisig (basically Filipino style fried rice.) These fond culinary memories of my San Fran trip was a not-overly-greasy garlic rice, Chili for moar spice, black vinegar, pork belly and a fried egg.

In addition to the complementary green matcha cookie, my sweet closing was their Buttermilk panna cotta with (real) Green Apple -Cru, Fennel Seed Crumble, and a pear apple sorbet. I nursed my meal with (more than one) of their Horned God drink, a deliciously potent rum punch with Bacardi 8, Hamilton 151, Maraschino liqueur and a burning lime.

Enjoy the art in the lobby outside, or take a stroll by the beach behind the hotel to check out the golden woolly mammoth sculpture!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work promotions

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m
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was excellent!

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M
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed dining at Pao. It was a culinary adventure with many interesting and new flavors. Every plate was amazing! The cocktails were really delicious as well.

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

Thank you, had a great birthday! Thank you, had a great birthday!

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Miami Spice and loved it! Will def be back!!

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f
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The restaurant itself is beautiful and the drinks were great (get the Faena Spritz). The food was underwhelming though. Didn't like most of the dishes from their Spice Menu. The fried chicken and crudo were really good, other than that, the rest of the dishes were sort of blah. Expected more, to be honest.

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RB
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great, attentive service and tasty meal. Good options on Miami Spice menu, albeit smaller sized.

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AM
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We were so excited about sea urchin/unicorn dish - no sea urchins just creamy corn ...very disappointed 😞
Presentation on every dish was excellent
Dessert was Delicious 😋
Adobo fried rice was very tasty...everyone of us like it
Cocktails drinks🍷 🍹🍸 Were extremely expensive and not that great taste👎🏻
Vermentino GREAT wine👏🏻

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

My friend and I had dinner and the atmosphere was amazing along with the interior design. We had the Myth cocktail which was great and the Miami Spice Menu, with the vegtables dish.
Everything was tasty and the dessert was amazing. Our server Chris was friendly as everyone in the staff. After the dinner I would recommend the living room for some live music.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, amazing ambience, great service, we will definitely visit again!!!!!

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CL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely amazing. The service, food, chef, ambiance was exceptional...and I don’t even use the word exceptional often.
Beautiful restaurant with a beautiful view.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and it was great. Service was spot on and friendly. The menu is limited so check it out before you go, but the food is excellent. I will be returning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the place. Miami Spice Menu a little small portions
The Myth drink is delicious, the cup/container too heavy but beautiful
The place is very loud, I could not hear my partner

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ML
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered from the Miami Spice menu and had one of the best meals of our life! The incredibly creative food, the impecable service, and romantic atmosphere made this a date night to remember. The food highlights were probably the sea urchin and the wagyu beef dishes. Our knowledgeable, passionate server Javaris and the rest of the staff made this a meal to remember!!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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RL
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and amazing dinner

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I
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants around . All was on point from the decor to the service not to mention the extraordinary food ! Totally would recommend for an outstanding meal with impeccable service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Miami! Had an amazing evening full of delicious food in a gorgeous setting. Definitely recommend

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NV
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Great ambience, professional pleasant staff.

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DG
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a mid-week dinner prior to a show at the Faena Theater - very pleasant evening. The classic Rusty Nail cocktail was well prepared, and the Hamachi appetizer - although gourmet-sized - was quite tasty with fresh green peas and shoots. We opted for the "whole duck", which was not presented whole and appeared to be comprised of two duck legs confit and a separately prepared sliced duck breast, appropriately rare, accompanied by a tangy duck sauce. Regardless of the possible menu discrepancy it was delicious. Overall it was a very fine meal in an attractive venue with attentive service, expensive consistent with expectations for Miami Beach hotel dining.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Bad service !!! The waiter could never have done NOISE to call our attention and made us stop talking .??? I NEVER saw that in my life

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JZ
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service at Faena. Miami Spice Menu was excellent

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CP
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place, good food, excelent service, very noisy

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CW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

A group of six friends met here for dinner. The urchin had a great presentation but tasted pretty much like corn chowder. The portion sizes were very small. The three men in the group left very hungry. The ambiance was great, but the service was lacking. The waitress was very condescending and took forever. The hostess sat multiple parties before us even though we were all present and then sat us in one of the worst seats in the restaurants. We enjoyed the live music in the lounge after dinner but it was impossible to get a drink at the bar which were typical way overpriced south beach drinks.

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M
Philadelphia
92 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken with Banana chicken is excellent. Short Ribs are outstanding. Duck fried rice is great. Cheesecake is good, but nothing special. Other dessert I had was delicious. Beautiful place, beautiful people. More action the later you go. Super service and everyone is warm and welcoming; no attitude. The food is truly special

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PJ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding quality and service.
not the greatest portion sizes - but would still recommend to a friend.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing!
The food was an experience.
We will be back probably next week to try the rest of the menu.

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P
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food but portions way too small even for Miami Beach standards. Not a great value

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IP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. Exquisite food and courteous service. Sea Urchin corn chowder is a must. Spicy fried chicken is out of this world. And of course THE MYTH (a very attractive cocktail served in an unicorn shaped jar) is to dream about.

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