Pao by Paul Qui – Faena Hotel Miami Beach

4.7
563 reviews
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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.
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New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love
Great drinks
Great food

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, from start to finish

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Restaurant was empty. Fire alarm started and we were told it happens very often due to the kitchen in the Argentinean Steakhouse on site. Food doesn’t worth the price. Service was good.

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AD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating business

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply loved it! My wife and I went on a date there and we had a great time. The place was beautiful, the service was excellent and the food was amazing! It’s one of my favorite places in Miami!

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space and outstanding service. The menu is quite limited, and the prices are quite expensive. The food quality and taste was good to excellent, but not truly amazing, and some portions were very small. Los Fuegos in the same hotel, is definitely the better restaurant.

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IC
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kind of nervous that it was going to be a hotel guest, tourist trap place. Nothing of the sort. While there may have indeed been tourists, with good taste, it was an exquisite dining experience. Excellent food and drinks combined with great service from our server Hicham made for a memorable experience. Worth a visit and the money.

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IJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, innovative menu. Fabulous service and beautiful atmosphere, without being stuffy. All around amazing. Sebastian was our server and he was fantastic.

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BG
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Pao with my spouse and another couple for a fun night out, and the experience exceeded our expectations. It’s rare that I have an experience in which food, ambiance and service are all exceptional, but this was one.

The food is spectacular - a very unique dishes with flavors you won’t find anywhere else. The decor is also one-of-a-kind.

We were particularly impressed with the top-notch service. We had been stuck in traffic, so we called ahead expecting Pao to treat us like other Miami Beach restaurants: that we should beg them to let us in. But they were understanding and accommodated is as if we had been punctual. And then the service just got better - informative, friendly servers who were always available when needed but not intrusive.

They place is pretty pricey, but it is a great experience.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! Great food and excellent wine list!

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fabulous restaurant. Interesting and wonderful food; warm and helpful service; and a fun room.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best service I’ve had in a long time. Generous portions. Over all WONDERFUL experience..

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service and food was good great. Our server Chris went above and beyond. Very professional and knew every detail of our dishes. We had him recommend our dishes and everything was on point.

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Miami
51 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service we loved our waiter Javaris, food is excellent only the acoustics need to be improved can not hear anyone at your table

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BB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and the bartenders are very easy on the eyes.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, food and ambiance. A must try in SoBe.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Miami has to offer.

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1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food was great, outstanding service, overall- great place for dining!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible use of ingredients!

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SE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing venue and food

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RH
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience from The moment you valet your care right through getting your bill. Excellent service and delicious food. Highly recommended and will definitely return

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Sommelier. Very knowledgeable. The food was impeccable. The staff was extremely friendly and professional.

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TE
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Culinary Experience. Brought my wife for her birthday and she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very small portions, Unappetizing, distasteful food. Very overpriced.
Skip it.

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Miami
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice location for date night. Night club cabaret at the location. The food is asian fusion. Love the pork rice.

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MM
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
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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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
35 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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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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New York Area
7 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
56 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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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
7 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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was excellent!

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