Pao by Paul Qui – Faena Hotel Miami Beach

4.6
501 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 501 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Nice place, good food, excelent service, very noisy

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

After the many times we have eaten in PAO, we were disappointed in the food during Saturday dinner. There was a lack of consistency in the quality of the dishes presented.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I don’t have enough words to describe our unbelievable dining experience at Pao. The food, an interesting blend of Asian and southern flavors, speaks for itself! The service took everything to another level. Our attentive and friendly server described every dish to such a degree that by the time she was done, our mouths were watering. We definitely recommend the unicorn appetizer. The short rib entree that they are known for is divine. We also had pork rice, tuna ceviche and fried chicken appetizer. Everything was delicious and this restaurant is Michelin star worthy. Will be back to try other dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Amazing food, and service, and the room is spectacular. My favorite in Miami by far!

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2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I found it extremely expensive for the amount of served , also quality of food was ok.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

My husband and I loved our meal at Pao. We tried the tasting menu and it was wonderful. We totally loved the Fried Chicken. It was so good I wanted to order another one. The roasted fish, the short rib, and the Pork Adobo Rice are a few of my favorites too. I can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Súper .la comida está espectacular y el ambiente también

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The service both food and wine was top shelf. We had the $195 tasting menu and it was worth every penny.

All of the staff was attentive and never rushed us at all. They adjusted the courses based on our feedback.

A top 10 dinner for all of us.

Highly recommend this restaurant.

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1.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Music was super loud, way overpriced, food not good, lousy service and warm white wine.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Way overpriced for quality and menu is not that exotic. I have had better rice from Chinese takeout for 1/4 the price. I lover this restaurant b4 but they have lost their edge and funk. Very disappointed. If u want a nite out for $ 400 for 2 with a cocktail and no wine enjoy

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The restaurant has a very nice ambiance, nice people and good food and service. Value for money fair although some dishes that are said to share there ain´t so...

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The portions that said to share were definitely for just one person. I ordered the short rib asado and it can with 4 tiny pieces for 70 dollars. Overall nice experience and the waiter Chris was really great.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Wonderful experience! Chris was our server and he did a phenomenal job. Excellent recommendations by him!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Fantast Food excellent service, a bit too noisy. It took a while roger the order placed, kitchen was very fast and food is just amazing.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Always excellent food and service

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Bad food - bad service - too expensive 👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The restaurant tries to be to fancy on everything. The result is just a snob overpriced restaurant with average food. One of the worst options in Miami for the money. The service is outstanding, though.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Simply the best ! It is not a joke, it is a very nice place to eat. I am french and I perfectly know what I am talking about. I went in some of the best place in miami... this is the One to go !!!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Everything was wonderful from the food to the service .

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Loved everything

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We were fortunate to get reservations at Pao at the last minute. Great service from the moment we walked in. Very knowledgeable Sommelier, who is personable and helpful. Waiter was very helpful with menu, offering a tasting menu not on the printed menu, and then customizing it to add a specific dish our four top all wanted to try. Tasting menu ended up being 10 courses, each one excellent and then topped by the next course. The crudo and hamachi were beautiful, simple and perfect. The sea urchin dish was ethereal. A beef dish was smoked for four hours, then sous vide, then grilled, making the steak have a slightly smoked flavor and literally melt-in-mouth. When it was time for desert, we all thought we could not eat another bite. We were wrong, as the deserts were too good. Restaurant itself is a beautiful space with a view to the Atlantic. This is a restaurant that is expensive but well worth it.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

A bit over-priced for the meal and service we received.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

A very noisy atmosphere.
The chicken was fantastic but the main course w
Could have been better.
Service was really good.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Phenomenal food and presentation. The tasting menu was perfect! Would go back in a heartbeat!

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Service was awful. Food was good, but small portions and overpriced. So many better restaurants in this city that are much more worth the investment

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food is very good and the recommendations from our waiter were appreciated. The service is good also. The restaurant is very loud and noisy, it could be due to the dome shape of the roof that could generate a lot of echoes, but in our table could not even have a conversation because we were screaming across the table (4 people). I am not particularly fond of loud restaurants, so I will not coming back. The price for plates in the menu is extremely expensive, so in the end, we just paid a very high price to be in a loud restaurant in which I was just counting the minutes to get out. I guess that is the new Miami.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

One of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had. Food was mediocre at best, servers did not adhere to our food allergies as requested when we arrived and manager didn’t even bother to come over. Skip it and save yourself a disappointing evening.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Exceeded expectations! All in group were raving. Will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Gentle, savory celebratory feast...well done

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Incredible place, good vibes and delicious food! Ok

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Good food. Great service. A little on the expensive side. Tables are very small and close together

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This is our must go to restaurant when we are at our home in Miami; early booking is essential, particularly if you want to eat on Friday or Saturday nights. From the minute you arrive at the reception desk, you feel appreciated. The food, the atmosphere and the attention to detail are second to none. If possible we try to get Hisham as our server; he personifies all of the above, and makes a dinner a special experience. The fish is amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had the Wagyu Ribeye and it was well worth the price! Everything was extremely high quality, including the Coconut Shell dessert that was perfectly crafted. Definitely on the pricey side, but everything met the high expectations those prices garnered.

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