Amara at Paraiso

4.5
888 reviews
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Contemporary American
Inspired by its idyllic bayside setting, Amara at Paraiso is the quintessential Miami waterfront restaurant bringing together bold Latin American flavors, coastal ingredients, and South Florida’s diversity of food culture. From environment to cuisine and vibe, experience the dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty of Biscayne Bay that defines what living in Miami is all about through the lens of James Beard Award-winning chef/restauranteur Michael Schwartz.

We have 4 reservable areas in the restaurant : Standard - Enjoy bay views from inside our main dining room including banquettes and tables. Outdoor - Table seating on our covered terrace. Counter - Stools at our food bar overlooking the open kitchen High Tops - High tables for two at our window next to the open kitchen. First come, first served areas with full menu available include bar high tops, bar, terrace lounges and tables, and deck chairs by the water.
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Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great environment and good prices for the food. The only change I would make is some of the front desk receptionist are not as pleasant and helpful. All other aspects are on point! Will return :)

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BM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the table side service from the grill! Creative cocktails, fun overall.

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurante muito bom, comida espetacular e o custo beneficio imbatível. Super recomendo.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and food. Love this place

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JD
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The ambiance was lovely as was the view. My cocktail was also delicious. However the dood was so so. I loved the empanada and the ceviche but the giant prawn was way overdone and the farm salad was plain and boring.

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BT
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant on the water with exceptional service, wonderful food and an excellent wine selection. Don’t let the location and nearby construction throw you off, it’s a beautiful new place and very comfortable. Austin, the sommelier, is very knowledgeable and helpful. The kitchen was also accommodating - a must for foodies.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Only issue is parking. Valet service advised cannot accept full size SUV’s

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

Celebrated my birthday at Amara for brunch and had an incredible dining experience! The food was delicious, the service was amazing, our waitress was exceptional, and the vibe and ambiance was perfect!

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RR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Sorry, But didn't enjoy the food. The ambience and view was very nice

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q
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

I forgot my credit card at the restorant, i called, and I was a nightmare, nobody care, nobody helped me, I end up with no answer of the restorant! VERY BAD SERVICE

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PM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Incredible food at an amazing location! Still need to work on the service though.

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JF
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful if unusual location (in the middle of an apartment development) The view over Biscayne Bay is stunning. The food is even better. From refined empanadas (short rib) to the best ever octopus (both crispy and grilled) . The Seafood parrillada is pricy but delicious..The giant prawn was superb but the scallops were too over spiced so that you couldn't taste the fish. I did tell the manager and they gave me others without the spice and they were heavenly!
The Dulce de Leche flan was a perfect ending. Good wine list

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

The food was tasty with bold, savory flavors; however, too salty. Service started off well and then extremely slow the second half. Our lunch experience took nearly 3 hours for 2 people.

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MT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in a new highrise development (4 attractively styled buildings) on the waterfront in the city of Miami. Hardly any street parking, but the Valet service was convenient and reasonably priced ($10 for Sun eve). Have been a fan of Michael Schwartz restaurants for several years, and while sorry to see the Cypress Room close, this one is a worthy addition. A different style/concept/taste of restaurant.
We were encouraged by the wait staff to try a few appetizers/salad, and we did, while splitting the main dish. Good advice, as what we ordered complemented the fresh Pompano entree, all with a distinctive, non-typical well-balanced seasoning. Sharing three cocktails, the bill ran a tad less than $200 for two of us, which I felt was good value given the quality of the food and the ambience. One regret - I felt slightly under-dressed in my casual attire, as many of the people around us wore far more impressive casualish fashion than we did. This wouldn't bother many, I guess, but next time I won't come as if I were going to Michael's Genuine.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great except for the bad attitude of the blond host.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always s good experience.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and location, service was great as well

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambience was to die for. We just moved to Miami. It will be a place we would always go back and bring friends.

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NM
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the view, food and atmosphere, our server was amazing!

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RC
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing place for brunch with postcard Miami views...

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JA
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my wife’s Bday! She absolutely loved the environment, I mean... who wouldn’t with such amazing property/location?

Food was delish’ our waiters were super attentive and helpful, always on top of every little detail. We went with our 2 and 5 yr/old and they loved playing in a very child safe environment.

Will definitely recommend this place for a family gathering.

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K
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant and service. Beautiful place and the food delicious. I strongly recommend it

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R
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a later night girls dinner at Amara. The restaurant is absolutely stunning & the wait staff was amazing! I’d highly recommend this spot!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food great service and atmosphere highly
Recommend

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l
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a beautiful S.Florida weather night and we sat outside which was very pleasant. The food was very good and so was service. OUr only complaint was that we ordered the parrilladas (one for meat and one for seafood) for a party of 6 and it was not enough food for everyone. If you order those bear in mind is
really to be shared by just two persons. The side dishes like the arroz verde is also for two persons.
We had a great time and plan to go back in the future.

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H
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Excelent Experience. The only disappointment was service. The waiting for drinks, food, etc.

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V
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I must say, we didn’t felt welcome from the moment we arrived nor it was the best impression for me nor my guests that were visiting our of town. We arrived on time and were advised to wait at the bar, fast forward to 45 minutes later (still waiting on a packed bar) unable to order since there were only two bartenders managing a big crowd and we were ready to leave. It seems as it was their opening night, everyone was running around trying to keep everything under control but unfortunately failed since we were not the only ones without tables.

Now, Into the positive part, once we finally got our table, the whole experience changed in a good way, our waitress was extremely nice, food was very good, they explained to us that it was not common the chaos they had that night. If it wasn’t for the waiting part I would say it would be a 5 Star experience. Special thanks to the waitress attending our table and for the desserts. At the end we ended up having a nice evening.

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r
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The location is great but they need to refresh their menu. The menu is stale.

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n
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great Latin food and ambience. BT Sunny Isles Beach

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F
Miami
64 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very hard to find the restaurant !
Went to 3difftent buildings all call Paraiso but non of them had Amara & gave up !!
Called restaurant & cancelled reservation !
Then one day I went exclusively to find it ! Found it completely at a different address from the GPS
Re poked it & went with my own car ! Instead of Uber
Restaurant is beautiful , nice menu , hopefully they ‘ll maker more towards the residents if the area !
Tourists will not go out if their way to find it !
Best of luck ! Food was good by the way

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C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with a great view and excellent service I was there for our anniversary and the food was delicious. However everything, I mean everything is spicy. Even the drinks.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and excellent food. Terrific view

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall it was a great dinner! We came in had a drink at the bar first which was fabulous in looks, cocktails, and friendly bartenders. We then continued to a beautiful table that look over the bay outside and was very beautiful. The food and cocktails were divine. Great Restaurant

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FM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Cobia was RAW AND COLD!
Sancerre was great

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors. Beautiful setting

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JM
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! The views were so pretty. Lovely spot. Pricey- but you are paying for what you are getting!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place, food and service, I love this place

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A
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was very nice. Enjoyed the meal and service.

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Food was good, however, a couple of our dishes were salty. I would return. It is a nice place for a good meal.

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KA
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location! The food is a little pricey but it was good. I would come back!

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