Amara at Paraiso

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$31 to $50
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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.

Please call for our corkage and cake policies and fees.
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MU
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The food and presentation was terrible, worst I had in a very long time!!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious dishes, Great ambience, and outstanding service!

AW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent, and the view and setting is sublime. Regardless of temperature we love to eat outdoors. The service is not always perfect though.

LC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful views and very good food. Grilled fish is amazing.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food was amazing. Restaurant is beautiful. Service was excellent. Highly recommend this place for special occasions!

M
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The service was terrible, no one came around to take the order or check on us. The food not that good, over price for the quality.
Not recommended.
Betters restaurants in Miami for the same price.

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Almuerzo familiar

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R
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I did a reservation for 9:15 and I was waiting about 1 hour to sit - and I‘m pregnant.

The service takes TO LONG.

r
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

service was very slow that night . not as usual . offer dessert . but food came little by littler.

SB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Would be 5 stars but valet is awful. It’s worth parking 2-3 blocks away at a meter and walking to avoid valet. Trust me.

s
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was a bit slow but given the fact that it was packed is understandable

C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant has a beautiful view on the bay. We enjoyed our drinks (wine and cocktails) and the food as well. The cobia was especially good.

VF
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didnt know that the kitchen closed at 3pm and we got there at 3:15 and they still accommodated us an took our order. Thank you.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was tasty, service was good, The restaurant is beautiful, their salad portions weren’t so big. Small pieces of delicious grilled tuna,

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El lugar es un sueño!!

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i
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great view, great service. Some items were excellent (i.e. Prawns), however some other items were too salty for my taste.
Overall great atmosphere and service.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

OA
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is well presented but there is still room for improvement, considering the prices. It is VERY expensive. However, the ambiance and view is spectacular.

D
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and a beautiful setting with indoor and outdoor seating.

K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice vibe -great wait staff

OP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My first time at Amara was great but this past weekend i was disappointed with the lunch. The gazpacho was bland and the grouper was slightly raw, as I made my way closer to the thicker part of the cut. Very basic seasoning and somewhat bland.

Overall it was an expensive lunch that could of been better for the price. Typical Miami.

On the positive side, the ambience, venue and service were good. But the food, not so great. The yuca bites were the highlight.

S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing and the ambience great. We sat on the terrace and it was a happening place. Lots of people and lots of fun for a Monday night!!!! My only but, and it is a small but, was that the service was a bit slow responding to some requests. i.e. we needed the table to be leveled and it took about three requests. However, the place is so nice and the food is so good that it really didn´t matter! Thank you for a great dinner

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve been coming to Amara for a few months now - for dinner, for resident happy hours, business meetings, and I’ve noticed all the efforts this place has made to improve.

I decided to come by for my anniversary and I’m glad I did; dinner was incredible, every dish was beautifully plated and tasted great.
Fernando our server did good, and Gabriela was very attentive and offered great suggestions!

Keep it up :)

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis was awesome and provided a wonderful brunch experience.

B
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We have mixed feelings about our dinner at Amara at Paraiso. The place is beautiful in a nice neighborhood. Very lively. But the food is average and the service pushy (the waitress kept recommending the priciest items on the menu). Grouper ceviche was delicious as were the grilled shrimps. But the steak was only ok (awful chimichurri) and cheese puffs very boring. Vegetable dishes not bad.
So we should have definitely stuck to our regular spots for much better food and service at similar price...

f
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a truly pleasurable dining experience. They have nice outdoor space, and overall it was a real nice atmosphere I really liked everything we had. The octopus and the flan were the standouts, and we don't usually get that excited about flan. I would definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Como si lee espectacular !

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From coming into the restaurant to leaving the restaurant, everyone was extremely helpful, knowledge. The food was amazing, our favorite dish for the night was The Arroz Verde.

The only “con” was the wind. It was extremely windy last night and it was a bit annoying, but we managed and enjoyed our date night. Until next time!

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The views are breaking and the ever changing menu with the intense flavors are amazing! I saw a tray of Empanadas come out and the guy behind me was like wow!! What are those. And I was like I know how different can they make empanadas. But they were one of the best I’ve ever had in a town filled with Bodga’s on every corner selling them. Also the summer vegetables and home made chorizo was to die. Love the views love the vibe and the food always lives up to it!!

KD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portions are small. Food is overpriced.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for Sunday brunch with friends !

S
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Miami. The ambience is the best.. the views, the place, atmosphere, food. Good for dinner, brunch, lunch.. you can't go wrong. Love it

MF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual

S
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good but not great. Too much wait for food and drinks

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lamb was overcooked and salty and the other plate was lukewarm

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

At first I was very disappointed because I had made reservations to sit outside by the water for our anniversary. When we got there they didn't have anything outside and they couldn't tell me how long the wait for a table outside was either. Then they sat us on a bar stool at the corner of the restaurant which was VERY HOT! Finally after we complained they sat us outside by the water on 2 couches and a little side table. We then waited approximately 15 mins before someone even approached us to see if we were being assisted. The server that was assigned to our area was very nice and apologized for inconvenience. The food and atmosphere were great but the introductory service leaves a lot to be desired if Amara is to be considered an "upscale" dining experience. I expected more from a Michael Schwartz restaurant...

MV
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday and we came to have a nice dinner by the water. The drinks were great, food was amazing, and service was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this place and will be back again in the future.

S
Miami
64 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Amara at Paraiso is a beautiful restaurant that overlooks Biscayne Bay. Great views. The food is good but the menu is limited. The restaurant is very expensive and the large entrees should be offered with some sides included. I also noticed for such an expensive restaurant, the waiters are dressed way too casual for such an upscale restaurant. I would recommend for a special occasion. Just know that it is pricey.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Disappointed to see I asked for a Kir Royale which involves champagne. Automatically poured Veuve Cliquot at $25 a shot without consulting. Could have used a prosecco which I mentioned. Didnt catch until home. Pricey lunch! Surprised at gouging, but I should have checked. Not returning! Sorry. Expected better from a Michael Schwartz restaurant, since I have patronized Michael's Genuine etc for years.