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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4.4
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4.2
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience5

My confirmed reservation was for 9pm, after several requests for our table we were seated by 10pm. I understand if it’s 15min but an hour at 10pm it’s totally unacceptable.

The hostess and even the manager were kind of rude ...the waiter was great and try to compensate for the situation.

One of those places that think they can abuse their customers because they are hot right now. There are plenty of other excellent choices that probably could have honored the time of my reservation.

M
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Hemos ido en varias oportunidades, por qué somos residentes de Paraiso Bayviews, pero esta ves la parrillada no estaba tan rica, un tipo de corte estaba durísima, prácticamente dejamos la parrillada completa. Incluso informamos al q nos llevó la comida y no hizo nada.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El lugar esta increíble, la comida deliciosa y el servicio magnifico

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S
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The service (or lack there of) at our Thanksgiving dinner at Amara overpowered the entire dining experience. However good the food was, if it was, didn’t matter. We left there very unhappy Thanksgiving night. We ‘were’ regulars to Amara but way too disappointed to go back. Noone was apologetic for all the mistakes. We were basically ignored and treated terribly when we asked for service. One of the meals in our group even came out basically when the check came out. None of our group wanted to ask what was for dessert, we were just anxious to leave. Bad experience from the initial drink order til the time we left. Two thumbs down. Unfortunately a terrible Thanksgiving leaves a lasting memory.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Wonderful Thanksgiving Lunch on the patio which moved out into the lounge. We were there for 6 hours!!

MR
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was delicious, amazing drinks even during happy hour and great service at the table. What upset me was that I had a reservation for outdoor seating at 8pm and arrived at 7:50. When we arrived, the restaurant was empty outside. The hostess Offered us to sit at the bar for happy hour and advised there was no rush to sit down for dinner. She knew we requested an outdoor table and said she would save us a nicely located table. At 8:30 we said we were ready to be seated. It took 15 minutes for her to come get us and at that time advised us that she had a table outdoors but that we might not be happy with the location because it was right next to the doorway where everyone is walking through. As a repeat customer who’s been there many times, I can only assume someone tipped her for a table and we received the bad hostess service.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the view and the food was great

OT
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Each dish was better than the last!

ST
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food! Views are great and ambiance is chill and classy. We loved it!

MC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful—delicious food and outstanding service!

MC
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took us by surprise. Amazing views and even better food. Highly recommend it.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good ambient. Food was good (not memorable). Many items on the menu were not available.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food of very high Quality-
Service outstanding
Great Experience

b
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for an anniversary dinner next to the ocean.

PH
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, beautiful waterside setting, a bit of a cheesy atmosphere - a reality tv show from Atlanta was filming at the bar and behind us. There’s no reality to the show, it was scripted. It was cheesy to be disrupted that way with third rate fame wanna be’s. Our meal was wonderful though and while not professional service, it had its own charm. I’ll be back though, if there’s ever another reality show there, it will be my last time.

LW
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside for lunch with a great view of downtown Miami and Biscayne bay. Luis was our awesome server, and manager Mariana came by to welcome us also. We had delicious starters of cheese balls and empanadas, followed by a couple ceviches (grouper and snapper) and addictive plantain chips. The service was attentive, and the atmosphere was awesome. Valet parking is available ($5), and needed, since parking is limited. The menu changes frequently re mains and ceviches (I think daily). A no longer so secret gem of the Michael Schwartz restaurants.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Views were terrific. Service was solid, but slow. And food was mediocre except the cheese puffs which were dumb good.

BC
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. The food is always amazing - the service is fantastic.
Decor is nice and it lives up to the Michael Schwartz level of excellence!

LM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was superb. They accommodated anything we asked with grace. He was very knowledgeable about the dishes. The food was great too.

SL
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Shockingly terrible experience. This place has been on my list for a while now, so we were excited to try. In spite of making an early reservation well in advance, we were given one of the worst tables on the terrace with extreme winds. They offered to drop a plastic wind shield, but not relocate our table in spite of the restaurant being mostly empty. The service was lackluster, but the food was the worst part. The short rip empanadas were full of sinew and gristle, the ceviche was not properly cleaned with grit of sand/dirt throughout, the fried cheese salad was recommended by our server but unremarkable, and the octopus over mashed yuca was actually decent but our mood was spoiled by then. The manager Patricia (20-something neophyte) came to speak to us, but didn't know how to respond and just delivered our check blank-faced without acknowledgement, apology or discount. We would never return to this place and would strongly discourage others from dining here if you value good food and service. D-minus

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Esperamos 1 hora. Pra recibir mesa
Y dp esperamos otra hora para la comida

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CM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It’s gorgeous and the view spectacular. Unfortunately they didn’t staff properly for a Saturday afternoon and the service took a long time! The server was gracious the food was delicious yet we were there for 3.5 hours...

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waterfront dining!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, right on the water with a great view.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on November 18, 2019

Good Evening Suzanne, I am so happy that you came to visit us and enjoyed the experience! I also appreciate the kind review and look forward to welcoming you back again ! Billy

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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great location, food was good. I've been there before, that time the food was much better. This time, slightly off.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food and a great view

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank You for joining us ! We love the view too :) See you next time ! Billy

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PC
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant did not hold our reservation and we had to wait 40 minutes for a table. The place is nice but food is not something worth recommending and is is highly over priced.

MU
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

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

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious dishes, Great ambience, and outstanding service!

AW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
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.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on November 18, 2019

Good Evening, We are so thrilled that you came to see us and I appreciate your feedback regarding the service. Service is one of the most important aspects to the overall experience, and something that we are constantly working to improve. I do hope you will return in the future and let us show you exactly what Genuine Hospitality means to us. Thank You for taking the time to leave some high ratings, we look forward to welcoming you back ! Billy

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LC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on November 18, 2019

Good Evening Lucrecia, We are so thrilled that you came to see us and enjoyed the experience! I am a big fan of the grilled fish as well ... Thank You for taking the time to leave some high ratings, we look forward to welcoming you back ! Billy

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
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 on November 5, 2019
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