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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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Arrived at our reservation 40 min early. Kindly made our way to the hostess in which she quickly told me to check back at 2 because I was early. Could have been more cordial. When I said, could you note that we are here and take our number and let us know when the table’s ready? Her answer - “no, check back at 2. I have reservations every 15 minutes between now and 2 that take priority.” It was our anniversary and I didn’t want to let it ruin our afternoon plans and have to search for another restaurant which would have ended our weekend getaway on a bad note. We get seated, waiter was great at the beginning. We ordered a bunch of appetizers, drinks and a salad. The waiter? He never came back. When we were able to flag him down - an HOUR later, he asked if we wanted anything else, we kindly asked for the check. Needless to say, we will not dine at Amara again. This was our first and last visit. It’s a shame because the appetizers we ordered were delicious.

NS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The ladies at the reservation desk were just rude and not the best to greet any of us. The wait time was due to the weather i believe, since not many people were able to sit outside.
Food came out fast and the waiter made up for the wait time... The Octopus, yuca fries, ceviche and the empanadas were excellent!
However, the lady from the valet parking was not in the mood to service people. They didn't know where they had park our car and when we asked, she looked at us like we were crazy.... Then, we asked one of the valet guys and he explained to us what was going on. He had better service than the lady behind the keys.....

TM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

They seated us outside, but it was raining very hard - and even with the zippered coverings, the wind and water still made the dining too unpleasant, so we decided to eat at the bar as all inside tables were taken. Others followed suit, and it appeared to overwhelm the bar staff to have to make drinks and serve dinners. Service took a hit, but overall was good food in a nice environment.

JG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time we went the fish entre I ordered was excellent!
I came back and ordered the same dish since I enjoyed it so much the first time.
Me and my husband were disappointed that it was not hot. It was served luke warm, the yuca mash under the fish was very little compared to the 1st time. Quality was not the same.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Valet pricing inaccurate.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded a day ago

Hello, Please reach out to me directly to further discuss the nature of this issue, at skiely@amaraatparaiso.co m. Our deepest apologies! Regards, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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L
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had the most horrible service. First off, the valet is archaic. We had to wait in line quite a while for an attendant. It took a while for our waitress to get around to taking our drink order. Our drinks took more than ½ hour, after we realized that they had been sitting at the bar. We had to remind our waitress and then they finally brought them. We actually got our appetizers before our drinks! We asked for more ice several times before they finally brought it but without tongs nor anything to serve it with. Our food took forever and they didn’t bring it all out at once. Some of us had to sit there and watch our food as we patiently waited for the complete order. And it wasn’t even busy! It was a Friday but we had reserved for 10pm, after show, and we were only two couples! It was midnight and we still didn’t have our food. We wanted to leave but at that time we didn’t have any other option. We asked for the manager two times before she appeared. I have to give credit bcuz she was so apologetic and agreed there was no excuse for the terrible service. So much so that she comped us the whole meal and sent us additional drinks and a dessert as well. That was a surprise for us and much appreciated although we would’ve preferred to pay if we would’ve gotten the fine meal we were expecting. The food was average and not worth the hassle. I’d be very reluctant to recommend Amara to a friend for fear they’d be just as disappointed as we were.

JM
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service Good food Beautiful place Excellent comfort

DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing environment, great food , great place , will go back 100%

JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TOP, Amazing, Incredible place, view, food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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TG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location and great food except dessert selection poor. If you’re diet is non dairy be careful what you order. Would be nice to have Indications on ND items

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice experience with good Latin American flavor and outdoor seating close to the water.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Horrible service. For the price, the server could have been more attentive and respectful. Also basic limitations to the meal were disappointing for this level of dining.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded a day ago

Hello, I'm so sorry to hear that your service was not up to par with our Amara standards. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you wish to discuss further at skiely@amaraatparaiso.co m. Regards, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great service and amazing food!!!!

Amara at Paraiso
Responded a day ago

Hello, SO glad to hear you enjoyed your experience here at Amara! We will see you again soon. Thanks for the great review! Regards, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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HE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Lovely waitresses and amazing view. The food was great too although I did not like the coconuts cake . But don’t worry, it is a detail... Thanks a lot. I will come back soon.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded 2 days ago

Hello HERVEL, So glad that you had such a wonderful experience! Happy to hear that we will see you again soon. We also offer brunch on Sundays from 11am - 3pm, come see us! Cheers, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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OT
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really great place and beautiful view of Miami

Amara at Paraiso
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, Thanks for stopping in and letting us know that you enjoyed your visit! What's better than this view!... See you soon, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Most amazing food, particularly the fish sharing dish. Wonderful setting and great cocktails.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, So glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at Amara! The fish dish is amazing...AND our cocktails are on happy hour Monday - Friday 3pm-7pm! Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, beautiful views

Amara at Paraiso
Responded 5 days ago

Hello maggiea, Thanks so much for stopping in and letting us know how your experience was! Hope to see you again soon... Regards, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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CL
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

T times we selected dishes, and they just came back with "we are out of it" and seemed like didn't even care

Amara at Paraiso
Responded 6 days ago

Hello ClaudiaL, Thank you for sharing your feedback. I sincerely apologize and hope you can give us another chance, as that type of service is not typical here at Amara! Feel free to reach out to me personally at skiely@amaraatparaiso to further discuss. Thank you, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got married at Amara and celebrated or one year anniversary

Amara at Paraiso
Responded 6 days ago

Hello madih, Congratulations! Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us and being such loyal Amara fans! See you again soon. Regards, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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I
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

The fish was dry and our server always disappeared. But the ambiance and the place are spectacular.

RB
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great environment. great food. great service. great music.

KM
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was exceptional

MF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was outstanding. Service was lackluster in several ways- our appetizers came out several minutes before our cocktails, and we were nearly to our main course/wine by the time the cocktails arrived. Second, we waited at least 15-20 minutes between finishing our entrees and having our plates cleared and receiving a dessert menu. Lastly, our dessert cappuccinos arrived when we were halfway done with dessert! The food and ambience was great and worth the trip, however, I would have expected much more in terms of service from a restaurant on the eater 38 list for a large city.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server accommodated every request we had. The food was also delicious and even tough they had some mix up in the kitchen with our order they did no charge us for it.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

I went to this restaurant with high expectations to celebrate my wife's birthday and had a terrible experience. The food wasn't good at all. We ordered the crispy octopus as appetizer and it was over fried. For main plate we ordered the Cobia on banana leafs and it came raw, it was impossible to eat leaving a terrible flavour in the mouth. We also ordered the arroz verde and it was a below average plate for dish advertised as vegetarian entry. The only good thing was the wine. This was my first and last time in this restaurant. Very very disappointed. I am so sad cause when it comes to my wife I want the best. Sorry my love.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lunch options are good but not as good as Michael’s Genuine.