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Amara at Paraiso

4.5
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1560 Reviews
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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 are taking every precaution to ensure a safe dining experience for our guests during these unprecedented times. Our outdoor seating is spacious, with many tables on our covered terrace.

Please call for our corkage and cake policies and fees.

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Offers

Rooftop Lounge

Starting Aug 15, 2020 · Wed - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Perfect for intimate gatherings to share a bottle of Champagne, wine, or a carafe of one of our signature cocktails. Enjoy drinks and snacks on comfy lounge seating on our rooftop balcony.

Wine Shop

Starting Aug 19, 2020 · Wed - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday and Thursday nights, we welcome you to shop our curated selection of bottled wines, priced to take home! Want to stay and enjoy a bottle, some cheese and snacks, while enjoying beautiful bay views? Our rooftop lounge is open and we invite you to pop a bottle from the wine shop at a reduced $10 corkage fee.

$1 Oysters on Tuesdays!

Starting Aug 18, 2020 · Tue 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Enjoy $1 Island Creek Oysters all night! The rooftop is open on Tuesday nights for dining or just drinks and oysters. Please note in your reservation if you would like lounge seating on our outdoor rooftop patio overlooking the bay.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1560 people are saying
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CristinW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was too expensive

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was delicious but service wasn’t great. Our server left us unattended for over 30 mins and then said he couldn’t serve us anymore because the brunch time limit was over.
Waiters were not attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place.. great service

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vipdinermark
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I love Amara. But

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Queen
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Our server was rude inattentive and cocky

The food and ambience was excellent
We have been there before and had excellent service

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viplariscampos
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was a little bit too loud for us but everything else was perfect! We are definitely coming back!

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RodolfoT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I was treated very badly by our waiter and the manager. So much so that I will never go there again. At the end of our meal I felt threatened by the staff to pay up and leave. Terrible experience!

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ErikaP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

So I would have to say that the food is horrible!!! It was a Birthday and not even the server could acknowledge the Birthday girl. Arroz Chaufa was disgusting!!! Steak empanadas, gross. Pretty much everything we ordered was nasty. And to top it off when they brought the oysters they spilled oysters juice on one of the guests. Never going back and will definitely not recommend anyone to go!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We spent long periods of time waiting to at least make eye contact with the staff to take our order or to ask for additional things. The food is good but bebcareful

Amara at Paraiso
Responded 18 hours ago

We apologize about your experience and service not being up to our standard. We would love to see you again soon and ensure that you are able to experience great service and attention to detail. If and when you do return please reach out directly to mcoletta@amaraatparaiso. so that I can ensure you have a better experience. Once again my sincere apologies, Mariana

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LauraP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience I’ve had in a restaurant ever.
Mariana (manager) was the most unprofessional and rude server I have ever encountered.
I decided to go even though I read many bad comments about the service in this restaurant, and definitely they were right and I made the worst decision ever.
The server when they put the food on the table they didn’t even ask who was the dish for, they just put it in the middle of the table for ppl to grab it. The AC was leaking and the table and floor were all wet and even though they didn’t even try to accommodate us.
At the end of the night (we were 2 tables of 6 people each) we asked for the check and the server told us that it was not possible to split it because of the tip. I went to ask the manager how that would be possible and she said those instructions were on the menu (most absurd thing ever) and of curse it was not.
When she saw herself with no options, because all the problem was that they didn’t know how to do it (reason why every single staff of the restaurant passed by the registered to help her out plus they took like half and hour to give us the checks) she started arguing with me like child without taking into account that I was a customer.
In summary, if you want to have a good time you definitely shouldn’t go to this restaurant where neither the food nor the service is good.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I never give bad reviews. This is my first genuine negative experience where EVERYTHING was bad. The service, the cocktails and the food-terrible. The only thing positive is the view, and certainly it is not worth the horrible experience or the price point. I’m not sure if it was an off night. This restaurant was recommended by family, so this really took us off guard. It’s a shame, we hadn’t gone out in a while due the pandemic, and we were celebrating. Our excitement quickly turned to disappointment. Honestly, our first thought was that this was a prank, and that we were being filmed for a comedy or candid camera show.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, staff was excellent, food was perfect, great atmosphere and view. Will definitely come back.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded 18 hours ago

We hope to see you soon! Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the restaurant, food and atmosphere. But me and my husband had a reservation and when we got there we found out that the hostess gave our table away, we had to wait for a new table for another 15-20 min. Not professional

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The receptionist told my friend she looked pregnant by saying congrats and then feeling so embarrassed and then said she would give us something nice to make it up and never did.

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CarmenC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and nice staff. Wonderful hostess. Great food and spectacular views.

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vipsc1961
New York Area
276 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Warning, at 9:45 u are basically thrown out of the restaurant. To make matters worse if u valet parked your car u can wait 30 minutes because the lady at the valet station had no idea what she was doing. Kinda of ruined a nice evening

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on September 13, 2020

We sincerely apologize due to Miami Dade curfew we are forced to close at that time. Luckily starting Monday 9/14/20 curfew will be extended one extra hour to 11pm. Hope to see you return!

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vipPapito
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The waitress was great. We sat outside until the rain came. But was very nice. The food was good and delicious. Some of the plates temperature where not hot enough. But overall is it was great. Would go back for sure.

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ElizabethW
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, beautiful restaurant and view and the food was delicious! Went for our Anniversary and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend!!!

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on September 13, 2020

Thank you for your review and for choosing to celebrate such a special day with us! Hope have you back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was prepared very well. The flavors were good. Everything was pleasing but nothing was extraordinary.

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vipJaded
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The design of this restaurant is superb, and its location is perfect. The best compliment that I can provide is not only saying that I would return, but to mention that I have returned numerous times.

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vipCatarinaZ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were very desapointed. Just moved to Parayso Bay and we were anxious to celebrate at "the famous Amara". We got there at 8:00 as per our reservation.
We had the menus and asked for drinks.
After more than 45 minutes our server came to our table and said that the kitchen was going to close soon. We asked for appetizer that never came. Finally the main corses were served, the fish was overcooked and the chicken was blend.
And then came the bill including the appetizers that never were served.
Very bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the most delicious fresh food al fresco. They did a wonderful job of having covid safety measures.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on September 13, 2020

Thank you for your review during these unprecedented times! Our priority is always the safety of our guests and employees.

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MilenaC
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

It was good ambiance, food was good. We had to cancel one of the plates becomes it was taking a lot of time.

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Jess
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

For starters we ordered oysters and some drinks. The drinks are on tap (pre-made) and just really watered down... oysters were really tiny. Then we ordered the yuca puffs which were amazing! I thought the octopus portion was rather small and it was pretty charred. The red snapper fillet with a corn salad was great with a side of asparagus with yogurt dressing. Overall, I believe you are paying the price of the location (water views) but the food is not really worth the expensive prices.

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vipAnonymous1
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. Staff was extremely friendly. Thank you!

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OU812
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

First off, our food was undercooked and I was sick the next day!
This place has been hit or miss for us. After dining here several times, we have had mixed results. Our visit last night will likely be our last. After waiting 25 minutes for our table, which we had a reservation for, we were sat at a table between the door to the patio and the server station. It looked as if it was just placed there to accommodate us last minute. There was barely any room to sit. Along with the crappy table location, our server was indifferent and didn't know the menu. My wife ordered the hanger steak, medium rare, which came out beyond rare. I ordered the chicken, which also had the texture of being undercooked. Turns out that after getting sick, my chicken was indeed undercooked. The only reason for giving this place 2 stars is that we have have a couple of good experiences prior, but this last experience, along with a few other mediocre experiences, has convinced us we will not be returning.

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VivianaN
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing birthday here! Wish I would have gone earlier because they closed the bar pretty early due to covid and we wanted another round :)

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on September 13, 2020

Thank you for your review Vivian! Unfortunately due to curfew implemented in Miami Dade we are forced to close that early, but thankfully starting Monday 9/14 it will be extended one more hour till 11pm. See you soon so you can enjoy that extra round of drinks!

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Kjs590
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was everything, we got a table outside and had a beautiful view. Our server was amazing and gave us great recommendations. I recommend you try the parrillada that’s a surf and turf and everything was delicious and it’s big enough to share.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our overall experience was great! Wish there had been more food options, sauces to bring to the table and something special done for our friends celebrating their anniversary.

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RichardG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The restaurant wants you to get there and order your food immediately, which is very uncomfortable and the food came to the table cold. Terrible experience

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NikiV
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The view is extraordinary. The ambience of the restaurant is very good. The appetizers were very good but the main dishes have a lot of room for improvement. The deserts were excellent!The service staff were very good and eager to please but they need a little more encouragement. Overall it is a great place to be, with great view and a lot of room for improvement.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor seating with wonderful views and breezy weather. Valet Parking only. The Jalisco by day drink was delicious and the snapper as well as the skirt steak were splendid!

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iliangelb
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s birthday 🥳

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, food, great service, great ambiance, great view, what else can I say - highly recommend

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you for your review! See you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Place and view was very lovely. Food was ok. Nothing very out of the ordinary. But again very nice view

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Maria
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It is a beautiful place. Food was wonderful and ambiance is just amazing. Our waiter was ok. The red snapper was just perfect and so was skirt steak!

FAQs

Amara at Paraiso does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates, Toast and Uber Eats.

Amara at Paraiso is rated 4.5 stars by 1560 OpenTable diners.

Amara at Paraiso does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1835/amara-at-paraiso.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.