Amara at Paraiso

4.5
816 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 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great

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AS
Hong Kong
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmostphere. Come in time to watch the sunset and make sure to get an outdoor table. Good food and service. Order the seafood sharing platter which is enough delicious food for 3 people. Wonderful addition to an already great Miami food scene.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Empanadas were amazing. I didn't like the octopus but I didn't realize it was fried when I placed the order so I guess it's my fault (although as another reviewer said I never met an octopus duah I didn't like before this one). The view is mesmerizing and the ambience was very cool (we went for lunch on a holiday with our daughter who is 11 and they weren't pretentious, other guests were there with kids too)

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AA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is executed well, however the service is so sllllloooowwwww.

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LG
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

The ambiance is on point. The food - overpriced for what you do get. The carts are a bit of a hustle. Before you know it you’ve paid $90 for 6 chorizos and 10 chicken thighs. You are paying for the experience. The food is good but I’ve had much better. The ambiance and view / priceless. The drinks are very good. The service is very disjointed. It can get very confusing as to who the server is and who is picking up plates and who is offering you water. You have to wave the server down in hopes of getting their attention. Brunch was $300 for 6 people. I was the only one who ordered 2 drinks - $30 for those. The famous chicken thighs and chorizos - another $90 or so. 3 French Toasts, one burger, my scrambled eggs, yuca balls, $300. If you don’t order from the cart and go at a more quiet time - I am sure it’s far better.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Server was slow and checked on us once.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a high end restaurant and yet when we arrived for our 9:00 pm reservation we were told they had slow table turn and we would either wait 30 minutes for an inside table or an hour of outside. While having drink while waited for first available we noted several empty tables. When we were finally called for our table we were taken to one of these same open tables. Why weren’t we seated there when we arrived at 9:00? Was this bad table management? A ploy to buy drinks at the bar? Unacceptable.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great time

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T
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and hip vibe with awesome food.
Loved the octopus and ceviche, tilapia could have been juicer.

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MH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The short rib is unbelievable!!! Yellowfin tuna appetizer was a little disappointing- very delicious but not a lot of tuna meat (especially given the price). Beautiful interior and exterior - no bad tables!

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Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great time. Food was delicious and ambience was perfect. I felt a little bit rushed by the waiter, but he was very polite regardless.

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v
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation and when I get there they told me that they didn’t have outside sitting.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all the way around!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Every nice restaurant and food was AMAZING, although the 2 things that I originally ordered were out, third times the charm. But the service was terrible considering the restaurant was empty , would go back just for the food, but if the service is just as bad I probably won’t return. Will try one more time just for the food.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was great and it was bad. Poor management has created a situation where the servers are taking care of too many tables and for example, you are stuck waiting for drinks for 20 minutes and you have to wave down your waiter to order. Our server was super nice, but he had too many tables. Not his fault, just management did a horrendous job staffing the restaurant. Food was great, when you finally got it. Also, don’t drive there, took valet 30 minutes to get my car and there were only 3 people waiting for cars. Again, I blame poor management. Not sure if I would go back, probably not.

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YR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food! Beautiful restaurant with a beautiful view. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu items, and attentive. Would definitely go back for a special occasion!

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Not worth it. The octopus was dry and way too much breading. I've never been to a restaurant that screwed up octopus. The Cobia banana leaf was dry also. The veggie empanada was bland and oily. The beef brisket was pretty good but not $46 good. Not even close. The Carmel flan is gross. We only are half of it. The ambiance and service are very good though.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere, beautiful location.

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MV
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The view is spectacular. Our food not as spectacular. Our prawns were not cooked properly. They actually
Served them undercooked. The service was slow.

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RC
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The setting is beautiful!
Service was poor and food ok.
Loved the yuca puffs.
I would go back for drinks and appetizers.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was very slow at lunch time. The food was great and the views amazing!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are foodies and we thought everything was fabulous!! Highly recommend.

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BL
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Miami's best. The service, food and ambience are amazing. The perfect date night and brunch with friends.

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AG
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place and food excellent!!
seafood parrilha uhauuuu super taste!

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M
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Food, Good Service. However price is not in the 31-50 range announced

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e
New England
40 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great venue, beautiful decor. Food was fresh and delicious. Our waiter was a pleasure. We enjoyed sharing the food among the 4 of us. It’s a “repeat” for us!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and ambience

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you AMARA team for making our night a night to remember! Great service and great staff! We will be back

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EF
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Insanely good food. Flavors and textures just experimental enough. In a beautiful setting.

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DP
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem that’s not so hidden! The atmosphere is second to none with the nice cool breeze off the ocean. Then the service from the manager Miki to go out of his way in order for you to be more then satisfied separates this restaurant from many other choices in South Florida. Absolutely no reason to venture down to South Beach when you have the food, service and atmosphere as a place like this. I highly recommend you try the Crispy octopus, cheese puffs and the Cobia! Cheers and enjoy the great cuisine!

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SP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a great restaurant. Bar tenders were knowledgeable and courteous. Food was amazing and the view spectacular.

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JC
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I've been there a few times for Brunch. Each time I have gone the level of service has deteriorated. Of course, the venue & view are beautiful, but the service is not up the view. Also feel that the wine is a bit over priced and $35.00 corkage is excessive.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy like Sunday morning ;). Great Brunch

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Overpriced food with poor selection. They charge $3 for two burned slices of bread and $18 for a tomato salad. Valet is advertised as $5 but it’s actually $10 on the weekends. Contrary to some online materials advertising $30 unlimited mimosas this is unavailable.

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M
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

This is the 3rd time I go to this restaurant and it is confirmed: The food is subpar. Nothing really good or memorable. It is jjust ok. I would never go back to eat good food because there is none. It has a nice ambience with great water views. Service is also not extraordinary.

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AH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant has great decor, a little loud for our taste. View is great, a little hipster meets the 50's. Overall a 4 ,portions a little on the tight side for the price $$.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service is sooo bad! Super slow! Valet also needs to improve! Such a mess! It took 30 min to bring my car.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very romantic

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EF
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very pleasant meal, great ambiance, great corkage fee- service could have been a bit better.

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l
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

unbelievable atmosphere inside or out. waterfront view is great but very windy at times. if winds are high, I highly suggest eating inside. octopus was great, crispy outside tender inside, loved the yucca mash. the farmers salad was large, shared it between two but could have shared with three. Grilled Pompano was outstanding as was the cobia.

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