Amara at Paraiso

4.5
950 reviews
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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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SG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with large doors opening directly onto the Inter-coastal waterfront. Diverse Latin themed menu of carefully curated dishes which allows any size group to find the right solution for the occasion. This was my second visit to the restaurant and I would highly recommend it as part of an ultimate Miami experience.

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

Amazing ambiance, beautiful location. Get is table outside, if weather permits - view is gorgeous. Food is really tasty, lots of flavors, has a fusion hint. Friendly and accommodating staff and waiters. Nice wine selection. Highly recommend!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Great views.

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

View of the very beautiful outside area, in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, with DJ playing lound songs and pleasant frequency

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RV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great Sunday brunch with the family. Music was good, our server (I think her name was Katherina?, short blond hair) was awesome and the Manager Micky is fantastic and sets high standards for his team.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

It was the worst lunch I had. We went there with our baby and a friend. We did a reservation and requested for a high chair. When we got there the high chair we waited 15min for the high chair. My baby had an allergy using the color pencils. The wine and the beer got 1hour to arrive! The food came one hour and a half after! The chorizo was raw! The beef no comments...

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a reservation for an outdoor table. They had to move us due to an event and later again because we didn’t like the table they gave us( there was a water leak on top of us and my view was the boh staff hanging). We were okay with the moving around because at the end it was to better accommodate us, however on the first 15 minutes of my experience, I did not feel welcome and that kind of set the tone to my experience.
Staff was awesome, our servers in both sections that we were, were above and beyond and it was a busy shift so we were patient. A little faster pre bussing could have been done, but overall it was good and the view was just stunning.
Will be back and hopefully it will be a better experience.

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MK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Food is good but the host is incredibly rude person on the phone. Very unwilling to help
No manager went by to check on our table to seee if we were happy or not!
I spent close to $400 and felt like we were not given such service.

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SK
Miami
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is fantastic, very Miami. Wonderful food and specialty cocktails. The wood grilled items with sauces are amazing. Excellent seafood.

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EE
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, the food excellent and the oceanview incredible. Highly recommended.

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OP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third time here. Fantastic food great ambiance. Very friendly service. Highly recommend their ceviche especially if it's tile fish. Their banana leaf wrapped cobia is also extremely delicious, as well as yuca cheese balls. It's a nice haven of classic ambiance, great way to get away from the craze of South Beach.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I wanted to like this place so much! It was a beautiful location and we were impressed with the cocktails at the bar while we waited for our table. Once we got our table, things went downhill. Service was unbelievably slow. When our waiter finally arrived (easily 10-15 min after we sat down), he didn’t even offer to talk about the menu or what they had to offer. Just showed up and expected for us to be ready to order which, if I’m being honest, is ok since we waited for so long before anyone came to our table to talk to us anyway. Food was solid, chorizos were outstanding. Ordered dessert. Waiter came to check and saw dessert was still not at our table after another long wait. Everything was just so slow. Not even an apology. Typical Miami I suppose. Won’t be back.

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

Gorgeous!! Outside sweating is a must but the inside is also beautiful.
Smoking outside is the only thing the ruins the experience

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The services food and whole experiences was amazing

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JO
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Michael S does it again. Great location, decor and vibe. A worthy alternative to the sorely missed Cypress Room. Service was 4/5 stars, quite the surprise in a M.Schwartz location. Even though Miami service, on average, is mediocre, true service industry leadership does exist in this city and there are some establishments that have proven it.

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IT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant right next to the Intracoastal. Excellent food and service.

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OM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for your party This place is great and people lovely

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PO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Disappointed with the Ceviche. Octopus and yuca were perfect but the ceviche was a huge disappointment.

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing culinary experience

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal sitting outside. Beautiful ambience, delicious food, great service. Would highly recommend!

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London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amara is a wonderful space, elegant but not fussy. Dinner was absolutely delicious! Look forward to returning.

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RK
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is pribably my favorite in Miami. I love everything about it.

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MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice all around. Nothing earth shattering here but a beautiful setting and solid cooking. And one of the best flans i have had anywhere. Recommended.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We didn’t like the work in progress outside...

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful- bartender was an assassin;)

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AN
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I have been more than 5 times and last time was disappointed. We wait for the rest of the party at the bar before be seated and the barman ask me for my credit card once we order some beers and wine, we were seated and the drinks sent to the table, we were in the restaurant for 2 hours and after paying and leaving the barman never returned my card. I drove back from home to the restaurant and the barman was in a very strange and aggressive attitude very different from what you expect in a restaurant like this. I might come back to the restaurant but never to the bar, I hope restaurant review the service from the bar witch is absolutely different that from the rest of such nice place.

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FL
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Service! Omar was a terrific waiter with outstanding recommendations.

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YE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant with a wonderful and great service. Food was good, but not spectacular.

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W
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This place must be the quickest way to spend money in Miami. Tiny portions of average seafood, served at lightening speed by staff who seemingly just want to get rid of their guests. Added to this we had the 'aggressive pouring' of our bottle of wine, meaning that by the time our entrees arrived, there was little left. Not a relaxing experience in any sense, despite the fabulous setting. The cost of the meal was eye watering for what we got… one small stone crab claw cost $21. Very, very disappointing.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience was amazing. I have recommended Amara at Paraiso to a few friends. Very happy with everything :)

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V
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Beautiful place and incredible view of Miami! The service was good and the food is really tasty! The only problem is how long it took for the food to come out. More than an hour for our main course, which is a lot. The server said she was sorry and said 5 more minutes and it took 20 minutes more. It looked like the forgot to put in the order. We did get free dessert though, which was nice! Lots of options to order from. Maybe we'll try again in the future.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome place ! Best view in town and the pisco sour cocktail was second to none ! I’ll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was perfect they even moved the heater for my girlfriend and provided her with a Shaw for warmth. Our waiter seemed too busy for us or sort of pretentious and we did not care for him.

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LS
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, good food, will definitely come back to sit outside!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance and the view, priceless.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the ambiance, the food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent! Highly recommend. My all time favorite is that arroz verde!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Service is nice but food is terrible

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P
Miami
56 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had heard such wonderful things about the restaurant from so many friends. We finally decided to go. We were disappointed by the view (the area is under construction so we had a fence barring the beautiful view), and by the food. My fish was dry and the vegetables were extremely overcooked. The server was good and the bus boy was outstanding. The night was windy and things flew around, a wine glass was knocked over and he came quickly and efficiently took care of things. The restaurant itself is beautifully simple and elegant. The bathrooms needed a little tending to. Valet service was efficient and reasonably priced. May give the restaurant another try.

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BL
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always

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DL
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The corn empanadas and the yucca balls are amazing. The food overall is delicious. Great ambiance and view.

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