Amara at Paraiso

4.6
2326 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

We accept walk ins and have bar seating available.

Please call for our corkage and cake policies and fees.
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Experiences

  • Waterfront Dining Experience

    $250.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Looking for a Waterfront Dining Experience with the most beautiful view of in Miami? Upgrade your reservation today to one of our first-row waterfront tables. You will enjoy semi-private dining with tablecloth and bouquet of flowers. In case of rain or inclement weather, you will be guaranteed an outdoor table under our covered patio or have the option to change your reservation to different day. When making this reservation today, you will be paying $250 per person in advance towards your food and beverage purchase on the day of your reservation. The minimum spend is $250 per person and this deposit is non-refundable. Please e-mail us or call us with questions - reservations@amaraatparaiso.com / 305.702.5528

Offers

  • Half Off Bottles of Wine on Mondays

    Multiple dates available

    Mon 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Enjoy any bottle of wine on our list at half price when dining in. Any and all bottles are available for this special, and there is no limit on how many bottles you can buy!
  • $1 Oyster Tuesdays

    Multiple dates available

    Tue 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Enjoy $1 Island Creek Oysters all night on Tuesdays!
  • Bottomless Rose Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Relax, enjoy the view and brunch eats, and sip some French Rose ::: bottomless ::: Saturdays 11am-4pm. Even bottomless has a limit and ours is two hours.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2326 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Location& views are great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The service was the worse part of this dinner, we waited for drinks order, we waited for the main ( snapper) for over 30 min. We waited for water, coffee and the bill… it was a constant wait. By the time the fish arrived we couldn’t eat anymore as we filled ourselves with appetizers due to the wait. Overall it was the worse experience I have had here in all the times I have been here before. Food was ok

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Paloma
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with great view and excellent food.

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MANNY
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food, service and beautiful view I will recommend this restaurant to my friends without hesitation

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FrankT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very beautiful place. Evening/night dinner is gorgeous.

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vivianak
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

La comida es buena.
Poca variedad de carne en una parrillada.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Terrible servicio de Valet parking

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Nice setting not the best food

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AlexS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Amara was recommended to us so we were excited to go. The ambiance of the restaurant was nice enough and we had a great table out by the water. One aspect that was a bit distracting though was the amount of public traffic between where we were seated and the rest of the restaurant. Unfortunately, the looks and ambiance of the restaurant is what kept us there, if it weren't for that we would've left due to the mediocre service we received. Additionally, the food was a little sub par for what we expected and for the cost. Even though the waiter comped our first round of drinks I have no desire to go back to Amara or to recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasha was our server, she was funny and joked with us! Atmosphere is a great vibe and food was good! Yuca cheese balls are a must try.. i told my family that i want them served at my funeral

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always in always a pleasure~~

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Emmaxox18
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience! Incredible food, service and drinks!!

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JustinF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic, one of the best meals I’ve ever had and the service was fantastic!

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vipRonnie
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Beautiful location, food is ok but service is very slow.

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AdelaR
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing service. Beautiful place in front of the bay and also good food . We ordered the fish dip for appetizer and the bone in ribeye for main course and everything was delicious .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Service was very slow, we had to ask several servers to get a water refill, we order the drinks and appetizers and then nobody came back to ask for the main dish not even after removing the empty appetizers plates, then dirty plates from main dishes were never removed after finishing eating, not even when they gave us the check. Food was good but service was so poor that outshined the whole experience…

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place, nice setting, good food, outstanding service!

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pipersson
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is outstanding. Wine list is small, but excellent. Sommelier brought us some special items even though they were not the price point of what we were looking for (we went for it anyway). Service was excellent, although the table got crowded at times. Try everything. You won’t go wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always in good taste

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This time my experience was not entirely pleasant. I had reserved a table outside for 2:45 PM. The hostess wanted to give us a table under the sun without umbrella, even though there was an umbrella available next to us with plenty shadow, she didn’t want to move the table instead she offered us table indoor until other table would be available. I agreed to sit inside, after 10 minutes of waiting, Angelica came to take the order. Meanwhile we saw tables being vacated and occupied without we being replaced in one outside ... we ordered mimosas, then after having eaten the entrees and drunk some mimosas in the middle of the main course, they told us to move to outside table. We took our food and went outside. When the bill arrived we saw that they had charged us 130 dollars only in Mimosas, we had drunk 10; even though the menu said they had a carafe of 11 mimosas for $ 80, which we thought we were drinking. The problem here is that the waitress never offered us that option for brunch and chose to order the most expensive mimosas for us, which they were also not described on the menu. I kindly asked her to explain why she did not offer us the carafe and she replied that we did not ask for that option. I want to think it was a bona fide mistake. I’ve been a waiter, worked in bars and restaurants and always made sure to offer customers the promotions we had first, be it happy hour or bottomless mimosas to make sure they are ordering what they really want. At the end we paid the bill and left 20% tip but we left with a bitter taste from the service we had. I personally won’t go anymore. I am disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is EPIC!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great staff, extraordinary chef, superstar table and am amazing date made for an evening of magic. Thank you!

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KyleF
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

My wife and I are avid foodies. We ordered numerous items from every course and here's our breakdown;

Cocktails: the cocktails had to have been 1 of our favorite enjoyments from this establishment. Great on taste and alcohol content
Starters: we had ordered the grilled octopus tacos along with the short ribs empanada, grouper ceviche, and duck wings. The grilled octopus tacos were sub par by far. A doughy non crunchy or crispy tortilla along with chewy breaded octopus. This dish lacked the flavor profile as described with a valiant attempt at crunch via cabbage. The short rib empanada left alot to be desired. Not even filled enough with a very doughy almost calzone like pastry the chimichurri offered was something that belonged on an Italian sandwich. The duck wings lacked alot in flavor that duck is known for. Not much richness or meat on these wings. The grouper ceviche was our favorite in this course with the grouper being properly seasoned and tender. It was good in flavor but not something that blows your mind.
Entrees: my wife had ordered the full snapper. Flavor was all one note. I had ordered the surf and turf with everything being slathered in a sauce with onions. My rib eye being cooked beautifully however the meat being overpowered by a sauce and toppings was in poor execution. Everything took on the same flavor.
Desserts: we had ordered the flan and tres leches. Both were incredible along with beautifully executed espresso martinis. By far our favorite course
Service: service was by far lackadaisical. Server showed no knowledge of menu and basically just regurgitated what was written on the menu. One of our courses were forgotten and was brought out to us at the end of the meal (they removed it from the bill due to an error on their part) We were left unattended for large spans of time with empty drinks , plating, etc.
Ambiance: the view is beautiful however private dining is not worth the 500$ minimum.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible view, even better food. The shrimp aguachile was incredible. Cant pass up the yuca puffs. Such a great fresh fish spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Menu listed snapper but was served Halibut- sent it back. I had the steak salad ( lunch) but the steak pieces were very fatty and I couldn’t chew them. They should use a better cut of meat for a $30 salad. The ambiance was great- we ate outdoors. The tuna tostado and the grouper cerviche were good.

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vipKimberlyT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service

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CookieMonster
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is absolutely amazing. The prices are incredible compared to the high end nonsense of South Beach. The food is gorgeous and extremely tasty. Use of pickled vegetables in the dishes was a great taste combo. We had the octopus tacos and scallops. Can never go wrong with seafood here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Made a reservation and was still sat at a terrible table. The food was good and the service was good but my date and I felt weird sitting at a high top table after requesting a good experience.

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vipJaneH
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and location!

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L2Debonaire4u
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love this restaurant. Great for happy hours and for brunch as well.

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AlvaroS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

yuca cheese puffs are a must as an appetizer along with wine

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SonretchelleF
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Overall food was OK.
It takes an hour for our food to arrive
Food was expensive for no reason.
We had to chase our server for everything
A cup, water, our check....you name it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful.

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vipBuzzfood
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

So close to home, beautiful view, but the food is disapointing . We ordered the fish of the day on the grill. Two hours later my tongue is sour because of so much seasoning, even though i had made a request not to get the pico de gallo over it. Careless waitress who didn't bother to check on the order.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outside by the water and it absolutely perfect. Very romantic and charming.

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vipJFoodie
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

this is the first time Amara disappoints. Honestly we' ve eaten thee 20 times but this is the first bad review. Valet took 10 minutes to get the vehicle while waiting inside and at the end 30 minutes to bring it. totally understaffed and the guy. was driving like Fitipaldi with all our cars. The meal was ok till we found a hair in the appetizer ( empanada) and sent it back. only too find another hair in the whole fish we. ordered (snapper) . that ruined the evening and bad moods all around. overall very touristy atmosphere and a service level that was not what is expected of Mr. Swartz and his establishment

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night w fantastic food and amazing views! Staff was on point as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not a vast menu but very well done. Drinks were excellent. Views of bay and Miami breath taking. Next stop upstairs bar. A must stop for any visitor.

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JulietW
Indonesia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The ambiance was nice, but not a wide food selection. I would refer Amara at Paraiso to a friend if they are in the Biscayne Bay area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grab a cocktail while you peruse the menu, then order everything that catches your eye. You can't go wrong. Great food, drinks, ambiance, and service. Can't wait to go back!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Amara at Paraiso using the Order Online button. Amara at Paraiso also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Amara at Paraiso also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 702-5528.

Amara at Paraiso is rated 4.6 stars by 2326 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.