Amara at Paraiso

4.6
1141 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.

Please call for our corkage and cake policies and fees.
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ML
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Charbroiled ribeye was overpowered by the charbroil.

SH
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food wasn’t great, service OK, but the place and the views are beautiful

C
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of the bay. We had great service and the food was outstanding. We shared the snapper for two and it was perfect. Waiter gave us a great wine recommendation. The coconut cake was light, moist and delish!!!. Cant wait to return

KJ
Miami
65 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and great views. Cocktails were creative and interesting. Will definitely return.

BS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing view, nice ambience and great service. Miami Spice Menu for lunch was not my favorite.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miami Spice

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SA
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the setting and the ambience. The food as always was great.

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

This is a great place to have a date night, recommend sitting outside if it’s not to muggy out because the view is remarkable! The food is great and the selections of drinks are endless. The short rib was very delectable and the oysters are a must have! Would certainly revisit soon and recommend to others! Ambiance was very quiet and romantic so the place overall gets a 5 out of 5 stars.

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

I just really enjoyed the atmosphere, the staff, the menu options and the only negative comment - the wine list is small and pricey.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it !!!

ND
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

To begin, you cannot go wrong nased on their wine selection. I ordered grilled black grouper which was cooked to perfection. My husband had the grilled lamb ribs. which he felt was over cooked & the food was just ok. We had the rice verde as side and the white sweet potato. Overall and because of the ambiance, we truly enjoyed the dinner. Now, if you ask me how eager I would be to visit again, My husband isn't extremley excited and can wait a while, however, I will most likely visit again if I want to impress my clients. The food is very costly, however it is an upscale restautant. I encourage everyone to visit and experice Amara at Paraiso for themselves.

CC
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service excellent, we chose a table with amazing view of the bay , definitely will recommend Amara to our friends

CO
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, view and food. 5 stars

R
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous. Everything about the place from the location on the bay to the ambiance inside n the food n service was outstanding. Highly recommend

OT
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We were not thrilled by the slow service. We went there around 2Pm for lunch and the place was little busy, but this doesn’t explain why I had to wait 10 more minutes to get my appetizer after my wife got hers!? When I asked the server about my appetizer he apologized and came back with it right away...so it’s been sitting ready for some time??...We got the Miami Spice lunch. The food is really good and tasty, the shrimp appetizer is delicious and the rib-eye sandwich is very good. I won’t recommend the lamb tacos there were bland. All good but service needs to improve

SK
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Charming place, delicious food and a great view!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant was delicious. The value was only good because it was for Miami Spice. Had it been a regular priced menu the value would be lower just because of price to quantity of food ratio. But the food was delicious and with an amazing view of the bay.

M
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love it. i will be back for sure. nice ambient , atmosphere , i went sunday afternoon, we have a great time , the have a DJ playing nice house music, we love it

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was spectacular... a wow beautiful ambiance the view is unique and the food was pretty good also the service was unique

FR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Creative and excellent brunch, with great service and ambiance. Would have rated service higher if it wasn't for their valet staff.

JG
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went to have Sunday brunch. Drinks were average; personally, menu choices was limited but tasty. But, atmosphere was great! Will go back.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Estuvo muy bien la recepción en la barra. Luego pasamos a una mesa afuera , y la comida demoró 40 minutos y el bife estaba frío .

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, delicious food. Looking forward to coming back again.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and awesome ambiance.

AM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure, high standard service, beautiful place and amazing food

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My son and I went there to have a mother/son lunch. The view is breathtaking. The restaurant is nice. I opened my napkin to place it in my lap and it was dirty. I over looked that by folding it. Then ee ordered the ceviche as an appetizer and there was a hair wrapped in the ceviche. When our server, Sandra came over I showed her the napkin and the hair inside the ceviche. She barely apologized and took the ceviche away. At that point I told her I did not want ceviche any longer. I do not care how wonderful the restaurant is, finding a hair in an $18 plate of ceviche is unacceptable. I should have taken a picture, but I’m not that type of person.

JM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The meal I ordered was way too spicy. But they replaced it with something less spicy and it was wonderful

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amara es una pequeña joya en Miami. Esta vez tuve la oportunidad de sentarme en los sofás con vista a la bahía.
Un lugar maravilloso, mágico!

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JS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We waited over 25 minutes in our table to order our first drink.
Waitress was super nice, I think she had to many tables to serve.
Great ocean view

PS
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Feels like vacation when we dine or brunch here and the funny thing, is we live here! Great vibe. Always pretty people, great cocktails and food. As long as you are aware of of what your ordering it is a good value. for always delicious food. The desire to try a lot of different things can make your bill go up. Overall I love this place. A perfect substitute for s beach.

CV
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, ambiance. Highly recommended.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had brunch there. The service was outstanding and the food was well prepared. The view is to die for.

S
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great view from the bay to Miami Beach.
Excellent food, good to share in the middle, and lovely place.
Service was deficient but not bad.

Y
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I made an appointment and still waited
30 mins standing without a way to order anything at the bar in the meantime because it was full

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aniversary

S
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed ourselves. Everyone was welcoming. The food was delicious and the scenery was so beautiful

CM
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went last Saturday. First time and did enjoy. My hanger steak was great, so was the Amara Feijoada.
But the catch of the day Banana Leaf Wrapped Grouper was actually pretty bland and overcooked as well. The service needs much improvement. Our main attendant would disappear for long periods and disinterested. We seem to always have to flag down the assistant normally charged with the water and picking up. He was terrific. The main server not at all. Certainly detracted from evening.
Also, menu prices were fine, the wine list generally ridiculously marked up. Might return, but other choices will come first.

KM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be perfect if it wasn’t for the often rude valet service.

JJ
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and incredible service. The yuca puffs were beyond. Hangar steak was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, delicious and great service but beware of MSG!!!

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