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Bolivar Restaurant Bar

4.3
4.3
67 Reviews
$31 to $50
Colombian
Feast on a fusion of Colombian, Argentinian, Brazilian, Peruvian and Venezuelan cuisines at Bolivar Restaurant Bar Lounge. This trendy spot is ideal for hanging out with friends. Our unique Menu from South America combines, Seafood, Steaks, Sauces from different countries.
Bolivar Restaurant Bar Lounge features a large FULL BAR, unique Signature cocktails. It has happy hour throughout the week with various specials. A semi-private lounge area is ideal for groups of up to 50. This restaurant hosts events for parties and more, as well as welcomes reservations. Fridays and Saturdays open until 2am EAT DRINK PARTY DANCE. we have been featured on the Miami Herald trendy Spots in Miami as well as award winning eclectic Decor and Chic Ambience. WE ARE LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF SOUTH BEACH AREA.
Open 7 days a week from 10AM-1AM... and the party goes til 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays

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2 people

11:00 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Colombian, Contemporary Latin, Argentinean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 am Fri, Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (305) 305-0801
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Jairo Hurtado
  • Catering
    TBD
  • Private party facilities
    Semi Private room - large parties
  • Neighborhood
    South Beach
  • Cross street
    Washington Avenue between 8th Street and 9th Street, South Beach Area
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

What 67 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 1.7Value

NoiseModerate

67 Reviews
  1. ophthalerg

    Austria

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, nice, but slightly slow service. Worthwhile

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  2. Torontojo

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made a reservation for 11 people for dinner for my 40th birthday. They didn’t have a table ready for us, only two tables of 8 (are 3 people supposed to sit on their own?) Then the waiter took too long for drink orders, and after asking for water for the table for the third time, the first glass of water brought over was spilled completely on two of us. Accidents happen, but they ignored our table after that, which was the bigger problem. The dj had issues and an incredibly large honking sound played several times it sounded like an emergency alarm. He had to turn his equipment off twice to fix it. An hour in, no one had taken our order yet so we made a reservation somewhere else and left.

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  3. MelissaF

    Coastal Georgia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing! Miguel was the best server.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great I love the service and people were nice

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great. Unfortunately this restaurant follows along with the annoyance by trend of charging an 18% service fee which is not counted as a tip so the servers are unlikely to get it. If costs go up and result in having to charge more for your items, just raise the menu price, don’t try to mask it by calling it a service fee.

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  6. RichardC

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We found out about this restaurant from the food and walking tour of the area and we were glad we came back. Besides starting with a Caipirinha, we really enjoyed the Ceviche, Parce Viche, a seafood mix with citrus mango. My wife enjoyed the Pescado Margarita of Snapper and other seafood and rice. I enjoyed the Pabellon Sifrino of pulled beef in a sorbitol mix with rice and black beans. Our server, Miguel, was very friendly and attentive. We hope to come back if we are in the area.

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  7. edandmar

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great place for tapas and sangria. not a wide selection on the tapas but everything was delicious. very good ambiance friendly atmosphere great service.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, service & price. There are only a few places in South Beach that have all 3 of these things. That's why this place stands out.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall the experience was a bit disappointing. The food was good, but not great. However, the service was HORRIBLE! Especially from our waitress, she took our order and we never saw her again until the check. The wait staff was understaffed, only 2 that evening, on a busy night. Call me picky, but great service is a big deal for me.

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  10. Lucy97

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We knew it from prior reviews: service was likely to be poor, but food was likely to be worth the wait. Sometimes, when a restaurant is hot, the kitchen or wait staff can be overwhelmed, and it's worth giving them time to get their act together. But Bolivar doesn't get it. There have been too many negative reviews about sluggish service. They need to analyse and repair. Is their kitchen understaffed? Is their wait staff poorly trained or disciplined? It took 30 minutes to be "discovered" at our table after the hostess seated us, and that was only because I flagged down the earnest and harried maitre d' as he rushed past. He, in turn, grabbed the first waiter who passed by on his way to the kitchen. (Was this waiter assigned to the front of the house? We were in the back. )He took our drinks order, brought our beers, and didn't return until he happened to notice us sitting there forlorn. He took our food order: seviche and a platter of tapas. Now I'm no seviche cook, but I know it's a brief marinade. No cooking; scoop it up. As we waited, we watched our nearest neighbors get served their appetizers (seviche!) and then, their entrees. (Different waiter.) Finally, I flagged down the maitre d' again who rushed to the kitchen. As the maitre d' disappeared, I saw our water streaking past our table. He noticed us, empty tabled, and said , "Oh, oh. I'll check in the kitchen!" I told him not to bother. We had help. Another waiter brought out our seviche and, before we finished the appetizer, out came the hot tapas. The food was very good: well prepared and flavorful, and, we thought, authentic. The singer was very good, and her music kept our spirits elevated despite the long waits. The maitre d' offered us an after dinner drink with an apologetic smile but we declined. It was late. We would give Bolivar another chance when it's not the holiday season and at a less popular hour.

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  11. MFZm

    San Antonio

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a wonderful meal here. Ordered the chicken and beef fingers apps for our 7 year old and she loved them. Big enough portions to bring home for next day's snack on the beach. Recommended- great value considering SoBe location.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were extremely friendly, fun ambiance and the food was generally interesting and fun however the calmare and pork belly were massively overcooked.

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  13. jilkat25

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our meal at Bolivar! Every bite was delicious! I'm not usually impressed with sausage, generally, but the slices of Argentine (?) sausage on my husband's plate, along with the array of mild to very spicy sauces, was the best I have ever tried! When the disco lights came on and I heard drums being played I did not expect them to be for me! What a fun birthday surprise! Yummy chocolate cake vodka shot with lime!! I am SO glad we chose Bolivar for our meal on my actual birth date last week! Loved it! We will return!

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  14. Alyssa

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here for dinner with 3 friends on a weekend trip to Miami. We loved the food and the ambiance of the place. It was a bit loud because they had live music and the singer was walking around singing and getting tables to sing. This was fun but not the most conducive atmosphere to intimate chatter with your table-mates if that's what you're looking for. We were there on a Friday night at 9:00 so that is probably something they just do on the weekend nights.

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  15. CodyL

    Miami

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was pleasantly surprised by the Bolivar. When we walked in, the general vibe is very energetic and fun. They had a stage area with a very, very talented salsa singer who interacted with the tables who were enjoying it and knew when others were a bit more private. There is a small dance area for those that enjoy to dance salsa. The food was very good. I recommend the lomo saltado and patacones!

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  16. Gail

    Greensboro

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Charming Resturant with excellent cuisine.

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  17. Angelika

    New Mexico

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun vibrant atmosphere . Great ceviche Excellent margaritas and mojitos Waitstaff is easy on the eyes Had a great time and a few blocks away from the crazy tourist zone of South Beach

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  18. RealReview

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2015

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was slow and food was low quality. I would not recommend this restaurant. It was a complete waste of time and money.

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  19. FlyingDutchman

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we walked in to Bolivar, it was apparent that this would not be an ordinary dining experience. Fantastic music with a beautiful live singer engulfed us, as we were attended by an equally beautiful hostess. Once seated, we received impeccable service from the cadre of young, talented waiters and waitresses. We started off with a pair of delicious Pisco cocktails, while thoroughly enjoying the complimentary appetizer. Still enjoying the great musical entertainment, we continued our dinner with the Ceviche Sampler plate. The fish was fresh, the sauces were delicious, and the presentation was very nice. After another round of creative drinks, we ate some empanadas and finished with the Bolivar Ceviche plate, all of which was delicious. To top of an unforgettable evening, the singer sang our requested song and we danced Bachata, in the middle of the restaurant! I can't wait to come back to Miami Beach and visit Bolivar again.

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  20. MayraN

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Food (enough to share) - service was excellent - felt very welcomed - nice music - the décor was beautiful - I had a great time with my family. We will definitely eat there again when we go visit Miami - I highly recommend this place.

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  21. Exceptional

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food and ambiance. We will definitely return whenever we are in Miami!

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  22. Cathy

    Atlanta Metro

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I enjoyed our dinner at Bolivia. The wait staff was very attentive food was excellent I must mention the sweet rice wonderful. There was live entertainment very nice but we were tired after a day of the beach and left after the first piece I'm sure it would have been a fun night had we stayed longer.

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  23. ExBeret

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time we have been here. We absolutely adore the flavors....we have yet to have anything that we did not find delicious. My first choice for dinner when I'm in Miami!

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  24. Piyo

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time to have Columbian food. The empanadas are so good here. They alao gave us some corn cake with salsa on the house. It was very good.

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  25. lgnewlat

    Cancun

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to Bolivar because we had heard the food and ambiance were great. The food was excellent. We loved everything we tried. The ceviches were awesome. However, We went on a Thursday night and there weren't many people there. The music was good, but the crowd was not as lively as I had read in previous reviews. It must have been an off night, because everything thing else matched the other reviews. I truly enjoyed it and so did my wife. So we will probably try it again on a Friday night.

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  26. Omari

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great last minute suggestion for us as we were looking for some Peruvian flavors while in South Beach. The fusion of flavors from Peru, Columbia, & Bolivia were great and would highly recommend

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  27. Foodie305

    Miami

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We came to the new location and the place was PACKED!! live music, soccer game was on, big parties, bar full! Service is amazing as usual, I would've loved to get the waitress name to give her credit, management was always making sure everyone was being taken care of, I work in the industry so I know how it is when is busy... Food came quick only thing I wasn't happy was with the lighting, I had to use my phone as a flashlight to go through the menu and to eat to see what I was eating exactly, I know they're are remodeling the place because there was a ladder on a corner so I'm hoping next time we stop by there is more light. Hoping to come back soon and sit at the bar to enjoy some tapas and cocktails.

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  28. Gercugo

    Miami

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved Bolívar and would highly recommend it. I came to Bolívar on a Friday night and was seated promptly. We got some fruity sangria for the table while listening to the live entertainment singing popular Latin hits making it a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. The menu has a variety of dishes from Peru and Colombia which will make it easy ordered a few. You can't go wrong with their empanadas and yuca fritas but the arepa was delicious and sweet (almost like a dessert). I often have lomo saltado so I tried the chicken version of it (pollo saltado) and it was just as delightful. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the food preparation. Overall, the atmosphere gets you in the right mood after a long day and it's a free plus that comes with dining here.

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  29. PeterS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A group of old friends were in Miami for a wedding and coincidentally there was a birthday (OK, mine) one of the evenings. We booked Bolivar at fairly short notice and were delighted with it. Food was really good and very reasonably priced and service (for a table of about 10-12 of us) was first class. Wine, though basic, was well-priced and overall ambience was great. A very enjoyable evening.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Celebrated a birthday with friends who all have different tastes. There was something on the menu for everyone and the price was very reasonable. Service was attentive and just right and they made a little birthday celebration that was a lot of fun!!!

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  31. TrueFoodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I was really excited to try out this place given the rave reviews. However, the food was subpar. The drinks were awesome...food plating was great...but I didn't find the food to taste authentic. I ordered the lomo saltado and it was a tad salty, the beef wasn't flavored and the rice was mushy. It was my birthday and the celebration/music/singing was by far the BEST I've ever seen in a restaurant. Servers were nice but incredibly SLOW and it wasn't even busy.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks were WAAAY Overpriced, but other than that it was a great experience! Great food, good service!

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  33. NurseJamie

    Houston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great visit during our Miami trip for some Colombian style food!

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  34. DMVDiner

    London

    36 reviews

    1.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2015

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Slowest service I've ever experienced. We should have left as multiple tables did. Undrinkable wine, overly greasy food, a wait of 80 mins for the meal to arrive. The management huddled gossiping or griping while the wait staff tried to keep up. It was the low point of the trip.

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  35. Helen

    Miami

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great time! Amazing service! Wonderful singer and band, a few diners dancing salsa between tables! Loved the tapas, especially the artichokes, calamari and skirt steak... with varying degrees of hot sauces! The fish dishes in sauces we had didn't quite match the tapas (salmon overcooked), but the lomo saltado was heavenly and all the accompanying veggies and rice were yummy! The wine list was pretty decent. Overall I'd say that the value for money was pretty darn good for South Beach and how nice to feel genuinely welcome too!

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  36. gina

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Loved the six cerviche shooters. Had four different sauces of various flavored and heat to spice them up. Great skirt steak with chimicura sauce. Also best tres leche cake I've ever had.

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  37. TedH

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are not from this area of South Florida and we wanted to have dinner before a show in Miami. We picked this restaurant because of the positive reviews on Yelp and we were seeing Jackson Browne at the Fillmore after dinner. Our group of six all like Peruvian and South American dishes so this restaurant seemed like the bomb. We arrived a bit late because of traffic and mentioned the show to our waitress. She was so accommodating, Our food was brought out quickly, The food was delicious! Great presentation! I will definately be coming back.

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  38. dcfoodie

    Washington DC

    79 reviews

    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    While in town for a few days in Miami Beach, I thought I'd look for a fun latin restaurant to have dinner at. While service was impeccable, I wasn't all too impressed with the quality of their seafood. Since their staff's service was impeccable and because I didn't get a chance to try their other meats, I would still strongly recommend this restaurant to others.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the arepas and empenadas!!! I would definitely return

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  40. Scoutvt

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    this place is a tapas gem! Great energy and great food- they were so happy to have us there, it was a nice change from the crazy scene of Ocean Drive. We ordered 4 tapas all delish- shrimp, mussels, artichokes and pork belly; then we split a steak entree with a bottle of wine and a tres leches cake all for less than $100. Lovely evening with live music.

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Bolivar Restaurant Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Bolivar Restaurant Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


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Google Map for Bolivar Restaurant Bar

841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Washington Avenue between 8th Street and 9th Street, South Beach Area
  • Neighborhood
    South Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 am Fri, Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Colombian, Contemporary Latin, Argentinean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Jairo Hurtado
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine
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