BRAVA by Brad Kilgore at the Arsht Center

3.9
67 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Experience an Italian-based, a-la-carte menu crafted by James Beard award finalist Chef Brad Kilgore. Recognized as one of the “10 Hottest Restaurants in Miami” by ZAGAT.com and located inside the Arsht Center, BRAVA By Brad Kilgore is the perfect setting for a complete night out including dinner and a show. Chef Kilgore’s accolades include being recognized as one of 2016’s “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine and Best Chefs America.

BRAVA By Brad Kilgore’s pastry chef & wife, Soraya Kilgore, completes the menu with her delectable, desserts that won a spot on “Miami’s Ten Most Artistic Dishes” by Miami New Times.

Located on the second floor of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House, BRAVA By Brad Kilgore offers scheduled seatings on performance days. OpenTable’s availability is subject to change. Please visit www.arshtcenter.org/BRAVA for an up-to-date seating schedule.

All seatings are open to the general public, tickets are not required for dining.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
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(786) 468-2365
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brad Kilgore
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Catering
Have chef Brad Kilgore and his award winning culinary team cater your next event both onsite and offsite. Contact us today.
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Cross street
2nd Ave & 13th Street
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Parking details
Valet and Street parking is available at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Validation for valet on show nights is $10 for diners after 8pm.
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Located within walking distance from the Omni Terminal Downtown
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Events, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Graduations, Birthdays, Anniversaries or any other special occasion you may have in mind.

The Terrace can accommodate up to 150 with a view of downtown Miami and the Plaza.

Inside seating at the restaurant can be reserved for up to 100ppl.

Contact: robert_delarosa@comcastspectacor.com
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Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Fri - Sat 7:00PM - 8:00PM

What 67 People Are Saying
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Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We had an event at 8pm so got there early and waited an hour for our food.?

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Miami
157 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ordered at 6:30 and at 7:40 I had to seek out the waitress to ask where is our meal. ‘We have an 8pm Show.’ She sent the manager David over who told us we would not be getting our food. When asked why his response was he cannot get it to us for the show.’s start. We (table of 4; 2 from Pennsylvania) insisted on having a meal and determined we would be late for the show.
He suggested we go to the concession stand that ‘they had sandwiches.’ How insulting!!’
We stated that we wanted our meal and he said ‘I will take care of the check.’
When we received our meal we also received a check. I called him over and suggested he be a man of his word for the first tonight.
David is in over his head and Mr. Kilgore has made a colossal error at what should be a mark of standard in Miami.
Lesson learned and we shall find what will fully represent the elevated attitude and atmosphere of basic, courteous, and respectful handling of patrons.

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L
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The short rib wellington was so amazing I have not been able to stop talking about it and can't wait to go back for it again! This restaurant is in the Adrienne Arsht Center and I had concert tickets there that night but I would go back for that wellington even if i didn't have an event at the Arsht!

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BF
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It makes sense if you want a decent and conveniently located meal before a performance. But the food was not spectacular and very over-priced. There are so many better restaurants for the money. They even charge for bread....its considered an appetizer.

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Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Survives on a captive audience. If it were not for the ability to avoid the show traffic by parking early and having dinner at the Arscht, this restaurant would be forced to improve to compete.

Food is presented well, but uninspired. Anyone familiar with the Chesapeake realizes their crab cake is filler with less crab. Sea bass was good but for their costs, just not worthwhile except as noted above, it’s nice to beat the show traffic.

It’s too bad they don’t improve the menu. Could really make it a special night

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed to be denied reservation at the time I requested a table. I had asked for a table at six and was told everything was booked. After four calls I finally got a table with Open Table. It was upsetting to see about six free empty tables at the time we arrived. Not good!!

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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Black Forest Cake was amazing.

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JD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and fabulously presented. Good service. Just very hard to find and nobody to guide you (go early). Portions a little on the (too) small side for what you pay. Great place to go before your performance. Ask for a table with bench, they are in the center of the room, larger and more confortable than the tiny table in the corner we got:)

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were going to a concert. It’s convenient & good food. I hope they keep changing the menu for theater dining

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very convenient for those attending a show at the Arsht. However, service was very slow even though the place was not crowded. Portions were adequate for one person, but very small if one wanted to share. Menu is short and pricey.

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PM
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It is a gourmet restaurant that has high quality food, that is beautifully presented and excellent service. There is real attention paid to detail. The dinner portions were small, which we expected. Overall, was a fine dining experience.

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J
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful evening of great food and entertainment.

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GG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went there again before an opera performance. The starter foie gras canoli were to greesy to eat. The crab cake was good, the black forrest dessert also too heavy, especially before a performance. My daughter missed veggies with her duck, my husband was also not very happy with his plate.

The employees need a training. Some do not know on which side to put knive and fork. One waitress filled to much rose wine in the glasses so it was luke warm after a while.

We still dream of the halibutt with potatoes on top which was outstanding, but unfortunatly no longer on the menu.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were very good
The restaurant had a musty , Mildew smell
Which was “ off putting” and tainted the experience
They have to clean this up

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DA
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Beautiful decor. Very convenient to theater going. We really enjoyed it.

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JB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Had reservations for 6pm Friday 8/31. Received two reminder to me on time. The experience might have been better if it were not for the fact that Brava was not open that evening. Was told this is a problem with open table and I should call direct in the future

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BR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Brava before a show at the Arsht. The food and service were outstanding. We both want to come back for dinner even if we aren’t going to a show. This restaurant is a gem.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

As an event planner and luxury travel advisor I eat at alot of good restaurants and knowing how good Chef Kilgore's cuisine is at Alter I was incredibly disappointed by the shoddy service and mediocre meal I sort of had. My dad and I arrived to a very empty restaurant at 640pm for a bite prior to a 8pm show. We ordered appetizers and entrees at 650pm and at 720pm we still did not have our appetizers. Thereafter when I asked the host where our food might be it finally appeared. Our appetizers of eggplant parmesan tarlet and a lamb dish were tasty and well-presented. After that it was downhill. At 745 - 15 minutes prior to the show we still did not receive dinner. When my branzino finally arrived at 750 it was dry and unappealing on appearance. It simply wasnt good. Given the entree was served so last minute there was no opportunity to eat anything else or even order dessert. While the waiter did not charge for the fish and offered us a cocktail on the house there wasnt enough time to consume any beverages. My father had peekytoe crab risotto which was mushy and liquidy and not appealing. At 756 we were still waiting for our check and I finally had to frantically run after the waiter to receive it and even when it was presented there was no pen to sign the check. He never came over to check on us throughout our ordeal and told us he was a bartender and that the owner had deliberately cut staff for Saturday night given they weren't expecting many people. SUMMARY- As someone in hospitality there are better places to eat. What's unfortunate is I do business with Adrienne Arsht center and it was really appalling and not a place I would recommend to my clients.

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JD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. You are a short walk from my home. So I will return.

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GR
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The sea bass, bread appetizer, and coffee were great but I can't say the same for the pasta, risotto, and deconstructed tiramisu. Our waitress was distant but the support staff was good. Overall, I would not recommend. The only true value was its location.

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OT
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, original...

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D
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best surprise-never tried and finally did before a show at Arsht-this restaurant has it ALL together! Will be going before shows from now on!

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J
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was tasteless and incredibly overpriced

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RM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was generally, tho not consistently, extremely good (pasta dishes over salted and unimpressive). Service was very friendly but woefully slow (problem as we had show to go to, so had to skip desert). Ambience great, spacious, comfortable and not noisy

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was salty and the veal was tough.

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KL
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Convenient for the theater
Quiet comfortable
Limited menu selections , mostly heavy
Waiter dry pleasant , but service was slow and because it was pre theater not attentive
Prices are ok for the type of restaurant , but the food is just ok

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f
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect meal before the ballet with delicious inventions by Brad Kilgore, who deserves all of the awards. I loved everything about it. The service, the presentation. Amazing!

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I fear that creativity has overwhelmed taste. Our food looked great and tasted mediocre. It had been our choice to eat at Brava before Ziff and Knight events, but we're rethinking that now.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Honestly the Arsht Center needs to stick to providing entertainment and not try to offer fine dinning. The food quality doesn’t justify $38 entrees and the deserts like the strawberry or chocolate tarts for $11 is a joke! The service was horrible no one bothered to even fill your water or checked up on you throughout the meal. A 20% service tip is included on your check so there is no incentive for the server to make sure you are taken care of. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. NEVER AGAIN!

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BT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I have dined here on a few occasions. The food is always exceptionally good. The service however, is always exceptionally slow. The wait staff does not work well together & the service is slow.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. Staff was excellent. Food was delicious. Highly recommend the branzino.

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s
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I didn't check in at the hostess booth and sat at the bar. I got a did not appear notice from "Open Table". My fault. I apologize. The drinks were great with excellent service.

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

My wife's seafood risotto was very good. My pasta came out about the size of a softball and was so stuck together that you practically could not pull it apart. I returned the glob. I was offered a substitute but as everything takes so long at Brava I told my wife to eat her meal and not wait for me. I enjoyed my glass of over priced Malbec. We were given a free dessert of our choice and my wife who is a chocoholic put down her spoon after two bites. I did not take anything complimentary or otherwise as I was so turned off. This was our third and last visit. Previously I just thought that the food was okay but not worth the price.
In the future we will eat before going to the theater.

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SM
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were very early to theatre and decided to splurge on dinner at Brava. The server was excellent, very attentive. There were not a lot of choices on the menu, maybe 5 starters and 5 entrees. The choices were inventive and interesting but the portions were very small for the price. We did enjoy the meal though.

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L
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting.... dark cozy large bar.
Good drinks and delightful bartender.
Food was nicely presented and creative but most important it was delicious!
This restaurant was a find!!

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LS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed by the quality of the food. The wait staff seemed quite confused making several mistakes and prices were quite high for what we were served.

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S
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Overpriced and mediocre food. Service was polite but unprofessional. Not likely to return.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Reservation was ready on arrival even though we were a little late.
Order process was fine, server was very good.
But our silverware was remeoved after the appetizers, tghe main course was delieverred without anyone bothering to give is new silverware to EAT WITH.
After a few minutes, we flagged someone down to get us utensils so we could eat...and the main course were luke warm by then.
Main courses were very nicely prepared and tasted great.
We ordered coffee and were given a complimentary dessert.
But the desert came long before our coffee arrived.
Throughgout the meal a busboy kept asking if he could take our bread dishes off the table, even though were still eating and hadn't finished...as if there was an organized effort to get us out for the next seating. We felt rushed and it was NOT appreciated. The place was not even 1/2 full so there was no reason to rush us out.
It was as if your staff has never eaten out at a decent place and they expected us to be treated like we were.
They desperately need a course in hospitality and dining in a real restaurant that doesn't feature ordering off a drive up screen and driving off never to be seen or heard from again.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

THe food was below par.
THe menu has changed and is very limited

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Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had boxing day dinner at Brava and was well cared for. The food was presented like art and tasted amazing. Can't wait to come back again.

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