BRAVA by Brad Kilgore at the Arsht Center

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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.

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BT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Very original take on some classics. Service was overall good as well.

g
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

If it wasn’t the only restaurant in the Arscht, this place would not survive. Wait staff ignores you. Food is good but not special like they try to make it out to be and definitely you are paying for the fact that you are dining at the Arscht.

CK
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Perfect if going to a show.

D
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The manager David Aguirre took our order and we ordered veal chops, one of which was to be without pesto They bothcame with the sauce and David offered to wipe the pesto off wow how awful. We couldn’t order anything else because we had to make a show. David does not know how to
Treat customers he did nothing to make it right. It was disgraceful I been in the restaurant business and we would do anything to make a customer happy. We ordered correctly and it was the kitchens fault. Horrible how we were treated will never go back and will certainly not recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best meals we have ever had. The burrata and veal chop with pesto combination were unbelievable.

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

Short Rib Wellington was amazing. Great service. Don’t wait for a show night, this is a great place for dinner anytime!

VA
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is outstanding! The wine list has good values and covers good options. It's a MUST HAVE dinning experience before every show we attend.

LG
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We wanted to have a nice dinner before the theater and BRAVA did not disappoint. As an appetizer we had the tomatoes and burrata, and as entree we had the 7 cheeses pasta and the braised ribs. All plates were beautifully presented and with excellent flavors. Everything was absolutely delicious! To close, we had the tiramisu. To our surprise, the presentation is like a deconstructed tiramisu, all the components are served separately in a plate. I tried each one individually and they were delicious. As I started combining the flavors, they explode on your palate and it was absolutely one of the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.

One recommendation, though. Although the service in general was excellent, the serving staff needs more training in explaining the dishes in an enticing way. Other than this, just keep it up. We will be back!

TL
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Undercooked pasta even after sending back and getting second one. Apparently the Chef likes it undercooked, but he needs to realize most people don’t. Green spinach dip. Terrible. Foamy green water. Drinks were good and convenient to theater. Our 4th time and it seems to continue to go downhill. They don’t have bread service, but they charge you $8 for a loaf of bread. Would really like to see changes, but it sounds like the Chef wants to do it his way. We will try another place next time we go to the Arsht Center.

G
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had three of the four deserts..and shared them among the table. Only one was worth the calories. That is sooooooo unacceptable in a fine restaurant. Otherwise the food was fine. Not great, but fine.
And, as always, the bread is a winner!!

e
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd attempt.
we are culturalist members and routinely dine at brava before the broadway series plays
david ,the manager and brittany, our server, could not have been more accommodating.
it is a shame that on this past sunday evening, the place was nearly empty.
i understand that you have a high percentage of no-shows, which is unfortunate.

however, i think your wines are terribly overpriced,and that is why i did not give you a higher rating on value.

i miss the cheesecake!

CK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Brava and it was exceptional. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. Usually we have dinner before going to the Arsht but this time we were able to relax before going into see The School of Rock and not be rushing through traffic. I highly recommend this restaurant!

MC
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and service and really tuned into the time and other needs of performance goers

A
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Recommended only because of convenience to concert venue. Not only overpriced, but the bill includes a 20% tip, but also carries printed tip add-on calculations to fool the less vigilant to add 15% or 20% more. The food was good, but not excellent as the price would justify.

RS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very Expensive, extremely small portion for the price!!! No salad, no bread......, very little food for the price!!!!

m
Miami
109 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A genuine dining experience hidden in the Arsht Opera House. Service is attentive, if not a bit amateurish, the food is extremely well prepared, but the choices are a bit minimal, and not everyone will appreciate the artistry. It will also add up, with drinks, bread (an unnecessary charge at this price point), , and if you can, dessert. But if you are not on a budget, enjoy a genuinely upscale dinner.

RW
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

We didn't get to eat even though we arrived on time to our 6:15pm reservation as they never brought the food and the concert started at 8:00. We left at 7:45pm without eating.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Terribly overpriced, horrible food. Service was mediocre, too, except for the man who cleared the table. Two waitresses and neither really know very much... We asked if there were any greens in the kitchen as they had removed the iceberg wedge from the menu. Not a single leaf of green in the kitchen, and this is the Spring Season? Appetizer: The duck tart was neither a pate nor a soup. A main plate: Crab cake we have had better. And shared the dessert. Dessert: frozen cheesecake. Could not cut through the cookie that doubled as crust. Whisper of what was supposed to be ice cream. Two glasses of prosecco and one glass of rose. That was all.
We spent $208.xx. Minus tip
We will not be returning.

EA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Dined here Friday night before the ballet on a first date. Overall was a good experience. All of our food was delicious and beautifully presented. The plating is a work of art.
Our service was good (not excellent) as one should have at the prices charged, which include gratuity. The table next to us was a disaster though. They kept bringing them the wrong food. At one point they brought us their bread while we were having coffee. I’m glad we had early reservations as things seem to go worse as the place gets busier.
I really wish the online menu would be updated to reflect what’s actually being served that month at least. Having dined here before, I see the same problem occurring repeatedly. The servers need to be professional and have training to match the caliber of the food and prices. Some of the servers were very scared and uncomfortable. The place looks nice but the lighting is not well balanced and the orchid walls look tired now. I truly hope that these suggestions are taken in the spirit intended which is to better the dining experience for everyone. I love the concept of fine dining onsite at the Arsht. Overall was a beautiful evening and a great first date!

GC
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We looked forward to coming to Brava.
But the food we ordered, from the menu, even at 5:30, wasn’t available.
Then, thevwine came HALF HOUR LATER!
The food we did order came so late, after that, that we had to rush thru dinner to get to the 7pm concert at the arsht, and we’re not even able to get dessert and coffee.
Even the lighting in the restaurant was “harsh”!
This chef is so gifted. Why is this such a difficult thing to do right!!??
We came during the opening of the restaurant and found the same problems.
We tried coming again and the same problems exist.
What a pity!
It would be so lovely to have an elegant, special experience at the arsht before a concert....

R
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very attentive and friendly the potato ravioli was awesome the Wellington was cooked perfectly . The meals were a bit pricey and I was surprised that the bread was not complementary . Overall I would give it a four out of five

DT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would love a simple salad added to the menu for a starter option

M
New England
44 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We arrived 15 minutes late because parking was a zoo. Seated in corner next to large door that led to bathrooms and auditorium; lots of loud noises as people came and went. My dish was good, my wife’s was mediocre. Overall, not worth the substantial cost.

MF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The waitress was inconsistent in her hospitality towards us as compared to the nearby people.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the show. We took friends which were experiencing Brava for the first time and they were very impressed.
Thank you.

AG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

The starters are good. But the service is awful! We were a party of 5, they brought the the main dishes just for 2. When they were almost finishing they brought another two, still missing one. Unacceptable. After all that, still add 20% as gratuities. Unbelievable.

OT
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater dinner. Food and service was wonderful. Short rib Wellington was outstanding and a twist on Wellingtons I have had before. Presentation was great on every course. Definitely will return.

v
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 5

First they called me to confirm. Make sure you are here on time. We only hold your reservation for 15 min Be on time. Ok always are. We were five on time. Food was great except one Wellington raw. Took so long. We were 20 min to play. Very disappointed. If you want us at the restaurant on time have our food ontime. Called back person that contacted me. Could not care less. We are season ticket holders. Think you alll should care. Just say!!!!!

a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good restaurant prior to showtime !

Would highly recommend it.
Our table was beside the bussing area so that was not so nice!

AB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

We arrived early. We had theater tickets. The show started at eight. We waited and waited for our entree. We had to gobble our food. No time for dessert. Crab cake was ridiculously small and not flavorful. Waiter kept saying he was just a waiter and was unable to get food out in an expedious manner. Happy to pay for a good meal. Felt ripped off.

BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Strange and unappealing menu. Food was weird and was sent back. Overpriced with a mandatory 20% gratuity. Overall a very disappointing experience on both my stomach and wallet. Be warned that you will have a similar reaction and to eat someplace else before coming to the Arsht Center.

AM
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BRAVA met my expectations of excellent service, ambiance and delicious food. It is also very convenient when you are attending a performance because you can relax knowing you will be on time for the show. I do recommend booking a table one and a half hours before the show if you want to be done for the Justin Moss pre-opera talk one hour before the show starts.

F
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb - from appetizer to main course to desert. The ambience and service was also excellent. Prices are a bit high, but you do get good value for the money. I would definitely recommend Brava for special occasions.

N
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended the opera and Brava was close, excellent food, fine service.

LP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

We sat for 20 minutes before being asked about our drinks. The waitress was sooo slow, that we ended up having to keep asking for our drinks, our food and our check when we had not received our main course yet. This restaurant if they want a good review or a return visit should reimburse all of for this experience. We arrived with plenty of time, but due to an inferior waitress we had to leave without finishing to make the show. Then pay $200????? Never again. I also brought 4 others with me, who feel the same.

SS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue and some very good food, especially the duck confit appetizer and the chocolate torte desert. But a problem was that 3 of the 5 entree choices were already sold out at 6:30 p.m. They included dishes we had wanted. Not good planning on the restaurant's part. Another negative was the noise level which could have been better if there hadn't been background music.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and restaurant to relax and be with friends before a performance.
The staff are attentive and will get you to your theater on time.

SR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food; terrific wait staff; quite pricey. Very convenient for pre-theater dinner.

ER
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very pricey. They serve very little quantity. Food and service was excellent.

AS
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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