Cafe Prima Pasta

4.7
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123 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Cafe Prima Pasta is a family-owned and -operated Italian restaurant serving Miami Beach for generations. It prides itself on serving fresh, authentic home-style Italian cuisine in a comfortable and refined atmosphere. Choose from a variety of salads, hot and cold appetizers, hearty entrees and meat or seafood dishes. Cafe Prima Pasta offers traditional options like penne vodka, lasagna Bolognese and spaghetti with meatballs. Try something different like fettuccini ciao and garganelli lamb ragu.

Cafe Prima Pasta is a family-friendly restaurant that offers a menu of kids and classic dishes. Sip on a cocktail or martini with your loved one while the kids chow down on spaghetti keka, mozzarella marinara, cheese ravioli or chicken Milanese.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Phone number
(305) 867-0106
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Arturo Cea
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Abbot Ave
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 123 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Came to this restaurant with much anticipation of the food. Attractive restaurant. Food was very good but the service was spotty and not very attentive. Music switch from a nice mood italian restaurant to classic rock. very weird. Wanted to love the restaurant but came away lacking mostly due to service. A pink sauce on an agnolotti pasta was really a red sauce and spicy. Just a little dissappointing. Squid ink seafood pasta delicious.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for joining us and reviewing our restaurant. We do apologize about the meal not being memorable and will work on that to improve everyone's overall experience.

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RF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Only issue was that the waiter kept rushing us a little bit but after a few, “not yet” he got it, afterwards it was fine. Parking as usual is a little tricky . Overall it was great, I love this place, ambiance & food never disappoints.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much ramon for the kind words about our restaurant.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner with my wife.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for rating us. We are glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed having dinner at Cafe Prima Pasta.

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WH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter “Cruise” was awesome. Food is spectacular. We loved it so much we told everyone at the hotel about it. Several couples went and thanked us. Don’t miss out on this place.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Wes for visiting us and recommending us!

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JD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious throughout all 3 courses. Only slight criticism is that food came out to quickly in between courses

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you James for your review.

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HQ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister in laws and I went with a local friend who frequents the restaurant. We had been to high end touristy places in fancy hotels, and this restaurant was by far our favorite meal and the cheapest. It was also the best service! I can't say enough about the fabulous food! Do not miss when in Miami!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you Holly for such a wonderful review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed both food and service.

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j
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

parking was a problem, Food was good, Just the right amount to share . service was great.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you Janet for your review!

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C
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Only complaint was the desserts.
Not up to par with the other food.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you for rating us! We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our desserts.

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PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prima Pasta is always excellent in every way: service, food& ambience, attentive staff,bar scene& drinks!! Thank you

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you Paula for such a wonderful review. We are happy to know that you enjoy everything about us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant ever! I’ve been going there since 1995 and have never had a bad meal or bad service. When I moved from Miami Beach to Melbourne Beach, Florida I would drive a few hours just to go to dinner. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina now and try to make sure I go to Prima Pasta every time I’m in town. I took my friend there for her birthday dinner this evening and they went out of their way to make it very special for her and we all appreciated it so much! My friends can be picky and it was the only place anywhere around that I felt comfortable recommending! Make sure you ask for the chimichurri sauce to dip your bread in! It’s amazing!! You might smell like garlic for a couple days but it’s soooooo worth it!! :)

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words about our restaurant, it means a lot to know that you have been coming since 1995. We are very happy to that you visit us every time you are in town.

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MB
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great service. Must have the pear pasta

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review!

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IM
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent as always. Our family enjoys CAFE PRIMA PASTA very much

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you Isabel. We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoy coming to Cafe Prima Pasta.

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GH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, wine 🍷 and staff. Love this place!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you Gabriel for your review and for loving our place.

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CS
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a great experience for dinner! This was our first time dining in and everything from start to finish was exceptional. We are already planning our next time to come in. The three of us all got separate dishes and everything was amazing! Highly recommend to anyone!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you Charlene for taking the time to review our restaurant. It means a lot to us when new customers join us and enjoy their meal in every aspect of it. We hope to see you again soon.

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B
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never had a bad meal or service. A real Gem!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you Billy for your review.

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M
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even with a reservation, we had to wait more than 30 minutes.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 18, 2019

Thank you for rating us. We do apologize about the waiting time,

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BM
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alway good food, service and Miami ambience, we go very often for the great home made pasta and deserts

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 18, 2019

Thank you Ben, we are happy to hear that you visit us very often because you enjoy our pastas and desserts.

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NV
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a good place for good food, good service and good value. Reliable with no surprises.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 18, 2019

Thank you for joining us and reviewing our restaurant Niki.

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K
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good, every thing was very nice

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant Kenneth.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prima is my very favorite. From the crispy, fresh bread through to the delectable desserts, Prima is outstanding EVERY time. I will continue my annual visits from New York to my favorite restaurant until my dying day! My favorite dish is the Fiocchi Rapera (sometimes switched out with penne). 😍

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant. we are glad to know that we are your favorite restaurant .

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PG
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance, the friendly and knowledgeable service, the delicious and creative cuisine and the excellent value.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant Peter! Glad to know you enjoyed the food and service as well.

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RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding, you can’t ask for anything more

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you Rolando for your review and your kind words about our place.

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

Thank you for this moment, we came back a second time as it is incredibly good !!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant and thank you for coming back a second time.

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BT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This hotel is amazing for everything! The service was amazing and I can’t even tell you how good the food was. We had reservations and they were running a little behind they treated us to free champagne and a few appetizers! Will definitely be back. Our new Miami place . And if you have kids don’t be afraid to go we took ours and it was great with or without kids

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review Belen! We're glad to hear you enjoyed both food and service.

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PA
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here many times and it is always, always consistently good. The food was outstanding and the service was also. A little bit surprise at having to pay for the parking as it used to be free parking many times that I have been there. The black ink seafood pasta and veal dish was out of this world so is their steak cappaccio

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review!We're glad to hear you enjoyed both food and service.

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LM
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live on the beach and this is our favorite restaurant in the area. We always eat excellent. Food is delicious and service always a plus. We will continue enjoying Prima Pasta as much as we can.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you Laura for your review. We are glad to hear that we are you favorite restaurant in Miami Beach.

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MF
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service .we went early for early bird dinner when there were few other customers.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you Mike for your review.

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SF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love this iconic Miami Italian restaurant. Best carpaccio ever and love the warm staff and flavorful food. Always a great place to go with friends and family.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. It means a lot to us that our customers enjoy the dishes we prepare.

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EB
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here for my birthday dinner and absolutely loved it. The waitstaff was very friendly (other than the one host we encountered.) The chicken parm was absolutely fantastic! In fact, everything we ate was so delicious that my boyfriend said it was "the best Italian food he'd ever had." They even sang and brought out a free dessert for my special day!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you Elizabeth. We are glad to hear that you celebrated your birthday with us and that you had a wonderful evening.

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GA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flavorful food made with quality and love. One of the few places left like this regardless of price range or category. Great service as well. It was my first time but won't be the last one. Thank you!!!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. It means a lot to us when new customers join us and enjoy their meal in every aspect of it. We hope to see you again soon.

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T
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very lively and entertaining place. Great to have drinks and food with friends, as a couple, or between colleagues. Safe bet ;)

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you Tomas for reviewing our restaurant.

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Boise
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It felt like a NYC/Chicago authentic Italian restaurant except for the palm trees outside. The service was very good and the food was outstanding. Best Lasagna I’ve had in years and the kids devoured their chicken parmigiana and angel hair with pink sauce. Last but not least, the cheesecake was superb as well. We would definitely go back.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review!We're glad to hear you enjoyed both food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. Our server Eddy Lobo was outstanding!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review!

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first time there. Our impression is that this is not a bad Italian restaurant, nor is the best one in Miami. We didn't like the rucola salad at all. It didn't feel Italian. The main course was better. We had shortrib with mushroom risotto. This was nice. And we also had the fettuccini ossobuco. The flavor was nice, but I found it had too many things at the same time, and you couldn't almost feel the pasta, it felt like ossobuco with pasta instead of pasta with with ossobuco.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you for joining us and reviewing our restaurant. We do apologize about the meal not being memorable and will work on that to improve everyone's overall experience

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NM
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem. I love how intimate it feels. The red tone of the lighting, the music, the old-time ambiance. And the food is amazing. The meatballs with ricotta is to die for. And the chicken parmesan is spectacular. Such a wonderful experience. I will definitely be back.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you Natalie for such a wonderful review. We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience.

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f
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review!We're glad to hear you enjoyed both food and service.

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

La comida y el lugar excelentes... solo que me tome la
molestia de reservar una mesa con tiempo y cuando llego al restaurante me dieron la mesa 40 minutos más tarde.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 8, 2019

Muchas gracias por tus comentarios . Apreciamos que nos hayas dado una perspectiva de tu experiencia. lamentamos mucho por la espera para la mesa.

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J
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service as usual was very attentive, however the food was better the last time we went. The lasagna was just OK, and the chicken limoni Had a sauce that was way too thick and fatty.

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thank you for joining us and reviewing our restaurant. We do apologize about the meal not being memorable and will work on that to improve everyone's overall experience

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

I lived on the beach several years ago and this restaurant was in walking distance. Needless to say it became a staple for date night or special dinner with friends and family. This place never disappoints!! The service is always great and the food is amazing. The absolute BEST Italian restaurant the country!!! If you have not eaten here before you must order the lasagna so delicious!!

Cafe Prima Pasta
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant! Glad to know you enjoyed the food and service as well.

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AP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food short wait great service

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