Permanently Closed - Employees Only - South Beach

4.4
52 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Employees Only debuts its third outpost in the heart of South Beach, nestled in the historic Coral House at the Washington Park Hotel. The house, built in 1929, captures the beauty and essence of Miami Beach’s prominent Art Deco architecture while the inside reveals New York’s sleek and glowing version of the same era. Miami locals can be transported to another city with an Employees Only all for themselves. Founded by Billy Gilroy, one of five original partners, the new location draws the many already-familiar New Yorkers who are back-and-forth for various reasons, visiting tourists from around the world and at its heart, of course, its industry locals.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Late Night
Daily 12:00 am–5:00 am
Dinner
Daily 7:00 pm–12:00am
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Phone number
(786) 264-3945
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Cross street
10th and 11th Streets
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Parking details
Miami Beach parking lot on Washington and 10th St
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am very sorry to say that I am very disappointed. Both on Employees Only Miami but also on Open table. My wife and I, we were in Miami for two days and we decided to have diner in a place we knew from NYC. The Employees Only in NYC is one of our favorite spots so we were sure that the one in Miami would be of equal satisfaction for our Sunday night out! I had made the reservation since Thursday, 3 days prior to the date we would arrive in Miami, and we were very excited to dine in an upscale, cool and famous restaurant as the one we knew from NYC. Our reservation was for 9pm so we started waking, all dressed up, from our hotel. A good 20 minutes walk on a hot Sunday evening, but we did not mind as we knew that we would be awarded by our choice.
But we were in for a HUGE disappointment. When we arrived at the plaza, were the restaurant was supposed to be, we were informed by two gentlemen standing outside the closed door, that Employees Only was CLOSED!!!! And it has been closed for three days or more!!! The funny thing is that I received an email from opentable the day before my reservation, asking me to confirm my reservation. And another email from sevenrooms (have no idea what that is) just hours before our reservation, again asking me to confirm the reservation. On both emails I did confirm! However, Employees Only was CLOSED and no one sent me a notice! We then had to find another place to have dinner and thankfully the gentlemen at the door suggested Prime 112, so our night out was rescued.

But, I am very sorry to say that I am very disappointed on Employees Only for not letting me know. And for opentable for not checking on the businesses they work with! Very unprofessional of you both!

And the cherry on the top... opentable send me an email asking about my diner experience @ Employees Only!!!

Well.... here you are!!!!

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waiters & bus boys very attentive. Great suggestions

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LP
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Love EO! Our favorite neighborhood spot. Unfortunately, something was off on the food (unusual) but all else was excellent as usual!! New chef?

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S
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent spot. Good food and drinks. Nice staff. We ate early, so not much of a crowd yet.

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G
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional menu options for a fairly reasonable price (in comparison to the rest of Miami Beach). Great bar & friendly quick service. Highly recommended.

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JM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Bone marrow appetizer amazing. Goat cheese spread also amazing. Customer service could have been more attentive.

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r
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit hidden, but that's the point. This place is a gem. Very cozy and romantic--I highly recommend this place for a low key date or even anniversary. The music they play is really cool; lots of old classics and it's not blasting. Décor is really nice from entrance in the psychic reading area, to the velvet curtains, romantic calm lighting at the bar, and even the wall art in the bathrooms. Service is excellent, everyone is so attentive. I prefer to sit at the bar, but really you can't go wrong either way. Sitting outside on the patio is nice when the mosquitos are not chewing you alive, but inside is the best. Made a reservation, but I don't think it was necessary on a Monday night. Can't remember what it was like on a weekend. Try the bone marrow; it's different and the way they prepare them makes them great for newbies to bone marrow. Pappardelle is delicious. I'm not a cocktail person, but I love their cocktails. Somehow, this place feels so elegant and refined yet unpretentious. Not many places I can say that about in Miami. One of my favorites in the city!

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F
Dallas
62 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Easygoing and beautifully designed. Good drinks. Good bartender. So-so calamari.
Best late in the evening when the crowd comes alive.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice bar but off season and quiet

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PS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

There was 4 of us in our group, and we had a reservation so were seated quickly. We ordered a bottle of wine which took about 30 minutes to come out.
We then ordered appetizers which came out in a good amount of time. 2 of us ordered the goat cheese croquettes and the ratio of cheese to batter wasn't great....way too much goat cheese for a light croquette since it's a stronger cheese. The other 2 had the lamb chops and it was pretty good, but the bacon over-powered the flavor of the lamb.
For the entree, 2 of us shared the mac n' cheese and parmesan fries and the other 2 shared the cavatelli. The cavatelli came out in a decent time, but the mac n cheese and fries came out 20 minutes later. The other couple were done with their food before our food came out so they have to wait.
After the waiter put down the food that was late, he asked if we wanted dessert...really???
We finally finished eating and it took about 20 minutes to get the check. In total, we ordered 6 items and we were there for about 2.5 hours. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me.
Overall, the service was horrible and if the gratuity wasn't automatically included, I would have only tipped a few percent instead of the default 20. I mentioned this to the person in front on the way out and he said sorry and didn't anything about it. Very annoyed with the whole experience. I won't come back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The experience was not good.
I went in for dinner and was provide a seat immediately. I notice that Ceelo Green the artist was eat and thought this is a nice place.

After I sat down no one came to the table to address me for 20minutes.

I caught the eye of who I assume was a manager and he came to me and asked for my order. By that time I was so hungry I gave my whole order.

It took another 15minutes for the manager to bring back my cocktail(which was good) and another 20minutes for the food.

The lam chops I ordered was undercook and the bone marrow popper tasted like mush.

The service at this place was horrinle

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The drinks and atmosphere was amazing, but unfortunately the server split my cocktail on my new dress when she set it down which put a bit of a damper on the night

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LR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional drinks. Local food. Great atmosphere. Amicable service.

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AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and staff! I love this place in NYC and now so nice to have it in SoBe too.

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B
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great , same as NYC , Bacon lamb chops are the best

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LP
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful evening! The food was exceptionally good this visit :-) We had steak, the zucchini pasta and cavatelli and every dish was great. We always enjoy the shrimp appetizer. Service was friendly and professional. The bartenders never disappoint and we had a great time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance. Highly recommend.

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DP
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Drinks were good. Their food menu is limited, tounate better off eating somewhere else and hitting th drinks here. Drinks are moderately price.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Went here with a group of 5 for a bachelor party. Super chill, classy place with tasty food and amazing cocktails. Our server Demetra was awesome and knowledgeable! Service was fantastic. Would definitely come back.

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartenders were awesome. Ambiance was perfect

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was very good, drinks and bar service were very disappointing. Expected much higher level of service.

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LP
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the vibe and decor and music. This is an amazing cocktail spot for locals, off the beaten path and a neighborhood gem. A hidden cozy speakeasy! Loved the cocktails and ambiance and the service was excellent! Food is good, somewhat pricey for quality & portions but ok. A great place to relax and enjoy a nice conversation with people you love ❤️ (no bar TV makes it intimate and personal). You feel like you are in a car on the Orient Express! Loved it!

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BW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great bartender who used to live on our same street in Brooklyn and made us some delicious cocktails.

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f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS A BLAST! BEST COCKTAILS IN MIAMI BEACH! BEST BARTENDERS IN MIAMI BEACH!

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and food

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V
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails and food in hip setting. Need to fix dessert offerings

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, excellent food. Service was nice as well.

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MM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Bar is fantastic. Drinks are creative and interesting. Very friendly bartenders. Will definitely be back for drinks and appetizers at the bar.

Ate dinner outside and it’s beautiful with great ambiance. It’s literally right off of busy Washington but you wouldn’t know it. We had a new server that I don’t think had served before. Very nice and friendly but lacking. Food was average (though pricing was fair). Definitely be back for a drink at bar but maybe will let them think through their menu a bit before trying again.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious, the steak was cooked to perfection and the pasta was really flavorful. Inside was really energetic and fun while outside was a more chill vibe, giving the best of both worlds!

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails and food, especially the bone marrow.

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m
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the idea of a restaurant in a stone house located in between two Art Deco hotels. We wanted to sit outside as it had rained so we ended up inside a cozy looking atmosphere. Loved the drinks, our food was tasty and service was very good.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Atmosphere is great! Very special and unique.

Staff needs to be better trained. Not very pleasant ....

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Employees Only. The ambiance was nice and I loved the decor. We shared a few items: spicy shrimp, bacon wrapped lamb chops, Mac & cheese and the fries. Definitely recommend the spicy shrimp and the fries! I do plan to return when I visit Miami again!

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WF
Jacksonville
129 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Started with HH drink and app specials which were very nice. The bone marrow poppers were good. We actually ordered a steak ( which we rarely do unless we are at Capital). The steak was perfectly cooked! Service was efficient but waned as they got busier. After long day at food and wine fest, the meal did not disappoint.

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Y
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank god this NYC important has arrived!!
Best bar in town! Miami never had something like it. Must visit!!!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

👍🏻👍🏻great food

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R
Las Vegas
80 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This is a cute restaurant trying to be fancy based on the prices but the pasta was mediocre, as was the chicken and weird cauliflower with it. The dessert was the worst, the apple dessert was like baked apples mixed with sour cream. And FYI unheard of where I come from but a table of only 2, tip was added in!

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Y
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If a bar would be a church, EO is the Vatican!!!!Amazing and don’t bother with any other bar!!!!!!

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AL
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and food. Service was excellent and prices were more than reasonable for the location and quality. Definitely a late night spot; we were on the early side with a 9pm reservation which was perfect. We never felt rushed and the action at the bar was definitely picking up by the time we left. Will definitely return when in Miami.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and friendly staff. Committed to the speak easy vibe.

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