Emilio and Gloria Estefan bring a new concept for sophisticated Cuban cuisine and live music to the Miami Design District’s Palm Court.
Emilio and Gloria Estefan announced they will debut their new fine dining concept, Estefan Kitchen, in the Miami Design District. Inspired by family recipes, Estefan Kitchen brings a refined take on Cuban cuisine to one of Miami’s most vibrant shopping and lifestyle destinations.
Visited Bongo's several times over the years both in Miami and in Orlando and always have loved eating there. We were excited to try their new venture in this new area of Miami. The restaurant has a lovely only Miami vibe to it. Loved the inside and outdoor bar. We were surprised to see live music on a Sunday but they were very good, just a little too loud for us which was a party of 8, to have conversations at times. The drinks and food were all tasty and fantastic. The only thing that was lagging a bit was the service. For a quiet as the place was we had to wave the server down each time for anything. But aside from that, everything else was terrific and we will definitely recommend it and eat here again
We've been before this time we had bad service the manager was nice it got handled
Restaurant is located toney design district, you'll pass the like of harry winston and armani shops walking in. Decor and ambiance is classic miami - art deco, pulsating music and lots of beautiful people. Live cuban music on the weekends. The food ranged from ok to outstanding. My wife loved the mashed yucca, the empanadas were the best i've eaten. My flank steak entre' was slightly overcooked, as was the lobster in my wife's seafood medley. But the service was professional and the cost was about $90 a seat for drinks throughout and meals from appetizers to desserts, not too bad for this location and name.
Delicious food in a stylish setting. Not very busy, so feels a bit dry.
It was my birthday and my husband wanted us to go to dinner and I must say it was truly a great experience. Food was delicious and service was great. Our waitress was very attentive and courteous. Will definitely return for a date night.
We ONLY come here for the food. The service is absolutely terrible. We have been here many times and like I said ONLY for the food. The service sucks. And the worse part is you pay for the bad service because gratuity is automatically included in your bill.
Nothing memorable. Expensive for what I got
All was great but very loud if you want to have a conversation
Enjoyed everything, food was delicious, nice ambience and service. Wines were reasonably priced but would have liked more choices of Spanish wines. I wish the music wasn’t so loud as we were reconnecting with old friends and would have loved to hear conversations at the table.
Maravilloso el Servicio y la Comida Súper Especial!Recomendare el Sitio con mucho placer!
Absolutely incredible. Delicious food, great wine selection, and fantastic service. The risotto was excellent. We can’t wait to come back next time we visit!
Bartenders Angel and Gabriel were amazing! I had the watermelon mojito and my girlfriend had the sangria. Both were made perfectly! Not to mention the guys were extremely easy on the eyes, too!!👀👀👀
AWESOME experience!! Great for a celebration, such an uplifting and happy place. Fantastic live music, outstanding food, amazing ambiance— will definitely be back. Avocado salad, croquetas, mojitos....Go!!! Make that reservation!!
The waitress we had was unbelievably sweet and attentive.
Food - Ambiance - décor - All great. A very special treat- Besides the great piano playing, Mr. Estefan himself was there and came to our table. Took picutres with him. ( Awsome! )
AMAZING food and environment
We went for Miami Spice as we saw the menu online and the menu had totally changed had to order from regular menu. The lechon asado was amazing though.
The fire alarm went off at the mall and we had to walk out of the restaurant because it was so loud.
The food was amazing!!
We left before we got drinks! Read 6 reviews 6 days old and they were terrible slow service high prices, Empty and terrible food. Well we experienced the slow
Service so we went to another place. Unfortunate we were excited to try Estefan Kitchen out! Will try again at a later date!
i have been looking forward to going here since the day it opened and was glad i made it. i chose from the 3 course miami spice menu and enjoyed the cuban pork cigars. then i had something new and different, the jackfruit ropa vieja with a large scoop of white rice. tasted so much like the original beef ropa vieja. i need to find more tasty jackfruit recipes! it stands up well! finally i had a lemon tartlet like a mini lemon meringue pie. too bad they didn't play meringue dance music then! finally, it was a slow night, and it rained, but we had the surprise of a guest appearance of a member of the estefan musical family at the piano bar. it inspired like the restaurant coat of arms says,' service to mankind!'
the place was empty ... and although the food was very good the service was poor
Food was amazing, entertainment was amazing, and service was quick
Had great Birthday brunch. Good service, ambiance and food. Piano playing, that was awesome!
Not worth the price! Small portions! Expensive drinks!!!
Place was packed. Very noisy ! Server was slow. Gloria better get off her Cha Cha heals and turn this place around. It’s in a high end mall with high end pricing for ok food. I give this place a couple years. Then it will close !
It wasn’t worth the hype.
Everything was PERFECT for my birthday celebration. All of my guest enjoyed themselves and was happy of the restaurant choice
We waited a full hour after we’d been seated for our first glass of wine which had been ordered about 30 minutes earlier after a 15 minute wait for the wine list. We waited 15 more minutes for our appetizers which we’d ordered at the same time as the wine. While we waited, a party of 18, who had come in after us, were served their appetizers. When ours arrived, only 4 of the 6 were correct. The other two people waited a further 10 minutes. Next time we saw our server, one of us asked if his appetizer wasn’t supposed to come with something else. The server checked with the kitchen and returned after we were all through with our appetizers to confirm that there should have been other things in his soup.
The next time we saw our server we were assured that our entrees would be right out, and in 15 minutes they were. They were very good. As was our second bottle of wine. We would have ordered a third but we never saw our server until we were done with our entrees. After another 15 minute wait we were prepared to ship dessert and just ask for the check but decided to order the check with dessert which took 15 or 20 minutes.
Our party ranged in age from 30 to 75 and, while we all agreed that we’d been in louder places, we still, all, felt the music was too loud. (The piano player was very good but could have closed the piano so that we could have had a conversation.
The fact that it took us 2 1/2 hours to have a meal would not have been so awful except that the long spaces between courses were accompanied by an empty bottle and empty glasses. If the server had checked more often we probably would have gone through 4 bottles instead of 2.
The regular menu has all the gluten free and vegan items labeled as such but the Miami Spice menue only identifies the vegan. We asked the server who checked and came back to tell us which items were GF. The whole experience put me in mind of a soft opening night when no one really had any idea what they were supposed to be doing.
Not the best experience.
Geared towards a young hip crowd.
Food was ok but not great...especially for the price.
Mmmmmm.... all restaurants work hard and it hurts when they work so hard and under deliver. This place needs a little help and love. Wish they could represent the Spanish culture better. Good mojito and coffee. Went for brunch 😳😑 they get tourist to believe they serve authentic Spanish food. Creamy Soup & avocado toast the took 30 min, we understand quality and passion take time...When it arrived toast wasn’t toasted and soup was this liquid green brown color not creamy or tasty & cold. All this is fixable not saying not to go. Go at your own risk and I’m sure(hope) it was a one off. But from the reviews we read after we went ..... looks like they need a good culinary wizard or ? Not sure .... it was out of our area so probably give it another try in the future.
It was great! Good food. Nice music
The first impression was Wow! Loved the shopping center location. The place is beautifully decorated. At first we were greeted cordially and taken to a great table. The piano maestro was playing expertly songs that we loved. There were videos of popular music between sets. The waitress Patricia knew the menu well and told us what to expect of each plate we chose. Brought sauces for us to try that didn’t come with our choices. Everything came alive when the band began to play. People dancing and having a great time!
So much fun and entertaining! Live music playing on a Friday night and service was excellent!
I had a reservation at 9:30PM and when I arrive there was no seats, I had to seat by the bar. Everything else was great but I guess they need to organize better or don’t do reservations.
Panamá 500 años
Ambiance and service were ok. The food was average and overpriced.
Been here a few times and every time the food quality goes down and seems like the prices go up. My café con leche martini was missing the whipped topping garnish and our food came out cold. Not expected in an empty restaurant. Brunch menu has changed and not for the better. Needless to say, we will not be returning.
Everything was cooked perfectly! Really great atmosphere. Great place for tourists to come and get a feel for our Miami sabor and local icons, the Estefans. Excellent sangria too. The guava and cream cheese mousse was phenomenal!
Great place for a birthday celebration! Food was delicious!