About Fi'lia at Baha Mar
JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNING CHEF MICHAEL SCHWARTZ BRINGS HONEST ITALIAN FOOD FEATURING FRESH INGREDIENTS FROM THE HEARTH AND THE SIMPLICITY OF HANDMADE ARTISANAL BREADS AND PASTA TO FI’LIA.
A meal begins with a crusty loaf, presented with olive oil and oregano snipped at the table. Rustic pizzas from the wood oven highlight beautiful produce in season in special combinations. Caesar salad is tossed tableside in a shower of shaved parmigiano from a roaming cart, with the smell of toasted garlic croutons reminding you of how satisfying and memorable the classics can be.
Cocktails are refreshingly uncomplicated – less about complex recipes and technique, and more about how unpretentiously perfect a spritz is on a July or December afternoon. A focused wine list celebrating Italian regional varietals and American wines with an old world sensibility.
Nassau, New Providence 00000
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Fi'lia at Baha Mar Ratings and Reviews
I decided to take my boyfriend here for Valentine's Day dinner. The food was good, however, the service was sub par. The hostess was RUDE - when asking my name on the reservation she laughed in my face and was extremely unwelcoming. It made our whole experience sooooo uncomfortable. The food was good, nothing to rave about. The service was kinda slow, especially with the waiter cleaning up our table and bringing out new plates and utensils. I don't see myself visiting again anytime soon.
Reservations & getting seated was a very pleasant experience. Our server was super friendly and attentive. Ordered the table side Cesar salad which always a joy to watch but they killed the dressing with Dijon mustard to the point it was actually tinged yellow, was spicy and overpowered everything else. The chicken parm was on point and massive could of been split between at least 3 people. It is a sharing restaurant so best to come with people who have similar tastes as most of the plates are extremely large. The salad & chicken parmigiana we split between 2 but really 3-4 could of worked as well as we had leftovers. Costs were on avg with other restaurants in the area. Atmosphere was really nice. Would def recommend overall. Others in my group raves about their wine selection and the cocktails ordered including the Milan Mule & godfather.
I called the resturant to say that I was running late and they could not easily find my reservation. This was again repeated at the restaurant.
Thereafter, the server took me outside and I pointed out that I preferred indoor seating. She went to see whether any seats were available indoor but there were none. I suggested that patrons should have been given the option to decide whether indoor or outdoor seating was preferred. Quite notably, outside was extremely windy and cold. Suffice it to say, this lessened the experience for me.
The food was also underwhelming for the price. I would not return or recommend this restaurant to others.
I preface this review with the fact this restaurant has only been open for (4) months and I should cut them some slack. I will try. We ate at Fi'lia the third and final night of our vacation. The staff at Fi'lia is very sweet. Unfortunately we saw about 10 of the staff and a few guests trip over a raised electrical outlet in the floor. When nothing was being done by the staff to rectify the situation, we asked to speak to a manager to ask what could be done to fix it. They informed us they have been attempting to have it removed since the restaurant opened but it wasn't getting done. After spending most of my meal cautioning people to watch their step so they didn't fall, it dawned on me that they should place a "caution: wet floor" sign over the tripping hazard in an effort to prevent additional staff/guests from tripping/falling. It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. Their bread service is neat. The tableside caesar is in no way worth $28.00. The dressing is loose and thin, the lettuce is not chopped so there isn't even distribution of the dressing... it's just strange. It is cool to see it be made and the croutons were delicious, but that's it. Also, because everyone thinks it is special, we waited 30 minutes for the cart to come around for the salad to be made, which took 8-10 minutes to create, which pushed our entree delivery back. When we finally received our food, we thought the bolognese was ok and the corn agnolotti was good with plentiful amounts of lobster. We then tried a side of what every Italian restaurant should easily master: meatballs. They were absolutely awful. We were SO BUMMED! The sauce wasn't flavorful and the meatballs weren't tender or flavorful like "real" Italian meatballs. I'm not sure what meat combo they use for them? They definitely need a recipe revisit on those. The things we loved were the side of whipped ricotta cheese (the BEST I've ever had), the budino dessert, and the staff. The ambiance/decor was nice too.
Waiter got lack of beverage knowledge, doesn't present the bottle if you order by the glass (so I don't know, if I got the wine I ordered), cutlery dropped on the floor during remove of extra cutlery nice noise (waiter/hostess tried to staple two set up without a tray and failed).
Food in general is ok. Poor presentation and cheap looking cutlery. I expected a bit more,
if I go to a restaurant with this high reputation.
Will try it in a couple of months again, when I'm back.
All the restaurants in this resort are pricey including this one. Which would be fine if the food was really good. It was average. One in our party really liked the leg of lamb. Pasta, chicken parmesan, salmon and pizza were all just okay. My entree didn't come out until others were almost done eating, and it was just pasta. And the first salad I got was the wrong one. We have tried several restaurants in this resort and none are noteworthy. Too bad as it is a beautiful resort and no place off the resort that is a practical alternative.
We arrived a little late, but we were seated promptly. The hostesses were pleasant. The server was excellent! He explained most things on the menu and offered some recommendations. The food was lovely! Lots of vegetarian/vegan options. I regretted not ordering the table salad! It looked divine and they prepare the dressing from scratch at your table!
Overall A+ experience!
Only negative comment was that we were
Seated a bit to close to another couple and it was a tad bit noisy.
Nothing special. Snapper and Chicken Parm. was average at best. Try seating us at table by service area even though there were other tables suitable for two people. Hostess had attitude when we informed her that we would not sit where she tried to place. If your at the BaHa Mar definitely check out Cleo.
In the hotel the food selections are not that great. Fi’ila is one of the more expensive restuarants to choose from. The plates are labeled by size and are true to that. 3 tiny little meatballs were $15, chicken parm (normal portion, no side) was $30, small pasta dish was $20, bottles evian was $6. We we asked sparkling or flat and said flat so just make sure you specify if you want bottled water or tap water.
It is cool that they grow the oregano as the center piece yet also use it in the olive oil to dip bread in. Our server Ayisha was good and our food runner was really nice!
Sat outside. Hear laps available on a cool evening. Food tasted great, and our server was attentive. It was quieter outside, while the inside was completely booked. Meals were reasonably priced, but alcohol was very expensive. $9 - $11 for a beer. $15 - $16 for a glass of wine. $17 for a cocktail. I suppose it's just standard resort pricing. With that being said, I look forward to returning, and will definitely recommend to others.
Service was terrible. We ordered a table side Caesar salad that we never got and thankfully didn’t get charged. We ordered sparkling water that was served to another table, which we got charged and then reimbursed. Food was subpar. Hanger steak was too salty. Short rib crespelle was just OK. The only memorable dish worthy of this review was the lamb. This was the only restaurant that disappointed our stay in Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, especially since I chose to eat at this restaurant for my birthday. After dinner, I couldn’t even stand to have dessert, and lied about being full to just leave. It’s a beautiful venue that needs more work to be noted as a top restaurant.
Food is delicious! Most options are for the table to share. They also bring food out as it is ready, so beware that if you're not sharing, your food will likely come out at separate times. Also gave us a hard time about ordering dessert to go, even though we were staying at the hotel. Other than that- highly recommended!
I was excited to try this restaurant and thought Italian would be refreshing after a lot of seafood and Asian dishes at the Baha Mar resort. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as we expected. It took a server 20 minutes to greet our table and when she did she said "what can I get you"... no hello, no sorry, nothing. The SA's were all very kind and I wished our server was the same way. But she also didn't come back to check on our meal and simply dropped the check when our plates were cleared. My pasta was hard and I didn't like my drink so I had wished she checked in so I could have remedied one of the two. My boyfriend's pizza was very good and we also loved the meatball appetizer and the olive oil. Maybe it was an off night, would try again!
In the Bahamas for vacation at Baha Mar Resort. The restaurant just opened I believe in mid December. The food was so outstanding that we went there two nights in a row. Their pasta dishes are killer, well done Chef Thomas. They are still shaking some issues out but nothing that took away from the overall excellence of the restaurant. Management staff and service staff very attentive. Looking forward to returning in March.
This newly opened place is not yet ready to provide the level of service one would expect from a restaurant which is part of the famous sbe group and run by celebrity chef Michael Schwartz.
The attention given by the waiters was inadequate throughout the dining experience (e.g. I had to pour the wine myself) and several items were served lukewarm, especially the expensive braised short ribs dish ($89). There is no excuse for this mishap as Fi'lia's concept consists of serving the dishes as soon as they are ready in the kitchen. These shortcomings were brought to the attention of the manager who handled the complaints in a professional manner.
The music was too loud, preventing my group of having a normal table conversation.
On a positive note: Fi'lia's pizzas are the best ones you can eat in The Bahamas, in my opinion.
Bottomline: this restaurant has lots of potential if they get the service right and ensure quality of every item they serve. I will wait a few months before giving them a second chance. The other sbe restaurants at Baha Mar (Cleo and Katsuya) have shown that it can be done.
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