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About Florida Cookery
Florida Cookery is open Thursday to Monday. You can stop in for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. The restaurant chooses locally sourced ingredients for the dishes, which include many different types of food. It has a very casual and relaxed atmosphere, and there are many different types of food to try.
Some of the items on the menu that you might want to order include crab cakes, guava glazed ribs, curry chicken, Florida Cookery jambalaya, roast pork loin and braised yellowtail snapper. For dessert, the banana pecan pudding, as well as the Dominican Republic chocolate cake are good options that could sate your sweet tooth.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
$30 and under
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Florida Cookery has a number of customizable menus to suit every occasion. We specialize in fresh, local, and seasonal food products with an emphasis of the freshest Floridian seafood. Please call us today to ask and inquire about our menus.
street, hotel valet are available
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Florida Cookery Ratings and Reviews
Unfortunately we chose to sit outside in the evening for dinner and towards the end of the dinner it started pouring rain. We were moved into the semi enclosed space that was hot and there was little air moving. I asked if they had any bug spray because the bugs were really biting. I was told that they had run out of bug spray the night before. The fish I ordered was the snapper of the evening and it was overcooked, but presented well. The restaurant is in a good location in Miami Beach and in a very nice hotel.
I was returning to this restaurant for dinner as I had really enjoyed my first time. Bad news was the chef had decided to move the venue from its amazing-decor, dim-lights upstairs to an almost poolside, kinda-hot outside area. As it got dark, the place came to life: it is beautiful; I did not miss the upstairs so much - a cool breeze helped. Service: knowledgable, friendly, alert but not pushy. Appetizers and entrees: excellent. Dessert (coconut panna cotta w watermelon sauce and mango ice cream): a VERY mixed experience. I would recommend FC, with a caveat: call and check whether the chef has decided to change your dining experience since you last heard/read of this place. Predictability is a big part of what makes any review worth it!
This is the third time I have been here and it is not going to get my money again because of the service. The waiter was slow, it was way too dark to see the food, and the hostess was not concerned about our happiness. The irony was that it was not even busy at the time. It is too bad because the food is great, Good luck.
Upon arriving for dinner we discovered only the outdoor patio was open. We were dressed "smart casual" in long slacks and collared shirts. The 7:30 PM temperature was 88 degrees with high humidity and the only thing warmer than the weather was our red wine. Their signature lobster dish was not available. We went for the grouper instead. It was over cooked and dry. The waiter did his best to make us happy. The manager wouldn't come near our table, even though he was aware there were problems. Obviously, the owner or head chef need to stop by the place now and then to keep things up to par. There to celebrate my friend's 59th birthday, Florida Cookery was a big disappointment.
Very nice place in a very quiet relaxing setting, with fantastic food. The night we were there they obviously were shorthanded and the service was slooooooooow... Just a pity, the food was so good, but you lose count of it when it takes twenty minutes after your first course to get the second. We never tried dessert: fifteen minutes after they dropped the menus they hadn't been back for the order, so we got the hostess to get us the bill and we left. We will try it again...
When we arrived to the hotel, the people at the front of the hotel gave us the wrong directions to where the restaurant was in the Hotel. Then we get to the restaurant on a Florida evening where it is hot and humid and they only have outdoor setting. No fans and no air is moving, so we are sweating through the entire meal. It was so hot and humid you could not enjoy anything. Not to mention, we were running late and called to see if we could change the reservation by a 1/2 hour. we were given a difficult time. When we arrived, there was no one there and when we left the place was only 25% full. The food is mediocre at best. The service is horrendous. Run don't walk from this place.
Mediocre food=huge mound of micro sprouts dominated plate of micro shaved hearts of palm rounds on the bottom of the plate with with barely a speck of a brazil nut on top of the sprouts; mushy coconut rice with entree; dry pineapple "barely a hint of" rum cake. Fair service=initial server poor; subsequent server good--had to twice request and hail down someone to initially get a glass of water and twice requested to get complimentary bread in a fairly empty dining "room" (3-4 tables of 2-4 diners). Dining "room" is covered opened area with two standing oscillating floor fans. Signage directing to the ground floor outdoor dining area is poor due to diners confusion of going to an indoor upstairs dining room.
The food was seasoned to perfection. Everything had a kick to eat; nothing was bland. The oxtails was tender and tasty. Even though the Maui Maui was not extraordinarily displayed, it made up for it with the seasoning. The quail salad had lychee fruit in it and all the sweetness went so well well with the other flavors. I can go on forever with positive words about my experience because everything exceeded my expectations. It was a slow evening and I received great attention from all staff members.
It was hard to find the restaurant, the address is only written on the building (set back a bit from the street) and there is no exterior signage for the restaurant. Sadly the lobster entree was sold out when we ordered, perhaps a heads up prior to looking and setting our hearts on that would have been nice. The foie gras appetizer was great, both a warm seared portion and a cold pate. The service was good, despite being initially served the wrong tables' entrees. A trendy yet relatively quiet outdoor dining area was perfect for a date. As a local, I always find it a bit off putting to see tip included on a check for less than 6 people; but the server did clearly explain that gratuity was included, not always the case on South Beach.
I like the concept of the restaurant, using local food. But ultimately, my impression was that this was just a dressed up hotel restaurant. I really enjoyed the hearts of palm carpaccio to start my meal with shaved brazil nuts. That starter along with the spicy roti bread had my hopes up. The yellowtail snapper I ordered as an entree was a bit overcooked though and service was pretty slow. We were dining later and there weren't many people around so I'm not sure why that was the case. Desserts were most disappointing. The brown sugar rum ice cream didn't taste remotely like brown sugar or rum and the dulce de leche rice custard was a gummy mess. I wouldn't return here, but I'm generally not that impressed by Miami's dining scene.
This was a really weird experience. We went on a Thursday evening and the place was completely dead. When we got there at 7pm there were 2 other couples in the whole place. When we left there were maybe 6 total. The bus girl was useless and very awkward about taking dishes, wiping the table, etc. First waiter didn't know the menu. Finally we got a new waitress and she was awesome. Knew the menu, made the proper introductions, etc. Too bad the food didn't live up. The apps were yummy. But the entres were mediocre. My Fiance's fish looked like hotel food swimming in butter. My wild boar was in a dish that made it very awkward to cut. It was a bit fatty but tasted alright. Now we know why they had to run a Gilt City coupon.
Sunday night was dead - no one there, slow borderline incompetent service, and several of the menu items weren't available. We had to beg to order every round of drinks. Everything from food to cocktails/wine came out painfully slow despite the restaurant having all of 4-5 tables occupied. Food was good, not great. Was very excited to try the place based on magazine and user reviews, but left disappointed and embarrassed for having even recommended the place to friends in the first place. The waitress was totally uninformed about the specials, actually made something up at one point. She didn't know how to describe or recommend anything on the menu. At one point, she rambled on about parking in Miami, as we poured our own wine!
This resturant lives up to the hype. Perfect for foodies like us...a wonderful blend of latin and southern flavors without feeling too heavy.great salads and apps. We adored the cheese grit cakes! And wonderful fish. We recommend buying wine by the bottle...glass prices are high enough to make it well worth it. Wine list not extensive but whites were well suited to fish dishes. Watch the spice on the shrimp app! If you aren't expecting it, it will surprise you!
Worst service ever!!! Staff are completely inexperienced. I had dinner, lunch and breakfast and all three meals were completely messed up. Orders were incorrect in all three meals and staff was slow. What's interesting is the service on the beach is absolutely spectacular and amazing!!'
Only complaints vegetable side dish( Spianch & Aspargus) was under season and my Grouper was either previously frozen or just over cooked. Cevache (Grouper) was perpared very well tastey and delicious All in all every dish gets a passing grade. I will return.
The service was aggressive and took our plates without asking even when there was still ample food on the plate. The food was over salted and the rib appetizer came out cold and sloppily drenched in a cold underwhelming sauce. I don't recall the noise bc it was everywhere. The restaurant was not overly crowded but we felt like we had to yell across our 2 top to be heard. I unfortunately am unable to recommend this restaurant.
Second visit. Food was imaginative and with great flavor. The wine was overpriced. The prices were above what you would pay in a similar restaurant of equal or better reputation. Also, valet parking was $20. Dinner for two with wine: $160. If that were $120 I would go there more frequently.
Chris Wessel does not know how to produce a bad meal! The place is nice but with parking at $20 + tip you will have limited success from locals. IT will become a tourist attraction (at best) and will fade into just another typical SoBe spot - too bad.
Locals are key!!!! Take care of them and they will take care of you.
The menu at Florida Cookery is really a foodie's goldmine! Lots of interesting fish dishes, captivating appetizers, creative desserts. The pecan dusted grouper with cheddar grits and green beans may have been one of the most exquisitely cooked fish dishes I've ever had. My only pet peeve was the restaurant had a large group event that night in a room next to where we were dining which was highly annoying. I would definitely return and would have loved to have eaten outside had the patio been available that night as well.
The food was great, but it took some effort to get it to us. We arrived on time for our reservation and were told we would have to wait 30-45 mins for a table. Then we were offered a table outside, despite it being about 60 degrees. Soon after we were seated we asked to be moved inside. After some negotiation the manager came over and immediately moved us inside. After that, everything was pleasant. The food was delicious especially the ceviche.
Service was horrendous. Started with a 35 minute wait for a 9:30 reservation for 2. As other people have mentioned what followed were long waits for water, drinks and for the waiter to take our order. By the time we sat they were out of a number of dishes. Our appetizers arrived after a reasonable amount of time, but then there was another way too long wait for our entrees to arrive. When they did my wife's Florida spiny lobster (a house special) was actually a Maine lobster (the difference is very easy to see) and my snapper portion was smaller than most restaurant's lunch portions. When I mentioned this to our server (once he could be found) he just shrugged his shoulders. The prices and hype surely do not meet expectations.
I have taken different out-of-town guests here for dinner three times in the past few weeks, and it has been a hit with all of them! The key lime pie and the pecan-dusted grouper are two items that I would rate the best in Miami Beach. The service has been fantastic as the servers have been friendly, professional and knowledgable about the food. Prices are not low but - unlike many South Beach locations - totally worth it. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to impress out-of-town guests with great Florida food.
Had 2 nice apps - empanadas and frog legs. Both had nice flavors. I particularly enjoyed the oxtail empanada, while my gf loved the gator; oyster was so-so. Excellent, fresh tasting oysters served with a unique dressing. Sweet and spicy, delicious. Our fish entrees were a mixed bag. The daily snapper was a tasty fish, but the rest of the plate was boring/bland (pile of dry, undressed chopped spinach was just weird), while the grouper was the opposite. The fish was forgettable flavor-wise and a bit overcooked, but the sides were nice. We also ordered a side of conch fritters, which were decent, but barely noteworthy. The chocolate cake/espresso ice cream was great!
Staff was nice, but, frankly, service was poor - slow with myriad mistakes
We had lunch at this restaurant. We shared Homestead salad with broiled goatcheese, cherry tomatoes, basil cucumber salsa and arugula. It was very tasty. I had Ocean's fish sandwich maid with mahi mahi, fennel greens and lemon aioli on a baquette. It was seriously tasty. Girlfriend had Miami media noche, a roast pork sandwich with ham and swiss. Although it was tasty was on the dry side a little. Overall, this place is a very nice lunch spot.
While the service was suprisingly pleasant (for a South Beach establishment, where most places effectively deprive customers of the discretion to determine tips), the food was a disappointment. (Had a shrimp dish -- a supposed signature dish -- that was drowning in some "steak sauce" tasting concoction.)
Didn't leave humming the food, that's for sure. For the money, you'll find a lot better places right up the block (on Collins).
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