GEM Waterfront Restaurant & Terrace

4.3
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59 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Gem Waterfront Restaurant & Terrace is a hidden unique place with unbelievable intracoastal view in sunny isles inside of the Arlen House.Romantic & sophisticated Brunches & Dinners if you’re looking for flavorful food and a fascinating atmosphere. We provide delicious cuisine, with friendly and efficient service. We are focused on providing the best experience for guests to dine . Our diverse menu features Filet mignon carpaccio, Salmon bruschetta, Fois Gras Sliders, fresh Seafood and steaks just to name a few. Also daily dinner specials and our Fresh Catch of the day. Come join us for our happy hours Tuesday’s - Thursday’s 4pm - 7pm . Make reservations for a romantic dinner for two and enjoy the beautiful Sunset ,ask us about large events ,anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, baby showers or whatever you feel like to celebrate, as well as corporate events. We also Cater.
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to this place to celebrate my husband’s 50th Birthday and we totally had an Awesome experience
Excellent service
Super delicious food
I highly recommend it
Definitely will come back

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ErnestoA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was great and the view was spectacular. I would recommend.

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ShawnB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Beautiful setting tucked behind Arlen House Condo overlooking Intracoastal waterway at Oleta Park.

The bar was closed so I told the waiter as he seated me "please send someone for a drink order." The gentleman sent did not know the bar drinks or anything about wine.

The drink was ordered and took several minutes to be delivered. The restaurant was not busy.

In my experience (and I am a blue collar guy), the price of food here was much higher than average...and the food was average quality.

For the $350 price on the dinner (for 2), you'd have thought they would let us eat in peace, relax, but the waiters kept coming over and asking about our progress. As 9 PM got closer, the visits became more frequent, interrupting the attempt at intimate conversation. Turns out they wanted to clear the table and go home. We were pretty much pushed/pressured to hurry our meal and leave.

I would only recommend with warnings that I described above.

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DonaldN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting, wonderful food and attentive service. We had two fish servings which were cooked to perfection. A lovely evening and we look forward to returning. Gems is a hidden treasure in Sunny Isles.

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Starshine
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is tranquil and low key. It's a little hard to find as it was well hidden and located deep within an apartment residential community. There are also no visible signs that there is a restaurant. When entering the restaurant, you can see that it also doubles as an event space, the main seating is on the terrace outside. The view is spectacular, and there is a nice flow of air. The menu is small and pricey, but the portions did not disappoint, and neither did the taste. The food was very, very fresh, flavorful, and well presented. The food is on par with many high-end and exclusive restaurants in Miami and even better than some I have had. It's a place you go for the food and the view. Perfect for those looking for a secluded and uncongested restaurant.

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MattH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, excellent service. The food and drinks were great. Outdoor seating had a beautiful view of the bay with a relaxed and quiet atmosphere. Can not wait to go back.

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vipMiMercedes2
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good Food, Fresh. The view was excellent and the ambience was very good. Service was the best. Very attentive.

The deconstructed Apple pie was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their meals
We had the whole sea bass, lamb chops and filet. They were all cooked perfectly as ordered , very quite with great views. Plus they were dog friendly on the outdoor patio

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent. I am super surprised as to why only 2 tables were dining on a Saturday night. I recommend you go to this restaurant. We had the mussels , crab salad, and the two shrimp pasta dishes. I’ll be coming back!

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vipAdrianaT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love every thing about Gem

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful water view, quieter outside than inside. Service was also good.

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vipMark
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible place run do not go here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The view was beautiful the food was very good. I very much enjoyed everything I ate (branzino, truffle Buratta salad, calamari, hummus/pita, sautéd spinach). Appreciated that they had a vegetarian/vegan menu. Would have liked them to have had a cocktail menu or drink menu but the drinks that we did have were good. Service was a little slow but maybe it was an off night. Everyone was very nice though.

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doctorP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Exceptional service and delicious food. A definite date night must.

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vipLorraineK
Miami
76 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Saturday night and nobody in the restaurant was a bad sign from the start. It’s run down old fashioned and yes on the water. The food was not bad pretty average our waiter however was very nice. Give the place a miss there are so many fabulous places to eat in Bal Harbor this isn’t one of them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everyone was extremely nice. Food was very good it’s a beautiful but tough location to build foot traffic. There is too much space outside and inside while they are building up their reputation. I suggest shrink down the space and make it more interment. Easier for the waiter to serve as well. Pate app was good but bread was soggy. Burratta. Was amazing Burger was excellent And seafood pasta was good needed more calamari and perhaps some scallops and raise the price. Over all very good experience and want this Resturant to be successful.

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from Connecticut and was looking for fine seafood and a view. The Terrace overlooking the water and the sunset were lovely . The food was great- thanks. We will be back!

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vipREA42
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, excellent food and service.

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SvetlanaM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything if perfect.
Would recommend to everyone!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for the weekend and I wanted seafood. I got their mussels and they are the best ones I’ve had in a very very long time. Must try!
The staff was so friendly and the water view was a perfect addition the the food.
It was a tad difficult to find. It’s behind a condo or hotel building through the side lobby it seems. Worth going.

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service! Spectacular view and great seating.

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GustavoFrances
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was very good, restaurant had a nice view but was dingy. Drinks and food were very expensive. While the flavor MAYBE justified the price, the ambiance did not. It was like eating in the common area of a condo that has waterfront property. Servers were very attentive, but the place needs some renovations.

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RichLaw53
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I would DEFINITELY recommend GEM to a friend. I intend to go back, often!

It's tucked away at the end of a long road surrounded by hi-rise Condominium buildings along a waterway inlet. From the outside it looks like the entrance to the lobby of an ordinary building. However, once you enter you see a large, inviting, upscale dining area.

Just beyond the dining area you can see a huge covered patio, right on the water. We were seated right away. Our table was on the patio with a MAGNIFICENT view of the wide part of the intra-coastal waterway. The service was excellent, the food was delicious (Mediterranean style, seafood and American), the ambiance was 5-star (the view, the soft jazz music playing in the background, the first-class service) and the cost was very reasonable.

I almost hesitate to write this review because this restaurant is truly a hidden GEM, undiscovered by the masses. We went on Mother's Day, I had no trouble getting a reservation and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn't crowded at all. I hope it remains that way.

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vippandabear
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good nothing out of this world. The restaurant markets it’s self as a Mediterranean reatarant but only the Greek salad on the menu was the only Mediterranean dish. I feel that it’s a new location and with time it should get better. The bayview is very nice and peaceful. However, if you ask for refills on your soda they charge you for each refill.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service. Outstanding.

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Marlab
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The wait staff was slow to respond We had 5 in our party and the food was delivered times to us not at the same time.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cozy quiet atmosphere, good food.
Unbelievable View

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SteveZ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and view of the bay were excellent, the service was great in spite of the place being quite busy. Friendly staff checked with us often. Ordered the seafood pasta myself and my date ordered a burger. Both were very good. The burger wasn't done right the first time (partially our fault) and they offered to make it right. Good wine selection and drink / brunch specials. Very happy with everything about Gem. I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place, truly a hidden gem with awesome food, wine and gorgeous views. Absolutely a must go to restaurant for a date.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came across Gem while walking through Arlen House and decided to have dinner there with my gurl. The food was delicious and the view of the sun setting over the bay was priceless. Highly recommend checking it out

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicious, the service is good and a very nice view of the water

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and spacious place on the bay in Sunny Isles. Enjoyed the skirt steak and the peach martini cocktail very much! Will be back for Sunday Brunch soon!

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IrinaB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place! Been there a few times and everything is great: food was delicious, breathtaking water view and wonderful service and atmosphere!!! Can’t wait to go back, my husband and I was very satisfied. Will definitely recommend GEM to all my friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was the most wonderful dinner experience. The service was fantastic. The waitress was very attentive and made sure we were enjoying our food, that was really fresh and delicious. Would definitely go there again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and best view in town ! Must visit!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great location, fair price.
The service was excellent, good wine selection and drinks. Group of 4, we had a very good time.Thank you.

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vipNatalia
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow! Sunset is just gorgeous! Beautiful, fantastic view! Tables are inside and outside, very romantic atmosphere. The food is good, everything is fresh and delicious. They have a full bar and good bartenders, I think, they have a happy hour, too. A service is not fast, but very friendly and hospitable, we were enjoying our food and the view. I think it is a very good place for the party - birthday celebration or something like that. There is a stage, nice music. I want to try their lunch or brunch, looks like it is marvelous place for girls day out.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch menu and nice prices. Good service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and view to die for! We will be back for sure.

JC
JCDM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall2food4service2ambience5

They need more time to fulfill their value proposition. The place is wonderful but when we visited they were no ready.

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GEM Waterfront Restaurant & Terrace does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

GEM Waterfront Restaurant & Terrace is rated 4.3 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.