GEM Waterfront Restaurant & Terrace
We went to this place to celebrate my husband’s 50th Birthday and we totally had an Awesome experience
Super delicious food
I highly recommend it
Definitely will come back
The food was great and the view was spectacular. I would recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
I love every thing about Gem
Great food, beautiful water view, quieter outside than inside. Service was also good.
Horrible place run do not go here
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.
Exceptional service and delicious food. A definite date night must.
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.
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.
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!
Beautiful view, excellent food and service.
Everything if perfect.
Would recommend to everyone!!!
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.
Good food and service! Spectacular view and great seating.
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.
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.
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.
Best service. Outstanding.
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.
Cozy quiet atmosphere, good food.
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.
What an amazing place, truly a hidden gem with awesome food, wine and gorgeous views. Absolutely a must go to restaurant for a date.
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
the food was delicious, the service is good and a very nice view of the water
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!
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!
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.
Amazing food and best view in town ! Must visit!
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.
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.
Great lunch menu and nice prices. Good service.
Amazing food, service and view to die for! We will be back for sure.
They need more time to fulfill their value proposition. The place is wonderful but when we visited they were no ready.
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.