Stubborn Seed

4.6
720 reviews
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Stubborn Seed is the result of pairing unrelenting passion with an unapologetic approach. It aims to unearth cravings of the palate while constructing a reward in each bite. This philosophy takes honest ingredients and elevates them to be splendidly elegant through rigid and persistent execution. There is an undeniable spirit surrounding the Stubborn Seed that stems from Jeremy Ford. His tenacious demeanor and candor define the cuisine, but his technique boosts it. An exceptional and memorable dining experience is championed above all else.

Special Notes:
* Please be advised when booking a reservation that the availability of our tasting menu ends one hour prior to closing.
* For parties larger than 6 people please email reservations@ stubbornseed.com with your request.
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Specials

Chef Collaboration with Pablo Zitzmann

Stubborn Seed will be hosting a chef collaboration dinner with the former chef at No Name Chinese, Pablo Zitzmann. Guests can opt to try the $95 five-course pre-set menu or order a la carte from the same special menu. Our regular menu will not be available.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 25, 2019

Ends: June 26, 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 6:00PM-10:00PM

Stubborn Hour

Experience #StubbornHour every Tuesday-Thursday from 6-7 PM. Try our signature cocktails, or sip on wine/beer for $10. Snack specials are also available.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 9, 2019

Ends: April 10, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 6:00PM-7:00PM

What 720 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flavors, the tasting menu was excellent. Highly recommend the overall experience.

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FV
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Still Used to eat excellent food in a more quiet restaurant, but I'll return there because food and service are amazing

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server, Justin, and bartender were very knowledgeable in making recommendations to make our experience very authentic. I’d recommend the menu and the staff to anyone!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every dish!

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Our waiter Jake was incredibly nice and helpful with regards to menu choices. Also, the pastry chef just won best in miami and she is super sweet and her desserts to die for. Everything we had was delicious. We did the 8 course tasting menu and it was perfect!

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FV
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Tim was amazing and made our experience so enjoyable, the food was exceptional and delicious !!!!

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r
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went into Stubborn seed with an appetite. We were a little concerned with the "bread basket" being so small. But quickly realized the menu is set-up to build, as each course provides a little bit more. Stubborn seed is 100% meant for sharing.

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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Overall, the experience was good...not great. The space itself is nice. My fiancé and I decided to try this place to celebrate my birthday (which I indicated in the reservation) but no one acknowledged this when I checked in or later on during the meal. This was very disappointing since other restaurants I’ve booked with opentable at least say “happy birthday.”
We tried the tasting menu and the food was complex and tasty, from what we could tell ourselves. The biggest issue we had was with the service. When we’ve dined at other establishments the wait staff always have made us feel welcomed, especially if we’re paying a pretty penny for a tasting menu AND it’s a special occasion meal, but this was not the case here. The waiter barely told us about the dishes as they came out and didn’t really check on us throughout the meal. The courses took a very long time to come out (30-45 minutes) and when they did, we just had a brief explanation of what the dish contained.
Additionally, the waiter never came around to fill our water glasses or ask if we needed anything. We did notice that there was a table who seemed to know the wait staff and was getting special attention. Because of this, all the other tables including ours were neglected. There was a birthday at this VIP table and they brought out a special dessert with a candle. Towards the end of the meal, my fiancé told our waiter it was my birthday while I was in the restroom and asked if they could put a candle in the last course which was the dessert course. The waiter told him that they aren’t allowed to use candles. Very odd since they just had one for the other table! They brought some cookies as an extra dessert (which were delicious) but they should have already prepared something in advance since it was written in the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. Maybe things would have been different without the VIP table, but because of them, we didn’t have the best experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. We chose the 8 course tasting menu and truly could not choose what we liked best. There was some type of snafu in or order that caused our dinner to take 3.5 hours instead of the 2.5 hours we were told it would take. However, our server and the manager did everything to apologize and try to compensate, including comping extra desserts that were both amazing and difficult to eat because we were already so full. It was, overall, a great experience, and we would gladly eat there again.

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ML
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! We did the tasting menu and it was fantastic!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever!! Every course was delicious. Waiters were phenomenal!

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AC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was brilliant and they were completely accommodating of my gluten allergy. Genuinely perfect dining experience with gracious and well versed service and spectacular food.

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m
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was over the top delicious; the service was superb but the noise level was just too much. Impossible to carry on a conversation and this gem will probably suffer due to the noise.

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M
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Stubborn Seed at the receommendation of a friend. The food was spectacular and the service was 5 star! They even accommodated me with the tasting menu because I don’t eat red meat. I will definitely return....

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

Food to expensive for what offers.

Dishes are beautiful, but flavor is ok

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S
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hot foie gras may be the best thing we ever tasted. Don’t share! The menu was unusual and brilliantly executed. There’s no gimmicks, just wonderful innovation pulled off very, very well. The wine list was good but limited. Better than serviceable but not for total oenophiles. Go there for sure.

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MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food experience in Miami! It’s pricey, but if you’re a foodie, this is the place for you. Small space but cool atmosphere!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Not a great experience. Sat at the bar and was told I couldn’t order the fluke because they wanted to shut the station down. This is at 10pm on a Thursday night of a holiday week end?? No fluke for you!!

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1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and unbelievable food. Worth the hype!!

Perfection from beginning to end...
Fish Toast - Good start to pop off the night
Celery Root - Who knew that celery root could be so good? Our favorite dish of night!
Mussels - Succulent bone marrow with a flavorful broth. The best mussels that I’ve had and it’s one of my favorite dishes to order.
Halibut - Cooked to perfection!
Snickerdoodles - Take them home if you don’t have room.

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. The staff is courteous, professional and attentive. My server, Ashley was delightful. I was a solo diner and they all made me feel comfortable. I had the 5-course chef’s tasting menu with the optional wine pairing - highly recommend! The raw Atlantic fluke was amazing.

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1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and awesome music.

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On honeymoon, lovely restaurant and experience. Not an everyday meal out, something a bit more special. But it was noisy.

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s
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting experience! 5 stars! Would recommend to anyone looking for an enjoyable meal. A foodie paradise. Nice work!

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Place, one of the Best in Miami. Outstanding food, small and gourmet plates to share and professionals drinks. Huge fan!!

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NR
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. The 5 course tasting menu offered generous portions. We enjoyed every bite!

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AP
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place! Very delicious food. Service on a slower side!

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DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There for brunch.Nice but the desert options had way too much sugar.Need some balance there.

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J
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Phenomenal food- so creative. Next level dining. I highly recommend.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and exceptional service! We had Justin as our server, and his service was top notch. Would highly recommend dining here - and choosing the tasting menu.

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Miami
16 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be south Florida’s best restaurant when it comes to fine dining. Top 3 for sure! Everything we ate was unique and outstanding.

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KG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable! We went with the 8 course surprise tasting menu and were blown away. There were dishes that we may not have ordered but were pleasantly surprised. We left feeling full & completely satisfied. The story that was told throughout each course was orchestrated beautifully, from ocean floor to land. The only thing missing was chef Jeremy Ford, but that gives us a reason to return the next time we're in Miami.

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New England
79 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Miami for a weekend, and read tantalizing reviews of Stubborn Seed, so we were anticipating a great meal. And it was. All the servers, the menu, the setting, our entire dinner was great. We only regret we don't live in Miami so we could eat there often.

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Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Most of the dishes were delicious (pork) but some of them simply basic (lettuce)
Extrange that they promote the menu to be share but most of the plates had only 3 portions for the four of us, a very odd number

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LH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The bad things - server was untrained in service, menu, wine and customer service. She defaulted to NO even when asked for boiling water - as the tea and coffee machine was broken.

Food took extraordinary slow coming to table.

Prevalent vibe of place was arrogance.

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SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've had in Miami. Hands down. Every dish was incredible.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to visit while in Miami. Amazing food and fantastic service.

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L
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was unbelievable. I can see why this chef deserved to be top chef. We did the 8 course tasting menu and at $125pp it was honestly worth it. I left very full but not like I wanted to explode. Every single dish was amazing, I’d recommend this to everyone!! The stand outs were the celery root, dressed oysters, fluke crisp and foie gros dish.

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KJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous! It is truly an epic experience!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

NOthing to add

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BG
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant is by far one of the most innovative culinary scene I have experienced in Miami ....the food was off the charts good-all while honoring honest and local ingredients when possible. The see through kitchen window is a great feature. The decor is a bit cold ( may benefit from tableclothes) and that’s literally the only negative. Bravo to a truly artistic food adventure!!

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