Stubborn Seed

4.7
1603 Reviews
$50 and over
American
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.

A la carte and the tasting menu are available Sunday - Thursday. Only the tasting menu is available on Friday & Saturday. Dress code strictly enforced.

A cancellation fee of $50 per person may incur if not cancelled within 24 hours of the reservation. On holidays and special occasions, prix-fixe menus may be exclusively offered, and a la carte will not be available. On holidays and special occasions, cancellations fees are $100 per person. For more details, please call the restaurant directly to confirm.


Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu

    $150.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Top Chef Winner Jeremy Ford takes you on a culinary journey with his exclusive tasting menu where he and his chefs take honest ingredients and elevates them to be splendidly elegant through rigid and persistent execution. The menu is $150 per person plus tax and gratuity, pre payment not required. Tables over 5 guests will be served family-style.
  • A Stubborn Valentine's Day

    $175.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    This Valentine's Day, enjoy an exquisite 8-course tasting menu from Top Chef Season 13 Winner Jeremy Ford for $175 per person plus tax and gratuity.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word, spectacular. Just sorry I live in New Jersey

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Janine
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stubborn Seed is some of the best food I've ever had in Miami. Amazing!

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vipStacy
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience1

The food was fantastic and creative The restaurant is all concrete floors and walls and was ear-splitting loud. The service was terrible for us and the pace of the meal was deadly slow. Entre and appetizers came at the same time. Will not go back or recommend it.

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StevenS
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Tough one to rate. The flavors were amazing, but the portions were so small I left shaking my head at the bill while needing find a slice of pizza somewhere because I was still hungry.

We had a party of 5 and the noise levels made it so you could only hear the person n ext to you.

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vipDebbieK
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We ordered the tasting menu/wine pairing ($220/ea) for the experience. It was a big night out. Each dish was yummy and special, the timing however was atrocious. 6 courses w/ wine took over 3 hrs. There were 30 mins waits between courses at times. Wine was served way before the course and the usual ‘explanation’ about the pairing was NON existent. It all lacked sophistication. After some prodding, the main fish and meat courses were unfortunately served back-to-back when some time would be customary. The apologies were vacuous and only pointed to a kitchen back up. “Please try us again when mgmt is better” This was a stressful meal that overshadowed the culinary experience. I’d be hard pressed to go again. MacDonalds is less stressful.

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CesarG
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. Service was excellent too; food came out in the right sequence and timely. The waiters and staff knew the menu well. The daily-updated entrée selections are limited but they have something for every taste: beef, fish, chicken, etc. Portions are of moderate size, but sufficient for the average person. Most appetizers are big enough to share.

This restaurant is for tasting delicate flavors and they deliver on that. If you are looking for large portions and standard recipes go to a chain-restaurant where you would be able to take a doggy-bag home of chicken cacciatore. :-)

The waiters tell you upfront that that the tasting menu is a collection of small portions and service is 2-2.5 hours. We did not not opt for that because we would not sit that long at any restaurant.

Yes, it's pricey but you can have an excellent meal, as we did, for ~$85 per person including shared appetizers, entrée, a shared dessert (large portion) and wine for two. We did not leave hungry and it was an excellent meal. BTW, bathrooms were very clean. We will come back.

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MMA321
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Stubborn Seed is overpriced and unimpressive. I do not recommend this restaurant, you will leave hungry. My girlfriend and I dined here one Saturday night. We had no choice but to opt for the tasting menu for $150 each. The menu consisted of 8 dinner “plates” and 2 desserts. We did not opt for the wine pairing, which is $70.

The “plates” are more akin to 8 different bites of food, and left me hungry. For example, on the night of our visit one of the plates on the menu was a “gooey jalapeño fritter.” While it was abundant with flavors, the fritter was about the size of a quail egg. Other offerings included cacio e pepe cheesy puff, yellowfin tuna crudo, and a koji wagyu strip loin. I was especially disappointed with the wagyu, which was about an ounce, difficult to chew and not cooked properly. For less than the cost of the tasting menu, you can get a properly cooked wagyu filet nearby at Smith and Wollensky, if steak is your fancy.

Another thing to be cautious of is that the dinner service here is agonizingly slow. We were seated at 9 and received our last plate at 11. We did not stay for dessert because it was late and we were both still hungry after finishing the dinner plates. So much so that after leaving, we walked 3 blocks north and got cheeseburgers for dinner.

Stubborn Seed is for those who enjoy spending a lot of money to look trendy and get full from a drink of water and some lettuce. If you want to enjoy a great tasting menu, skip Stubborn Seed and get a reservation at Macchialina. For about $125 you can enjoy a lovely tasting menu, with wine pairing, of 5 healthy sized dishes, including their decadent homemade pastas, and dessert.

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KevinG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible tasting menu. Wine pairing was a perfect match

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vipHappyDiner
Central Coast
114 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We often search for Michelin rated restaurants for their high quality food and experience, and this was no exception. We were lucky enough to get the tasting menu (stops at 9pm) so we got to experience many dishes. Outstanding standouts (we recommend you get full orders of these) were the kusshy oysters; the crudo (outstanding); and the A5 wagu tenderloin. Service was exceptional with waiters:food runners providing clear descriptions of the dishes and techniques employed to prepare them. The ambiance was a bit loud like a bar scene and while Contempary and attractive, the acoustics of hard surfaces throughout are not forgiving. Overall, this is an excellent date restaurant, special occasion, out with friends, or foodie sanctuary.

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DavinaA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT experience, everything was top notch, one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had.

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LucindaC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Atmosphere fantastic. Our waiter was excellent. I wish there had been a little more interaction with the kitchen/chef. We ordered two tastings and two wine pairings for a double birthday.

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vipHeightsista
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Stubborn Seed presents delicious, innovative and beautifully presented dishes with careful attentive service. In Paris, these dishes would be offered in a quiet temple to food. In Miami, the atmosphere is loud, almost raucous. The front room, adjacent to the bar, is quieter and better for date or conversation. Foodies who find themselves in Miami should definitely seek out Stubborn Seed. Also good for special occasion, group dinners. Caveat: the weekend tasting menu is $$$$$!

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pragmatique
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Ford is excellent , service is average, noise level inside is very high and staff does not wear masks .

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vipCarla116
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food!! Good service.

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Jennifer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food, great wait staff, great drinks, and great presentations.

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vipJared
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We came on a Friday night for 9:15 seating. They were good about being clear that it is tasting menu only Friday/Saturday which we appreciated the transparency on and was definitely fine by us. Will start with the positive being that the food was quite good and tasty (4/5), other than that, not much to write home about. Overall, Stubborn Seed tries hard to be something it's not. They go through the right motions but generally just miss the mark on a few different fronts. The service was wildly slow and inconsistent-- we did not get our drinks until the 3rd course and courses came out with little to no logic (e.g. we received 3 courses at once then had to wait nearly 30 min for each by the end). In terms of bang for your buck-- while again, the food was generally quite tasty, for $150 per head we expected a lot more (in quantity, taste, service, etc.). They give you an actual cheese puff for the first course. A $20 Cheeto. My partner and I have had infinitely better tasting menu experiences at half the price (and we live in NYC, for added context). Overall, a fine experience if you have money to blow with little regard-- otherwise, would stick to high quality restaurants nearby that will leave you with a much better taste in your mouth, literally and figuratively.

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Alediaz
Mexico City
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo delicioso, muy buen servicio!

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Martin
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Old fashioned was fantastic, and a few of the dishes presented were innovative and well executed. Unfortunately was underwhelmed by the prix fixe, both in terms of quality and execution. In comparing to other menus we've experienced in other cities really did not feel like this was worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The waygu was some of the toughest meat ive ever had. extremely gamey.

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vipAngela
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Miami. Period. Fantastic service. Give this man a Michelin Star!

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SophieS
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Michelins star prices without the taste, service or atmosphere

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ChristianM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for unique cuisine and delicious cocktails

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DaveyWavey
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. I Took the 8 course tasting menu and was absolutely faultless. Mind blowing food, excellent service. This really is one not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food but a bit pricey for portion sizes

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Creditreform
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zum zweiten Mal in 2 Wochen und einfach grandios. Wir haben zu viert 11 Gerichte gegessen, eines besser und ausgefallener als das andere. Wirklich herausragend.

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DarekM
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best culinary experience in years. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Dishes created by chef supreme with very sensitive taste buds and artistic
soul... A must visit place when in Miami. Shocked, it’s not Michelin rated!

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SANTIAGOR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

we sat outside. food was great. noise was loud, especially because a 20-yo guy was showing off his super-car . . . didn't ruin the evening, but either that or sitting inside to risk omicron . . .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love this place!!! Totally cool, hip vibe with amazing food and service. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing, it was awesome! Totally would recommend it!

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BrigitteH
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so original & delicious! Can't wait to go back!

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420ABC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience4

Food taste great, but too long and portion too small.
Spent $260/person and 3.5 hours for the nye prix fix + cocktails.
I am more full and happy with the three slice pizza I got aftewards for $20.

Pro tip for guys: Eat actual dinner before you come here. It's more to talk/impress someone while eating bite size snack every 25-30 mins.

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DavidL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late for our reservation and the management held the table for us. Fantastic foods and great services. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!!! Best food I’ve had in a while and incredibly knowledgeable and great servers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Had real high hopes here. Menu very limited, too many fried options. 3 options for main dish. Do not get the smoked waygu for $85. Waiter didnt have a welcoming approach from the start and waned further till the end. Terrible stomach ache to boot.

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ursus
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I have been fortunate to eat at a number of excellent restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and Las Vegas. The Stubborn Seed is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at.

We got the Chef's tasting menu. The food was creative and full of a wonderful mix of flavors. The service was excellent and the interior of the restaurant was attractive.

The only area where I think there could be improvement was the music level. It was so loud that I had a difficult time hearing the waiter when he was talking to us. For this level of restaurant, a more restrained music level would be better. This is not a taco cantina.

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JessicaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall!!! Food and service were excellent! Chef came out and explained dishes. They helped us celebrate our friends’ 30th anniversary with custom menus! The desserts were amazing!

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vipHungry
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

What happened?? The service was so slow. Almost an hour to get an appetizer. And it was cold. We were told the kitchen was closing early. We had a 7:15 Resy. Why would that make a difference? You still have the same number of tables to service as any other night. My main course tasted fishy. It was also tossed on the table rather than placed and the server rushed off. The waitress seemed indifferent to my request for understanding what was happening. To pay these prices and have staff one foot out the door is upsetting. Your customers deserve more so just close on Xmas eve in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Mala atención. Servicio muy lento y mal preparado el personal. Una experiencia desagradable y cara por USA 400 dos personas por el menú de pasos. No vuelvo más

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EstherR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Staff very polite and professional.

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vipLSD5
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trendy treasure- one of the most phenomenal meals to be had. We ate 2/3 of the menu and each course was an artistic presentation of multi layered taste sensations. Don’t miss desert as they are worth every calorie. The artisanal cocktails are over the top and land a good punch. This might be my most favorite meal ever!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presentation of food and service. Multiple flavors that were all excellent

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Stubborn Seed is rated 4.7 stars by 1603 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.