Upland-Miami Beach

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Celebrated chef Justin Smillie and renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr are excited to introduce Upland to Miami Beach this fall. The second outpost of the popular NYC restaurant will bring Smillie’s signature California inspired cuisine to Miami Beach’s chic South of Fifth Neighborhood in a charming setting designed by Roman and Williams.
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KP
St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Italian spot in South Beach. We shared the Branzino for two and it was the best fish I have had in years. Bucatini pasta and broccoli were also tasty. Thoroughly enjoyable meal. Service was attentive with great recommendations. We’ll be back.

J
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. We felt well-guided in the hands of our young server - wonderful recommendations and a deft handle on service.

SO
Miami
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Well, I hope the place improves its brunch... the food is very limited and not tasty at all. Tried the tuna bowl, the tartufo pizza and the fritata... I would not return for any of them. The only thing that was good was the drinks. Very noisy place. The service was good. I believe the dinner menu is better.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pancakes ever!!

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food 🍽
Good Service 🧍🏼‍♀️
Trendy Vibes ✨
Good Drinks 🍹
Good Location 📍

Until Now my best experience in Miami celebrating 🥳 my husband birthday with friends.

Definitely I will recommend Upland to Celebrate special occasions.

👏

BI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing restaurant!! The food and service was spectacular!!!

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience1

Service very too fast .( service trop rapide)

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every bite

J
Toronto
146 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Normally we like it here, but this visit wasn’t great. The beets are supposed to be roasted, not charred and burned to the point where they have a hard black crust. The tuna quality was not as good as before, and the portion was very small. My glass of Cabernet tasted like that bottle had been open a looong time. Service was unchanged (fine), and the restaurant is beautiful, but the quality needs to improve drastically to justify spending $200 on a salad, 3 appetizers and 2 glasses of wine.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Food was phenomenal. Server had only been there 3 weeks and did amazing. Great spot. Loved the energy of the room with conversations from various tables. Not too noisy but created a buzz.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, best restaurant in Miami! Outstanding service! Great food!

SN
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Our server was excellent.
A little pricey and noisy.
I would go back.

j
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Place was chaotic. Service rough around the edges. Signature short rib was diasappointing very fatty and gritty.

FL
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Despite of my previous comments we wanted to go back and we were quite pleased with both food and service

Great come back thanks

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Restrooms needed attention. Server was good but a tiny bit moody. I had to work to keep him on my side. Food amazing. Dining room beautiful

SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was served cold. Entrees served immediately after appetizers.

OT
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Brunch was just fair; although I hear dinner is excellent. The service and ambiance were very good. We just felt there was nothing special about brunch selections and it was not cheap. I will return for dinner.

r
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was not good. They forgot our drinks. Took 1/2 hour to get them. When resturants get busy they must keep up with their staff. It 's not all about the food, the service needs to be there as well. The manager bought us 2 drinks, which was nice. I still would prefer to pay for my drinks get them when ordered.

FL
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We went there the day before and got served ok the next day we brought wo more friends because we liked the food we went there to reserve in person, arrived there there a young lady that repeated to us 10 times what are the rules of the restaurant without us being pushy on anything, obviously she doesn’t know that gaining a new client like us ( we always eat out and have lots of friends in the area) is much more difficult than loosing a client.

Even if there are rules you do not have to repeat this to a client like a broken disk, I hope the restaurant manager receives this message

RL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Small pasta portions of so-so quality. The side sunflower carrot dish was not to our liking at all. When we said as much to the server, rather than offering to replace it, she shrugged and walked away. Nothing special.

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing farm to table food, the drunken Hamachi was amazing, as well as the Salmon and little Gem salad. Definite go to place!!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Adrian was amazing and offered the best possible service. Will be returning next time I am in Miami

w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

food was really good. very pretty place. waitress forgot one of our entrees, so one of our party had to wait for her meal while the rest of us ate. other than that, would recommend.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Restaurant has cool vibe. Food really good though pasta portions are very small. Would definitely come back.

t
London
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have dinned here on many occasions and enjoyed it very much. This past experience was disappointing. Quality of food and service was not up to par as with past experiences.

NB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

been here before, this time wasn't a great experience for the cost

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent our NYE dinner!

W
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good, share the little gem salad, it’s a must.

OT
Miami
117 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent...as is service....careful on what you buy for drinks though...might get dinged by a 28 dollar glass of wine...

G
London
46 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Solid options. Attentive service. Great attitude from all the staff we encountered.

BK
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I’ve been so many Stephan Starr restaurants so i was looking forward to dining at Upland. When we walked in it felt a more chaotic then walking into other Starr brand restaurants once they figured out our reservation we were seated we decided just to order a bite and a cocktail to think over our dinner selections. We ordered the squash blossoms which were good not too oily and had decent flavor, we then decided on pasta. Both pastas came out cold and we sent them back they brought us some roasted which were fine, again nothing special. The pastas came back and it was one of those things were you tell the pasta water was not salted cause it really had no flavor. My pesto was okay, however nothing special. There are better options for Miami however I do like the look the restaurant and the service was just okay.

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We have been regulars at Upland for years - in fact we sat at the Kitchen table in awe last December and admired the amazing attention to detail the Chefs in the kitchen displayed, and then the final QA before the dish was sent to a table. Made us realize what it takes to run a great restaurant behind the scenes.

But this Friday we were disappointed with the food - so much so my wife said we are not coming back here again. We ordered the exact three things we have in the past (that we love at Upland) - the Falafel Avocado Salad , the Kabayaki Trout and the Norwich Meadows Carrots. The salad was raw and not fully sprouted, the carrots were over cooked, and the trout while tasty had also been over cooked (was drier than usual) and didn't have enough of the (teriyaki?) sauce on it .

We complained about the salad only as it didn't make sense to say ALL three things were not done right - our server took it back saying they could fix it but came back saying it was what it was for that day - we asked for the Gem Salad instead and they brought it.

While they took the Avocado salad off the bill and charged for the Gem salad instead, we were surprised they didn't do anything else to make up for our experience (even though we asked for the manager and explained our dissatisfaction with the evening).

We thought it was just us but ironically, someone else commented yesterday in the elevator of our building "Upland is not that good anymore". It's a pity if this is how others feel too - hopefully management can fix whatever has changed at the restaurant before they lose more regulars.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have severe allergies and immediately the assistant manager was over to review the menu items with me. The wait staff was above and beyond incredible, the restaurant beautiful and most importantly the food was amazing. Salmon was best I have ever had. Great experience

f
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This restaurant has a very nice vibes, we are Italians and we take foods very seriously, we ordered the branzino and it has been simply delicious, tender, cooked perfectly with a perfect balance of all the ingredients, I can honestly say that it has been the best branzino i have ever eat, I eat mostly fish, and since I travel so often for work and pleasure I have the change to experience so many restaurants and places, but this branzinko will remain in my memory for a lot. I also ordered the crispy potatoes: AMAZING. The restaurant was very crowded and os the service has not been a 5 stars, but I will for sure come back again and I highly recommend this place.

L
Miami
113 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience is consistently great. The salmon was excellent and the meatballs were fantastic. My wife loved the avocado and falafel salad along with the salmon. The menu had so many items that looked good! It's a beautiful restaurant with excellent service. All the staff participated in seeing that we had everything we needed. Dan, the kitchen manager, was extremely personable describing some of the inner workings of the restaurant and Christian, the "front of the house", came over to us to make sure that our experience was top notch. After dining at Upland so many times, it constantly delivers.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Miami restaurant all around

IK
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner on a Monday night to celebrate my birthday. We were early and sat outside. The food was excellent. Really liked the duck breast and carrot side. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly. Definitely would return.

R
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a terrific meal and fun place to go for dinner. The best Bronzino in town.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love visiting when we are here!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding branzino

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