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The Pelican Cafe

3.8
44 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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The PELICAN CAFE is a Miami Beach landmark. Since its opening in 1994 it has been a popular gathering place for international travelers, music and fashion mavens, designers and most importantly for Miami Beach locals. The Pelican Cafe offers an oasis of casual dining with a sophisticated menu of new Italian fare. The Pelican Cafe is without any doubt the best destination for great food and service in Ocean Drive and Miami Beach. It has been lauded by Giada de Laurentis (Food Network) as a must for breakfast and "Best Restaurant for Lunch" by Miami New Times, Best of Miami 2008. You will also enjoy our great cocktails as well as our wine list, noteworthy for its superb variety and value. The Pelican Cafe is located in the famous Pelican Hotel owned by the edgy Italian fashion company Diesel.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 11:00am



Lunch Daily: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 5:30pm



Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 8:00am - 5:30pm



Dinner Nightly: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(305) 673-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
9th and Ocean Drive
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Parking details
Public Parking available on Collins and 7th Street, Ocean Drive and 13th Street
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Entertainment
House DJ Entertainment daily
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Pelican Cafe Restaurant: Large dining room area smartly decorated with vintage artifacts.<br>Pelican Terrace: Pent House level terrace with unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean.

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What 44 People Are Saying
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3.6
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4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.3
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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great southbeach find! Indoor or outdoor ( best experience) for sophisticated service, great food and libations!

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Party mile restaurant: Guests in swimwear, absolutely drunk; music incredibly loud; food served cold. For posers, not food lovers.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Breakfast on the veranda overlooks the ocean. Service excellent and they went out of their way to accommodate us so 93 year old mother didn’t have to sit in the sun.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Frederico was very attentive and the food was great! Would recommend.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Declined since last visit. Food didn’t taste that well. service so/so.. expensive and not worth it

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Our group of four traveled from Wisconsin for the Orange Bowl and enjoyed New Years Eve dinner at an outside table. The atmosphere was lively and fun, but not overwhelming. The service was excellent and the food exceeded our expectations. This would be an outstanding review for any meal, but given the occasion, the crowd, and the frenetic pace of the staff, The Pelican handled it all beautifully!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

Had a great time at the Pelican restaurant while staying at the hotel as well. Their chicken piccata is to die for 😋!

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2017

The cafe was a better experience than the hotel there
we were very unhappy with our room the cafe was C+

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2.0Dined on November 4, 2016

First of all my reservation didn't go through to Pelican. Pelican was able to accommodate us however this would have been embarrasing if I was not with understanding friends. Had fish and chips. The fish was really greasy. Pelican has gone downhill. At one it was a favourite of mine but it will no longer be on my short list. Food quality has really gone down.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Every time we stay at the Pelican Hotel we have eaten all of our meals here. The food and service are excellent. As it is right on Ocean Drive, there is always something going on.

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2.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Nobody working there didn't know abour opentable. I said that I reserved a table and mentioning opentable nobody knew opentable and what it is and nobody didn't care about my reservation

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2016

The red snapper was fabulous! The other meals were all pasta. The spaghetti carbonara was great, but the chicken parmesan was a bit disappointing. Otherwise, the drinks were good and the staff was spectacular. Would definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Great Italian seafood. Busy South Beach hot spot. Would definately go again.

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3.0Dined on June 26, 2016

Dined here with my daughter for brunch after a segway tour. We were seated promptly for our reservation and our server was very attentive and polite. I ordered the pancakes and eggs and turkey bacon and my daughter ordered steak and eggs. I also ordered a latte that was probably the best latte I have ever had, and that's saying a lot. I ended up having two, and actually, I wish I could have another one right now! Our food arrived promptly and was cooked as we requested. Nothing spectacular. My daughter did comment that her steak, which she ordered to be cooked medium, was perfect and very tasty. I had a piece and agreed with her. Since we were there for an early Sunday brunch, Miami Beach was still just waking up so the restaurant was pretty much empty. Our server gave us a cute note on a folded up napkin thanking us for dining there and wishing us a good day. Good service, good food, no frills. What more can you ask for? I'd definitely dine here for brunch again.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2016

I went with my husband while we were in Miami for a couple of days. The location was good, the restaurant next to Pelican had live music which was better fun then Pelican cafe itself. We are vegetarian and there were very limited options available. Not to say the food was a little cold when it came out. The food taste was also not the best. We both love Italian food however we were not pleased with taste of the pizza or appetizer. But the service was good and in all we had ok time. You can try your luck!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2016

We enjoyed the Pelican Cafe. The fish was delicious and well prepared. The service was excellent. We will be back

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2015

Superb service, incredible food, great location.
Celebrating our 25th anniversary there.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2015

Wonderful service and the two for one drinks will have you sitting here all day

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2015

Good basic diner with a few decent Indian dishes and great service.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Will not come back. They lost our booking. Food is not good and expensive. Service was unfriendly and not good. Sorry

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2014

My husband and I and our two young boys had a fabulous and fun dining experience on Christmas eve. He and I split the fresh fish for 2 and it was more than enough for two. The kids meals (hamburger and pizza) were tastier than the usual as well. The food make out in a timely manner and the service was excellent!!!
The only complaint we talked about was the music was too loud...but got used to it.

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2014

Mancanza di aria condizionata all'interno e gia' questo parlando degli Usa e' evento "poor", arrivati piatti sbagliati, vino in calice mediocre (poche scelte e nulla di sufficiente) e prezzi ingiustificatamente alti. Il pesce era mediamente buono cosi' come il filet mignon, ma nulla di eccezionale. Una delusione. Da non consigliare.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2014

Nothing special, total tourist trap. I don't recommend it.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2014

Food was just okay. Don't order oysters unless they tell you they're very fresh and cold. They do have some reasonably priced items on the menu. Fun location but the food is just okay.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2014

Everything was very good, the food was well thought through and beautifully put together, cooked and presented. The service was refreshingly relaxed and attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2014

First time in cafe pelican! The food was soo good really ! Service are very friendly ! A little bit expensive but good and services are really good!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Dined on a Saturday night in Feb with 2 other girlfriends on the recommendation of another friend. Early dinner (around 7), so pretty quiet still. Gorgeous setting, table up away from busy sidewalk but still outside, with open view of beautiful interior. Shared a salad (delicious!), the shrimp pesto pasta (ridiculously fabulous), and a pizza (mediocre). Drinks weren't too pricey, but also weren't overwhelmingly wonderful (mojitos and caipirahnas). Considering how pricey it is to eat in Miami, we got a pretty good value - plenty of good food to eat without breaking the bank. Will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2014

I haved dined at the Pelican a half dozen times, twice with my wife, and the food and service are consistently good. When I am traveling to Miami, I always make a point of visiting the Pelican. The paella is a personal favorite. Spend the extra amount and add the lobster tail. It is a good dish to share with your loved one. The oysters on the half shell are also delicious. they are on the large size. Ask to be seated on the veranda. It is perfect for people watching while enjoying the ocean breeze.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2013

Great location, vibrant atmosphere, good-looking people. fantastic fireworks and lots of music that helped melt together the picturesque crowd of Ocean Drive in South Beach. However, food and beverages were a real disaster and service was nothing to write home about... The menu was limited (my wife has an allergy to seafood and mushrooms and she almost could not find anything to eat), quantities small and some of our choices actually tasted bad or were either overcooked or too cold to be served. The first bottle of wine was undrinkable and sent back, the second and third were below average for their price. Not much of a choice for wines.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2013

Good food and great service. This place is definitely in the mix on Ocean Drive.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2013

Been here multiple times, always for Brunch and it's always been outstanding. Plus as is the custom in Miami you usually see someone known while you eat. Always a great place.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2013

Dinner and a show - especially when you sit outside and watch the world go by- wow what a melting pop of people as they stroll on by...

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2013

A very good address for fine Italian cooking !

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2013

Love this hotel (and restaurant of course)! Service was outstanding & atmosphere awesome, as always! Food was incredible! :0)

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1.0Dined on January 5, 2013

Very very very Disappointed, According to some reviews I was expecting a very high-end restaurant with great service, And great food, But I got the contrary the food was mediocre the service was terrible because there was an event going on, So So the waiter did not give us the proper attention the food took so long to come the bread was very stale ,was never serve the proper way that I usually am served at a high-end restaurants.. I heard the pelican Café is owned by diesel company well they should give me a refund on jeans or something for the money I paid for the restaurant cause I was extremely disappointed... Too bad because the ambience is good with the energy of South Beach which is Great ,they should improve the restaurant service.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2012

Cocktails incredibly large and overpriced. Overheard waitress being quite rude to Japanese visitors at table opposite when they received their bill and complained about price of cocktails -would maybe suggest some form of price indication on your drinks menu so that you do not take advantage of visitors to your city. In the service industry it is imperative that good customer service is exhibited and quite frankly my entire stay in your city was very poor on good customer service which did surprise me somewhat as I always believed that America was a bit of a leader in this field.

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2.0Dined on July 11, 2012

Very unpleasant. Water was never refilled, chairs were uncomfortable, waiter was rude, hostess was not trained how to check a reservation, music was too loud, and the bill included the tip but did not say so, instead asking for an "extra tip." Don't go here.

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2012

What we ate was very tasty, but it wasn't as described by our waiter or as represented on the menu. My wife ordered snapper in parchment that was supposed to be cooked with cherry tomatoes and zuccini. The dish had no tomatoes and only a small piece of zucchini. I ordered an open faced ravioli dish that was supposed to contain shrimp, prawns, and assorted other fish. It had one prawn and some very tiny shrimp. Both dishes were tasty, but frankly were skimped on in the contents. The wine was also heavily marked up. On the plus side, the service was excellent.

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2012

The food is very good. The place has less "charm" than your history and the web site suggest. Take care with the offers by waiter, you can have a BIG surprise with the account.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2012

Great location for people watching on South Beach. Food was excellent. Pricey, but that's to be expected on South Beach. probably less expensive than many other restaurants.

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