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The Pelican Cafe

40 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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House DJ Entertainment daily
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

Private Dining

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 40 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.6  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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!

CarlAnthonyG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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 😋!

vipVLKSkid (Miami)
3.0  Dined 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+

Getitright (Ottawa)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipDGAMD83 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0  Dined 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

happymom (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 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!

DougC (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

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

DiningDuo (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2015

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

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2015

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

vipFoodLover (Miami)
3.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

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

Ralf (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 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

JenniferLove (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0  Dined 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.

DSHI (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on June 18, 2014

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

IrishFred (Orlando)
3.0  Dined 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.