The Pelican Cafe

3.6
49 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

About

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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3.6based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
3.7
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3.4
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Le repas était très bon mais quand même assez cher.

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vipRodrigoMolina
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raphael at the bar is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Un desastre!! Carisimo, de un día al otro habían aumentado todos los precios. Pedimos aparte y ni siquiera tenían pan, pretendían cobrarlo aparte. Se notaba q solo querían facturar, terminamos de comer y venían todo el tiempo para ver si nos íbamos.

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Afnurse
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

My boyfriend and I were looking for some good seafood while we were staying at a hotel on Collins. The Pelican DELIVERED! We opted to dine inside. Comfy bench seat with plush pillows, fairly quiet, but huge window to allow for Ocean Drive people-watching. Service was great, and the food was delicious. Lots of menu options for any palate. Ultimately, we went with pasta: he had risotto and I had tagliolini seafood. Drinks were yummy as well. We didn’t have room for dessert, but the options looked great! Manger was friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!

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PatF
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Well everyone a bit confused there between server and manger good was ok not for the money but south beach right.... 20% Tip included not crazy cause they don’t work for cause they get it no mater what
Only thing is the sever he round the change that he gave me back to an even 30 tip and thought I was stupid it’s ok I’m guessing either he really need the extra 2.00 or the establishment takes some other tips sad that I did NOT LIKE !!

It’s ok there so many other restaurant on the strip !!

Good luck enjoy my 2.00

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vipDawnF
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Markus
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience1

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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CarlAnthonyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipVLKSkid
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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Getitright
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall2food1service4ambience4

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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vipDGAMD83
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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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happymom
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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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DougC
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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DiningDuo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipFoodLover
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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

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Ralf
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2014
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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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vipJenniferLove
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2014
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2014
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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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DSHI
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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IrishFred
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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TimP
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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luv2travel
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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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vipOTvipNdc
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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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Kapoccetta
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall2food1service2ambience5

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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nones
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A very good address for fine Italian cooking !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2013
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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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The Pelican Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 673-1000.

The Pelican Cafe is rated 3.6 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

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