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Ola at the Sanctuary

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1745 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (17th)
305 695 9125
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6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Good for Romance, Special Occasions, Entertaining Clients, Large Groups...
Good for Romance, Special Occasions, Entertaining Clients, Large Groups, Private DiningDinner Options: Reservations, Dessert, Late Night, Out door Dining, Private or Semi Private dining available for large groups
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  • 602
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    Very good
  • 61
    Average
  • 19
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, great experience.

My wife and I spent a night in South Beach before sailling from Miami on a cruise the next day. We were celebrating her birthday, so I wanted to treat her to a nice dinner in Miami just in case the food on the cruise line was subpar. OLA had great reviews and was near our hotel, so we decided... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Jason F
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Durham, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I spent a night in South Beach before sailling from Miami on a cruise the next day. We were celebrating her birthday, so I wanted to treat her to a nice dinner in Miami just in case the food on the cruise line was subpar. OLA had great reviews and was near our hotel, so we decided... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ola was recommended by a Colombian friend, the food was excellent. We tried several items on the menu and I highly recommend their lobster ceviche which was served with a tomato sorbet ,their barbecue pork that was served over purple mashed potato and finally their Mango vodka Mojitos too. The service staff were very courteous and accommodating,they went out of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the lobster ceviche and the meatballs were amazing! Intimate atmosphere and the food was prepared and presented very well.

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London, United Kingdom
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36 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We sat inside which was very cool, calm and sophisticated. The outside venue was ok but not super exciting. However the food at Ola is amazing - a mix of Cuban and I would say upscale modern cuisine. Service was good, wine was very nice. This made for a very good evening and I would strongly recommend this restaurant. The... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The ambiance of OLA is simply outstanding, only surpassed by the food. The manager, who is also the sommelier, choose a wonderful white wine from Argentina. My wife and I started with the Hamachi Ceviche after reading other Trip Advisors’ reviews and our waiter’s recommendation. Yes, it is as good as everyone has stated. Next we shared a lobster empanada.... More 

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New York City, New York
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59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

What a special place this is; we did not have a reservation but afraid of "urban weekend" in Miami we tried to avoid getting too close to SB by changing dinner plans to OLA. Called and luckily they were able to accommodate us. Starting with the hostess to our server, people couldn't have been friendlier. After a delicious cucumber martini... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We came to Miami hoping to try some authentic Cuban and my wife had Ola recommended to her by a variety of people. We were hoping for a good meal but where truly blown away by what a special meal and experience this was. The restaurant is small, and appeared to us to be staffed with a very generous staff-to-guest... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I had the opportunity to dine at OLA during a recent business trip in Miami. Our group of 10 was easily accommodated, and while the "merriment" in the restaurant made serious [business] conversation difficult, the food and drinks were great and the wait staff were very attentive to our party. The ceviches are incredible, and the meatballs and mini tacos... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I chose this spot based on Trop Advisor comments and was very happy. The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was great. I had the snapper ceviche and roast Cuban pork. Both were excellent.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Ola was recommended by our hotel as a great Cuban restaurant. A two minute drive from the Betsey just north of Ocean Ave. 9:00 PM reservation to celebrate our anniversary. Sat at a table overlooking the street, in a full and busy dinning room. Menu seemed to be more Argentine than Cuban. Ordered the Lobster empanada which was very good.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1745 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (17th)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami Beach
  • Phone Number: 305 695 9125

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 65
  • Cuisine: Cuban, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Good for Romance, Special Occasions, Entertaining Clients, Large Groups, Private DiningDinner Options: Reservations, Dessert, Late Night, Out door Dining, Private or Semi Private dining available for large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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