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Ola at the Sanctuary

1745 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
305 695 9125
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Ranked #11 of 840 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $65
Cuisines: South American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 17th
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
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Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I ticked the "one of the best meals" box on this review - not because this is a gastronomical experience that one would traditionally associate with super-fine dining and tasting menus in 3* Michelin restaurants - rather, given the choice, I'd rather eat at Ola every day of the week. Every dish is superb and melts in your mouth -... More

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Miami, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Great restaurant, great food, great vibe, and nice location off of a side street that is not as busy as Collins. Try the lobster empanadas and tuna special if you have a chance although all the plates on the menu are tastefully done. I will be back and I highly recommend.

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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

After our horrible experience that the South Beach Ritz Carlton restaurant on the previous evening, this place was a very pleasant change. The service was exceptionally professional and the food was consistently outstanding. It was also unusually interesting. While we were there early, I would be concerned about eating there when the restaurant was full. The tables are closely spaced,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My husband picked this restaurant based on the raving tripadvisor reviews and I'm so glad he did. It has become our favourite restaurant in Miami beach. We went twice within a week and we chose it to be our last meal in Miami before we travel. Street parking is available and not too hard to find. The atmosphere of the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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53 reviews 53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Located near South Beach in an Art Deco building. Serves awesome cerviche and Mojito, especially the coconut infused rum will make you want to dance rumba. The truffle meatballs, short rib puffs, and shrimp tacos a must try, creative flavors. I had the chicken which was a bit too dry, but the steaks and the deboned snapper were muy bien... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Let me start by saying we did not get a chance to eat the food. We had made a reservation for Ola and were excited by all the reviews. Every website had nothing but good things to say. However, we arrived for our reservation and walked inside to a musty smelling restaurant (maybe it was because it had rained that... More

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Toronto, Canada
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22 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Not sure i would go again. But we had a nice dinner at Ola last week. The service was fantastic. Pan-latin menu is different. Epanadas were way over-salted. I asked whether a dish was spicy, was told no, and it turned out spicy. The lighting is very low, so we had to use our phones to read the menu. Service... More

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10 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I ate at Ola last night after a recommendation from our hotel. From the moment we got there it was a fabulous experience. The atmosphere lovely, waiting staff and especially our waiter incredibly attentive and sensitive to our needs - at the end of the evening he spotted I felt a little cold and brought me a... More

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Bear, DE
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner here twice during our July vacation. The food is fantastic, and the service is outstanding. Every dish was great, but the Ceviches were specially well prepared and very creative and different. The churrasco Filet Mignon was great, but I would do without the (cold) shrimp sauce; stick to the chimichurri sauce. The empanadas are ones of the best... More

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OLA1745, Owner at Ola at the Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us during your stay in Miami as well as for your great review. The filet mignon is like a surf and turf where it is the churrasco and crab meat dressing. We hope you will return again on your next visit to Miami. More

Chatham, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This little restaurant is tucked away on on quiet street in the Art Deco area in the Sanctuary hotel. What a find!! The food was fabulous. I was looking to taste some of the local pan-latin cuisine, but needed a little help ordering. Our server, Hector, was incredible. He not only made excellent suggestions, but then explained each dish when... More

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OLA1745, Owner at Ola at the Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and advising us your server Hector was of great help during your dining experience. We are pleased t hear you enjoyed everything you ordered as well as the Watermelon mojito. Thank you for referring Ola Restaurant. More

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