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Ola at the Sanctuary

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Latin, Central American, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban, South American
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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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    Very good
  • 69
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  • 25
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  • 18
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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
Ceviches great, but not everything.

The cerviches were all that were promised. Fresh, citrusy, interesting flavors. By all means try the Fire & Ice. Other selections were mostly very good, with a few disappointments. [Empanadas; the fillings were tasty, but they had the texture of cardboard]. The small terrace is quieter and more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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New York
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New York
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The cerviches were all that were promised. Fresh, citrusy, interesting flavors. By all means try the Fire & Ice. Other selections were mostly very good, with a few disappointments. [Empanadas; the fillings were tasty, but they had the texture of cardboard]. The small terrace is quieter and more casual than the indoor dining rooms, which seemed, with the low ceiling,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ceviche was outstanding. Oysters on fufu...so yummy. Sugar cane tuna served like lollipops. Pricey but worth it

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West Virginia
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great selection of wonderful food...especially ceviche and Latin-influenced dishes. The server was very helpful with his suggestions. Nice, outdoor seating; good indoor tables also available. Expensive but well worth the price!

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Istanbul
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is quite good.We were a little tired and noise level was quite high so I couldn't have a deep idea about this restaurant.

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Thank aykutistanbul
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food, presentation, decor and service are simply outstanding. While not to most inexpensive restaurant I've ever been to, it is worth every Dollar spent. I will definitely go back to Ola again, next time I'm in Miami.

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Aldie, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to Miami for a friends getaway. Saw the reviews of this restaurant before we went and was super excited to try it out. It did not disappoint at all!! We had originally made our reservation for 5 and when 3 additional friends decided to join us, the staff at Ola happily accommodated us without any hesitation. The drinks were... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was uniformly outstanding. Great dishes included the salmon, roast Cuban pork, meatballs and short rib empanadas. Service was informed and very friendly. We'll be back!

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Thank Howard C
Albuquerque
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was good,but pricey for what it was and the ambiance was 'pricy restaurant standard' with white table clothes,neutral color scheme,and low ceilings. we came early to avoid the noise and crowd. The best food item was the little rolls. The cerviche was good. The oysters Rockefeller tried too hard to be 'unique' as did the 'deconstructed' key lime... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food and service were very good, but the restaurant lacks ambience and is very loud. Main dining room was also too warm and stuffy. Went a second time on my own dime and sat in the lounge at the bar instead - much better, or try to sit outside.

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Thank ContentToWander
Sarasota
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165 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Low ceiling space that magnifies the sound makes for a noisy evening. Quite an unremarkable food with the only exception - Hamachi ceviche, however small the portion. Service very pleasant and efficient, but the dishes arrive so fast that pre-cooked entrees are suspected. As seems to be a standard today in fine dining, the entrees include minimal veggies. So if... 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: Latin, Central American, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?