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“stellar service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of J&G Grill

J&G Grill
9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
305.993.3333
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Ranked #3 of 14 Restaurants in Bal Harbour
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Schönenwerd
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“stellar service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The service at the restaurant was impeccable. The sommelier of colombian origin is on his way to be a professional master of wine. He certainly deserves this title as he proved his knowledge with a perfect pairing of wine for the menu dégustation. The man is passionate and dedicated and it was just fun to have him around that evening.. But the other members of the team deserve kudos as well. Friendly, knowledgable staff. Simply fantastic. Even the restaurant manager showed up later on and he is a good chap as well. (10 Points for being familiar with FC Basel!). That part of the review deserves 5 Points or 3 Michelin stars.
Now to the cuisine: The amuse bouche was a champagne soaked oyster. To make it look nicer, they put it on top of a bed of salt (which didn't look like that in the dark Dining hall). Well, it was salty.... The first course was disappointing. The Crispy Egg Caviar was too heavy, too much butter and with the egg too overloaded. The caviar had no taste at all. The second course Belgian Endive Salade came with blue cheese was very average in my humble opinion, although the Riesling accompanying the dish made the difference. The Local Florida Snapper again (3rd course) didn't raise any eyebrows. Kind of unenthusiastic cooking, not much flavour coming through. The fourth course though, Lobster Risotto, was great both in terms of size and taste. Our friend Luis paired it with a Oregon Pinot from Domaine Serene. Excellent choice. The sweets finally were on the upper end of the evening curve. Especially the Coconut Napoleon would match any french Patissier.
The cuisine gets 3 points or 14 gault millauts (2 Michelin star would be too much).
All in all, an expensive, great evening with a stellar and entertaining staff. Thank you.
But I would think that the cuisine needs some energizing to match both the reputation and the enthusiasm on the floor.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Great restaurants in Miami”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

J&G Grill, located in the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, is the perfect Miami Beach location for a romantic dinner. You walk through the opulent mirrored hallways to floor to ceiling glass overlooking the ocean and the beach.
Brad Kilgore the new J & G Grill chef, has a remarkable menu that is delicious but not to difficult to figure out what you eating! Kilgore was formerly co-owner and executive chef at Route 9 and Exit One, but his experience doesn't stop there. The chef, who's been popping up all around town since his departure from the those two restaurants (most recently with the successful Brad's Deli at Josh's Deli), has also worked at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental, L2o and EPIC.

But dessert is where J&G really shines. Their pastry chef, Antonio Bachour, is going to task with Kilgore and giving him a run for his money! We tried several desserts and were at a lose as to which we liked the most!

A great spot to take advantage of Miami Spice at a luxury dining restaurant, which is Miami's version of a preset menu tasting.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bremen, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A dining experience like no other”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

From the views to the service to the food....what a great dining experience. The food was prepared perfectly! The service was superb!

Visited September 2013
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Excellent Food & Service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We celebrated our 20th anniversary by having dinner here while in Miami. The service was outstanding, and the food was wonderful. I had the diver scallops which was on special for the day and my husband had the bone-in fillet. They were both cooked perfectly. The asparagus was awesome, too. And the sommelier was extremely knowledgeable. He went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our champagne. Thank you St. Regis Bal Harbor!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good restaurant in a fantastic St. Regis Hotel Bal Harbour.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Recently, while visiting Bal Harbour, we had a dinner at the J&G Grill at the St. Regis Hotel. The welcome, the interior and the ambiance of this hotel is top notch! The bar is great (outside seating) with great service. The J&G Grill is lovely, modern, styled. The welcoming was very charming and pleasant. The service at the table is very formal and distant, but ok. The serviced food was not the best but of a good quality. The menu had a great variety of choices. The only real point we had was the way the food is presented. Just plain on a plate but not very creative. The next day we had dinner at the Il Mulino at the Aqualina Resort, Suny Isles, and that was the best! After the dinner we had a tour at the hotel and it looks marvelous. What a great interior design!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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