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“Impressive service and food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Romeo's Cafe

Romeo's Cafe
2257 Coral Way (SW 22nd Street), Coral Gables, FL 33145-3508
(305) 859-2228
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Ranked #30 of 274 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Price range: $40 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: SW 22nd Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Impressive service and food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

This is a small gem and probably the kind of restaurant most chefs wish they could afford to operate. The cuisine is Northern Italian which rules out the kind of trendy fusion cuisine some here seemed to be seeking. Romeo's is about the total dining experience. That said our six courses were well-done and the portions precisely measured to leave you satisfied. At the end of the meal, my two teenage boys were neither over- nor under-fed.

It starts with the owner/chef greeting you on arrival. Most places try to have a manager circulate to the tables once or twice during a given visit. Here you get the attention of the chef and owner several times during the meal. He is not just asking a perfunctory 'Is everything OK?' He initially asks about your preferences and then tailors that evening's prix fixe course to accommodate what you told him earlier. He then comes back to ask if he did it well. This means he remembers you and what you told him. Remarkable!

This level a service carries over the rest of the staff. During our visit they were both attentive and unobtrusive - which is my gold standard. I didn't spend a lot of time with the wine list but it appeared to exist less as a major profit center and more as something to compliment the meals. Ahem... the prices were reasonable.

I was little apprehensive after reading some of the reviews here but they evaporated quickly. Some people have complained that the food was ordinary. I would answer that it was ordinary food prepared and served extraordinarily well. There is a difference.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“More name than what it is!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

It is famous, but to expensive for what really is, the food is ok, they do not have a menu, so the chef will tell you depending on what do you like, what he will cook. Again food is good, small restaurtant.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“If you like to get an Italian Surprise then this is the restaurant to go to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

We arrived early that night and were immediately welcomed by the staff and owner. He explained that there was no set menu but that we could express any preferences or things we did not like. Every single dish we got after that met or exceeded the expectations. A true authentic Italian culinary experience in Miami. We certainly will come back.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nirvana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“What A Great Evening!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

6 course Prix Fixe that is tailored to your liking with a personal interview by the Chef (who will also personally bid you farewell at the end of the evening). The food may not be cutting edge, but it is creative and delicious. Portion size was more than adequate (I am not sure why they downplay the quantity aspect when you are seated). They also portray the food as northern Italian but it's only partly true (blackened tuna with seaweed salad and starfruit compote was unexepected and deliciuous but not not northern Italian). It is a creative, delicious, satisfying and very personable dining experience. Don't miss this one!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“good food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

the food choice given by the chef makes this place an interesting place to have a different eating experience

  • Visited February 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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