My first trip to this restaurant and we were all mesmerized y the beauty of its surroundings. Unique coquina building with open outdoor dining among trunk-lit coconut palms throughout the patio. A great sample of what Miami outdoor dining can be in the cooler, yet drier months of winter. The food was good, though the soups came in lukewarm instead of hot, once returned and brought back at the right temperature, the taste was unique. sweet plaintain soup with mussels and crabmeat. The main entrees were nicely prepared and well presented. The service lacks thorough training to be good. It was mediocre at best. The servers didnt notice that there were missing pieces on one table setting, and we had to ask for bread and butter, and later for salt and pepper. While he had the "tonight's specials" well memorized, he failed to suggest taking our drink orders. We asked him to take it for us. Upon the food being brought to the table, the server asked whom had the snapper and whom had the crabcakes. This is a basic expecation of a good trainer to have servers ID the dining guests so to not have to ask for whom's the food belongs to later, and how to read the table to ensure that it is properly set. Management seemed to be around, but they seemed to be running with little attention to supervising the servers.
All this can be overlooked because of the beautiful ambiance of the locale.