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“High tea at the Biltmore was a wonderful experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fontana

Fontana
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 913-3200
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Ranked #23 of 271 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Granada
Description: One of the few remaining Miami locales offering traditional English afternoon tea, the Biltmore is arguably the most elegant venue, with its soaring vaulted ceiling, magnificent lobby and majestically mantled fireplace. The refreshing repast is served daily and is complemented with and elegant harp weekdays and music of an accomplished classical guitarist on the weekends. During the holiday season guests can expect themed pastries.Reservations are recommended.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“High tea at the Biltmore was a wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Biltmore should be visited because it is a stunning example of high-end hotel opulence. The concierge is happy to provide a well-written description of the hotel's history. And walking around the ground floor and first floor is a visual treat.

We love High tea services so we had it here. It was superb -- amazing selection of loose leaf teas (over 20); mouth-watering assortment of sandwiches and sweets, including clotted cream; superb service...and at a very reasonable price -- less than half of what we paid at the NY Plaza, and far superior in every respect!

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San Diego, California
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200 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Perfect food, service and surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Talking to Predrag Starcevic, the Fontana Manager, one begins to understand the service mentality that makes Fontana such a perfect dining experience. Although the room is open also for breakfast and dinner. Dining outside in the central courtyard of the Biltmore hotel, lulled by the soothing noise of a huge fountain and surrounded by tall trees, is just part of the picture. That picture is complimented by formal but exceptionally friendly service and a kitchen that skillfully uses high quality ingredients to create perfectly cooked and presented dishes. Importantly, the kitchen is responsive to guest needs, for example preparing succulent veal with a butter lemon sauce, not the standard menu sauce. For the standard the entrees in the mid to high $20's are not unreasonably expensive. The bill includes an 18% service charge and gratuities are optional, but well deserved.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful atmosphere, delicious breakfast - for a price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

Like every place on the Biltmore grounds, the prices border on extortion, but at least you get what you pay for here. We had the $25 breakfast and it was worth every penny: an incredible spread of pastries (including my favorite, pan au chocolat), fresh fruit (the good stuff, too, like red raspberries, blueberries, etc.), omelet station, and Illy coffee. The terrace dining area is tranquil and gorgeous, too.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Romantic dinning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Loved eating next to the outdoor fountain on the patio with all the beautiful palm trees and romatic lighting.

Visited December 2012
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Miami, Florida
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Most beautiful hotel anywhere with the exception of Alfonso XII in Sevilla.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Feels like you are in Spain. Beautiful. The only shame is that they always seem to have an Italian restaurant instead of having a Spanish restaurant in what is a Spanish architecture from 1926 with beautiful Sevilla-like courtyard. It is a beautiful place for lunch, dinner or a drink. I wish only that they had enough sense to open an affordable Spanish restaurant at the Biltmore. They can have both Italian and Spanish. Why not?

Visited November 2012
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