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“Seriously extravagant brunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fontana

Fontana
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 913-3200
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Ranked #13 of 289 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, 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.
Panama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Seriously extravagant brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

There are a couple of brunch buffets around the globe that can probably compare to the Biltmore's Sunday Brunch. A couple.

I have been going to this brunch for years. It never fails to impress visitors and locals, alike. Sumptuous, decadent, extravagant... those words simply don't suffice.

To say there is a plethora of choices and stations is an understatement. The seafood station alone usually fills me up, but then... with the glutton gene fiercely enabled... one must head to the bread station, the salad station, the carving station, the dessert station... and more!

Not cheap ($80 per person), but really with unlimited champagne and mimosas and all that glorious food, it is so worth it.

All this is a beautiful, old-world setting that lets us live as Gatsby might have for a couple of hours on a Sunday. Perfect.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best Champagne Brunch Buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This selection and service were impeccable. Wide variety of choices and all prepared excellently! Staff was so helpful and accommodating. Setting was very relaxed and elegant at the same time. Not at all stuffy!!!!!

Visited September 2013
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Miami, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Tea Time at the Biltmore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Tea time was delightful! It consisted of a variety of teas, scones clotted cream and strawberry preserves with an assortment of finger sandwiches and pastries. We enjoyed listening to the acoustic guitar as it's owner serenaded us with beautiful music from various parts of the world including the Andes and the Alhambra! The calmness and relaxing setting allowed us to sit and get caught up on old times.
A wonderful experience which is offered daily at 2pm and 3:30pm.

Only one thing was missing to really have the true British experience as in the UK,..the British servers. They know how to do this in style It's a tradition!!! .

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Augustine, Florida
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Miami Spice dinner in a fantastic setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

As other reviewers have said, the courtyard setting at the Biltmore Hotel is one of he most beautiful to be found in the Miami area. We had the Miami Spice dinner and wine pairings and were very pleased with all selections. The crab cakes and rib eye were delicious but the most interesting selection was the vegetarian pasta (and I love red meat). The service was outstanding. We had the restaurant's sommelier as part of the service team and enjoyed a very informative discussion of Italian wines and California restaurants. We will definitely return to Fontana on future trips to Miami.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Wonderfull athmosphere around the fountain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The food was great, but what I really enjoyed was the seating outside, around the water fountain. The waiters were not always around, so the service was so-so.

Visited September 2013
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