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“Christmas Eve at the Biltmore in Coral Gables” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fontana

Fontana
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 913-3200
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Ranked #6 of 275 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Christmas Eve at the Biltmore in Coral Gables”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is our second year celebrating Christmas Eve at Fontana ... and we were not disappointed. As always, the ambiance is romantic and festive. The food was wonderful, particularly the Sicillian Cheesecake dessert, which was divine! Our servers were attentive and very nice. We even had two special requests that were addressed without question and equally delicious as the items on the Christmas Eve menu. Such a beautiful setting ... and special place to celebrate a holiday. Our Christmas Eve tradition at Fontana will continue in 2014,

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 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
Miami, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful selection, ambiance, exceptional service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I took my wife here for an anniversary Sunday Breakfast/Brunch. Absolutely amazing experience, excellent, attentive service, wide selection of various options from omelette to caviar. Strongly recommended!

  • Visited December 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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Miami, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Most beautiful hotel with gorgeous grounds.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The Biltmore and its grounds are so pleasing and lush. Love having lunch in the courtyard area and the service is so old world and professional. Walking around the property and seeing the exotic pool, golf course, gym and the stunning lobby with the most colorful little birds in the ornate cages is amazing!

  • Visited October 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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Miami, Florida
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“Service Equivalent to a 1 Star Dinner”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

The experience for 7 business people at a Place labeled to be a 5 Star Hotel and Restaurant was absolutely unacceptable!
From the get go the waiter Kevin and servers could not get the right type of water to the persons who ordered it, three times over and over again!
Then our table got served two plates (we had not ordered yet) that was meant for another tables!
Only 6 main course meals were served, while the 7th was forgotten ( the waiter said it was a miscommunication). Until the 7th meal arrived those waiting ended up eating cold sea platters.
People who ordered Nutella dessert got the fruit tart, the person who ordered the vanilla pistachio ice cream got vanilla chocolate ice cream!
When waiter Kevin was informed about the (new) mixed up them only thing he would say was sorry!
I strongly believe that although the food was good the resonance and memory of the bad service equivalent to a 1 star dinner will keep all of our business group and acquaintances away from this local!
The lack of service could be due to the already charged and included tip!

Visited November 2013
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Homestead, Florida
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Now Thats Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

What a fantastic meal we had. Our Sommelier was great our server (Giovani) was fantastic and the food...wow.
The wife had the risotto with seafood(off the chain) and I had the traditional Carbonara and it was delicious. The portions were huge and we were so full we could not finish or even have reset. Next time, thats a must. Try the salami and cheese appetizer really good. We will be back, for sure.

Visited November 2013
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