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“Amazing Food, Amazing Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Dining Room - CLOSED

The Dining Room
413 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.397.8444
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Cuisines: American, Latin
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Miami Beach, Florida
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“Amazing Food, Amazing Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2011

My husband and I have become regular fans of this place. We frequent it at least once a week when we're in town, sometimes more. It is our "go to" place when we want to show friends what terrific food we have in South Beach.
Last Saturday, we took some friends since they'd been hearing us rave about it. The place was mobbed and we hadn't made reservations. That said, we managed to get a table. Two chefs were on duty in the small kitchen (Cristian and Horatio). Even with all the chaos of handling the full house, we (and everyone we talked to around us) got fabulous food and service. First, our guests raved about The Dining Room's truffle butter and bread, as well as the marinated cucumbers that are all sent over gratis before your meal. This night, the chefs sent out to all the tables two new dishes to try: fluke ceviche with pink peppercorns and octopus carpaccio. Both were wonderful and everyone was amazed at the special bites, particularly when the chefs were clearly very busy. We and our guests shared the duck salad, the cobia ceviche, the branzino, the fish soup, and sides of tomatoes and mushrooms. For dessert, the Baked Patagonia. All were top notch and everyone left happy and sated. The atmosphere is intimate, and lovely. The music is low-key so you can have conversations without shouting. This place is a real gem.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food, great atmosphere...great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

My wife and I ate here this past weekend with another couple, during primte time hours. They were pretty busy when we got there however we were taken care of, there was an open table outside and we took it. Luckily the weather was nice, as it made for a great evening.

Everything on the menu looked amazing, and having eaten at Ola (same owner) we knew it would be wonderful. We couldn't make up our minds so we ordered 4 starters, the duck salad, red snapper ceviche, clams, and serrano wrapped scallops. Every appetizer was more than impressive. Being the food snob that I am, I am skeptical about any restaurant trying to do innovative dishes, well not the Dining Room...every app was amazing. The duck salad with the arugula was perfect, the ceviche was some of the best I've ever had...and being that every restaurant tries its hand at ceviche these days, I've had a lot. However, nobody does it like the Dining Room. The clams came in a delicious broth that when paired with the wonderful bucket of fresh bread they give you makes for a perfect starter. (not to mention the pickled cucumbers and butter with truffle oil that is served with the bread). As far as the scallops go...amazing. I am picky about scallops, especially when so many places ruin them with uncooked or improperly cooked bacon. Not these, the serrano ham was perfectly cooked, a bit crunchy and not overdone.

Being that our starters were so good, we knew dinner would be the same. We decided to share 3 entrees, the hazelnut crusted lamb, the churrasco steak and the crispy pork with a homemade mustard and pickled radish. All i can say is, they were all amazing. Each dish was so different, and yet so perfect. This place is definitely a foodies heaven.

For Dessert we shared the choc almon semifredo and the baked patagonia, thanks to everyones reviews, and they were right on. The Patagonia was like something Ive never had. Sweet, tangy, perfectly refreshing.

While the food is not only perfectly done, so is the service and the way they treat you. Our waiter was on point and we had the opportunity to meet with one of the owners, Brian, whom we have met at Ola. He is extremely personable and took the time to make sure everyone was having a nice time. The decor is very quaint and cool, its nothing like most places in South Beach. I highly recommend The Dining Room, as well as Ola. Both easily my two favorite restaurants right now.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011 via mobile

We showed up in a rainstorm with reservations. They had no tables because the weather caused about 4 tables to be unusable in the outside dining area but they still honored our reservation and created a table for us.

The service was excellent. The food and the menu were wonderful. Very nice place to romance an talk.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“A Neighborhood Restaurant that Sparkles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

I almost hate to give this favorite spot away but it's so good, I want it to be here for a long, long time so.... The service is wonderful -- attentive, unobtrusive and very efficient. The place is small but lovely. A huge chandelier is their trademark and it lights the place with a nice glow. Flowers and candles on the tables and on a high ledge complete the romantic scene. Chef Cristian Alvarez is amazing and his food is exquisite. The menu is divided into Little Plates, Starters, Mains, Sides, and Desserts. The salads, particularly the Duck Salad and the Salad de la Noche, are large enough for two to share. The grilled lamb chops (Little Plates) comes with three chops and Romesco sauce - perfectly grilled and delicious. The Red Snapper Tiradito and Cobia Ceviche (Little Plates) are incredibly fresh and tangy with a touch of chili. Of the mains, the branzino is probably my favorite, followed by the halibut. My favorite sides are the Brussel Sprouts and the Heirloom Tomato Salad; again, both large enough to share. For dessert, Baked Patagonia is yum and their sorbets are super fruity and light - something you might appreciate after stuffing yourself on all the delicious food beforehand. Put this place on your "must try" list - you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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boston
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“Serendipitous Encounter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

We sat down at one of the tables thinking that we were at a different restaurant. There is an Italian place right next door that we had visited last year while in South Beach and decided to try it again. But after being greeted by the waiter, Andy, we immediately realized we were at the Living Room. After a glance at the menu (looked very interesting) and being told that during the special "soft opening" of this new place, that the wine was free, we decided to stay. We are glad we did. Excellent excellent service and the food was wonderful! We tried a couple of small tidbits to sample flavors and then each got an entre, plus dessert. Boy did we splurge. We loved that the names of all staff members were printed on the back of the menu and we also appreciated table service from Sender, who speaks better English than he lets on. We can't guarantee the free wine will still be going on if you visit, but we feel pretty confident you'll have a great time and spectacular food.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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