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“If you like undercooked rubbery overpriced fish, this is the place for you” 1 of 5 stars
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Escopazzo
1311 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Flamingo / Lummus)
(305) 674-9450
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Ranked #429 of 876 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: French, Italian, Continental, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Flamingo / Lummus
Cross street: 13th Street
Transit: 1 Bus
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“If you like undercooked rubbery overpriced fish, this is the place for you”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

Ordered fish dish. Rubbery undercooked, overly salted fish on plate with cherry tomatoes and a few pieces of olives. Was supposed to be over a bed of semolina. No semolina, an essential ingredient as per menu. Towards the end of the meal, waiter plops down a bowl of gruel (semolina?). Sorry, chef forgot, heh, heh.
But wasn't it supposed to be an ingredient to be married with the taste of the rest of the ingredients? Apparently not.
Under the circumstances, a classy place would delete the charge-or make a reasonable accommodation. Not here. They charged full price although 1/3 of the dish was missing!!!
My friend was shocked that a tiny bowl is spaghetti (also overly salty) was $30.00. I don't mind overpaying for good food, but this was just, as a friend from rome would say, thievery.
After this experience, I am wondering how this place got the positive reviews it got.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
London, UK
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“overpriced, poor service and generally poor food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We ate here on the recommendations in trip advisor and were sorely disappointed. The overall experience was laughable. Ridiculously expensive. There were six of us. The starters were OK and mine was in fact excellent - an asparagus 'tart' - really good well prepared and presented. The 'seafood of the day' starter was also OK although my friends had mixed feelings and the presentation of the three 'identical' dishes was certainly varied. We then waited over an hour for our main courses - no apology. Two of us had the lamb special which turned out to be a poorly presented and cooked lamb shank with burnt potatoes. One friend had the tagliatelle special with truffle and at $55 dollars for four 'mouth fulls' was overpriced and again poorly presented.

The restaurant prides itself on its wine list. We ordered a bottle of Gavi de Gavi - they didnt have it. The alternative when presented was corked. The first sauvignon blanc that came was also off - not a good start to the wine experience.

The ambience didn't help - we had to keep asking for the air conditioning to be turned down as on one side of the table we were all cold. The service was inattentive. WE were not even asked if we enjoyed the food - the staff - and indeed the chef - didn't seem to care in the least.

Coming from the UK the overall decor reminded us of a faded 1960s trattoria in a London suburb with a faux 'fountain' in the back room which in the publicity blurb suggests it is a tuscan courtyard......!

In our opinion a restaurant to avoid - far better places in South Beach, better food , better service and better value.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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São Paulo, Brazil
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“One the best Italian restaurants in Miami”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I had a wondeful experience at this restaurant. All appetizers (try the aspargus flan) and entrees were above expectations, the wine list is extensive and much cheaper than similar places and the staff is very nice to everyone.

It´s not a flashy-glittery place like much of Miami beach, but that´s one the things that made me like it even more.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois and Naples, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Return one year later”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

In December 2011 we visited this restaurant and I wrote a review complaining about the noise. Our firends insisted on returning and we had an exquisite meal. Our reservation was at 7:30 and we seated in the front of the restaurant. Even as it filled up the chatter was okay. This is a somewhat expensive place, but the dinners were all excellent and the service was the same. Now I would say "GO".

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Caledon, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Good food, friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Went for dinner on a Wednesday to this narrow restaurant located close to our hotel on Ocean Drive. Waiter was very friendly and was very knowledgeable about the wines they carried. Limited menu but they had several specials. My wife is fussy about what she eats and did not find much on the menu that she liked. She ordered the Butternut Squash ravioli and enjoyed it. We both started with a zucchini soup that was tasty. Overall a good restaurant but would have liked more pasta selections. The waiter did offer a tasting menu.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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