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“Stellar in every way” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ola at the Sanctuary

Ola at the Sanctuary
1745 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
305 695 9125
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Ranked #13 of 843 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $65
Cuisines: Cuban, South American
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 17th
Description: Good for Romance, Special Occasions, Entertaining Clients, Large Groups, Private DiningDinner Options: Reservations, Dessert, Late Night, Out door Dining, Private or Semi Private dining available for large groups
Michigan
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“Stellar in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Service, food, ambiance--OLA has five stars for everything. We started with the Fire and Ice ceviche, which was quite possibly the best ceviche I have ever had. If there is one negative, it is that one must exit outside to use the restrooms in another part of the building, and in a Florida shower, the last thing you want to do is go outside.

  • Visited November 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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OLA1745, Owner at Ola at the Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience at Ola Restaurant and loved our ceviche. Thank you for your review and we hope you will visit again.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“OMG hamachi nikkei is stupendous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Fabulously friendly place. Everyone knows everything about the menu down to what they marinate the food stating every herb. The hamachi was the best ceviche and the mixed ceviche (shrimp, octopus, cobia) being more traditional was real good.
Robby the manager was filling in as the bartender and was such a wealth of information and super nice person. Excellent service and friendly staff. We had the lamb chops and salmon. I wasn't expecting a full rack and couldn't finish it. I'm normally a big Cabernet California wine drinker but they really didn't have any beside Louis martini so I tried the Argentinian Cabernet and really enjoyed it.

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OLA1745, Owner at Ola at the Sanctuary, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
We are pleased to read you had a wonderful time and your enjoyed the ceviche, lamp and salmon. We hope you can return again and try the other ceviches we have to offer.
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Overpriced”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Unfortunate experience when holding a business reception at Ola earlier in the year led to an overpriced party where the food ran consistently low due to "other receptions held on the same evening". I would not recommend this restaurant for a large group event.

Visited March 2013
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OLA1745, Owner at Ola at the Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
We are sorry to hear that you did not have the experience you were looking to have at Ola. When was your event and where do you think it was overpriced? We love to hear feedback so that we can assist better. We have events all the time at Ola as well as many corporate receptions and have not heard of food being low or complaints; therefore please let me know your areas of dissappointment.
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Homestead, Florida
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Great Little Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic restaurant at a very off the beaten path place. If you are not looking closly you might miss the Sanctuary Hotel and miss out on an incredible dinning experience.
We started with a ceviche (Hamachi) that was fantastic. The Corn Empanadas were delicious and our entrees were great. My wife had the roast pork and I had the salmon. The portions were so big we could not finish them and the side of Fufu (a mixture of mashed ripe and green plantains with pork) took me back to my childhood.
Please ask for Robbie who will make your night special and his wine suggestion was spot on. Great place you will really enjoy it.

Visited November 2013
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“Superb!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We were recommended this restaurant by a friend and we were not disappointed. We booked and shown promptly to a table of our choice outside. The area was romantic but with some life and had a perfect setting. The service was great, friendly but not too over the top and not to stuffy. The wine list had a good selection and we started with a cocktail which was reasonably priced. then fodd came out, prawn starters like I have never tasted before and the main lamb and tuna was amazing. No deserts as the dinner sat just right with us but a nice coffee to finish. I would highly recommend and a nice pleasent good bye from the staff, A STAR!!!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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