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“Fire & Ice in South Beach Again & Again!!!” 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 #12 of 872 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Price range: $25 - $65
Cuisines: South American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fire & Ice in South Beach Again & Again!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We are still dreaming of "Fire & Ice" which is a ceviche menu item. Cobia is marinated in blood red oranges, topped with a slices of fresh jalepeno, served on top of pear granita! The most amazing culinary experience ever!!! So glad our waitress who had worked at Ola for many years recommended it to us. Everything we ate was based on her recommendation, and all was so amazing. We want to go back to South Beach just to order Fire & Ice at Ola!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 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, August 4, 2014
Thank you for your detailed review, we enjoyed reading it. We are happy to read you enjoyed the Fire and Ice ceviche during your dining experience at Ola. What else did you try and who was your server? We are pleased to hear you will return to Ola again and will look forward to your next visit.
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“Ask for Jorge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Excellent meal made even better by our waiter. Jorge made the experience exceptional. Will definitely be back!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, August 4, 2014
Thank you for your review. We are happy that our server Jorge was able to enhance your experience at Ola Restaurant and we hope you will return again.
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“Ola restaurant Miami beach ”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Terrible not open for business Recommended by concierge. Paid taxi. Not recommended. Couldn't believe nothing posted

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OLA1745, Owner at Ola at the Sanctuary, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thank you for you review. We apologize you visited Ola while we were closed. We advised Hotel concierges as well as notified guest that we were closed for the day due to new installments. What hotel referred you? We do hope you give Ola another chance and visit again. Please email info@olamiami.com your next reservation so we can better assist you.
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Yummy Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The food here is amazing, it's small with a great staff, busy, but not too loud where you can not carry a conversation. We come here every time we visit Miami.

Visited July 2014
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OLA1745, Owner at Ola at the Sanctuary, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thank you for your review and for you loyal service of being return guest. What is your favorite dish at Ola?
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“First time, expensive, but great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We've been to the Ola at the Sanctuary based on the Tripadvisor reviews and we have not been disappointed.
It is a bit away from the scene in Miami Beach on a side road and if you did not target it based on the address you would probably never pass by or see it.
We booked a table and this worked out very good, no surprise in a professional environment like this. The service was extremely friendly, attentive and we did get explanation and advise on everything we asked.
A couple beside us was chatting and as they heard that we are not from the US we started a short discussion. The woman told us that she usually only goes there on business as it is quite expensive, but worth it. They are locals and told us that this is the best restaurant in Miami Beach and they are happy that it is not in middle of the touristic area so that it is not overcrowded. We didn't tell that the restaurant is already quite popular within the tourist community referring to Tripadvisor ;-)
We were happy having found this gem and it was a wonderful experience and we've been told that this is probably the best authentic latin american restaurant in Miami Beach.
We went for a mojito with the starter, which was the smoked marlin tacos - wow! Just great!
For the mains we had Pollo Criollo and roasted Cuban pork. We had a beer each and my partner a coffee at the end. We paid 166.37 (incl. 18% gratuity on the bill) and rounded up so that we finally included around 20% gratuity as we really have been happy with the service and the food.
We must admit it was more expensive than other restaurants, but it was a great experience as we did like everything we ordered and the coffee was excellent too.
This is another place we will go back to during our next stay in Miami Beach.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Thank you for your detailed review. We are pleased to hear you had a great dining experience as well as were able to meet locals in the area. We are looking forward to your next visit to Ola on your next visit to Miami.
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