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“Ask for Chad he was AWESOME!!!”
Review of Milliken's Reef

Milliken's Reef
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Ask for Chad he was AWESOME!!!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

*** I have started putting up Autism Tips for those of us that have children with autism to give you a heads up on what you might need to bring or what you might encounter you'll see an ***AT*** at the start of any tip area.

***AT*** depending on the age of your children you might want to sit on the outside deck or near the sand play area. It will keep them entertained especially if you get lucky enough to see the dolphins swimming in the water. It's more laid back and casual but you'll be able to enjoy a wonderful dinner. When we were in the area on Saturday around 4:30-5:15 we were lucky enough to see the cruise ships go out. I hope you get to see the Disney ship go out - the kids will LOVE their ship horns "singing" to the tune of favorite Disney songs on their way out. :)

If you would like an enjoyable evening with a great view, not to mention live entertainment - depending on what your style is piano player inside, live band outside - you'll enjoy spending time here.

There are three "settings" if you will:

Outside - great for the little ones, they have an outside bar, a sandy play area, a live band, just very laid back basic beach type setting which is great especially if you have a little one that just cannot stay still! The toys and sand keep them busy. :)

On their deck you have a beautiful view of the port area where you can watch the Disney or Carnival Cruise ships come in / go out. We were lucky enough to see a pair of dolphins while we were there. Still casual, laid back and you can hear the band but it's not too loud.

Inside you have a more upscale yet casual setting. Piano lightly playing to enhance your dining experience.

I must say that we were seated in the best section in my opinion. Ask for Chad he was awesome - this is why we have him in the title of our review. We watched the other wait staff and didn't see the same personable experience with the other tables that we were fortunate enough to have.

He was very honest with the food - what he liked, what he hadn't tried yet - and we're pleased with his suggestions.

We started off with the "Wang Bang" shrimp - Chad's suggestion. At first I was unsure about this but my son liked the name so we placed the order. They are messy BUT delicious! I thought they were going to be spicy but they were not. Very enjoyable and a nice surprise.

I had the stuffed flounder which was very good - scale of 1 - 10 I would rate a 8 The portion is very large and can be shared between 2 adults.

My spouse and son had the swordfish and they enjoyed it. On a scale of 1 - 8 they would rate it a 7.5

We also tried their lobster bisque - it was divine! We would drive the 1 1/2 hours just for that alone. I tasted it and my eyes fluttered in pure enjoyment of how divine it was. Not joking - my husband asked if I was going to be ok. We have never tasted LB that was perfection and this one was. On a scale of 1 - 10 it would receive a 10 of course.

We did not have room for dessert but we're going to have that first next time we dine there :)

Their prices are very reasonable for the quality, freshness, and portion of food you receive.

We do not drink "adult beverages" so we are unable to comment on their liquor section.

Their sweet tea though is delicious.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank LetsG0Family
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English first
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“We were so embarrassed we recommended this place!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We wanted to treat our friend to a nice lunch so we came here on a Wednesday. It was a terrible experience! My friend ordered a fish lunch with french fries- came out with sweet potato fries (but they were hot!). Husb ordered a grouper wrap- fish was old, tasted horrible. I orderd a mahi wrap that was so dripping in sauce you couldn't hold it, but eat it with a knife and fork. Mine came out with the cold sweet potato fries. Meals were returned to our waitress Barbara, a young girl showing little finesse. No manager came to our table to apologized. Yes, there still is a great view but Milliken's was such a disappointment in all other areas.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Vinro
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Palm City, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Prices, Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This restaurant sits right on the water by the port. You can watch the ships come into and out of the port. The atmosphere is very calm and romantic. The food is excellent and very nicely prepared. The wait staff do not rush you and let you enjoy each others' company. Try the senior dinner consisting of flounder, shrimp, scallops, and chicken...you get to choose two. The saxophone player is wonderful and brings such peace to the place with his renditions of the older songs, like "Moon River", "Theme from the Titanic", etc.

Visited July 2013
Thank LJW0112
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Rochester, Mi
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207 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Beautiful views- OK food”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Directly on the port where the cruise ships go in and out. We usually grab a table out on the dock (1st come). Great menu selection (prices very comparable to other restaurants in the area). Not the best speciality drink selection though (they don't carry some of the liquor needed)...lots of beer choices though. Several seatng areas available (inside and outside). Service can be spotty (depends on who is your server). Hubby got the seafood special (he loved it), daughter got coconut shrimp which she loved and I had filet (done perfectly). side salads were a nice size and dessert was very good (had mango guava cheesecake that was made inhouse....excellent). Overall a great experience... definitely prefer Millikens over it's 'sister' the Sunset Grill

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank elphie1162
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Happy Hour”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

From 4-6PM very cheap drinks and 10 large wings for $5. The locals know how good a deal this is and show up just for this. Wings were excellent size and flavors. We had hot and garlic and both were very good.

Visited July 2013
Thank RickWestPalmFlorida
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