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“Special, unique restaurant”
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Romeo's Cafe
Price range: $40 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: SW 22nd Avenue
Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had the pleasure of dining here earlier this week.

Romeo's is very unique. As stated elsewhere you merely express to Romeo what you like and don't and then a 6 course meal appears over 2 hours.

All the food was very good and some truly extraordinary. Like the pasta.

Décor is definitely very dated old school Italian but I guess that's part of the charm.

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Thank Scott J
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Romeo's Cafe is one of Coral Gables, nay South Floridas, best restaurants. Romeo and his staff will take you on a truly unique culinary experience. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy. 2 of his dishes were unforgettable; a truffle risotto that was exceptional and crispy roasted duck with a fresh raspberry sauce and baked apples. Price does limit it to special occasions but worth every penny. (Ask about his life story. Very Interesting.)

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Thank miamiMAS
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Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Romeo's cafe is a charming, small romantic restaurant. We requested a quiet table set off from the rest. We were seated in a little alcove surrounded by their red wine collection. The owner and chef, Romeo, came out to greet us and to explain what was unique about this restaurant. There is no menu, he offers a six course meal that is the chef's selection. However, he asks you about your food preferences, any allergies or other dietary restrictions. He asked us what our preference would be as to beef, duck or pork. One of us expressed a preference for pork the other for duck. He also asked if we liked fish. He explained that each of the courses would be prepared for taste, not quantity. Armed with our preferences he went back to the kitchen and we prepared ourselves for a true culinary adventure.
The first st course was a Salmon carpaccio with capers. The salmon was sliced paper thin and was very delicate. It was so delicate in fact, that the capers overpowered it a bit but it was still quite good.
The second course, which we both rated as our absolute top pick, was a fiocchi stuffed with pear and grana cheese accompanied by a Quattro frommagio sauce. The sauce was made of fontina, blue, parmesan and grana cheese. The pear added an amazing sweetness and texture that kicked this dish over-the-top. Our first words were, "whoa" then "wow"!

The third course was seared sea bass with baby lima beans. It was served hot not warm. Beef is beef, you can have a filet or a Delmonaco and the flavors are so indistinguishable; whereas with fish each species has a unique flavor and the taste is susceptible to being enriched with the spices that are used. The Seabass had a gentle taste and the lima beans, butter and spice used to prepare it made for a magnificent combination.

The fourth course was risotto with porcini mushrooms and truffle oil. They had us at the smell of the truffle. It was very rich but what good risotto isn't?

For the fifth course, one of us had seared pork with a light and sweet apple sauce, and the other had duck with vegetables. The pork, while quite good, was a little on the dry side and the duck was a little too salty. Of all of the courses this one ranked the lowest.

For the desert course, one of us had pecan pie and ice cream and the other had an apple tart. Both were a nice finish to the meal.
They had an excellent wine list and from our little alcove we could survey a number of their offerings. Their selection of Italian reds was excellent. With two bottles of wine and gratuity, the meal was around $230 per person. While the food was quite upscale another thing that we really liked about this restaurant was that it was not in the least bit pretentious. It was a really nice dining experience with fine food a friendly staff and an owner that clearly loved his job.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Booked dinner for a party of 9 persons at this small, 8 table restaurant located in Coral Gales.
The decor is classically elegant, maybe a bit on the dark side. We were quickly seated at our table at the reserved time.
There is no menu at this restaurant; Romeo, the owner/chef comes to the table to ask what each of the guests cannot or do not want to eat, takes mental note and goes back to the kitchen. The cuisine is Northern Italian and constantly varies; been there quite a few times and never repeated a dish with the exception of the first course which is always a smoked salmon carpaccio.
The 6 course dinner, 5 different dishes plus one dessert came in well timed successions. Each one was simply excellent, with portions with just the right size for a tasting menu. Each dish was perfectly cooked and well presented. A variety of great desserts complemented the meals.
The wine list was well chosen with good price/value relationship which will not bankrupt you; the fixed priced menu is not cheap but is well worth it. The service was impeccable.

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Thank Kh445
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I am not sure what some other reviewers are looking for but this was one of the best meals I have had in some time, including Europe, NYC, LA, Chicago, etc. It is pricey but what was delivered was worth every cent compared to faulty meals I have paid a little less for but received far lower food quality. I am sure the kitchen has staples they have positioned in advance of the chef's visit (unless you expect truly singular meal prepared by a single chef which would be $600/plate and up!). However, our table of 3 each received different dishes all through the service, based on what we told Romeo. 6 courses which were delicately prepared and sauced (of which I am a tough critic). Afterwards, I was satiated but not uncomfortable, which was surprising due to the generous portions served. I will return again and I was to thank Chef Romeo for a wonderful meal and experience. Please move to Charlotte, NC for us!

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