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“Biltmore is a historic treasure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fontana

Fontana
Ranked #19 of 319 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $80
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Granada
Description: One of the few remaining Miami locales offering traditional English afternoon tea, the Biltmore is arguably the most elegant venue, with its soaring vaulted ceiling, magnificent lobby and majestically mantled fireplace. The refreshing repast is served daily and is complemented with and elegant harp weekdays and music of an accomplished classical guitarist on the weekends. During the holiday season guests can expect themed pastries.Reservations are recommended.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Biltmore is a historic treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

Very nice historic building. Great service and fantastic patio and pool... Quiet and well maintained.

    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Jnoguera
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Miami, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Brunch - so overrated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Miami is my home base and for years I've heard of the 'iconic' Biltmore Brunch', so we tried it. If you are a person who values quantity over quality, you'll like it. If you don't mind awful, thick champagne flutes into which is poured good quality French Champagne, this is your place.
There is no finesse, a guitar player connected to a synth-orchestra machine, mediocre quality meats, pre-frozen shrimp, the juices are not freshly squeezed (the OJ reminded me of the frozen stuff you used to buy and mix with water), poly-blend napkins, ugly tableware and no indication of where the line begins for each food station (there are nine), so people from the left and people from the right converge on the staff behind the stations, making for uncomfortable 'who is next' issues. The quality of the food vs. the $75 p/p price makes this a clear loser from a 'value for money' perspective.
I recommend you try The Setai on Miami Beach instead. Fine linens and glassware, a jazz trio with no synth, a much more elegant environment, and food of a completely different quality (ie better) catagory than the Biltmore's just OK selection of cheese, meat cuts, pasta (especially poor and boring) and so forth.
Didn't appreciate seeing several employees on their mobile phones behind the stations during slow minutes, and an overall ' let's get this over with' staff attitude.
Om the positive side, napkins were usually refolded when leaving / returning to table, and the Mumm's Champagne was a good quality and offered frequently.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Toby C
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92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Consistently great.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

Love this hotel. Great pool. Great bars. lovely rooms; great service;great restaurants. A favorite. No more to say when everything is wonderful.

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Thank lton
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miami, fl
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“An incredible experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

A unique architectural building with history, five stars service. One of the best brunches in town on sunday. A $$$$$ but an incredible quality that would make excepcional memories

Visited September 2012
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Thank sandrasolis2000
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“What a selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

From breakfast to dinner. What a choice! So spoilt. Loved every biteful. And the waiters are very attentive if you need anything else just ask!

Visited April 2012
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Thank Clotilde M
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