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“One of the best meals we've had in a long time”
Review of Costa Med

Costa Med
Ranked #5 of 70 Restaurants in Key Biscayne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $55
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER! Fun With Friends, Celebrations, Family Nights or a Romantic Date... This beautiful Bistro is the place to see and be seen; casually elegant fine Bistro dinning with friendly service make it a local favorite. An impressive wine list, accompanies its sumptuous dishes. Run by a local resident and his family since establishing in 2003. Our Kitchen: Eclectic & contemporary continental cuisine, with a combination of Mediterranean, European, Caribbean, Asian and South American flavors. We Proudly Feature: All natural products, freshest fish-seafood, organic poultry & produce, Certified Angus USDA Prime quality natural grass fed meats, amazing appetizers and salads, Italian risotto, delicate pastas and homemade desserts. All made with the best imported products and trans fat free cooking. Our food is prepared onsite as it is ordered and served alongside an extensive international wine list. Come and enjoy, we'll do the rest… BON APPETIT!
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“One of the best meals we've had in a long time”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

OK, so your view is of a strip mall parking lot. But never mind that. This place was phenomenal. I wish we could go back every night we were visiting Key Biscayne. Costa Med was #2 on Trip Advisor, plus was highly recommended by our concierge at the Ritz. It has one of those menus where you cannot make up your mind WHAT you will pick...everything on there pushed our buttons, and everything we eventually decided on was to die for. My husband had the foie gras and the fish special for dinner. We also shared a greek salad, I had the tuna tataki and the turbot with parmesan risotto. All accompanied with a bottle of champagne, and resulting in groans of happiness. The wait staff was a tiny bit slow, but very friendly. The restaurant is very small...maybe 15 tables in total, so it is recommended that you make reservations.

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Wheaton, Illinois
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Tasty meal in a cozy setting”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is a small restaurant located within one of the many strip malls along Crandon. I mention this because the outside seating are tables along the facade of the restaurant in the walkway of the mall and your view is the parking lot. You may not care but you may also be surprised, depending on your expectations. We had a reservation for 7 and were seated at 7:20. All the waitstaff was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable and food was timely. Definitely, try the octopus appetizer as it was something different and it was delicious! The chicken rotolato and linguini with mussels and clams special were also good but just didn't wow me. Wine list selection had good variety. Our server neglected to offer us dessert and just seemed focused on whether we thought everything was "great".
I would return to sample more of the menu offerings, but I wasn't as impressed as some of the other reviewers.

Visited February 2014
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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent all around”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

We stayed at the Ritz and were greatly disappointed with Cioppinos. So, we checked Trip Advisor and went to the highest rated restaurant on Key Biscayne. We were not disappointed. The service and food was superb and fairly priced for the quality especially in a resort area. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgable about the menu and wine list. I had the Lobster Ravioli which were the best I have ever had. My husband had a special, Black Linguini with shrimp which he thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Visited February 2014
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London
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Finest dining on the Key!”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great little spot. I was nervous at first when I saw the menu. A range of U.S., Asian, and European dishes. Often a small place like this screws up when it tries to do too much! I should not have worried. Every dish was superb. The fresh fish specials were outstanding. The substantial and imaginative salads were delicious. The garlic fried kale is big hit. The seared tuna starter was breathtaking.

Sometimes they tried to pile too many tastes on one plate. For example the crab cake was delicious by itself. It didn't need the whitle sauce and balsamic vinegar spread on top. A few of the salads would have been better with a bit less cheese. However, the kitchen was very accomodating with requests to tailor the dishes to suit my tastes.

The staff was very professional and friendly. They do a nice job describing each dish. Food arrives at the right pace.

The wine list is too short. Still there were a few interesting bottles to try. No hard liquor, so you need to retire to the Ritz Carlton if you want an after dinner rum.

  • Visited December 2013
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New York
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Stay at the Ritz, Eat at the Med”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Just a mile from the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne in a nondescript strip mall sits the Costa Med which advertises "Mediterranean cuisine on an exotic island". Exotic island, that's a stretch... but the cuisine? For sure! The teeny tiny restaurant books up days in advance during the high season and there's a reason why. Let's start with the service... impeccable. Young affable staff who know the menu inside and out. We sampled many dishes including tuna tataki, octopus carpaccio, chicken rotolato, turbot. All were exceptional. Here's a tip, the Ritz offers free shuttle service to Costa Med Friday and Saturday. Traveling with kids? Reserve the first seating at 6p and sit outside.

  • Visited December 2013
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