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“A special treat”
Review of Zuma

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Ranked #15 of 4,201 Restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: zuma, located in the heart of downtown miami, brings chef rainer becker’s internationally acclaimed style of modern japenese cuisine to America. already renowned in london, hong kong, istanbul, and dubai, zuma miami offers a sophisticated cuisine philosophy of flavorsome, modern Japanese dishes in a fun and vibrant environment inspired by the informal dining style called izakaya. the menu is comprehensive and alluring. dishes are authentic but not traditional with bold, intense flavors and an emphasis on simple presentation acquired through quality ingredients. izakaya style means that dishes are designed to be shared at the table.
Miami, Florida
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133 reviews
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“A special treat”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

A friend and I went to Zuma for lunch to celebrate our birthdays. The food, presentation, atmosphere and service were all outstanding. The Epic Hotel appears to be the new "in place" where the young, beautiful and wealthy are hanging out. There were also quite a number of business lunches on a Friday afternoon.

Our waitress explained the menu which included a business lunch special (with 2 price options) as well as the regular menu. The regular menu is the same at lunch and dinner, and I'd suggest going for lunch since it really wasn't very noisy and the bar was essentially empty.

We decided to skip the business lunch and share a number of items from the regular menu. Think of it as Japanese tapas. The food and presentation were incredible, but I have to admit that the portions were pretty small considering the price. My friend also ordered a non-alcoholic drink which was quite creative and tasty, but at $8 it was very pricey.

Our waitress and the other staff totally amazed us with their professionalism and expertise. Be careful when your check comes since they automatically added 20% onto the total. We realized this because it said "additional" under the total on our credit card receipts. However, we chose to add a bit more since we thought it was well deserved!

The people watching and open kitchen added to our enjoyment. It was also great fun to look around and see what other people were eating. Dining at Zuma is certainly an experience which we totally enjoyed. Lunch came to around $45 per person which is more that we would usually consider, but for a special occasion, we were so happy that we did.

  • Visited June 2013
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Lermoos, Austria
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“Good, but not the best”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

After being a patron to Zuma Dubai and Istanbul this one does not live up to the promise.

Location is stunning and busy

Food is great, however after tasting some of the signature dishes they are not what as good as I have enjoyed in Dubai, black cod came cold-luke warm.

Service was unattentive and we have been rushed through. Some items were forgotten and we had to ask twice to refill our glasses of wine.

All in all it was ok, not more not less.

  • Visited June 2013
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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“a restaurant is not only food”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

A real good restaurant must give you a complete moment of pleasure: good environment, good service and of course good food. The decoration is as nice as many others. Nice view if you are near a window. I went first with a party of 8 and the drinks and snacks were OK (not outstanding). Then I came alone and it was exactly like a Ruth Reichl story. They told me to wait 45 minutes for a table and after 1 hour they told me that actually they wouldn't tell me when a table would be free. Is that possible in the No1 restaurant? No service or respect for people at all. Are they looking for making as much money as possible with parties of more people? A place to be seen? Just by the Brickell office people if you are interested on them.

  • Visited June 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“High End Izakaya, Miami Style”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

You'll pay dearly for the privilege (a meal for eight with drinks & wine was a small fortune), but overall, Zuma is worth it. Zuma is an excellent restaurant and a great slice of Miami nightlife. Perhaps the highest of the high end Japanese style Izakaya spots in Miami, local diners (and drinkers) at Zuma seem a bit outnumbered by singles and sophisticated tourists. It's still a great combination, with a nice view of the Miami River to boot. Apart from the potentially massive expense in front of you (dishes are small, so you'll need to order a few, and it adds up rapidly), the place can be quite noisy. Those are the only downsides.

Food standouts?: Great dumplings, cold spinach, miso marinated black cod, vegetable hot pot (waiter earnestly described it as "Japanese risotto,") pork belly skewers, a terrific, spiced roasted lobster, spicy beef filet, amongst many others. I like virtually everything off the robata grill. Don't miss the Yuzu Sake, and several of their house cocktails are great, too.

The "scene" here is definitely part of the place's appeal, but overall I'm consistently impressed by the kitchen's devotion and focus on turning out excellent dishes. Not an experience for every night, Zuma is a special, fun place, with excellent food and service.

  • Visited September 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Brilliant Food”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

I don't mind spending a bit more for some good food and Zuma isn't a cheap eat (we left with a bill of about $180 pp including tips) but while I've had similar bills in some very mediocre restaurants this place is incredible. Go for their set menu (which you can get in various price ranges) and you will not regret it. From beautifully crafted shashimi and nigiri, to fried soft shell crab, to mouthwatering teriyaki beef and a jaw-droppingly presented desert plate, every dish was a memorable treat. Wash it down with some nice Sake and you're in foodie heaven.

Moreover, this place is "cool", tastefully decorated with some nice lounge music in the background. The staff are very friendly and will accommodate special requests (as long as you're not taking pictures of the food, apparently that's frowned upon).

  • Visited June 2013
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