Visited Stubborn Seed a few weeks ago and, after no response from management, I feel compelled to write this review. We arrived at 6:30pm for a reservation and were immediately seated as there was only one other table occupied in the restaurant. We ordered the chef's 8 course tasting menu and wine pairing seeing as how we have been to several restaurants (3 Michelin star establishments included) and thought we knew what we were in for. Boy, were we ever wrong. The food started out and was coming out at a nice pace. However, once the clock struck 7:30pm, the restaurant started filling up and then service immediately slowed to a halt. After our 3rd or 4th course, we waited on average 30-45 minutes between courses. As we had a baby at home, at 9pm, when we still did not receive our main meat course, we called it a night and asked to be cashed out. The manager came over and gave a halfhearted apology and charged us for one wine pairing and tasting menu. It would not have been as big of an issue if we were on desserts, but since we had not received the meat course and still had dessert and, presumably, another 45 minutes to sit and wait, we decided to pull the plug.
I cannot express how much of a letdown this was as we were looking forward to our visit so much and now, I can unequivocally say that we will never be back. In fact, it only reinforces why we never travel to Miami to eat dinner anymore. Making the drive from Fort Lauderdale just to sit there and wait a ridiculous amount of time for food is absolutely inexcusable. The saddest part of all? The food was very good that we were able to try, but the service or the timing with the kitchen absolutely ruined the whole experience. Afterwards, my wife sent an email to the address listed on the website for the Grove Bay Group, which owns the restaurant and now, even after almost a month, we have yet to receive a response. The verdict? Another typical South Beach restaurant who thinks that you are lucky enough to dine at their restaurant, not the other way around, as it should be. I'll gladly take my money elsewhere from now on. Perhaps the name "Stubborn" Seed is completely appropriate.
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