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“Pure Olive Oil on dinner tables instead of Extra Virgin Olive Oil... this is totally unacceptable”
Review of Amalfi on the Beach - CLOSED

Amalfi on the Beach
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: A true authentic Italian restaurant in Miami Beach
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Ate there on Oct 6th 2012. All the containers containing the extra virgin olive oil on the tables were showing a yellow color which is the color of pure olive oil. Extra olive oil is meant to eat and pure olive oil (much cheaper) is meant to cook with. The waiter assured me that it was extra virgin olive oil on the table.
Smell test: my oil on the table had no smell, contrary to extra virgin olive oil. The waiter again assured me that he had filled all the containers on the tables himself and that it is extra virgin olive oil. I asked him to go get that container of extra virgin olive oil and an shot glass. IT WAS GREEN. I said: "this is extra virgin" and I did show him the difference of color and smell. HE WAS CUT LYING.
I will never go back to that restaurant. That is an insult to our intelligence. Besides, the food was mediocre.
If you go, look at the color of the oil on the tables: it should NOT be yellow.

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Thank Simon D
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We ate at Amalfi on the Beach on New Year's Eve where they had a prefix dinner menu.

We asked for a wine list and were informed that there wasn't one just "whatever we were thinking."

The first course was a soup or salad course. Between the two of us we had the caesar salad and the seafood soup. The salad was generic and the soup came with crab claws with no way to crack them.

For the entree course we both selected the filet mignon, one ordered mid-rare and the other medium. We also asked for two glasses of pinot noir. We were given one very very rare steak, a rare steak and two glasses of white wine that wasn't even pinot gregio.

The waitress didn't seem to care to be there. In the middle of dinner one of the maintenance personal came in an turned on tv that was at a blaring noise level. He didn't turn it down/off until the hotel manager told him too.

The only decent part of the whole meal was dessert, we had the cheesecake and tiramisu.

We paid 6 times the price than the meal was worth! I would suggest going down to Lincoln Road or Ocean Drive for any meals instead of eating here!

Thank Jesse B
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

The "complimentary" breakfast was cold, and bland, and then a $29.00 fee at check out for one! Very poor quality of food, and they were closed more than open during our stay.

Thank HulaGirlatHeart63
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Best food I have eaten in a really long time. I am from Boston originally and found this restaurant to be A+. Crab cakes and filet mignon were amazing. Very romantic and the service was excellent. I would strongly recommend going to this restaurant. We will be going back again for sure. We were so glad to find this gem of a place to eat in our neighborhood.

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Thank starmoon
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We went as a couple. One of us enjoyed this restaurant, the other really disliked it. Amalfi is styled and the dishes are served in the manner of an old world Italian village restaurant. Live music enhanced the experience. So whether you like it or not depends on whether you like an old fashioned "authentic" Italian village experience.

The food was well prepared, but not to Miami Beach modern quality standards. Good, fresh rolls were provided, but in an "upscale" Italian restaurant you expect fresh Italian bread. Olive oil was on the table, but no balsamic or butter and we are not fans of pure olive oil on our bread. The veal marsala served was OK, but honestly we like Carrabba's veal marsala down the street better. It was rather bland here. The Caprese salad was likewise decent but not spectacular. The worst part was the serving experience...one waiter and one assistant for about 30 customers.

Of course the ambience is far superior to Carrabba's (as are the prices). In fact, as we have posted in a previous review, the Carrabba's near Amalfi is one of the worst Carrabba's around.

If you are in the area, it is worth checking out Amalfi. But to take a special trip? Probably not. There are many better Italian places around including Quattro and Altamare and even Scarpetta.

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Thank ValVil
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