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“Very elegant and classy restaurant”
Review of The Forge

The Forge
Ranked #18 of 1,096 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Royal Palm Ave & Sheridian Ave
Description: The Forge is one of South Florida's most legendary steakhouses, dating back to 1969 on Miami Beach. The award-winning restaurant is not your grandfather's steakhouse - although it once was. With its modern décor, ambiance and philosophy, The Forge has undergone a total makeover, the overall design and décor was executed by Francois Frossard. Walls of hand-carved blonde wood and antique mirrors, lilac and white crystal chandeliers, a wall of bubbles - are perfectly interspersed with the historical pieces that adorn the space. Every diner's seat is "the best in the house." The open floor plan of the 6,000-square-foot space allows guests to see and be seen. Executive Chef Julia Doyne presents a 65-item menu along with a delicious Dessert Menu. Finally, there's a labyrinth-like Wine Cellar with eight-rooms devoted to the rarest vintages in the world, and even a secret, lux private dining room, which seats up to 25 guests. The bar offers guest 64 Enomatic's wines by the ounce.
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Very elegant and classy restaurant”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Went to this restaurant for Christmas eve dinner. The place from what I heard has just been through a major renovation. The place really does live up to it's food reputation. Everything was very good including the service and timing. For my maim couse I ordered the venison dish, was outstanding. It was the filet of venison prepared to perfection. The souffle, ordered at the beginning, to finish the evening was also very good. They have a great special on Friday evening, if you are into champagne, hey offer a bottle of Veuve Cliquot for $50, great value even in Mami Beach. They only criticism I have is there wine list. Although extensive very hard to find well priced bottles of wine. I found that if you order anything under $100 they don't decant the bottle and basically drop it off on he table and pour yourself after the first pour. I questioned the wine Stewart/ sommelier about the holes in the wine list for certain Italian wines and he basically just was not interested in discussing the issue. Other than that a very good restaurant, they need to work on some things......but given how busy they are,maybe not!

  • Visited December 2012
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“Go for the Clicqout Happy Hour - will NOT be disappointed!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

My husband and I stopped in here on a Friday night for the Veuve Clicquot Happy Hour and ended up getting a bottle ($50) instead of two glasses ($20). Well worth it! We sat at the bar and rather enjoyed the atmosphere, service, and of course, the bubbly. Thought the place was great, decorations were amazing, and although we did not stay there for dinner, the food other patrons were having looked good. Definitely check out the happy hour, you won't regret it!

  • Visited December 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“One of A Kind”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Good choice when visiting South Beach. The owner takes pride in every detail. Super bar scene and wine bar by the glass. Not for young children.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

I have a general rule never to write reviews for restaurants on tripadvisor - but BE AWARE! This was the worst restaurant I have been to in over 3 years.

I am a jolly fat man who loves food - and I will list all the better restaurants at end of this review.

We ordered to start: steak tartar, bruschetta, shrimp waffles and fried cauliflower. steak tartar tasted like it was out of a can. bruschetta was like they made the toppings in the morning, and put it out aside and scopped remainings. fried cauliflower was fine - but just so oily w a tacky sauce. the shrimp was burnt.

we then cancelled 3 out of our 6 main courses - ate the venisen, the mac n cheese with lobster and gnocchi with lamb. meat - was OK if it was 50% the cost. the mac n cheese was ok too - but its not hard to make carbs, cheese and lobster taste remotely edible.

this place is a freaking joke - a typical vegas type wanna be - but hte food is actually BAD - not even not that good - horrible!

then the worst - they come in the beginning and brag about 7 different souffle flavors and having to pre ordered it. well we did - they burnt the crust completey. like it was a joke.

they took off a lot of our meal. waiter nice.

but this restaurant is clearly run by a bunch of tacky goons who have a complete disconnect between design/marketing team and execution of its offerings. food was actually horrific.

where to go:
michy's (amazing food), mandolin and michael's genunine - the 3 M's of the design district.
on south beach - dutch, prime 112 (food WAY better than forge, if scene is your priority).
pubelly and pubelly sushi are amazing. tonie's for low key sushi. joe's stone crab.

if you need scene - and dont care if food overpriced or potentially so-so - then at least go to meat market and prime 112. because forge food is actually HORRIBLE. for real

  • Visited December 2012
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Delray Beach, Florida, United States
1 review
“Major Attitude is the price for good food....”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Our dinner was dampened by the attitude of the staff, who scoffed at our wine selection and threw away a $40.00 filet mignon that I could not begin to finish and asked to take home with me. Waiter claimed he "did not hear me." We also were asked to wait at the bar with a confirmed reservation that had been made over one week prior. This turned out to be close to an hour wait.

Although the food was excellent, the way the staff treats you (as if they don't need you or your business) is a killjoy. A 20% gratuity is automatically included in your bill, well affording these people to behave this way. Apparently, patrons do not get the opportunity to tip according to actual service experience, since the staff is guaranteed this amount. Their comfort level shows, and it takes away from what otherwise would be an amazing dining experience.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Laura R
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