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“Great views, but wow! Service is slow”

Smith & Wollensky - Miami Beach
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Ranked #83 of 1,103 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $55
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: South Pointe Park
Description: Relax in a steakhouse with a view. The Miami skyline and crystal waters of the nearby Government Cut channel set the backdrop for a lunch or dinner replete with timeless glamour. Our breathtaking location includes a waterfront cafe, outdoor patio, two floors of restaurant seating and water-view private dining rooms for groups from 20 to 450. Start or finish your evening at our fashionable Deco bar.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We were a party of eight excited to hit one of the hottest spots in Miami Beach. Yes, we expected dinner might take some time -- eight is a big party, and we were ordering starters, meals and sides. But the time it took was unreasonable. Our starters came out fairly quickly, but the time between courses had to have been more than an hour. The waiter stopped coming near our table after a while, maybe because he didn't have our food yet. We asked about it several times and were told "soon" each time. In the meantime, water glasses remained unfilled. Our total time at the table? More than three hours. For the price, the whole experience should have been top-notch.

The food itself was very good. We had a good mix of entrees, and everyone seemed pleased with both surf and turf. I had the tuna, which was well prepared. The starters were delish, especially the mac and cheese, though one bite was enough for me -- it is rich! Salad portions are too large, so plan to share.

One other odd note. The table they stuck us at was tiny. We were rubbing knees and knocking elbows the whole time, and there was no room for the food and wine glasses. Sharing anything was like running and obstacle course. There were larger options.

I'd like to give this restaurant a better rating, but when you wait so long for your food -- and watch other patrons come in after and leave well before you -- it's just not a good experience. I won't return.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

A great steakhouse that also serves good fish. We ate there recently with a group with a set menu and everything was wonderful. The appetizers that were passed around we're amazing and could have taen the place of our meal: beef Wellington, buffalo oysters, etc. the staff were friendly. Unfortunately we didn't think to request a microphone in advance and they didn't have one we could use for the event.

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

i love the angry lobster and the bone in ribeye steak. great service and excellent views of goverentms cut . very good wine selection

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Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

this was my toughest review so far, the food was great. service was also flawless. however there was a "group" of 16 men trashed obnoxiously stumbling around the dining room. not what i expected from this restaurant. when i spoke to the mgr. about it he explained they showed up drunk he apoligized and comped our check. he explained this isnt how it is at smith and wollensky. we will go back because they made it right.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

At least once a year, we make sure to visit Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach. It truly is the most gorgeous setting of any restaurant on South Beach, and the food is consistently delicious. This Smith & Wollensky has been made even better by its manager, Elliot Dines, who handles a demanding crowd with grace and patience. Most commendable and appreciated is his ability to stick to his word in the wait for a table. It is well worth it. This remains one of our favorites on South Beach.

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