My husband and I had dinner here a couple of weeks ago. What a disappointment. But, then again, unfortunately this has come to be expected on Miami Beach. Many locals avoid Miami Beach for so many reasons - traffic, expensive parking, over-priced food, and poor service. It is a pity, because there are many good things about Miami Beach - a wonderful atmosphere, fun people-watching, cool architecture - and going to Lincoln Road is always fun. But why can't the restaurants avoid the "over-priced, poor service" problem?
The house wine was a rip-off. $35 for a bottle of Vendage Cabernet Sauvignon, which is, literally, one of the cheapest wines available in the grocery store, available for $5 or less. Ok, I know that all restaurants mark up their wine, but can't they at least choose a house wine that is a little better? Or at least one that every consumer doesn't know sells for $5 a bottle in the store? You know right away you are being ripped off. It doesn't set a nice stage for the rest of the evening.
Then the service left much to be desired. Our tables had bread plates, but we weren't brought any bread. Finally, once our meals had arrived I asked the busboy/busgirl to please bring us some bread. We waited and waited. No bread came. So I asked the waiter what was the purpose of our bread plates if we don't get any bread and would he please bring us some bread. He did.
The meal itself was ok. I had the rabo encendido and my husband had the tuna. I can't complain about the food. It wasn't great. It wasn't bad. It was ok. Expensive, of course, but that is to be expected on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
It is nice to sit outside on Lincoln Road and watch the people go by. And I had high hopes for this restaurant as I've lived in Miami a long time and I remember when this place opened years ago to much fanfare. Sadly, though, this restaurant is not what I expected it to be. I will not return.
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