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“Cold Steak and no wheels!”
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Quinn's
Price range: $20 - $60
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: From the man who brought Miami the celebrated cuisine at A Fish Called Avalon for nearly a decade comes Quinn’s, one of Miami's up and coming seafood favorites. Award-winning Chef/Proprietor Gerry Quinn is well known, well loved, and his culinary finesse has transformed a visit to the bustling Ocean Drive into an absolute treat. Quinn is dedicated to utilizing only the freshest available ingredients- from pristine seafood to just picked native farm produce. Cleverly redefining “local flavor”, the beloved chef fuses old-Florida style seafood concepts with progressive global trends. The result is a South Beach seafood institution in-the-making.
Reviewed May 10, 2007

There are lots of restaurants with lovely looking food displayed along the busy walkway of South Beach. We chose Quinns not knowing of it's famous attributes, but because it offered Valet Parking which we needed. Cost $20. After a drink at the bar, Mr Quinn himself (very charming indeed), showed us to a table right on the front - brilliant!
He highly reccommended the Bam Bam Shrimp as well as the Ceviche. Brilliant!
An energetic vibrant waiter came along to suggest the Bam Bam Shrimp and Ceviche. Brilliant!
We ordered the bam bam shrimp and Ceviche only to be told that they were sold out due to a large table that wiped them out! (Not so brilliant!)
Ok, plan B. I had the crab cake and my husband ordered the Steak, Rare please! 15 mins later, beautiful food arrived. The yellow meslin around the half lime looked stunning. One problem, steak cold. Not just cold, quite frozen. Potatoes cold too. Do you complain???? Well we did. 10 Mins later, same steak, cooked a little bit more problem rectified, I guess!! No apology though!
Seems everyone is in a rush now. Waiter ready to remove plates before we finished our meal. Very rude indeed! So we had coffee. As we looked around we realised that the place was pretty empty, as a matter of fact there was no one else dining there. All the rushing around earlier was actually tidying up. Plants moved inside, tables moved, umbrellas moved. OK we get the hint, we'll pay the bill and leave.
18% Service Charge!!!!! For a complaint of cold steak and Plan B choices???? Although it stated that this is added for your convenience, the gall to add on a service charge at all! Well, when in Rome. Bill paid, ready to go now. Can we get our car please???
NO! came the reply, valet guy gone, nothing to do with us at the restaurant! So what are we supposed to do? No help from anyone at Quinns or Park Hotel.
Luckily for us, a staff member from another restaurant was having a drink at the bar and overheard us and went to get the valet guy from up the street. All this took about 15 mins, again no apology, as a matter of fact, valet guy stood there waiting for a tip. You've got to be kidding me!!

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Reviewed November 20, 2006

We were a little disappointed, it didn't quite live up to expectations. The service is excellent but the food just seems to try too hard.

The tempura crab was greasy and not appealing, there was too much on the plate, oily sauces and everything covered in sweetcorn. I sent this back un-eaten. I would usually have commented but actually I didn't fancy anything else as they had run out of the ahi tuna which was my first choice.

My spiced snapper was beautifully cooked and the spices were amazing, but there was just too much going on on the plate. This fish would have been perfect on it's own, maybe with some salad greens, but i sent back a plate that was practically full. I'd eaten the fish but the rest of the dish (including more sweetcorn) was totally surplus to requirements.

The plates are overly complicated. A great piece of fish stands alone (the stone crab is perfect - it's just stone crab, no sauce, no sweetcorn, just really tasty crab claws). The mussels were good in a fantastic simple tomato sauce.

Oh and the BEST key lime pie (at which point everything else was forgiven)

2  Thank JMuk
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Reviewed October 25, 2006

Great Service, Great Food, good location on Ocean Drive. One of the best meals I have ever had. Oysters, Shrimp, Crab and a tasty Key Lime pie. Some restaurants on Ocean Drive just charge a lot and food is just so so. Quinn's is absolutley fantastic. A++

Thank bandits1
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Reviewed September 26, 2006

My husband and I are Miami locals, and wine and food lovers alike, and tend, like most, to steer clear of tourist-ridden, 2-for-1 drinks and 1/2 price appetizers up and down the strip. After reading about the improvements of Ocean Drive Dining in a recent issue of Ocean Drive Magazine, in which Quinn's was featured, we decided to give it a try. WERE WE AMAZED! A refreshing gem of fine dining and friendly atmosphere with absolutely no bargain priced pressure to get us in the door. Our evening began with Gerry Quinn himself greeting us at the door with a huge smile and the most genuine friendliness we've ever encountered to date in South Beach. He escorted us to a lovely table on the terrace overlooking Ocean Drive and the park full of lush palms just across the street. Our server was attentive and able to make recommendations on both wine and menu items, all of which we chose as not wanting to have to think amidst our one relaxing evening out together. The Bam! Bam! Shrimp, Chef Quinn's own creation that he developed at A Fish Called Avalon (he was their former Executive Chef for 14 years before opening his own place he informed us) many years ago, was phenomenal, and worth all the buzz it gets around town. Our server paired our courses with a flight of wine that complimented each perfectly. For our main course we indulged in the biggest lobster tail I have ever seen, which was prepared to perfection and served with a Vanilla Rum Sauce, Heaven ! (this coming from a New England native and lobster critic) All through dinner we were serenaded by a live musician playing the acoustic guitar and singing soft latin love songs. All I can say is THANK YOU MR QUINN for a truly genuine Miami dining experience, not overshadowed by the common facade of glitz and glam( which seems to have made food and service quality take a back seat in this city), and somewhere we will return to again and again to relax, wine and dine in the Atlantic Ocean breeze.

2  Thank Natalia03
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Reviewed May 6, 2006

Nice bar inside and the drinks are super. Good service for the meal but the food was just OK at best. If you like ceaser salad, this one is great. The lobster bisque also got good reviews around the table. Salmon was good and steak and chicken were, well...not so good. In the end, better than a lot of the places a little north on Ocean Drive but probably not as good a value given the cost.

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