If we weren't otherwise booked, we might be back here every night! It was sunny and warm at 6:30, but the sun was setting, so we sat in the sun a few minutes outside on the back deck next to the river. It's covered (sun was below the covering), and there are fans, and it was just perfect. Twinkling lights on the deck and spotty disco lights onto the river and trees behind make for a romantic setting after sunset. Nice selection of cocktails; we started with a passion kamikaze, which was so perfectly refreshing on a hot day - lovely. A really nice selection of ceviches - we started with the fire and ice, a combination of moderately spicy jalapeno limey cobia with a pear granita to balance the tingle - what an amazing combination! First time we've ever had an icy combination with a ceviche and really loved it! Clever and what an explosion to your palate! Next was the snapper ceviche, local FL snapper paired with a mango sorbet - again, just magical. Can I say now, that we never, ever felt rushed? We moved through the menu one item at a time, so we could both share the experience when it arrived to the table. Next was the octopus salad, with a single leg cooked perfectly on perfectly seasoned kale greens, and how amazing was the black olive paste and the passion fruit glaze on the octopus!!! Next, the lobster empanada inside a squid ink dough - really we were too full already to order this, but couldn't pass it up, and it, too, was truly amazing! We love to sample and love the opportunity for several plates rather than big entrees, but they do have those, too, and they looked pretty fantastic coming to the tables. And even though we were too full, we still had to try dessert - not a tres leches cake, but quatro leches! Our waiter (who was also excellent, I can't say that enough) explained that the cake was traditional, but the dulce ice cream on the side took it to the next level and he was so right - again, just perfect. We would loved to have tried the flan, too, but that will just have to wait until next time. FYI - $22 for ceviche seems a bit steep, but in this case, we really felt they were so worth it. We had walked the mile from our hotel in South Beach, and it was quite easy; Ola is inside a small hotel, at the back - you can't see it from the street, but they do have the name at the front door. So not sure how parking is. We had opted for an early dinner, and they definitely weren't busy that early, but were full by 8:00pm, so you definitely want rervations.
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