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“Exceptional ceviche and dining experience”
Review of OLA Restaurant

OLA Restaurant
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Sun, 7/21
8:00 PM
Ranked #30 of 1,291 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $65
Cuisines: South American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 17th
Description: Good for Romance, Special Occasions, Entertaining Clients, Large Groups, Private Dining Dinner Options: Reservations, Dessert, Late Night, Out door Dining, Private or Semi Private dining available for large groups
Reviewed March 18, 2019

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.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 15, 2019

I approach old favorites with trepidation for fear they won't measure up to my memories. I am happy to say that was not the case with OLA, which not only holds up but improves with time. We had dinner this past Monday, looking for something light. We ordered three ceviches: Fire & Ice, lobster, and snapper, and had an order of corn empanadas at the suggestion of our server. All three ceviches were very good, but we enjoyed the snapper most of all, with its unique mango-aji amarillo sorbet. All were very fresh with good sized portions. The empanadas were interesting, much sweeter than I expected. They came last, so the sweetness was welcome as a sort of dessert course. All this was accompanied by Pisco sours and great service. Overall, a very enjoyable visit, and we will be sure to stop by again on our next trip to Miami.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 14, 2019 via mobile

The storefront was unassuming but the interior and rear dinning deck (sanctuary) were wonderful dinning atmosphere.

The menu featured a wide selection of ceveche appetizers and entrees to please almost any palate. We enjoyed the salmon and roast pork entrees.

The service was excellent!

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

Ola’s staff, service, and quality food was impeccable. Sitting outside was such a privilege! This is definitely a must-have in Miami Beach! We loved our servers, our food, & our drinks!

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

I cringe when I see people dining on bad Mexican or fake fried calamari on Ocean Avenue b/c Miami has so many better choices - this is one of them. Go for the incredible ceviche but also enjoy their other delicious starters. Sadly, we filled up on many small plates before making it to a main course but I’m sure they were equally delicious! We had “da bomb” for dessert and it was aptly names! Outside was nice but I would have been equally happy inside. Good service. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank TiffanyPC
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