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03/11/2012Provided by Citysearch
This restaurant is outstanding! I have been there many times and love it so much, that I decided to write a review on it. I love going on Tuesdays and Fridays and sitting at the bar. The food is outstanding and there is nothing better than to get a server like Joel to know every detail of what the food is all about. He also knows a lot about the wines and it is a true pleasure to enjoy the best food and wine selection in town with someone as knowledgeable as him. Chef Cindy is amazing and it is a true wonder how she seems to create food as delicious as she does year after year! Definitely my favorite restaurant on Miracle Mile. PROS: EVERYTHING! Advice: Sit with a server that makes your experience a wonderful time, and you will forget all your worries and enjoy great food, wine and great drinks! CONS: Parking, food can get pricey, and the bartenders on Saturday night. I definitely will wait until Joel is in the house!
09/02/2011Provided by Citysearch
i love everything about the place but Joel makes the experience complete. The man is a genius at concocting on the spot drinks. He made me a drink he now refers to as ""the passion pill""... AMAZING!!!! He's on every detail. Nice to go somewhere where everyone is so friendly and anticipates what you want before you order it. Food is always amazing. Cindy is a genius. I pressive wine list and great wine tasting events! A must!!
05/14/2011Provided by Citysearch
I went to Ortanique on the Mile to celebrate my anniversary with my significant other. The restaurant has beautiful decor and I was looking forward to experiencing great food and a great time. We enjoyed the food immensely. It is one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced. However, unfortunately the service was not great. We had a waitress, we believe her name was Juanita. She was disconnected and you can tell that she was not interested in being there. When I asked her questions regarding a certain dish, I can almost swear that she rolled up her eyes. It is a true shame, because beside the bad service, we were very satisfied with the food we ate. This restaurant is known in the Gables to be one of the best restaurants in town. We drove down all the way from Aventura, but we will never come back again to be treated with such rudeness.
01/29/2009Provided by Citysearch
This is the most exquisite food I've ever had and I've been to many places over the years and considering I'm from France, this place is such a special place and decor will enchant anyone. I was also very very impressed by the service, waiters are very well trained with excellent manners uncommon in Miami...sorry for those Miamian! Now, food wise -everything on that menu is just FANTASTIC and just delightful and dessert is a MUST> Kudos to Chef Cindy Hutson!!!
11/16/2008Provided by Citysearch
i just wanna thank joel, best bartender in Miami ever!!!
It's not only about the good mojitos in town that he makes.....it's just because of the way he treats customers!
I really miss to sit down in a good bar having a nice chatting with a bartender like Joel
Best regards from Chile
Andres Torres Luque
07/29/2008Provided by Citysearch
Thanks for the GREAT expericnce sitting with you at the bar and chewing the fat last Tuesday. We had a great dinner and the drinks were outstanding! We went to the Marlins game but wished we had stayed for one more round with you guys
I am going to try making the next generation margarita this Wednesday for a dinner party we are having. I hope I can get some good limes here in Chicago.
We look forward to visiting you again sometime in the near future!
Best regards to you and your family,
Tadd & Jenn Gleason
05/07/2008Provided by Citysearch
After 3 visits I think I can safely say this is some of the best food in Miami. The food is amazing and the service is perfect. Plan to wait at the bar even with reservations and for a romantic time ask to be seated in the booth area. They have a great wine list and the people are very knowledgeable.
02/18/2008Provided by Citysearch
Went here when we were on vacation last week. It was reccomended by a family member who had been there before. I have to say, the food was absolutely delicious. I'm a seafood lover, and tend to be very picky, and each course i had had was to die for. The scallops and shrimp entree was so good I wanted to pick up my plate and lick it. The owner/chef came over to our table and said hello. she was very friendly and fun. The decor was funky with a carribean feel. I drank wine, but my friends were having mojitos and raving about them. Next time I come back to Miami I will definately be back here.
10/06/2007Provided by Citysearch
This was our second night in a row. We were going out of town and we had a blast with Joel at the bar. He basiclly told us what we were going to have and that we would love it. He wasn't pushy he asked what we typically liked. He told us about the history of the place and talked about the owners/chef (Cindy Hudson & Shirley). He was by himself and was very busy, so the info was given in pieces. Apparentlly everyone at the bar must have been there before cause everyone seem to know Joel by name. It was crazy but just the fun atmosphere that we didn't know we were in the mood for. I'm gald the hostess told us to go to the bar and wait for our table cause then I would'nt be telling everyone about this. This restaurant, though tightly spaced and a little loud was very cool and makes you feel warm and cozy. The food was every bit as good as Joel said and infinitly more. Do yourself a favor and come to Ortanique, call ahead make sure that Joel is at the bar cause he told us that he only works on certain nights , (don't remember which one's). Ortanique is a little pricey, but that's the last thing you will be thinking about right after you have one of Joel's cocktails, and some of the best food I've ever eaten anywhere(sorry mom) !! By the way we had these rum drinks Joel told us were made with 25 year old rum, and champange, and mint and lime (I know sounds weird but oh my god ! Though we didn't have any wine that night, Joel told us that he had an award winning wine list and Tues. is half price wine. We had the Lamb chops, Boullabase (yes I know I spelled it wrong). We had the Banana fritters, and the rum cake. I'm tired of writing - just go and see Joel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
07/13/2007Provided by Citysearch
When you expect the freshest seafood cooked in the most delectable manner, including the ceviche, you must eat at ""Ortanique"" . Even if you don't have reservations and you need to sit at the bar you will have an ecstatic experience with Joel making his famous mojitos from scratch, THE REAL THING!!! not just chemical mixes. The ambiance, the food, and especially Joel make this an overall positive and great energy boost any day of the week!!! My hats off to you all. I strongly recommend ""Ortanique"" to those with a refined palate for both food and drinks!!!
Lots of love and good luck always!
05/21/2007Provided by Citysearch
Some friends and I headed to Ortanique on the Mile for a couple of drinks last Friday. The bar service was excellent, extremely friendly staff, very nice setting, and most importantly the drinks were amazing. As a Cuban-American I must say I have tried mojitos almost anywhere and everywhere you can imagine, but these were just spectacular. There was an excellent mix of ""yerba buena"" (spearmint) and rum, it went down smoothly and had a great after effect (lol). Thanks alot bar staff, my bartender (Joel Garcia), and everyone at Ortanique on The Mile for a great time...till next time (very soon). A little pricey, but worth it.
09/18/2006Provided by Citysearch
Took my girlfriend to Ortanique for a special occasion and it was anything but. First the service was terrible. We sat down after a drink at the bar and no one served us for about 30 minutes. We ordered a bottle of wine and it did not show up until after the appetizer so we returned it. We ordered the tomato and mozzarella salad and did not taste like anything. I had the filet for dinner which was very good. The best part of the meal. Then we ordered desert and the rum cake was super dry. I was really expecting a tasty meal as they have tons of awards all over the restaurant. Very disappointed!!!!
08/22/2006Provided by Citysearch
The concept might look nice but the lack of good service and the absence of clever food will never be compensated.
The wine service was slow, the two first oredered bottles were unavailable. The third arrived well into our appetizers were served, way too warm and in really disgusting cheap glasses, very disappointing especially considering the prices charged.
Bland shrimp and tasteless grouper. Dessert was almost inedible.
05/19/2006Provided by Citysearch
The City of Coral Gables is lucky to have such a gem! This restaurant exceeds your expectations. The food is amazing, the ambience takes you away to a romantic island away from your usual surroundings. The drinks are spectacular and Joel truly makes the best mojito and white chocolate martini I have ever tasted. It is just as great to stop by the bar before dinner as to eat at the bar because of his spectacular service. One of the few that truly knows all the ingredients and savory dishes offered at Ortanique. When the owners of this restaurant are in town, they are there to greet you, to make you feel comfortable and they offer you the world with their love for food and people. Chef Cindy Hutson's dishes are truly scrumptous and amazing. Thank you for bringing the caribbean to us...It saves us airfare!
01/27/2006Provided by Citysearch
Ive been fortunate to have traveled to the Caribbean on many occasions. After dining at Ortanique on the Mile, it is inescapably obvious that the exotic heat that hits the Caribbean, has hit The City Beautiful. This restaurant has smashed the proverbial nail on the head with its unique blend of different Caribbean styles and flavors while still retaining its position as Miamis #1. While truly amazing for its food, this place is the authority of its kind. There are many restaurants today in the Caribbean that cannot compare. I close my eyes, savor the food, and Im in the Caribbean. Chef Cindy Hutson has command of her mastery in the kitchen. The ambiance is very posh and artistic. Reservations are a must here due to the commanding demand of a Caribbean escape so close to home. Like at Nobu, I could finally spare the airline ticket for good. L.A.
Phone: (305) 446-7710
Address: 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Fax: (305) 446-9895
Parking: Garage, Street, Valet
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Caribbean, Latin American, Seafood
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
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