Amara at Paraiso

4.5
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1424 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Inspired by its idyllic bayside setting, Amara at Paraiso is the quintessential Miami waterfront restaurant bringing together bold Latin American flavors, coastal ingredients, and South Florida’s diversity of food culture. From environment to cuisine and vibe, experience the dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty of Biscayne Bay that defines what living in Miami is all about through the lens of James Beard Award-winning chef/restauranteur Michael Schwartz.

We have 4 reservable areas in the restaurant : Standard - Enjoy bay views from inside our main dining room including banquettes and tables. Outdoor - Table seating on our covered terrace. Counter - Stools at our food bar overlooking the open kitchen High Tops - High tables for two at our window next to the open kitchen. First come, first served areas with full menu available include bar high tops, bar, terrace lounges and tables, and deck chairs by the water.

Please call for our corkage and cake policies and fees.

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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.7
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vipmidweeksupperclub
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING! One of my favourite stops in Miami for food, drink and vibes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The food took forever to come out, when it did, it was cold.
We were a party of 4 and ate at separate times.

Hopefully it was just an off day.
The cheese puffs and fried cheese appetizers were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Our server Luis ! He is the best !

Bar was slow and kitchen too, but we are in the middle of the Corona virus crisis, then we can understand.

Food was ok ... steak and eggs ( so bad ) but pork collar and green rice 👌🏼

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place, I love it, thanks!

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vipAnaF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with an outstanding service and view.

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vip2dumplings
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience with location on the water. Food was good and service attentive. Unfortunately, my son's strip steak was not cooked to temp he wanted. Sent back and was still too rare. Kitchen finally got it right with a new piece of steak. We enjoyed every dish we ordered and would gladly go back next time we're in Miami. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting. Well executed fish, roasted and ceviche. Good sides. Great cocktails. Not particularly creative. Highly recommended.

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vipJenniferH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The setting is lovely, right on the water. If the hanging plants which decorated the outdoor seating had been real instead of silk, it would have been even nicer. My overall impression is that I felt gouged. The prices are a 10, the food is a 7. I tried the grilled octopus appetizer on the server’s gushing recommendation. It was interesting and I am glad I tried it but neither that, my partner’s steak, the salad we shared, nor anything else we had that night was truly outstanding. Some restaurants you leave knowing you definitely want to tell others about your find. To us, this wasn’t one of them.

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vipJohnS
Miami
200 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

We have been to Amara many times and always enjoyed. Our last visit was a disappointment as we had a server who was completely inattentive - which is not the norm.

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FbnS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful view you cannot get anywhere in Miami paired with best food in city!

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vipMikeC47
London
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

All good.
Had chicken taco salad which was served in an uninspiring way.

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vipDbombx
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and exceptional water view. Highly recommended.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello Dbombx, Thank you so much for coming by and letting us know that you enjoyed your meal here at Amara at Paraiso. Hope to see you again soon - and those you recommend! Regards, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I treated my boyfriend to brunch at Amara and he absolutely loved it! The staff was very attentive and nice. The view is incredible and the food was delicious! Drinks were also very good!

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thanks for stopping in and letting us know you enjoyed your experience! Hope to see you again soon for some more delicious food and drinks. Regards, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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vipFoodie4life
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Had dinner on March 5, but not a great experience. we had a drink at the bar before dinner and our bartender was gruff and very unfriendly. This is not acceptable in a nice restaurant. We sat down to find the table was missing Cutlery and gum was stuck under the table. We were moved to the patio and sat outside. The food was good overall but the manager had zero skills when dealing with complaints. Best to avoid this place.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello Foodie4life, I'm sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience here at Amara. Please feel free to reach out to me directly, if you wish to further discuss, at skiely@amaraatparaiso.co m. Cheers, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good experience overall. Food, Service and ambiance were very good

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you for coming by and letting us know you have a great experience! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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vipBiznay305
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good seafood with a spectacular view

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hello Biznay, Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here at Amara! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon Kiely Assistant General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelente ambiente y muy rica comida

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MarioL
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, ambiance and service. I would highly recommend this establishment if you are looking for an overall great experience with friends or significant other

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on March 2, 2020

Hey Mario, Thank You for leaving such kind words! We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourself ... We look forward to seeing you again Billy Y

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Mal servicio; menú limitado y precios demasiado altos.

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DayannaD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Great place, bad service.
Its a nice place to have a drink.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hello DayannaD, I'm sorry to hear that you didn't receive great service. Feel free to reach out to me personally via email at skiely@amaraatparaiso.co m, if you wish to discuss further. Cheers, Shannon Kiely

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance, and views. So great

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vipPeter
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Sitting on the balcony/outside deck was delightful: the view of Biscayne Bay is unmatched. My friends and I come fairly regularly to Amara and are fans of Michael Schwartz's. That said, continuing attention to the quality of the food is a must. The fish sandwiches were excellent but the three-ceviche platter was boring, for example. We'll continue to be fans but hope that further attention might be given to the tastes of the lunch-time offerings.

Amara at Paraiso
Responded on March 2, 2020

Good Afternoon Peter, Thank You so much for taking the time to leave us kind words and some feedback. We will continue to work on the menu and elevate the experience for you next time you return! Look forward to seeing you soon Billy Y General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday brunch was perfect! Excellent food and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Mucha espera después de la hora reservada

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Excellent food, beautiful place. It was our first time in this restaurant. We went there to celebrate my wife birthday. Raul the server destroyed our experience. He never mention to us the food specials or the food specialties, he just stand like a McDonald’s drive thru teller and asked for the drinks and the food we want. Brought the appetizers after the main plates. We asked for the check and Raul again didn’t have the courtesy to ask us for deserts or coffee. As I said we went there to celebrate my wife birthday. We paid and left. We stayed there for one hour and half.
After that we went to Komodo to get a well deserved desert and drinks for the birthday girl.

Again the food and the place it’s beautiful.

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vipAlejandroZ
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

2nd time visiting this place just to give it another chance but i won't come back to eat. Drinks are great and the view is nice.

EG