Cantina Beach Restaurant - The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

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87 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
All set to a backdrop of endless blue ocean and colorful, casually sophisticated décor, Miami"s only oceanfront, coastal Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach presents innovative menu additions and daily specials inspired by Mexico's culinary regions, created by Chiapas, Mexico-native Chef de Cuisine, Andres Parlange. Vibrant hues of red and blue alongside espresso furnishings accent the cavernous, thatched palapa roofed restaurant, built by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians. Plush lounges, tiki torches and a fire pit complement the natural oceanfront setting, which is so captivating in its beauty that the island's first settlers named the location, "favorite path of the rising moon." A Tequilier (tequila specialist trained in Mexico's Agave growing regions) Heriberto Ovideo offers recommendations on the restaurants 85 premium tequila selection, the largest 100 percent Agave tequila collection in Miami.
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4.2based on all time ratings
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OT
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice setting, excellent service and good food.
Definitely a place to go to when in Key Biscayne`.
Must make a reservation.

j
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Extremely hot. Terrible food. Expensive.
Bad experience.

LP
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A little pricey, we could have easily shared portions but were not aware of size

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for dinner with kids! Fun to be on the beach - food is excellent and good kids menu!

AR
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto was an outstanding server. Ambience more than anything is what brought me here, but the rest of it will make me a returning customer.

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place, but the food was nothing to really write home about. A place this expensive should not serve drinks in plastic cups when you are sitting in their dining area. I can say I have been there and done that.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious fresh Mexican inspired seafood and fresh flavor fusion. Service was a bit slow and glassware for fine drinks and wine was plastic - a little chintzy for dinner I thought.

o
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Want to pay double for simple Mexican food? This is the place. I paid $24 for dry chicken and over cooked vegetables.

It’s very clear that Marriott now dominates the food and beverage service for the Ritz Carlton. You’re paying Ritz-Carlton prices for Marriott Courtyard food.

NF
36 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I felt the greeting and wait for seating was not the world class of the Ritz. Because I'm a woman who dines alone I was ignored. Not cool. Dinner took so long I was no longer hungry. For this price that was disappointing as was the food flavors. Tortilla soup called sweet corn chicken tortilla had neither corn nor chicken in it. This is the Ritz?

JG
Key West
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening started with great drinks at the Rum Bar with our bartender, Anthony. He was very friendly and very knowledgeable. We then dined at La Cantina which is outside right on the ocean. Food we as great, the view was spectacular and our server, Raul, was very friendly and attentive. It was a great evening.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An AMAZING experience, the food was great! We had the guac made at the table churassco steak and $5 tacos. The blended mojito with mango juice topped the night off for my wife. The valet is a bit high at $25 for only an hour or two.

MI
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The beach view was lovely, however, we expected more from the quality of the food considering it was a Ritz Carlton. It was average at best. The mixed drinks were good, though. I ordered the sea bass and far from being moist, it was overcooked and dry. The guacamole was tasty although it was not made 'table-side' as described on the menu which was disappointing. The desserts were a good final note to the evening. And the wait staff made a big deal of the birthday girl, bringing mariachi hats and taking a picture with a polaroid to remember the occasion plus a complementary dessert for the birthday girl. That was greatly appreciated. Don't go for the food alone.

CV
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (scallops & mango shrimp) excellent service and an amazing view. My go to restaurant every time I’m in town. Favorite place to catch up with friends.

TL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and beach view! Food was great and service was awesome!

D
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The service was horrible, we never received our guacamole that we ordered. The waiter took forever to bring us water or even get our drink order. They didn’t know who ordered which meal and we waited forever for our food. The food was good. The service was extremely bad, but now I know why, when you sit on the outer rim closest to the ocean they add a 18% tip no matter how many people are in your party! Don’t go there. Ritz Carlton you should be ashamed! This is not the service indicative of your hotel!

N
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely setting right on the beach. Good service, and the skinny margarita and red snapper were great. A little pricey, but it's part of the Ritz-Carlton resort.

CO
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently Fresh & Delicious

BS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Outstanding food the guacamole is the BEST.
Service is not the best but very friendly.
Overall love this place.

MB
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience of the restaurant is wonderful - on the water, perfect for a sunset dinner.
The food is delicious and not skimpy in its servings at all. The fresh made guacamole is good (just wish they gave more!), but the tuna tacos are fantastic!!!
The service was great: our server was friendly, knowledgeable and not at all overbearing! He was the kind of guy you didn’t mind having around the table. And we were visited by not one, but TWO managers who came to check on things, which I thought was both smart and lovely. It’s nice when that happens...showing care and consideration. More places should realize how much that little effort goes towards a clients’ feelings,

D
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Très bon restaurant
Cadre idéal
Ravi

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e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We were excited for table side guacamole... but lands up the call it “made table side guacamole” but it’s not, it’s premade- not the same! Food was ok, but nothing special.

t
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Fabulous view, passable food, horrendous service.

G
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cantina is our go-to place on KB, either when we’re staying at the Ritz or just close by. Great food, great service, great ambiance

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. We celebrate our son’s birthday, outstanding service!, food was excellent, I recommend the Black Diamond Margarita. They surprise us with a wonderful dessert as a birthday present

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I'm from Texas and this was one of the best chicken quesadillas I've ever had!

ES
New York Area
354 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We went to have a nice Mexican meal.
Well it started great and had wonderful guacamole to
start. Home made at table side.
Mark our waiter was very good. We spilt the
Fish tacos and the braised chicken
They were ok but nothing more than that
The last dish frajitas was very good
The view makes it very nice
Overall decent place. Expected more for the Ritz Carlton

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with my wife. The waiter Conde was awesome, very nice, patient, and caring person.

SB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service who made our dinner a lovely experience

d
Detroit
31 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Even though we had a reservation, when we arrived the restaurant was closed for the evening.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Casual, poolside Mexican restaurant at the Ritz Carlton. Of course the setting was lovely and the service very good. The appetizers were large and delicious. The octopus was very tender and the ceviche was perfect. The price for meals (mostly around $30 for entrees) and cocktails ($17 for a margarita) were ok. However, I didn't feel it was a good value because the Ritz charges $25 for mandatory valet parking on their property. Open table listed this restaurant as a $30 and under dinner restaurant. When you add the $25 parking charge, you are well above that.

J
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A very nice meal by the ocean. The kitchen was a little slow, but they made up for it by writing off our app and giving us dessert.

JK
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cantina is an open-air restaurant, adjacent to the pool area of the hotel. We had no problem walking the short distance from the hotel. It's more of a sundress and flat shoes place--don't wear stilettos. The view of the ocean is really lovely. And, even though the weather was intermittently rainy, we were fine throughout the meal. The food was good, the servers were pleasant, and the ambiance was just what we were looking for.

L
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2016
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was nice, a little bit pricey. We didn't like that on a Saturday night it closes at 10pm, also it is not fun that there is no cover pass way to get from the hotel to the restaurant, it was raining that night and hard to walk to the restaurant, everything outside was wet and hard to walk with heels under the rain. The food was great, service was good too, but next time we are choosing a restaurant that we can enjoy a late night with friends.

D
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance, the food and the service. Great view beach view!!

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was poor and when bad weather rolled in staff was unprepared to handle situation.

OT
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with good service and nice live music limited menu and very expensive children's menu. $15 for a small bowl Mac and cheese with no sides. Really obnoxious price. They need to fix children's options at Ritz. No parent likes to feel ripped off.

EH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are here twice this trip so far, incredible service and spectacular food.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , Great staff.
My only issue was that the lighting was dim
I brought up this with my Waiter. Max he was so kind and professional , he told me the reason , I felt so bad after
The reason for the Dim lighting is that they have Sea Turtles that hatch there and the light May Confuse the beginning of their Journey

SE
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great setting with spectacular views of the ocean!

T
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great, our server was great, it was just busy for the amount of staff they had working. Small menu, and what's on there is very good. The view of the ocean is unbeatable. Only down side is you can run into the occasional smoker which if you don't smoke, can be a drag (no pun intended)