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Lunch Patio - Sawa, Coral Gables, FL

Sawa

4.4
4.4
977 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Sawa Restaurant & Lounge opened with a contemporary Mediterranean & Japanese dual-concept cuisine in early 2010 in the beautiful upscale Shops at Merrick Park.

Sawa's dual-concept tapas-centric menu was created to encourage a shareable dining experience. The menu tells a story of when the East meets the Far East and the unique offerings of contemporary Mediterranean & Japanese dishes merge an innovative sushi menu with a memorable ensemble of tapas and entrees. Guests can explore traditional Lebanese dishes, such as hummus, kibbeh, and falafel and expand into nouveau Mediterranean and Japanese flavors, as Sawa fuses together creative cuisine elements into one great menu.

While Sawa is known for its inclusive & creative menu and beautiful outdoor ambiance, entertainment is also an integral part of Sawa's story, focusing on an upscale eater-tainment concept as dinner guests are enchanted by live professional bellydance shows every weekend.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 16:00–21:30 Fri, Sat 16:00–23:00 Happy Hour Mon–Fri 16:00–19:00 Bar Happy Hour Daily 16:00–20:00 Bellydancers Fri, Sat 20:30–22:00
  • Phone number
    (305) 447-6555
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef
    Jouvens Jean
  • Catering
    Several different indoor/outdoor, on-premise/off-premise options available.
  • Private party facilities
    We specialize in events and are very flexible in customizing your event to fit your needs. Visit our private dining page on our website for menus, pricing, and event coordinator contact information.
  • Private party contact
    Events Coordinator: (305) 447-6555
  • Area
    Coral Gables
  • Cross Street
    Ponce de Leon
  • Parking Details
    Mall Garage Parking, Street Parking and Mall Valet Parking available
  • Public Transit
    Metrorail, Coral Gables FREE Trolley
  • Entertainment
    Live Bellydance Performances Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and 10:00pm Annual Coveted NYE Dinnertainment extravaganzaRomantic Valentine's Entertainment
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 977 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

977 Reviews
  1. RalphV

    Miami - Dade

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the picanha steak with fries, medium rare. The steak was inedible. It was exceptionally difficult even to cut with a steak knife, let alone chew to satisfaction. I never send food back but felt compelled in this case. That's where the real problem began. The manager came over and offered the dish again. I declined. She then substituted sausage and a desert. In the end, I was billed nearly $40 for the picanha and was still billed for the desert too. When I complained about having to pay for food that was nearly inedible she said there was nothing she could do. This is my second negative experience at Sawa. There won't be a third.

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  2. JulieK

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food and service was ok. The restaurant inside smelled like pine-sol cleaner...not pleasant. The music was so ridiculously loud it ruined any chance of an enjoyable meal. I would not return.

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  3. Gables

    Southwest Florida

    114 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    114 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. If you like kefta kabobs these are grilled and seasoned perfectly. Service three stooges level. I like to put my kabobs in pita bread with salad and tahini. I asked the server to not put the pita under the juicy kabobs, on a separate plate. Nope I got it their way. Asked for garlic paste with kabobs , nope came late. Wife’s tea didn’t come till check. Wrong tea of course. Wife’s entre was consumed before I got mine. Ok they didn’t charge for the tea and brought me ice cream. So if your thing is very good food but wild and crazy service and free dessert service recovery this is your place.

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  4. Dinner4two

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the ambience of the garden, our waitress with long curly hair(sorry forgot the name)was attentive and helpful with ordering food. Overall the experience was wonderful.

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  5. SusieS

    Miami - Dade

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing as was our meal! We enjoyed the pistachio hummus & salmon skewers. The cappuccino was also perfectly made. Perfect outdoor seating for a rare chilly night! Sawa is one of our go to restaurants; we’ll be back soon.

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  6. Loly

    Key West

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outdoor siting, Perfect. Waitress was great, good recommendations.

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  7. MaruchiB

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful night celebrating love with my husband and friends. Sawa was the perfect place, we enjoyed great service, fantastic music and delicious food well prepared and presented.

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  8. JuanD

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La comida fue buena excepto el ceviche de mahi mahi, pero el lugar, la musica en vivo y el servicio lo compensan todo.

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  9. JoyceS

    Milwaukee

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had to eat inside because of light rain- need to be outside to enjoy Sawa

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  10. ScottS

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate outdoors on the patio. Very nice! The food wasn’t that good. Sorry 😞

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  11. LizP

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sawa never disappoints. Excellent service, amazing menu…and the ambiance is like no other in Miami! Highly recommend!

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  12. VivianP

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding and the food delicious. Highly recommend. The atmosphere was very nice. Awesome belly dancing show.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Would have been great if we hadn’t been rushed to order the minute we sat down. My filet Mignon skewers were tough. I wouldn’t book their 10:15 reservation on open table if you want to eat, despite online saying the kitchen didn’t close until 11.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were promptly seated, but unfortunately, it took 12 minutes for a waiter to come to our table. Once the waiter arrived, they provided good service. However, we were disappointed that our special occasion, our 8-year anniversary, was not acknowledged or mentioned even though I mentioned when reserving the table. Additionally, the food was substandard, lacking flavor and overly salty, which was unexpected considering the recommendation we received.

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  15. KimKool

    New York City

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The gyoza tasted strangely like cleaning solution. The hummus was good. The service was good. The chairs need cushions.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hector was our server, excellent service and recommendations. Food is very good, definitively we will be back.

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  17. MarieB

    Miami - Dade

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always delicious and service is excellent. We had a great time and will definitely be back.

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  18. Viny

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good however, our server handled billing poorly. One of the people in my party was overcharged about $35. The next day the bank had to be contacted. The manager stated that the server should’ve done separate bills since we were a party of four. When we requested separate bills, our server stated “we usually don’t do this”. So I said usually does not mean never can you separate them then? She replied “no not really”. We all found her response to be odd. I believe that given the location, SAWA’s manager should hire and train staff better. Perhaps it was our bad luck to encounter this situation but it made our dinner unpleasant and carried over to the next day.

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  19. JetSetter

    New York City

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Let me say, been coming to this place for at least 13 years. Tonight, on NYE, entertainment was great as usual. But service, was something else. Put vegan option as required on OpenTable. Ended up with a vegetarian entree with cheese. After realizing it tasted like cheese, I told the waitress. She thought we were vegetarian after confirming with her prior to that we were vegan. She gave us more food after midnight that we didn’t want to eat. Needed to take it home. After midnight, we’re still waiting for our dessert. The table next to us, we noticed, got our vegan dessert. When all desserts came out. We never got our vegan dessert. We paid. A lot. I feel jipped. I always try to support local businesses. But, really?!

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  20. MonicaM

    Miami - Dade

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and food. There was someone sommoking next tonus outside so that was annoying but we were able to move tables without any issues

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  21. TracyJ

    Miami - Dade

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh sushi, delicious drinks and friendly staff - all for a decent price considering it's Miami. Have been before, and will be back again!

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  22. CT01

    New York City

    93 reviews

    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant at Merrick Park. The food is a nice mix of Lebanese and Japanese, and is delicious. Service is very attentive and friendly. The setting is delightful. We always enjoy going there and introducing Sawa to friends.

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  23. LOR1220

    Miami - Dade

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had not visited Sawa in almost a year. Glad we came back! As always the food was great, we shared several tapas, which filled us up very nicely! Falafel, Cilantro Hummus, Kafta Fingers, Chicken Yakitory, Fried Pork Gyoza and Steamed Chicken Gyoza. Accompanied by good Marques de Riscal. Our serve Eliana was excellent, and the floor show was entertaining.

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  24. TJon

    Fort Lauderdale

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice outdoor garden setting. Service was courteous and efficient. The menu is very complete and the bar selection extensive. We chose from the Mediterranean menu and the dishes were well prepared and of proper size. Only the lamb was a bit overdone but everything else was right. We'll be back

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tuesday night so it was not so busy. We had a patio reservation and the hostess seeing that we were on a date sat us on the coaches. Weather was great and waitress super attentive. Would go again for sure.

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  26. ElaisaE

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrible ! The food was not good at all. Made us sick actually. Service brought food out all out of order. I got my sides 20 min before my main meal. The sushi was terrible , steak had no taste no seasoning.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sawa never disappointments. Dining at Sawa feels like taking at trip to the Mediterranean. The music, general ambiance, the belly dancing and the cuisine are sublime…there is even a cool microclimate at Sawa. Strongly recommend both to locals and to those just passing through!

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  28. BertFolens

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time I attend the restaurant in a month time. Outstanding same as last time. Friendly helpful staff amazing food and perfect ambiance. They combine everything good from the Middle East and Asia under one roof which is impressive

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  29. null

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, service no so good, we were a big group 8 ladies. The girl did her best but did not worked out. Food was missing from the order, drinks and coffee were late, even the bill. The tip is included. But the leave the space for additional tip. Since is not a paper bill you don’t know. Tooo noisy. Maybe in winter seating outside. Need to improve service!!!!

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  30. Sophocles

    Miami - Dade

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    everything was great, food service, atmosphere & price.

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  31. ClaudiaP

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food and the service. The best sangria I’ve ever had and loved the dessert baclava. Definitely will recommend to our friends

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service. I had the Mahi fish and it was the best I’ve had for a long time. The entertainment was great! Our group had a fun time. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  33. Diego

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The first time my family and I ate here the service was great and the food was just ok. We decided to try again and although service was still great, the food was pretty bad. The fish in one sushi roll was either not fresh or of very poor quality -- sent it back. Another sushi roll (tempura) was terribly dry and bland. Also, serving sizes are way too small for the price and quality. Wine is mediocre as well. We will not be back.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our bartender at the bar was awesome , the food was great , the drinks were amazing …20/10

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  35. MarcelS

    West Palm Beach

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Before the visit, we checked the menu for Miami Spice and liked the options for dinner. Upon arrival, for our surprise, the menu was totally different and none of the options we had seen were available. The waiter didn’t bother to explain. Actually he barely understood English. The food wasn’t either Japanese nor Mediterranean. And it wasn’t cheap. So, overall, it was a totally rip off experience.

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  36. Eric

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very extensive menu. Indoor and outdoor seating available

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  37. LindaR

    Miami - Dade

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I never leave bad reviews, but this was really bad! It was an experience I would prefer to forget and what absolutely never recommended and never go back

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  38. GeorgeY

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not all the dishes advertised for Spice menu were available, but the manager provided alternatives. Otherwise, everything was great

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Loved the poke bowl and scrimp scampi!!!

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  40. Joseph

    Miami - Dade

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Average food average service high prices. Uncomfortable seating, tables too small

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FAQs

Sawa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 447-6555.

Sawa is rated 4.4 stars by 977 OpenTable diners.

Sawa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sawa

360 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Ponce de Leon
  • Area
    Coral Gables
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 16:00–21:30 Fri, Sat 16:00–23:00 Happy Hour Mon–Fri 16:00–19:00 Bar Happy Hour Daily 16:00–20:00 Bellydancers Fri, Sat 20:30–22:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Mall Garage Parking, Street Parking and Mall Valet Parking available
  • Public Transit
    Metrorail, Coral Gables FREE Trolley
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef
    Jouvens Jean
  • Entertainment
    Live Bellydance Performances Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and 10:00pm Annual Coveted NYE Dinnertainment extravaganzaRomantic Valentine's Entertainment
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (305) 447-6555
  • Catering
    Several different indoor/outdoor, on-premise/off-premise options available.
  • Private party facilities
    We specialize in events and are very flexible in customizing your event to fit your needs. Visit our private dining page on our website for menus, pricing, and event coordinator contact information.
  • Private party contact
    Events Coordinator: (305) 447-6555
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