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Sanctuary South Beach 1745 James Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
1745 James AvenueUSFloridaMiami Beach33139
(305) 695-9125olamiami.com
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Upscale ceviche & Pan-Latin specialist with a low-key vibe inside the boutique Santuary Hotel.- Google
"We tried the crispy pork, the hamachi ceviche, and the key lime pie."
"However, the other beef short rib empanada was just average."
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Jennifer Lu Gilbert
a month ago
OLA was the "fancy" meal of our girl's trip to South Beach Miami. We wanted to a place that was up scale and specialized in local flavors. The result was OLA -- Latin American Cuisine. I was able to make reservations without any problems only one week in advance. We arrived 20 minutes late for our reservation but they kept our table. We were seated immediately at a beautiful dimly lit table outside. It was a cozy night - not too hot or too cold so the ambiance was perfect. Us girls wanted to take pictures in front of the restaurant sign and the host was more than happy to help us. Through out dinner, the servers also were more than happy to snap photos of us upon request. Drinks: Heavy pours! I enjoyed the drinks here very much. The bartender made our drinks very strong and worth every penny. Service: great service. Water glasses were not left empty. Bread kept coming, and the server checked up on us frequently. Food: Short-rib empanadas - delicious. The short-rib was flavorful and the dough was just right. I wish the entrees were as good as these empanadas! Braised Pork (Puerco Asado) - very salty. It was perhaps braised too long? The meat was tender, but it was very heavily salted. Duck 2 ways -- again, very salty. I enjoyed the crispy rice that accompanied the duck but you know something's not right when the you enjoy the side more than the main itself. Fish of the day -- this was my favorite of the 3 entrees. It was light and full of flavors/spices. The portions were large and reasonably priced. Perhaps latin flavors tend to be heavily salted and I'm just not used to it -- but all the girls agreed that the food was very salty. I'd recommend OLA perhaps just for the bar/ambiance. The food was decent, but the flavors were too heavy.
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Rohenne Lee
2 months ago
Amazing ceviche!!! We went as a group of 10 people and tried all of their ceviches and loved all of them. Next time I'm in Miami will definitely come back to this restaurant and ONLY get ceviches and the lobster empanada. The lobster empanada was also to die for with a black crust perfectly cooked. However, the other beef short rib empanada was just average. Also save some room for their house bread which is gluten free. We each had at least 3-5 pieces of bread. It was sooooooo yummy and went really well with the ceviches. If you're in miami and you love fish/seafood, this is a must go!
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David Liang
4 months ago
Food: 3 Decor: 4 Service: 3 Came here for dinner on a business trip to Miami. 1. Bread ~Really good. Tasted more like a cheesy biscuit. 2. Fire and ice Cobia marinated in sour orange, thai chilies, cilantro, jalapeno over saia pear granita ~Okay. Way too much ceviche for a single person. Mix of heat and cold was nice, but I got tired of it after a couple bites. 3. Pollo criollo Jidori chicken over truffled aioli, papa criolla with porcini mushroom and foie-gras torchon ~Okay. Chicken wasn't that exciting, and the dish itself wasn't too memorable. Service was okay, although extremely slow. I had to wait a long time for my check. Overall, rather disappointed.
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Kaitlin M
7 months ago
This was an amazing meal. The presentation was clean, artful, and beautiful. The food was delicious. I had an amazing corn empanada to start. It was a little big for an app (could definitely be split), but was delicious! I had the sugar cane tuna as an entree. So much tuna! I didn't come close to finishing it. It beautifully presented--lollipop-esque. I never think about tuna and fondue, but the sauce was perfect with it. My friend and I split the deconstructed key lime pie for desert, and it was amazing, but I could barely have a bite!! Highly recommended.
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Justin Stoneman
2 months ago
Amazing food and deserts. Even the Latin bread you receive prior to delivery of the meal is amazing. The deconstructed key lime pie is crazy good, it includes fresh toasted meringue. The filet mignon churrasco and ceviches are great.
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Jonathan Putrow
3 months ago
Nice little spot to enjoy a unique yet very delicious meal. Staff was knowledgeable and very professional. Does not meet standard for 5 star restaurant, although I rank it as a very high 3. I would have given it a 4, however the location is a little rough. Parking was difficult and location was very congested.
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Elizabeth Selleck
3 months ago
Absolutely delicious! Definitely try one of the many ceviche options. We tried the hamachi and it was amazing.
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Dan Sternick
6 months ago
Excellent Latin food - start off with the Conifo - tons of ceviches - marlin tacos - pollo criollo is juicy & legit

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