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Ola at the Sanctuary

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1745 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139-7508 (17th)
Sun 18:30 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 18:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was very good, and the wait staff very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend it.

1 Thank mcnamart
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is how it should be. Lovely cocktails, great food, nice wines, great service. Not cheap, but you'll get your money worth. Very creative, yet not over the top crazy. All combinations, even the unusual ones, are very tasty. Ceviches were excellent. The next time we might just make a dinner of those. However, we also ordered the fish of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Now this is how service should be done and the food was amazing. Everything about this restaurant was super efficient yet relaxed and friendly. Their bread are these delicious little fluffy pillows and the food is cooked to perfection - the short rib empanadas and chicharron are a must as is their signature dish the Cuban pork. If you only... More 

Thank ceabull
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The New Year's Eve prix fixe was generally bland and dry. Just another excuse to gouge tourists during a special occasion. Similar to the dried out continental breakfast. Perhaps they recycle their food from day to night.

Thank Akhnaton
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259 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every now and then you find a great restaurant, but forget the name and location. Ola has eluded me for nine years. My wife and I came across Ola many years ago on a recommendation of a colleague of hers for Miami Beach. I remember it was off the beaten path, but worth the hunt. We are in South Florida... More 

Thank tedb548
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73 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not cheap but not too expensive either, of course depending on your budget. Definitely recommend. The people were very welcoming and service minded, and the food was elegantly presented. And the bread is gluten free. They had a full understanding of gluten intolerance. Went there twice during our three nights in Miami Beach.

Thank Tjongo
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and the presentation at Ola were just outstanding - one of the best meals that we have ever had the privilege to order out. It was a very memorable evening.

Thank Phil M
Dublin, Ohio
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380 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An absolute gem. So glad we went here. I was looking for Cuban and suggested this restaurant based on the reviews to our hotel concierge. He said it wasn't Cuban but enthusiastically recommended it anyway. So glad we cane here. Everything was 5 stars, the food, the service, the ambience (we took outside seating on a gorgeous night). For appetizers... More 

Thank Ness S
Daniels, West Virginia
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's just really great from start to finish. The service is excellent and the food is divine. Everything is so flavorful and well cooked. There was an error with the desserts and they brought extra on the house, so classy. There's valet parking . It really is a neat and cozy place inside, with a good atmosphere for dates or... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of our few Latin American food experiences and we have become converts! It started well with Jackson, the manager, letting us choose from a few empty tables. Also, when we shared our feedback with him at the end of the evening he was most charming. Hector, our lovely waiter, recommended the tasting menu. While pricey at $... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$65
Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Caribbean, South American
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1745 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139-7508
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami Beach
  • Phone Number: 13056959125
Good for Romance, Special Occasions, Entertaining Clients, Large Groups, Private Dining Dinner Options: Reservations, Dessert, Late Night, Out door Dining, Private or Semi Private dining available for large groups

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?