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“Excellent sunday brunch, very good Saturday dinner”

La Mar by Gaston Acurio
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Ranked #65 of 4,846 Restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Peruvian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Featuring the acclaimed cuisine of chef Gaston Acurio, La Mar by Gaston Acurio offers diners the chance to explore the authentic and diverse flavors of Peruvian gastronomy. With an atmospheric setting overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, the restaurant's contemporary design provides the perfect backdrop for La Mar's signature cebiches, freshly grilled anticuchos and specialty cocktails. Offering a mix of indoor and outdoor seating with three lively bars providing distinctive culinary experiences the menu ranges from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood cebiche. La Mar is now offering Sunday Brunch with a sumptuous Peruvian-inspired menu, refreshing cocktails and decadent desserts served at the water's edge. La Mar by Gastón Acurio's contemporary dining room and two sprawling terraces overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline offer the perfect location for group dining, whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a corporat
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Been there twice, first time for Sunday brunch. Amazing. The views of the city are awesome (of course if the weather cooperates). Usually buffet meals are not great, but this one was very well put together, little portions so you do not feel overwhelmed by the dishes. Pisco sour A+. Been there again for dinner, it was nice, but I would prefer to go back for Sunday brunch

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1  Thank Adriana P
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

The place is nice ,with a good view but the service is very bad, they take a lot of time to take the order or to bring your drinks and or food. The food looks quite nice but is nothing special . It was quite disappointing ..Not planning to go back

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Thank Lucy F
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Phenomenal selection of unlimited crudo bar, fried rice prepared table side, a choice of one main course, multiple choices from anticuchos to fried whole fish, lots of champagne and great specialty cocktails included. Best Sunday brunch ever, top quality, top service, gorgeous please with an spectacular view!

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Thank Alex S
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Reviewed July 6, 2017

We went there for my husband's birthday. We asked to be seated outdoors. The view was beautiful. Then some complimentary crisps with a spicy alioli sauce were served. Best we'd ever had. It was all so promising. Little did we know that the crisps would be the highlight of our dinner...

We asked for the tasting menu and asked for one of the dishes to be swapped with another, which felt like asking the waiter to take us to the moon. The price of the dish in the tasting menu was $26 dollars if ordered as a standalone dish, the one we wanted was $32 dollars. I thought it was a matter of price so I said we didn't mind paying more to get that dish. The waiter went to check with the chef and came back saying it could be done. What he didn't say was how (wait till the end of this review to find out).

I believe after ordering 2 tasting menus in the US that the concept in the US and in Europe is very different, which I can totally appreciate - it is also considerably more expensive in Europe, so it wouldn't be fair to compare. However, the experience really felt like a cheap Chinese European buffet. There were 6 courses and 2 servings: 3 cold dishes, then 3 hot dishes. No fresh plates with each dish, which is preposterous. I don't want to be eating my beef with the leftovers of the coconut-y sauce of the salmon. Or my seafood pasta with the leftovers of both. Additionally, the hot dishes were not hot upon arrival, so by the time we got to tackle the pasta it was pretty much like having another cold dish.

Now the food itself:
- The crab causa was nice but nothing special.
- The barrio cebiche was simply... wrong... fried calamari and raw fish... The condiments just didn't work.
- The nikkei tiradito was very nice.
- The salmon fusion was actually lovely but cold by the time it got to our table (and it was the first dish of the hot dishes we had).
- We asked for the churrasco a lo pobre to be well done and it was medium rare in some parts and totally rare in others, which we pointed out to the waiter. All we got was a shy "sorry about that".
- The pasta (fideo macho) was simply... disgusting. The worst pasta we've ever had by miles. Wrong type of pasta shape (pappardelle) for the ingredients used, al-dente was taken to the next level: it was almost crunchy, and the flavours just didn't work together. Or maybe they did when it was hot, but it was cold pasta by the time we started eating it. We both love pasta and we simply could not face eating it.
- I didn't have dessert. My husband had coconut ice-cream with dulce de leche, which apparently was nice.

Then the bill comes. Turns out we had got charged for the full tasting menu (in spite of the raw meat we didn't eat) AND we got charged the full value of the pasta plate we asked to swap with another one in addition to being charged for the full tasting menu, of which we didn't get the last course - as it was allegedly being "swapped" with the macho fideo. If we were going to be charged for that dish separately, we should have also got the last course in the tasting menu, as we paid for it but never received it. We got a couple of free drinks, which was appreciated and for which we left an extra tip, but we still walked out thinking that the place does not live up to the standards of a Mandarin Oriental. I fail to comprehend it's got so many good reviews. Maybe we were unlucky that evening? Perhaps, but we shan't go back to find out.

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2  Thank Patricia A
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Reviewed July 3, 2017

This is one of Gaston Acurio´s restaurants. Gaston is Peru´s most famous chef. Here you will find some delicious New Andean and Asian fusions. The Lomo Saltado is delicious.

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