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May 2, 2011 12:44 PM

Thoughts on Ola?

Hey all -

Girlfriend and I are coming to SOBE from NYC and will be sans car. This pretty much kicked out all the restaurants we wanted to go to, including Michael's, NAOE, Michy's, etc since we thought it was silly to spend $50+ on a taxi. So we were thinking Ola for our one more expensive night out, since it seems a bit different from what we normally get in NYC. For what it's worth, we put food > atmosphere (this kicked out casa tua, which looked overpriced considering what we've read re: the food). Checked out Altamare, but liked the menu at Ola better. We are also planning to eat at Joe's (never been to Miami, so need to check it out) and Pubbelly.

I've scoured the board and not found any sizeable discussion on Ola, so would love to hear any thoughts people have, whether they are "Holy crap don't go eat there. Go to [ ], instead" or "Definitely get the lobster empanadas."

Thanks for the help!

6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

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  1. We had dinner here twice - first time was wonderful but then we sat at the bar - it was very quiet and we ran into the owners dad with some guests so he kept sendng over small plates for us to taste. That might have had something to do with the food and the experience. Second time was at a table with friends for dinner and it was not memorable. Having said that however, I would certainly go back and give it a try again. Ceviches are excellent as are many of the apps - but then I find that is the case in most restaurants these days so we try to and make that dinner.

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    1. re: DolceFarNiente

      Thanks for the reply. Is it typically a quiet restaurant on a Saturday night, or is it somewhat lively?

      1. re: lnedrive14

        End of May could be mixed - it's pretty much end of season so it could be a bit quieter than if it was in the middle of March. First time we were there was a Sunday off season and it was dead and second time it was Friday in season and it was very busy. Will also depend on how occupied the hotel is.

    2. Would it really cost $50 for a taxi to the Design District? Yikes!

      And I loved the food at Ola. We sat outside, it was still nice out at the time. I thought the martinis were overpriced, but for Sobe, I guess it's the norm. Loved the ceviches.