Miami >Food & Dining > Cafe Sambal - Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL | Directions 3313125.765982 -80.185384
Neighborhoods: Downtown Miami
Great Hotel BUT... – It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at referer.us/8/GoodHotelDeals They usually have some pretty good deals on there!
Very Impressed – I see that it has been over a year since the last review and wanted to say that the restaurant experience we had was outstanding. We arrived a bit early for our seating and were escorted to a very nice bar area where the service was great. The staff used our names all the time, the food was well presented and tasted very very good. The wine list is amazing, the courses were appropriately portioned althought they may look smaller since they are served on very large plates.
We left satisfied, but not stuffed which might be why some reviewers were not happy with the prices. The location and ambiance, the service and attentiveness and the overall special feel of the restaurant are the primary reasone to go. The fact that they put on a great meal is bonus. We thoroguhly enjoyed this restaurant.
Tip: go early and mid-week if you can. Traffic was not bad getting there and there were not many people until about an hour after we arrived. They open for dinner at 7:00 P.M. and we arrived about 15 minutes early for our reservation. The weather outside was too chilly for the balcony, but we really enjoyed overlooking the bay and seeing the skyline lit up.
Amazing Everything I felt like a King!! – I made reservations for our 7 Year Anniversary. We got there and were seated immediately. I had asked for a balcony table and puff wish granted (Inside it's a bit loud). The scenery on the balcony is WOW, at night you can see the buildings in downtown, and you feel the cool breeze from the water just below. It is very expensive, about $40USD a plate, but well worth it. Come with about $250 in your wallet if you want to eat and have cocktails like we did. You never have to open a door on your own. They even have a guy that arranges your silverware according to your dinner selecion. BTW guys with big appetites, get the steak, it's awsome. Desert was good but not too high on the wow meter. I had the chocolate desert. Since it was our anniversary they brought us a nice plate with happy anniversary in caramel, some sweet selections and a candle. In conclusion, if you want a romantic dinner with your significant other this is the place.
P.S. Happy Anniversary honey from your loving husband,
Best anniversary – I took my girlfriend here for our 4 yr anniversary.....this is the 1st upscale restaurant where she not only enjoyed the ambiance but also the food. Our table was situated outside on the balcony with a captivating view of the bay....we started off w/ the peruvian ceviche, avocado and tostones which was pretty good, esp. the tostones...the sauerdough bread was out of this world...she has the ricotta gnocci w/ shrimp which she loved and I had the jumbo seared sea scallops w/ the best bacon in the world bar none...my girlfriend wouldnt leave my plate alone...to top off the great evening, we shared the best marinated strawberries w/ cream cheese ice cream (yum)...they even gave us a candlelight surprrise w/ chocolates and happy anniversary written on the plate in chocolate....they also gave us a personal signed card wishing us a happy anniversary...the hotel itself is beautiful as we took a stroll along biscayne bay and looked at the stars...in sum, seeing my girlfriend's smile made this night magical...We will def. be back...
Love this place! – I love cafe sambal! I have been there multiple times, usually for lunch or dinner. The staff is always extremely friendly--particularly Drew, my favorite waiter. My friend and I always sit outside--usually on a really comfy couch that they have. The drinks are all wonderful. The lychee saketini is probably the best I have ever had. The wines are great. I had a really nice Malbec there, and when I returned I couldnt remember what type of wine I liked. To help me out, the waitress came with about 3 wines to let me sample until I found the one I had liked so much the previous time. The noodle chips they bring out with the most delicious wasabi mustard dipping sauce is TO DIE FOR!! I could eat just that alone. Then, I usually get edamame. For an entree, my friend and I usually share the pad thai. They always split the portion for us with no additional "sharing fee" that many places charge. The riceless sushi roll is also very good. For dessert, they have a delicious chocolate ball filled with chocolate mousse. I usually dont like mousse, but this is really delicious! The atmosphere is relaxed and scenic. Great for a date or to go with a friend to have great food, drinks, and conversation. I highly recommend it there!
lovely lunch – The setting is tranquil. The perfect spot for a quiet lunch. No one rushes you or tries to make you feel unwelcome. Quite the contrary. Everyone, from thr lovely hostess to our efficient waiter encouraged us to take our time and enjoy ourselves. The sushi is ever so fresh. Each bite is cool and crisp in your mouth. The Cafe is decorated beautifully-Asian themed with a beautiful long wall dividing space so elegantly. Everything is immaculate, from the floors to the waiter's uniforms. It's so peaceful and quiet, you can really enjoy your dining companion's conversation. This is a rare treat in cell phone obsessed Miami. The Management has done an outstanding job staffing, training and maintaining an extraordinary lunch spot. it doesn't hurt that it's inside the beautiful Mandarian Oriental Hotel.
Good Service, Great Food, Nice Views of Downtown / Water – I goto Cafe Sambal regularly for lunch meetings, the Brickell location makes it very easy to get to from the downtown Miami areas. The service is always super, very helpful and knowledable if you have any questions. They have a wide variety of asian / japanese / thai inspired food. The sushi is very good and the Kobe Burger is awesome! One of the best places to eat, especially for business in the downtown / brickell areas of Miami.
worst sushi, overpriced, the view isn't that great either – This is the first time i ever write a review on a restaurant but i felt it important to let people know not to have great expectations about this place. I went because it was recommended by someone and because of reviews i read on this site. I took my husband there for his birthday hoping to having some really great sushi--needless to say it was the worst sushi i'd ever had. The she crab soup we shared was good but other than that the sushi, sashimi and rolls were bland tasting--and i'm being kind. The view is nice but not worth the price of the substandard japanese food. Service is okay but not what you expect from a restaurant in a five-star hotel. For some really great tasting sushi try Sushi Maki (any location) or Sushi Ko and for a better view of the bay w/better tasting sushi try Sushi Siam.
Exquisite – Whether you want a fantastic view or innovative dishes, this is the Best. Waiters are well versed in the various dishes and wines. Service is exceptional. Try any of the fish entrees-all fresh and original. The serene setting is perfect with a spectacular sunset. Great dining experience.
Mandarin Oriental's casual cafe is more than just a spicy name. – In Short
Despite this cafe's almost-too-discreet entrance, inside it makes an expansive design statement with a seashell-inlaid terrazzo floor, rawhide chairs and a contemporary waterfall incorporated into a long dining table. The waterfront outdoor patio makes for fab alfresco dining. An excellent onion and Gorgonzola pizza comes with chunks of hard, under-ripe, barely caramelized pears; an adventurous-sounding veal chop with lobster polenta and wild mushroom ragout is just a well-cooked piece of meat with scant crustacean flavor.
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