Meet the "Mojito Master" Joel Garcia @ "Ortanique".
When you expect the freshest seafood cooked in the most delectable manner, including the ceviche, you must eat at "Ortanique" . Even if you don't have reservations and you need to sit at the bar you will have an ecstatic experience with Joel making his famous mojitos from scratch, THE REAL THING!!! not just chemical mixes. The ambiance, the food, and especially Joel make this an overall positive and great energy boost any day of the week!!! My hats off to you all. I strongly recommend "Ortanique" to those with a refined palate for both food and drinks!!!
Lots of love and good luck always!
Outstanding Mojitos!. Some friends and I headed to Ortanique on the Mile for a couple of drinks last Friday. The bar service was excellent, extremely friendly staff, very nice setting, and most importantly the drinks were amazing. As a Cuban-American I must say I have tried mojitos almost anywhere and everywhere you can imagine, but these were just spectacular. There was an excellent mix of "yerba buena" (spearmint) and rum, it went down smoothly and had a great after effect (lol). Thanks alot bar staff, my bartender (Joel Garcia), and everyone at Ortanique on The Mile for a great time...till next time (very soon). A little pricey, but worth it.
GREAT FOOD -NICE AREA. We went here for lunch, the service and food was great. I was a bit nervous about the Mango Salad....IT WAS GREAT. The seared tuna and pasta dishes where also awsome....nice for lunch I bet it will be even better for dinner.
Excellent but not for the claustrophobic. We enjoyed delicious food and excellent service at Ortanique, but it rankles when tables are squeezed so close together! I prefer to focus on conversation at my own table rather than be subjected to that of the tables next to us.
Terrible Experience!!. Took my girlfriend to Ortanique for a special occasion and it was anything but. First the service was terrible. We sat down after a drink at the bar and no one served us for about 30 minutes. We ordered a bottle of wine and it did not show up until after the appetizer so we returned it. We ordered the tomato and mozzarella salad and did not taste like anything. I had the filet for dinner which was very good. The best part of the meal. Then we ordered desert and the rum cake was super dry. I was really expecting a tasty meal as they have tons of awards all over the restaurant. Very disappointed!!!!
Over all disappointing experience.
The concept might look nice but the lack of good service and the absence of clever food will never be compensated.
The wine service was slow, the two first oredered bottles were unavailable. The third arrived well into our appetizers were served, way too warm and in really disgusting cheap glasses, very disappointing especially considering the prices charged.
Bland shrimp and tasteless grouper. Dessert was almost inedible.
The sun never sets on this sexy, sophisticated Caribbean-esque restaurant..
Ortanique's dining room is a riot of tropical style. Brightly upholstered banquettes on either side of the main dining room are screened off by gauzy curtains. Cuban tile adorns the floor; vivid designs are splashed on the walls and support columns. Chef Cindy Hutson's menu includes curried crab cakes with tangy papaya-lime coulis and swordfish with gratin of boniato and foie gras. Roasted banana cheesecake and Tortuga rum cake are luscious desserts.
Everything is awesome!. The City of Coral Gables is lucky to have such a gem! This restaurant exceeds your expectations. The food is amazing, the ambience takes you away to a romantic island away from your usual surroundings. The drinks are spectacular and Joel truly makes the best mojito and white chocolate martini I have ever tasted. It is just as great to stop by the bar before dinner as to eat at the bar because of his spectacular service. One of the few that truly knows all the ingredients and savory dishes offered at Ortanique. When the owners of this restaurant are in town, they are there to greet you, to make you feel comfortable and they offer you the world with their love for food and people. Chef Cindy Hutson's dishes are truly scrumptous and amazing. Thank you for bringing the caribbean to us...It saves us airfare!
Caribbean Heat Hits Coral Gables.. Ive been fortunate to have traveled to the Caribbean on many occasions. After dining at Ortanique on the Mile, it is inescapably obvious that the exotic heat that hits the Caribbean, has hit The City Beautiful. This restaurant has smashed the proverbial nail on the head with its unique blend of different Caribbean styles and flavors while still retaining its position as Miamis #1. While truly amazing for its food, this place is the authority of its kind. There are many restaurants today in the Caribbean that cannot compare. I close my eyes, savor the food, and Im in the Caribbean. Chef Cindy Hutson has command of her mastery in the kitchen. The ambiance is very posh and artistic. Reservations are a must here due to the commanding demand of a Caribbean escape so close to home. Like at Nobu, I could finally spare the airline ticket for good. L.A.
Best drinks. Best drinks in Miami prepared by Joe the bartender. Best double pork chop in Miami.
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