wish i lived in miami for this reason!.
3 friends and i went to south beach last year for a week on vacation during august. i decided to make reservations at Barton G because I had heard some about it (we live in NYC). we sat in the garden. i had the speared blackened shrimp which came on an actual spear with cauliflower mash and a honey corn popover. delish. among my friends were steak and ravioli which came in a beach setting. for dessert we had the sabrina sundae which was MASSIVE (and i can eat so trust me i'm not just saying massive) with brownies, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, chocolate shavings, whipped cream and cherries. tremendous.
we then decided to go back on our last night. i had the shrimp again. my friends had filet mignons (with blue cheese crumbles=good). we had the fry quartet (sweet potato, regular, cottage, tater tots) which was plenty for the 5 of us and delicious w/ the dipping sauces. we got the fun-do appetizer which was $90 and the only thing we weren't impressed with. true it was huge but some of the items it came with (pound cake, pretzels, rice krispies) tasted old and while it was okay, for $90 you want to be blown away.
all in all- we loved this place!! and we forgive the fondue slip-up.
Very Very Good. Ambience and presentation here absolutely cannot be beat. For that alone it's worth a trip. The food is very good, but you are paying more for the presentation than for the food. Service is very good, though most of the staff are very young for such an upscale place and it shows. Overall though, I love Barton G and it is definitely a can't miss in Miami dining.
PRESENTATION. Had a great time at Barton G, I can't think of another restaurant so full of fun surprises, starting with the chocolate Sabrina monkey hanging from the "SabrinaTini" to the swardfish served on an actual sword. Ambiance is always classy and fun with two zones, the more active indoors and the slower paced outdoors... something for any mood your in. Food is excellent with an ample menu, although pricey. Service was great, the wait staff is very friendly and will inform you if have ordered too much food, as some of the portions are rather large. Definately a great night out.
Rude and Obnoxious service.
Flew down to Miami with my wife for her birthday weekend. Showed up for our 9 PM restaurant ontime. When I spoke with the Host when we arrived he immediately told me I am not going to sit you for over 30 minutes. He said that even though I had a reservation that he didnt care. He also said that he wouldnt even guarantee that he would sit me in 30 minutes. I walked around the restaurant and saw over 6 empty tables which I then discussed with the Manager. He said that he could not accomodate me because those empty tables were accounted for. At this point after 15 minutes of negotiating with these incompetent people, we left the restaurant.
We headed over to Bond St where we had a great meal, with even better, attentive service.
Big thumbs down to Barton G
Great Desserts. Went to SoBe with some friends for a girls getaway weekend and was recommended Barton G for the b-day celebration. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. While the food was good the desserts are over the top and has to be seen and tasted. The ambience is nice and our waitier was sweet and very knowledgable. Nice Job! Great place fo a special occassion.
Elegant and Friendly. I recently dined at the Barton G on a business trip. My company had made reservations. As usual, checked out the restaurant on Citysearch and I almost cancelled the reservation because they had a few bad reviews. I have to admit that I came in with a bit of an attitude expecting the worse. Well, we were greeted warmly, seated on time. We were offered cocktails in just minutes. After my Grey Goose martini, I could not even remember having a bad attitude. The whole evening went very well and the food was terrific. If you have been hesitating to try the Barton G, I say go for it.
Eye candy comfort food that is almost too pretty to eat seals the deal at this posh South Beach eatery..
It's a culinary circus at promoter Barton G's eclectic masterpiece. Whether you choose the intimate outdoor patio setting or the more conventional air-conditioned dining room inside, all eyes gravitate to the table when food with flair is served. Order the lobster pop tarts and they come in an actual toaster. Go for an ice cream sundae and it comes with its own mini-fridge of toppings. Barton G. is never cheap but it's always memorable.
Service good yet forget sparklers & hoopla & just get the food right.. A once brilliant sun set lazily to the west while the cloud-stripped azure sky reflected an orange hue backdrop to the neon glow of deco-rises as we headed off to enjoy our must-do meal, rather "dining event," at the widely acclaimed B/G. The build up was formidable: raves from biz associate, decent web write-ups (missed the awful ones), & a nice reservation process and day-of confirmation. Initial impressions being what they are, we were there on a weeknite ~7:30 & the first person to welcome us warmly & open the door was a casually dressed man with a noticeable pack of Marlboro's tucked in his Van Heusen-esque shirt pocket. Once inside at the inviting bar, we were deftly served a round of drinks & nicely treated as newcomers. Even the hostess made us feel at ease & unhurried. Yet following our graceful entrance into the center ring- our joy began to jade. First off was the table for two. Set wider between two diners than it should be, we struggled to see each other & wondered if we'd be still be in the same zip code by meal's end. Not to worry, the hostess kindly moved us to another even more inviting corner table. But beware, as we were to find, it lack a back to the bench (only) seat. Awkward & unsuitable for a comfortable evening, we asked for & got a 2nd chair & my partner was at least upright to eat. Then came the Chopped Salad (decent by most stnds). But a bone-in rib eye for 2 turned out to be tough, under-cooked (almost raw) vs our M/R request & upon complaint they quickly took it back & it came out perfect pink yet the meat was still sinewy and chewy- we couldn't stomach it, not @ $100. As consolation, they threw in a free $29 Chocolate Grand Canyon, which tasted store-bought and although we took the remains to go, we found the nearest park to give it a home for some needy soul. Interestingly they called the next day to follow-up. Listening intently, I genuinely believe they were sorry. Service good yet forget sparklers & hoopla & just get the food right.
Don't eat here!.
We made reservations for my 50th birthday, anticipating that we would be experiencing a one of a kind evening and were sorely disappointed! The servers were attentive, but other than the presentation, the food was humdrum and not much different that what you'd find at your local Chili's or TGIF's and at outrageous prices.
I had so anticipated celebrating a wonderful birthday and had heard about this restaurant but I can definitely say and do say to every one coming to town "Don't waste your money" over-rated, over-priced and nothing to recommend it at all (except for the decoration, although what is it this guy has with all the wacky animal stuff?) Not what you would expect for a sophisticated SOBE setting.
Save your money and go to TGIF, you will get the same type of food for a lot better price!
Mickey comes to South Beach. Suburbanites, teenagers, tourists will be impressed. Great place to take your teenagers for their birthday. If you are looking for an actual South Beach restaurant experience, with an adult sophisticated crowd, avoid. The atmosphere and approach is so gimmicky, the wait staff nice but inexperienced. The food was tasty, but pedestrian. One thing that was unbelievably annoying: my wife simply asked for a substitution on the bbq ribs: she wanted cauliflower mash (which is on the menu with another item) instead of new potatoes. The waiter simply said, "no, we don't do that", and refused to do the substitution. "It would ruin the presentation". Ridiculous! We are talking bbq ribs for crying out loud. We live in San Francisco, eat at the nicest restaurants in that city, and in others, and there is one answer for that request: of course! These people need to read Danny Meyers book. Danny owns I think 13 restaurants in Manhattan, and understands customer service and hospitality. "Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business". Everybody who works at Barton G should read this book. By the way, if you ever go to Manhattan, go to any of Danny's restaurants... Union Square Cafe, Grammercy Tavern, Blue... among others. Barton G's would be a great Disney World restaurant. It belongs in Orlando, amongst the King Kong billboards, not in SOBE.
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