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  • Review Count
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  • First Review
    July 14, 2014
  • Last Review
    September 26, 2014
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  • Average Rating
    3.9
 
 
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SPQR is a Northern California restaurant inspired by Italian cuisine and wine. <br /><br />An acronym for Senatus Populesque Romanus, SPQR translates to “The People and Senate of Rome” and was the emblem of the Roman Empire. <br /><br />We strive for a balance in offering the highest quality of food, wine and service we can for each guest’s experience in a relaxed, fun, and inviting atmosphere. <br /><br />If you would like to dine at our Chef counter please mark your reservation. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions as we will try our best to accommodate.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Just can't beat it!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our favorite place...hard to get into....worth the struggle."
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2005
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Welcome to OLA at the Sanctuary Hotel.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Insulting waiter/bad food ruined it
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/19/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/19/2014
 2005
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We are willing to pay a high price for food, but the experience better be good and this was horrible. The server decided to pick on me, out of our table of 3, for special insult. When I ate a piece off the mountain of ceviche without also dipping into the granita in the Fire and Ice dish he was highly critical, but I didn't want the mountain to land in my lap. He failed to provide a chainsaw with which to cut the empanadas and never asked why they went largely untouched. He felt compelled to "instruct" me how to eat a deconstructed dessert as he placed it before me. I wanted to say, "Look here, bub, I was a foodie before YOU were born!" I thank fellow reviewers who warned of the 18% included tip so that we didn't overtip. We won't return."
Dined on 9/19/2014
 2005
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Fresh house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, house-cured meats. It’s all about simple and authentic Italian food rooted in the south, executed with skill, expertise and old world standards of care. The defining goal of the restaurant for its ambiance and style of service is to make everyone feel welcome. &quot;We feel very strongly about creating a ‘come as you are’ atmosphere in the restaurant.&quot;<br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Gone downhill!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/17/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/17/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We were so surprised to find that this gem has gone downhill. We arrived on time for our reservation, but had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated. At one point someone came over to us and offered to get us a drink, then immediately turned his back on us an dashed away before we could ask for anything! The restaurant was overflowing with waitstaff who seemed confused and clueless. It seemed that many of them were just being trained, and at our expense, as we were shunted aside while the staff trained each other. Service was chaotic after we sat down. We received an unexpected pasta by way of apology, which was the best pasta we had that night, as the ones we ordered were substantially inferior to past experiences. Alas! What gives?"
Dined on 9/17/2014
 2005
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Opened late June 2012, Macchialina Taverna, located at 820 Alton Road in the heart of South Beach's residential west side, has quickly become a favorite among critics, locals and in-the-know tourists who flock to the casual neighborhood eatery to indulge in chef/owner MichaelPirolo's rustic Italian fare. From the start, Macchialina has been racking up accolades such as a 3.5 star Excellent rating from The Miami Herald, Best Restaurant 2013 from the Miami New Times "Best Of" Edition as well as a stellar review from the same paper, Pirolo and his team at Macchialina are taking the city by storm.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Only "foodie" place at South Beach
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/20/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/20/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We managed to hit 4 out of 5 Open Table "foodie" places in South Beach area. This is the only one which "passed" by our standards. Loved the caprese salad, mushroom pasta and wine. Although decor and attractiveness of the waitstaff never affects my scoring, I agree with those who reviewed the servers as handsome! I thought the desserts were not as successful, but we really enjoyed ourselves and we would return."
Dined on 9/20/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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With a man cave feel and in-house smoker that can be smelled from a block away, Swine has received a warm welcome to the Coral Gables neighborhood. Maintaining the same top-notch techniques and standards of hospitality as its sister restaurant, Swine offers a constantly evolving food and beverage menu that work together to create the perfect Southern meal in a down-home, feel good environment. “From the moment you walk in the door, you are completely transported out of Miami,” 50 Eggs, Inc. CEO/Founder John Kunkel says. “Swine provides a full dining experience with an interior that reflects the refinement of the South.” It feels barn-like because it is in fact made from reclaimed wood of an actual barn in South Carolina. Housed inside is the state-of-the-art smoker and wood-fired grills, adding a signature flavor and level of authenticity unique to the restaurant.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
On the right track
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/21/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/21/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This restaurant was deemed "fit for foodies". I would say that it is almost there, but not quite. I see the potential and we would return. This restaurant attempts to bring a gourmet note to traditional ribs. My husband is the ribs fan, not I. I am a fan of some aspects of southern cooking, but didn't see it there: where was the cornbread? the hushpuppies? the pecan pie? I tried the grilled octopus and found it so-so. My husband loved pretty much everything he had: the ribs, the okra, both fried and pickled; the shrimp and grits; the beer selection. One thing we agreed on: their homemade ice-cream is THE BOMB. We loved the ice-cream and the background blues music!"
Dined on 9/21/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Award-winning Pascal’s on Ponce, the 55-seat, upscale, yet unpretentious French restaurant in Coral Gables has wowed critics and diners for years by virtue of its delicious fare, impeccable service and charming atmosphere. The restaurant’s success is owned by critically acclaimed chef/owner Pascal Oudin (45) who insists on creating an elegant French dining experience without the fussiness and reminiscent of a classic Parisian bistro. The restaurant boasts sublime contemporary French cuisine, featuring local ingredients and utilizing the classical French techniques. White tables draped with crisp, white linens sport fresh flowers bouquets for an aromatic touché. This unpretentious, yet elegant atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for Chef Oudin’s stellar talents which shine throughout his magnifique menu. Wine Spectator Award and Wine Enthusiast Magazine Distinction Wine List.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Adequate
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/22/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/22/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We ate here because it was rated "fit for foodies". I would not go so far, but it was decent. The sauce was nearly identical, no matter what the dish. And no sauce spoons! It had a cozy feel, the servers were enthusiastic and pleasant. The desserts were delicious."
Dined on 9/22/2014
 2005
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Parallel 37 offers globally-inspired cuisine that is artistically creative, disciplined and intriguing, perfectly paired with wine, beer or handcrafted cocktails. Sourced locally, Parallel 37’s hyper-seasonal produce is farmer-grown, while meat, poultry and seafood utilize sustainable practices. Whether creating your own global journey by selecting from our three-course menu of ever-changing seasonal dishes, or embarking upon Chef Rotondo’s five- or eight-course, market-inspired tasting menus, guests will enjoy an approachable and collaborative dining experience resulting in a unique journey for each table.<br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Our yummy little secret!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/24/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/24/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This restaurant is our yummy little secret. We seem to have no problem getting a table; the restaurant is quiet enough to hold wonderful conversations in, the food is spectacular and the staff is wonderful. It's like SPQR without the hassle! What's not to like?"
Dined on 8/24/2014
 2005
Special Features: fit for foodies
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SPQR is a Northern California restaurant inspired by Italian cuisine and wine. <br /><br />An acronym for Senatus Populesque Romanus, SPQR translates to “The People and Senate of Rome” and was the emblem of the Roman Empire. <br /><br />We strive for a balance in offering the highest quality of food, wine and service we can for each guest’s experience in a relaxed, fun, and inviting atmosphere. <br /><br />If you would like to dine at our Chef counter please mark your reservation. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions as we will try our best to accommodate.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Credit card reservations required
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/24/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/24/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Although I am insulted by the credit card required for any reservation, I note that it has freed up more reservations than usual. As someone who always honors a reservation (or cancels with due notice) I usually stop eating at such credit-card-required establishments on principle, but we are long-time customers and the food and service is superb, so I am giving them a pass."
Dined on 7/24/2014
 2005
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Spruce welcomes you into a warm and inviting 'neighborhood' restaurant that feels sophisticated yet relaxed, comfortable, and formal. Enjoy a glass of Champagne by the fireplace in our Library; unwind and dine in our spacious bar and enjoy our extensive spirit selection; experience the pleasure and richness of our formal dining room lined with dark brunette mohair for a multi-coursed meal.<br /><br />Chef Mark Sullivan highlights his classic American seasonal menus with ingredients from local farms and ranchers while Wine and Spirits Director Andrew Green has crafted an exquisitely rounded and extensive wine selection to pair your every need.<br /><br />We at Spruce, the sister restaurant of The Village Pub in Woodside, look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the neighborhood. Let us excite your senses and arouse your expectation. We await the opportunity of taking detailed and gracious care of your time with us.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Sunday nights are great here!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/13/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/13/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The Sunday night Spruce burger and flight of wine are my latest guilty pleasures. So great to have a quiet place to meet with friends for dinner before taking on the next work week."
Dined on 7/13/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Modern creativity and traditional technique combine seamlessly at Rich Table, a Northern Californian neighborhood restaurant.<br /><br />Chefs and Owners Evan and Sarah Rich have created a dressed-down interpretation of a fine dining restaurant, based on their extensive backgrounds in San Francisco's best restaurants. At Rich Table, they deliver an expert approach in a casual setting.<br /><br />Rich Table's menu, wine list and cocktail program all showcase a seasonal San Francisco style. The team looks forward to having you join them at their table.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Solidly good, nothing unique
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was our second time, an improvement over the hostile host we encountered the first time we ate there, around the time of the opening. At that time I thought the food was good, but not unique. My husband thought otherwise. We took a long time returning b/c it was hard to get reservations. Now the furor has died down and we scored a table. Now he agrees with me. If we lived in this neighborhood, it would probably be a regular place for us, but since we don't, it's not worth the hassle. It's VERY noisy and I wish SF restaurants would find a way to factor in sound dampening as part of their design."
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
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