Recycled Drinks. We experience something that changed our prospective for eat out. We ordered happy hr drinks (2 for one) and were told we did not have to choose the same drink for our second, so 4 of us choose another drink. This drink was awful, so we asked if we could change and was told by the waiter he could not return the drink, but what do we prefer. He then commences to take one of the drinks (already been drunk from) and gave it to the table next to us. We though we were seeing things, but then proceeded to take another one of the returned drinks to yet another table. We were just amazed and requested the check and left. This ruined out vacation experience, as we just did not trust anyone serving us, who else is doing this? Since he could not return the drinks, was he re selling them? Are they recycling the cherries from our Martinis? also?? So, are complementary appetizers rejects from other customers?
Good food, blah service. The food was great. The host and waiter that we had were blah...fast talking, dishonest and male chauvinistic.
Slow service, cold food, but good people watching.
This restaurant is in Lincoln Mall and has a large outdoor section for dining and watching people walk by. The owner aggressively tries to get people to sit down and dine at his restaurant. When he seated me and my customer he told us that if we didn't like the food it would be free. We sat and watched. Our bread and water came quickly and we were able to place our order fairly rapidly. After a short wait our calamari appetizer arrived which was pretty good.
Our food and wine came soon thereafter. Both my customer and I ordered the Risotto di Mare and it arrived cold. The risotto sauce was tomato based but very bland for an expensive restaurant. The seafood in the food was probably 80% calamari, 10% shrimp and 10% fish- a drastic overuse of squid.
It was all but impossible to flag down any service staff to tell them the food was cold. We had ordered a glass of wine that never arrived. After about 30 minutes of waiting I finally got up and went to find the owner who was still hawking the restaurant piling people in on his understaffed servers. I found the owner and told him our problems. He honored his promise and did not make us pay.
I could see some of these problems on a busy weekend but this was a Tuesday night.
A gentleman sitting beside us waited 45 minutes to pay his bill.
Stay away from this restaurant.
Professional and friendly service.
The atmosphere on Lincoln Road Mall is simply unmatched in America. Even when it gets crowded, the atmosphere is always pleasant and since there are no cars to spoil the mood, it is a pleasure to dine on the mall. Some of the restaurants are a bit pricy, but I assume this is probably a reflection of generally overpriced real estate in SOBE.
Our dinner at Carnavale (607 Lincoln Road Mall) was very good (CitySearch - check the spelling on the restaurant name please) - the food was tasty and well presented, and we found a few really excellent wines on their list. What was truly outstanding, however, was the service. This was hands down the first time I can remember being so pleased with dining service in America that I would take time to write a review like this. The server's name was "Manuel R," a Uruguayan fellow. He was courteous, professional, efficient, and friendly. If you want to know what excellent and professional service is all about, ask for a table with this waiter. I hope he teaches the rest of "SOBE" how it is done. I also realized that every time I was impressed with service in SOBE, the personnel seemed to be Uruguayan. Maybe there is something to this.
Thank you thank you thank you.
Best Caprese in South Florida.
I have to say that I am doubtful of some of these reviews because we have been to Carnivale on many ocassions and have always had a great experience. There was one time when one of the people in my party changed their mind on the dish they ordered. Management was very nice about changing the oreder even though they probably took a loss on the one that had already been made.
The Caprese at Carnivale is by far the best I have ever tasted in South Florida. I asked the manager how they get the cheese so soft and warm rather than the typical hard cold ones I get at other restaurants. The penne pasta in pink vodka sauce is my daughters favorite! I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the vicinity of Lincoln Road. I also find parking very convenient unlike some of the other shops and restaurants on lincoln road. This restaurant is next to the new Starbucks which is next to the big parking garage!
Excellence at Carnevale. After reading the negative reviews by some about Carnevale I just had to give my 2 cents worth. I am a Miami native and have eaten at all the restaurants that have come and gone on Lincoln Road and none compare to Carnevale. The food is always fresh , hot and very tasty. The service is by far the friendliest I have seen on Lincoln Road. At Carnevale they aim to please their customers. I have been there on many occasions with my husband, family and with a large group and I loved it each and every time. Don't miss the freshest mozarella and tomato appetizer out there (caprese salad) all the entries I have had have all been delicious! it is hard to pick a favorite. If you are in search of fine dining, great ambience and service that will impress you, there is only one place on Lincoln Road - Carnevale.
Ambience and appetizers shine at Piero Filpi's stylish Italian eatery..
Inside sits the warm, inviting, rust and wood dining room; but as with most Lincoln Road eateries, the action takes place outside, with the exception of those few days when Miami's usually balmy weather refuses to cooperate. Whether light or lusty, starters will likely be the best part of your meal. Entrees and pastas can be followed by an item from the dessert menu such as tiramisu with plenty of whipped mascarpone.
Our waiter was terrible. First, he gave a slightly disgusted look when we wouldn't get bottled water (just getting tap), and then he kept pushing the special on us, even though none of us expressed any interest after the first time he mentioned it. They brought out the entrees before we had finished the appetizer, so the table was overcrowded. It just felt like they were trying to get rid of us. And as we asked for the check, we were greeted with a dessert menu instead. We left a sparse tip to reflect the awkward, hurried service, which he proceeded to count right in front of us as we got up from the table.
We were enticed by the outdoor seating and the manager promising a free bottle of wine and a 10% discount, neither of which we received. The food was okay, but the service was just awful.
Worst Meal. I asked for well done chicken and it came out pink! Not Cooked! Non apologetic, and only took 10% off meal, felt sick for days! Not recommended! Manager didn't even come and apologize! Worst birthday dinner!
Tourist trap. Not only a manager resembled a Turkish animator, service was terrible! A waiter accidentely dropped a tray with two drinks on my husband, and the same manager offered us free drinks (hello, we already have ordered wine) or free deserts (as if we wanted any). Didn't seem like a big deal to them. Carpaccio was not the best quality (kind of lettuce instead of aragula) and spagetti with seafood...well, could be just better. There are better Italian places in Lincoln Road!