432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL | Directions 3314025.813825 -80.128449
The Forge restaurant is home of the #1 steak in America and one of the world's finest wine cellars. In addition to our five dramatically elegant dining rooms, the Wine Cellar and the Forge Bar, we invite you to visit our adjoining nightclub, Jimmy'z at The Forge and The East Room at The Forge, the greatest private event space in Miami.
Boasting unparalleled food, service and ambience--on top of receiving countless awards and accolades--The Forge has most recently been awarded the prestigious 2004 Five Star Diamond Award issued by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
One bad server can ruin it all – The place, ambiance, food and staff were awesome, with one very sour exception. We went during Miami Spice, and we were a small party of four. Their server, named Nick Z. is a middle aged guy with dollar signs in his eyes and a lot of attitude. The minute he knew we were ordering from the Miami Spice menu, he gave us horrible attitude and service. There were a few other tables with larger parties around us, and he would smile and tap their shoulders, and check on these tables 3-4 times before checking on ours. Sad to say, that night was my birthday and we did order a lot of extras like several glasses of Deadalus Pinot Noir at $19 per glass. When 2 of us got up for a smoke, he confronted us as if we were ditching the place without paying. he also looked over our shoulders as we signed the CC receipts as if implying we were trying to not pay. We left him a 30% tip to make a point but suffice to say the world of fine dining would be a much better place without servers like Nick Z.
The Forge was one of worst restaurant experiences ever! – I have never complained at a restaurant before but dinner at The Forge was so awful that I feel compelled to write a letter and complain. The irony of this is that we had also just eaten at The Settai for Miami Spice Week where we had a wonderful meal in great surroundings with great service.
Please let me elaborate. Our party of four ordered both from the regular menu and the Miami Spice menu so we had a chance to sample foods from both menus.
1. It took The Forge over one hour to bring our first course.
2. The menu had items on it that were not available. The waiter told us they had run out of one of the appetizers, clams and mussels, the day before but there was nothing on the menu indicating this nor were we informed when we ordered.
3. The "substitute," an oyster poor boy was absolutely inedible. It was tasteless and the oyster was so hard it could not be eaten.
4. The meat for the skirt steak was tough. We left almost the entire portion.
5. The three mushroom risotto was served congealed and so unappetizing that it looked like a bowl of vomit.
6. The hamburger was unevenly cooked with the raw side so red that if a dept of health inspector had seen it, the restaurant would have been closed down.
7. Even the flourless chocolate torte was tasteless.
If there was anything good about the meal, it was the bread and the other diners liked the cheesecake for dessert. The quality of the food was so poor that even a chain restaurant would have had a problem serving it, but for the Forge to charge the prices they do and serve such inferior quality food is disgraceful. Not only will I never visit The Forge again, I will urge my friends to not go there and forego the miserable experience we were subjected to. What a disgrace!
Elegant and Srumptious! – The Forge is elegantly decorated and has the best food I have had in Miami. A friendly and classy staff makes the entire Forge experience wonderful. We have now been going here every month. The value is really good as well. Reasonable prices depending on what one orders.
AMAZING FOOD! – The food there is amazing! The detail is what makes it the best. Also has a great atmosphere and a very high end clientell I would recommend this place to any one for an anniversary or any type of special occasion!
Best steak in South Florida – I have been to all the best restaurants for steak and I rate the Forge as the best. I have been coming here now at least once a month because of the super steak and ribeye. I have also tried their seafood which is excellent. In fact, if you are looking to spend a little less, I would recommend their fish/seafood as some of the best as well. Risootto is great too. You're taken care of with wine and service and the inside of the restaurant is beautiful! I have nver had any problems with anything from the valet (cheap valet parking by the way) to the servers to the bussers...
Fun, relaxing, great food – Service and atmosphere? Dynamite. Steak? Even better. Wine selection? I think they advertise it as one of the best in the world and I see why. It would be a little overwhelming actually if not for the great service and bartenders and the ability to taste the wines by the ounce. Everything is pretty relaxed and yet they are on top of everything. Glad that I finally came back. Sort of went off my radar after they closed for renovations.
Finally! As advertised! – I have been a little turned off of late when I try new restaurants that advertise things like "best", but The Forge lives up to it's advertisement. I have had steak at some of the best restaurants all over the country and The Forge comes through as, probably, the tops I have had. I did not try some of the other menu items although they looked good and my client said it was great (seared tuna). Wine selection made coming here in and of itself worth it. Also, I love the way they have it decorated- modern/hip with class. Service was great too...Glad I came here. Gonna make a habit of coming to Miami a little more often to dine here...
Fun experience/Great food – Was here 2 nights ago. Brought girlfriend. We were thoroughly impressed. I really can't explain because unless you have been inside, you couldn't imagine such a cool and unique place. For example, they have these chandeliers that I have never seen before, but it isn't gaudy (sp?). The seating was really comfortable and yet classy. Food was great. Get the lamb chops. Good mix of couples/business people there. Server (CJ) was really good and the wine was perfect. The whole night was just sensational. Even thanked the manager on our way out....
Actually great steak/nothing typical about the Forge at all – I'm not sure what the previous reviewer was talking about because I was there last night with a few friends and the ribeye was incredible. I'll agree that the place is beautiful and the decor fabulous. What is this guy talking about that a waiter spilling wine would never happen at a restaurant? Do other restaurants hire robots? Dude, it happens at the best restaurants and they comped you a bottle of wine (what's that like $100.00?) to compensate and you were still turned off? Sounds like you're a little uptight there. There is nothing typical about this place. I obviously had heard about The Forge growing up in Miami, but hadn't been there in a long long time and when my friend suggested it because it had recentl reopened I wanted to go back. While the decor is beautiful, the food simply outdid everthing else. I also tried the tuna and risotto and they were fabulous. We're coming here again next week before the Miami Spice menu is done...I loved it.
Horrible steak - typical beach restaurant – I was so excited about this place after hearing all the buzz on the reopening. Unfortunately, it was terrible. Unlike other negative reviews, we had no problems with being seated on time. The hostess was polite and we were seated right away with a reservation. The place is beautiful, decor just fabulous. There were 4 of us. We ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter spilled some on my father. It was very embarassing (for them) - this sort of thing would NEVER happen at a restaurant, let alone one with such expensive pricing. They were apologetic and gave us a second bottle on the house - but that was such a turn off. The soft chell crab appetizer was crispy and delicious. We all ordered steak and I've eaten at all the top steakhouses (Ruth's, Capital Grill, Prime 112, Shula's, Mastro's) and I expected the same level of quality but could not believe how BAD everyone's steak was. I ordered medium rare, and it came medium. All of our steaks were overcooked. The ribeye was tough. The meat seriously tasted more like from an Outback or Longhorn than a $55 piece of meat. I have no problems at all in spending for a good meal, but this was just such poor quality.
Dessert was good - we ordered souffle but it's not very hard to mess up that kind of dessert. We left very unsatified.
In the end, unfortunately, the Forge was the stereotypical Beach restaurant, pretty to look at and a great scene to be seen in, but nothing more. If you're looking for a good meal, go somewhere else. I'll never come back.
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