5861 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL | Directions 3314325.704414 -80.288690
Neighborhoods: South Miami
VILAR CIGAR SHOP (NEW LOCATION) – ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE OLD MACABI CIGARS ON SUNSET IN SOUTH MIAMI.
ON THE CORNER OF US1 AND SUNSET DRIVE.
Great smoking room upstairs and FREE VALET PARKING IN REAR
High price ($750 for party of 6) with a great concept. Unfortunately, lousy execution. We waited an entire hour before our appetizer order was taken. Even though the restaurant was half empty in Miami on a Friday night (should have been the first clue). The server did not know how to present and serve a bottle ($150) of wine. She even decanted the 2nd bottle without any presentation whatsoever. The "medium rare" steak I ordered arrived "black and blue." Raw and ice cold on the inside. They took it back and overcooked the same steak to a nice "well done" temperature. I finished off with an 18 yr old scotch served "neat". Before I took my first sip, the busboy cleared the scotch away with the dirty dishes. This is a management problem. Staff needs to be properly trained. If you can't get wine and steak right at a supposedly "premium" steakhouse, you're dead in the water. I am willing to bet Macabi Steakhouse will not be in business in a year. Avoid Macabi Steakhouse like the plague!
"PRIME" Nightmare – I decided to celebrate my b-day at their steakhouse last night...8 for dinner...approximately 20 total by the end of the night for drinks and cigars. I had been there a year before and everything was great, memorable...including dinner service and the food. But last night something was different. The minute I walked in we sensed it...I took one look at their well know wall of wines that serves as the restaurants backbone now bare and crippled...but the funny thing was watching guests try to order from the still "Fully Stocked" wine list trying to guess which bottles were on the wall and which were just a figment of the Macabi that once was. The service...was painfully absent. You know when you are in a good atmosphere with friends, drinks...looking forward to great "steak"...maybe you even have a good relaxing buzz with good conversation...you usually can wait for a very long time for service to come around. Well, it's a BIG PROBLEM, when you and your guests are all in that state asking..."who's our waiter...do appetizers really take 45 min...it's shrimp and plantains for God's sake!...my own Mother can probably wip up something similar in 20 minutes and that may even include a quick trip to Publix." Our waitress...who I think had been recruited from Applebee's the week before was trying her best...but to decant an $80 bottle of Amarone without showing the guest the bottle is a bit too much to take..."Oooops! I'm sorry but...it is the wine you picked I swear"...she said. Probably the same tactic she used when getting chocolate syrup instead of caramel syrup for one of her Applebee's guest's sundae. I'm sure it worked for her there...it doesn't fly at a $150 a person "Prime" steakhouse. When she got called out on it, she went into revenge mode...we battled her attitude from then on...personally I was exhausted. I hate to admit it, but she may have actually won that war. By the way, are "Prime" steaks supposed to be frozen? Maybe for the steak of the month club. :-(
Best cigar shop in South Miami – They moved to a new location at 7400 S.W. 57 Ave.
renamed Vilar Cigar Shop. 305-663-1818
By the way Macabi is now a Steak House at the same location as the original cigar shop.
Great Steak at 5861 S.W. Sunset Drive
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