Just another Trendy SoBe eatery with lackluster cuisine. It was with a great expectation that I entered the restaurant that Govind Armstrong has sway over on South Beach. I only wish that it could have lived up to the reputation that this up & coming chef has earned. I called last minute and was able to get a table. This worried me a bit; usually a good restaurant is BOOKED up. My guest & I were promptly seated and although it was 9 pm the place was fairly empty, another worrying sign. The menu appears to have ambitious dishes, but execution was very flat. The starters were Chestnut Soup, which was lukewarm and lackluster. The Sweetbreads while crispy were served in a very oily melange of over cooked root vegetable bits, which added nothing to the dish. They were colorless, texture less and flavorless. VERY DISSAPPOINTING! The Entrees' came next, Salmon on a bed of lentils with collard greens. The dish was dull, colorless and while the salmon at $32 was nice if small at about 6 oz, the single leaf of collard greens and small mound of purple lentils were again oily and quite bland. My guest's buccitini was also under seasoned and rather un appetizingly plated and not served with Parmesan which had to be asked for and was brought literally a teaspoon full on a tiny plate. JOKE or WHAT? At this point we just wanted to escape this very pricy culinary failure. I think that Govind Armstrong really needs to totally revamp the kitchen staff or close this place before it destroys his reputation in this town.
Beautiful place, beautiful people, perfect meal!. Was in Miami this week for Art Basel and had not prepared by making advance reservations. The only times we could get a possible table were 6pm or 11, so I was very disappointed that I wouldn't have the opportunity to dine at this restaurant that everyone was buzzing about earlier in the week. I asked the woman when I called to take my number in case of a cancellation (figuring there was no way they would actually call). As it happened, on Friday around noon a very pleasant young lady called me to say that she could get my wife and I in at 7:30 that evening. A bit early for Miami, but beggars cant be choosers! We were promptly seated, and were treated fabulously from arrival onward. The room was elegant and already buzzing with energy that early. Out waitress was passionate about their food and terribly knowledgible about the menu and wine. We had wonderful stone crabs, currently in season and an amazing New Zeland mussle dish to start. I was surprised by the selection of steaks (5 to choose from) as I never though of Table 8 as a "steak house". I went with the famous salt crusted porterhouse (which isnt on the menu, but those in the know, know to request) and it was a divine experience! the meat was crusted in a beautiful cake of salt and seasons, presented table-side, and then taken back to the kitchen to be sliced. The presentation was enough to come back for alone! My wife had a wonderful fresh grouper, and all of the dishes passing us by looked amazing. The desert menu was fine, not brilliant like the dinner menu, but quite nice. Overall it was a dining experience to rival the best of NY in my opinion. By the time we departed there was a lince out the door and a great bar scene happening. Beautiful decor, a perfect dining experience!
the Best in South Beach I have found. I had read mixed reviews only online, everything else I've seen about Table 8 from the serious food writers however has been tremendous, so I was happy to have to opportunity to be in Miami recently on business. We had a loud and large group of business associates on a weekend night and had an impeccable dining experience. The waitress was casual, but totally professional and really knew her wine, as well as every dish on the menu...We pretty much trusted her to send out all the apps and every dish she sent was wonderful. Loved the calamari dish, which was totally unique. We had the best buratta I had ever experienced and each dish was simple and approachable- were not talking over the top "haute cuisine". Mostly steak eaters for dinner and the porterhouse was honestly as good as all of the press I had heard. Crusted in a salt and herb mixture, I had never seen anything like it. Yes, it was pricey, but you dont go to Miami Beach on a budget. I hear they are opening in NY and I look forward to having them in my backyard, its a "dont miss" restaurant!
Barely average food nice decor. Took my boyfriend for his birthday during lunch and I was disappointed. Maybe my expectations were to high but the food was not good. My boyfriend told me thanx for the meal but he would have enjoyed a dinner I cooked at home better. Nice atmosphere and decor but below average food. Good place to go if you just want to chill and get some drinks with friends but don't expect a fab lunch.
mediocre. my husband and i were in Miami for my birthday weekend. We decided to try a a new restaurant in SouthBeach. I chose this restaurant based on the reviews and their menu selection. We decided to try their Tasting Menu. For $120/person for a 5 course meal, we were both disappointed. The food was ok, nothing to rave about. We had the Kobe style slice beef on the menu, and even that did not get our tastebuds jumping. The drinks were clearly overpriced as all places in South Beach. OUr dinner bill totaled $350 for two people. Should have spent the money elsewhere.
Horrible food and service. I went there with my boyfriend for the miami spice menu. The menu looked great but the service was terrible and the drinks were very overpriced. The waiter was impossible to find, the food took forever to arrive and when it did I had to look at the meals and say where are we going to eat after this? The portions were extremely small and not tastey at all. I will never go to this restaurant again and have told all my friends of this terrible experience. The need to invest on some waiters and waitresses with personality instead of just looks. The service was awful.
Worst Dining Experience in Ages!. 1 star is 5 too many for this place. We had a party of 10 for my birthday and sat at one of the outdoor tables. Menu was nice, I will say, but the service was the worst I've seen anywhere in a long while. We had to ask for our waiter no less than 5 times while we sat there with menus, no cocktails and no water. Finally they came and took our drink orders, but it took 20 more minutes for everyone to get their drinks. After the cocktails arrived, we had to ask for our waiter 3 more times before he came over and took our dinner order. When the food finally came, everybody's food arrived at different times. Mine, as well as others meals were not cooked to the proper temperature (warm at best), and the food was forgettable. Since you can't let hot food sit around, some people were finished with their entrees before other's had even arrived. Nobody came to check on us while we were eating, and again, glasses went empty for long periods. When we complained to the manager, he said he was sorry, but didn't offer anything: no discount, no free dessert, no round of drinks...just an insincere apology. I'm used to lousy service in Miami, but for the amount of money this place charges, their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. Clearly, I will not be returning to Table 8, nor will I be recommending it to my friends.....and clearly, the management really won't care that a South Beach local is so dissatisfied.
Great Miami Spice Menu! Great corwd! Great Staff!. We have sampled Miami Spice menus all over town. At Devito's they make you feel like a pauper for even requesting it, and once you do there's a dismal choice between a chicken and a pasta, with some unexciting sald to start. At Table 8 they actually offered the Miami Spice menu and said, "why order from the regular menu, give the Spice menu a shot and I'll gaurantee you'll love it", and boy was he right. Not only was the service impeccable, the crowd beautiful, and the room gorgeous, but the food was just other-worldly. Chef Armstrong was working the room all night, autographing his cook book for customers, and just spreading the joy all around. Miami has needed a place like this to really back up this so called "culinary revolution" everyone has been bantering about and almost nobody delivering. To see Table 8 packed on a week night in Summer is so encouraging, it is hopefully a sign of more good things to come to the Miami culinary scene. The arrogant posers places like Devito's wont stand the test of time, and its a shame that a seemingly great guy like Devito would lend (or sell more likely) his good name to such bogus operators.
At last, a truely spectacular restaurant in South Beach!. South Beach has long been in wont of a great restaurant. Sure, we have some really good places, fun, with decent service, tasty food, but I don't believe anything previously opened has taken South Beach to this level of dining. We experienced so many uniquely brilliant flavors in his dishes that I cant even do justice here in describing, but the Porterhouse was a brilliant display with flavors to match, the simplicity of an oak leaf lettuce salad with such wonderful flavors, the perfection in a grouper, the specialty drinks, with a level of service I have never experienced in South Beach, were all such a joy! Chef Armstrong and his partners have set a new bar that I only hope others coming into this market will strive to match. his food is simple and not "over the top", but with such wonderful ingredients that it truly stands out in every way. Well down Table 8!
Wow, Amazing Scene and Killer Food!!. We went by for a new Wednesday night "Dinner Party" that our concierge at Setai set up. Got there around 10:00 and the scene was hot, nothing but tables of models.... We were seated a bit late (25 mns) but no big deal, since the bar was packed with a fun crowd. Service was totally on point and the food was totally unlike anything I've had down here before. very unique flavors, beautifully composed dishes, and just impressive all around. Had an increadible sliced steak, "Kobe" style, with a killer sweetbread appetizer. Everyone was impressed with food, with the exception of one of our dinning companions who apparently prefers his steak burnt crisp- but they graciously took it back and problem solved. After dinner we had a table in the lounge with bottle service, great music all night and just a sex-as-can-be scene. As if the food were not enough, the place rocked.