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Azul Restaurant

Map & Directions 500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami, FL 33131
  • Contemporary, Mediterranean
  • Mon-Sat 6pm-10:30pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Banquet Facilities, Business Dining, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Water View, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Highly Recommended, Accepted
  • Valet


Miami New Times' Description

Azul chef Joel Huff apprenticed under José Andrés, and the notion of many teeny flavors in petite portions conspiring to form a larger-than-life meal is at play here. But instead of a procession of miniature courses, the tiny taste explosives come bundled upon each plate. Too many misfire. When the idea works well, as with a smoked octopus appetizer, it's like incongruously styled musicians harmonizing in a surprisingly moving manner. When it doesn't work, as with an Alaskan king crab appetizer, it's like a variety show with jugglers, drag queens, and clowns crammed onstage at once, each clamoring for your attention. What else works: pumpkin soup with goat cheese and rock shrimp; risotto with wild mushrooms; smoked octopus; and braised Wagyu short ribs. What else misses: pan-seared branzino, duck breast, and overgarnished oysters. Dishes are pricey, excellent wines are expensive, service is inconsistent, an air of pretentiousness reigns, and valet is a ripoff at $13.

Member Reviews

  • jyasotha wrote a review for Azul Restaurant
    on 05/16/10

    I've dined at Azul twice and on both occasions, I was blessed with wonderful seats by Patrick who was just charming. The food was delicious, the service, excellent and the view, spectacular, especially on my second visit.

  • Salome5 wrote a review for Azul Restaurant
    on 04/28/10

    with spectacular bay views, Azul makes for an amazing locale to dine at. their Sunday brunches are a must-have experience.

  • caterina.falcone2 wrote a review for Azul Restaurant
    on 11/11/08

    Cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean flavors with Asian influences. At the focus of Azul, a magnificent white marble open kitchen and raw bar vie for your attention with the floor to ceiling windows that showcase the picturesque bay views.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Eater on 01/16/12

    Chef Joel Huff has managed to silence even the most vocal of food snobs with dishes such as Almond Gazpacho with Foie Gras Powder. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Eater on 01/13/11

    Stunning waterfront Mediterranean restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental with Asian, French and American influences. One of Miami's most popular, pricey expense account spots. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Dress for the Date on 09/14/13

    Stunning views of Biscayne Bay, and the sushi/maki (rolls) are delicious. Try the Fresh Salmon Roll and Vegetarian Roll.

  • Brickellinfo on 07/12/10

    Check-in and unlock some foursquare specials exclusive to Mandarin Oriental - Miami!

  • Eater on 04/23/13

    Azul boasts tasty modern, American dishes with an Asian twist created by chef Jacob Anaya, some mean Kobe beef cheeks, great service and a sweet view.

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