Habitat - Miami Beach

4.5
185 reviews
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Homegrown Miami chef Jose Mendin has created an original and organic blend of old world elegance and new world vitality.
Chef Jose Mendin is fusing masterful Michelin-star techniques with local, farm-fresh ingredients to craft a menu that respects the elements and honors simplicity.
Daily catch pulled fresh from the sea, vegetables plucked from the garden, and grass-fed quality meats are transformed into crudo specialties and dishes fire-grilled to perfection.
At Habitat, the sophisticated service is as warm as the atmosphere and five-star cuisine is delivered family-style because great meals are meant to be shared. It’s just more fun that way.
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KS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great day. I took the family for mother’s day brunch and we had a great time. Unlike most buffets, Habitat prepared everything in small batches so it was fresh and delicious. Everyone on the staff was super friendly and accommodating. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and wonderful staff!

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BR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Thank you Natasha! You were awesome!

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

highly recommend Habitat. Food was delicious and our waitress Natasha had the best combination of recommendations.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambience were wonderful. Cocktails were not worth the cost.

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LG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was very inconsistent- the drinks took forever to get from the bar. The food and drinks were excellent as was the atmosphere. Only restaurant I’ve ever been to where they charge for bread on the table - AND we were not told by the waitress in advance that there was a charge for bread.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Our waiter was great and the supporting service was very good too. The food was tasty but the price did not match the meal. I think it may be a tourist trap. It was good but we won’t be back next spring when we are on our Spring vacation.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was fabulous !! Great service , knowledgeable accommodating staff!! - sitting outside was just an amazing vibe , great music , overall my favorite restaurant so far in Miami.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish food
Waiter was extremely attentive and really personable and fun. Chef was coming out and seeing how the food was. A bit pricey but very very good. Outside seating needed a cleaning though other than that experience was perfect

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Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great place to take a date, a business meeting or a family dinner - situated in the lobby of the 1 Hotel South Beach.

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KN
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food and a wonderful location. I would like to go again soon.

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J
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal, service and atmosphere. Two of us shared several plates and each was outstanding. Great for friend night out or date night. Excellent cocktails!

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of the best meals I have ever had. Moreover, the entire staff was amazing and made our evening memorable. Can’t wait to go back!!

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UG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Was there a year ago. Was much better. Service is amazing. Kitchen ok but not excellent. Only one kind of tasteless bread. Scallops to battery. Well good for mainstream. The deserts also. Wish they had the homemade chocolate ice cream the had a year ago..

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambiance and service!!

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Beyond amazing ambience

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere/decor! The only negative was kind of slow service. Maybe it was due to being a busy Friday night but for how nice of a place as Habitat I think it’s fair to expect great service. We still had a great meal and a fun evening which is why I’m giving 4 stars.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Habitat was the hilight of our weekend. Our server was very knowledgeable, patient and sensitive to my food allergies, and the chef was amenable to preparing my food to my specifications. As a result, I was able to fully participate in and enjoy my meal in a way that I don’t usually get to when I eat out. I will eat at Habitat whenever I am back in Miami Beach, for sure.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Mostly okay. I got the filet mignon though. It was tasteless and tough. When I complained, they took the entree away. I was frankly surprised to see it still on the check. No compensation offer was made. When you charge as much as they do, one might think they could afford to be generous when things are not perfect. I won’t be back.

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DS
Switzerland
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Das Restaurant ist leider zu stark gekühlt und das macht es ungemütlich

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NA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas and desserts

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente !

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J
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. Loved every bite. Decor and ambience were perfect. Only complaints were slow service (typical for Miami Beach).

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T
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was really outstanding! Great personality and super helpful.

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DS
Dallas
52 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite find on recent trip to Miami Beach! Food wonderful, setting very attractive, service good. Returned for a dinner after a wonderful lunch--neither disappointed!

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E
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, but empty on a Saturday night at 8:30 pm.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Goodlooking restaurant. Food ok, nice wine, but terrible coffee

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Poconos
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere great food awesome recommend to everyone

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Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We arrived for our reservations at 7:15 on a Saturday to an uncrowded, not busy restaurant. Prompt seating, greeting, drink order taking. Food was ordinary, small portions and overpriced served by kitchen “runner.” Waitress was pleasant but seemed distracted and seldom present Service charge/tip (included 18% in bill) was too much.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Increíble, la comida muy rica el lugar espectacular, en general una buena velada 👌

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok but Way overpriced

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N
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Lovely space.

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S
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was great. Food was good.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Delicious food. Some of the worst service...seemed like no one had any idea what they were doing.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The app forces me to give ratings. Open table allowed us to book a reservation for Tuesday night. When we arrived the doors were open and lights on but there was no one inside including employees. We found a hotel employee in the lobby of 1hotel who told us there is no dinner service on Tuesday. Open table please coordinate with the restaurant as this was very confusing and frustrating. We obviously don’t have any negatives about the restaurant as we never dined.

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EE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Habitat was one of the worst restaurants I've ever visited in Miami Beach. The overall service was terrible, from an inhospitable manager (Carlos) to a sarcastic waiter (Aleks) it was an awful time. They also charged us $30 for bringing an outside cake even though my sister in law has serious food allergies.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have tried the Habitat with my family, and as a whole, we gave it mixed reviews. I think I have to go back, as it is worth it to go back, and give it a second try.

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B
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started at the bar and the bartender Bob Gilardi was excellent. Recommended the Grilled Cauliflower which was amazing. Scallops for dinner were excellent; we be back soon.

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J
Miami
77 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

good food but very pricey

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E
Miami
67 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an exceptionally wonderful dinner at Habitat. The ambiance, service and food was amazing. Everything we tasted; shrimp and scallop dumplings (more like a ravioli shape), short ribs, crab croquetas etc were beyond delicious and well executed. There were also very healthy choices on the menu but we chose the high carb route that night. Usually one wouldn't feel that good the next day if you're not used to eating a lot of carbs but we both felt great. We sat on the banquette close to the entry on the window which was perfect seating for us as it was a quieter table. Our server (sorry forgot his name) from Latvia was super attentive and gave us the right amount of space for conversing with him and having our private conversations. He and his team poured our wine exactly when it was time to pour. We look forward to returning soon!

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