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The Pelican Cafe, Miami Beach, FL

The Pelican Cafe

3.7
3.7
42 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Beyond ordinary lunch
Taste the ‘dolce far niente’ with iconic dishes inspired by the Italian cuisine, enhanced by a modern twist.
From 11 am until 6 pm, the Pelican desires to recharge your immune system and let you sit for a light lunch.
Relax and share the Small Bites collection and home-made sandwiches, directly hot from our oven, or salads with the freshest high-quality ingredients imported from Italy.

Lights, cameras, action!
When the sun goes down the Pelican Cafè becomes a restaurant à la carte combining the Italian culinary tradition with the personal chef’s touch.
In the heart of Miami, say goodbye to appetizer, main dish, dessert; for a jaw dropping menu the food experience follows the screenplay of a movie:

SCENE AND SEQUENCES
SOUND AND RYTHM
ENDING THEME

Furthermore, a wine list that brings together great Italian labels from North to South, plus a collection of Italian Spumante and French Champagne.
Enjoy the spectacle!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (305) 673-3373

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Wendy Cacciatori

  • Private party facilities

    Pelican Cafe Restaurant: Large dining room area smartly decorated with vintage artifacts.Pelican Terrace: Pent House level terrace with unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Private party contact

    Lupe Castillo: (877) 648-1243

  • Neighborhood

    South Beach

  • Cross street

    9th and Ocean Drive

  • Parking details

    Public Parking available on Collins and 7th Street, Ocean Drive and 13th Street

  • Entertainment

    House DJ Entertainment daily

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Le repas était très bon mais quand même assez cher.
  2. RM

    RodrigoMolina

    Miami

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Raphael at the bar is amazing
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Un desastre!! Carisimo, de un día al otro habían aumentado todos los precios. Pedimos aparte y ni siquiera tenían pan, pretendían cobrarlo aparte. Se notaba q solo querían facturar, terminamos de comer y venían todo el tiempo para ver si nos íbamos.
  4. A

    Afnurse

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    My boyfriend and I were looking for some good seafood while we were staying at a hotel on Collins. The Pelican DELIVERED! We opted to dine inside. Comfy bench seat with plush pillows, fairly quiet, but huge window to allow for Ocean Drive people-watching. Service was great, and the food was delicious. Lots of menu options for any palate. Ultimately, we went with pasta: he had risotto and I had tagliolini seafood. Drinks were yummy as well. We didn’t have room for dessert, but the options looked great! Manger was friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!
  5. PF

    PatF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Well everyone a bit confused there between server and manger good was ok not for the money but south beach right.... 20% Tip included not crazy cause they don’t work for cause they get it no mater what Only thing is the sever he round the change that he gave me back to an even 30 tip and thought I was stupid it’s ok I’m guessing either he really need the extra 2.00 or the establishment takes some other tips sad that I did NOT LIKE !! It’s ok there so many other restaurant on the strip !! Good luck enjoy my 2.00
  6. DF

    DawnF

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great southbeach find! Indoor or outdoor ( best experience) for sophisticated service, great food and libations!
  7. M

    Markus

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Party mile restaurant: Guests in swimwear, absolutely drunk; music incredibly loud; food served cold. For posers, not food lovers.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Breakfast on the veranda overlooks the ocean. Service excellent and they went out of their way to accommodate us so 93 year old mother didn’t have to sit in the sun.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frederico was very attentive and the food was great! Would recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Declined since last visit. Food didn’t taste that well. service so/so.. expensive and not worth it
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our group of four traveled from Wisconsin for the Orange Bowl and enjoyed New Years Eve dinner at an outside table. The atmosphere was lively and fun, but not overwhelming. The service was excellent and the food exceeded our expectations. This would be an outstanding review for any meal, but given the occasion, the crowd, and the frenetic pace of the staff, The Pelican handled it all beautifully!
  12. CA

    CarlAnthonyG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time at the Pelican restaurant while staying at the hotel as well. Their chicken piccata is to die for 😋!
  13. VL

    VLKSkid

    Kansas City

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The cafe was a better experience than the hotel there we were very unhappy with our room the cafe was C+
  14. G

    Getitright

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2016

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    First of all my reservation didn't go through to Pelican. Pelican was able to accommodate us however this would have been embarrasing if I was not with understanding friends. Had fish and chips. The fish was really greasy. Pelican has gone downhill. At one it was a favourite of mine but it will no longer be on my short list. Food quality has really gone down.
  15. DG

    DGAMD83

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we stay at the Pelican Hotel we have eaten all of our meals here. The food and service are excellent. As it is right on Ocean Drive, there is always something going on.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2016

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Nobody working there didn't know abour opentable. I said that I reserved a table and mentioning opentable nobody knew opentable and what it is and nobody didn't care about my reservation
  17. h

    happymom

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The red snapper was fabulous! The other meals were all pasta. The spaghetti carbonara was great, but the chicken parmesan was a bit disappointing. Otherwise, the drinks were good and the staff was spectacular. Would definitely recommend!
  18. DC

    DougC

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great Italian seafood. Busy South Beach hot spot. Would definately go again.
  19. DD

    DiningDuo

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Dined here with my daughter for brunch after a segway tour. We were seated promptly for our reservation and our server was very attentive and polite. I ordered the pancakes and eggs and turkey bacon and my daughter ordered steak and eggs. I also ordered a latte that was probably the best latte I have ever had, and that's saying a lot. I ended up having two, and actually, I wish I could have another one right now! Our food arrived promptly and was cooked as we requested. Nothing spectacular. My daughter did comment that her steak, which she ordered to be cooked medium, was perfect and very tasty. I had a piece and agreed with her. Since we were there for an early Sunday brunch, Miami Beach was still just waking up so the restaurant was pretty much empty. Our server gave us a cute note on a folded up napkin thanking us for dining there and wishing us a good day. Good service, good food, no frills. What more can you ask for? I'd definitely dine here for brunch again.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I went with my husband while we were in Miami for a couple of days. The location was good, the restaurant next to Pelican had live music which was better fun then Pelican cafe itself. We are vegetarian and there were very limited options available. Not to say the food was a little cold when it came out. The food taste was also not the best. We both love Italian food however we were not pleased with taste of the pizza or appetizer. But the service was good and in all we had ok time. You can try your luck!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the Pelican Cafe. The fish was delicious and well prepared. The service was excellent. We will be back
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service, incredible food, great location. Celebrating our 25th anniversary there.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2015

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and the two for one drinks will have you sitting here all day
  24. FL

    FoodLover

    Gloucestershire

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Good basic diner with a few decent Indian dishes and great service.
  25. R

    Ralf

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Will not come back. They lost our booking. Food is not good and expensive. Service was unfriendly and not good. Sorry
  26. JL

    JenniferLove

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2014

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    My husband and I and our two young boys had a fabulous and fun dining experience on Christmas eve. He and I split the fresh fish for 2 and it was more than enough for two. The kids meals (hamburger and pizza) were tastier than the usual as well. The food make out in a timely manner and the service was excellent!!! The only complaint we talked about was the music was too loud...but got used to it.
  27. DS

    DSHI

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2014

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Nothing special, total tourist trap. I don't recommend it.
  28. IF

    IrishFred

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was just okay. Don't order oysters unless they tell you they're very fresh and cold. They do have some reasonably priced items on the menu. Fun location but the food is just okay.
  29. TP

    TimP

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was very good, the food was well thought through and beautifully put together, cooked and presented. The service was refreshingly relaxed and attentive.
  30. l

    luv2travel

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Dined on a Saturday night in Feb with 2 other girlfriends on the recommendation of another friend. Early dinner (around 7), so pretty quiet still. Gorgeous setting, table up away from busy sidewalk but still outside, with open view of beautiful interior. Shared a salad (delicious!), the shrimp pesto pasta (ridiculously fabulous), and a pizza (mediocre). Drinks weren't too pricey, but also weren't overwhelmingly wonderful (mojitos and caipirahnas). Considering how pricey it is to eat in Miami, we got a pretty good value - plenty of good food to eat without breaking the bank. Will definitely be back.
  31. OT

    OTvipNdc

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I haved dined at the Pelican a half dozen times, twice with my wife, and the food and service are consistently good. When I am traveling to Miami, I always make a point of visiting the Pelican. The paella is a personal favorite. Spend the extra amount and add the lobster tail. It is a good dish to share with your loved one. The oysters on the half shell are also delicious. they are on the large size. Ask to be seated on the veranda. It is perfect for people watching while enjoying the ocean breeze.
  32. K

    Kapoccetta

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2013

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Great location, vibrant atmosphere, good-looking people. fantastic fireworks and lots of music that helped melt together the picturesque crowd of Ocean Drive in South Beach. However, food and beverages were a real disaster and service was nothing to write home about... The menu was limited (my wife has an allergy to seafood and mushrooms and she almost could not find anything to eat), quantities small and some of our choices actually tasted bad or were either overcooked or too cold to be served. The first bottle of wine was undrinkable and sent back, the second and third were below average for their price. Not much of a choice for wines.
  33. n

    nones

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and great service. This place is definitely in the mix on Ocean Drive.
  34. JM

    JoseM

    Dallas

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Been here multiple times, always for Brunch and it's always been outstanding. Plus as is the custom in Miami you usually see someone known while you eat. Always a great place.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Dinner and a show - especially when you sit outside and watch the world go by- wow what a melting pop of people as they stroll on by...
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this hotel (and restaurant of course)! Service was outstanding & atmosphere awesome, as always! Food was incredible! :0)
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2012

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Very unpleasant. Water was never refilled, chairs were uncomfortable, waiter was rude, hostess was not trained how to check a reservation, music was too loud, and the bill included the tip but did not say so, instead asking for an "extra tip." Don't go here.
  38. B

    Brujazz

    West Palm Beach

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2012

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    What we ate was very tasty, but it wasn't as described by our waiter or as represented on the menu. My wife ordered snapper in parchment that was supposed to be cooked with cherry tomatoes and zuccini. The dish had no tomatoes and only a small piece of zucchini. I ordered an open faced ravioli dish that was supposed to contain shrimp, prawns, and assorted other fish. It had one prawn and some very tiny shrimp. Both dishes were tasty, but frankly were skimped on in the contents. The wine was also heavily marked up. On the plus side, the service was excellent.
  39. OT

    OTvipNdc

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I always stop in on The Pelican Cafe when in South Beach. It is located in the heart of the famed Ocean Drive facing the ocean. The food is delicious and specialty drinks very tasty. My wife and I dined at the Pelican on April 3, 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. A word of caution: the prices are extremely high but it probably competitive with all the other establishments on Ocean. The total for the two of us over $230. We both had an appetizer and a cocktail, but shared an entree. Still, we would do it again because the ambiance and food were worth it.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The pasta at Pelican Cafe is delicious! The restaurant is a bit noisy, but stylish and very South Beach!

FAQs

The Pelican Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 673-3373.

The Pelican Cafe is rated 3.7 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Pelican Cafe

826 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th and Ocean Drive

  • Neighborhood

    South Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Parking available on Collins and 7th Street, Ocean Drive and 13th Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Wendy Cacciatori

  • Entertainment

    House DJ Entertainment daily

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (305) 673-3373

  • Private party facilities

    Pelican Cafe Restaurant: Large dining room area smartly decorated with vintage artifacts.Pelican Terrace: Pent House level terrace with unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Private party contact

    Lupe Castillo: (877) 648-1243

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