A Fish Called Avalon

4.6
2068 reviews
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Seafood
Located in the heart of The Art Deco District on Ocean Drive, A Fish Called Avalon features Modern American Seafood with tropical influences, impeccable service and nightly entertainment that further captures the true ambiance of South Beach.

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrating 30 years of excellence on Ocean Drive! For the BEST seafood and Miami ambiance, join us outside with ocean breezes and live Latin-Caribbean music.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrating 30 years of excellence on Ocean Drive! For the BEST seafood and Miami ambiance, join us outside with ocean breezes and live Latin-Caribbean music.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Celebrating 30 years of excellence on Ocean Drive! For the BEST seafood and Miami ambiance, join us outside with ocean breezes and live Latin-Caribbean music.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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AC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a perfect dinner. Pleasant place, good service, and the food was wonderful: the oysters, the bisque, the fish and the dessert. I strongly recommend the whole fish of the day. I’ll surely be back.

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HC
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter was wonderful! We didn’t realize that the restaurant was part of a hotel and had to overhear people checking in / complaining about their room keys etc .. the drinks weren’t great but the octopus app was awesome! We both got the saffron seafood risotto as our entree and everything was cooked well with a really nice flavor

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

25 th Anniversary

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FN
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service. Sat outside on Ocean Drive in South Beach so it was not quiet, but entertaining. I’m sure indoor dining is a much quieter experience. Would highly recommend.

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AU
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here before and this time we had to share it with our friends. It was just as always, perfect!

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SM
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Being from out of town we wanted to try sea food right in the heart of Miami Beach. This restaurant was fantastic. Great service, food and wine. Being outside on a warm Spring night couldn't be better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience overall! The food was great, the service was great and the weather was inviting. We sat on the patio where we enjoyed music and the atmosphere. Our reservation got us right in. We would highly recommend this place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Outstanding service.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Filming Bad Boys 3 but still honoured our reservation and we net Will Smith!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus was amazing! We sat outside for some prime people and car watching.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Columbus, We really appreciate your 5 stars rating and your raves. The octopus is indeed amazing based! You did the right thing, people watching in our corner is the best and now I’ll remember to tell people to car watch as well! Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table, food, drinks, service, everything met or exceeded our expectations. Will definitely return in the future

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was awesome! We enjoyed eating outside on the covered patio.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear guest, Many thanks for dining with us and taking the time to leave your review. It’s really a pleasure knowing that we made your evening with the warm services from my staff, chef’s delicious creation and the people watching from our patio. We hope you enjoyed the live guitar players as well. See you soon again the next time your travels bring you to South Beach. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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MD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and seafood

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear MDCNJ, We are so glad you spent your evening with us and had a memorable stay. Nothing pleases us like knowing our guests are happy with the food and services we offer. We look forward to serving you again. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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E
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday dinner. Marvin was awesome.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Elizabeth, What a lovely pleasure it is to see your short and sweet review. Thank you so very much for your 5-star rating and Marvin sends his regards. Happy birthday again from all of us here! Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three for three: ambience, excellent service and outstanding food.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Talldrinkofwater, Thank you so much for your kind review, we are pleased we got three for three of your score. We’re truly glad to know you enjoyed our ambiance, attentive services and outstanding cuisine. Looking forward to welcoming you the next time you visit Ocean Drive. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Avalon never disappoints! Quality food, and service !

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Skate5678, Thank you so very much for being a repeat diner. Happy knowing you always enjoy our offerings. See you soon again, there are some new items on the menu for you to try! Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in the heart of South Beach. We chose to sit inside which was quiet and perfect for a nice business dinner. The food was fabulous (especially loved the mussels! And thank you to our waiter for sharing the ingredients of the sauce so we can try making it ourselves!), the service was great; enough attention to us but not overbearing. Overall, a great experience. I would highly recommend it.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear MaDaMiMi, Thank you for your lovely review. Pleased to know you chose us for your business dinner and appreciated the right amount of service from our staff. Glad to share the recipe for the mussels, you’ll have to let us know if yours or ours was better! We’d love to welcome you again in the future. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

That location is one of the best as you are right on Sunset Drive, if you like people watching this is the best spot; the place is very neat, service is fantastic, actually, Víctor is one of the best waiters we have had in a long time, he made the whole experience even better; my wife and I went for early dinner, had the escargot for entree, they were great, then the paella to share (very large, my guess it is ideal for 3 people), it was fine but not outstanding, drinks were amazing and the dessert and coffee very very good. Would definitely come back.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Carlos, What a fantastic review, it brings us all so much pleasure reading these kind words! Victor sends his regards and extends his warm thanks for your comments. It’s great knowing you enjoyed most of your evening with the drinks, dining, and services. The next time you visit, you’ll have to let me know what we can tweak in the paella to make it perfect for you. Of course, there are also many other dishes to try and I’d be happy to recommend. We’d love to serve you again. Pascal Pinault

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PF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Table next to ours had two kids playing there video games and watching movies very loudly..couldn’t even hear the music playing....very annoying

Food and service was great...just couldn’t relax because of the kids being allowed to loud cartoons at the table....I could understand if it was family style restaurant but this is suppose to be a high end chic place to relax and eat

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Peter F, Many thanks for spending your evening with us. It’s a pleasure knowing you enjoyed our food and services. Please accept our apologies for the noise. In the future, we’d be happy to intervene on your behalf. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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a
Nashville
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, with a nice view of the Ocean drive. Delicious meals and cocktails. Highly recommended.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Alex, Thank you for visiting, we’re honored you trusted us for a memorable evening. It’s a pleasure reading your comments on our delicious food served and our cocktail list. Many thanks for the ‘high recommendation’! Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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T
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Both the soup and the fish was excellent. Of four top restaurants on Ocean Drive, this was the best. Service was good, and live Flaminco music was a treat 😀

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Ted w, Thank you and thank you again for your praises. It’s a humble honor knowing we were your best of the four top South Beach restaurants. We’re so glad you enjoyed the dining experience and our exceptional staff services along with the wonderful music. Please allow us to serve you again the next time you’re visiting beautiful South Beach. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the midst of all the touristy restaurants in South Beach, this was a wonderful dining experience.
The food was fabulous and the staff ever so attentive to us. We stayed for a long while and were never pressured to leave our table. Overall a really nice restaurant.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear CocoC, Thank you for your fabulous 5-stars review, we are truly honored to read your kind words. Glad our services were so welcoming you lingered on longer and we appreciate your positive comments on our cuisine and attentive services. Looking forward to welcoming and serving you again in the future. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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MS
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Le personnel nous a fait attendre 45min malgré notre réservation nous avons dû quitte4 le restaurant car aucune table nous a été proposée ! Personne ne s’est soucié de notre présence et beaucoup de gens attendait au bar pour manger

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ME
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was recommended by the first two locals I ask “What is the best seafood restaurant in south beach?” Very good food and service

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 11, 2019

Dear Matt, Your review is music to our ears! Thank you for visiting and happy you enjoyed both the cuisine and attentive services from my team. Looking forward to welcoming you back. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best ceaser salad I have had.
My wife and I enjoyed the seafood tower.
Everything was so FRESH!
Sat outside fantastic meal

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 2, 2019

Dear Michael F., Many thanks for spending your evening with us. So glad to hear you enjoyed our salad and seafood tower, the chef sends his thank you for the kind remarks. Our location makes it ideal for people watching and happy you took the opportunity to do so. Looking forward to serving you again. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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CF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined on a Saturday night of spring break. Had outstanding service & food! Our server was spot on with his recommendations on both food and drink. Will add it our list of places to go back to again.

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JR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The decor was very dated and stale which is exactly how I would describe the menu also. Nothing tasted fresh. The only tasty item was the lobster bisque. It was delicious and if I was ever forced to go back I would just order several bowls of this. The crab cakes were very mealy and mushy on the inside and over cooked on the outside. The taste was so so. Like something I could pick up frozen at the grocery store. The seafood risotto was gross. The orzo pasta was crunchy and the saffron was the only flavor you could taste. The grouper was OK. It had the slightly squishy texture of fish that has been previously frozen and then left to thaw too long. It was overcooked. We did not stay for dessert. A very disappointing meal particularly given the price.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 2, 2019

Dear Jessica R., We appreciate you dining recently and are sorry to see you were not happy with the experience. Our mission is to provide delicious seafood, with an unparalleled level of service in a warm ambiance. I can personally assure you we source the freshest quality seafood for our dishes which is reflected in the pricing. Please accept my invitation to visit again so that I can ensure a pleasant and memorable evening. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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R
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were in South Beach for four days and three evenings we ate at A Fish Called Avalon. It was by pure chance that we went there our first night in town but the other two were because it was great. We had a waiter named Volker, who made our dining experience wonderful.

The ambiance both inside and out was great and the food magnificent. If you go to Miami Beach you must go to A Fish Called Avalon!

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 2, 2019

Dear Rykman, It warms our hearts to see your kind words and heartfelt appreciation for spending three of your four evenings with us, we are humbled. Volker sends his personal thank you for the mention of his attentive service. We look forward to creating more memorable evenings with you. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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KC
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service from start to finish! Meals were delicious and drinks were superb. We cannot wait to return the next time we visit Miami.

A Fish Called Avalon
Responded on April 2, 2019

Dear Karen, Many thanks for your 5-star praises! It’s a pleasure knowing you enjoyed the attentive services from our staff, you’ve made our day with your kind review. Glad you enjoyed the cuisine and drinks as well. We look forward to welcoming you again. Warm regards, Pascal Pinault, Food & Beverage Director

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TM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizers, meal and dessert were all outstanding. The entire family enjoyed the meal and experience.

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. The Paella was fantastic. The Crab Crusted Sea Bass was very flavorful.

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Really rude service and made no attempt to help the customer in any way. We ended up leaving before even being served.

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I
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our second visit since recommended by friends. Good selection on the menu. Food is of a very high standard. My wife can recommend the bang bang shrimp and I the crab cake appetisers. For mains the tuna and Atlantic salmon were excellent. The service is excellent and staff cheerful and friendly. Due to heavy rain we had to retire to the bar where it was difficult to relax due to a conversation between two Americans carried on at shouting level.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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GF
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Some of the resturants along SOBE just have the ambiance of the strip going for them but this is a very good restaurant with good service and quality food.

Unfortunately I was there during college spring break and the entire area was a zoo. Not their fault but you may want to avoid Ocean drive during March

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P
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here on my birth vacation, the hostess was very welcoming and wished me a happy birthday when we were seated. The menu was very lovely and what I ordered (crab cakes and salmon) was delicious! Perfect atomosphere and the wait staff was very friendly and accommodating.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding wait staff and service! My wife and the fish of the day which she loved and I had the chicken which was amazing! Amazing wine selection including a great Chianti selection and the best key lime pet I have ever had!

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Ambiance was very nice, food was amazing and desert was great. Service was fast and fantastic!

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R
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We arrived during spring break. The people watching is incredible, the food and service, average at best. Appetizers are your best bet. Crab cakes and Bang Bang Shrimp were tasty. Crab crusted grouper entree was over cooked and not particularly tasty. Expensive for the quality. Presentation was excellent, but that only goes so far. Service was adequate. So, go for a drink, appetizers and people watching.

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