Stubborn Seed

4.6
599 reviews
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Stubborn Seed is the result of pairing unrelenting passion with an unapologetic approach. It aims to unearth cravings of the palate while constructing a reward in each bite. This philosophy takes honest ingredients and elevates them to be splendidly elegant through rigid and persistent execution. There is an undeniable spirit surrounding the Stubborn Seed that stems from Jeremy Ford. His tenacious demeanor and candor define the cuisine, but his technique boosts it. An exceptional and memorable dining experience is championed above all else.

Special Notes:
* Please be advised when booking a reservation that the availability of our tasting menu ends one hour prior to closing.
* For parties larger than 6 people please email reservations@ stubbornseed.com with your request.

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Sun 9:45PM - 11:00PM
Tue - Thu 6:00PM - 7:00PM 9:45PM - 11:00PM

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Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

My husband and I love Stubborn Seed...but...never, EVER spend your Valentine’s Day here!!! The place was an absolute MESS. They mist have allowed waaaaaayyyy to many reservations, and need to enforce a stricter policy for people who fail to be on time. We were basically screwed :( We opted to sit outside, by choice, just so we could eat at a somewhat reasonable time. (Our res was 9:30, made a month in advance; by 10:00 we made the seating decision.) We figured okay, we can sacrifice ambiance and still enjoy our meal. Wrong! They basically forgot about us after our appetizers, and we weren’t served entrees until 11:45 pm, N hour after apps. Both of us were practically falling asleep, and left without dessert - normally our favorite course here. Our drinks were comped, which was a nice gesture; but it really did little to make up for such poor delivery overall. This was not at ALL the dream Valentine’s dinner like we experienced here in 2018 :( I would implore the managers not to allow so many reservations next year, and also, turn people away if they’re not on time. Otherwise, guests who are on time are the ones who get the short end of the stick.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasting menu was amazing!!

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JR
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu was very limited.

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

There was a terrible smell. Like old wet mildew or mold. Could smell it from the table the entire time and it was especially strong walking by the kitchen on the way to the bathroom.

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JH
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I never have posted any reviews for anything. However, I felt compelled to write this one after our awful experience

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f
Philadelphia
139 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food is presented so beautifully that you hate to eat it , but when you do the flavors are glorious. Chef definitely knows what he is doing and as everything is prepared as ordered expect to wait for some courses. You can't go wrong with the lamb or chicken dishes with the flavors he imparts and I am really only a fish eater so that says something. We also had the pastrami spiced smoked fois gras and it was incredible .

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LG
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The tasting menu was fantastic. The food compared favorably to Michelin two and one star restaurants we have enjoyed. Each preparation was original, sophisticated and complex. The seared foie gras was absolutely incredible. The entire meal took longer than necessary and the staff seemed overcommitted at times. We will be back and recommend Stubborn Seed to all our friends.

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Switzerland
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Was very excited to dine here, but left disappointed. Had the 8 course tasting menu with wine pairing. Wouldn’t go back...

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VL
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a true gem amidst so many overpriced and overhyped miami restaurants. Perfectly executed tasting menu and wine pairings - the spacing, descriptions, and quality of the food and the wine were beautiful. Miami needed this caliber of execution so, thank you, to all the staff (especially our server Steven and his back waiter who’s name I didn’t catch) of stubborn seed. Stay passionate and killing it!

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GW
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Did the 5 course tasting. Food was great. Server was very good. I don’t like too fast service but it was a bit too slow. Pricey but of course it is Miami Beach.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Our reservation was not honored, they sat us 1 hour after we reserved while a couple that arrived after us were seated before us. That made for a sour hour which didn’t allow us to enjoy our time there

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional 😍

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

I so wanted to knock at least one star off of this rating due to a nearly 45 minute wait past my 9:15 reservation, but honestly the food is just too good! Everything about this location rocks. The ambiance and music is lively. Jeremy the chef was at work the night I was there and you can watch the kitchen through a large glass window. I can’t recommend the food enough! We had the chicken, red snapper, and simple greens. The place is small and the wait can be long, but I promise it’s worth it!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

At the begining I wasn't so happy because I made the reservation a week in advance and they gave me the worst table. By the door. They didn't move me when I asked to be seated in another table because it was "reserved". That was a bad starting point..but they fixed it by sending us 2 glasses of prosecco with a nice smile. Food and service were great. Would defined come back. Dessert took too long to arrive but those cookies were delicious!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and presentation was outstanding. The waiter did an excellent job of explaining the menu and offering suggestions. Definitely a restaurant not to be missed when visiting South Beach.

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TT
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The restaurant has a nice vibe and depending on your location you can watch the kitchen. The menu comes ala carte or a 5 course and 8 course “surprise” tasting menu with either a 6 drink beverage pairing or wine pairing. Our table allowed us to view the kitchen but was in an awkward undesirable location in the center of staff activity opposite the door to the tables outside. My dining partner and I both opted for the 8 course surprise menu and 1 wine pairing and 1 beverage pairing. Initially the evening started very slowly as we sat for 15 minutes before anyone approached our table. After we ordered we were both given a glass of Prosecco and butter slathered rolls. Having barely had a sip or 2 of the Prosecco, the first 2 courses showed up in rapid fire succession, followed by a long stretch of dead space, followed by more rapid fire dishes followed by dead space and the final dish. Food was a home run. Misses was the service, rapid fire, dead space, rapid fire, dead space, food arrives but no utensils numerous times, wine and beverage pairings arrived 3-5 minutes after the dish was served. The 6 drink beverage pairing was uninspiring and the wine pairings who knows what they served you as they never brought the bottle nor talked about the wine except to say “it’s red” or “it’s white”. When I’d ask what the wine was it was clear the waiter had no idea. The beverage pairing was the same as the wine pairing except for a beer and a saki in lieu of a wine. Summing up the dining experience, forget the “surprise” tasting menus and beverage/wine pairings and go for the ala carte and select your own food/wine/drinks. Food is good but hospitality and service grossly under par with the norm for this type of establishment.

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NL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Absolutely Delicious food but so extremely noisy can’t hear each other

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G
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service at many diners surpasses their casual attitude. Have to ask for more wine, silverwrre when used is not replaced. Maybe they think thats their definition of casual dining. The noise level is beyond the beyond and the prices are what should be paid for a first class experience. This is not one. The lobster dish was excellent, the chicken just oK. Mush better experiences to be found nearby.

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F
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent le découverte

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AK
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Luckily we came later in the night it helped to empty out the restaurant so that it felt morr intimate at our table. Hard to compete with the noise from the table next to us and the music. The food was outstanding just would recommend not comin during a busy time.

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Z
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food beautiful presentation and delicious. That said...Took way too long between courses on the tasting menu. Servers did little to explain the dishes. For the quality and price they need to speed up the kitchen process but slow down the delivery at the table and tune in to the client. Music selection was a curious mismatch. Hard rock to easy listening. Incongruous with the whole vibe.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic tasting menu with excellent wine pairings

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chai waffles with coffee foam , biscuits with onion jam and the snickerdoodle cookie were fun, exotic and delectable.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was me and my husband date night. Unfortunately it was a bit loud. And we had to wait for our reservation. But overall food was excellent, cocktails also. Service could have been better. Missing napkins till mid meal. I will go back plan on trying the whole menu. Really enjoyed the presentation, flavors and creativity.

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RS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We ordered the 8 course tasting menu and the food was very good. Sometimes there were just too many flavors going on...as if the chef was working too hard to create a unique dish. The wine list was good, but not great and they did not have the wine we ordered from the menu and had to make a second choice.

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P
New England
51 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my partner came to Miami for the weekend and wanted to try Stubborn Seed after reading all the great reviews online. We were not disappointed. It was better than any reviews that I read. The food amazing, the staff extremely professional and knowledgeable and with a lot of personality. It was all around a perfect experience. Highly recommend it when in Miami.

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VG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and presentation was Five Star. We did the five course tasting menu and the pace was way too fast. We sat down at 6:00 and it was 10 -15 minutes before we had settled in and ordered. By 6:45 , our third course was on the table! I went to the rest room briefly after the third course...when I returned the fourth course was already on the table waiting. Delicious, but seriously? The wine for each course was brought before we finished the prior course. Great meal , but needs to be slowed down to fully enjoy.

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AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience! The chicken is a must!!! Fabulous service from the moment you step in the door.

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JD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. Next time we will get the 5 or 8 course meal. A little loud for conversation. Will definitely be going back.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Tasting menu was excellent. Service was lackluster.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. I understand why it was rated the best restaurant of 2017. The only concern was that there was very little on the menu for my friend who was a vegetarian. There should be some more options in this era of an increasing number of vegetarians..

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Hats off to the Chef, the cuisine is sublime. The waiter was polite and apologetic for an error he made when ordering our appetizers. The fois gras arrived at the same time as our main courses. The manager, on the contrary, was far from hospitable and too busy on his computer to offer an apology.

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B
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding, service was solid.

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MB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had heard about SS for a year but this was our first visit. The dining room is very 'energetic' (read: too loud to talk comfortably for people over 60). Four of us sat outside. The manager, Ryan, could not have been nicer about moving some tables around to accommodate us. One of our party has major allergies and the staff was great about dealing with a difficult diner. Food: Fabulous! We were informed that the menu changes regularly so not sure it's helpful to name dishes here, but all the fish dishes were fantastic. Others shared the foie gras and the lamb dishes and loved them as well. There wasn't a disappointing dish among the many we tried. It is clearly one of the top restaurants in South Beach today.

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CG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible Experience! Best meal this weekend. Will be very very hard to beat! The food, execution, presentation, and flavors are bar none exceptional. A must for all foodies.

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We did the 8 course tasting menu.. big problem with meat course...took 30 min to get it(half hour time lag between this course and previous) and then came out cold...

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently the best meal in Miami. Always my #1 recommendation.

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Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous unique food

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T
Miami
52 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TOTALLY unexpected for Miami. I was hoping for and we found a great restaurant. Sort of like Alinea in Chicago w/ artistically created & delicious dishes in the 8-course tasting menu. Meal was probably a couple of hours long but we didn't want a quicky. The flavors were exceptional from a super delicious raw micro-planed Wagyu in 3 flavors served on what we were tol was potato glass to fois gras served 2 totally different ways (one of which was seared and placed under a plastic dome filled w/ smoke to the best Kusshi oysters we have ever had anywhere. Exceptional and I highly recommend!!!

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B
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit of a disappointment. An innovative menu and our food was very good. The chicken dish was outstanding and the adffogato dessert was as good as we have had. Our constructive criticism would be about the execution. It was a classic case of when everyone is responsible, nobody is. Four different people attended to our table, which should have been great. Instead, there were long gaps between food delivery, necessary utensils were overlooked, water glasses unfilled and wine glasses left near empty. When you have to ask for these things, something is amiss. At times, a half hour passed without our primary server in view. Also, we suggest reviewing the seating configuration. The cozier dining Room is oriented to groups of four or more. Couples are relegated to the drafty bar area near the door, even though we had a reservation for my special birthday dinner made six weeks earlier. With an emerging, renowned chef we were excited to dine here but were left without an interest in returning or recommending it to friends. We wish we could have raved about our experience.

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