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Gibraltar

4 Grove Isle Dr. (Grand Ave.) Send to Phone
305-857-5007 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Gibraltar complements its seafood-Mediterranean cuisine with a view of Biscayne Bay.
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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.
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Gibraltar Restaurant Review

: With spectacular views of Miami's skyscrapers, but separated by saltwater from downtown's urban bustle, this restaurant (originally chef Robbin Haas' cutting-edge Baleen) remains a relaxing fine dining destination, particularly if you snag an outdoor waterfront table. Chef Rafael Melendez serves luxe contemporary dishes featuring local fish and produce, and influenced mostly by the regions surrounding two seas---the Mediterranean and the Caribbean---but with some Asian fusion touches, too. Some items suffer from ingredient overload and/or clashes. A beautifully rich yet light brandied lobster bisque, for instance, is boosted by one unexpected extra, a sizeable lobster medallion, but peas add nothing, and pungent manchego cheese virtually destroys the bisque's subtle seafood identity. Recommended dishes also have unusual inventive touches, just more sensible ones, like a nearly binder-free lump crab cake with lobster sauce and tomato jam. Regardless, our favorite meal here remains Sunday brunch, an extravaganza featuring unlimited Champagne and mimosas plus both buffet offerings (assorted pastries and desserts; smoked salmon, charcuterie, cheese, oyster and shrimp platters; pancakes with breakfast meats; a custom omelet station) and entrées like char-grilled flank steak with caramelized onions and a Cabernet reduction. Admittedly, brunch dishes lack dinner's creativity, but the experience is idyllic.

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