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Posted by Anonmous on 04/10/2014
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Posted by Roger Forbes on 12/04/2013
I used to go to the owners smaller restaurant Altamar and always loved it. The newer location (right next door to the old location) is larger and more elegant. That being said, its not "stuffy" by any means. I'm a very casual dresser and never feel out of place here. The service is excellent and the owner is ALWAYS there, which shows you how much he cares about quality control. I usually sit at the bar and eat but I've brought guests and had table service as well. I always get the Raw Taster appetizer. The grilled octopus is amazing. Lots of exotic fish on the menu and all I've tried have been incredible. Great wine list as well. I usually don't get around to writing restaurant reviews but this one is long overdue.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2012
I ate at Altamare last night with my girlfriend, who is a trained chef. It was one of the most unappetizing meals either of us have ever had and at the same time, it was one of the most expensive. We arrived at Altamare at ~730 on a Saturday night. We were seated and given menus promptly. We were on South Beach, so we ordered mojitos, which were terrible. If I had known they were $11 each, I would have sent them back then. Bread was brought to our table. It was slices of cut baguette, which was neither warm nor fresh. It was stale and after tearing a piece in half, neither of us ate any of it. At this point we should have realized the quality of the place we were at, and should have gotten up and walked out. My hogfish obviously had no sauce on it, although it was supposed to come with a butter sauce, and it smelled. I’ve had hogfish several times at other places, and I really don’t even think this was hogfish. I was starving and I’m not a fish expert or so I didn’t call the waiter over to argue with him. The fish tasted like Gorton’s fish sticks and it made my teeth squeak when I ate it. I kept hoping the next bite would be better. I would say that the bites more central to the fillet did not make my teeth squeak, and the taste was more neutral. There was something wrong with the fish, but after eating several bites I didn’t want to send it back and look like I wanted a hand out. I did like the roasted carrots, and I might make those at home. My date ordered the shellfish risotto. The risotto was good, and she liked it. She tried a mussel and thought it was overcooked. At which point we stopped eating. But again, she had eaten half the risotto before trying the shellfish and I’m not a cheapskate, so we didn’t try to send it back. I still couldn’t get the waiter to come over, so I gave my credit card to the girl who filled our water glasses and told her to cash us out. $11 mojitos? $165 for spoiled fish? I will admit that I should have spoken up more, and probably should have sent things back when they were questionable. I don’t go out to a restaurant in order to argue. This experience has changed my life and I will never again eat or pay for any food that seems spoiled.
Posted by anonymous on 07/08/2009
this restaurant exceeded my already high expectations...the tuna carpashimi was incredible and they had golden tile which is my favorite fish :)