Villa Mayfair Restaurant & Lounge: Good, But Could Have Been Better

Categories: Last Night, Review
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Last night, my dining partner and I were invited to a chi-chi press dinner at the Villa Mayfair Restaurant & Lounge in Coconut Grove. So we got dolled up and arrived very hungry.

The restaurant (which turns into a lounge after hours) is stunning. Dim lighting, classy antique-like furniture, low-slung textured ceilings -- everything from the tiled floors to the hammered-brass bar is gorgeous. We arrived for a late dinner, around 9:30, and although the doorman had a little trouble finding us on his list, he was well-mannered.

We were seated comfortably away from the noisier area, but with a view of the entire venue. The place is small and intimate enough for a date yet comfortable enough for a large group of friends.

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Our waiter, Kurt, was knowledgeable of the menu, and after a slight (albeit funny) miscommunication, we decided on the beef carpaccio with palm hearts and Parmigiano-Reggiano ($14) and Alaskan king crab "cannelloni" with yellow tomato concasse ($19) to start.

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Beef carpaccio with hearts of palm and aged parmesan Reggiano
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Alaskan King Crab "Cannelloni" with yellow tomato concasse
The carpaccio was scrumptious -- drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with a bit of salt, a few capers, raw palm hearts (surprisingly refreshing) and mouthwatering aged Parmigiano-Reggiano.

The cannelloni, on the other hand, was not as delightful (for nearly 20 bucks, it should be). The stuffed pasta rolls were drizzled with pesto, but we just weren't feeling the dish as a whole. The cold pasta just wasn't necessary. The dish would have been fine with all the other parts (the crab, the tomato concasse, the pesto, even the garnish of raw red cabbage and endive), but the pasta dumbed it down. We're not saying it was bad -- it wasn't. It just didn't need to be so complex. Simple dishes are often the most delectable.

Location Info

Timo's at the Villa Mayfair - CLOSED

2901 Florida Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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donel1aa
donel1aa

This place is amazing!! I go at least every few weeks with friends for dinner or just appetizers and drinks...they have great specials every week too on their websitehttp://villa-mayfair.com

Guy
Guy

Hi Alex, first of all sorry for my english but i need to answere to you about some your dessert explanations. The crumble is not only brown sugar but mix of almond flower, butter et pinch of sugar browned. How could you miss this flavor ? I thought that this blend is more tasty than just flour, butter and sugar. For your plaisir i changed the recipe for the crunchy you'r missed so. About the dough, please let me tell you the pie crust is not necessary for dessert in plate. I think that is misunderstood if you compare items from bakery with restaurant dishes. And thank for the good word of the gratin. Anyway, i will make you very happy next time you come to visit us.Regards.Guy Ghetti Chef, pastrycook at the Villa Mayfair

Joseph Davis
Joseph Davis

I was invited last week to Villa Mayfair by few friends and we had an amazing dinner  that first started with some great cocktails at the bar! The food was amazing, the service was impeccable and the place really looks beautiful. It may be one of the few $$$ worth the $. I really enjoyed my time there. Ah and don't miss the desserts !

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Wow awesome job spamming review sites with fake reviews.  That always ends up backfiring.  Good luck.

(this is aimed at the majority of positive comments below and fake reviews on their Yelp page)

David Allen
David Allen

I don't give five stars to just any place. This is gonna be another one of my top five favorite places!!!!!They have a great atmosphere, the service is impeccable and the food is just simply amazing. From the appetizer, to the Valrhona Chocolate Mi-cuit desert. EVERYTHING on their menu is delicious.Service extraordinary. Food Excellent. Presentation Excellent. Wine list very good.  Fantastic CocktailsBe prepared to pay for all the good stuff. Function and fashion in one.  You will not see a better presentation.

Kevin  Mitchell
Kevin Mitchell

I met some friends here for drinks only at first but wow! What a cool place! I loved the decor and the ambiance!They have some great cocktails plus the bartender  was a blast.  We finally got a table and decided to have dinner there.Food and presentation was excellent. Had the Arborio Risotto with saving of Foie Gras. Food is definitely worth the money.The presentation of everything they serve is very creative and enduring, while not for one second do they hold back on the quality of the food, the ingredients and the taste. Outstanding in every aspect. Even desert was amazing. I highly recommend the Villa Mayfair Raspberry Maccaron!The ambiance is as good as pure South Beach's finest and the people there are equally as impressive.The staff treats you like you're an important person,I had an amazing time! This restaurant is one of a kind! It’s definitely a place that everyone in the Miami area should visit once in their life. This is really a great place for any  occasion, you will not be disappointed!!

Eugenio Gracia
Eugenio Gracia

Great menu and food , presentation & service is extraordinary .Wine list excellent.The Bone in Filet  was outright delicious!  a perfect medium with a nice kick! .  The sides to die for ...  What a nice great first fun experience at Villa Mayfair !Dessert Alert! Save space for the amazing dessert selections.The ambience is fantastic. Great place to see and be seen. My favorite new spot in the Grove area !

Claudia  Calista
Claudia Calista

First if you have to take pictures of the dishes, use a good camera cause yours look terrible and don't make justice to what we see in the plate !the food there  is fantastic. Our waiter “ Raph “had very good  knowledge of each dish we were served, and we really felt like royalty the entire night. Really loved the Sea Scallop and caviar tower that comes with Saffron potatoes. All of the signature dishes seems delicious and I can’t wait to try them all.With food this fresh & prepared with such detail, I don't mind the price tagTheir service is amazing!  Beautiful place, beautiful food, beautiful people,  'Nuff said.I love this place and will definitely come back with all of my friends :)

Claudia  Calista
Claudia Calista

First if you have to take pictures of the dishes, use a good camera cause yours look terrible and make justice to what we see in the plate !the food there  is fantastic. Our waiter “ Raph “had very good  knowledge of each dish we were served, and we really felt like royalty the entire night. Really loved the Sea Scallop and caviar tower that comes with Saffron potatoes. All of the signature dishes seems delicious and I can’t wait to try them all.With food this fresh & prepared with such detail, I don't mind the price tagTheir service is amazing!  Beautiful place, beautiful food, beautiful people,  'Nuff said.I love this place and will definitely come back with all of my friends :)

Linda Anderson
Linda Anderson

Everything about Villa Mayfair is classic elegance. I love it.  Get out of your South Beach ghetto for an evening  and drive over to Coconut Grove.For entree I had the Arborio RisottoIt was delicious and the Foie Gras was awesome. Definitely some of the best I've ever had.The star of the show here by far was the The Villa Mayfair Raspberry Maccaron. It was out of this world, warm, soft, and incredibly delicious.They also have a DJ that play such classy music as well while you have dinner,I can't speak highly enough about our experience. I invite you to give it a try...Oooo so GOOD !   : )

Charles Thompson
Charles Thompson

Classic elegance ensconced in a beautiful Coconut Grove neighborhood. The selection of food is very very good.The Sea Bass a la Plancha served with artichoke barigould topped with crispy pancetta was absolutely awesome !The waiter was making absolutely sure we had everything we needed and kept our glasses full. Perfect Service with a smile, and on top some quality music. that capture the moment played by a real  DJ . Great experience !Oh, is it pricey some might say. Maybe, it is, but not outrageously so. I've paid a lot more in many other places, only to experience a lot less.I will definitely be back there soon and recommend everyone to go.

John Walker
John Walker

Me and my wife were there this past week and we had a great time,everything was perfect from the moment we walked in.The service and food was amazing, everything that comes in your plate is meticulously prepared and fresh  - they even have a a stunning raw bar with a picture window for guests to look on as their ocean delicacies are prepared.I would highly recommend coming here for dinner and would come here again on any other special occasion.

Marc Morris
Marc Morris

First off, this place is awesome.The food is so good it makes you melt on your seat. Everything was perfectly cook and very tasty.Excellent service à la française. They take more of the European approach here and want you to take your time and enjoy your food.   I highly recommend this place.I'll definitely be back. and I'm sure it will become a regular spot for me

Ali Sasse
Ali Sasse

I was invited to a private soft opening night here and after having been to many of these types of events, I was pleasantly surprised with my experience. There's always room for improvement so I expect amazing things to come from this place. Living between Europe and South Miami makes this place seem like a nearby locale for me and my wife when we're here. I don't think this place is priced, designed or intended for the masses on an everyday basis and that's why we enjoyed it. Thanks for a great night. 

Jacobkatel
Jacobkatel

Those are the worst picture I've ever seen and why so many ( ) within your piece. What a hack

Romain Rousseau
Romain Rousseau

I've enjoy reading food reviews to know what to expect when I get to a new place, but in this case, I have to put my two cents in. The food review is absolutely opposite to what I have experienced after eating twice at Villa Mayfair. Not only the pictures do not you took did any justice to the dishes, but I also believe the descriptions of some of the dishes are inaccurate. My dining experience at Villa Mayfair has been outstanding. Anyways, for anyone reading reviews, I've been trying new restaurants in south florida for quite some time now and believe this one definitely deserves a try and a bit more praises. I'll leave it up for you to judge.

123
123

I walked by a few times and the inside is beautiful, but the menu is overpriced - especially for the grove.

Christyg21887
Christyg21887

Frankly the food looks like it came out of the 80's... Next!

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Your review:

"I was invited last week to Villa Mayfair by few friends and we had an amazing dinner  that first started with some great cocktails at the bar! The food was amazing, the service was impeccable and the place really looks beautiful. It may be one of the few $$$ worth the $. I really enjoyed my time there. Ah and don't miss the desserts !"

Taken from: http://www.fodors.com/world/eu...

"The food was amazing, the service was impeccable, and the dining room was beautiful. It may be one of the few $$$$ worth the $."

This is fun!  Keep at it.  Make sure you keep doing it on Yelp too, they love filtering and removing fake reviews

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Your review:

"I don't give five stars to just any place. This is gonna be another one of my top five favorite places!!!!!They have a great atmosphere, the service is impeccable and the food is just simply amazing. From the appetizer, to the Valrhona Chocolate Mi-cuit desert. EVERYTHING on their menu is delicious.Service extraordinary. Food Excellent. Presentation Excellent. Wine list very good.  Fantastic CocktailsBe prepared to pay for all the good stuff. Function and fashion in one.  You will not see a better presentation."

Prime One Twelve:

"They have a great atmosphere, the service is impeccable and the food is just simply amazing. From the simple appetizer cesar salad, to the mint chocolate brownie desert EVERYTHING on their menu is delicious. Even if you're just sitting at the bar, don't expect bowls of plain peanuts, these folks serve up a heaping cup full of thick sliced glazed bacon that I could eat all night."

"Service extraordinary.  Food Excellent.  Presentation Excellent. Wine list very good.  Be prepared to pay for all the good stuff."

Barton G:

"Exactly, as good as it gets!  Function and fashion in one.  You will not see a better presentation."

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Copying and pasting reviews from Barton G's Yelp page are we?

Your review (in case you erase it):

"I met some friends here for drinks only at first but wow! What a cool place! I loved the decor and the ambiance!They have some great cocktails plus the bartender was a blast. We finally got a table and decided to have dinner there.Food and presentation was excellent. Had the Arborio Risotto with saving of Foie Gras. Food is definitely worth the money.The presentation of everything they serve is very creative and enduring, while not for one second do they hold back on the quality of the food, the ingredients and the taste. Outstanding in every aspect.Even desert was amazing. I highly recommend the Villa Mayfair Raspberry Maccaron!The ambiance is as good as pure South Beach's finest and the people there are equally as impressive.The staff treats you like you're an important person,I had an amazing time! This restaurant is one of a kind! It’s definitely a place that everyone in the Miami area should visit once in their life. This is really a great place for any occasion, you will not be disappointed!! "

Some from Barton G's Yelp page:

"We met some friends here for drinks only but wow! What a cool place! I loved the decor! The cocktail menu was on an iPad that the bartender placed in front of you, which made the menu easy to read in the low light.We ordered these crazy drinks, served in unique stem wear, that contained liquid nitrogen to add to the effect. Take a look at my photos and you will see what I am talking about. I loved the bartender, he was a blast."

"A dining experience unlike any other. From the moment you pull up to the front door you feel special. The ambiance is pure South Beach's finest and the people there are equally as impressive. The staff treats you like you're an important person, unlike at many other places where they feel like they're the special ones. The presentation could be the best I've ever seen. Creative and enduring, while not for one second do they hold back on the quality of the food, the ingredients and the taste. Outstanding in every aspect. Even desert was amazing. I highly recommend the Creme Brule."

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Your review:

"Great menu and food , presentation & service is extraordinary .Wine list excellent.The Bone in Filet  was outright delicious!  a perfect medium with a nice kick! .  The sides to die for ...  What a nice great first fun experience at Villa Mayfair !Dessert Alert! Save space for the amazing dessert selections.The ambience is fantastic. Great place to see and be seen. My favorite new spot in the Grove area !"

Prime One Twelve:

"Dessert Alert! Save space for the amazing dessert selections. We ordered the Amazing Reeses Pie, Mini Donuts, and Killer Fried Oreos"

"The steak was outright delicious!  a perfect medium with a nice kick! .  The sides to die for ...  What a nice great first fun experience at Prime One Twelve!"

"The ambience is fantastic."

"Great place to see and be seen."

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Your review:

"First if you have to take pictures of the dishes, use a good camera cause yours look terrible and don't make justice to what we see in the plate !the food there  is fantastic. Our waiter “ Raph “had very good  knowledge of each dish we were served, and we really felt like royalty the entire night. Really loved the Sea Scallop and caviar tower that comes with Saffron potatoes. All of the signature dishes seems delicious and I can’t wait to try them all.With food this fresh & prepared with such detail, I don't mind the price tagTheir service is amazing!  Beautiful place, beautiful food, beautiful people,  'Nuff said.I love this place and will definitely come back with all of my friends :) "

From Nobu Miami Beach:

"Besides the unfortunate location, the food is fantastic. Our waiter had intimate knowledge of each dish we were served, & we really felt like royalty the entire night. Sake was amazing! Really loved the Tiradito. All of the signature dishes were delicious, including the decadent black cod.

With food this fresh & prepared with such detail, I don't mind the price tag. I don't think you Miamians understand how expensive & difficult it is to get certain types of fish all the way over here, & to be that fresh! I can't imagine the cost to Nobu."

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Your review:

"Everything about Villa Mayfair is classic elegance. I love it.  Get out of your South Beach ghetto for an evening  and drive over to Coconut Grove.For entree I had the Arborio RisottoIt was delicious and the Foie Gras was awesome. Definitely some of the best I've ever had.The star of the show here by far was the The Villa Mayfair Raspberry Maccaron. It was out of this world, warm, soft, and incredibly delicious.They also have a DJ that play such classy music as well while you have dinner,I can't speak highly enough about our experience. I invite you to give it a try...Oooo so GOOD !   : ) "

The Forge:

"For entree I had the eggs benedict and the french toast. The eggs benedict was delicious and the roasted potatoes were awesome. Definitely some of the best I've ever had. The star of the show here by far was the french toast. It was literally bigger than my head, warm, soft, and incredibly delicious."

Biltmore Hotel:

"Everything about the Biltmore is classic elegance. I love it.  Get out of your South Beach ghetto for an afternoon and drive over to Coral Gables."

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Your review:

"Classic elegance ensconced in a beautiful Coconut Grove neighborhood. The selection of food is very very good.The Sea Bass a la Plancha served with artichoke barigould topped with crispy pancetta was absolutely awesome !The waiter was making absolutely sure we had everything we needed and kept our glasses full. Perfect Service with a smile, and on top some quality music. that capture the moment played by a real  DJ . Great experience !Oh, is it pricey some might say. Maybe, it is, but not outrageously so. I've paid a lot more in many other places, only to experience a lot less.I will definitely be back there soon and recommend everyone to go. "

Biltmore Hotel:

"Classic elegance ensconced in a beautiful Coral Gables neighborhood. Fine dining. Good wine. Service with a smile. Beautiful, well maintained Donald Ross golf course. Exceptional fitness area. Spa. One of the most beautiful pools I have ever seen. . . . I can't wait for my next visit."

"Oh, is it pricey you might ask. Yes, it is, but not outrageously so. I've paid a lot more in many other places, only to experience a lot less."

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Your review:

"First off, this place is awesome.The food is so good it makes you melt on your seat. Everything was perfectly cook and very tasty.Excellent service à la française. They take more of the European approach here and want you to take your time and enjoy your food.   I highly recommend this place.I'll definitely be back. and I'm sure it will become a regular spot for me"

Le Bouchon Du Grove:

"The food is so good it makes you melt on your seat.The chef, Christian is terrific and the specials of the day are totally must try! I remember loving the sanglier they had for the Beaujolais Nouveau menu.On their dinner menu I've has the seabass, the mussels, and the duck leg confit. Everything was perfectly cook and very tasty.

Excellent service à la française and bonne humeur."

George's in the Grove:

"Service was excellent and you don't feel rushed to finish your meal.  They take more of the European approach here and want you to take your time and enjoy your food.  Great for a group of friends who want to celebrate a birthday or a fun date night.  I highly recommend this place."

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Hey where'd my comment go?  Oh you must've flagged it because I exposed you.

For those that missed it, Romain Rousseau is in the marketing industry and was, at one point, listed as the page owner of Villa Mayfair's Facebook page.  Lulz.  I guess you were the one who thought it would be a good idea to post fake reviews all over the place?  Oh yea, they're all gone.

Just perform a Google search for: "villa mayfair facebook romain rousseau"

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Listed as a page owner on Villa Mayfair's cached Facebook page: http://webcache.googleusercont...

Oh and specialties: "P&L responsibility - Online Publishing - Google Analytics & Media Metrix/comScore - Digital Ad Sales - Project Management & Software Development (Agile/Scrum Certified) - Browser and mobile applications - Web usability and user-experience improvement - Entrepreneurial Leadership - Search Engine Optimization - Content Management System - Online advertising campaigns (PPC, CPM, CPA)"

Steve
Steve

I agree, and those prices aren't going to fly in this economy, not in the Grove anyway.

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