Mare Nostrum in Brickell Has Closed

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Maybe they can sell the fish display to Estiatorio Milos.
Short and sweet might have to serve as the epitaph for Mare Nostrum, which opened at the beginning of this year -- and just weeks ago had its grand opening party. Come to think of it, how sweet could it have been? Chef Pedro Gallardo was imported from Murcia, Spain, for the project, and the seafood was imported from there too. Lots of dough went into this place.

In Lesley Elliott's First Bites column on the restaurant, she reported that "the monster kitchen is staffed by a total of forty-two people." Which suggests that not only do locals lose a restaurant, but the national unemployment rate just went up again.

A call to Mare Nostrum was answered by someone at its sister establishment, The Lucky Clover (located in the same complex). "Is this Mare Nostrum?" I asked, even though she had just said "Hello, Lucky Clover."

"No, Mare Nostrum is closed."

"For good?"

"Indefinitely."

She could offer no other details.

Maybe there's just not enough room in this town for two pricey Mediterranean seafood establishments with foreign names -- Estiatorio Milos debuted this week, just as Mare Nostrum exited.

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Location Info

Mare Nostrum Restaurant - CLOSED

1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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Worldmediamanagement
Worldmediamanagement

Restaurants of this size do not survive in this market.  They would have been better off by making 4 independent concepts.

Jc Mbokoso
Jc Mbokoso

been there twice. Had a great experience the first time shortly after it opened, very good service and great food. Decided to go back for a second time, a month later and service was TERRIBLE. Had to ask several times for an extra napkin, it took them 40 minutes to bring the mashed potatoes and by the time they brought it, we were already done with our food. Then it took them 30 minutes to bring the check and process the credit card despite my reminders.Restaurant was a good idea but they probably saw too big. 

Alex Pappas
Alex Pappas

miami is cramped with overpriced low-quality restaurants that sell you on the shiny and trendy decor. add the fact the majority of miamians aren't interested in food beyond their own culture's it was destine to fail.

JJ
JJ

worst service ever! 1st time I walked out of a restaurant due to horrible slow service

Lucrecianido
Lucrecianido

I went the 1st week they opened and I found the food not good and the place so boring. Sorry to hear that they closed. Instead I found the Lucky Clovet to be a great irish pub.

Gwfede
Gwfede

Fantastic! Lucky Clover should be next...that place is so so bad. Full of Miami papi chulo scum.

christopher columbus
christopher columbus

Woo hoo, Mare Nostrum finally gets a review from Lee Klein! Keep up the good work. 

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