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The Pelican Cafe

The PELICAN CAFE is a Miami Beach landmark. Since its opening in 1994 it has been a popular gathering place for international travelers, music and fashion mavens, designers and most importantly for Miami Beach locals. The Pelican Cafe offers an oasis of casual dining with a sophisticated menu of new Italian fare. The Pelican Cafe is without any doubt the best destination for great food and service in Ocean Drive and Miami Beach. It has been lauded by Giada de Laurentis (Food Network) as a must for breakfast and "Best Restaurant for Lunch" by Miami New Times, Best of Miami 2008. You will also enjoy our great cocktails as well as our wine list, noteworthy for its superb variety and value. The Pelican Cafe is located in the famous Pelican Hotel owned by the edgy Italian fashion company Diesel.
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29 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.4 / 5
(Very Good) 3.4 / 5
(29 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 29 reviews
5 stars
(7)
4 stars
(9)
3 stars
(6)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(5)
Food 
3.3 / 5
(Very Good) 3.3 / 5
Service 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Ambiance 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Noise Level
2.5 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • great for outdoor dining(14)
  • great for lunch(6)
  • neighborhood gem(5)
  • fit for foodies(4)
  • great for brunch(4)
  • hot spot(4)
The Pelican Cafe Reviews List
Review 1 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good location, but not good for vegetarians

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2014
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2014
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"I went with my husband while we were in Miami for a couple of days. The location was good, the restaurant next to Pelican had live music which was better fun then Pelican cafe itself. We are vegetarian and there were very limited options available. Not to say the food was a little cold when it came out. The food taste was also not the best. We both love Italian food however we were not pleased with taste of the pizza or appetizer. But the service was good and in all we had ok time. You can try your luck!"
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for outdoor dining
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Review 2 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/05/2016
 2006
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Review 3 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/12/2016
 2015
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Review 4 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/25/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/25/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/25/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 5 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 2/25/2016
 2007
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Review 6 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/07/2015
 2014
Dined on 7/07/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/07/2015
 2014
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Review 7 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/06/2015
 2008
Dined on 12/06/2015
 2008
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/06/2015
 2008
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Review 8 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/03/2015
 2007
Dined on 12/03/2015
 2007
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/03/2015
 2007
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Review 9 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/06/2015
 2015
Dined on 11/06/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/06/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 10 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/26/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/26/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Superb service, incredible food, great location.
Celebrating our 25th anniversary there.
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Dined on 10/26/2015
 2015
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Review 11 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2014
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Review 12 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/04/2015
 2011
Dined on 9/04/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Wonderful service and the two for one drinks will have you sitting here all day"
Dined on 9/04/2015
 2011
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Review 13 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 8/15/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/15/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/15/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/12/2014
 2014
Dined on 3/12/2014
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 3/12/2014
 2014
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Review 15 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/25/2015
 2010
Dined on 4/25/2015
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/25/2015
 2010
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Review 16 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/17/2015
 2014
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Review 17 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good but pretty basic

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Good basic diner with a few decent Indian dishes and great service."
Dined on 5/23/2015
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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Review 18 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

go elswhere

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Will not come back. They lost our booking. Food is not good and expensive. Service was unfriendly and not good. Sorry"
Dined on 12/31/2014
 2009
Special Features: hot spot, great for outdoor dining
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Review 19 for The Pelican Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Christmas Eve 2014

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My husband and I and our two young boys had a fabulous and fun dining experience on Christmas eve. He and I split the fresh fish for 2 and it was more than enough for two. The kids meals (hamburger and pizza) were tastier than the usual as well. The food make out in a timely manner and the service was excellent!!!
The only complaint we talked about was the music was too loud...but got used to it.
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Dined on 12/24/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Ratings-Only Reviews for The Pelican Cafe
Based on the average of (10) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
3.4 / 5
(Very Good) 3.4 / 5
8 out of 10 recommend this product
Food 
3.2 / 5
(Very Good) 3.2 / 5
Service 
3.1 / 5
(Very Good) 3.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Noise Level
3.1 / 3
Energetic