El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos

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378 reviews
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EL CIELO RESTAURANT BY JUAN MANUEL BARRIENTOS
50 BEST RESTAURANTS LATIN AMERICA SAN PELLEGRINO 2013, 2014 AND 2015
MODERNISTIC CUSINE WITH LATIN AND COLOMBIAN INFLUENCE USING LOCAL PRODUCTS.
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Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING experience and WONDERFUL service... the staff is incredibly knowledgeable about each course. Bartender was awesome and a true mixologist. She made me delicious cocktails that were outside of the menu. The food was EXQUISITE. It was by far the best dinner and experience I’ve ever had in Miami. We got to meet Juan Barrientos (the chef) who is incredibly sweet and humble. I will definitely be going back!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Servicw is the best I’ve experienced !
Very professional servers

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had “Experience” tasting menu and it was fun and entertaining! Very interesting concept! Perfect for a special date or if need to impress someone!

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JF
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience, intimate and romantic.Food was delicious and the

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

A JOKE,

I would never call myself a food critic, there are professional people for that, however i am a food enthusiast that knows the basics of cooking as i spent countless hours in the Kitchen.

El Cielo’s prices are a Joke, and the service for such tasting menus should be impecable, it is not the case

Chocolate experience ... fail

Instead of taking and displaying pictures of him everywhere, Manuel Barrientos needs to head back to Culinary school and learn the basics of serving decent meals

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N
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. We had one vegetarian in our group and they took care of their need too without any issues. The food was awesome. The eggplant mouse was the best presented.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing culinary experience for all the senses!!! Exceptional artistic presentation, celebration of taste, spices and colors! Can’t wait to go back!

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AL
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience, greats views espectacular food

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SM
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Una experiencia culinaria extra sensorial. Definitivamente vuelvo!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very great experience. Loved every moment.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Food was well worth the cost and every plate came with a story. It was a breath of fresh air for Colombian dining.

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Miami
14 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Demasiado caro para lo que se ofrece . la comida estaba bien pero solos dos platos me llamaron la atención el resto sin más. Celebrábamos cumpleaños de mi marido y por el precio que se paga al menos deberían poner una velas para felicitarle el cumple. La selección de vinos mala. Lo esperaba mejor y más por el precio que se paga. No creo que repita

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food, service, and overall experience. A must visit at least once. Surprises every step of the way. Only drawback is the price. Very expensive but well worth it to try out once on a special occasion taking in consideration the overall experience which is excellent.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing experience, I definitely come back. it makes me feel so proud as a Latin person from San Cristobal Venezuela (border with Colombia) to be able to try this familiar cuisine that I grow with but executed with great finesse showing one more time the potential we have coming from our roots.
Juanma, has been a pleasure eating your creations; my wife and I enjoyed every bite.

thank you

Edgar Maldonado

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Unique experience but extremely pricey. The lack of flexibility in the menu is something that some of my guest did not care for

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience and service was terrific. I’ve indulged in many tasting menus around the world and have to say that El Cielo offers something unique and exciting.

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Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, unlike anything else I have done before.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant that I have ever experience. The positive attitude of the chef is transported to the employees. Exquisite professional service, the creativity and quality of the food is exceptional.
Dinning at El Cielo is an experience that is out of this world.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Espectacular overall experience. The food: presentation, explanation portion and taste.

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LS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

It was my birthday: we waited for 90 minutes to get our table and we were quite disappointed with the service.

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JB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated 23rd wedding anniversary with friends and had a very memorable evening

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Miami
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an enjoyable evening! We did "The Experience" and enjoyed 14 little plates of food poetry. Everything was delicious and thoughtful. The cocktails were exceptional too. My husband had the jalapeño margarita and it was incredible. We will definitely be back and try the regular menu. YUM!

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AR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is a great experience and the food is just simply amazing!

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 2

Not worth it. The “Chocotherapy” on the menu is a joke, they pour chocolate onto your hand tell you to rub your hands and lick.. seriously? Why don’t you just give a shot on the side for drinking and do the hand part separate, hands are full of germs and there is no way I am licking my fingers in a restaurant even if it’s “part of the experience”. Plus at the very end they bring 2 rose petals with a tiny dollop of hand cream between them, it is redundant we already had a hand treatment before, I have enough products at home to my opinion there is no need to include that in a food menu to justify the price. Only 2 plates were good the rest was disappointing, took the pescatarian menu the scallop was too salty, the chocolate cake tasted like the ones you get from a box. All the plates were small, which was expected for a tasting menu, except this giant bread they bring and call “tree of life” so if you eat that you will for sure be full at the end of the meal to compensate the 2 courses that are for your hands.. We asked for an item not to be put on 1 plate for one of us they decide to remove it for all without letting us know. There Was also a mistake with what was brought to the table so we had to send it back. They have a “coffee show” at the end that is also a joke for coffee connoisseurs. Only Smoke and mirrors very disappointing and not worth the money.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and best of service! Went for anniversary and couldn’t have asked for more! Affordable wine bottle options. Definitely recommend!!

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DA
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience, again!
JMB's is a culinary artist, with an uncanny ability to translate his artistic creativity into a gastronomic reality.
Difficult to evaluate every dish of the degustation menu, as each item has it's unique inspirational origin.
Key to remember, is that you're paying to visualize and taste JMBs vision.

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BF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an amazing dining experience! Would and have recommended to all our friends. The staff and service was amazing as was the food.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really good service, food was amazing.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent experience. Definitely for a special occasion. It is very expensive and only pre-fixed menus are available: however, totally worth it. It really is an experience, a very interactive one. It was fun, and exciting. Would definitely go back. A foodies must!

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Y
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have already recommended several friends to share this unique experience with their special someone.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The experience was amazing! The food, the decor, the cocktails were wonderful. A great concept The only bad thing is that we had two waiters one was very warm and friendly but the other was too methodical, direct and I feel like I was in a hurry. Another negative point is that there was a lot of cold in the restaurant, we asked to turn up the temperature of the air conditioning as the food cooled very quickly, but the waiter told us that the air was automatic and could not be modified, in the end the host girl said that if the temperature could be raised, I was confused. Of rest everything excellent

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k
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Totally recommended! It wowed all my senses!
Incredible experience, worth every penny :)

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PC
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really wanted to give this gorgeous place 5 stars. The food was outstanding, service was attentive and ambiance was spectacular. What it is missing is more options on their wine list and plenty of wine in stock. They had run out of both our 1st choice, Shafer, or 2nd choice, BelleGloss, in stock. Normally we would’ve left at this point since this didn’t settle well with either of us. However, the Sommelier, Juan, was very apologetic and knowledgeable. He recommended a CabFranc blend, Justin’s Justification, which was to our liking. We decided to stay and we’re very glad we did. We will definitely return and hope to find more fine wines added to their selection and plenty of stock to pair with the delicious food.

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MV
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant was a great experience, the place is beautiful and we got excellent service

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V
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Extraordinary culinary experience!! Food was excellent and it’s remarkable their skill to have a innovative approach. Wine list is very good. The service was good but confused two plates of the tasting menu but they were humble enough to leave the mistaken plate and bring the correct one. Totally recommended.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food is absolutely phenomenal. We had the full experience and cocktails, and it was some of, if not, the best food I’ve had in Miami bar none. However, the service is not so great. The entire meal took us 3 1/2 hours. I understand prep time between dishes, but it took us 15 minutes just to get the check. The service was extremely slow, and the waiters did not do a great job of explaining the dishes at all. We had a hard time understanding them, and for a $400 tab for two people I would expect better for service. Especially considering the place is quite small. I would go again but the service seriously needs to improve. Go for the food, because it’s worth it - but know that the service is somewhat lacking compared to other high end restaurants in Miami.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience, it will be nice to have more options. In our case there were just 3 options, but I wasn’t a fan of all the meats included.

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BF
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

When you go for the avant-garde style, I believe first and foremost the food has to be excellent.

This was not the case with El Cielo.

The dishes were served beautifully but the flavors never stood out. I can order over cooked pork tenderloin at a lot of other places in Miami.

For the price tag - I would not return.

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s
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It’s pricey but it is worth it for a wonderful evening. They take great care of you and the food is very good and unique. We will definitely do it again, but best saved for special occasions.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary here and it was the best experience ever. We’ve never been to this type of restaurant and we had so much fun trying all of the different and unique meals. Definitely a memory I will never forget.

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