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Villa By Barton G. in Miami Beach, FL

Villa By Barton G. in Miami Beach, FL

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The Dining Room at The Villa By Barton G., with its pebble mosaic walls and storied history, features refined continental cuisine fused with Barton G. style. The intimate 30-seat Dining Room  is a gastronome's delight with signature dishes that include The Villa Salad with frozen Caesar dressing and Colorado Rack of Lamb accompanied by Greek Yogurt Jelly Cubes dusted with Harissa. The carefully cultivated wine list features more than 100 labels selected from the world's finest vintners. Diners can choose from a variety of specialty cocktails such as The Villa Martini, a scintillating blend of liquors served in a Versace martini glass.

Open seven nights a week from 7 p.m. until late, reservations are required.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.81

Address: 1116 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, 33139
  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Comments (68):

1. alla p.
just came back and loved it... the atmosphere is very intimate and they have a 30 people capacity. very nice and the room is gorgeous!
our waitress was soooo nice and helpful and understanding. I had a 14 year old girl with me who was rather bold and always asking questions and saying silly things but she was funny and polite and really really nice.
I had the asparagus truffle salad...the best Ive ever eaten...sooooo good.
of course, the venue is the key and we were allowed to explore the ground floor and it was perfect to be able to take pictures at the pool without the people around.
the staff is very friendly and helpful. Barton G really did a wonderful thing and Im happy that he took over the mansion instead of the horrible restaurant which was there before...amazing job!!! thats what we used to have at Barton G :)

13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Nuryelk G.
the food was delicious, but the service was poor. after feeling like we were being judged over and over by one of the servers who wasn't even helping us at our table, but kept looking at us and making a face, we got charged twice for the same meal by the man who did serve us. not only did he tell me that my "card didn't go through" (which he was clearly wrong about because i got charged over $200 on my credit card alone), but he also made me pay him $300 in cash. if i had known, i never would've left him a tip. isn't it his job to know how to swipe cards correctly and be able to tell whether or not they actually have been processed? i'd stay far away from this place. regardless of whether they "fixed the issue or not", in all h onesty, it never should have happened in the first place, and they ruined an entire day for us in miami beach while we waited for the manager to call us back and get the problem resolved. for what they charge, it's simply not worth it, especially when you think about the fact that you don't even get to tour the Versace mansion itself unless you're staying at the hotel. stuffy, prissy, stuck up service with waiters who can't even do their job. there's so many other places you can go to in south beach that are way better at a mere fraction of the price (such as joes stone crab or opium). you can bet I'll be discussing this with my attorney as well, since there's no way any of this was acceptable in the least bit.

03/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. S K.
We were' 75 minutes late for our reservation due to a collision between an SUV and a motorcycle on I-395.  However, they were extremely gracious and accomodating when speaking to us on the phone.  It was very consoling as we were quite frustrated and at a total stop in a nightmare traffic jam.  In person, the matre'd was unaware that we'd telephoned twice about our predicament.  Either way, we were seated on the balcony overlooking the pool within five minutes of arriving. Quite a delight.  My fish was excellent, my companion did not like his scallops.  The lobster salad was just okay - I think lobster doesn't taste its best under a mayo based salad dressing.  We ordered two $16 glasses of white wine.  Guess this didn't impress as it's the least expensive on the menu.  It didn't get served until asked for again.  It was quite a pleasent surprise to be comp'ed, along with our cappuchinos, due to this error in timing.  The chocolate dessert was ABSOLUTELY fantastic!!!  I'd go back for just to have that again.  Overall, a WONDERFUL place to go to impress visitors.

24/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Dan K.
amazing, gorgeous, exclusive, very expensive -  check out afternoon tea -- very fun

12/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Regina K.
We went there for a very special occasion, as  group of 10.  Our host was given a pre-fix menu, so we did not have the entire choice of the menu, just three main course options meat, chicken or fish.
Almost everyone at our table ordered meat, and it was AWFUL.  No one could eat their meat.  We had a huge amount left over.  The staff did not even bother to find out what was wrong with our meal. This experience was definitely on the poor side.   The expectations for this restaurant were set pretty high, and it failed miserably. If I were the host, I would have tried to at least get a partial refund.
***PS - After posting this review I was immediatly contacted by the restaurant and offered a very generous apology.  I accept and want to say that everyone could have an off night, maybe this was theirs****

01/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
6. Arthur k.
Not only is this the mecca of opulence, but the gourmet food was impeccably prepared with the freshest, and most intricately organized ingredients in South Florida.  The service makes you feel royal and the management ensures you will have a wonderful evening.  I have been at the restaurant twice and have had an amazing time.  If you don't try it, you are missing out big time. Go.  Go now.  No, actually now.

10/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Stephanie G.
Best Service, Best Meal and Best Environment. I was sooo excited when I saw the yelp review of this place. Since I was little I have been dying to go into this house! Now that it became a restaurant I didn't care if the food was crap I was going to go and take the best pictures ever. First of all when we got to the gate the security guard new our name and let us in immediately. Pretty exciting already. When we get to our seats all silverware, plates everything is versace. amazing. the room is insane. the server comes and is super sweet, she is actually from nashville originally so we bond immediatly. the menu....is in a wax sealed envelope. made me a little nervous about how much we would be spending that night but when i opened it i let out a sigh of relief.  soups and salads $17-$22, appetizers $19-$28 and main courses $34-$59. I could do that! The service was at this restaurant is the best ever. I have never felt so taken care of and i felt the staff sincerely wanted me to have the best meal ever.  i became a huge fan of the truffle bread and the server gave me a helpful hint about putting truffle oil in my ketchup at home... heaven. i had the villa salad (grilled artichokes, baby romaine, anchovies and frozen caesar dressing. pretty cool. main course i had lobster with lobster stuffed tortellini. amazing as well. we finished with the goat cheese cheesecake.  the chef also sent us little treats along our journey. this meal/experience ranks for sure in my top 3 ever. After dinner we took a tour/photo op and had the best time! For a truly special time you must go to the villa.

28/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. ThreeWordReviews ..
Tourist trap nightmare

18/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
9. Craig C.
I wanted to love this hotel.  We didn't.  The staff tried so hard, the place was really very unique, just not our style.  The biggest problems were the lack of natural light and the bars in the windows, and the noise from the private party/bar at 1am when we tried to sleep.  Maybe more of the party scene; maybe more for hip younger people, but, we left the next day and went to the Setai, a much better environment for us.  I think we will never return, and it's a shame, because the idea is good.

30/07/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
10. Malisha-missy S.
I went about a month ago and this place was amazing. I can't stop talking about how wonderful everything was. The food was REALLY good. If you can do this once in a lifetime and see how this man lived, you should!!!! The house is something you will never see anyplace else. You will NOT go wrong splurging on this!

01/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Jeannie G.
The review is for High Tea Service on Saturday 3/12/11. 3 of us girls gathered for a bday celebration and thought this was a great way to kick off the birthday month!
It was Winter Music Fest so knowing the beach was packed we took off early to get there on time. We pulled right up to the Mansion and the valet was nice enough to keep my car there all day.  Valet is $25 and we were happy to pay it, but when we were leaving the valet did not even charge us. (nice, Princess parking during Winter Music Fest...Priceless!!)
Our private butler Joe was presented to us upon arrival and he proceeded to give us a private tour of the venue. Even if it is not your taste, you cannot help but oooh and ahhhh. Absolutely spectacular.   Joe throughout our time there was excellent.
As for the tea service itself: $55 pp. Well worth it just to enjoy the day at the Mansion and be waited on. Mind you, Joe mentioned he had a few other reservations for Tea, but they cancelled due to the traffic getting there- so we had the place to ourselves. For $20 extra they will serve you a glass of veuve clicquot (champagne) as well, but since we started the day of with Mimosas at my house, we passed on the offer. Being a foodie, I was certainly anticipating how this would go. I hate to say it but think they made it too upscale so that if you were not being served actual tea, it didn't feel like a high tea at all- food wise. They bring a three tiered service to your table and happily refresh it as needed. Two top layers savory, bottom layer sweet. Instead of finger sandwiches and scones, we were presented with the savory levels consisting of small apps- very pretty and tasty (waldorf in mini pastry cups- same for their version of BLT, etc.) The only thing that resembled a finger sandwich was the curried chicken salad which was served on open face toast. The flavors were all great but I was really looking for the tradition. The bottom layer was tiny cakes, mini pastry cups full of meringue, chocolate cake etc.  Joe did tell us he was not happy with the consistency of the scones they would be bringing us, but said they were ginger and brought us the most divine preserves, lemon curd, etc to smather onto them. I know we were all anticipating them, but to our knowledge they never came. Amazing how 3 professional, independent women all of a sudden felt shy to ask where our scones were! Once we mustered up the guts, come to find out, we had already eaten them. They were the small round, flat, powered sugar cookies with our sweets. I am talking the size of a ginger snap! I wouldn't lie to you people, this is YELP!  LOL. I love scones and I have never seen them come anything but triangular, but we didn't care what shape they came in- that was not a scone. Ridiculous, but the disappointment in our hearts based on the lack of highly anticipated scones brought this to a 4 out of 5. We didn't even use the beautiful preserves, lemon curd, cream they brought us. To put on what?! I could have overlooked the lack of traditional cucumber finger sandwiches, but come on!
Our tea service was completed by a plate full of divine chocolate truffles with Happy Birthday scrolled in chocolate. Very nice Touch. Yes, we packed them up and took them home!
Would I go back? Yes. Will I bring out of towners? Yes. Will I continue to pay $55 on the most beautiful day of the year with my girls to shed tears over the sad scones? Yes. Go. Suck it up. Know what to expect. Enjoy the feeling of royalty.

14/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Dan M.
We were very excited to eat at the Versace mansion and we had reservations in the dining room (you can also eat on the terrace overlooking the pool). It was a thrill to be there and the decorations and ambiance were awesome. But the food was mediocre at best and a couple of things were altogether funky (we literally had to kill the taste in our mouths from a fennel stuffed pepper). This is not the place to go if you want good food, but it gets three stars because the overall experience of being in the mansion was great. If you go don't order the hogfish, (unless you like scales on your fish and this dish had the fennel pepper) or the duck crepe appetizer (unless you like cold duck with weird chocolate sauce and sweet jello slices, I can't even describe what was going on on this plate). The prices were typical of exclusive mansions where fashion magnates were murdered, but that's to be expected, our $19 caprese salad was the best thing we had ( though it only had one slice of tomato and one cherry tomato on the plate). Take a good camera because it is very dark and you will want to take pictures afterward when you walk around the property, the iPhone flash won't cut it.

22/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. Rhea B.
Amazing atmosphere, impeccable service, divine meal. We had the dover sole. Overall, what an experience. Don't miss it!

27/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Ed W.
It is indeed very cool to dine in Versace's house.  It's beautiful (if in a bit of  a Louis the XIV way) and the food was good. No, not life-altering, as Lisette C said, just good.  But...I'm sad to say there are serious negatives.  The first (chronologically, but not the most serious) is their pretentiousness.  They insist on taking a credit card to hold your table and threaten to charge it $200 if you don't show or cancel at least 24 hours in advance.  They also will tell you there's a dress code (men must wear jackets) which I came to realize is not enforced at all.  But the point is the effect of all this is to give you the impression they are doing you a favor letting you in.  No business should ever make customers feel that way no matter how upscale they aspire to be. It's inexcusable.  I was reminded of the scene in LA Story where Steve Martin had to apply, with his banker, to get a reservation at an exclusive restaurant.  Not so amusing in real life.  Especially when you arrive to encounter the far more serious negative: being ripped off in their bar.

Despite all the nonsense about needing to be on time and holding your table, they do not actually start to set said table until you show up.  That gives them an excuse to put you in their bar and invite you to have a glass of champagne.  They will rattle off choices to you without mentioning prices, counting on you to not want to ask and thereby admit, in front of your date, that you're not rich enough to be there.  Yes, I'm talking about me.  Well, dear reader, ASK.  Because they range in price from $50 to $90 dollars a glass.  So by the time you sit down to dinner you've already spent close to what you planned to spend on the whole meal.  And, in fact, that stop in the bar on the way to the table came close to being a 100% mark-up in what otherwise would have been our final bill.  Yes, I was an idiot for not asking and there was nothing exactly stopping me from doing so, but....at those prices and after all that emphasis on how lucky we were to get in: I think they know what they are doing.  And watching other diners show up and be seated at tables that had been empty except for plates until moments before, all carrying champagne glasses from the bar...I feel safe in believing I was not the first or last person to fall for it.

Really, what is most disappointing about it all is that in stooping to such tactics this restaurant reveals itself to not-be what it is desperately trying to convince you it is: high class. Those are the tricks of a tourist trap. Albeit one with good food in a historic and architecturally interesting setting.  

Finally a word about service: could have been better.  My girlfriend told them days in advance it was my birthday and was promised a cake.  They totally forgot.  It also took a ridiculously long time to get two expensive glasses of wine poured.  

Bottom line: go for the history, the setting, and food, but hang on tight to your wallet.

09/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Michelle F.
Very cool experience.  The service provided by manager was fabulous. We were there on a very busy night and were still taken on tour of premises.  I did not realize they had hotel rooms available there.  Wine list is impressive and not overly priced.  I had the barramundi starter and lobster entree.  I really enjoyed the barramundi but wish i would have tried the dover sole instead of lobster.  It is a a great expererience. I did not realize you could dine outdoors by the pool. I would highly recommend that.  We sat in dining room which had amazing crafsmanship but it would have been nice to dine outdoors.   I give the experience and wine selection a 5 and the food a 4.  Overall it is pricey but not more than other high caliber restaurants. The experience is trully unique.

21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Alexandra S.
I was so excited to eat here but it was really disappointing. Maybe because it had recently changed over to The Villa and Barton G has not gotten their act together at this beautiful mansion.
We ordered the smoking cocktail drinks with nitrogen but the server must have messed it up because they NEVER thawed the whole entire meal. They were frozen solid and we never even were able to drink more than a sip.

My friend asked for a very Dirty Martini and the server brought it back with no olives!!!! She said "we don't have any olives but the martini IS dirty".  Huh???? So they have olive juice but no olives? Not OK!

The food is decent and very contemporary.  Beef carpaccio was very good. We also got the Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer and the Garden of Miniature Delights and they are all deconstructed so you can't really tell what's what, but the server didn't even tell us anything.  There was some type of frozen egg yolk on the Beef Carpaccio and we had no idea what it was and we had to ask.

The lobster ravioli was very good, and the Dover Sole is fileted at the table and it is very big - too much fish. Also the sauce they give with it is so thick and buttery is almost like hollandaise sauce.  

Finally when it was time to pay the check the server brought it over while stuffing it into an envelope and started telling us that since the restaurant is "so elegant and sophisticated" they present the checks in an envelope. Yeaaaa ok......

Overall, decent food but not great - it should be better for the price and the type of restaurant they are trying to be.  Terrible service and the waiter did not seem to know what she was talking about at ALL.  I wouldn't go back.

25/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
17. Alysha P.
A hotel, restaurant and event space housed in the old Versace Mansion.....we stopped in on their second night of business and had amazing food and service in an absolutely stunning space!

We started off in the bar/lounge area for a glass of champers.....which is a cute little room but hardly expresses the opulence and detail of the rest of the property.....had a peek at the pool and courtyard which was filled with twinkly little lights and of course a large tiled Medusa head that took center stage in front of the pool. We did ask if we could see a guest room for future reference but they were still doing some work on them and didn't want to show us something unfinished.....boo :(

For dinner we were seated in a room that was spectacularly mosaiced in little pebbles and stones.....and when I say mosaiced....I mean every inch of the room....pretty fabulous!

The food was equally impressive.....

Caeser Salad: Not the typical Caeser.....the dressing came frozen with liquid nitrogen on the side....and when eaten with a fork full of salad would melt and impart it's flavor....fun and tasty!
Micro-veggie Salad: Little tiny veggies....I liked didn't love....but fully enjoyed the shot of carrot juice inside of carrot that was made to look like an egg yolk on the side....
Lamb: This was my gf's dish.....and I had a bite or 3......it was cooked to perfection.....juicy, tender and just yum all around!
Strip Steak: My dish....and I loved, loved, loved it!! Cooked to a perfect medium rare......came with some little daubs of whipped potatoes that were so silky it was like they were hardly there....I finished the whole damn thing!

Service was impeccable.....everyone was professional but at the same time friendly.....the Chef came out to say hello since we were from Chicago and he had done a stint at Alinea (one of my favs!!).....he was super sweet....we food gossiped for a bit and let him know how fantastic our dining experience was.....love that!!

After dinner we met some friends back in the lounge for another drink and some dessert.....I think we got the goat cheese cheesecake.....done up in crunchy little cannollis with some toasted hazelnuts and blueberries on the side.....it was good but really rich....perfect ending to the meal.

So happy with my experience here!!

11/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. chris h.
We were so looking forward to a nice dinner out with good service.  My daughter & I  spent the whole afternoon at a local SPA getting "groomed"   I bought a new dress for this event.  However, the night was a complete disappointment.  Here is why:

1.  Our table along with 5 others were situated in the hall way.  This "dining" area was separated from other parts of the villa by cardboard boxes looking material acting as "screens".

2. The service was below average.  When the food was brought out, the waiter couldn't remember who ordered what dish.  We had to point to the dish to help him.  One of us ordered hog fish.  He said: " Here is your snapper".  We said: " We didn't order any snapper"  He said:" Well it's the fish you ordered.  Whatever fish that is!".

3,  The food wasn't bad.  But it wasn't good either.  My ceviche was very sweet.  It had a sugary cheap taste.  We have had much better and fresher ceviche elsewhere.

This is a follow up to my last night's review -  my instinct about the ceviche was right.  During the night, i had to run to the toilet a few times.

It's a tourist trap.

30/12/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
19. Ana M.
I went here on Friday night for a magazine launch party- Vault Magazine. Barton G decided to launch a magazine. The magazine looks pretty nice. The space is beautiful. It's very Miami.
It made me wish I was a hot gay boy back in the 80's. I would have loved to party with Mr Versace here. Being there made it easy to imagine what it was like.
Fun.
The food was amazing. Barton G's does canapes well. He had a really nice presentation.
They know how to do events and you can tell.
All was good. It was done right. I was impressed. They went all out and I'm still thinking about it. I'm not easy to please... but I was pleased.
The restroom situation was fine, the crowd was right, the food was perfect, the bar was perfect.. every detail was covered.
I have a friend that works for Peroni beer and that was my in. I enjoyed quite a few Peronis.
During the night this huge crane dropped in this boxing ring where they had 2 professional boxers fight. I guess I could have done with out that part of the evening. I just didn't see how it fit in the event. My guess was it was for shock value. It worked. People were pretty shocked and everyone was taking lots of pics. I think it would have been better to have 2 hot girls in bikinis boxing, but I guess they wanted to make it classy. I really don't get how 2 grown men beating the sh*t out of each other is classy or goes with this event, but whatever. Other people were diggin' it.
I wasn't amused with that part of the night, so I just went to walk around and give myself a little tour of the place. It's beautiful.
We got a sitter for the baby this night, so it was a big deal that we made it out.
I didn't want to be disappointed. I wasn't.

14/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Melanie C.
This place is hilarious.  It is popular strictly because they manufactured a vibe of exclusivity by having a guarded front gate and bouncers in dark suits and dark sunglasses.  Like Barton G. restaurant, it's all about the gimmick vs the food.

29/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Carlo M.
Well.

As I expected, this place was awesome. Dining in Versace's landmark mansion was a treat in itself, but the food was good too!

The entire experience was top-notch. Probably the finest dining on South Beach, considering the decor, food and service were all at above-average level.

My Steak Tartar was perfect, as was Dustin's Heirloom salad. I could've had that salad all day....

My Entree was the least overwhelming part of my dinner. I ended up with Veal Mignon and cheek, which was my second choice after my waiter talked me out of the Skate Wing. I should have stuck to my guns on that one. But the Veal was still very good. Dustin had the Rossini, which was Wagu Filet, Foie Gras AND Lobster Tail. I should have had that!!!

Dessert was Creme Brulee, which was perfect alongside my favorite dessert wine.

Awesome night, Awesome dinner.

Then came the check.............$$$$$$$$$$$$$..................

$ 8 per cup of coffee?

Whatever. It was worth it.

23/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Raymond C.
Truly fine dinning.  This place is on point with the service, from start to finish everyone was fantastic.  The food is very good, the ambiance is wonderful, and how could it not be, it is Gianni Versace's old house!  Go check it out, it is a fantastic experience.

13/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Katie B.
Absolutely EVERYTHING about this place is extraordinary. From the story (Versace mansion), to food, drink, ambiance, staff...everything! And the FOOD...there are very, very few places out there that I have had the pleasure of dining at that can hold a torch to the Villa; very few.

13/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Jeff M.
I can't say enough about how nice it was to eat here. The servers are pure grace and the food was first class. This was a flawless meal and a cultural experience all wrapped into a single romantic evening. It's not cheap but if you can't figure that out from a place whose name includes both 'Versace' and 'Mansion' you are probably used to being cleaned out.

20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Nijole T.
The decor, ambiance, service and atmosphere here cannot be discribed! Anyone fortunate to dine here will be blessed by fond memories and is bound to have an unforgettable night. It is by invatation and reservation only and we were lucky one beautiful evening to get a table by the pool.
I would definetly recommend strolling arund, checking out the insane bathrooms and exploring as far as allowed.
We were served a complementary amuse bouche of tuna tartare and not being a fan of raw fish both my husband and I said that was the most flavorful bite we have ever had.
We also had enough delicious free cheese sticks as we could get away with before feeling completly embaressed, so good!
I ate the garden of miniature delights, a microscopic salad at $22 with as noted an explosion of carrots which turned out to be what looked like a raw egg yolk in a shot glass. I was told to enjoy in one sip.
I attemped but by suprise of the taste and the explosion that happens once it touches your mouth, it exploded all over the table, classy....
This I would not order again and was the only downside of our evening.
I had the red foot chicken with barley, brussel sprouts and the best au jus I have had in my life.
The entire meal was the best thing I have had in my life, everything was so rich in flavor, so perfectly prepaired, one must experience such deight at least once in their lives!
My husband had the lobster with lobster stuffed ravioli, granted also a small portion, but the array of flavors alone filled your belly and soul.
By all means if youve got it like that, round off the night with an $800! martini that allows you to keep the glass and is accompanied by a nitrogenized champagne popsicle, but we stuck with water.

24/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. John R.
You know I have to say that the place is beautiful inside. The restaurant part was a-little claustrophobic and I felt like going outside twice for fresh air. I felt like I was having dinner at a secret location and there were more security men than at an embassy. The food was average, good but not spectacular. The service at the restaurant was excellent. One thing they should get rid off is the wine list podium they wheeled toward me with lights on and everything. I felt like I was going to give an eulogy.

12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
27. Laura W.
If you are in SoBe you have to eat here, just do it and it will be worth it. This place is iconic and definitely a must see for many reasons.

As we were getting ready to leave to have dinner I read that Chef Jeff O'Neill had previously worked at Daniel's and Le Bernardin. I don't know how this escaped me when I read the website earlier but once I saw this I started screaming and was even more excited to go. Walking from our hotel to the Villa I felt like I was in some sort of race to the finish line because I couldn't contain my excitement.

Of course we arrived a few minutes early and were invited to go inside an have a drink at the bar or sit outside and wait. We opted to sit outside so we could run around and take as many pictures as we could. Totally fun.

As with everything in South Beach, dining is al fresco. We walked into the dining room that overlooks the pool and were seated at one of the 6/7 tables. Our menus were presented to us in envelopes and we were brought water and awesome bread. The wine book looks intimidating but I think they do a nice job of breaking them down by regions as well as between red/white.

With O'Neill's background you would be foolish to not order fish or seafood. I don't see the point in eating here if you don't and being in SoBe it naturally lends itself to that kind of food.  For our appetizer we had the Vodka Cured Salmon-Mustard Caviar, Dill Pearls, Golden Pumpernickel. It was really hard not to eat it quickly and pace ourselves. This combined with the awesome bread/butter we were ready for more.  I had the special which was halibut with pan seared foie gras and forbidden rice in a beet reduction. I hate beets but I knew I could trust the chef and appreciate the whole meal and ingredients together. I totally won on that. Of course the halibut was awesome and I have never eaten a piece of foie gras that big in my life. And combined with the rice, I actually liked the beet reduction.

Dinner wasn't over until we ordered dessert. We had beignets with hot chocolate whipped cream and chocolate sauce. I then capped off my dinner with a gin gimlet.

Once dinner is over you are allowed to walk around the first floor only. It was dark by this time but we made the most of it. We peeked inside the famous Moroccan Room and took tons of pics of the pool and of all the Medusa mosaics.

Best meal I've had in a long time and best dining environment ever.

17/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Clarine F.
Exceptional staff, exceptional service, and the food couldn't be any better! Great place to dine with your best friend or a romantic night out.

08/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Elizabeth M.
The Villa by Barton G is the creme de la creme of restaurants.  It is located inside of the famous Versace mansion and you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.  The restaurant is small - with only 6 tables.  The walls are covered in dreamy Italian mosaic.  The tables are adorned in the most beautiful Versace china.  The lighting - perfect.  Somehow I picture dinner in heaven to be something like this.  They have an excellent wine list - from the not so expensive to the sky's the limit and champagne by the glass to the monstrous Melchizedek. The service was impeccable and the food is always cooked to perfection.  This is definitely the place to go for a very special occasion.

(Btw my profile pic was taken here. lol)

05/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Poppy C.
Although the location of the Versace mansion was a bit off putting to me (I find a lot of this neighborhood to be cheesy and milling tourists aren't my thing) but it really is a lovely home, gorgeous pool, opulent mosaic garden patio and wonderful service.

You'll feel like a star leaving your car out front with the valet while a security guard unclips the velvet rope for you and you pass the crowds out front to enter through the wrought iron gates.  

Once inside, it is totally private and very luxurious.  Even the sounds of the street are muffled by the lush foliage that partially hide the tall outside walls.

There seem to be a zillion butlers and servers everywhere, catering to your every need. Take tea here, yummy delicious savories (lobster with caviar!) tiny sweets (peanut butter chocolate bombe!) served on amazing pink and gold Versace Rosenthal china.  Lace tablecloths and doilies.  Poppy could die happy.

It's not a good place to be if you are in a hurry for anything.  Eating takes a while, getting your car takes forever...but there doesn't really seem to be a better place to be if you have to wait.

29/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Carly C.
Just called for reservations and the restaurant is no longer open. Not sure if it's permanent?? Real bummer, was looking forward to it.

13/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
32. Alexandre H.
If you don't have a Lamborghini Murciélago in the garage, Palm Beach beach front digs and an A list hootie hanging around your neck then maybe, just maybe, you can't afford this food nirvana.  Just kidding, get a second mortgage and take your significant other to dine here, it will be memorable.

Yes, it's expensive ($9 Evian water?), but considering the place, the service and the food, it's worth it.

Let's start with the place: the Versace Mansion. Unique historical building, amazing mosaics everywhere (with solid gold inlays and pieces) , paintings, statues. We got a mini-tour when we entered (wow, talk about personalized service!) and I was stunned by the historical details. The dinning room was covered in pebble mosaics (brought from Spain). It's small (about 10 tables) but luxurious.

Location: South Beach, ocean front, the center of the universe for Miami action. Tourists where outside snapping pictures of the mansion and of the people arriving and going (I felt like an A-lister when two tourists from Brazil and Germany took my picture walking up the stairs accompanied by the host ... 5 seconds of deserving fame!). Note: on those steps Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997.

Service: impeccable. What else can I say?

Now what matters: the food!

We started with the Duck Confit Crepe A L'Orange appetizer and the Heirloom salad. Both were unique and like nothing we had before. Perfectly seasoned, a combination of sweet and salty and tangy components.

The entrees: Pan Roasted Local Hog Fish and Bread Crusted Diver Scallop & Anise Glazed Veal Cheek. Again, never had something that combined and balanced flavors and tastes in such an incredible way. Really. Just perfect. Too bad that portions are small, I could eat twice that much!

Desert: we were full, but just HAD to try the desert. We picked the Chocolate-Praline Mousseline. Three expletives: OMG OMG OMG. It's that good.

The Bill: had to use two credits cards (the limit on just one wouldn't have made it), but hey! You only live once!

21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Megan M.
In my quest to pursue my love for writing, I landed a gig with a long-time friend that is putting together Miami-Dade's Travelhost magazine. My first assignment, tour the Versace mansion and write about it. This is where I shrieked a little bit inside and did a mental happy dance because it would have been to embarrassing to physically do it. They don't do tours, so being able to go in and see it was very special.

We went during the day for the tour, and got to see the entire first floor. Let me just say, when I can actually afford it, I will be there for dinner...in the Moroccan room, but I'll settle for the pebble mosaic dining room. Fun fact, the chef used to be Donald Trump's personal chef. The place is beautiful. The courtyard feels like it's the setting for a fairy tale, and I'd kill to have afternoon tea looking over the thousand mosaic pool (which is clearly made from more than a thousand mosaic pieces). The art, the trees, and even the signature smell that Barton G created for the rooms, are all perfect.

They said they hold weddings and special events at the Villa, but I would imagine that the guest list is limited because it isn't a huge venue. They have 10 suites, a few of which have custom double king beds and personalized mini bars. No concierge here. Each room has their own butler. Everything is custom. The rooms even have e-readers and radios loaded with newspapers and stations from the guests' hometowns.

They said reservations are hard to get, especially for weekends, and they usually have overflow into the the Moroccan room on Fridays and Saturdays.

27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Michael W.
The Villa is a great place to have dinner. Great place for special occasions. The only reason I am not giving this place 5 stars is because we got seated almost 2.5 hours from our original reservation. In their defense they did call us early in the evening to let us know they were running late, but we still had to wait over an hour even after the notice.

If you don't know, the location was previously owned by Gianni Versace and is also the place where he died on the steps years ago. The location. Seems unassuming from the outside as it is located on Ocean Drive in front of the beach and you have a very tall hedge which does not allow you to look in, plus they have burly security guys at the door that you have to get by before getting in.

Once inside you walk through a small little patio till you get into the courtyard that opens to Three floor villa. I believe the upper floors are the hotel rooms and then the first floor and 2nd floor holds the dining rooms. If you can hold out for the main dining room on the first floor  that was his main dining room.

When you walk in the room is stunning  and then with the table setting, there is a definite WOW factor. After ordering we had some very tasty salads and appetizers. The main dishes were presented well with a smattering of presentation as all were accompanied by waiters and all dishes were presented at the same time, and we were a party of eight. I personally had the diver scallops with beef cheeks and it was executed perfectly. I did get to try Hog snapper with vegetables and sausage and that was tasty as well. Our bday boy had the grouper with Forbidden Black Rice, which was presented well with the contrast of the white fish perfectly cooked on jet black rice.  

For dessert, we had an array of different items they had. All presented well from beautiful works of arts to deconstructed variations of know desserts like key lime pie.  All were tasty without being cloyingly sweet.

They maître'd was very accommodating after our long wait. They sent several special tasting dishes as well as appetizers to apologize for the long wait.  After all, we were here to celebrate a bday for my friends from San Fran.  In all a great night after a bumpy start.

16/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Christine C.
Afternoon tea at the terrace in the former Versace mansion was the highlight of my Miami trip.

Upon arrival, the staff introduced us to the mansion and its history. First built in 1930 as Casa Casuarina, the mansion was architect Alden Freeman's homage to "Alcazar de Colon" in Santo Domingo, the oldest existing house in the western hemisphere. Casa Casuarina was later purchased by Jacques Amsterdam, who renamed it "The Amsterdam Palace" and operated as an apartment building. In 1992, Gianni Versace restored and expanded Casa Casuarina, purchasing and rebuilding the neighboring run-down hotel as the current south wing, pool and garden areas.

Tea was served at the outdoor terrace overlooking the pool ( yelp.com/biz_photos/voy1… )
and the mosaic tiles of the Medusa of Versace ( yelp.com/biz_photos/voy1… ).

Surrounded by opulence and luxury, the staff caters the tea service flawlessly. A golden ice bucket was brought to the table on the hot day for you to turn the hot tea into an iced cold beverage. Pink and gold Versace china sits on top of a vintage white lace tablecloth layered over rose pink ( yelp.com/biz_photos/voy1… ). A vibrant tower of finger sandwiches and pastries accompanied the fragrant tea ( yelp.com/biz_photos/voy1… ).

While the mansion is breathtaking and the service is exceptional, the sandwiches and pastries were quite stale and sub-par. Still, the mansion itself and the opportunity to step inside a historical piece of architect is well-worth the visit. Sipping tea out of a golden Versace teacup overlooking the lavish pool is just icing on the cake.

30/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Lisette C.
Just do it.  Call them and give them your credit card number to hold your table. Yes, it's pretentious and over the top, but bragging rights alone are worth the trouble. Yes it's expensive and  may set you back a few hundred dollars, but where else can you dine in Versace's home and do your deed in his bathroom?
I stress the importance of all the "fluff" because though I recommend this place for the experience, the food was good, but NOT life altering. After paying $69 for a filet and $24 for a mojito, I expect to have my mind blown and my taste buds begging me to relocate to Miami, but alas, that was far from what I experienced.
Bottom line, Treat yourself.  Get dressed up, have a drink in the Morroccan room and dine in pure opulence. Then sneak onto the terrace and take a bunch of pictures with your friends!  Enjoy!

31/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Steve Y.
Beautiful space with lots of history. Great drinks and ambiance but food was wayyyyyyyyy below average. We had the porterhouse for 2 and it tasted like they defrosted a frozen piece of meat and overcooked it. No flavor and very dry. Staff was amazing though so between the staff and the setting you kind of forget about the food. Ask for Ricardo, he was amazing!

15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
38. Nisha F.
If there were an option to choose no stars, I would have chose it! So my friends and I had reservations for this place 2 weeks in advance for a birthday celebration. After a long flight from L.A., we were excited to see and dine at the beautiful Versace Mansion. We had arrived on our reservation date and time of Aug. 30 at 9:15p. We were seated by the manager, Freddy, and asked if we could take a few photos near the pool area in which he bluntly told us, "No!" So we proceeded to our table. The ambience was wonderful and the place was not congested at all. We were seated in a cozy room of about 5 tables with a hand-full of other people. The menu is very limited, so we were able to place our orders right away with our server. We waited for almost 2 hours for our meals, and once they came, they weren't to the greatest satisfaction. We even asked the server to take back one of the dishes because it was just too unbearable to digest. Even one of the servers informed of this specific dish not being one of their popular ones. This was frustrating to say the least, being that we had spent an entire evening waiting on a meal that didn't live up to the standards of a legendary and iconic fashion designer. We asked for the tab to pay immediately and salvage what little time we had left to hit the town. Once the check came, we noticed a discrepancy with it. We asked to speak to the manager (Freddy) to inform him of the error with the bill and our dissatisfaction in regards to the service and meals. In which he rudely threw the bill at us and walked off. This was very embarrassing, considering we were in a small room full of other guest that began to look on. After paying the tab and proceeding to exit the premises, the manager then ran after us and told us to come back to sign the receipts, in which we gladly complied. Next thing we know, he tells the employee working the entrance to lock the doors on us. At this point we were stunned and became frightened and threatened for our safety. After signing the receipts, the manager exclaims to us that he needed to verify our signatures and began to ask for all types of identification, and threatened to call the authorities. At this point we were completely floored! After paying over $300 for a long wait and distasteful food, we were insulted, belittled, and treated as criminals. The guest leaving began to look onward in disgust. We seemed to have been victims of discrimination based on the color of our skin, being that the other guest seemed to be of older caucasian/european decent. We were in no shape or form, rude, loud, and/or obnoxious customers to receive this type of treatment. The manager's behavior was very juvenile, disrespectful and unprofessional to say the least. We asked for his superiors in which he refused to disclose that information to us. I definitely would NEVER recommend this place to anyone after my experience. There are plenty of other nice restaurants throughout Ocean Dr. with decent meals and satisfactory customer service.

01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
39. Michon P.
Although the food was delicious, the four stars for this place are mainly due to the venue and service. The staff was attentive and I loved the romantic feel of the private dining room. They even have a handsome man in a black suit to allow entrance into the villa. Super sexy. Turns out the Villa itself is a 10-bedroom boutique hotel and has a beautiful fountain. I'd love to get married here, but I'm sure that I couldn't afford it.

Noe about the food. This is what we had:
The Villa Salad
Maple Glazed Barramundi (a must try fish appetizer with a sweet finish)
Mero Grouper
Sea Bass with Lobster Ravioli
Key Lime Pie (good, but would have loved more crust)
A complimentary birthday chocolate/hazelnut mousse.

It was a perfect night. This place was cool and I'm glad we had the experience,

08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Chris C.
Do not be fooled by the poor reviews, this place is royalty.

Listen, if you want to have a good meal, go to Mid-Town.

If you want to have an unforgettably high class dining experience, come here.

Barton G has outdone itself. From the moment I walked in I was treated like a king. The food was delicious, the timing was impeccable, and the only point where I thought a mistake was about to be made (my drink took more than 3 minutes) the waiter called attention to it and took care of it without me asking. My water was never empty, my table was never dirty. My silverwear was constantly replaced.

Do not come here with the intention of impressing a counterpart while keeping the dinner under $80. Just come, enjoy, and allow yourself to splurge on...yourself.

Enjoy.

15/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Vickie P.
This is my anniversary place! I love it because it's very private only a few people In the dining room. The food is very good - similar to Barton G a few different dishes here and there. Their Cesar salad is great although I'm not crazy about the anchovy; I just leave it on the side. It's nice to walk around and see the areas you are allowed to see and get some pictures. I recommend it if you want a very quiet place to dine and great food.

26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Monika K.
mama and sis surprised me for my 30th birthday dinner here. simply perfection, from the service to the decor to the food. amazing. a truly unforgettable experience. if you are looking for a special occasion dinner, this is your place. plan to drop some serious cash flow here. obviously depending on the wine choice the bill varies.

sister had the villa salad $19, duo of beef rossilini $89 and for dessert key lime fantasy $19,
i had the flash marinated snapper ceviche, $25, and scallop and veal cheek $40 with chocolate prailine moussaline $19,
mama barramundi and lamb, I cannot tell you how beautifully these dishes were presented much less how delicious everything tasted.
the wine was out of this world. total came to around $650 for 3 of us (bottle of wine was $175) a once in a lifetime or at least 30 year kinda place. highly highly recommend. they even charged my sisters iphone for her and found my mom a pair of reading glasses. 5 star service food and location. I'll never forget my experience here

25/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Virginia C.
I always have been a fan of Barton G. But this place is beyond excellent. I wish I have more stars to rate this place !!! There was nothing i will change or complain about... this is what fine dinning is all about, from the decor to the food and the service...very, very friendly staff. The guy at the bar even offered to give us a tour at the end of our dinner around the mansion. I will be posting pics :)

The food was amazing and just perfect. I will for sure recommend this place for a special occasion, romantic dinner or to take people and friends from out of town... is a most !

Yes this place is As good as it gets!

13/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Hilda H.
I admit I felt a little like a celebrity as I politely edged my way through the small cameraed crowd. A man in a suit smiled professionally as he opened the iron gate for he both of us. Seconds ago, we had been in the cheap glitz of Miami, where even in the daytime, sequins sparkle and loud music throbs. Stepping inside the gates of the Villa, though, is like pushing through the back of the wardrobe to find Narnia.
I felt as though I was a guest in my host's home, not a hotel guest. We toured around for a bit and indulged in all the riches and glamour the mansion has to offer. Hunger soon drove us out of the inside of the mansion, though. The Villa was quiet as we made our way to the most beautiful pool I've ever laid eyes on. Its pillars framed iridescent and (real) gold-leaf tiles. Mosaics are not limited to the pool area, they're everywhere, but they have a magical look while shimmering under the water.
Joe, the butler on duty, was waiting for us on the veranda overlooking the pool. "I was waiting for you. What would you like to eat?" was his question. I asked the obvious, "What's on the menu?" I was not aware that the Villa doesn't operate between the isolated boundaries of a menu. Essentially, you just wish for food and it appears. Joe explained that we could have whatever we wanted.

A little History behind:

Alan Freeman, the heir to the Standard Oil fortune, built the Villa in 1930 and named it Casa Casuarina. As we are light in history here in the U.S., he borrowed a little European antiquity. Freeman's inspiration for his creation was the oldest house in the western hemisphere, a home called Alcazar de Colon in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, built by the son of Christopher Columbus.

After Freeman's passing, the Villa was home to the free-spirits and artistic types of Miami in the early 1940s, as a 30-unit apartment building. It's hard to imagine the well-thought-out suites chopped and divided in mish-mash fashion, but so is life in real estate.
In 1992, the Villa's eclectic historical allure seduced Versace, who bought it for $2.9 million. After purchasing the dilapidated Revere Hotel next door and leveling it, he started to bring his vision of his home to life (for another mere $30 million). Versace and his partner, Antonio D'Amico, lived lavishly in the Villa until Versace's murder by the front gate in 1997.
Millionaire Peter Loftin bought the home in 2000 at an auction for use as a private club. In December of 2009, restaurateur Barton G. Weiss saw its potential as an unmatched venue. After another round of renovations that revere Versace's originality, the Villa by Barton G. was born.

17/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Sebastian R.
Do yourself a favor and please avoid this place. I had a gut feeling this place is suspicious and I was correct.
The villa is really splendid inside, especially in the pool area, and if paired with good food, it could be a fantastic experience. Unfortunately this place leaves you with a bad aftertaste. First, the bouncer and the host made a big fuss about not having the reservation. However when we got inside after quite a  lengthy wait, the place was almost empty. The host still insisting that they are busy and our table is not ready yet, invited us to the bar. The bar was lacking menu but had a barman claiming he can make ANY drink we wanted.  Of course, he was out of main ingredient for our beverage of choice, AND then he was out of orange slices (!!! - the kitchen was literally next door). The service was extremely slow. It looked like there is a lot of staff running around but serving no one. Complimentary small appetizer from the chef was a cliché drop of fresh ricotta on an oversized plate and sadly, also the best dish from the entire evening. My appetizer - bone marrow was decent but slightly on the cold side. The main dish, snapper - from the distance looked like a nicely seared piece of fish - was completely soaked in the old oil, and tasted like a greasy, dry fish stick from school cafeteria. I don't know if our disapproving looks intimidated the staff, but we were spared from the sales routines. Unfortunate tables next to us were subjected to never ending offers ranging from renting a special dining room for only $100 (per group, per person?) to being convinced that Chianti and the Chardonnay are the same kinds of wine... (duh, they cost the same) We literally felt like we are dining in the middle of the used car dealership. When it finally came to pay the bill we were pleasantly surprised that our drinks from the menu-less bar were not like we suspected $45 but only $27. I know that the current owned spend a LOT of money to purchase this mansion and probably want to get his money back ASAP, but with that kind of service I don't see this place being open for too long. Why not combine the beautiful villa and good food and drop the scammy act? Terrible experience, expense, just to see a little gem.

18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
46. Julian M.
I enjoyed everything but valet For that I might as well park my Car in front of the Resturant

07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
47. Rene L.
I would give them 10 stars if I could. I hosted my Birthday there on Saturday June 14 and Katelyn Webb was the most professional, delightful and accommodating person I have worked with! The food was outstanding the dessert the chef made for me was incomparable! Shane and Simona were the servers and I have to say my drink was never empty... A fresh Martini was made to precision and brought over to me every time I was 3/4 done an absolute pleasure! I will recommend it to everyone I know...
A marvelous and enchanting evening made incredibly memorable by the most beautiful surroundings and outstanding service!

18/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Shane A.
First off, Yes, the is the Versace Mansion.  The place where he was shot and killed and that alone brings most people to this beautiful residence turned hotel/restaurant.

If you would like to dine here you must first call and have a table reserved.  In order to reserve a table you must provide them with your credit card number so that if you are a no show they can bill you for taking the table from other paying customers.

This place is expensive and completely exceptional.  EVERYTHING.  Service, food, drinks, cleaning, ambiance....etc...  Complete perfection.  From the moment you enter the front gates you will be treated just like a guest of Versance's.  Nothing is spared for your complete dining experience.

For 2 people looking to have a nice dinner with 2 drinks each be ready to drop around $310.00 The taste of the food and drinks and just being in this insane environment are well worth it.  I mean people go to Universal everyday and spend 300 bucks for a family of 4 to walk around and wait in line and they don't even get a meal with it!  So, why not?

If you are looking for the perfect evening, romantic dinner with your special someone or just looking to impress or treat someone to a special experience in South Beach then this is your venue!

ENJOY!

03/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Kristina C.
Versace's beautiful home converted into a restaurant/hotel in Miami. The food was exquisite and the the dining area is very romantic. My boyfriend brought me here for our anniversary and it was a beautiful experience. We will definitely be back! It was surprisingly not as expensive as you'd think. We loved every bit of our meal.

11/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Stephanie M.
Wow this place is amazing!

We had come here for the tea service (which I hear they are sadly no longer offering) and everything was perfect. We got to sit out on the veranda overlooking the pool and the grounds and we were just in awe the entire time.

All of the architecture was so exquisite, we felt like royalty just being there.

The food and the service were well worth the price, and I would definitely go back for a special occasion, and if I could afford to stay there I would love to swim in that gorgeous pool!

06/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Andrea F.
Perfection. I loved it. Great service. Food was amazing and being able to actually see the place and have a great dinner is just unbelievable.  They had an event downstairs with live music.  Whenever you visit you got to see the pool.  This place definitely is a piece of art. And their restaurant totally completes the experience.

07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Hana P.
Dinner sucks , service sucks , beautiful place but what's the point you can't take pic by the pool and if u do you security threatens to arrest you. R u kidding me you can sit by the pool but you can't walking on it or take a pic . Don't waisted ur time at this place just google it and you get to see the pool better than just eating at this nasty disgusting teasing food

10/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
53. QQ C.
We had exceptional dinner and best service here for our special reunion! Thank you, ilsole! You have def. made our date! What a surprise special arrange after I told the staff I have waited over 10yrs after they open to the public! Xoxo

31/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Michael A.
I took my wife for our 10 year anniversary.  Reservations were made 1 month in advance to make sure this night was perfect. We arrived in a beautiful stretch limo right in front  of the infamous stairs. Upon arrival we were seated promptly. The service was superb and the food was good. Our issues came after. Throughout our time there my wife kept feeling like something was biting her legs. We would look but didn't see anything. The next day my wife woke up she had about 8 bites on each leg and they looked infected. We rushed to the Emergency Room to make sure everything was ok. It was red ant bites. I immediately called the restaurant to advice ten they have to fumigate so no other guest would go through this. They said someone was scheduled to fumigate that week. I tried to contact the manager and tell them how this ruined our experience and she told me she would speak to the owners and get back to me to plan something nice to make up for it. We never heard back from them. We spent that night about $700 between the restaurant and the limo. Then another $150 at the emergency room. Definitely not what I expected. If you go just sit inside maybe it's better.

27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
55. Jorge F.
My wife and I enjoy fine dining and have been to the finest restaurants across the world.  Also, in my business I often entertain my clients.

My wife & I were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary.  We made a reservation on Wednesday or for Saturday, August 16th. When we arrived at the scheduled time in proper attire, they had no record of our reservation. After sitting at the bar for a while, we were finally seated in a room in the third floor.

After being seated. We ordered an $85 bottle of malbec wine. The waiter finally showed up with a bottle of carmenere wine. The waiter assured us it was of equal quality. When he poured the wine, we realized it was a wine with a screw on cap. Since we were celebrating our anniversary, we decided to let it go and make the best of it. We went ahead and ordered appetizers and dinner.

A few minutes later, the manager of the restaurant, Freddy showed up and demanded that we show him a text message with the reservation confirmation. We explained to him that we did not receive one. Also, we told him that we have been to numerous fine restaurants and never asked us for a reservation number. That on some occasions, restaurants will call you ahead to confirm the reservation. That did not happen in this case. Freddy went on to say that if we "wanted we could leave".

The manager asked me to have a word with him outside the room in the interior balcony. When I stepped outside, Freddy was nowhere to be found. He finally shows up with a bouncer that was about 6 foot 6 inches tall. Feeling threatened with bodily harm for my wife and myself and ruining our celebration, I decided it was time to leave.

As I'm leaving the restaurant, I asked the manager Freddy for his last name. Freddy responded with foul language.

I'm 64 years old. My wife and I have dined at some of the finest restaurants across the globe. We have never had such an unpleasant experience.

Mr. Barton G, congratulations on your success in past years but it is evident that your empire is crumbling.

Jorge F.
Miami

16/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
56. Shruti K.
Dining at the Villa was an absolute exquisite experience. A reservation is absolutely required.  Once you get to the Villa you notice that the gates are chained and locked. The security then unlocks the gate and lets you in.

There was some confusion about our reservation. The hostess at the entrance claimed we did not have a reservation but in 5 minutes we were seated in the famous dining room. The dining room inside the Versace Mansion is famous for its pebble mosaic walls and storied history.  It's absolutely gorgeous inside and I was awed with the rich decor including the exquisite china used.

We started off with a glass each of red wine.
Ysios Riserva, Rioja, Spain '04 and Jax, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California '07

For appetizer we ordered a salad and a small pasta dish
Truffled Asparagus Salad Crimson Petite Lettuce, Seasonal Morels, Savory Ricotta Flan - was absolutely delicious. The presentation was beautiful and the food scrumptious. Full of flavors!

Main Course:
Poached Maine Lobster Fennel, Cauliflower, Sweet Yam, Curried Coconut Milk - one of the best I have eaten. Absolutely exotic!

Whole Dover Sole Pan-Fried Dover Sole, Vichy Carrots, Butter Potatoes & Lemon - perfectly cooked and tasty.

Desert included:
Chocolate-Praline Mousseline Valrhona Ganache, Hazelnut Mousse, Caramel - Very rich and more than enough for one person. Served in a beautiful china teacup

Berry Bavarian Mousse Local Strawberry-Mascarpone Bavarian Mousse,Candied Black Olive Streusel & Basil - Very fresh and one can taste the rich strawberry flavor.  Another beautiful dish.

Overall the full exceed expectations and was absolutely delicious. The ambiance even better. After dinner we strolled around and saw the beautiful villa. It's absolutely gorgeous. Lovely details and so architecturally rich.

I had a wonderful evening at the villa. It's a lovely experience and a perfect place for a romantic dinner. The place is pricey but the food and presentations are worth every penny. I am looking forward to visiting it again.

16/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Greg T.
Recently reopened both the boutique hotel and restaurant (Il Sole). Stopped in for a drink and some snacks.

The hamachi crudo was great and the drinks were cold. While they were both on the pricey side this is to be expected for the location and setting.

Worth a stop for anyone who is a fan of Gianni or his designs and for those who want to see what over the top extravagance looks like, Casa Casurina should be on your boutique bucket list.

14/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Jamie B.
We stayed at this hotel and felt like we were staying in a museum. There are ropes everywhere which I'm assuming are to keep randoms from going to pool, rooms etc but as a hotel guest paying 1500 night you are constantly unhooking ropes to get to your room, pool etc. and this seems absurd given the security at the front. The pool is great for a photo shoot but unheated and gold tiles although pretty are freezing. No hot tub. The staff is awesome but the vibe is that you are crashing a beautiful party venue and/or museum and it is not a relaxing place to stay. Gorgeous photos but avoid.

30/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
59. Jen S.
We have done a lot of traveling throughout the world. We had VERY. High expectations of this hotel.
You pay for the panache NOT the hotel. Very very disappointed and probably will not return!!!
If I wanted a ramada inn I would have stayed at one. From our arrival the check in boy barely spoke English and was replaced by an effecient woman Finally  who knew how to use the computer. The bellboy carried our gift bag not our luggage to our room. The door lock did not work and had to be fixed.
When we arrived in our beautiful room that was exquisite. However the ac did not work!!! Ok south each in April a 76 degree room does not make me happy !! Our TV did not work. We had NO PILLOWS on our bed except for decorative ones. We had to keep asking for stuff to be fixed I became ill from the heat prior to the wedding that was not fun!
Overpriced beautiful with good food lousy service and housekeeping director should be fired

20/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
60. Alex T.
took my gf for valentines brunch and Versace did not live up to its name.
Arrived and was seated at  table, we sat for about 45 mins and did not even get approached to ask if we wanted water. The guest at the table next to us were very nice and noticed and offered us a glass of their bootle of wine and some of their food (which was embarrassing). I finally got fed up and went to go look for a manager. could not even find that. My gf and i were over it, we got up and left.

Fyi the lunch menu SUCKS!

17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
61. Edward M.
We just had dinner here and the food and service was great. I had the prime rib steak and it was perfectly cooked medium. Our server was Antonio, he was very attentive and checked on us often throughout the night. He gave us a good recommendation to a wine on the menu. We will definitely be back here next time we are in Miami. Make sure you ask for Antonio when you get here.

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Patrece B.
So decided to have my birthday Dinner at Barton G inside the famed Versace mansion. I'll try to make this short.

I made reservations online on open table in would say like 3 weeks before for 6 which they hold your credit card for.

We were told there was valet - ugh - normally one would assume when you have valet you pull up and jump out, not so here. Not only was it exhausting trying to get down in the traffic on Ocean Drive but when you pull up to Versace you are told that the valet is actually around the corner beside some bar that they share the valet service with then you have to walk all the way from that spot back to Versace. In my 5 inch heels. Not cool. And there aren't any signs so we had to hop out the car and asking for directions. Valet was $30

Ok fine so now we are in, one hour past our original reservation time. I'm glad they still decided to seat us and had us wait in this gorgeous sitting room. Whilst waiting for our table we took the opportunity to take pictures by the pool with the famed Versace logo. It was 6 girls so we did have a mini photo-shoot and were allowed to have our moment by staff :)

We were seated outside by the pool. Very romantic ambiance.

I didn't like the food. At all. The selection was very fixed. Nothing on the menu appealed to me. Very disappointing. I did however like the drinks. Had a mojito that had me feeling very smiley :)

Staff was very friendly and accommodating,

So overall i gave them 3 stars, if they put signs up for Valet and had a better menu it would perfect.

01/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
63. Aloha A.
3 stars for the food, had the pappardelle,  I expected perfection based on price n establishment but much to my dismay it did not meet the expectation.

5 stars on service, & the Legendary Versace created one heck of a place.  Phenomenonin decor with a romantic Romeo & Juliette feel, he captured the Shakespeare love story, made me feel like I was Juliette walking around the mansion.   :-)

13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
64. John E.
Anyone who enjoys a real high end dining experience will tell you that this place is a joke!!! Starting with STAFF!! I've been dragged to this place over 4 times and it is worst every time I go!! It all comes from management  the STAFF have no idea what  they are doing and are rude !!!  Food sucks staff sucks... management  sucks !! save your money and don't  go here unless you want to see the inside of the villa..That's the only thing that is worth...... FOOD AND STAFF ARE THE WORST!!!!!! IT'S A SHAME IT COULD BE A GREAT LOCATION IF RAN RIGHT ....STAFF DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND HAVE NOOOOOOOOO!!! communication skills it's UNREAL!!! I write this because I love the location and hate!!!! The way it's being ran!!! So sad!!! It could have been the fanciest place on south beach!! Sadly it's the worst place on south beach..Versace himself would of been ashamed of this restaurant shame on the management!!!!! LOL WAS IN VERSACE DINNING  AREA AND THEY HAD ON RAP MUSIC .... LOL I LOVE RAP BUT COME ONNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!! SAVE YOUR MONEY DONT GO HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO SEE THE GROUNDS. I hope they get it together soon!!! This place WILL be closed down soon!! 10000%.... the only way they are staying alive is having low-end waiters (PAYING THEM 8$ AN HOUR)and high priced food and drinks you feel scammed even when they ask you if you want  water!!! THERE IS NOOOO value HERE !!!! smh WHAT A SHAME !!!
ALSO WHEN TRYING TOO CALL THE LOCATION NO ONE  EVER PICKS UP LOL UNREAL !!!! I COULD GO ON ALL DAY WITH THE ISSUES OF THIS JOKE OF A PLACE !!! ALL DUE TO management and poor leadership
Dont  bleave me ??? Go and see for yourself if you want to waste 300 or more dollars on poor service  and poor food  smh.....  THIS PLACE IS A JOKEEEEE!!!!! SMH LOL SAVE YOUR MONEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUST ME!

-0 RATING !!! SMH !

11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
65. Kari W.
Fantastic lunch spot in Miami Beach.  We sat on the terrace overlooking the pool built by Versace -despite a little rain it was the perfect setting. Such a treat to be inside such a stunning and historic villa. A peak into its grand past.
The lunch itself was fresh and delicious, and reasonably priced by Miami Beach standards. We had the burger (topped with Brie sand bacon), the grilled chicken sandwich (also with bacon) and a very generous Cobb salad. A bottle of prosecco was the perfect accompaniment to lunch. The cocktails were more expensive than the lunch entrees (ranging from $27-35) so the $40 bottle of sparkling wine was a bargain!  Only surprise is that we were charged $24 for 2 bottles of Evian water that we did not realize when we ordered (we were asked if wanted still or sparkling water. We said still was fine. Did not realize we needed to ask for tap water. ).

11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Nick C.
What a treat!

I have been peekin at the Mansion from outside the gates for so many years and finally had the opportunity to have lunch there and it did NOT disappoint!.

My friends and I started at the bar and had Emma ,a wonderful Colombian as our bartender and she was as sweet and kind as could be. She answered our many questions about the Mansion and its history and she was a gem! We met another bartender/staff member who was just as nice, his name was Shane and he gave us a quick tour of the lower level and we were in Heaven. My friend and I had the burger and truffle fries which was out of this world and his date had the salad which she loved. We loved the fine touches from the silverware and plates to the mansions decor. We had mixed drinks and they were amazing. Our check came and we were not as shocked as we thought, pricing was fine and the experience was out of this world. The level of detail in this Mansion is just jaw dropping and to be inside was such a treat.

I could go on forever but what I really want to relay is the Food is priced great and out of this world and just being in the Mansion is divine! I cannot wait to go back for dinner by the pool and hopefully stay in a Suite this fall.

Thank you Shane and Emma for a great experience!

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Catherine C.
A must go for everyone that's into fine dining. Ambiance is beautiful and romantic, food is great and very different with a hint of morrocan. They have good wines as well.
I was pleased and had a perfect date night with my boyfriend. Reservations must be made in advance. We are looking forward to be a guest of the hotel soon!

07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
68. Benny H.
Even this spot has a section for a review? Yikes, everything can be reviewed now.

This is Versace's house where he was murdered. You can't go in unless you decide to throw a party here. That's all this is. A quick view of a house. No big deal. Nothing special. Move along and go to the beach.

Still, it is a beautiful house. It does have that going for it.

06/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0