It is now June 2014 and this place has now been under NEW management/ownership for a few months. They need to change the name, but I will get back to that.
We usually stay at Hotel Eva whenever we visit my folks in South Beach. We have often enjoyed great meals at Bistro 1506 below the hotel. Last weekend, (May 30-June 2, 2014), we found the Bistro gone. At the time, there was no restaurant using the space. We learned that the hotel's previous owners sold the hotel a few months earlier, and took the Bistro with them opening it up at the Cavalier. So, we found them at this new location, and enjoyed a great lunch there.
I had one of their Cuban sandwiches and it was delicious! The hostess was promoting the box lunch special which my Mom was enjoying, though if it were possible, I think they should also promote their Cuban sandwiches as well.
More than once, I heard passers-by read the name "Crab Shack" and say something like: "Not in the mood for cracking crab shells right now" or "Didn't we just pass another crab shack a minute ago?". So that is why I think they should remove "Crab Shack: from their name, and just call it "Bistro Cavalier" or something else without the word "crab" in it.
They do have a beautiful hostess pleasantly inviting people walking through to stop and dine there, but so do all of the other restaurants on the block. She was promoting the specials and doing the best anyone can do, but maybe they should promote their excellent regular specialties as well. At one point, I did see her point to some of the large drinks shown in a display, as described in one of the bad reviews. Maybe they should be emphasizing the good food more than that. If they do Cuban breakfast/brunch food as well as they did when they were at 1506 Collins, then maybe they can promote that too. The Chef and cooking staff here prepare delicious food (as they did when they were at 1506 Collins) and that is quite a strong point, so if they can get people to stop in for a bite of that, then they should have the place as packed as they did at their previous location.
I think the bad reviews were likely written before March of 2014, so they might be describing the place before the former owners of Hotel Eva took it over. So please ignore all reviews written before March of 2014, and give the NEW owners and NEW staff a NEW chance.
NOTE: I clicked "Average" for special occasions but I have no idea how this place does special occasions, and this web page will not allow me to clear out my response to make it blank.
I have no idea about reservations, delivery, late night or brunch, but if I were them, then I would do delivery, and brunch, since the food is good, and they did good brunch at the old location.
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