We come here every year on vacation and we eat at Il Giardino almost every night. We love their spaghetti alla carbonara (made the classic way--almost impossible to find) and their coconut shrimp, and the live music/performance is fantastic. Luis Mejia, their regular flamenco guitarist, is world class and not to be missed. His regular flamenco dancer Lily is equally world class. People stop on the sidewalk to watch. You won't find this quality of entertainment anywhere else on Ocean Drive.
We've had three servers on this trip: Suheyla, Milica, and Nestor. We remember Suheyla and Nestor from previous trips, too, and they remembered us. All are excellent: warm, welcoming, friendly, and attentive.
Please note that tips in South Beach are often included in the check; pay attention when they bring the check. You can always tip more.
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