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V. Barbarino

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Went a few weeks ago


over priced

they have a $350 kobe steak (for 2)

but still - cmon

$20 lemonchello matini's

it was good - not amazing

service was - ehh (expected on sobe)

between 1 & 10

i give it a 7.5

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Guest pod

That's been the general gist of it, that it's way overpriced for what you are getting.

Then again, Danny and his partners/investors are, for some reason, aiming for the über-VIP crowd.

I say "for some reason" since Danny DeVito has always struck me as being in touch with the working man. Not that I'd expect him to have a corner deli, but something along the lines, price-wise of Romano's or something.

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Here's a recent review from the Miami Herald:

Posted on Thu, Aug. 30, 2007

At DeVito's, the little guy is catering to big spenders


Sweet or smarmy? When it comes to Danny DeVito's over-the-top Italian chophouse, it's a tossup. Much like the cranky but loveable characters the diminutive actor plays, this 2-month-old tourist attraction can be annoying and endearing in equal measure.

And make no mistake: DeVito may epitomize the little guy, but this place is for big spenders. The signature entree, to serve two or three, is a $325 trio of Wagyu beef, and cuts of prime, corn-fed Nebraska beef are priced from $44 to $72 for a 28-ounce porterhouse. While I have happily redefined credit card ''limits'' for a great meal, the experience here hasn't quite lived up to the hype so far.

For those who like this kind of thing, it may be worth checking out for some amusing eye candy as well as a handful of worthwhile dishes made with top-notch ingredients.

DeVito and partners David Manero and Michael Brauser spared no expense on the modern piazza design, a beehive of activity with more than 300 seats on two levels and a patio.

It's elegant in a glitzy way, with marshmallow-soft, leather-like booths set off by stunning red chandeliers. The soundtrack is retro crooners from Frankie Valli to Frank Sinatra, and DeVito movies are looped on flat-screen TVs.

The staff is personable and well-trained, letting you know, for example, to expect huge, shareable portions on salads, pastas and fried calamari. A doorknob-sized ball of burrata bursting with milky curd is one the freshest I've sampled in town. Other dishes, however, like an exquisite Sardinian bluefin tuna crudo dotted with baby bay scallops, yield only a few forkfuls.

The big, buttery, complimentary popovers might have been the answer to my wildest carb cravings if they hadn't been served stone cold on both visits. The also-gratis antipasti board of soppressata, fried zucchini, stuffed cherry peppers and gorgeous Parmigiano-Reggiano is a nice touch -- perfect with a good Chianti. Problem is the stunning, 400-plus bottle wine list is more marked up than a overzealous tattoo artist.

The biggest downfall with most of the dishes I tried was sugar overkill. Even an oddly vinegared Caesar salad was sweet, making the gorgeously briny pair of anchovies taste off.

Luscious and expertly cooked cuts of meat, from a sleekly marbled bone-in fillet to a center-cut New York strip, are destroyed with a sprinkling of something called DeVito Dust that tastes like a mixture of cayenne, sugar and some kind of bitter herb. A Wagyu short rib ossobuco-style is so laden with ricotta and wine sauce that one could hardly get to the meat, let alone taste it. A thinly pounded, hanging-over-the-plate veal chop Parmigiana is also overwhelmed.

The best meat dish might be the meatballs -- incredibly soft, juicy and flavorful but, like many dishes here, piled high with bread crumbs and drenched in a spicy tomato sauce spiked with -- you guessed it -- sugar.

Our waiter gave us the hard sell on the gnudi, a sort of naked ravioli made rightfully famous by Mario Batali, but instead of ethereal puffs we got thick spinach and ricotta knots deluged with vodka-tomato sauce.

By contrast, the seafood was a treat, including a delightful branzino topped with a warm frisée salad, cranberry beans and grilled lemon -- a refreshingly light choice among so many belly bombs.

The kitschy Festa Di San Gennaro, a dessert trio of cotton candy, a banana zeppole and caramel cheesecake lollipops, would most appeal to 4-year-olds. A butterscotch budino (pudding) was satisfying if rich and achingly sweet.

Place: DeVito South Beach.

Address: 150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach.

Rating: ** ½ (Good)

Contact: 305-531-0911; devitosouthbeach.com.

Hours: 5-11:45 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prices: Appetizers $15-$38, pastas $24-$44, entrees $28-$72 (Kobe beef from $190), sides $10, desserts $10.

FYI: Metered street parking; valet $15. Full bar. Outside bottles allowed Sundays and Mondays only; corkage $25. Reservations recommended. AX, DS, MC, VS.


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Guest DeepHouseMan

Danny Devito was just on David Letterman plugging the shit out of this restaurant. Now I'm intrigued, gonna have to make my way there and check it out.

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