4
| Deals |

Taverna Opa's $25 Surf & Turf: Deal or No Deal?

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

The South Beach location of Taverna Opa has a
$25 surf and surf entree. This is interesting because down the block is Prime 112, where an 8-ounce filet mignon goes for $38. I know, I
know, how much hope can you have for a Greek restaurant serving up steak, but
there's more to it than that.

 

The decor might not exactly scream authentic Greece and the bellydancer might only be enticing old men, but that atmosphere is laid-back and unpretentious, The neighborhood is chock full of both the high-brow and under-the-radar.

 

The surf and turf comes with filet mignon and lobster tail. It's served with green beans, yucca, and rice. While taking our order, the waitress couldn't understand the temperatures we were requesting. It could have been the loud pop music overhead or the staff dropping paper napkins on guests interfering with her hearing. I repeatedly asked for medium rare. Again nd again, she spit back "medium well." Peeking at her order pad, I saw MR, but had my doubts.

 

Sure enough, the surf and turf arrived with a medium well filet mignon. I'd have sent it back had the lobster tail not been perfect - easily emerging from its shell. The side of green beans was less than satisfactory: perhaps out of a can, they were soggy and blah. The rice was a bit buttery, but was cooked just right and seasoned well.The yucca was ordinary.

 

All in all, if the steak had been delivered at the requested temperature, this dish would definitely be a steal. But getting that perfect steak is the challenge. The lobster tail, alone, makes the dish worth taking your chances on.

Taverna Opa

36-40 Ocean Drive,

South Beach

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.