Ola at the Sanctuary Hotel
While "Hola" is the customary "Hello" greeting in South Florida, Douglas Rodriguez's Ola Restaurant is actually an acronym for its provenance - "Of Latin America."
Likewise, while South Beach restaurants pride themselves on being super-charged with the sexy energy of the city, Ola at the Sanctuary offers a peaceful respite from the caffeinated 24-hour march. Nestled on a quiet stretch of James Avenue, north of the bright lights of Lincoln Road, Ola features an 80-seat indoor/outdoor patio restaurant and a smaller rooftop dining area that can be reserved for private parties or a romantic dinner-for-two prepared just for you.
The vibe is cool and quiet, spa-like and serene. Executive Chef Jose Luis Flores oversees the production of the restaurant’s signature ceviches and a small-plate tapas style menu in addition to his responsibilities at the Coral Gables Steak & Tapas location. Perhaps the best approach to the menu is to sample a few varieties of raw fish marinated in a lime infusion spiked with chilli or cooled with avocado and topped with the traditional crunchy corn nuts favoured in Ecuador.
Consider instead a culinary happy hour – trying a taste of the bright, tropical small plates and a cocktail at sunset.