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There is no Che in Ceviche

You may be wondering, what does an Argentine know about ceviche? Truthfully, lots! There is no doubt that meat is in my blood (in fact I may share some of my fave steak places soon!), but give me a taste or choice for ceviche and the ché is all but gone! Well, for the course of dinnertime at least.

Seriously though, when most people think of Miami, they think of sunny days, our beautiful beaches, and our fabulous nightlife, but under the radar comes a fantastic niche of amazing seafood….and a definite local favorite: ceviche! Certainly, great seafood in our magical city is plain common sense to most, since we are on the water and just a few miles from the gulfstream waterway that runs along the entire eastern seaboard of the US. Thanks to a heavy latin and south American population, Miami has gone beyond traditional seafood and added a mélange of ceviches that have become a local staple!

OLA is by far one of our favorite “off the beaten path” restaurants in Miami… Off the beaten path due to its nondescript location, there is no disguising this revolutionary and extraordinary Nuevo Latino heaven! Featuring the most delectable ceviches, OLA focuses on local seafood as well as traditional latin dishes with a twist. Among our favorites: the Lobster ceviche, the Hamachi Nikkei, the “Fire and Ice” made with cobia, and the “Ceviche Mixto” with octopus, shrimp, and white fish. Other must try items at OLA are the smoked marlin taco’s, their plantain crusted mahi served over oxtail stew, the pescado a lo macho with aji amarillo sauce, and the puerco asado (a 24 hour braised pork) that is scrumptious… OLA is also the only place in Miami where you can learn to make Miami’s signature items…Mojito and Ceviche classes also offered on their roof-top lounge with advance reservation for small to large groups.

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Ola (which opened in Downtown in 2003 but moved here in 2008) produces a serious mixture of Latin-American recipes that most chefs in Miami would never consider.

The menu is anchored by ten worthy choices but two, the wahoo (it’s a fish) and the fire-and-ice, are standouts, creating acidic heat and soothing it simultaneously (with cucumber sorbet and pear granita, respectively). The rest of the card, like a name-dropping CEO, references a number of Caribbean and South American nations, though the carefully prepared combinations hang together nicely. Additionally, Ola offers ceviche and mojito making classes for groups, so you can export something of the chef ’s hand to wherever you call home.

Special Events & Parties

Ola offers 4 private private dining spaces for your upcoming private party or large group planned events:


New: Ola now provides Off-site catering services. Contact us below for more info

The Rooftop Terrace:

can accommodate up to 170 guests for cocktail reception or 60 guests for a sit-down dinner. The terrace is tented for those rainy Miami nights.

The Rooftop Pool:

is perfect for a cocktail reception up to 75 people. Guests will sip mojitos as the South Beach skyline lights up around them.  

Note: roof top events and ceviche classes are for groups of 15 or more


The Main Dining Room & Lounge

can also be offered for private dining. The main room can seat up to 80 guests. The lounge can accommodate up to 40 guests.

Bar Packages:

Ola’s Open Bar Packages may be customized to fit your needs, from an extensive Open Premium Bar to a more simplified Sangria Bar.

Mojito Cocktail Reception:

Your guests will be greeted by our staff with Butler Passed Classic and Flavored Mojitos. Guests can select from the Classic Cocktail, Green Tea Mojitos or Refreshing Fresh Fruit Mojitos. For Public Relations, Marketing, Special Events & Large Groups Please Contact us at 305-695-9125 or email

Ceviche and Mojitos Making 101

Ceviche and Mojitos Making 101….Ola’s Famous Teambuilding and Group Activity Enjoy a fun filled afternoon or evening of ceviche and cocktails.  Your group will be greeted with a refreshing mojito upon arrival.  Executive Horacio Rivadero will guide students through the traditional techniques of ceviche making.  Guests will learn the proper way to cut and marinate the fresh fish.  They will also learn the secrets of the outrageous and creative flavors of OLA’s ceviches.   Each guest will be provided with ceviche recipe cards that will allow them to re-create the ceviches they learned. At the conclusion of the ceviche making, our bar staff will then begin the mojito making class.  Each student will learn the history of the mojito, the secrets to making a great mojito at home, and tips on how to create their own special mojito with more exotic fruits and liquors.  The mojito bar will remain open during the class. Also available after the class (daytime or evening)
  • Sitdown lunch
  • Salsa classes and dancing
  • Cocktail Reception with passed appetizers
  • Sitdown 3- or 4-course dinner