Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 819 5th St

    Miami Beach, FL 33139

    Cross street: Between Jefferson and Meridian aves. next to the Shell station, South Beach

    Map & Directions
  • 305-672-2898

About Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant

Hours
Daily 12pm-9pm

Food

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My sisters and I are here in Miami on vacation. We heard such good reviews about Tap Tap. My sneakers were sticking to the dirty floor from the moment I walked in the door. We requested the Rum punch and a Mojito. The drinks were

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★★★★★

My sisters and I are here in Miami on vacation. We heard such good reviews about Tap Tap. My sneakers were sticking to the dirty floor from the moment I walked in the door. We requested the Rum punch and a Mojito. The drinks were

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I've been going to TapTap for probably 4 years now. More so in the last 2 years. Decor, atmosphere and drinks are top notch. A sip of Le Rhum Barbancourt on the rocks or a tall Mojito makes the cut all of the time.

Where TapTap drops the ball, is with the food. Most dishes outside of the Griot or Spinach, is a gamble. I think they go thru chefs on a regular basis. Some days/nights you get a dish that's 101% great that you rave about and refer to your friends and relatives. Then next month, it taste about as lame & exciting as a cup of cold soup off the streets of Port-de-Paix.

The music is always A+, and the band really let loose when Manno is out of town. The place also has great air with little to no smokey feel. Never too hot or too cold.

Areas of improvement , would be to change up the menu, brings back some of the more ethic foods and keep the good chefs. Also bring back the taller stools.

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I've been going to TapTap for probably 4 years now. More so in the last 2 years. Decor, atmosphere and drinks are top notch. A sip of Le Rhum Barbancourt on the rocks or a tall Mojito makes the cut all of the time.

Where TapTap drops the ball, is with the food. Most dishes outside of the Griot or Spinach, is a gamble. I think they go thru chefs on a regular basis. Some days/nights you get a dish that's 101% great that you rave about and refer to your friends and relatives. Then next month, it taste about as lame & exciting as a cup of cold soup off the streets of Port-de-Paix.

The music is always A+, and the band really let loose when Manno is out of town. The place also has great air with little to no smokey feel. Never too hot or too cold.

Areas of improvement , would be to change up the menu, brings back some of the more ethic foods and keep the good chefs. Also bring back the taller stools.

Pros: Spinach in coco sauce, grilled goat shoulder ,music

Cons: slow food service, the chefs R not consistent

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This is my first and only Haitian restaurant I've ever been to but I cant wait to go back! The food was great and the service was even better. You were treated like family here. Sometimes they have a band playing and when we were there people were having a blast.

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★★★★★

This is my first and only Haitian restaurant I've ever been to but I cant wait to go back! The food was great and the service was even better. You were treated like family here. Sometimes they have a band playing and when we were there people were having a blast.

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Colorful restaurant with murals all over the place. There is a small dining area outside and different rooms inside. They have live music and helpful service. They have many vegan and vegetarian options. I got the beans and rice for $3 and the spinach in coconut sauce for $4. The portions was large and delicious.

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Colorful restaurant with murals all over the place. There is a small dining area outside and different rooms inside. They have live music and helpful service. They have many vegan and vegetarian options. I got the beans and rice for $3 and the spinach in coconut sauce for $4. The portions was large and delicious.

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Extremely stimulating decor meets with luscious ,savory appetizers--pumpkin soup,bullion soup and special creamy spinach.Our meals included stewed chicken in which my 9 y/o son couldn't get enough of the broth--he dipped the crusty fresh bread many times over and by the way,the chicken was "falling off the bone".My husband had the oxtail which was just as tender and in a light barbeque flavored sauce.Plantains were fried ever so lightly with no hint of greasiness .Next time we go ,we will try the fritters as recommended by a returning patron who said they're the best !!( Even the ginger tee was so unique and very refreshing. )Well worth the trip----from ANYWHERE !!!

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Extremely stimulating decor meets with luscious ,savory appetizers--pumpkin soup,bullion soup and special creamy spinach.Our meals included stewed chicken in which my 9 y/o son couldn't get enough of the broth--he dipped the crusty fresh bread many times over and by the way,the chicken was "falling off the bone".My husband had the oxtail which was just as tender and in a light barbeque flavored sauce.Plantains were fried ever so lightly with no hint of greasiness .Next time we go ,we will try the fritters as recommended by a returning patron who said they're the best !!( Even the ginger tee was so unique and very refreshing. )Well worth the trip----from ANYWHERE !!!

Pros: Unbelievable artwork,delicious food , reasonable prices

Cons: none found

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I really like going there just to look at all the paintings on the walls. The food is pretty good. The rice with beans is really good. Everyone is really friendly. They've usually got some happy Caribbean music on. I've never had any of the drinks but I've heard they've got a good menu.

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I really like going there just to look at all the paintings on the walls. The food is pretty good. The rice with beans is really good. Everyone is really friendly. They've usually got some happy Caribbean music on. I've never had any of the drinks but I've heard they've got a good menu.

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Tap Tap has great caribbean food. Their rice and peas are really good. I loved their shrimp in spicy creole sauce. The restaurant is vibrant and the staff is pleasant.

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Tap Tap has great caribbean food. Their rice and peas are really good. I loved their shrimp in spicy creole sauce. The restaurant is vibrant and the staff is pleasant.

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We dined at Tap Tap on a recent Saturday evening. I see from the other reviews, and know from the raves of the friends we dined with who are big fans, that Tap Tap has a very loyal following. As a novice to Haitian cuisine, here are my objective observations:

1. The hostess had no idea if other members of our party had been seated or not when we arrived, although she did have a reservation book with their name. She also had no idea where we might park. Perhaps this is just a cavalier, unconcerned, shabby chic style that I'm not getting, but I've never encountered this anywhere before.
2. The decor was fascinating to me, as was the music. Both were very loud though. Again, culturally this is likely what they were striving for so I respect that.
3. The fried goat was disgusting, greasy, tough and without any flavor. I'm an adventurous diner but this was awful (everyone at the table agreed).
4. The whole grilled snapper was delicious. Everything else was mediocre at best. My blackened grouper was a very small portion, not very blackened and a bit dry, served with a mound of dirty rice and fried green plantains. The hot dipping sauce was the highlight on my plate.
5. The kitchen doesn't communicate with the servers and no one seems to mind. We ordered side orders of spinach in coconut milk (our friends raved about this side dish). When our entrees were served our server told us the spinach would be out shortly. It wasn't. Finally we asked a busboy and he said "oh, the kitchen is out of spinach." When we asked our server about this 10 minutes later, he said "that's probably right, if he said so" but offered no alternative! We coaxed him into two sides of okra. He informed us at the end of the meal (around 11pm) that the evening had been extremely busy and the kitchen had run out of nearly everything - including rice.
6. This place has tons of character, but I'm not sure we will give it another chance given the above. Disappointing.

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We dined at Tap Tap on a recent Saturday evening. I see from the other reviews, and know from the raves of the friends we dined with who are big fans, that Tap Tap has a very loyal following. As a novice to Haitian cuisine, here are my objective observations:

1. The hostess had no idea if other members of our party had been seated or not when we arrived, although she did have a reservation book with their name. She also had no idea where we might park. Perhaps this is just a cavalier, unconcerned, shabby chic style that I'm not getting, but I've never encountered this anywhere before.
2. The decor was fascinating to me, as was the music. Both were very loud though. Again, culturally this is likely what they were striving for so I respect that.
3. The fried goat was disgusting, greasy, tough and without any flavor. I'm an adventurous diner but this was awful (everyone at the table agreed).
4. The whole grilled snapper was delicious. Everything else was mediocre at best. My blackened grouper was a very small portion, not very blackened and a bit dry, served with a mound of dirty rice and fried green plantains. The hot dipping sauce was the highlight on my plate.
5. The kitchen doesn't communicate with the servers and no one seems to mind. We ordered side orders of spinach in coconut milk (our friends raved about this side dish). When our entrees were served our server told us the spinach would be out shortly. It wasn't. Finally we asked a busboy and he said "oh, the kitchen is out of spinach." When we asked our server about this 10 minutes later, he said "that's probably right, if he said so" but offered no alternative! We coaxed him into two sides of okra. He informed us at the end of the meal (around 11pm) that the evening had been extremely busy and the kitchen had run out of nearly everything - including rice.
6. This place has tons of character, but I'm not sure we will give it another chance given the above. Disappointing.

Pros: Interesting ambiance and decor; representative Haitian dining experience we?re told

Cons: Goat was disgusting, skimpy grouper portion, kitchen out of everything, inattentive service

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The fish in lime sauce was maybe the best fish I have ever had. The food is wonderful all around - but everybody who got fish at our table was in love. Decor etc. were lots of fun -- the one down side -- we had to wait over an hour on a Saturday night. Call ahead if you are going on the weekend.

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★★★★★

The fish in lime sauce was maybe the best fish I have ever had. The food is wonderful all around - but everybody who got fish at our table was in love. Decor etc. were lots of fun -- the one down side -- we had to wait over an hour on a Saturday night. Call ahead if you are going on the weekend.

Pros: FOOD

Cons: Wait, loud music

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I recently had dinner at Tap Tap. The decor is bright and festive. The service is excellent and the food is tasty and flavorful. If you want something out of the ordinary go to Tap Tap.

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★★★★☆

I recently had dinner at Tap Tap. The decor is bright and festive. The service is excellent and the food is tasty and flavorful. If you want something out of the ordinary go to Tap Tap.

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I liked the plantains and the pumpkin soup. I also like how the falls were painted in lively colors. I found our waiter very attentive and our overall experience was good.

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★★★★☆

I liked the plantains and the pumpkin soup. I also like how the falls were painted in lively colors. I found our waiter very attentive and our overall experience was good.

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With the enormous Haitian and Caribbean population of Miami, it's a wonder there aren't more places like this one. It's the real deal, the final vanguard of authentically spicy Caribbean food on South Beach. Smoky chicken, whole fish and…

 

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