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Fort Lauderdale seafood-- Blue Moon?

Hi-- We are travelling to Ft. Lauderdale for the weekend and def. want to go to a good seafood restaurant. I was thinking of trying to go to either Blue Moon and Sunfish Grill but I'm worried that Blue Moon is just a tourist trap and will be cheesy. Any thoughts or other recommendations?

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  1. Blue Moon is not cheesy at all, nor a tourist trap. Nice food in a lovely venue. If the weather is good, you can sit right by the intra-coastal.
    We were treated Very poorly at Sunfish Grill and ended up, with our friends, walking out. We ordered a $50 bottle of wine and when we asked to have better, larger glasses, we were told that they were reserved for wine that was more expensive. The meal would have cost around $400 for the four of us. To me, that was cheesy!

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    1. re: gblcsw

      We went to Sunfish Grill for our anniversary,,,,thought the restaurant was a best mediocre, Bad service, ok food....Sun Sentinel Judith Stocks food reporter, should be fired,,,she gave it 4 stars,,,,she did that for a few other restaurants and she led us astray also....avoid Sunfish grill

    2. Blue Moon is very good and a lovely setting. Never been to sunfish.

      1. Blue moon is GORGEOUS and the food is almost too great to eat- it will photograph like a pic out of Gourmet mag...BUT it is fabulous tasting also!

        Sunfish Grill is also good- but the Blue Moon's setting ON the Intracoastal is a way better bet for an elegant and romantic dinner.

        Blue Moon is contemporary, hip and not at all touristy...hence, the prices are not cheap...But sooooooooooooo well worth it~

        1. I also agree that Blue Moon is far from cheesy. It's one of the few places that's directly on the water that isn't a tourist trap or rip off. The food is very good as is the service. Their Coral Springs location is just as good; no view; but slightly less expensive than their eastern outpost. With nice weather, I'd definitely choose Blue Moon over Sunfish if you are going to eat outside.

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          1. re: zook

            Sounds good! Thanks for your responses.

          2. I have been to Blue Moon three times and have found it very consistent and very delicious. I agree with the poster that was disappointed with Sunfish Grill. I thought it was incredibly dull and does NOT deserve all the hooplah. If you like seafood with a Mexican flair, then head to the Canyon.

            1. after many rave reviews, i went to the sunday brunch at Blue Moon this week, and I will definitely be back. The service was great, food was plentiful (its all you can eat at brunch) and fresh, and the price was right. Now, if you are not going to eat any seafood, and just want an omelette and toast, this is not the right place. Brunch was around $30 per person with one drink included. If you are an oyster fan, it is very easy to eat your $30 worth.

              1. I love their brunches! The coral springs location offers Sunday brunch for $20 pp if you need to be careful or it's raining.

                1. Hey all!

                  Which location do you think would be better for a birthday celebration? We are closer to Coral Springs by about 5 miles and it seems cheaper -- but is it just as good? Is it worth it for the extra miles and money to eat on the water? Is there anything besides fish on the brunch menu? I don't eat seafood but the other 9 people do so I just want to make sure!


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                  1. re: lavendula

                    The food/menu had been exactly the same at both locations. The only difference was the price. For the longest time, the Coral Springs location's dinner also included your choice of salad which you had to pay for separately out east. Having said that, I was back at the CS location about four weeks ago only to discover that they had changed their menu that week. I believe it was done in an effort to appease the "westerners' who had balked at the lower prices to begin with. Having said that, the new menu still had virtually all the same main courses both restaurants originally had; but now they had lowered the prices of those mains even more; but the salads are no longer included. They added quite a few appetizers to their already lengthy app. menu. I did order one of the new shrimp apps. Don't recall the preparation now; but the portion size was very, very large...about a dozen decent sized shrimp...way too much for one person to polish off if he/she wanted to make it through all the main course and possibly dessert.

                    But I digress...to answer your question...the eastern location is much more pleasant when the weather is nice; so I think a bit more fun for a bday celebration. On the other hand, the food is the same and you will save money out west. The CS outpost is attractive; but nothing extraordinary compared to the primo water view you pay for out east. As for what is on the brunch menu, their menus are on-line; so you can judge for yourself if there is enough options for the non-seafood eaters. Those that eat seafood will truly enjoy it.

                    1. re: zook

                      Thanks for the help Zook! We opted for the atmosphere and were glad we did. It was the perfect place for the Birthday Brunch albeit a little crazy busy! For the amount of food everyone ate $30 a person seemed like a great deal. As for me, the omelet station was my main course with pasta sides, bagels, and fruit. I wouldn't suggest it for a non- fish eater but I took one for the Pesco- team!

                      1. re: lavendula

                        I'm glad you all enjoyed it! Now that the weather is less predictable (or should I say more predictable with daily rain), you may want to try the CS location for your next visit.

                  2. both himmarshee bar and tavern and mark's on las olas have menus that change daily and always have at least 5 fish/seafood main courses each nite, i would recommend both over sunfish or blue moon. but if you are deciding between those two only, sunfish has better food and blue moon has better views and atmosphere. also, a new place just opened called cafe emunah and has great seafood but they dont have their liquor permit yet.

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                      1. re: gblcsw

                        on a1a about 1/2 mile north of oakland

                    1. Cafe Maxx in Pompano has amazing seafood, but crazy expensive. Sunfish is great too. Bonefish Grill on Federal has great fresh fish.

                      1. Do any of these places serve fish and seafood that is actually from Florida?

                        I don't really feel like eating Vietnamese shrimp while staring at the Florida coast...