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Staying at Westin Diplomat on Hollywood Beach. Any great restaurants in the area?

thrilla05 Aug 12, 2008 09:19 AM


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    lollypop RE: thrilla05 Oct 28, 2008 05:08 PM

    I'm also staying at the Westin Diplomat in a few weeks for a weekend. Can someone make some lunch and dinner recommendations that are close by. I won't have a car but could take a cab. Many thanks

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    1. re: lollypop
      RayP RE: lollypop Oct 29, 2008 07:06 PM

      Hollywood Prime right in the hotel is a great steak house. Just ate there a weeks ago. Pricey but worth it.

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        The Chowfather RE: lollypop Nov 6, 2008 07:04 PM

        lpop, I recommend Lola's on Harrison for dinner.
        Fulvio's for upscale Italian
        Timo is great and a short cab ride
        Padrino's for Cuban
        El Goyo Pollo for awesome ceviche
        El Tamarindo for Salvadoran (churrasco, carne asada, rice and beans etc
        )Sage for great NY style bagels
        Le Tub for a great burger and beer
        Giorgio's bakery for breakfast and lunch
        Sugar Reef on broadwalk also for breakfast and lunch
        Opa for good Greek food in a fun environment

        Lola's on Harrison
        2032 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020

        , FL

        Fulvio's 1900
        1900 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020

        Le Tub
        1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

        Goyo El Pollo Florida I
        Pembroke Rd Dixie Hwy, Hollywood, FL 33020

        Giorgio's Bakery & Bistro
        800 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

        Sugar Reef
        600 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019

      2. Frodnesor RE: thrilla05 Oct 28, 2008 08:59 PM

        If you search "diplomat" and sort the results by relevance you will find several threads responding to similar inquiries ->


        Here's the search ->

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          QTWO RE: thrilla05 Oct 30, 2008 07:02 AM

          I'd add some comments onto the list Frod provided....

          Breakfast on the beach can be loverly. With all the places competing for business, most of the breakfasts are hearty and they come at a very good price... just pick a place that sounds good (though I would avoid the overly-ethnic places - greek, indian, south american- just because they seem better at gyros than eggs- my opinon). Inland, the Rainbow Cafe is in downtown Hollywood. This, again, is a good solid homecooked meal, in a lovely strolling area.

          For lunch, there is a french restaurant on the boardwalk, just north of the Hollywood Beach Resort (the name escapes me). The place itself can only be accessed through stairs that lead to a balcony (the restauarant/building is elevated). I wish I could remember the name- their entirely french menu (I was there for lunch a while ago) was MAGIC for me.

          For dinner, there is the killer Argentinian steak place on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and I think 19th- we've had good meals there.

          Also, and this is a favorite of mine, there is a tapas place - Las Barracas- in downtown Hollywood, on 20th between Hollywood and Harrison. The tapas were FABULOUS. What was more enjoyable for me was the live flamenco on the raised wooden stage in the front of the dining room on the weekend... We made an entire evening of different tapas, loverly spanish wine and extraordinarily gifted musicians and flamenco ladies... By the end of the evening, the ladies' footwork became a kind-of communal heartbeat for the room and I felt transported back to Spain... I still get dreamy about it...

          Also... there have been recent raves about El Tamarindo in Hallendale, a few minutes south of Hollywood.

          I wish you luck!

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            The Chowfather RE: QTWO Nov 6, 2008 06:53 PM

            The Argentinian place is Beefeater and the French/Carribean place on the broadwalk is Sugar Reef. I like Sugar Reef for breakfast and lunch not so much for dinner due to a couple of mediocre dinners. Great location though.

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              QTWO RE: The Chowfather Nov 10, 2008 05:23 AM

              Nooooo... NOT Sugar Reef. People always get it mixed up...

              This place is much more south of Sugar Reef. I want to say that it is the "Safari Cafe" or something that would allow exotic animal skin pelts... But maybe that was the guy next to them... These are the three shops (one, I believe has been a bar for a while) that are in the first building north of the Hollywood Resort. Customers have to climb a full set of steep stairs (not just two of three) to get up to the door-level.

              I have to find the name of that place... since I tell everyone to go there. LOL

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                lichow RE: The Chowfather Jan 6, 2011 04:20 AM

                Second that on Sugar Reef. Place looked, good, food looked good--but tasted so bland. Lot of $$ and not much punch in return.

                Sugar Reef
                600 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019

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                HabaneroJane RE: QTWO Jun 26, 2009 11:53 AM

                Tamarindo is an excellent, delicious bargain. fairly priced as well. service ranges from fab to slow, but it's worth it..

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                shoes RE: thrilla05 Oct 31, 2008 01:20 PM

                I second the Argentinian place in downtown Hollywood.

                I also liked the Cuban place that was a short walk up the main road toward the casino. It's a family restaurant. Inexpensive and fun. I recommend the piccadillo - ground beef spiced and studded with olives.

                I also recommend this Romanian restaurant that's off a side street in downtown Hollywood. I can't remember the name, but the food was very good in a homemade kind of way - I recommend whatever soup they're offering and these Romanian burgers of sort - spiced ground meat that's grilled until all crispy outside. And get a beer. The place is pretty funky - has some Dracula decorating scheme.

                You can get to downtown Hollywood from the Diplomat via the bus that runs right outside the hotel - takes you right to the downtown area.

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                  jeeja RE: thrilla05 Oct 31, 2008 06:41 PM

                  I live in Hollywood and like to try different kind of food. If you like meat the good one and inexpensive is The beef eater in hollywood blvd. Young circle...For me I like sushi!! there is a new Thai & sushi restaurant in Sunny Isles called " Rice Asian house& sushi bar" It's fantastic!!! fresh&quality Try it!! it's on Collins ave.& 170st.

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                    sfeatz RE: thrilla05 Nov 8, 2008 08:14 AM

                    I am a fan of Sugar Reef- love the location and the service is always friendly.

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                      REDSOXKEITH RE: thrilla05 Jun 26, 2009 11:29 AM

                      I like the sports bar, Rivals, in the parking garage building across the street from the hotel, it's on the Intercoastal. Lots of TVs for viewing, and inspired food, NOT bar food. Always enjoy eating there. As long as my teams win !

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                        Debbie RE: REDSOXKEITH Jun 26, 2009 02:40 PM

                        Not sure that there are any "great restaurants" in this area but for dinner, I would probably choose Timo in Sunny Isles or Fulvios in downtown Hollywood. Those are nice with pretty good food and are within direct proximity----but the choices expand if the poster would consider travleing to Fort Lauderdale (a drive of 20 minutes or so).

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                        lollypop RE: thrilla05 Nov 3, 2009 09:30 AM

                        Heading back to the Diplomat without a car (will take cabs or walk) and looking for more restaurant recommendations. We liked Lola's on Harrison & had a fun night at Opa (although nothing spectacular here). Great lunch at Il Mulino one day. Anything more? Would like to try new places this time.

                        Lola's on Harrison
                        2032 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020

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                          lichow RE: lollypop Jan 6, 2011 04:22 AM

                          Billy's Stone Crab.....enough said. Try and get a glider booth (actual outdoor gliders, with cushions) or a table right there on the Inter-Coastal. Magic on a nice night....and oh, those crabs. The conch fritters rock as well.

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                          SueFH RE: thrilla05 Jan 28, 2014 09:34 PM

                          Going to be at the Westin Diplomat in a few weeks, just wondering if there's any updates for this thread? Thanks!

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                            Bigstu99 RE: thrilla05 Jan 29, 2014 03:55 PM

                            Fulvio's and El Goyo Pollo closed.

                            Sardelli on Van buren. Just off the beach.

                            Giorgio's has the most erratic food and weakest coffee.

                            GG's don't go for dinner the worst service ever but a good Happy Hour on the Bay!

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                              Bigstu99 RE: thrilla05 Feb 6, 2014 05:18 PM

                              Just ate at Suliko for the first time. It is in the Aquarius and you can eat on the Pool Deck. This is Georgian food with fabulous Kabobs served up dirt cheap. Also the The Georgian Soup Dumplings Hinkali do not come in soup they are huge and need to be eaten by hand Yum. Chicken Satsivi was served cold didn't really get the taste of Walnuts but the sauce tasted of chicken Soup. Did not try any of the appertizers, but since they will deliver to where I live on beach next door I will be going through the menu .

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                                Bigstu99 RE: thrilla05 Apr 29, 2014 04:44 PM

                                Just had some pretty good tacos at the Taco Spot get the combo, the corn on the cob great. It's right on the broadwalk on Hayes where Vedu's fish shack used to be!

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