HOME > Chowhound > Miami - Fort Lauderdale >

Discussion

One perfect dinner in Ft. Lauderdale

  • 15
  • Share

We will be in FLL for one night in January and want one wonderful dinner. We would prefer neither Asian nor Italian food, but rather local cuisine...perhaps seafood such as pompano or grouper, or other locally sourced specialities. We want something that is truly special and cost is not important, but we don't need or want something overly stuffy. What we really want is outstanding food and service, in a pleasant and preferably not too noisy environment.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
Cancel
  1. I think 3030 Ocean or Sunfish Grill would fit your requirements.

    -----
    Sunfish Grill
    , Pompano Beach, FL 33060

    3030 Ocean
    Harbor Beach Resort Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

    4 Replies
    1. re: pilches

      I aggree, both are great..

      1. re: pilches

        3030 Ocean has very good food, but it feels like what it is...a hotel dining room. Sunfish Grill has been a total disappointment since they moved from smaller quarters some years ago. I haven't yet been, but have been reading wonderful things about Table 17.

        -----
        Sunfish Grill
        , Pompano Beach, FL 33060

        3030 Ocean
        Harbor Beach Resort Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

        1. re: gblcsw

          Are you referring to Market 17? I can't find anything about a Table 17 in FLL.

          1. re: josephnl

            Yes, I believe gblcsw means Market 17. I don't know anyone who's been there yet, but I'd love to hear about it. I disagree about 3030 Ocean. The food is great and the service is great. While the dining room is not super chic or trendy, it is not off-putting in any way and I don't think it will mar your experience. I agree on the Sunfish grill. It's definitely not what it used to be.

            -----
            3030 Ocean
            Harbor Beach Resort Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

      2. We've narrowed down our choice to Cafe Maxx in Pompano or Market 17 in FLL. Noting what I said above:

        "We want something that is truly special and cost is not important, but we don't need or want something overly stuffy. What we really want is outstanding food and service, in a pleasant and preferably not too noisy environment."

        Which is our best choice?

        1 Reply
        1. re: josephnl

          Based on the criteria, I've eaten at both and would pick Market 17. They both have excellent food and service so you're safe with either in those categories. But Cafe Maxx has been around awhile and they are in need of a bit of a decor makeover, it's one of the only knocks against it. While Market 17 is new so the decor is contemporary but comfortable and sophisticated. Both have outdoor dining as well, Cafe Maxx is a sidewalk in a strip mall and Market 17 has a great patio with tropical landscaping and waterfalls. Both are not on the loud side unless you're there when they are really busy, so I'd choose a day other then a weekend night to be safe if time affords it.

        2. We've become devotees of Mojo - a fairly new eclectic bistro on Federal http://www.mojofl.com/
          Dominique's (chef) creativity in the kitchen is some of the best around this town. Inventive, Innovative and well prepared and pesented. Very friendly staff and well trained. The chef is also a wonderful artist and his work hangs all over the walls in the restaurant. Well worth the trip and prices are moderate.

          7 Replies
          1. re: DolceFarNiente

            We had a great dinner at Market 17 a few weeks ago. Did the 8 course tasting menu and had no complaints. Flavors were well balanced and everything was on point. I'm so happy to see this kind of food and dining finally in FTL. Yes 3030 does a tasting menu but, have you ever had it? We did. It felt like it was a burden to them and portions were super tiny and the courses didnt flow very well. Eating at Market 17 felt like being back on the west coast where they seem to care more about what they eat.

            1. re: retloctt

              My husband and I ate at Market 17 on our recent trip to FLL and it was amazing. The food was delicious--from the appetizers to dessert. Would highly recommend. Fresh ingredients, great service, delicious food.

              1. re: kmesquita

                We ate at Market 17 recently. Not impressed at all. While the entrees were well prepared, the rest of tthe experience was unacceptable. Service was slow, many people showed up, but not available. Couldn't get a spoon for the soup to save my life! They brought the appetizers before our drinks, and never brought bread, although it was announced. The place was not crowded, and there seemed to be a lot of waitstaff, but no one running the show or no one who knew what the were doing. The food was uninspiring, the vegetables far from fresh, and way overcooked. Not terribly expensive but not worth it anyway.

                1. re: dharma

                  I am the original poster, and we just returned from our trip to FLL where we had two wonderful dinners...at 3030 Ocean and Market 17.

                  Just read dharma's post about Market 17, and it sounds like they ate at a totally different restaurant! We had excellent service...very professional, warm and knowledgeable. A manager (perhaps an owner) came by our table several times to make sure that all was ok...it was way better than ok! We thought that the menu was interesting and all of the food we ordered was creative and delicious. The vegetables were indeed a highlight of the meal, certainly not overcooked. My dining companion often orders vegetarian entrees, and he did so on our visit. He had a lentil stew with "farm fresh" vegetables that he thought was outstanding. I had fish which was equally terrific. Drinks, starters, and desserts were all equally first-rate. The atmosphere is pleasant, but we thought that the music was sort of weird and a bit too loud. We mentioned this to our server, and it was toned down for us. This is an excellent restaurant which we would definitely recommend to CH's.

                  On a second night we ate at 3030 Ocean in the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel. It was also very good although not quite as exceptional as Market 17. The food was very good, but the restaurant feels very "corporate hotelish", i.e. like a Marriott!. The dining room is very large and pretty noisy, and the service, although competent, was not as good as that at Market 17. Would certainly not hesitate to recommend 3030 Ocean, but if you have only one night...Market 17 would definitely get my vote. Thanks to the CH's who recommended these two great spots!

                  -----
                  3030 Ocean
                  Harbor Beach Resort Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

                  1. re: josephnl

                    I completely agree - we went to Market 17 for a Vodka pairing dinner and had a truly wonderful experience. We can't wait to go back, and will soon. We loved the service, food and concept. We need more places in SFL that are not "ordinary" or chain. This place is a breath of fresh air!

                  2. re: dharma

                    We finally got to Market 17 last night and had the 6 course wine paired dinner. We got off to a rocky service start with some waiter confusion over who would be our server, but once that was settled, we embarked on a very leisurely night of dining. The waitstaff is very proud of their food and happily convey any and all information about the menu. The portions were larger than those on a typical tasting menu and thus great value. The only hiccup in our night was after the third course there were timing issues with the kitchen so that there were very long lags between the 3rd and 4th course, and again between the 4th and 5th course. To their credit, the manager appeared on his own to apologize and offer to buy us a drink. The 6 course tasting menu gets you a salad, appetizer, fish course, followed by a game then beef and finally cheese/dessert course. Each was well prepared, presented beautifully, and tasted great. The restaurant has a hip, young vibe and is a welcome addition to the Broward dining scene,

                    1. re: dharma

                      Moved here 5 years ago after 20 years living in New York City and San Francisco (the 2 food snob cities in America) and MARKET 17 is the best restaurant in Fort Lauderdale that I've experienced - ok, along with Casa d'Angelo. This place has excellent service and top notch food in a nice comfortable setting. I have no idea why they planted here in Fort Lauderdale but thank God! Finally.