Giovanni Rocchio, Valentino's chef and owner, is the master behind South Florida’s cutting-edge Italian food. I know, authentic Italian cuisine in South Florida! Rocchio brings the best of the Mediterranean here to Fort Lauderdale, reminding us of how beautiful and romantic our own landscape is. Start by sharing a plate of the colorful burrata, move onto to the lovingly made cassoncelli, indulge in the straight-from-the-sea black bass with saffron risotto, and share a bottle of wine from the ever changing selection.
The beautifully plated food is almost enough ambiance, but the chic interior of dimly lit hurricane lamps hung from the ceiling and crisp white upholstered chairs invite you to gather around the table for intimate conversation and a meal you will never forget. The newly, reopened and relocated restaurant is located in the unmarked former Tunnel Tire building just south of Las Olas Boulevard. Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance.
The Call of the Sea at the Sunfish Grill
The Sunfish Grill combines local flavors and seasonal ingredients to create an artful construction of contemporary American cuisine. We suggest you stop in to sip wine from their expansive wine list and enjoy their expert interpretation of tapas. Perhaps, enjoy the the “Pastry Goddess” and owner Erika DiBattista’s delectable desserts at the end of the evening. Try the “Not the Usual” Key Lime Pie, an ode to the flavors of Southern Florida.
At the Pelican Beach Resort, there's no denying the old-fashioned appeal 19th century style tin-roofed turrets and shingle siding. Everything about this resort is decadent from the food, to the dining area, to the spa, to the breathtaking ocean front view. From yellow snapper a la plancha to roasted Cuban pork shank, you will not be disappointed. We implore you to take a long weekend to really get the full Fort Lauderdale experience.
Experience Local Decadence at Market 17
Sibling restaurateurs Kirsta and Aaron Grauberger’s approach to food is fresh, seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. Market 17 is a paragon of the farm-to-table movement with a twist of classic French technique that, needless to say, is perfection. As expected from their modus operandi, the menu changes daily featuring Fort Lauderdale’s seasonal best. In addition to their spectacular food, the spirits and wine are both taken seriously (the wine list includes an outstanding 520 bottles). Start your seasonal meal with a Florida’s Finest cocktail (Key Rum, muddled Florida oranges, lemon, lime, mint, and local honey) and house-made charcuterie. The atmosphere is elegantly simple and the service cordial.
Drinks and Comfort Food Done Right at The Royal Pig
This is the place many downtown Fort Lauderdale patrons have been waiting for. This upscale, yet casual bar, on Las Olas Boulevard can double as a place that you can take a high-powered client for lunch or grab an excellent burger and watch a game. When you enter this pub, you will know immediately, it is not your average bar. Here you will find plush booths, cushioned bar rails, and a beautifully polished wood bar under a brick atrium. The menu understands American’s desire for comfort food, elevates it to excellence, while the list of craft beers are smartly curated.
Fort Lauderdale’s charming, coastal appeal draws in international visitors as well as homeowners looking for luxury real estate
. This city offers are myriad of opulent restaurants, convivial entertainment, stunning beaches, and much more.