Dining — 04 November 2016
Eat & Fun: Restaurants that also entertain

By Rebecca Cahilly-Taranto

City & Shore Magazine

When the evening calls for a bit of entertainment to accompany the meal, South Florida offers its share of fun – even quirky – spots that will ensure a memorable night out.

Improv

Spend the night laughing out loud at the Improv, where rising comedians and superstars alike entertain weekly. VIP seating and bottle service available with prior reservations. Fort Lauderdale Improv, Seminole Paradise, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-981-5653, improvftl.com

Kuro Japanese Restaurant 

There are many great dining options at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to accompany an entertaining night of gaming, but Kuro offers a dining experience that is entertainment in and of itself. Let your knowledgeable server guide you into uncharted territory with Kuro’s innovative, fresh and often exotic dishes, cocktails and desserts. A favorite: Japanese Wagyu Beef, which comes to your table with a sizzling-hot stone ishiyaki grille. Your tastebuds will undoubtedly be entertained. Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-7625, seminolehardrockhollywood.com

Lips

You can cross one off the Bucket List when you make dinner reservations at Lips, the “ultimate in drag dining.” Seating tables of two to 250, Lips serves dinner amidst a Vegas-style show, where the costumes, disco lighting and sound system will leave you in awe. Lips, 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, 954-567-0987, fladragshow.com

Mai-Kai Restaurant

Mai-Kai’s nightly Polynesian Islander Revue is one of the longest running Polynesian dance shows in the United States. Its Tahitian-born owner and choreographer, Mireille Thornton, was one of the restaurant’s original dancers in 1961. She travels frequently to the South Pacific to bring the rich and colorful celebrations of Polynesian heritage to life on the Mai-Kai stages. The menu is Asian-themed and the cocktails – over 50 to choose from – are as powerful as the saronged, flame-wielding men on stage. Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show, 3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-3272, maikai.com

Market 17

Farm-fresh is the focus of Market 17’s menu, but this six-year-old hot spot tucked beside the 17th Street Causeway bridge in Fort Lauderdale is most known for its Dining in the Dark dinners. After discussing food allergies and preferences with your server, you’ll be ushered into the private – and dark – dining room where four of your senses will replace your sense of sight and lead you through a four- or eight-course meal complete with wine pairings, if desired. Dining in the Dark is limited to two seatings nightly, so book in advance. Market 17, 1850 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-835-5507, Market17.net

Marti’s New River Bistro

Marti’s at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers a three-course prix fixe dinner menu that begins 2.5 hours to curtain. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating overlooking Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway before taking your seats for the show. Weekend brunch is offered for matinee performances. Marti’s New River Bistro, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222, browardcenter.org

Pavilion Grille

Dinner and dancing, anyone? Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton offers everything from ballroom to country line dancing to Motown funk and Doo Wop from an ever-changing array of live bands. Happy Hour is between 5 and 7 p.m. and dinner service begins at 6 p.m. followed by dancing on the 2,000-square-foot dance floor amidst tropical fountains and palm trees. Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561-912-0000, paviliongrille.com

Q-Bar Burgers & Blues

Live jazz, live blues and craft beers on tap set the tone at Q-Bar Burgers & Blues, which offers gourmet burgers and gastropub fare in a dog-friendly, New Orleans-inspired environment. Sit at the bar within feet of the performers or grab an al fresco table outside where the kids can frolic on the lawn as the blues play on. Q-Bar Burgers & Blues, N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-2299, qbarfl.com

Silverspot Cinema 

This eleven-screen theater located at the Promenade at Coconut Creek is quickly garnering rave reviews for its upscale restaurant and bar and exceptional customer service. Silverspot Cinema not only plays the latest mainstream Hollywood offerings but regularly showcases independent films and award-winning foreign films, and offers exclusive high-definition screenings of operas, ballets, concerts and theaters. Silverspot Cinema, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-840-8150, silverspot.net

Tanzy

Sip on a basil-infused raspberry gin fizz created by an award-winning master mixologist while dining amidst petrified bonsai and intertwining Malaysian trees at Tanzy. Located on the lower level of the iPic theater in Boca Raton, Tanzy’s artisanal Italian menu is complemented by celebrated dessert offerings and creative cocktails. (Besides the Champagne Crush featured on pg. XX, other cocktails whisked to -196 C degrees with liquid nitrogen include a Chocolate Paradise and Melon Spritz). Enjoy dinner before or after your movie experience that awaits at the top of the escalators, or have your dinner with the movie from Tanzy’s modified iPic In-Cinema menu. Tanzy Restaurant, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-922-6699, tanzyrestaurant.com

Tatiana Restaurant and Night Club

Experience the drama, acrobatics and magnificent costumes of the Russian theater at Tatiana in Hallandale Beach. Dine in opulent splendor in the 10,500-square-foot restaurant while being entertained by dancers, light shows and trapeze artists.

Tatiana Restaurant and Night Club, 1710 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-1222, fltatianarestaurant.com

Ten Palms

Don your ascot or floppy hat and take a table at Ten Palms at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach where you can brunch and wager from your seat at the same time. Tables overlook the racing action and outdoor seating is available. Ten Palms, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-455-6760, gulfstreampark.com

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