By Rebecca Cahilly
Have the relatives decided to descend upon you for the holidays? Fret not; these great restaurants can accommodate the whole clan.
15th Street Fisheries
Iconic waterfront dining and fresh seafood are on offer at 15th Street Fisheries. Private and semi-private dining for parties from 10 to 325 is available in seven rooms and areas in the upstairs dining room. All private dining areas feature waterfront views, free WiFi and A/V equipment upon request. The restaurant offers four private dining menus or can customize a menu. The upstairs dining room is open 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5-9 p.m. Sunday.
15th Street Fisheries, 1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-763-2777, gofisheries.com.
Adena Grill & Wine Bar
Premier steakhouse Adena Grill & Wine Bar at The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach offers eight options for large dining parties. In the Wine Bar, which features a 7,000-bottle selection, choose from a 65-seat reception-style room or the smaller 16-seat table by the wine bar. For an intimate gathering, reserve the Private Wine Vault, which seats 24 at dark-wood tables in a rustic Tuscan atmosphere. Two additional private dining rooms seat 44 and are equipped with A/V for presentations, while half of the main dining room can also be rented to accommodate up to 124 guests. Private dining menus are available. Adena Grill is open
5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; and
5:50-11 pm.. Friday and Saturday.
Adena Grill & Wine Bar, The Village at Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, 954-464-2333, adenagrill.com.
Beauty & the Feast Bar | Kitchen
Envision a holiday dinner with an ocean view? Located in the lower level of The Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale’s beach, Beauty & the Feast Bar | Kitchen can be rented in its entirety to accommodate 125 inside. The bar area has a 100-person capacity while the oceanfront terrace seats 75. Semi-private dining options seat up to 20 people. Alternatively, take advantage of the hotel’s facilities, all of which feature A/V equipment and can be catered by Beauty & the Feast. The Ocean Terrace can accommodate 287, the Intracoastal Boardroom for 100, the Beach House for 75 and the Terramar Boardroom for 12. Special “FEAST” dinner packages are available for parties of 12 or more. Beauty & the Feast Bar | Kitchen is open 5-10 p.m. daily for dinner; the Lounge is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.
Beauty & the Feast Bar | Kitchen, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8070, society8.com.
The recently opened Boatyard is quickly becoming Fort Lauderdale’s waterfront hot spot. With its yachting chic décor, expansive outdoor patio and culinary touches like a roving raw-bar cart, Boatyard will delight your guests this holiday and beyond. Boatyard offers private dining for up to 200 as well as 120 feet of dockage for vessels up to 75 feet. Boatyard is open 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday; and noon-midnight Saturday.
Boatyard, 1555 SE 17th St.,
Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-7400,
Brimstone Woodfire Grill
You don’t need to bring the whole family east to enjoy fresh seafood and premium steaks. Brimstone Woodfire Grill at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens offers private rooms seating groups of 12 to 50. Each room is equipped with a projector, microphone and screen for presentations and custom menus upon request. The covered outdoor patio accommodates up to 200 guests. Brimstone Woodfire Grill is open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Brimstone Woodfire Grill, at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens, 14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines, 954-430-2333, brimstonewoodfiregrill.com.
Indulge in fresh seafood with an ocean view at the recently opened Burlock Coast at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Burlock Coast offers private dining in a room that accommodates 30 and can be divided by a glass wall to seat 12 or 20 people. A lounge area can be roped off for receptions up to 50, and the ocean-view terrace can hold up to 100 for a reception. A special holiday menu is available. Dinner is served 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5-11 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday.
Burlock Coast, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale,
at Tideline Ocean Resort
How about a little holiday getaway complete with private dining? The new Tideline Ocean Resort in Palm Beach is a chic boutique hotel that is part of the Kimpton group. The resort offers its Crystal Ballroom for parties of 20 to 65. Menus for breakfast, lunch or dinner
can be customized.
Tideline Ocean Resort, 2842 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561-540-6440, tidelineresort.com.
After some holiday shopping and a stroll down the lighted new palm tree-lined Las Olas Boulevard, relax in Grille 401’s VIP Cocktail Lounge that seats eight. For larger parties, Grille 401 offers a 15-seat private dining room and a 120-seat mezzanine on the second floor overlooking the restaurant. Private dining reservations come with custom menus, cocktail packages and A/V equipment. Grille 401 is open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday for lunch; dinner is served until 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 5-9 p.m. Sunday.
Grille 401, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-767-0222, grille401.com.
Himmarshee Public House
If you have a few Brooklyn hipsters coming to visit, look no further than Himmarshee Public House on Second Street in Fort Lauderdale. Himmarshee Public House provides VIP seating for parties up to 20; alternatively, a 75-seat section of the restaurant can be reserved. Catering is offered as are party trays and drink packages. Himmarshee Public House is open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Wednesday; 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.
Himmarshee Public House, 201 SE Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-5275, publichouseftl.com.
If you’re in the mood to impress, plan your holiday dinner at Kuro at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. This new-style Japanese restaurant embodies culinary innovation and will provide a dining experience your family and friends will remember for years. Kuro offers two private dining rooms. The Sacho Room is highlighted by a glass wine display and seats 22, while Omakase Room features an elevated Chef’s Table and seats 30. Kuro is open 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday.
Kuro, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-7625, seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
The Little Chalet
If you can’t fly to a chalet in the Swiss Alps, where your long-lost Brazilian relatives will greet you warmly at the door for the holidays, head to Boca Raton instead. The recently opened Little Chalet is unlike any other restaurant in South Florida. Owned and operated by a family that has run a Swiss fondue restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, for nearly 40 years, The Little Chalet offers premium steak, seafood and fondue in a charming atmosphere. Intimate alcoves seat smaller parties while the glass-enclosed terrace can be reserved for a larger group. The Little Chalet is open 5:30-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
The Little Chalet, 485 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-325-8000, thelittlechalet.com.
Valentino Cucina Italiana
Dining at Valentino any time of the year is a special experience, but during the holidays it’s even more memorable. Reserve the 20-seat private dining room and create a custom dinner menu, signature tasting menu of the restaurant’s innovative Italian dishes or wine-pairing experience, or work with Valentino’s in-house pastry chef to create a truly exceptional dessert. Floral arrangements and presentation equipment can also be arranged. Valentino is open 6-11 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.
Valentino Cucina Italiana, 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-5767, valentinocucinaitaliana.com.