Step out of the kitchen and entertain family and friends in style this season with private dining and personalized service at South Florida restaurants that see to every detail – including the clean-up.
By Rebecca Cahilly
Each of the III Forks restaurants offers sophisticated private dining rooms to meet your holiday party needs. In Palm Beach Gardens, the Captain’s Room, with its padded suede walls and vaulted ceilings, accommodates up to 36 and is equipped for all audio/visual needs. The semi-private Palm Room hosts up to 50 and features a stone fireplace, while the themed Legends of Golf Room accommodates up to 80. III Forks in Hallandale Beach also features a Captain’s Room, Palm Room for up to 70, two additional rooms for up to 50 and a Cocktail and Bar Lounge for 60 guests.
III Forks Hallandale Beach
The Villages at Gulfstream Park
501 Silks Run, Ste. 1130,
III Forks Palm Beach Gardens
4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE
Host a holiday party of 15 or more and receive a $10 bonus gift for you and each of your guests when you dine at Brio Tuscan Grille, Sunday-Thursday through Dec. 23. The chef will work with you to customize a menu of Italian favorites, and the staff can assist you with custom menu cards, audio/visual and floral needs. Brio at The Village at Gulfstream Park features indoor seating for 200 and al fresco dining for up to 120 on two Italian-style terraces. Three private dining areas accommodate groups up to 72. At Brio in Boca Raton, private dining is available for groups from 16-48. Two well-appointed private dining rooms for groups of 14-24 are available at Brio at The Shops at Pembroke Pines.
BRIO at The Village at Gulfstream Park
600 Silks Run, Ste. 1205, Hallandale Beach
BRIO at The Shops at Boca Center
5050 Town Center Circle, Ste. 239,
BRIO at The Shops at Pembroke Pines
14576 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines
Take your guests south of the border for the holidays at Cantina Laredo in Hallandale Beach. The private dining room seats up to 40 and is outfitted with a state-of-the-art audio/visual system. Banquet menus are available, as are customized menus and bar packages. Events can be plated or buffet style. The restaurant’s event planner can arrange extras such as flowers, music, cigars, tequila and tastings. Semi-private rooms are available for larger parties.
501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach
DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE
The new Del Frisco’s Grille in Palm Beach offers a private event space equipped with HD audio/visual and WiFi that seats 32. This room can be divided into smaller spaces to accommodate groups up to 16. The restaurant will customize a menu for your group that is based on the regular dinner menu and also will consider off-menu options.
Del Frisco’s Grille
340 Royal Poinciana Way, Ste. 300,
PB Catch in Palm Beach offers private dining for lunch groups of 75 or cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres for 150. (Buyout options are available for dinner events). Chef Aaron Black will work with parties to create a customized menu focused on innovative, fresh and sustainable seafood. Specialty desserts are available from partner bakery Paneterie.
251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach
PISTACHE FRENCH BISTRO
Spend the holidays dining in the City of Light at Pistache French Bistro in Palm Beach. Private dining is available for lunch or dinner, with capacity for 70 seated and 200 for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Chef Cerney will work with you to create a custom menu that highlights his diverse culinary range and offers everything from traditional French cuisine to innovative dishes. The restaurant also offers a variety of specialty pastries and desserts from renowned patisserie and bakery partners Patrick Leze and Paneterie, as well as the fresh catch from sister restaurant PB Catch.
Pistache French Bistro
101 N. Clematis St., #115, West Palm Beach
RIVA AT FORT LAUDERDALE MARRIOTT HARBOR BEACH RESORT & SPA
The casually upscale Riva at Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott offers a semi-private dining room that seats up to 35 for lunch or dinner events. Mingle before or after on the Oceanview Terrace overlooking the expansive private beach and the ocean beyond.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott
Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Boasting a new executive chef and a new menu emphasizing sophisticated Italian dishes, Sorrisi at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has a number of private dining options for the holidays. The Chef’s Table seats 12 within view of all of the action and allows guests to interact with Chef Jacob Perego while enjoying family-style dishes paired with a fine wine recommended by Master Sommelier Virginia Philip. A private dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows seats parties up to 16, and an outdoor patio accommodates 30. The wine bar is also available for holiday parties and accommodates 35 seated or 100 as a cocktail party.
Sorrisi at the Seminole Casino
5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
This consistently rated upscale steakhouse offers three private dining options at each of its locations. In Fort Lauderdale, the Wine Room is equipped with audio/video technology and seats 42. The Sunrise Room hosts up to 16, and the Board Room accommodates 12. In Palm Beach Gardens, the Legacy Room, equipped with audio/visual, seats 30, the Wine Room hosts 20 and the Board Room accommodates 12. In Boca Raton, the Wine Room accommodates 36, the Addison Mizner Room 22 and the Board Room 12. Each restaurant offers personalized event planners to assist with every detail. Customized menus are available.
The Capital Grille
2430 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
6000 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton
11365 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens
Escape to a heaven of fresh steaks, seafood and crab at Truluck’s in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. Fort Lauderdale offers a private room with seating for 40 while Boca Raton offers private dining for 64. Both restaurants are available to be rented out in their entirety as well. A private party coordinator will work with you to customize a menu for the event as well as floral and audio/visual needs.
Truluck’s Fort Lauderdale
2584A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Truluck’s Boca Raton
351 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
561-391-0755 (private party number)
VALENTINO CUCINA ITALIANA
Enjoy the most sophisticated Italian dishes in an inspired atmosphere at Valentino in Fort Lauderdale. A private dining room provides an intimate venue for 20 guests. Valentino offers private parties, customized menus, signature tasting menus with Chef de Cuisine Luke Bergman, wine pairings with Sommelier Stephan Cole, a full-service pastry chef, floral arrangements and audio/visual.
Valentino Cucina Italiana
620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale