Monday, June 13, 2011

H2O Café - Offers more than a good view of Fort Lauderdale Beach

H2O Café
101 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Open daily: 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. (12 a.m. weekends)

By Jane Feehan

As with the other Peter Beck eateries - Aruba Beach Café and Casa Blanca Café  - H2O Café claims a beachside spot with a great view of the Atlantic - here from what’s left of the 1930s art deco Lauderdale Beach Hotel. With a self-described “modern Italian” menu, sophisticated interior bar and dining room and expansive patio, H2O is a cut above the other two restaurants in the Beck collection.

Breakfast (until 11:30 a.m.), lunch and dinner are served daily with the same menu available for the afternoon and evening meals. On my visit, they offered a two-pound lobster for $19; for $5 more it came stuffed with crabmeat - excellent. Warm and cold antipasti from $9 to $13 can stand in as mini meals with choices such as Shrimp Cipria - shrimp sautéed in cognac with cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and mushrooms. Sandwiches, including a Little Havana Cuban sandwich of pork, ham, cheese and pickles, are all served on toasted Cuban bread – a welcome alternative to boring buns.  

View from the patio
A variety of pasta and risotto dishes round out the Italian offerings and join a good selection of steaks and chops, chicken and fresh seafood.  Their full bar, good wines and a great view make H2O a perfect place for a sunset drink or evening out. Good service. Garage parking is available with access to the restaurant – good for those humid, rainy days.

 Tags: Fort Lauderdale Beach dining, Fort Lauderdale waterside dining, Italian dining in Fort Lauderdale

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