Cafe Del Mar

Last Activity: Jul 26th, 2014

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Cafe Del Mar Fort Lauderdale

Location

213 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 767-8233
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Critic's Rating

Rating2.5
Food
Service
Ambiance
Last Review: 05/19/12

Information

Hours7am-2am, kitchen option til 1am
Dress CodeCasual ParkingMetered Lot
CCYes AlcoholFull Bar
Entree PricesExpensive OutdoorYes
ReservationsYes DeliveryNo

Critic's Review

The problem with restaurant reviews is that they can quickly become out of date. I have to apologize for recommending this place for breakfast. This place doesn't come close to resembling the restaurant I reviewed 2 years ago.

From a physical standpoint, Cafe Del Mar has undergone a makeover, so it's a little bit nicer than it was before. But they've also gone Disco, just like Spazio down the street, playing a steady stream of crap by Sean Ryan and Melissa Loretta.

The inside has been opened up and they now have a bar along the south side of the restaurant and more booths in the center of the room.

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The reason to have breakfast at the beach is the view.

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The view is pretty nice, as long as you don't look up at the rusty awning supports.

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I usually like to load up on protein in the morning so the #3 Combo, dubbed 'Meatlovers', was my choice. Unfortunately, they were out of bacon, so that was out. I just went for the 2 eggs with sausage for $6.95. I ordered the eggs over easy and asked for rye toast; of course they don't have rye toast, so I settled for white. Coffee here is served in the dreaded glass mug, but they do give you cream in a nice pitcher rather than the 7/11 type plastic containers. On the negative; no Splenda.

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Coffee never looks good in these glass mugs; it always just seems so weak. It's not very good coffee anyway. It took my server quite a while to bring me coffee; I was sitting at an empty table for a long time.

After 15 minutes or so, they put this in front of me.

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If this isn't the epitome of everything that's wrong with Fort Lauderdale Beach I don't know what is. 1/2 slice of toast. Are you joking with me? A small portion of potatoes, 2 skinny sausages and the mini eggs. This isn't enough food for a child.

Adding insult to injury, my coffee mug sat empty for a while, and my server finally came over and asked if I needed something, Duh. More Coffee please. So he heads off and I see him serving some other tables, and then I saw him look at my table and he remembered that he was supposed to bring be more coffee.

As with Spazio, they tack on a 15% gratuity to the check. So make sure you check it before over-tipping.

While prices seem fair for breakfast on the surface, they don't give you enough food to make it to lunch. They're very pricey for lunch and dinner. At dinner they have live music and a special ambience; but I can think of no reason to come here for lunch. If you're staying nearby I suggest you walk right by this place and go somewhere else.

Review 7/15/2010

This time of year, if you want to enjoy outdoor dining you'd better be doing it early in the morning. There's nothing better than the beach area in the morning after a morning shower, which has a tendency to clear the area. Cafe Del Mar is the "other" Italian cafe on Fort Lauderdale beach and like Spazio, its serves breakfast lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu is more comprehensive, and one thing that I noticed is that they advertise that they use Jumbo eggs, which seemed promising. One of my peeves is when restaurants use miniature eggs.

From a physical standpoint, Cafe Del Mar does everything right. They have nice cultured marble tables, pleasant Italian music playing, a flower on the table, a very clean-looking interior and a view that is perhaps even better than Spazio's.

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The have some nice booths as well.

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I usually like to load up on protein in the morning so the #3 Combo, dubbed 'Meatlovers', was my choice. It comes with a slice of virginia ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast and 2 eggs. I ordered the eggs over easy and they didn't ask what kind of toast I wanted. Coffee here is served in the dreaded glass mug, but they do give you cream in a nice pitcher rather than the 7/11 type plastic containers. On the negative; no Splenda.

When the food arrived my first impression was that it was a lot of protein!

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My second impression what that there was no way that these were Jumbo eggs. A second look at the menu and it seems that they don't specifically say Jumbo eggs with the combos, so I can't say that its falsely advertised. But its pretty sneaky. It's plenty of food regardless. All of the meat is very well done; I mean cooked well not the quality. I like well-done bacon, but the sausages just look like they've been sitting around for hours and hours. The ham is very dry. Good for a protein fix; but not as good as it could be. Butter is too hard to spread without destroying the toast, so I had to wait until it softened a bit.

Service is annoying as it seems to be in all of these Euro-run places. One time my coffee was filled when it was 3/4 full (annoying as it has to be re-creamed and sugared), and another time an empty glass sat for awhile. It took a good 15 minutes for me to cash out, which is way too long when there are only 2 tables occupied in the restaurant. I understand leisure, but I also have a parking meter to contend with.

As with Spazio, they tack on a 15% gratuity to the check. So make sure you check it before over-tipping.

Prices at Cafe Del Mar are reasonable for breakfast, but a bit pricey for lunch and dinner. At dinner they have live music and a special ambience; but I can think of no reason to come here for lunch. If you're staying at the Ritz or W the short walk here is well worth it for breakfast or dinner.

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