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101 Ocean LBTS

101 Ocean

101 Commercial Blvd
Lauderdale by the Sea FL, 33308
(954) 776-8101
Overall Rating
2.8
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review
06/14/2012

Details

Hours: M-F 11:30pm-2am, Sat-Sun 8am-2am
Attire: Casual
Parking: Street, Coin Metered
CC: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Prices: Moderate
Outside Dining: Yes
Reservations: Yes
Delivery: No
Happy Hour: 5pm-7pm All Drinks 1/2 Price

Critic's Review

101 Ocean

When 101 first opened, it was a nice little neighborhood bar in the heart of a little beach town; a nice place to grab some wings and watch a game. But as with many mediocre restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, they got the idea that they could fancify their menu, raise their prices and the tourists would still come.

For a bar, it's a pretty nice place. They have a nice waterfall sign and nice bar stools. Lot's of TVs. Decent music. If you're in the area, it's a fine place to grab a beer or a drink.

They've installed "smart" parking meters in this area, so there's no need to load up on quarters anymore.

The problem with 101 Ocean is that it's too expensive for what it is. It's a bar masquerading as a restaurant. They're charging Las Olas prices in low-end Lauderdale by the Sea, which just doesn't pass muster. I've never had anything here that was better than just ok; sliders, wings, a fish chowder special. Most recently I had a bowl of Conch Chowder, which suffered from the same blandness as the fish chowder.

101 Ocean Conch Chowder

Too many potatoes and not enough conch. Not terrible, but not as good as Aruba's either. There's no master chef or white glove service here; this is the same calibre food as Big City Tavern or Cheesecake Factory at similar prices; except those restaurants are on Las Olas Boulevard, where higher rents bring an expectation of higher prices.

101 Ocean is the definition of a tourist trap, because if you knew about other nearby places to go and you have transportation, you'd go somewhere else. The lunch menu is a good example. They don't have one. So with Aruba and Blue Moon doing 2 for 1 lunches with fair prices, why would anyone go to 101 Ocean for lunch unless they just didn't know any better? Am I really going to pay $13 for a greek salad here when I can get a grilled chicken greek salad at Blue Moon in a nicer environment for $7? Am I going to pay $12 for a turkey sandwich here when I can go to Pomperdale's and get an overstuffed pastrami for $9? $29 for a lunch steak? Even the Capital Grille has a lunch menu. They're just not competitive with other, better choices.

101 Ocean is like a one eyed man in the land of the blind; in the center of a town where BurgerFi is a big night out, 101 Ocean is the only place that isn't a dump in the area if you happen to be on foot. The test I use, is that if you took this place and put it on US1 between Sunrise and Oakland with lower prices, would you think about coming here to eat?

I don't think I would.

Review 2/23/10

101 Ocean

A year ago, the place was in disarray. The menu was mundane. The food uninspiring.

101 Ocean has grown up. When you consider its a bar by the beach, its a handsome space with waterfall signs, a tropical fish tank and a nice clean comfortable space. Servers are attentive. A manager is nearby to straighten out the slightest problems.

101 Ocean Interior

101 Ocean is an open air space, with one end of the bar open to the sidewalk. There's a few tables outside. Inside, you can sit at the bar or at one of the tables; TVs with the games on are viewable from any seat.

The menu has grown up as well. They have daily fresh fish specials, a "restaurant" menu, and what they call "101 Pizza" menu, which is your basic bar food. You can get wings, sliders, oysters, panini, pizza, Lasagna or Osso Bucco. They have a bit of everything.

On this day, a fish chowder special is thick with chunks of white fish, shrimp, tomatoes and potatoes. Buffalo wings are plump with the heat baked in; oysters are slippery, served with lemon and cocktail sauce. The black angus sliders are a bit messy; opt instead for a black angus burger at the same price, which is basically the same thing on a more manageable bun.

Parking can be a challenge on the weekend. Bring quarters.

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