It’s a South Florida conundrum: so much ocean, so few restaurants that actually offer oceanfront views.
Luckily for lovers of gin-colored waves, there’s the new Terra Mare, a posh spot with executive chef Johan Svensson, who comes from BLT Steak and BLT Market in Honolulu helming the kitchen.
An oceanfront space on the lobby level of the new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel. The glossy dining room is outfitted in an aquatic palette of driftwood, sea coral, agate and metals that compliment the floor-to-ceiling windows framing ocean views. On nights that are cool but not too windy, head for a table on the oceanside patio and lounge with fire pits and panoramic views of the Atlantic.
You'll come here with
Dates, families and big groups — the menu is made for sharing.
And the cocktails?
The list is worth perusing with cold-pressed juices used in concoctions such as the spicy Jessica Rabbit with tequila, triple sec, carrot, fresh orange juice, lime, cilantro and jalapeño. Or try the Beet It with vodka, beets, pear, apple, egg white and house ginger syrup.
Be prepared to eat
Seafood and chops — the name refers to “land and sea” — so expect everything from raw bar items to massive slabs of beef and whole grilled fish. Prices are on par for a luxury hotel: starters $10-$19 and mains $28-$48.
Start off with a shellfish selection of oysters, chilled lobster and crab cocktail. Or the braised octopus with gremolata and smoked paprika and tuna crudo with fennel-spiced and compressed watermelon. Add some greens with salads that include a roasted beet, heirloom tomato and grilled romaine. Then it’s on to mains such as the chicken tagine with harissa carrots and couscous, presented in a traditional ceramic tagine pot or the tagliatelle with Maryland crab and uni butter.
Super-sized plates, such as the crispy whole bass, kan kan pork chop served with buns and a ginger-scallion sauce, or the 18-ounce bone-in tenderloin with roasted root veggies and spiced coffee jus are carved tableside before being served. Sharing is encouraged.
Get there before sunset. Every seat in the dining room offers ocean views.
A date-friendly waterfront spot worth the drive north to Fort Lauderdale.