Sipping a daiquiri by the ocean with a view of gently lapping waves and swaying palm trees — it’s pretty nice to be a tourist in Fort Lauderdale. So we decided to join vacationers at Sea Level, nearly hidden behind the oceanfront Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Perched 15 feet above the sand, overlooking the elegant pool area and a secluded beach, the hotel’s newest dining venue has one of the best locations in the city. Yet we’re betting few locals know it exists.
Most patrons, we’re told, are hotel guests or members of The Club at Harbor Beach, with access to hotel amenities. Yet Sea Level is hardly exclusive. Servers are young and friendly, the atmosphere is casual, and you’ll see families as well as business types stopping in. You may not have to be a tourist to dine at Sea Level, but you can expect to pay tourist prices, like $6.50 for a Red Stripe and nearly $40 for a steak, though for fine dining, the prime choice at the hotel is still 3030 Ocean.
Ambience: The 140-seat restaurant features a sea of tables tucked under shady umbrellas plus an outdoor bar. The dining room, with two large TVs and a wall-size blackboard, is framed in glass so you can enjoy the view in air-conditioned comfort on a sultry day.
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