Opening its' doors in 1974, the Sea Watch is one of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular restaurants. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, every table has commanding views of the ocean. Walking the lush grounds, you hear the whisper of winds through the profusion of palm trees. Sand dunes dotted with natural sea grass beckon you to explore more of the unspoiled sandy beach below.
Entering through the heavy oak door is reminiscent of an old sailing ship. Dark wooden beams and photos of movie stars dot the dining room walls. A refined and peaceful setting for a dining experience, it is evident that this is part of the charm of the Sea Watch restaurant.
Our server Ashley was quite personable and made appropriate recommendations for our meal. Jim began with a classic Mojito, and I opted for a delicious glass of Pinot Noir. Sipping our drinks, looking out on the expanse of the lush grounds was peaceful and added to the celebratory nature of the evening.
Sea Watch: Sophisticated and Upscale Eatery
The menu at the Sea Watch is a more upscale, sophisticated menu. The Crispy Calamari is served with a choice of two sauces: a Basil Aioli and a Soy Ginger Lime Cilantro. Serving the calamari with these sauces is a refreshing change! The Basil Aioli brings out the delicate flavor of the Calamari, while the Soy Ginger Lime Cilantro packs a flavorful bite.
We chose the Tuna Avocado Tartare as our starter. Fresh caught tuna with cucumber, cilantro, soy sauce, mustard seed, wasabi, seaweed, and slices of fresh avocado and served with crispy focaccia was a sensory delight. The flavors of the tuna, avocado and seasonings exploded in our mouths!
Bouillabaisse was Jim’s choice for the main course. Packed with Lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, fresh fish, clams, mussels, and simmered in a saffron-chicken-Pernod broth, accompanied with a garlic croustade. It was incredible! The delicate broth filled with flavor. The seafood was fresh and created the perfect balance for the saffron broth.
I chose Char-Grilled Swordfish with Roma tomato, balsamic vinegar, basil. The Roma tomato, balsamic vinegar, and basil enhanced the swordfish, creating a dichotomy of robust flavor against the delicate flavor of the swordfish.
Delicious Dessert Choices at Sea Watch
The delectable dessert choices at the Sea Watch made it hard to pass up dessert! Jim chose healthy with the Fruit Cobbler. A balanced combination of fresh peaches, raspberries, and blueberries with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
On the other hand, I chose the Pecan Square with a shortbread crust and topped with the most heavenly pecan filling I have ever put in my mouth! Topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream. All I can say, this one dessert satisfied all my cravings for the next month! It was fantastic!
The portions weren't huge, leaving you overstuffed. Rather they are more like a European size serving size, leaving you feeling satisfied, allowing the option of appetizers and dessert.
Sea Watch Scores…..5 points!
With a moderately high price, but a good price to value, we would choose to come back to the Sea Watch! Sea Watch maintains a lasting place in the Fort Lauderdale food scene. I highly recommend you check it out for a special celebratory evening out!