Drink, eat and repeat: There are plenty of places to choose from.
Auberge Beach Residences & Spa
We’re never surprised when an enticing dining venue chooses to open inside one of South Florida’s glamorous hotels, but at least one eyebrow went north when we heard last fall that Dune was going to be located inside the Auberge Beach Residences in Fort Lauderdale. With a glorious interiors designed by New-York firm Meyer Davis, a seafood-centric menu and an impressive wine list of more than 600 selections that leans toward California vintages, Dune exceeded expectations—and continues to four months after making its debut. Casual yet, upscale, beautiful yet comfortable, the oceanfront dining room and attached alfresco seating area awash in white lights are inviting and equally ideal for a date night or a meet-up with friends. Starters go from bright, such as the Hamachi Tiradito with wakame, fresno chili, melon and yuzukoshō, to savory as with the Octopus a la Plancha, crisp outside and tender inside, made with sofrito, patatas bravas and green onion. Seafood and meats cooked in a Josper oven are charred outside, tender inside, with a Whole Roasted Branzino with charred lemon and hearts of palms being one of the star entrees, and for carnivores, a Rack of Lamb perfectly cooked to order with sumac, charred cucumber, tzatziki and warm olives. Even sides, particularly the Olive Oil Crushed Potatoes, are worth noting. And save room for the Tres Leches with Guava Ice Cream—you can stroll the beach out back to work off the calories.