Situated inside the charming Riverside Hotel in the heart of Las Olas, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille is a Fort Lauderdale dining and imbibing mainstay serving decadent seafood while keeping true to its coastal fish-house sensibility. Just in time for the holiday season, this Fort Lauderdale gem is debuting its fall makeover, complete with a refined contemporary design and inventive new lunch offerings by Executive Chef Toby Joseph.
With tasty new dishes sure to reel in guests, the lunch menu at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille features a number of delectable items from both land and sea. New shareables include savory conch beignets ($10) with lemon zest and charred shishito remoulade; shishito fries ($8) featuring tempura batter, lava salt, and sambal aioli; grilled oysters ($12) with kale, bacon, cream, and parmesan; falafel ($8) with sweet potato, quinoa, and banana ketchup; and tomato bread ($12) featuring grilled focaccia, prosciutto, and truffle ricotta. If salad is what you crave, try the crab cobb ($17) – spinach, lump crab, bacon, egg, cucumber, blue cheese, avocado, tomato, scallion, and house-made ranch dressing; or the shrimp tempura ($18) – romaine, fried shrimp, parmesan, radish, crispy garlic crusted wontons, and Caesar dressing. Sandwich additions include spiced lamb ($13) – naan, curry, tomato-raisin chutney, arugula, red onion, and cucumber-mint yogurt; and jumbo lump crab BLT ($15) – watercress, heirloom tomato, bacon, Old Bay aioli, and Texas toast.
New Afternoon Entrée selections feature the succulent duck carbonara ($18) with pancetta, peas, orecchiette, and fine herbs; seared scallops ($25) served with cauliflower puree, zucchini, squash, and basil brown butter; street tacos ($5 each) – white corn tortilla, smoky tomatillo salsa, red chili sauce, jicama slaw, and pickled jalapeno with your choice of short rib, blackened chicken, tempura shrimp or catch of the day; salmon poke bowl ($16) served with avocado, quinoa, cucumber, radish, scallion, carrot, and soy-kimchi vinaigrette; and snapper escabeche ($26) served grilled or fried with charred scallion, red onion, fennel, scotch bonnet, dill, and lemon oil.
Wild Sea’s new contemporary design mirrors its progressive menu. The restaurant’s outdoor patio has been redesigned with modern furnishings and dark accented walls that open out onto bustling Las Olas. The main dining room also sports a new chic look; black and white leather furniture and deep blue accents have replaced the light color palette and stained wood that once occupied the space. A large glass wall now overlooks the patio, giving diners who opt to remain indoors the opportunity to dine with a view. Guests can welcome the holiday season by dining on the sleek outdoor patio, in the contemporary main dining room, or reserve the 30-seat private dining room – flanked by international wine labels housed in the walk-in cellar – for an intimate special event.
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille is located at 620 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, inside the Riverside Hotel. Lunch is served daily 11AM – 3PM. Dinner is served from 5PM – 10PM, Sunday – Thursday and 5PM – 11PM on Friday and Saturday. Telephone: (954) 467-2555;
Information provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations