Not to be missed in Fort Lauderdale
Candela is a very special find in Fort Lauderdale! Located in a rather drab strip mall, that is the only mediocre aspect of this restaurant. The wait staff is warm and accommodating as is the chef. The menu is varied and exciting with about 5-6 entrees that I am still excited about returning and trying. When I mentioned that the pasta dish with shrimp, calamari, clams and mussels sounded interesting but that I wasn't fond of clams and mussels, the chef/owner volunteered to make the dish with shrimp and calamari only. It was delicious! Fellow diners had the beef, fresh fish and the chicken dishes and all were very pleased with their meals. It was an excellent dining experience that I cannot wait to revisit!
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Once again, the food was delicious!
Once again, the food was delicious! Service is a pleasure and ambiance is quite pleasant.
So happy to have found this place!
3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have gone twice and both
I have gone twice and both times the meal has been exquisite. Wonderful staff and interesting menu. It has quickly become my favorite restaurant in south Florida. Don't let the outside fool you!!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tapas was great. Nice options.
Tapas was great. Nice options. Wonderful favors. We will go back.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Third time-STILL a charm!
We have been for three visits. But this was the first time for just the two of us. Usually a big group. Food was as good as I remember... Flavor, presentation, incredible. Service was very good. It's always a nice touch when you get to speak to the Chef.... And I think owner.
It was a great experience!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always very good quality food....fa
Always very good quality food....family type of place....not fancy...just consistent good food...caring service...chef always comes out to greet us...the seafood lasagne is very good...beet salad excellent...and try their suggested additional items....
Off the beaten path, and in a dreaded strip shopping center...but reasonable, and good food...easy to get a reservation.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
charming restaurant, warm
charming restaurant, warm and welcoming host and chef make this an outstanding choice. Locals love the great food, reasonable prices and warm setting. Reliable and consistent.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We drive cross town to this rest.
Candela is our favorite go-to restaurant. Everything is cooked to order by Armando, the chef. The service is professional and delightful from Jose. We had the app. of Grilled Octopus - very tender. Previous visit, their Burrata cheese with proshuto was wonderful. Both had us licking the plate. Notable mains were the special of scallops with risotto, Morocan chicken & Lasagna. The special Chocolate torte "Tan-Tan" was the best dessert we've had in a long time. The wine selections are good and the Galicia Beer (this is the only place you can get it) is very tasty. Don't be scared off by the location in the dumpy shopping center. This place is the best! Use Open table for your reservation-the place is small and fills up.
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
As always the food was terrfic
As always the food was terrfic and Armando was the floor show-a great place to spend an evening
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at this restaurant, and it was an extremely pleasant experience. The food was excellent, and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The next time we are in Fort Lauderdale, we will definitely return to Candela's.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always dependable & tasty
While this little neighborhood Spanish & Tapas bar is set in a not so scenic strip plaza, as soon as you enter the dining room, you see a sophisticated, clean, well appointed restaurant. Very surprising with nice table linens, wine glasses, etc. A very, very friendly wait staff and even the chef comes out and speaks to you. We've been there 3 times now and never disappointed. They will make modifications and divide plates for you w/o a problem. I especially like the fact it is never crowded, so we seem to get plenty of attention. I'm just worried that they may go out of business since it never seems full. Definitely an up scale place in a down scale location.
9/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Appetizers and Entrees oh my!
Everything was delicious. Second time here - Server was outstanding and had great recommendations. Arugula salad, lamb chops were best I've had in a long time and I've been to a lot of foodie places. Wish they had a more varied desert menu is my only critique. Flan was very tasty even though not my favorite desert.
10/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Candela is certainly a gem in Wilton Manors. I agree with other reviewers, do not be fooled by the exterior and location. This restaurant is the real deal. My husband and I enjoyed the entire experience. We had the octopus appetizer and it was excellent. The wine we ordered was reasonably priced and very good. The owner was very knowledgeable on wine and was very attentive. Our entrees were excellent as well. I had pork with a Roquefort sauce and fig jam. My husband had cerdo asado, prepared very well. Very reasonably priced. Both of us was very satisfied and will certainly be back.
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent saw on local tv
Excellent saw on local tv show and was everything we thought it would be. food is awesome!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely Thursday nite out
In a simple strip shopping center with a small
Bar as you enter. The restarant is welcoming and
Plain. Greeted and seated right away. First course of
Of cod croquettes was wonderful and light- not fishy at all
The fried Yucca strips were crispy and delish with a
Yummy dipping sauce. The main course of porkloin with
Fig confit and Gorgonzola was so light and the two sauces were not overwellming
And melded delishishly.
The snapper over garbanzo curry with argula was exceptional.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hooked on yuca!
We had yuca fries and a shrimp/yuca appetizers which were outstanding! We shared the zarzuela which was also excellent. I had a lovely dry, red wine which the waiter picked out for me and was delicious! It is a minimalistic decor and great for couples or groups. Low lighting, which I like, and low noise though it began to pick up at 8 when we were leaving. We went on a Saturday night and would definitely go again but we are restaurant "hopping" and have a long list of restaurants to try. If you like big portions, you will not get that here. the portions are appropriate, as served in Europe but if you are accostumed to huge portions, go elsewhere.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Eggplant ever
Although the white tablecloths are gone, the food was excellent. The baked eggplant Parmesan appetizer was awesome. This is not an Italian restaurant. The menu is a little limited but the food quality is very good.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
food was great ! Pork tenderloin
food was great ! Pork tenderloin with gorgonzola cheese to die for and the eggplant parm is like nothing you have ever had, sliced thin and delightful not heavy. Sardines (not on menu but they have ) were large and done perfectly. Everyone at the table enjoyed the food. Don't be put off by the mall it is in as the food is worth it. Will be back again.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
New favorite restaurant in FLL
We travel to Fort Lauderdale several times and year and often dine at the same places. However, on our last trip, we decided to try Candela and were thrilled by the quality and authenticity of the cuisine, the professional level of service, and reasonable prices. We will be back, that's for sure!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A rare Gem in Ft Lauderdale !!!
We went to Candela based on the positive reviews.... and didn't regret it. This little gem stuck in a non nondescript strip mall is THE place to go, The food was excellent. Simple and relaxed atmosphere, I had the Paella( The best i had in many years); while my wife had the Ropa Vieja Oh my god!!!! - both delicious dishes. We were so happy and satisfied with the whole experience that we are going back ASAP!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great evening..... Superb
Great evening..... Superb food and good personal service...
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM