Cafe Vico- Ocean

4.4
32 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Our dishes are based on traditional Italian food with sometimes a bit of surprise thrown in for good measure. Our Italian pastas and sauces are homemade and every dish is cooked to order. We take pride in our quality and fresh ingredients and homemade staples that have become favorites. Apart from our menu, Chef Vico and his 15 year veteran head chef work together to create our daily specials which are innovative and exceptional dishes . Some have become favorites and are recurring others might just surprise you. If you dine with us often and have favorites from the specials that are not on the menu, we are always happy to prepare them for you.

Offers

  • Daily Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Sat 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Lively daily Happy Hour from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Martinis $10 and wine by the glass $8 . Grab a bar bite of our delicious lamb lollipop for $14 or the baby meatballs for $10. Live Music Wednesday to Sunday starting at 5 :30 pm. Check website for entertainment schedule. * AVAILABLE AT THE BAR ONLY*
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SusanS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friday night 6 pm. Live music and dancing upstairs. A bit loud and difficult to hear and have conversation with table for 6. Great food and drink.

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vipBobby
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good everything

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MelD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had dinner with my husband and daughter last night and it was delicious!

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STeve
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and very good service. The entrees are overpriced.

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Kellon
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. They know what flavors compliments your main course. The presentation of the meal was well done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Burrata is 20 bucks. Save your money. It was prepared and refrigerator and amounted to one slice of tomato with minimum cheese. Bolognese tasted funny. Had to ask for refills. It’s a shame as the ambience is quiet nice but the food wasn’t much. There are better options in the area for Italian food if the food is what you are looking for. If you are looking for drinks and entertainment then this is your place.

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vip4foodies
Fort Lauderdale
44 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this location and were curious to see how it compared with the original location on Federal Hwy. We opted to sit downstairs where we could hear the live music and still be able to talk with each other.
The service was very good. The food was delicious. Ordered Caprese for the appetizer. My husband ordered the Grilled salmon with mushrooms and I ordered the Chicken Marsala. Ordered Chianti with the meal. The portions were substantial.
We shared Tiramisu for dessert. Just yummy!
I am so glad that it was a wonderful experience and since it is within walking distance we will go there often.

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vipLoisS
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent but the service was average. It took a very long time for the entrees to come out and the waiter was not very attentive. The music and food were very good!

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Bernie
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were very happy with the food and service and phenomenal entertainment by It Takes Two but there is not enough room on the dance floor with a big piano sitting there taking valuable space. We were being shoved since so many people were on the dance floor, I think a manager should stop people from dancing with wine glasses on the dance floor. Can't the owner consider putting the piano to the side of the dance floor and leave the dance floor for it's purpose - dancers?

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vipContinent8
Fort Lauderdale
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Music upstairs is far too loud.

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viplinda
Jackson Hole
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at Cafe Vico - had the ossobucco, just terrific....... ate upstairs where there was live music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to their new location and the food was just as good as the original restaurant. We really enjoyed the entertainment. Will go back again!

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vipDebraB
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

we're excited for Marco and the team with this new location.
Still new so it was a bit quiet but the great service and delicious food have carried over from the original location.
the guys had the Tomahawk steak and cleaned them to the bone. i love the pasta with pears and it was amazing.
like the bar upstairs and look forward to it being full soon!
I can see as it gets busier, we'll have to plan on valet parking as not many spots in that plaza.

TM
vipTheMrsG
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience. There seemed to be a mix up in kitchen because our meals took a bit longer than the kids but overall great time.

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Cosmo
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. Meatball appetizer was excellent. Veal and pasta entrees very good. Our waitress was really great as well. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great addition to the neighborhood. Good and service are excellent and they have live music upstairs some evenings. A fun night out!

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Sand
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I think service will become much better once they work some of the bugs out.

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alf5468
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the Ocean Blvd location and our second visit to Cafe Vico. It did not disappoint. The service was great, the food was delicious and the atmosphere comfortable. We could hear the live music from upstairs, but at a comfortable level where it did not disturb our conversation. We'll definitely be back.

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vipSushiLover
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

OK, I was truly disappointed with almost everything: table cloth had wine stains, fork on the floor, and the food was undeniably less tasty than original restaurant Cafe Vico on Sunrise Blvd: either too greasy, luke warm or prepared with less love. And lastly, the piano player was nothing short of a skit from Saturday Night Live. Oh well, we'll stick to the original Cafe Vico on Sunrise going forward.

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Klmc
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We ate downstairs, as upstairs was much too loud for conversation, given the amplified piano playing and singing. Food was reasonably good but not outstanding. Service was considerate and kind. Upstairs has a nice large bar and a dance floor -- and quite a few tables for dining ( for those who don't want to talk!) Drinks upstairs were excellent.
The crowd here was mostly lively seniors.

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vipMatthewR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place with great food and the best service. Marco pays attention to every detail, Jackie makes the best drinks, and Genero, Gerry, and Raphael are the best servers.

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PaulR
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not a good enough dinner with so much else to choose from in the area. Mediocre food, service was uninterested, and mainly empty. It is new, so likely has kinks to work out. Hope they do.

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kathyf
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour with live entertainment & dancing!!! The HH food was fantastic. We had the lamb lollypops (4) and the mini meatballs (4) both were excellent!

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vipBruceM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful menu. Just like the original. Fresh and delicious.

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vipBill
Miami
99 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have always loved going to CafeVico and were excited to try their new location. They kept their high standards although they they did have a limited menu. I wanted their clams casino or artichokes but they were not on the menu yet. I did love my carbanara and chicken parm.

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vipCityGirl
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We went for the live music and really enjoyed the singer and song selections but the music was way too loud. I don’t like to shout to have a conversation with the person next to me. We had great service at the bar from Joan and really enjoyed the lasagna. It was a top notch experience other than the music being too loud.

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steve
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Tables were tight and small
Service was slow and poor
Food was tasty and value amount (portion size) for the money — overall average and not spectacular … nothing special

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James
Fort Lauderdale
33 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived for a 730PM dinner reservation. Made reservation 8 days prior on Open Table. Directed by the owner to ascend the stairs to the upstairs seating area. This was expected since only upstairs required reservations by the previous owner. Has something changed. No info during the open table reservation. Open Table member for 7 years. Upon reaching upstairs we were ignored by multiple servers and there was no host stand. I finally approached a server who was near the kitchen door. He looked around and
There were no visible tables. He finally attempted to seat us at a high top table right next to the bar. In almost desperation we started to take the high top bar table and realized we were seated within 8 inches of the bar stools and touching the people at the bar, as well as in the pathway of people walking back and forth to the dance floor. This was a milestone anniversary for my wife and I. Unacceptable. The Open Table app does not isolate fine dining and entertainment reservation from casual dining downstairs. Big problem. Probably other patrons just show up early without reservations and it is first come first serve. I can’t remember being so humiliated and angry over a dinner reservation. I waited 15 minutes downstairs and was ignored at the downstairs register and was never able to see the owner who had sent us unescorted upstairs.

We resorted to a last minute reservation at Mario’s Catalina. Great food, but not the entertainment experience I planned. Cafe Vico, for us as described was a very disappointing experience. Although we are 5 minutes away and enjoy fine dining and music, we will never go back. When I arrive for a dinner reservation, I expect to be greeted and seated. It is my choice to order well, pay big and tip well. Looks like Cafe Vico caters to walk ins. Not my idea of fine dining. At their prices anyone should expect much much more.

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vipAlanH
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The room is shabby, the service was slow and the food was not prepared well. We will not go back again.

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FoodieFan
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cafe Vico has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. We are so excited that the chef has opened a new location on Ocean Blvd which is much more convenient for us. The food is as outstanding as ever! The service was fine, could use a little finesse, but for having just opened, things ran very smoothly.

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viphillsborobeachfoodie
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was excellent. Service on arrival was good. As tables filled up, service became extremely slow. Table of 6 next to us waited almost 2 hours for entrees. Another table sent food back because it was cold. It appeared to have 1 waiter for 13 tables with a few bussers who were not used to bussing. Also very noisy. It seemed like Everyone was shouting . Not recommended for a quiet relaxed experience. Because of the quality and flavor of the food, we will definitely give it another try perhaps on a week night

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Margie
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We went at 5pm. Thought we would be upstairs with piano but it was closed for renovations. Disappointing! We were seated downstairs with no atmosphere at all until they closed the blinds and lit candles on the tables at 6pm. Told our waiter it was our anniversary. No congrats. No personality. He was just doing his job! I know they recently opened and they need time to get it together. Food was excellent & served piping hot! We will return in a month when things should be better.

FAQs

Cafe Vico- Ocean offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 563-6441.

Cafe Vico- Ocean is rated 4.4 stars by 32 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.