Dal Contadino Trattoria

4.6
260 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to our Home!
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, walking distance from the beach shore, Dal Contadino Trattoria is a celebration of rustic Homestyle Italian cuisine. Great ambiance, handmade pastas, mozzarella, selection of Mediterranean fish and more.. Live Music on Saturdays

Experiences

  • Wine Down Tuesdays

    Multiple dates available

    Every Tuesday we have 50% off bottles of wine under 100$ AND 50% off Martinis. That includes our famous Pear Prosecco, Limoncello Fresco, and Cucumbertini We have white and red wine, as well as Rosè and Sparkling wine.

Offers

  • Why Limit Happy To One Hour

    Multiple dates available

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

    Happy hour is everyday from 4pm to 6pm. We offer plenty of drinks and great food. Food from $6-8 Cocktails for 6$ and wine by the glass for 5$. Happy hour only at the bar and bar tables. First come, first serve. No reservations.
  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Sun - Sat 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 260 people are saying
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vipDenise
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Meal was great. Homemade and very fresh. Good italian charm. Server was not great nor attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was horrible. Our waiter was more interested in doing shots with another table vs serving us. First time at this restaurant. We will not be returning. The Dover sole was rubbery and the lasagna was cold and not edible.

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vipBrian
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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Foodiemom
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time. Excellent waitress and friendly attentive staff. Delicious food.

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vipSineWave
New England
76 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always fabulous! This time the kitchen made a mistake and gave me a different side dish than the server had requested. But the exchange was made very quickly. I know it can be difficult right now for restaurants to resolve staffing issues. But somehow they are keeping it together here most of the time. We will continue to visit this restaurant on a regular basis, and bring all of our out-of-town friends here as well. Even our fussiest New York friends love it here. Please be careful when parking because some spaces have meters and some do not.

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JaneW
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Friendly and casual restaurant restaurant that feels like a family owned business in Italy. The food is delicious and the portions are very generous.

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vipRJB1215
Naples
85 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always delicious. Happy hour prices have gone up $2. $4 apps on the happy hour are now $6 and the $6 apps are now $8. Still very delicious and worth it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The only saving grace for this restaurant was the tiramisu that our wonderful waitress Monica recommended! I ordered the veal ossobuco, took one bite & was done. It was SMOTHERED in a thick red/brown sauce, yet had ZERO flavor. The "saffron risotto" tasted like plain, yellow rice from a box with boiled peas added last minute. Needless to say I won't be returning to this restaurant on my future trips to FL.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old school Italian place. Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Anthony, did a great job!

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vipDisCERNingDiner
St. Louis
74 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We tried this place last night. It was really good. We had a reservation, and were seated as soon as we arrived.
Yvanhov was our waiter and was a highlight as well. We tried the meatball app. The meatballs were moist and tender -very good. My husband got the flounder special and I got the gniocchi. Both were really great. We will be happy to come back and bring friends next time.

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vipCubbyDC
Fort Lauderdale
36 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dal contadino was on my wishlist for a long time. Finally made it east! Services was attentive. The place itself has a unique charm. My husband’s grandmother was from Sicily and he said the furniture and decor of the restaurant reminded him of his grandma’s house. Sauces, pastas and desserts are made in house. Everything was delicious. If I didn’t so far away this would be my Italian to go place! Thanks for a great dining experience.

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vipBebetteY
Fort Lauderdale
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Good value on wine on Tuesday

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vipJamesG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hidden gem.

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vipLouisR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience, food was delicious. Service was fantastic

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vipJessS
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Family out of town

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always delicious! We had such a great experience and definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipCarlM
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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PikeHunter
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful New Years meal….able to get our favorite pasta dinner even though it was not on the menu for this evening
Thanks to efforts of our server Tanya. Everything was great from antipasti to coffee

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. We ate outside and it was lovely. Our waiter was fun and helped us figure out our approach.

This is a place with lots of local regulars, which tells you a lot. Food was spectacular. We attended definitely coming back.

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vipNYCFoodie
Fort Lauderdale
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Lobster pasta was excellent.. big flavor! A little skimpy on the pasta and seafood portions for a $30 plate of spaghetti and lobster tail, plus another $5 surprise up-charge for squid ink pasta, but overall great dish! Biggest problem was service issues. The waiter, Yvenhov was friendly and courteous with a great attitude! But….

I ordered a glass of wine and my mother ordered a margarita on the rocks with salt. Margarita came with no salted rim, and waiter said bartender hadn’t restocked the salt-rimmer yet (dinner was 6:45pm). We sent it back, and a proper salted rim margarita was brought in its place. The waiter brought the wrong pasta dish for my mother to start with but quickly rectified it after realizing he goofed. Mom ordered the Special Pasta-Orecchiette in a ragu sauce…it tasted rather bland and under seasoned with nothing to write home about. We had to add salt and crushed red pepper to wake it up but overall an disappointing dish for $25.

I ordered another glass of super Tuscan, and mom ordered a glass of Chianti with dinner… waiter retuned 10 mins later with my wine but no glass for my mother’s wine. He said they ran out of wine glasses (Wed 7:30om) so he was “just going to leave the wine on the table in the shaker glass until he found a clean wine glass”. I suggested he use my empty glass from previous wine, so he did, and we continued our meal.

My biggest issue was being continuously bumped into the entire night by a female server who was too busy to care that she bumped my back 5 times and the back of my head anther time as she ran behind me each time. She apologized once after hitting me in head but not after hitting my back 5 times! The bill came with the charge of the wrong pasta including our two other entrees. When I pointed it out, the server already knew it was wrong…so why give me an incorrect bill?? Maybe I wouldn’t catch it??? Also charged $16 for Chianti Reserva when I clearly ordered a $10 “Chianti”.

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vipSteveF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Ambience was awful. Next to our table, a television was playing old comedies while a second ran a loop of Italian travel videos. The waiter was surly and kept trying to upswell us the entire meal. The food was good enough but I would not return.

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MarkV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Fresh and perfectly prepared. Exceptional service!

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vipKenneth
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Hands down one of the best for Italian food in Fort Lauderdale !

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mildredv
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The service and food was outstanding !
Value for the food was good. We had the truffle gnocchi and seafood pasta and it was a size serving and excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice family restaurants

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Jimmy
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good and service was excellent!! The Lasagna was very very good!! My partner had flounder with artichoke purée and he loved it! Would definitely go back!!!

RJ
vipRJB1215
Naples
86 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just ok experience, not what we are typically used to.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Fantastic food throughout, although the main courses were a little salty. Would definitely go back

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vipSineWave
New England
76 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner at Dal Contadino. We like to bring all our out of town guests here because they are always happy. A successful meal began with the Super Tuscan red wine and concluded with glasses of limoncello and orange-cello. As usual I ordered the gluten free pasta, this time with the Della Nonna three meat sauce. (It’s not exactly sauce though…more like huge chunks of meat.) My hubby devoured the Osso Bucco. Our guests loved the short ribs special and the pasta with mixed seafood.

Just be careful to park in the free spaces or else pay at the meters.

Consistently exquisite!

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vipDebQRealtor
Fort Lauderdale
51 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since they opened, Dal Contadino is one of our favorite restaurants! The food is fresh, tasty and always on point! The service is always impeccable, making for an dynamic combination for a dining experience! I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best pasta in Fort Lauderdale! And the service and family friendly atmosphere is so welcoming!

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vipJodiF
Fort Lauderdale
57 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first visit but will not be our last. We had a lovely table outside in the breezeway, under the hanging lights. Our party of 4 enjoyed a few appetizers, including the bruschetta & the eggplant parm. The eggplant was especially delicious. The bruschetta was good but a little difficult to eat because it was piled with burrata and a large sun-dried tomato. Perhaps if the tomato was chopped it would have been less messy. Their homemade bread was also fantastic.
For dinner, my husband and I shared the chicken paillard, which was light but a bit plain. The dressing for the arugula could have used more seasoning. But, the light, grilled chicken and arugula was the perfect pairing with our other dish-the homemade pasta with vodka sauce which was divine! The texture of the pasta was perfect and the sauce was rich and indulgent, including pancetta and peas. A whole portion might have been too much but splitting it was just right.
The four of us shared the homemade brownie for dessert which was also delicious & fudgy.
Our server, Monica, was so sweet & attentive. We chose to sit outside because of Omicron, but it looked like the inside diners were enjoying the live music. We wish they had piped that music to the outside so we could enjoy it too, instead of the Christmas music.
We really enjoyed our meal & the evening and would definitely recommend. One tip, there are metered parking spaces facing the restaurant. You have to feed the meters even in the evening, so try to park facing away from the building if you can.

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CharlieT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Could not believe this place has been around as long as it has and I had never been! Although a little crowded and very noisy, the ambience was almost family style with tables talking to each other as well as the wait staff which was professional, engaging and thorough. Guiseppe was amazing! Stuffed squash blossoms and meatballs in marinara appetizers were superb! My Veal Milanese was one of the best I've had and, as one of my all time favorite dishes, I've had many many versions and this could well be the best of the lot. I could not stop dipping bread in my dining companion's linguine alle vongole! Another co-diner's branzino roasted in salt was succulent and flavorful. I will be going back soon for lunch options. But dinner here is a must if you're in the area.

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vipmoish
Philadelphia
172 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service always good can't wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good.

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vipJanie
Fort Lauderdale
57 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vas 73rd birthday celebration and the restaurant was the perfect choice. Started with a signature cocktail. We split the crab cakes, I had the lamb chops, he had the Dover sole and we split the lemon pie. The hostess, server and even Jessipe made us feel special. Sending friends there tonight and we will be back soon

RJ
vipRJB1215
Naples
86 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Outstanding entrees! The best!

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vipMicheler3
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picked this restaurant at random It was phenomenal. I highly recommend it! Each meal was outstanding. The pasta is homemade , unusual and cooked to perfection What a find!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Dal Contadino Trattoria using the Order Online button. Dal Contadino Trattoria also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Dal Contadino Trattoria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 900-2714.

Dal Contadino Trattoria is rated 4.6 stars by 260 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.