ETARU Fort Lauderdale

4.4
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243 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
ETARU, featuring contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine is a neighbourhood restaurant, welcoming local diners with a menu and vibe that embraces its setting. In a stunning multi-functional space, the restaurant will evolve throughout the day and night, buzzing with the warmth and energy emanating from the centrally located Robata Grill. The beating heart of the restaurant, the Robata makes dining at ETARU an immersive, shared experience for guests who will witness the meticulous preparation of each dish, an enjoyable preface to their meal.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location. Had the black cod and it was incredible.

r
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food. Friends from Charleston impressed with menu and ambiance.

B
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and especially enjoyed the early bird drinks and sunset menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, best meal in Fort Lauderdale you will have, this is not a sushi restaurant! So, please don’t rate it like one, they have sushi, but this is not a Japanese restaurant. They have a a robata grill and first class sashimi & extremely good quality meat & fish, it is the sister restaurant of Zuma, world renowned restaurant group based out of London. The salmon sushi grade appetizer was unbelievably fresh, black cod and scallop robata were spot on for flavor and love the tofu and mushroom (all different kind..porcini etc) hot pot, a great side. The wine list was reasonably priced and Cesar the manager was extremely attentive. I rarely give a 5 star, but no doubt this is a must stop on Las Olas.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Food was expensive and mediocre. The acoustics were AWFUL. I could hardly hear my husband sitting across the table and he was practically yelling at me.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent first impression ! A Alina was a lovely waitress and the food was delish !!

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food and service were terrible!! I am sad to say that I will never be going back it was one of the worst meals I can remember, save your time and money and go anywhere else.

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

When they opened buffet was excellent. More options. Now very limited option, quality not as good. The place was empty on a Sunday. They need to step up their game again. However service was good and the dessert fantastic.

JA
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

everything was great except for too noisy and shishito peppers were raw

r
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner for my son
Love Hallandale location as well
Excellent happy hour..favorite Sake

LL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome. We will be back.

D
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The restaurant is great and the food is even better! however the person at the front (hostess) was extremely rude. We had reservations at 8:00 (through Open Table) and when we go there she told us that the only option we had was to sit outside (it was extremely windy and it rained!) - i never knew that it was even an option. She said that if we wanted to eat inside we would have to wait for about an hour. Very disappointed with the service - we had to wait a little over 45 mins to eat inside, and that's because my husband spoke with another individual (perhaps the manager). Food is truly outstanding.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Appetizers were good. Definitely recommend for apps and drinks at the bar. Everyone in our table was disappointed with their entrees. Service was hit and miss, and slow. Not an overall good experience. Doubt we’ll go back again anytime soon.

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Enjoyed the food. Noise level beyond tolerable. Would be great if they made an investment in noise level reduction.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This is one place to avoid. The food took forever to receive and the restaurant was empty. The quality of the food was terrible and the furthest thing from being fresh.
I would not waste your time or money on this less than par establishment.

AL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was our 6th or 7th time there. This time was a horrible experience overall

R
New England
92 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had early dinner outside. It’s right in the heart of Las Olas and the outdoor space is nice. I had heard a number of complaints about it being crazy loud and when we were seated outdoor music was blaring. I was convinced we would not return. I asked them to turn it down and they did. From then on it was much better. Seems someone in management needs to get this figured out. That said once things settled the service was good and timely and the food was quite good. We had dumplings and fried chicken appetizer and the ribeye - which we had them slice up as well as some rice. All were great and I would get all of them again. Drinks were good. I found the prices reasonable for what we ordered. By the end of the meal we both agreed this one is a keeper so we will be back.

FL
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday fun was great on New Years Eve early. They gave us hats to celebrate & the awesome dessert tray was huge & fab w/ a Happy Birthday sign on it. Thank you!

DW
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT PLACE, NICE FOLKS, AWEOME FOOD. WE WOULD GO BACK AGAIN.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance. A little pricey, but worth the experience.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is solid good. Service is slow and our server not too friendly but keep in mind ...he is working on Christmas Day!

HC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! The menu is clear and has a number of surprising combinations. Sushi was best i have had in FL.

DS
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food but a bit overpriced for such small portions. Also the drinks are search in small glasses with high prices. Especially the Blossom drink. They give you This old martini glass that is very small and only fill it halfway definitely would not order drinks there!

GA
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

William the sever was excellent!!

CU
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Beautiful restaurant. We ate outside, which was lovely. Inside was very loud. Food was good, not great, especially for the price. Service was sub par. Everyone was very friendly, but they were having trouble honoring reservations, and the service was quite slow.

D
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, Fort Lauderdale needs more restaurants like this! Great food, amazing service - come for happy hour or dinner!

OT
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and it won’t be our last. It was awesome !!!

T
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We ended up sitting at the bar which was perfect. The environment was great. It was our first time at the restaurant and loved it! Highly recommend! Food was great! They have a tasting menu, but we ended up trying several things on the menu.

Z
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Menu is limited. Service is slow. As nice as the atmosphere is I expected more out of the dining experience. It was not worth the cost.

M
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food. The manager is great...very customer service oriented. It’s great for date night, special occasion...any reason. Try the sea bass!

TF
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is an expensive treat yourself / special occasion / business meal type of restaurant. Portions are small and prices are high relative to those portions. That said, the food & cocktails are fantastic and I’ve never been disappointed by what we’ve ordered at the table. Would recommend going with people who have similar taste so you can order to share - whether you have two people or a large group. Would not recommend if you’re not at least a little adventurous with food because they have a lot of really exquisite, unique dishes that are worth trying.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

This was my first time dinning at Etaru. First impression was the well designed interior but then we sat down for an interesting experience. Employees are poorly trained. I ordered a pinot grigio and the waitress brought me a pinot noir, which did not pair well with my meal, but I decided not to say anything. Then my partner and I ordered two rolls for the table, 1 tuna (for his preference) 1 salmon (for myself), and they brought over two tuna rolls. It did not end there. No one come over to ask how the meal came out or if we needed anything. It took me 10 minutes to get someone’s attention. 10 minutes!!

Food is fresh and delicious but the service doesn’t match the ambiance. I was disappointed.
Server was Lilian V.

xx T

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. The octopus was incredible, as was everything else we ordered. We ordered 5 courses and each was better than the last.

D
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Had higher expectations of this place based on recommendations. First walked in, sounds like a night club at 7:30 pm. Then their seating for two is quite awkward - kinda an after thought on the design. Food was ok, not great for the price. Fatty tuna was not fresh- kinda ruined the evening.

j
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The sushi items were ordinary, not very good. The pork dumplings were tasteless and lacked texture. We had the tasting dinner, and until the robata items arrived, we were unimpressed. The skirt steak and scallops from the robata grill were excellent which kept us from giving this restaurant a much lower rating. The service was friendly and professional.

DM
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lamb chops and Hot pot were to die for. Prawn roll was a bit cold and regular for the price charged. Drinks were underwhelming as well. Waitress was amazing and at tentative. Overall a great time!

f
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoy Eraru everytime we go.
good and interesting food and good service.
the rice with wild mushrooms and Miso Cod are the best dishes.
no complaints -- everything is consistent

L
Miami
188 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is very good and the service is good too. There is something however about the ambience that is a bit cold. We will however return. Thank you

F
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The presentation was exceptional and creative. I’ve never had such a beautifully prepared meal!!!

JR
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, cocktails really good, service was great, not rushed, great night.