ETARU Fort Lauderdale

4.4
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216 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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4.4
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CU
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

T
Miami
4 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
13 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.

TF
Miami
41 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
10 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
22 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
7 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
186 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
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JR
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular service

CD
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was wonderful and the atmosphere was energetic. The sushi was fresh and the cocktails although small were delish.

FL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Etaru is a beautiful space with excellent food. The happy hour deals are great. The bar can get very lively, but the dining room remains calm and relaxing. As for the service...Caesar took such great care of us! He is knowledgeable and truly understands customer service.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal and service!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Etaru was amazing! We’ve been wanting to try it for a while and it did not disappoint. The Kampachi sashimi (signature dish) was the best! We’ll definitely be back

j
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside ... too noisey inside. Had the CRAVE menu and it was fabulous. An outstanding value!

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food was great, however, the noise level was so terrible That we had to eT outside on a rainy evening. The hostess never heard my name, because she obviously never checked me in. I had called to tell the hostess that we would be an hour late. She had marked me as a no-show and when I got there, I realized that she could not of heard one word either on the phone or when we arrived. The music which was very dissed tasteful and the noise level of the people was impossible to tolerate. The food is excellent, but unless they change the Music and the volume, I can’t imagine going back.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is great and service. The place is very loud.
Overall is a good place.

NM
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Overpriced, very limited menu, very small portions

AC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

f
Philadelphia
147 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was good and served hot . would have given this a five star review other then where we were sat was not far from outside door which they keep open and made us very warm even with the a/c on. Keep in mind if you want to sit inside.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service all the way to the manager. Food was delicious!

MG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch ever! Super service, fresh seafood, WoW

D
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and the guava cheesecake is amazing. Service was great and the manager came be to ensure everything was as expected.

B
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Noise level extremely high! Tables for two were VERY close to each other. We opted to sit at sushi bar which was not as nice as a table but at least we were able to converse privately.

SD
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, but overpriced despite its quality. Service was very average. Atmosphere, pleasant but casual.

NM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was poor, the branch buffet empty.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The service was awful

RG
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

This place has been very expensive since day one which we had no problem with. It was one of our most favorite restaurants it has gone seriously downhill. We were so disappointed the last couple of times we went to the menu has changed it is plain and horrible and completely overpriced. Clearly they lost all of their cooking talent and people who buy the food because the quality has completely degraded and this place won’t be here very long unless they get back to their original month when I first open and that quality and level of food service and choices. This place used to be packed it is now empty because everyone is Setting the same thing

G
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Worst restaurant ever!!!, service is horrendous, our waitress spend the time talking to another table and just came to try to sell, she did not have any idea about the menu, the prices are extremely expensive compare to the quality of the food, portions are extremely small.
A restaurant with those prices can’t have waiters who don’t know the menu.

My impression is They won’t survive, unless they hire a very discipline management who take control of all those kids running the restaurant.
Won’t come back!

C
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had mother’s day brunch, services was very good and food was great as usual.

B
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not what it use to be. Food quality is more like strip mall sushi.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The service was good but food portions were small but pricey. The acoustics were bad- it was difficult to hear one another.

R
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere, great cocktails. The bartender is super!!

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Although most of the food was good, it was way overpriced for portion sizes. Salad with avacado dressing, miso cod, and sashimi was tasty, but fried chicken bites was mostly batter. If you have money to burn and you want to impress a date, this is a good spot to do it. If you want good sushi/sashimi and don’t want to spend your whole paycheck, go elsewhere. This is def a $$$ not $$ as advertised on OT. Also, watch the bill - we were charged twice for an order and server took the extra charge off the bill, but with no apology. Service was sketchy also.