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About Sweet Nectar
Sweet Nectar is an American style restaurant located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that specializes in serving small plates of American fare. The restaurant features a casual dining environment with a large patio area perfect for people watching.
Sweet Nectar serves lunch and dinner daily as well as weekend brunch service. Brunch at the restaurant offers such fare as buttermilk pancakes, French toast, egg Benedicts, frittata and more. Lunch and dinner fare at Sweet Nectar offers an assortment of snacks, raw bar selections and oysters, sandwiches and burgers, shared plates, charcoal grilled entrées, desserts, beer, wine and assorted spirits. Entrées served at the restaurant include Angus skirt steak and BBQ pork ribs.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Contemporary American, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Daily Hours: Sunday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
SE 10 Ter
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Sweet Nectar Ratings and Reviews
While the food has always been well prepared and loaded with charcoal grilled flavor,the service still leaves much to be desired, even after 2+ years in business. I get the feeling that the restaurant is not run well, maybe a lack of management and training. A fire has "closed" the dining room, what little there was, so only patio dining. Fortunately heaters work well enough to be comfortable through a meal but 40 to 50 degree temps are cold to us Floridians. Cocktails are inventive but skimpy. Menu standouts abound though. Whole grilled yellowtail snapper delish, no accompanied sides, for $30. Small plates better with yummy grilled eggplant w/miso, grilled whole fresh artichoke, shrimp and calamari dish and pricey fresh and grilled oysters. Curiously six oysters @2.50 apiece for the grilled but half dozen raw is $21. inexplicably .
When we arrived, they told us that they didn't have a reservation in our name. I showed them my email from Opentable, but they mumbled something about their systems being down, and not being able to notify Opentable because it was New Years Eve. We didn't get a table, and had to instead sit at a high-top. Food and service were otherwise good, but unremarkable
Sweet Nectar offers unique small dishes instead of regular meals. We tried several of them, including a wedge salad with chipolte dressing and red peppers, scallops in a red sauce served with crunchy garlic bread, grilled asparagus, and lollipop lamb chops. All were prepared and served perfectly and tasted delicious. There is a large wine and beer list and we got the two for one Happy Hour deal. The wine serving was small and was served in a tumbler rather than a wine glass,, The outside atmosphere was pleasant, and overall we enjoyed our visit.
We've eaten here several times and it's been consistently great. This is a tapas restaurant, so you'll need to order maybe 3 or 4 items per person (unless you get the dinosaur short rib which is huge.) The service has always been friendly and efficient, too. If you want to eat at an indoor, quiet and/or inexpensive restaurant, this is not the place to go. It's largely a young crowd. Most of the seating is outdoors and the music can be sort of loud - which we like. Recommended dishes are the beef sliders; hash browns with horseradish cream; shisito peppers; watercress salad; sweet corn; and, smores. Stay away from the whole artichoke which was the only dish we ever didn't like here (2 out of 3 times; it was undercooked and was clearly boiled before being grilled.)
We sat outside; other than the Mosquitos it was a really nice environment. It's right on the main area of Las Olas Blvd, so the activity makes for great people watching. The food was just OK. We ordered the street corn, potato pancake, scallops, and crab cake sliders. The potato pancake was, by far, the best. Really nice flavor- not too oily. The scallops were so so- pretty bland and just sat in a pan of oil. Crab cakes were good, as well as the avocado spread, but the potato bread buns were super sense and unpleasant to eat. The corn was slathered in seasoning and cheese, but not as flavorful as expected.
Service was good, atmosphere was great, but food was underwhelming.
Easter Brunch/Lunch - food took some time but it was worth it! Great dishes and atmosphere. Bobby was great (bob? Robert?) - I believe he was a bartender but he took good care of us at a table probably due to how busy it was. Made great suggestions and kept our glasses full. Overall great spot that I will visit again!
I made an open table reservation and they give us a table under the sun, I asked to be changed to any of the other available tables and the hosted didn't want to change us because they were reserved, I asked what is the difference between my reservation and the others and she said that ours was an open table reservation
Other than that the food and the service was very good
Open table should do something about this... They are encouraging not to use their app
Two years, two anniversaries, two great meals at SN!
This year, we allowed our server to choose two proteins for us to share. 2-R HR!
Skirt Steak and Short Rib. Perfect.
Roasted veggies and Brussels Sprouts were savory and presented very well.
I want to admit that if it wasn't for my ultimate picture of daily perfection (my wife), the food at Sweet Nectar would have been the best thing I had experienced in the past 4 years since my marriage!
A failed attempt at a tapas style restaurant - want to be bar hag out joint.
Has a difficult time with whether to decide whether their service model should be restaurant versus bar. Shared service personnel between bar and restaurant permits confused and aimless waiter/bar tenders resulting in poor service and no organized means of providing effective service. Service took much too long - food delivery and table maintenance was spotty at best.
Food was great. We had a bunch of snacks and grilled items We hoped they would be tapas, but they seem smaller. So we kept ordering. Everything was great. Delicious. Calamari fries went in a second. The sliders were so good we order a second portion. Mostly because there were 4 of us and only 2 came to a serving. Even the grilled playes seem small. But the food certainly out shined the size. We will go back again.
Sweet Nectar is the perfect place for a "celebrating something-wanna hang out with my peeps-want a little variety-feel like relaxing and have a little fun" night. I got to people watch, have delicious bevss & eat a fantastic array of tapas-style treats that you're not finding at your run-of- the-mill restaurants. Not loud but just busy enough to where you know everyone else is having a good time. We had a 7 PM reservation, got there on time, and were seated immediately. Matt was our primary server and he was funny, non-intrusive and attentive. The food was delicious and timely and the ambience was fabulous. Our party left full, satisfied and already talking about our next visit. 5 stars and a big Thank a You from all of us!
Very good outside bar area surrounded by cafe tables. Nice Happy Hour 7 days a week. Half priced draft beer including craft. We ate inside which was very quiet. Fun to watch what was going on in the open kitchen. The chef was particular to make sure every dish went out looking perfect. Lots of creative small plates. Angus Sliders, Mexican Corn on cobbettes, Sweet and Sour chicken skewers, and Romaine Lettuce Hearts salad were our choices and they were all fantastic. Four plates for the 2 of us was a satisfying dinner. We did ordered the Root-beer Float for dessert but sent it back because the cinnamon ice cream was a bit on the iced side and wasn't impressive at all. Inside furnishings were comfortable and fun for groups of friends.
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