October is National Seafood Month and who doesn’t love all kinds of seafood??? Don’t you worry. We have you covered with all the places you need to visit and celebrate National Seafood Month.
Raw Bar & Seafood Cocktails – STEAK 954 (W Fort Lauderdale)
Guests can enjoy an extensive raw bar and locally caught seafood at Stephen Starr’s award-winning Steak 954, located at the ultra-chic W Fort Lauderdale. From signature menu items like Lobster & Crab Coconut Ceviche to Local Snapper Tiradito, Steak 954 combines exotic ingredients and time-honored techniques with Fort Lauderdale flair. Make sure to choose a seat next to the restaurant’s centerpiece — a 15-foot long reef aquarium home to mesmerizing jellyfish — a rare and spectacular sight or outdoors on the lush terrace for sweeping views of the Atlantic.
Amarillo Ceviche – Las Olas Ceviche Bar (Playa Largo Resort & Spa)
Inspired by Florida’s early Spanish explorers, Las Olas Ceviche Bar is a lively Peruvian restaurant at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, the newly opened Autograph Collection Hotel in Key Largo. As the island’s first true ceviche bar, Las Olas’ Amarillo blend features local line-caught flounder, aji amarillo pepper, cilantro and red onion, all cured in tropical citrus juices derived from nearby Homestead-grown fruits. And when the sun goes down, the party turns up as the resort’s late-night hangout spot where guests can enjoy house-crafted cocktails including the Lychee Sakerinha, a Coconut Batida or a signature SUN-Gria.
Seafood Bucatini – Sinclair’s Ocean Grill (Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa)
At Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, a delicious plate of fresh seafood is best enjoyed while watching the waves roll in on a sprawling stretch of Atlantic coastline dotted with natural dunes. The resort’s restaurant, Sinclair’s Ocean Grill, serves a decadent Seafood Bucatini made with fresh diver sea scallops, black tiger shrimp, icy blue mussels and baby arugula, shallots and saffron fume. The savory dish is full of flavor yet surprisingly light and fresh…and pairs best with views of the glittering turquoise ocean.
Lionfish – Caretta on the Gulf (Sandpearl Resort)
At Sandpearl Resort’s AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Caretta on the Gulf, seafood lovers can take their pick of fresh Florida catch in many forms, from the creative (and extensive) sushi bar to popular snapper and grouper entrees. One of the latest additions to the menu is a lionfish dish, introduced in partnership with REEF.org to help eradicate the invasion of lionfish in Florida waters, as the predatorial fish is posing a major threat to fisheries, marine habitats, and ecosystems for local, native marine life. The lionfish entree is served with razor clams, Nduja Americana, zucchini, heirloom tomato, and roasted fennel.
Hogfish – Sea-Guini (Opal Sands Resort)
At this new coastal hotel in Clearwater Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, a restaurant aptly named Sea-Guini is known for its delicious fresh-caught seafood and handmade pasta. While there are tons of sea-to-table culinary options, one of the most popular ultra-local dishes is the pan-seared hogfish, served with roasted Florida corn broth, sweet Gulf shrimp, smokehouse bacon and potato hash, and roasted fresh cauliflower.
Tavern & Whiskey Bar (The Resort at Longboat Key Club)
Dedicated to creating an authentic farm-to-table dining experience, The Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Tavern & Whiskey Bar offers seasonal menus using fresh, locally grown produce and dairy products, Florida-raised meats, and seafood straight from the Gulf. Highlights of Tavern Whiskey & Bar’s fall menu includes cold water Char-Grilled Blue Point Oysters with a whiskey-brown butter glaze, Sunflower Seed Crusted Black Grouper, served with a cauliflower-heard gratin drizzled with orange beurre blanc, and the Colossal Shrimp, Gulf-caught shrimp in angel hair pasta with Caribbean cream, grilled pineapple, heirloom tomato and bell peppers.
Lido Beach Grille (Lido Beach Resort)
Situated in an intimate, yet casual setting, Lido Beach Grille — famous for their Sunday brunch — offers panoramic views of the Gulf and Sarasota’s skyline with its floor-to-ceiling windows. If the views don’t take your breath away, the menu will. Executive Chef Carl Murphy takes pride in serving guests the freshest seafood with a modern, American twist. Lido Beach Grille’s dinner menu offers takes on seafood favorites including a Macadamia Nut Grouper with roasted plantain, grilled mango and mashed potatoes, and Grilled Mangrove Snapper, served with a lobster crab cake, citrus jus, and tropical salsa.
Fresh Alaskan King Crab (Red, the Steakhouse)
Executive Chef Peter Vauthy of Red Steakhouse takes a phone-to-table approach to score the best ingredients from around the world. He also values farm-to-table ingredients, but in the case of Alaskan King Crab…. it is all about his connections with the fisherman on the boats in Alaska who ring Peter first after catching the first batch of the famed (huge) Crabs. Then they overnight ship the Crabs to Peter so he can plate it for you fresh — never frozen. The King Crab season has officially commenced and Peter is serving various menu items from the 10lb Whole Alaskan King Crab dish to a King Crab Cake… or King Crab Fried Rice… or King Crab Mac ’n Cheese. Or just tell him how you want it served and he’ll accommodate your wishes. Make sure to get it while you can though, as the King Crab season could only last for two or so weeks!
Salmon Sliders (Stanton South Beach)
One of the only resorts along Ocean Drive with direct beach access, the Stanton South Beach is in close proximity to tons of fresh, tasty seafood. The hotel’s Deco Blue Restaurant & Lounge offers unobstructed beach views and attracts the hip epicurean with great American and fresh seafood menu items. The crowd favorite dish is arguably the Salmon Sliders perfected with Grilled Salmon, Arugula, Red Onion Pickles and Herb Tartar on Mini Buns. Plus, a crisp white Pinot Grigio pairs perfectly with this dish.