A new dining concept is coming to The Atlantic Hotel & Spa: Coastal, featuring Italian-inspired Mediterranean coastal cuisine, along with beautiful oceanfront views. Led by Executive Chef Rocco Honig, the relaxed yet stylish dining venue serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Situated on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Coastal is slated to debut Nov. 29. The restaurant will continue to serve the Atlantic Grill menu up until that time.
Coastal, evoking a contemporary coastal feel with airy, modern pastel colors and wood grain table tops, seats 84 guests indoors, and 56 guests outdoors on the restaurant's elegant terrace. A lively bar seats 12 guests, with front row seats to a fine selection of wine and spirits. An additional 20 seats are available in the bar area.
The menu features a robust selection of artfully prepared dishes. Not-to-miss menu highlights include the Grilled Octopus appetizer, with fingerling potatoes and greens beans ($16); the Lobster Milanese entrée with arugula, parmesan cheese, tomato and shaved onion ($38); and a made-from-scratch tiramisu for dessert ($10).
Additional menu highlights certain to entice the senses are appetizers such as Amalfi Shrimp, salads including Mediterranean Salad, piadina (Italian flatbread) including the Clams a la Vongole, and entrées such as the Seafood Cioppino. Desserts include housemade gelato and cannolis.
The Coastal Sharing menu, served family-style for tables of six or more, is a delightful option for larger gatherings. The menu includes Home Style Meatballs, platters of Italian meats and cheeses, Caesar Salad, Chicken Milanese, Rigatoni Bolognese, Sautéed Yellow Tail Snapper, desserts including cannolis, miniature tiramisu and assorted Italian cookies and more. It is priced at $80 per person.
The wine, beer and cocktail menu provides a wide range of choices for the most discerning tastes. Cocktails range from traditional favorites to new twists on the classics. The Amaro-rita is an Italian-style Margarita made with Corzo Silver Tequila, Averna Amaro Siciliano and sour. Martini lovers can try the Sapphire Limoncello Martini, made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Villa Massa Limoncello, and a lemon twist – perfection! A comprehensive wine list offers selections that pair beautifully with Coastal's unique and flavorful menu.
Additionally, Coastal offers its signature Rosé Menu with its signature Frosé, a semi-frozen mixture of Oregon's Elouan Rosé, simple syrup, fresh lime juice and ice ($10 per glass). Other options include French varieties such as the Fleur De Mer, St. Tropez ($10 per glass and $36 per bottle); the Italian Frescobaldi, Alie, Ammiraglia ($11 per glass, $39 per bottle); the domestic Malene, California ($10 per glass, $36 per bottle); and the French Sparkling Coeur Clementine, Provence ($10 per glass, $36 per bottle).
Ideal for larger get-togethers, Coastal's semi-private dining room offers seating for up to 22 guests.
"When creating this new restaurant concept for The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, I knew it I wanted it to have an approachable feel," said Chef Rocco, who has worked and thrived in virtually every facet of the South Florida culinary arts industry for 20 years. "A beach-chic restaurant for locals and visitors alike, Coastal merges the best of Italian-inspired Mediterranean coastal cuisine, a relaxing atmosphere, and extraordinary service."
Chef Rocco, who graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a culinary arts degree, previously worked at best-in-class brands such as Café Martorano in Fort Lauderdale, Anthony's Runway 84 in Fort Lauderdale, and Vic & Angelo's in Delray Beach.
Coastal is located at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, at 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. The restaurant is open for breakfast daily from 7–11:30 a.m. (except Sunday, when breakfast is served 7–10:30 a.m.) Lunch is offered from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (no lunch on Sunday); and dinner is served 5–10 p.m. (except Friday and Saturday, when it is offered 5–11 p.m.) Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, visit www.eatcoastal.com. For reservations, please call (954) 567-8070.