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Café Seville


Name: Ann Marie McCarthy
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Appraiser
Lives in: Ft. Lauderdale
Restaurant Pick: Café Seville
Reviewed Café Seville: 09/08/11

Café Seville is located in a shopping center at East Oakland Park and Bayview Drive in the Coral Ridge area. Parking is abundant and very easy. The atmosphere and food at Café Seville is outstanding. We had shrimp in garlic sauce, a menu staple. It smells almost as good as it tastes, and the sauce is great on the crusty bread served. Our entrees were lamb shank, hog snapper Provencal and soft-shelled crab in a lemon butter sauce. All were excellent, and the Chilean wines, one white, one red, were outstanding as well, and not expensive. We had our waiter recommend dessert, and he unhesitatingly recommended the tres leches cake. It did not disappoint, and it was enough for three to share. Some fabulous coffee and an update on the upcoming NFL season with Joey, the owner, finished up a very enjoyable evening.

Name: Yen Allen
Occupation: Sales Rep.
Lives in: Miami Beach
Restaurant Pick: Lorna’s Caribbean & American Restaurant
Reviewed Café Seville: 08/27/11 at 7:20 p.m.

I am not familiar with the area since I live in South Beach, and it was pretty easy to find with plenty of parking. At first, it was weird that the host just said that they were all booked, even though there were some empty tables, but he said that the RSVPs were for 7:30pm. I had to ask to be put on the waiting list, and he said he would tell me if there is any cancellation, and the wait could be longer than an hour. Well, sitting outside was horrible, just a plain table with nothing. It was hot, and I was getting bitten by mosquitoes. Finally by 8pm, I asked the server if they have a table since I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes, so he sat us inside at a small table for two immediately. (I wonder if they had a cancellation and just didn’t get a chance to tell me.) The service was excellent. The ambience is nice, with a mature crowd, and it was full. The place is small and quaint, yet the Spanish décor is very nice and warm. I really enjoyed the guitarist playing classic Spanish music. I have been to Barcelona, so I know good Spanish food. The food here is good, but of course not as good as the food in Spain. I love the hot fresh bread, and the appetizer with the scallops and mushrooms was very tasty. The paella takes about 20 minutes. They did present the entree first, and then they put it in separate plates for each person, which is a nice touch. The paella was good and all the meat cooked evenly with a lot of meat and seafood, from mussels, clams, calamari, fish, chicken and scallops. I asked for hot sauce and they brought me Cholula, which is a Mexican hot sauce, so I was disappointed that they didn’t have a Spanish hot sauce. We were very full after only eating half of our portion and took the rest to go. We did not get dessert, for we were drinking our sangria which is good. I have had better though. I think it’s a nice neighborhood spot for the locals who live in that area that want some Spanish food. I would recommend it to the people that live around there.

Name: Claudio Pastor
Occupation: Executive Director
Lives in: Miami
Restaurant Pick: Hy Vong
Reviewed Café Seville: 08/06/11 at 8:00 p.m.

The parking was very convenient. The hostess was very welcoming and so was Joe, the owner. The restaurant was full on a weeknight and most everyone seemed to know the owners. Clearly what the restaurant may lack in the sophistication of its food, ambience or menu, is made up for by very good service and very caring owners. It was a pleasant evening, but I wouldn’t necessarily feel the need to return.

Restaurant Information

Location: 2768 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Parking: Front of restaurant 
Phone: (954) 565-1148
Restaurant Owners: Joseph Esposito and Sally
Executive Chef: José Israel Fuentes 
Pastry Chef: N/A

Type of Cuisine: Spanish
Signature Dishes Paella
Vegetarian Options: yes
Alcohol Served: beer and wine
Corkage Fee: $25
Bottle Limit: N/A

Restaurant Hours: 
Monday – 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday – 11:30 am – 1:45 pm 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday – 11:30 am – 1:45 pm 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
Thursday – 11:30 am – 1:45 pm 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday – 11:30 am – 1:45 pm 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday – closed

Meals Served: lunch and diner
Prix Fix Menu: no
Take-Out: yes
Delivery: no
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $36.50
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $12.95 
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? 
Accept Reservations: yes
Need Reservations: weekends
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: 2 – 3 days

Accommodations for Children: yes
Dining Style: formal 
Disabled Access: seats 
Restaurant Size: yes
Accommodate Groups: yes
Private Dining Room: no
Tables with Scenic Views: no
Outdoor Dining: a few tables
Entertainment: Friday and Saturday flamenco guitar