Name: Ron Friedman
Lives In: Plantation, FL
Restaurant Pick: lll Forks
Reviewed: lll Forks on 12/1/12 at 9 pm
III Forks is an upscale but not pretentious steak and seafood restaurant. It offers great service, excellent food, contemporary atmosphere and focuses on making sure you have a good experience. Having the chef as the owner only adds to that; he appears to be actively involved and available throughout the evening.
Outstanding service; owner/chef came to table to assist my wife with the GF/vegetarian requirements; Maitre D stopped by when we were seated and during our meal to make sure all was well.
Name: Jennifer Dertouzos
Occupation: Newlywed and Permanent Honeymooner
Lives In: Miami, FL
Restaurant Pick: Lido Restaurant and Bayside Grill
Reviewed: III Forks on 11/14/12 at 7:00 pm
We left Miami at 5:45pm and arrived in Palm Beach Gardens at about 7:00pm. It was difficult to see the restaurant from the road as the sign is not well lit and it was further obscured by a few small trees. When we drove into the parking lot, I was slightly under whelmed as I was accustomed to the III Forks in Dallas. We easily got a parking spot, it was Wednesday night. Once we walked in, my “blah”, turned into “hmmm, this is pretty nice.” The décor is contemporary and the hostess immediately made us feel welcome. She was cheerful and friendly. She asked for our name, I told her we didn’t have reservations, and she said it was perfectly ok. We walked past the bar and into the dining area. She sat us next to the fire, which I considered the best seat in the house, and switched my white napkin for a black napkin (because I was wearing dark pants) in the blink of an eye. I was pleased. The last time I experienced this sort of attention to detail was when I was Montage in Park City earlier this year. We took our seats and were immediately greeted by an upbeat and professional server named Jeremy. He answered all of our questions, offered us drinks, and brought out some complimentary bread. To my surprise, whoever set the table and removed the unnecessary place settings accidentally took away my bread plate, and left the bread plate which was on my right (instead of my left). I am a self-diagnosed stickler for minor details and this was just a hiccup in an otherwise great dining experience. The bread was freshly baked with a crunchy crust, but the interior wasn’t as soft or doughy as I expected. Still, it was tasty. We looked at the menu and appreciated the simplicity. There weren’t any lengthy paragraphs describing the pedigree of the beef or the provenance of the lettuce. Rack of lamb was simply “Rack of Lamb”. Sometimes I like to know more about my food, but in this case, our server was available to provide us with all the information we needed and the stark print was a welcome break from the encyclopedic menus that have gained popularity. Sometimes I just want to eat…instead of read.
For our first course we ordered the III Forks salad and shrimp cocktail. Take some mixed greens, throw in some walnuts, and dress it with their special III Forks dressing (slightly sweet) and there’s the III Forks salad. It was too heavily dressed for my liking, but the greens were fresh and I like walnuts, so I ate it. The shrimp cocktail was great! In one order we got four jumbo shrimp arranged with some greens and diced tomatoes and ever so lightly drizzled with the best cocktail sauce I’ve ever had. It had the perfect combination of kick, tang, and sweet. The next course was the rack of lamb. Delicious! It was beautifully prepared, medium rare, kissed with coarse salt and pepper and a hint of mustard. The rack was laid on top of a fruity reduction which I didn’t care for. Next time I’ll ask for it without the sauce. For dessert we ordered the bread pudding. It was heavenly. It satisfied that chewy doughy-ness that I missed in the complimentary bread. It was warm, sticky, and sweet. The giant scoop of cinnamon ice cream sitting on top of it was the perfect counterpoint. Jeremy, our server, described it as a cinnamon bun on steroids. I call it holiday in a cup. The warmth of the cinnamon flavors, the cold ice cream, the satisfying bread pudding worked beautifully well together and took me right back to my childhood. The exclamation point that came at the end of the meal was the bootleg Irish whisky. After all of the food that we consumed, the creamy alcoholic drink served as a welcome digestive. We asked for the check, paid the bill, and left with a sense of gratitude for places like III Forks that truly know how to create a pleasurable dining experience.
The food was great, the portions were large and generous enough to share, the courses were timed perfectly and if I were to pick one favorite element of this meal, I would have to give it to the service. The level of service provided by III Forks is exactly what comes to mind when I think of having a pleasant meal away from home. The service was attentive, but not suffocating. They were friendly and cheerful, but not annoying. It was amazing that we never had to “look for” our server, yet we felt that we had enough privacy to carry on our usual conversations. They have a formula that works and it’s one that will keep customers coming back for more.
(On a side note, the women’s restroom was a little dusty and the floor was sticky. It wasn’t exactly dirty or dingy…it just seemed like perhaps someone had forgotten to dust. I know, I’m crazy, but it left enough of an impression for me to write about it.)
Name: Mark Prezzemolo
Occupation: Construction Manager
Lives In: Coral Springs, FL
Restaurant Pick: Thai Spice
Reviewed: III Forks on 11/17/2012
This was a great part of town. Everyone was so accommodating. I would say its III Forkerrific. The service was fantastic. The portions were large. The wine list went on forever.
People dine out at restaurants in order to create a great experience. People create an experience where they can socialize and feel comfortable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Location: 4645 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Parking: Complimentary valet
Phone: (561) 630-3660
Restaurant Owners: Thomas Nevill
Executive Chef: N/A
Pastry Chef: N/A
Type of Cuisine: Steakhouse
Signature Dishes: Bone in Ribeye
Vegetarian Options: Vegetable ravioli
Alcohol Served: Over 350 selections of wine
Corkage Fee: $25.00
Bottle Limit: N/A
Monday – 5pm – 10pm
Tuesday – 5pm – 10pm
Wednesday – 5pm – 10pm
Thursday – 5pm – 10pm
Friday – 5pm – 11pm
Saturday – 5pm – 11pm
Sunday – 5pm – 9pm
Meals Served: Dinner only
Prix Fix Menu: Yes
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $50.00
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol):
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? All
Accept reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: No, but recommended.
How far in advance do you require reservations be made:
Accommodations for children: Yes
Dining Style: Fine dinning
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 287 seats
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: Yes
Outdoor Dining: Yes