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Seafood World Restaurant and Market Place




Name: Mia McDonald

Occupation: Program Manager
Lives In: Broward
Restaurant Pick: Seafood World Restaurant and Market Place
Reviewed Seafood World Restaurant and Market Place: September 10th, 2009

This is my favorite restaurant for seafood, because the food is always so flavorful, and you can get some great seafood when you catch a good daily special. You get more than you’d expect for your money. The service is phenomenal because it’s very much a family centered restaurant with gourmet quality food. From time to time, I buy fresh food and some hot sauce that I can’t seem to find anywhere but at Seafood World. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and will continue to frequent this establishment with family and friends.

Name: Fernando Arrue
Occupation: Tatooist
Lives In: Fort Lauderdale
Restaurant Pick: Stained Glass Pub
Reviewed Sage Oyster Bar: September 13th,2009

We got there when it opened, and we were seated right away. We were prepared to eat their famous stone crabs and were disappointed that they were out of season. We ordered a fine meal that was served quickly.

The crab cakes are really good. I ordered shrimp and blackened sword fish. The shrimp were nice size but I would have liked them better peeled. The sword fish was awesome. I don’t really eat fish much, but I enjoyed it, and I will eat this again.

The desserts were limited, so we passed and paid the check.

Name: Michael Mayo
Occupation: Columnist
Lives In: Hollywood
Restaurant Pick: Sage Oyster Bar
Reviewed Seafood World: September 6th, 2009

Preparing fresh seafood simply and properly is an underrated but wholly appreciated virtue in my dining world -- and Seafood World delivers. This isn't your place if you're looking for trendy scenes or coffee-rubbed, mango-topped entrees. But if you want delicious fish, conch, lobster, etc., in unpretentious surroundings, check this place out. With its kitschy name and easy-to-miss strip-mall location, I didn't know what to expect from a place that's also a seafood market. But, it completely exceeded expectations with solid food from beginning to end with all the right touches. It's a little pricey, but you know the old saying -- cheap fish isn't good and good fish isn't cheap.

Parking was a breeze in the strip-mall lot, and we were seated right away in the back dining room. You walk through the seafood store and a display case with the daily catch. It was clean and comfortable inside, with dark-wooden window blinds and the décor was nautical, with sea-themed murals and stuffed mounted fish on the walls.

Service was attentive, but considering we were the only people in the place when we arrived, it would have been hard to have been ignored. We came with our young daughter, and the waiter promptly brought her a coloring book. Everything on the menu looked tempting with some interesting specials, including tuna tartare, fish/seaweed salads, and a wide array of all types of seafood, local and far-flung. We started with soups -- conch chowder and lobster bisque. Both were excellent, the conch chowder thin, but very flavorful and the bisque creamy and packed with chunks of lobster. We had a seafood vinaigrette appetizer, a combination of shrimp, crawfish and conch in a light dressing with tomatoes and olives. Very tasty, and the conch was especially tender and good.

For main courses, we had blackened snapper and a Maine lobster clambake special, which was a huge platter that included a whole lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, Andouille sausage, corn, potatoes in a delicious seafood broth. Everything on the plate was delicious, especially the mussels, which had a vibrant taste and were completely grit-free. The fish was properly cooked, moist, and the blackened seasoning wasn't too strong, complimenting but not overwhelming the flavor of the fresh fish.

We had key lime pie for desert, which was dense (like a cheesecake) and served nearly frozen (like custard), which was actually good for a hot summer's day. Good graham cracker crust and bits of key lime zest in the filling, solid.

They got all the small touches right, too, including warm sourdough bread served with butter pats that were properly softened and oyster crackers served with soups. They offered sherry and hot sauces for the conch chowder. The Bahamian peas and rice (side dish) was rich and flavorful. It had a roux/stock base that reminded me of jambalaya.

It was more expensive than you'd think for a casual seafood storefront restaurant, but I can't say it was overpriced. All the food was worth the money. Drinks could have been a little more reasonable, and maybe they could have a complete dinner/twilight menu for the value crowd, or at least serve two sides (not just one) with entrees.

But overall, I'd definitely recommend this place and I definitely would go back.

Restaurant Information

Location: 4602 N. Federal Hwy. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
Phone: 954-942-0740
Parking: Plaza
Restaurant Owners: Hugh & Joy Ganter
Executive Chef: Jeff Pass
Pastry Chef: Pam Cutugno

Type of Cuisine: Gourmet Seafood
Signature Dishes: Snapper Francese & Lobster, clam bake
Vegetarian Options: Pasta and salads, veggies
Alcohol Served: Beer and wine
Corkage Fee: 10.00
Bottle Limit: None

Restaurant Hours:
Monday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday – 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Meals Served: Lunch & Dinner
Prix Fix Menu: N/A
Take-Out: Yes, and retail market
Delivery: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol):20 to 35
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol): 12 to 20
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? All major credit cards
Accept Reservations: For parties of 6 or more
Need Reservations: Yes
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: Same day

Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Casual island style
Disabled Access: Decent
Restaurant Size: 64 seated
Accommodate Groups: Backroom 30
Private Dining Room: Same
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: No
Entertainment: No