Updated
Mar 5th, 2014
First Posted
Aug 27th, 2013

Grille 66 & Bar

2001 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33316
(954) 728-3500
Overall Rating
3.4
Food
Service
Ambiance
Last Review
09/15/2011

Details

Hours: Open for Dinner Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday until Oct 23
Dress Code: Dressy
Parking: Free Valet or Free wValidation
CC: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Entree Prices: Expensive
Outdoor: Yes
Reservations: Yes
Delivery: No
Happy Hour: 5pm-7pm 2 for 1 drinks, 1/2 price appetizers

Critic's Review

Grille 66 has dropped the USDA Prime designation from their menu, which likely means that they are no longer a Prime Steakhouse. The latest restaurant trick is to call your beef "Prime", which means nothing without the USDA designation. Last year's menu had the USDA Prime designation; the menu they just put up on August 13 has changed the description of their beef and removed any mention of USDA, which cannot possibly just be an oversight.

There's a patio in the back which has a "view" of the marina; Big boats block any real water view.

Happy Hour Review 9/15/11

Grill 66 is one of the many places in Fort Lauderdale that's easy to miss; it used to be part of the Hyatt (it's independent now) and it's located on the Hotel Grounds. To get there, you have to park in the Hotel lot. The restaurant does validate, so it won't cost you anything to park

The crowd is decidedly country club; older; think Truluck's without the piano music. The place is a bit stuffy; it doesn't really feel like a normal restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.

Venue

Grill 66

When is it?

Mon-Sat 5:30-7pm

The Deal

Drinks are 2 for 1. You'll get a chip with your drink and you'll need to cash it in before 7pm. They also have a bar menu (pictured). Bar menu items are 1/2 price at happy hour.

What We Got

Mich Ultra 2 for $5.50
Lamb LolliPops $8
Maryland Crabcake $7

You got 5 mini lamb chops with a small salad with a nice dressing. Frankly, the lamb was ordinary; good but not outstanding. The salad had a very nice dressing. Usually I skip the weeds, but this was pretty good.

This is an outstanding dish from head to toe. The crabcake is deftly constructed; lots of delicious crab meat held together with a minimum of filler. I'm not big fan of "corn relish", but this was outstanding. Sweet corn, diced red and jalapeno peppers. The "sauce remoulade" was excellent as well. Kind of small for the $14 regular price, but a no-brainer for $7.

The Verdict

Grill 66 is kind of a strange space and I can't say that it's very comfortable. Like many hotel restaurants, the service is a bit odd if you're not a guest, as if my money isn't green. The deal here is very good, although I don't see why they won't cash in a chip at 7:10, particularly if you don't leave your seat at the bar. The bar menu is small; it would be nicer if they had more choices. But for $25. we had 2 quality apps and 2 beers at a top notch restaurant. With free parking, it's worth a try at least once.

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