For a real taste of Spanish culinary tradition, look no further than Entretapas. The chic restaurant opened its doors in 2011 and has since gained quite the reputation for its gourmet tapas, paellas and other classic Spanish dishes. Go with friends and grab a selection of tapas to share such as the patatas bravas, Burgos blood sausage, and seafood ceviche. Follow up with entrées like grilled squid with chimichurri sauce or a steak and Manchego cheese sandwich. The paellas are a must try as well, with options like arroz negro (with squid and squid ink) and paella de mariscos (shrimp, squid, mussels, fish and scallops) to choose from. Spanish beer and live flamenco music and dancing every Friday and Saturday add to the authentic ambience.
Entretapas, 74 Indian Trace, Weston, FL, USA, +1 954 385 3262
Lucille’s American Café
Nostalgic dining with a 21st century twist is the name of the game at Lucille’s American Café, an upscale 1940s-style diner dishing up classic American comfort foods in Weston since 1999. Its interior is stylish but laid back with comfy booths, checkered floors and a long open kitchen that together conjure up a retro luncheonette vibe. While diners will find plenty of simple, classic dishes on the menu (think homemade meatloaf and three-cheese macaroni) they also have options like grilled mahi mahi sandwich and southwest-style chipotle chicken. Save room for dessert, though because with options like fresh blueberry pie, homemade bread pudding and banana split, you won’t be able to resist.
Lucille’s American Café, 2250 Weston Road, Weston, FL, USA, +1 954 384 9007
The clue is in Acquolina’s name; translated to English, it means ‘mouthwatering’ and that’s exactly the experience diners can expect on a trip to this elegant Italian restaurant. Focusing on Southern Italian cuisine, Acquolina offers a tempting menu with classic dishes like veal parmigiana and frutti di mare, featured alongside signature plates such as Chilean sea bass in a sun-dried tomato and caper sauce, or house-made gnocchi with pesto, all complemented by a diverse wine list. Acquolina’s interior is as splendid as its food; a beautifully styled dining room makes up most of the restaurant, but its waterfront patio is undoubtedly its most romantic spot.
Acquolina, 2320 Weston Road, Weston, FL, USA, +1 954 389 1880
Mochika Peru Bistro
Hip, stylish and serving an eclectic range of delicious Peruvian dishes, it is no wonder Mochika Peru Bistro is one of Weston’s favorite restaurants. Since opened in 2012, the restaurant has been delighting diners with fare like arroz con mariscos (jasmine rice, calamari, octopus and jumbo shrimp simmered in a carrot broth and white wine reduction) and lomo saltado (filet mignon wok-fried with onion, tomato and Peruvian sauce, served with sweet potato compote). Cocktails like the classic South American pisco sour are served as well, and live Latin music gives Mochika a lively buzz on weekends.
Boasting an AAA Four Diamond Award, Ireland’s Steakhouse is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in all of Weston. Located within the Bonaventure Resort, the restaurant features a sophisticated old school design throughout, with beautiful wood floors, warm colors and artwork by local artist Tom Rossetti, a befittingly elegant space in which to enjoy its classy surf ‘n’ turf fare. Steaks like the locally raised Jackman Ranch Wagyu NY strip, and the 22 ounce bone-in ribeye will tempt diners, though fans of seafood will be delighted with dishes like crabmeat-stuffed lobster tails and mustard-glazed king salmon with succotash. Wine connoisseurs can’t go wrong either as Ireland’s Steakhouse also boasts a custom-built wine cellar featuring over 1,200 bottles.
I Love Tacos
It isn’t just big talk, they really do have a fondness for that classic Mexican dish at I Love Tacos. Over 10 different tacos feature on the vibrant, buzzy little restaurant’s menu with so many tempting variations, from the chicken tinga (shredded chicken breast with tomato chipotle sauce) to the chef special cochinita pibil, with shredded pork, pickled habanero and red onion. While tacos may be king, there are still plenty of other Mexican eats to choose from, including flautas, burritos, enchiladas, tostadas as well as Mexican beer, margaritas and micheladas to wash them down with.
I Love Tacos, 2203 North Commerce Parkway, FL, USA, +1 954 515 0120
My Organic Corner
Undoubtedly one of Weston’s healthiest dining options, My Organic Corner is a cozy, stylish café specializing in vegetarian and vegan dishes crafted from 100 per cent organic produce. Go for breakfast and get a nutritious kick start to the day with a peanut butter and banana bagel or scrambled eggs with kale and tomato; or grab a healthy, hearty lunch with options like the baked falafel wrap or Cuban quinoa bowl (black beans, tricolor quinoa, avocado and tomato with garlic sauce). A range of organic smoothies, veggie juices and shots are also served.
My Organic Corner, 127 Weston Road, Weston, Florida, USA, +1 954 888 4700
Ceviche Arigato’s name is a pretty good hint as to what diners have in store with a trip to the elegant little restaurant: a clever combination of classic Peruvian cuisine and Japanese staples make it one of the most diverse dining options in town. Some plates are strictly more Peruvian or Japanese than others, like the tuna tataki tapas or lomo saltado, but to get a taste of what the restaurant is all about, opt for dishes like the Miami Heat sushi roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and fresh tuna topped with fried sweet potato) or the signature ceviche with fresh fish, lime, soy sauce, mustard, avocado and wasabi. These dishes are where Ceviche Arigato’s clever fusion of cuisines really comes into play.
Ceviche Arigato, 288 Indian Trace, Weston, FL, USA, + 1 954 385 5585
Located in the heart of Weston Town Center, Tarantella Ristorante serves up some of the best-loved Italian eats in the area. The venue is a vibrant, welcoming space decked in bright colors and unique touches like hand painted tiles by Italian artist Nino Parrucca. Tarantella is open for lunch and dinner daily and offers a menu brimming with Italian classics. Choose from hearty pasta dishes, gourmet brick oven pizzas and entrées including osso bucco and grilled salmon in piccata sauce. There’s even a number of ‘heart healthy’ options, including hearty minestrone soup and seafood salad, but non-dieting diners will want to save room for Tarantella’s delicious homemade desserts.
American cuisine gets the upscale treatment at Primetime, a classy restaurant in Weston Town Center, which has a loyal clientele and string of rave reviews. Tempting appetizers like lump crab cakes and rock shrimp quesadillas are served at dinner, while Primetime’s mouthwatering entrées include the likes of St Louis-style ribs with creamy coleslaw and French fries, or rack of lamb with whipped potatoes, garlic sautéed spinach and a port wine demi-glace. Primetime’s dining room is about as stylish as it gets, but its street-side patio is perfect for people-watching when the weather is nice, especially with a glass or two from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.
Primetime, 1744 Main Street, Weston, FL, USA, +1 954 349 2100