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1650 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1735
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Ranked #20 of 1,132 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $14 - $19
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: We operate a fine dining restaurant in a unique and comfortable atmosphere. We have an open kitchen, so you can watch your lunch or dinner being prepared as you dine. We offer a fixed price 3 course meal with several options for Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert. Lunch and Dinner are both offered on Thursdays and Fridays only at $14.99 for lunch and $19.99 for dinner. We strongly encourage reservations due to our varying school schedule.
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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68 reviews 68 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is my second review for this place. I came for dinner last year and I was so excited to return this year - I invited 3 relatives. Once again everyone in our party enjoyed the beautifully prepared food. And at $20/person for dinner for a 3-course meal, the final tab did not break my bank. Note that they no... More 

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Plantation, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This was our first visit and we were extremely satisfied. Our server was Athena and she was excellent. The food was outstanding. I highly recommend the chocolate lava cake desert.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We recently went here for lunch, as we were unable to get reservations for dinner. Our server seemed woefully unprepared and nervous - made us feel a bit uncomfortable for him actually. Service was pitifully slow - lunch took us over two hours. We were glad the weather was lousy, because we'd have hated to spend that much time inside... More 

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Redington Beach, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Can't believe we've "overlooked" this dining option for the last 20 years! On Friday night (during the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show), we dined in this restaurant extension of the local culinary school. Everything - food, service, ambiance - was OUTSTANDING! This $20 per person 3-course prix fixe dinner must be the best kept secret in Ft. Lauderdale. My wife... More 

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Athens, GA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Chef's Palette is connected to the International Culinary School of the FL Art Institute. It is only open on Fridays and Saturdays for lunch and dinner. A 3-course meal is only $20. The food was imaginative and beautifully presented. Do a search for the restaurant and instructions are given for reservations. Dress is casual.

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Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Chef’s Pallete feels like a little secret. The restaurant is part of The Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale’s culinary training program, and features windows looking into the commercial kitchen and several class rooms. It’s easy to find and it's only open for most of the academic quarter, with limited hours. Parking is much easier for dinner service. This quarter's menu is... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A 3-course meal for a fraction of the cost. Just one of the many reasons why we're fans of Chef's Palette. This student-run kitchen offers a gourmet menu on Thursdays + Fridays -- and we've been impressed with what we've tried. Today it was a charred octopus salad with roasted peppers and frisée, which was cooked perfectly, tender meat and... More 

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dom. rep.
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74 reviews 74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Part of a culinary school with student wait staff and assisting in the kitchen. The menu is limited and for dinner one receives a three course meal that is very abundant. The service was good and the food well prepared .For 19.99, best value in town. Wine is available and of good quality.

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Lighthouse Point, Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Because one of my children is finishing up at the art institute, we wanted to go to the restaurant attached to the school. What a Treat!. From the moment we entered, we were treated like we were in a first class restaurant, table settings were set formally, and we were greeted by one of the instructors. For lunch, $14.95, you... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Had an awesome Mahi dinner 3 course for $19.99--These people are really working hard. Waiter very pleasant. Wife enjoyed her short rib dinner. Wine very reasonably priced. Great location. Not fancy, but can see all chef's training behind the glass in the kitchen. Chocolate dessert was great. Crab cakes ok. Not a place you'll be for 2 1/2 hours, but... More 

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Additional Information about Chef's Palette

Address: 1650 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1735
Phone Number: 954-760-7957
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
Open Hours:
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 14 - 19

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