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“Foodies Beware...” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Da Campo Osteria

Da Campo Osteria
3333 NE 32nd. Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
954 564-4400
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Ranked #22 of 1,126 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 34th Street at A1A
Transit: Come and Enjoy Dinner at da Campo Osteria via the WaterTaxi. We are now listed as a stop and pick up point. Visit www.watertaxi.com for more information!
Description: Experience one of the most inspiring restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Experience da Campo Osteria.Picture an Italian kitchen where family gatherings are about the table. We authenticate the feeling and flavor, the absolute essence of Italy. Immerse your senses in layers of delicate and immediate flavor where a seat at the Chef’s Table requires a passport. Open your minds and prepare to embark on a culinary port of call to Rome, Tuscany, and Florence.Cozy and genuinely welcoming, we invite you into the warmth of an Italian kitchen where delicious meals are prepared just for you. Picture window views from our Fort Lauderdale restaurant overlooking the sparkling Intracoastal Waterway, making you recall a romantic evening on the banks of the Arno in Florence or even hint at a summer day in Cinque Terre. Casually elegant but never formal, da Campo hums with lively conversations, easy laughter, and light music. Our open kitchen and tableside preparation of freshly pulled bufala mozzarella celebrate the fact that enjoying authentic Italian cuisine – la cucina Italiana – begins with a visual feast of the finest ingredients in the hands of talented and enthusiastic chefs who tell the story of Italy plate by plate.
Miami Beach
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Foodies Beware...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

What happens when a celebrity chef leaves the restaurant? Menu remains, prices escalate, quality plummets…this is the story of da Campo Osteria. I wish I knew that Todd English had left before we decided to dine at this restaurant in the Il Lugano hotel.

We first sent back the Pellegrino as the $8 bottle was flat. Returned the $12 grilled artichoke because it was stale – must have been steamed 3 or 4 days ago, put in the refrig until I ordered it, then they covered it in oil and put on the grill for 5 minutes…it tasted stale. Bread brought to the table, stale. Caesar salad ($11), was bland and croutons stale. My entrée, $33 Diver Scallops consisted of 2 scallops, sliced down the middle, overcooked and placed on hash brown-like potatoes 3 times the amount of each of the scallops – returned. My companion had the $38 Lobster Tagiolini. It consisted of a ¾ pound lobster, fresh homemade pasta and a cup of salt. Although, we did not send this back, we could not eat it as we didn’t want to temp our high blood pressure into a stroke. As both of our entrees were recommended by our waiter, we obviously had the best of the best – yuk. We refused to even look at the desert menu.

We could not believe that Todd English was affiliated with such a bad restaurant, and found out that he left about 9 months ago…both myself and companion said at the same time “no wonder.”

To make up for this terrible meal, the next night we went to Scarpetta in Miami Beach and for 30% less had a true quality, delicious and authentic Italian meal.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
chicago, illinois
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“bill issue for breakfast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Computer overcharged but very competence server resolved -high priced, but very good continental breakfast

Visited August 2012
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

The restaurant is in the Il Lugano hotel on the intercoastal...Incredibly friendly staff...We had the antipasto & the fresh mozzarella was made at our table side...That alone with a meal in itself....We sat at the chef's table & watched him prepare so many delicious meals it was hard to decide on one. We finally asked chef Will How to make us something... He prepared fresh gnocchi In a crab carbonara sauce & seared bay scallops on a potato pancake with a Balsamic glaze.. Absolutely unbelievable..We finished dinner with the tiramisu soufle That could have been a meal in itself... Not the least expensive restaurant in town but worth every penny!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Located in the Il Lugano Hotel on the Intercoastal Waterway. Very trendy and lots of selections. We ate there for lunch and dinner.

Visited April 2012
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Melrose, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

The service - Sergio - was impeccable but friendly and relaxed. Terrific wine list - even by the glass. The food was creative, fresh and delicious.

Visited July 2012
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