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“Extremely Good Food and Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Da Campo Osteria

Da Campo Osteria
Ranked #226 of 1,324 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Extremely Good Food and Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

What a great find. Having lived in Fort Lauderdale for 7 years, and travelled to Italy many times, I can't believe we haven't tried this Italian restaurant.

The space is beautiful and the location is right on the intercoastal. The decor is contemporary, chic and smartly utilized.

The hostess was one of the friendliest, cheerful people I've experienced. In fact, all of the staff were very pleasant, nicely dressed and professional. The place was packed for dinner so reservations are a good idea.

We decided to try one of the many table-side freshly made mozzarella appetizers. The gentleman who prepared table-side dish explained each ingredient, the process and kept us entertained. The result was explosion to the taste buds with fresh mozzarella, fig spread and delicious shaved prosciutto.

My partner had the lamb meatballs and spaghetti which apparently was good as it was gone in a flash with no offer of a tasting. I had the 1/2 roasted chicken over tomato risotto. Fantastic dish.

I highly recommend this restaurant as an alternative to many of the other great Italian places in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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767 reviews
509 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
“Great Italian.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

Try the table side, homemade mozzarella. It's amazing! Very nice atmosphere located right on the intercoastal.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Mike P
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Miami Beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Foodies Beware...”
1 of 5 bubbles 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
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chicago, illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“bill issue for breakfast”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!!

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Thank Luca428
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