I hate writing bad reviews. Really. Everyone has a bad day, but Voodka abused this privilege. Let me start by saying what I liked about VOODKA. The decor is really cool. It's like the Hampton's meets Miami. A lot of thought went into the design. Big applause there. Then there's the REAL FIREPLACE! Complete with sparks, the smell of charred wood burning and glowing embers. How they got the approval... who cares. It's unique and I loved it. The only real fireplace in Fort Lauderdale that I can recall, if you discount brick over pizza places. The bar is nice, but understaffed. Now, the food and service review. There was a young guy named Austin who worked lunch. We'd pass buy on our daily power-walk on Las Olas and say hi to him and tell him "we've gotta come try this place". His friendly personality made us come to dinner. He was not a server that night, just the busboy. We brought out of country business clients as our guests. Let me start by saying that one of the guests started to fall asleep at the table, that's how long it took to get dinner. We were a party of 5. Upon leaving, the big table of 9 next to us, wished us better luck than they had as they waited more than two hours for food. I figured since it was already 9pm the dinner rush was over and it wouldn't be as bad for us. I was wrong. More than two hours later we were presented food. Two entrees had to go back as uncooked (I think the Chef must have gotten mad at everyone yelling at him and plopped raw hamburger on the plate just to get it out). Two of the entrees (Beef- I think filet), which the out of town guests ordered, were good they said. But the gourmet burgers were not edible. Our waiter, who obviously was not happy with what was happening, decided to camp out in the kitchen and ignore us. If we were going to have to wait... we at least wanted more drinks. No waiter, no drinks. I tried to go to bar and get drinks there but they were slammed too. So we begged the hostess and Austin, the busboy, to get us something. They did and it wasn't even their job. The waiter didn't bother to come and explain, give us an update or take drink orders. When I went to the bathroom I noticed all the waitstaff yelling at the kitchen and the kitchen staff yelling back at the waitstaff. It was almost comical. If it hadn't been so late I would have said.. "lets go"... but now I was afraid we weren't going to get any food anywhere as it was a Sunday night and the out of town guests were tired and hungry. It didn't end well as my other half vowed never to set foot in there again. Big improvements need to be made to survive the local audience once the snow-birds leave. I'll keep my eye on TripAdvisor reviews and when they get a little better, I'll give it a shot again. Solo though.
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