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“Really tasty Pizza … why didn’t we try this place before?”

California Pizza Kitchen
Ranked #9 of 244 Restaurants in Sunrise
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had never tried the California Pizza Kitchen. Normally when we’re in the Sawgrass Mills area we’re coming from a movie and are looking for a fun meal, to end an enjoyable outing.

The location is a few steps from the local Cheesecake Factory. By comparison, we first tried for a table at the “Factory” and as usual, it was a zoo; packed with screaming kids and their family members, crowded and with a 20+ minute wait. Since we’re not big on super noisy dining experiences and were only there because it was nearby, we decided to leave and walk a few steps to give California Pizza Kitchen a try. The wait was reasonable and we reviewed the menu while waiting, in peace.

Our server was a delight and answered our questions with a smile. She also made certain our drinks (Tea and Soda) were always full.

For our appetizer we ordered the Tortilla Spring Rolls, and selected the Thai Chicken & Baja Chicken, which came with 3 of each. Both types were very tasty and the size was just perfect. Next time we’ll try the Mediterranean Veggie, which looked good, too.

For our first visit we wanted to try their Original Pizzas as our entrees. I had the Mushroom & Pepperoni pizza and my husband had The Works (Spicy Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Black Olives, etc.). Both were very good. The crust was a nice combination of crispy but soft inside and the tomato-based sauce was fine. We both took just under half our pizzas home.

We decided to really indulge and split Dessert. The Butter Cake with Vanilla Hagen Dazs is spectacular. A square of heavy moist cake served with mounds of fresh whipped and the ice cream. Wow. If you’re looking for a real indulgence, and love the taste of butter and vanilla, this dessert is just the ticket.

And for those of us who try to keep track of our indulgences, you can easily find a complete nutritional / calorie guide at the CPK site. I wish more restaurants shared this information. Hats off to California Pizza Kitchen.

We had a terrific first experience and will be returning soon. Bye, bye Cheesecake Factory and Hello California Pizza Kitchen!

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Pro:
the cutlery was clean

Con: -
- one pizza was grossly overcooked and dry
- service was very slow
- we found a bug at the bottom of our glass of coffee
- noise level was so loud the waitress couldn’t hear our order
- we asked for two go boxes, but received only one

As you can tell from the Cons listed above, this was a very unpleasant lunch experience.

We have eaten at other CPKs and enjoyed the experience. But this location at the Sawgrass Mills Mall was a failure.

We discovered the dead bug stuck on the ice at the bottom of our glass of iced coffee. The manager said “it probably just flew in”. She did not offer to take the iced coffee charge off our tab. On the other hand she did not charge us extra for the bug.

My wife’s wild mushroom pizza was very good. Not overcooked. Tasty.

My white pizza was so overcooked and dry that the cheese developed tiny holes in it. It was a chore to chew it.

Conversation was nearly impossible. The noise level was so high that our waiter had trouble hearing our order.

The chairs were bare and uncomfortable.

Service was very slow although the restaurant was not crowded.

We asked for two go-boxes to cerry the remains of our pizzas. My plan is to steam my leftover pizza slices at home to try to soften them into a better texture. Although we requested two boxes we were only given one.

If you choose to eat in this section of the Mall I suggest the Cheesecake Factory right next to the CPK. We will never return to this CPK.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Eat here early one evening after a days shopping and found it to be a very refreshing addition to the Mall. We had drinks at the bar first and the barman made a great Mojito. Very good dinning options and a large outside seating area with fire pits and heaters. Menu is comprehensive and we found the food very good. Service was also good.

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Thank JPDKL
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Great location at Sawgrass Mills Mall, nice variety in seating options from bar, pizza oven bar, high tables, low tables, inside, outside, outside with fire table, etc. Excellent pizzas from stone oven with high quality ingredients. Attentive service and fair prices. Absolutely recommendable!

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Excellent pizza, it has a completely different flavor, I specially love the wild mushroom pizza on whole wheat dough, but if you're traditional the pepperoni and cheese pizzas are delicious too. As other traveler commented, we are not sure if it'll survive in this location, because on that specific spot there has been numerous places and none of them have survived, but we wish them good luck!!!

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Thank kinanik
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