One Door East in Fort Lauderdale sits on the outskirts of the Rio Vista neighborhood and serves up tapas style cuisine fit for all foodies. Chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio and Partner Elke Quintana did a great job bringing their global tapas concept to life in an open kitchen environment. The restaurant is attached to Valentino’s, which you can see from US-1 right before entering the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel heading northbound. The spot is tucked behind what’s visible from the street, and though it’s out of site, it’s definitely not out of mind.
This place has an upscale-casual vibe with sophisticated clients who value big flavors in a not-so-stuffy environment. The décor is trendy with an industrial main dining room suitable to Miami’s Wynwood district. The restaurant lacks a view but makes up for it in that the location attracts Fort Lauderdale’s finest. The thoughtful layout encourages social interaction and will inject your dining experience with a welcomed energy not found elsewhere on The Boulevard.
The food is high quality with service to match. Although the dishes are small and meant to be shared, the menu is robust enough to have you feeling giddy about what’s to come. The prices for each dish given the taste, presentation and service are appropriate, but pile on a half dozen and combine with a bottle of wine (or two) from their notable selection, and it might just leave you wishing the valet parking was complimentary.
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