Evelyn’s Fort Lauderdale

Modern Mediterranean flavors with ocean views

Named for the storied Fort Lauderdale socialite and patron Evelyn Fortune Bartlett, Evelyn’s Fort Lauderdale offers an eclectic mix of old-school elegance and bold international flavor. Opened in 2022 in Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale, the dining venue is already a hard-to-come-by reservation attracting as many locals as vacationers with its modern Mediterranean menu.

The brainchild of chef Brandon Salomon, Evelyn’s fare is playful and imaginative while still paying respectful homage to its eastern Mediterranean roots — think classic baba ghanoush garnished with edible flowers, as if picked from Bartlett’s own beloved garden (she owned The Bonnet House, a nearby local landmark known for its historical significance and gardens). And of course, all plates are served with a side of ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

A swanky polished wood-topped bar completes the scene, shaking up enticing cocktails spiced with za’atar or finished with a twist of rangpur lime, another nod to the restaurant’s namesake (Bartlett’s signature drink was the rangpur daiquiri, and the bar serves a modern version of her recipe).

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The vibe at this upscale Fort Lauderdale restaurant is decidedly laid-back with plush blue couches, wall-to-wall windows and not a white tablecloth in sight.
  • If the weather is agreeable, grab a spot on the shaded patio to enjoy spectacular sunset views with your pre-dinner cocktail.
  • Chef Salomon’s eclectic Florida-meets-Mediterranean menu features bites like Florida Key West pink shrimp with harissa cocktail sauce and free-range lamb chops with a sweet and tangy tamarind Key lime glaze.
  • If you’re feeling indulgent, the grilled whole branzino is a must-try. Finished tableside, the presentation feels straight out of a classic mid-century steakhouse.
  • Cheeky cocktails like the Third Wife (Lalo blanco tequila, Aleppo pepper, cucumber, coriander and lime) and Two Left Feet (Solento anejo organic tequila, date syrup and Baharat bitters) stay on theme, blending Mediterranean flavors with callbacks to Bartlett’s life as Fort Lauderdale’s grande dame.

The Chef

  • Salomon is no stranger to the Four Seasons’ high standards. The talented toque was plucked from the nearby Florie’s at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, where he benefitted from the tutelage of acclaimed chef Mauro Colagreco.
  • Evelyn’s menu is heavily inspired by Salomon’s memories of cooking with his grandmother, whose Israeli heritage and French-Moroccan upbringing influenced his cooking style.
  • Salomon’s introduction to restaurant life came when he began working at his grandparents’ bakery when he was just 12.
  • The Long Island native trained at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park before working in restaurants in New York, Florida and California.

Business casual
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Reservations recommended
Resort casual
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
525 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
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