Terra Mare

Fine surf and turf with an ocean view

Terra Mare, inside recently opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, marries dishes from land (terra in Latin) and sea (mar). The tastes come from all over the world, including Morocco (tagine), France (bouillabaise) and Italy (made-from-scratch tagliatelle).

Executive chef Johan Svensson, whose background includes working at Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit in New York City and BLT Steak in Waikiki, helms the kitchen, serving up a menu of fresh, locally sourced meat and seafood plates, many of which are meant to share and get some extra flair from tableside presentations.

The family-style surf-and-turf eatery offers a casually sophisticated dining experience complemented by panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Florida’s A1A along with stunning beachscapes.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The open design and layout offers sweeping views of the Atlantic from every seat in the house, both inside and out. For special occasions, ask for the Trident Room, which comes complete with a private oceanfront patio.
  • Interior décor brings the outside in with raw earth materials like driftwood, coral, agate and metals that complement the floor-to-ceiling windows. Blue agate over an LED screen on the rear wall casts an elegant glow over the otherwise minimalist white dining room.
  • Outdoors, the expansive tiered patio and lounge feature several fire pits with seating alongside the ocean. Sit here on cool, breezy nights with a cocktail in hand.
  • The service is on par with the talent in the kitchen, overseen by general manager Ryan Zemel, previously of Café Boulud in Palm Beach.
  • Key to the Terra Mare experience is its untraditional tableside preparation of large-format dishes that are meant to be shared, so you’ll want to plan accordingly with your dining companions. Come ready to eat.

Things to Know

  • As the restaurant’s name suggests, the entrées and larger plates highlight cuisine from both the land and sea, so expect everything from raw bar items to whole grilled fish and slabs of beef. The menu is quite extensive and can overwhelm on first visit, so ask staff for guidance and it’ll happily make suggestions.
  • Dishes are served as they’re ready. The restaurant is family friendly, with many large plates meant to serve a group of four.
  • Get there before sunset. Every seat in the dining room affords gorgeous ocean views.
  • Although it’s inside the Conrad, the restaurant is owned and operated by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.

The Food

  • Like the ambiance, the food is approachable yet distinctive. Think comfort food meets fine dining.
  • Start with a selection of raw bar items, such as oysters, chilled lobster and crab cocktail. The braised octopus with white bean puree and the tuna crudo with fennel and compressed watermelon are also standouts.
  • For the non-meat eaters, there’s a bounty of vegetables. Look for vegetarian-friendly small plates that include heirloom tomatoes, roasted beets and grilled romaine.
  • For the main event, popular large shared plates carved tableside include the bone-in tenderloin with roasted root vegetables and spiced coffee jus, kan kan pork chop with scallion sauce and crispy whole bass with seasonal vegetables and ginger ponzu.
  • The chicken tagine with harissa carrots and couscous presented in a traditional ceramic pot, along with the tagliatelle with Maryland crab and uni butter are not-to-be-missed entrées.

The Drinks

  • Much like the food, Terra Mare’s beverages makes the most of locally sourced ingredients, and can be enjoyed at the full bar indoors or the oceanside patio and lounge.
  • Cold-pressed juices are made in house.
  • Signature cold-pressed cocktails include the refreshing Triple B with bourbon, lemon, basil and blackberries; spicy Jessica Rabbit with tequila, triple sec, carrot, fresh orange juice, lime, cilantro and jalapeño; and the earthy Beet It with vodka, beets, pear, apple, egg white and house ginger syrup.
  • Find vast boutique wines from both the old world and the new, from light, crisp whites and rosés spanning from the Sonoma Coast to the Loire Valley, to bold Spanish and Tuscan reds. Ask your server for wine-pairing suggestions.
  • At brunch, expect cold-pressed orange juice mimosas and a Green Mary drink with vodka, kale, cucumber, green apple and horseradish root, alongside a tiered bottomless champagne program.

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