Dan & Lise-Anne Serafini
In 2010 veteran restaurateurs Dan and Lise-Anne Serafini who created the crowd-pleasing “East Side Marios” in Aventura and the popular “Big Tomato Grill” in Pembroke Pines were looking to introduce a unique fine dinning establishment that people would love to enjoy and share with family and friends. When Giorgio’s Grill, formerly Joe Sonken’s Gold Coast Restaurant became available they took it over and transformed it into GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill. Their passion for creating exceptional food and dining experiences over 30 years is the driving force behind the evolution of this chef centric high-energy concept. The couple’s complete make-over of the interior and exterior and the addition of a fresh prep kitchen with a locally sourced menu has been embraced by patrons and restaurant critics. The Serafinis aim to offer an inviting atmosphere and exceptional customer service that makes every guest feel special.
As a result GG’s has become a must do for visitors and locals emerging as a stand out restaurant that has raised the bar in the South Florida dining scene.
Welcome to a waterfront dining experience like no other!
At GG’s you’ll enjoy an amazing selection of locally sourced fish, fresh seafood, lobster and stone crabs, raw bar specialties, salads, sandwiches and superb steaks and chops grilled to perfection! GG’s Waterfront Bar & Grill is centrally located on beautiful Hollywood Beach, minutes from Ft. Lauderdale, Aventura and 20 miles from Miami. Overlooking the Intracoastal waterway, this is a fabulous way to enjoy beautiful waterfront views as world class luxury yachts cruise by your table. Every afternoon patrons gather to enjoy cocktails and watch magnificent sunsets while snapping photos as the sky changes color from blue to yellow and orange then ending in a burst of red!
Upon entering GG’s you know you are truly someplace special. The modern interior is elegant, yet casual and comfortable. It’s filled with original art, gas lamps, and appointed with tables for 2 to 6 people and an array of custom designed booths for sumptuous dining. The main room lets you see all the activity in our large, bustling open kitchen and the activity at GG’s raw bar as chefs prepare your meal. You may dine al fresco on the covered dockside promenade or relax and have a cocktail, appetizers or a meal in our waterfront patio lounge or main bar. GG’s Waterfront Bar & Grill is a Hollywood Icon – in the 50’s and 60’s it was the famous Rat Pack hangout of Frank Sinatra and his buddies. Now you can enjoy our legendary waterfront and views too!
Lunch and dinner are served every day of the year. On Sunday the restaurant features brunch from 11 am to 3 pm, and later in the day a Sunset Party on the patio with live music from 5 pm. GG’s proudly presents a Wine Spectator Award Winning Wine list with more than 125 different wines and champagnes in a carefully curated collection from around the world to pair with the flavors of the cuisine. A private banquet room is a popular venue available for meetings, luncheons, parties, events, wedding receptions and celebrations.
We look forward to welcoming you to GG’s Bar and Grill.
Awarded “Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, 2016”
The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.
Open Table Diners’ Choice 2014-2017 Winner
NEW TIMES Best Bar South Broward Reader’s Choice 2016
Open Table Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America, 2016
Open Table names GG’s Waterfront to thier Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America, 2015 – Sun-Sentinel
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Today, GG’s — an abbreviation of its former name — has evolved into the type of place you go for fresh seafood and alfresco dining, enjoyed with cocktail in hand on a mild South Florida evening.
-By Nicole Danna, New Times, January, 27, 2015
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“2015 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurant in America” – Open Table
Diners Choice Award “Top Ten Best Lunch Places” – Open Table
“Certificate of Excellence 2014-2017” – TripAdvisor
The Sun-Sentinal Raves: Eating Here, You’ve Got it Made!
Ever notice how visitors to South Florida want to eat with a water view? They’d do no better than at GG’s! The servers are professionals who know a thing or two about service.
GG’s menu may be best described as classic steak and seafood meets modern South Florida. I can’t say enough about their bouillabaisse, which includes a half Maine lobster along with clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp and calamari in a classic saffron tomato broth. And it takes a real talent in the kitchen to pair
coconut and mango curry with seafood, but it’s done expertly with pan-seared Florida Grouper. Another winner- the seafood risotto.
Red meat is a good choice. New Zealand lamb chops are marinated in herbs and citrus, and come off the grill wonderfully tender.
You can start with shrimp cocktail, or raw oysters, tuna tartare with kimchi and sesame or spring rolls filled with grilled chicken and roasted vegetables. There’s a fine Tiramisu on the dessert menu, but the real star is the unconventional Napoleon which starts with Phyllo dough instead of puff pastry, and gets classic cream filling topped with fresh berries and preserves.
-John Tanasychuk, Sun-Sentinel, April 2012
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The Miami Herald Says: Good Times, Gorgeous Sunsets at GG’s
We dove into a generous bowl of Prince Edward Island mussels in an aromatic sauce of white wine, garlic and fresh thyme with a splash of citrus… another GG’s keeper, Garden of Eden flatbread, its snappy crust laden with grilled zucchini, yellow squash and red bell peppers and Kalamata olive slices, complemented by a pesto spread and a dusting of feta.
The stand-out entree was a seafood risotto special that easily could have feed two – a feast of a Maine Lobster half, plump shrimp, pan-seared scallops and calamari with short-grain rice to soak up the sea-salty juices.
… the pan-seared sea bass was rich and moist, set atop sauteed baby spinach and plated with roasted tomato and basil aioli. Meat and potato choices include center-cut pork chops brightened by a shitake-cognac sauce… GG’s is already a place for good times, gorgeous sunsets, and of course, a little romance.
–Rochelle Koff, Miami Herald 2/2011
Service was phenomenal. Our waiter was incredibly friendly and was always checking on us to make sure everything was satisfactory. He could tell how much we enjoyed the food as he took a look at our clean plates and said “Wow I can see you didn’t like anything!
– Vanessa P. on Yelp
They have a nice waterfront patio & bar area where we were hanging out for most of the time. The bartenders I interacted with were all cool and made some good drinks and when they had to cook up 150+ dishes at once (for our holiday party), my filet came out perfectly cooked, juicy & delicious.
– Ian G. on Yelp
This is one of our favorite places to dine along the shore. Fabulous bars both inside and out under the stars! Dining space also both in & out overlooking the Intracoastal. Food is wonderful – especially the seafood. There’s a paella served over orzo rather than rice and a bouillabaisse that would feed a family! The simple fish preparations are light and fresh. Service is unobtrusive but attentive. You cannot go away unimpressed.
– Open Table Diner
A landmark Hollywood restaurant is being reborn, with new owners, a different name, an invigorated menu and a fresh new look at a familiar location.
Indeed, the couple (Dan and Lise-Anne Serafini) who partnered in East Side Mario’s in Aventura Mall replaced 14 years of Greek flair and fare with casual American elegance. “We’ve taken a lot of what Giorgio’s was and transformed it to more approachable dining on the waterfront,’’ said Dan Serafini.
Gone are the rounded Greek columns, traditional artwork, a painted sky blue ceiling and a nightclub dance floor. Now, the place brings the outside indoors by emphasizing rustic wood, vanilla walls, cool lighting and black-and-white photographs depicting the beach, Hollywood broadwalk and Dania Pier.
– Eileen Soler, Miami Herald