Veteran restaurateurs Dan and Lise-Anne Serafini who partnered in the
crowd-pleasing “East Side Mario’s” Little Italy concept at Aventura Mall
in the 1980’s are the owners of GG’s on the Water. After selling Mario’s
to a national concern, and operating the popular Big Tomato Market & Grill
in Pembroke Pines for 15 year’s, they kept their options open for another
In 2010, the former Giorgio’s Grill became available and the Serafini’s
decided to launch their newest concept “GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill”
featuring affordably priced stone crabs (in-season), seafood and steaks
served dockside with magnificent views of daily sunsets.
It took a year of planning and renovation, while operating under the old
name and cuisine, before they were ready to introduce the new menu
and fresh look of the historic setting which at one time was Joe Sonken’s
Gold Coast Restaurant. During the 1960’s Sinatra and the Rat Pack hung
out here as well as famous actors, business executives and even
infamous characters like mobster Meyer Lansky.
One of the most dramatic changes long-time guests may appreciate is
the new Patio Waterfront Lounge where one can enjoy sipping cocktails
at the bar or at lounge tables and couches as stylish yachts glide by.
Inside, pleasant earth-tone wall colors provide an understated elegance
and modern linen and brushed aluminum lighting fixtures impart a soft
glow. Water-themed pictures of beaches, rivers and coastal waters
set in brushed metal and ebony frames add a sophisticated note to
the décor while antique copper heat lamps that arc over the kitchen
provide a rich tone to the colorful activity below.
GG’s is a fresh take on waterfront dining with friendly service and
exceptional food prepared in a kitchen commanded by chef Brian Cantrell,
who has been delivering singularly delicious experiences at some of the
area’s most notable restaurants including the Breakers Hotel in Palm
Beach, Mark’s at the Park in Boca Raton, Nemo on Miami Beach, A Fish
Called Avalon, Blue Moon Fish Company and Thasos. He’s garnered
critical acclaim based on his “non-confusion cuisine” and “what grow
together go together” ethos. Foodies will appreciate the flavors and
sensibility he imparts to his dishes as well as the daily specials he
creates sourced from the seasonal offerings of local farmers,
fish-mongers and butchers.
GG’s is a popular venue for weddings, bridal dinners, social events,
parties, bar and bat mitzvahs and corporate dinners. GG’s offers
complimentary WIFI – available in all the dining rooms and banquet facilities
to accomodate media needs for meetings and for guests to use their
i-pads or laptops.
Dan and Lise-Anne look forward to seeing you soon at GG’s Waterfront
Bar and Grill. If there is anything we can do to make your dining
experience even more special please ask us!
Parking is easy… during the day our lot provides convenient access
for lunch, happy hour and events. There’s valet service at night in our
own on-site lots. The service is available seven days a week and is
$4 per vehicle.
Dockage- Free and available to boaters, captains and charters.
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
(read the full article here!)
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
(read the entire review- CLICK HERE)
“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
(read the entire review by John Tanasychuk- CLICK HERE)
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