Fort Lauderdale’s newest hot restaurant is the aptly-named Dune, a casual contemporary eatery on the sands of Fort Lauderdale beach between Sunrise and Oakland Park boulevards.
Located in the new Auberge Beach Residences and Spa, the indoor-outdoor restaurant is the latest property from the Napa Valley-based Auberge Resorts Collection, which also has locations in Aspen, Telluride, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island as well as Greece, Fiji, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Dune is the only restaurant on the East Coast, so far.
“Dune is a special place,” Tim Arnold, Auberge’s general manager, told the Sun Sentinel at the grand opening party Nov. 29. “It’s located right on the ocean. It’s being brought to you by Auberge out of Napa Valley, California, so it’s got an incredible heritage and it comes to Fort Lauderdale with a chef [who] is bringing fresh, locally sourced seafood, fresh produce, seasonal menus and a wine program that is exquisite.”
The executive chef is Edgar Beas, who promises an un-fussy, ingredient-driven menu. “Sourcing local quality ingredients is key to creating delicious food, but high standards of execution are just as important,” Beas says in a press release. “With the Auberge name comes a benchmark for superb yet uncomplicated dining. I am excited for this new culinary adventure that will be inspired by the natural beauty of South Florida and continue raising Fort Lauderdale’s culinary bar.”
Amenities include a glass-enclosed wine cellar with more than 600 bottles, a Josper Charcoal Oven, which cooks at higher temperatures than a regular grill, and three private dining rooms including a wine tasting room.
Dune is open for dinner daily from 5-10 p.m. Lunch and brunch service is slated to begin in January 2019. For more information, call 754-900-4059 or go to DuneFortLauderdale.com.