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Point Royal - Seafood - Hollywood

Truth be told, Hollywood, Florida is not known as the foodie capital of South Florida. While there are some buzz worthy restaurants to check out, I opted to learn more about Point Royal in The Diplomat Hotel ... 

Describe the restaurant in three words: 
Relaxed, Picturesque, Hospitable

Solo dining rating:


There is complimentary valet parking - but during peak dining hours, be prepared to wait. There is also a garage directly across the street. I was told by my waiter that I would receive discounted or complimentary parking in the garage with the validation ticket he gave me; that didn't work out and I ended up paying $23.  Not happy about that.

Can you eat at the bar?

There are two distinct bars in Point Royal. One is the Raw Bar where you can order happy-hour-priced food and drink specials served nowhere else in the restaurant. The other bar is at the center of the restaurant where you can order whatever you like (including the specials only available at the raw bar). 

Raw Bar 

Interior Bar
What to wear:
Florida Chic. This restaurant is in Diplomat Hotel, and some of the the diners were less obliged to get  dressed up for dinner after a day on the sand. This however, is not a shorts and T-shirt kind of restaurant. Suffice to say, the majority of the patrons were dressed nicely in slacks and casual dresses etc.

People watching/entertainment/atmosphere rating:

Raw Bar 
Depending on where you sit, people watching can be either really interesting, or really 'not'. I reserved a table for one in the main dining area, however I decided to sit at the Raw Bar which as it turns out, was not ideal for people watching. On the other hand, my seat gave me a fully unobstructed view of the raw bar experience. Richard shucked, cleaned, and carefully presented plate after plate of raw appetizers and entrees. The restaurant was full of diners and even though there was scarcely an empty seat to be had, the noise level was not overwhelming and/or obtrusive. It was just loud enough to set the mood. Diners did not have to yell over each other or shout across the tables to converse. There were ceiling fans, lots of greenery and soft, warm lighting hanging from low lying fixtures and atop the diners' tables. On the East side of the restaurant were huge floor to ceiling windows allowing the last bit of sunlight to grace the dining room. The separation between tables was perfect for personal conversations. The ages spanned the gamut as well; there is a menu for the younger diners.

Organic/Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly
Yes. There is organic chicken ($19) on the menu, as well as vegetarian and vegan friendly items.

What is good about it for the solo diner?
Point Royal is definitely a great dining experience whether it be for a single diner, a family of diners, a business diner, or a romantic evening for two. It certainly takes your mind out of the city vibe and drops you squarely in the middle of an upscale seaside restaurant. My reservation was purposely made on the early side (5:45) only because I wanted to sit on the Diplomat Hotel's patio overlooking the ocean for a while before dinner. It was lovely. By 7:30, the restaurant was full, including both of the bars. The dining area was quite large, but the soft lighting and large circular booths made it feel intimate.

It turns out my decision to sit at the raw bar was a wise one; I was privy to drink and menus specials unavailable to table diners ($9 Tequila Sunrise). I began my Point Royal experience with a half dozen Little Neck Clams from Maine ($2.50 each). They were served with Fennel-Chili Mignonette, Cocktail Sauce, and a large slice of lemon. Absolutely superb! I was tempted to ask Richard to shuck four more...but I wanted to leave space for what I'd been waiting for ever since I made the reservation; the Shrimp and Anson Mills Grits ($26). The last time I ate shrimp and grits was on a business trip to New Orleans about four years ago. It was the best I'd ever had, and I swore that I would never find another like it; so far I have been right. Don't get me wrong, Point Royal put forth a strong showing; the Andouille Sausage, Cheddar Cheese, Scallion, and Pickled Mushrooms were delicious. For me, it was just a little messy and overpowered by the scallions. In addition to a wide selection of seafood options, there is also a large selection of land lubber items including Pork Chops ($26), Lamb Chops ($24), and Dry Aged NY Strip Steak ($32) to name a few.

Shrimp and Gr

What may not be good about it for the solo diner? 
I honestly could not find any negatives for the solo diner at Point Royal. There are two bars at which you can enjoy food and drink specials, and lots of friendly people on vacation. If you opt to sit at a table or booth, you'll have an equally lovely time reading or simply people watching. Additionally, there are many cozy spots for you to enjoy the beautifully restored hotel. I sat on the patio with a glass of Merlot overlooking the Atlantic when I arrived early, and before I left found a cozy sofa to relax on and mentally record the details of my time at Point Royal. I'm a huge wine lover, and just so you know, there is an EXTENSIVE wine list here as well. My only complaint about that is I wished there were more choices of wine sold by the glass (despite what you may have heard, I could never drink an entire bottle of wine by myself πŸ˜‰)

Would I return? 
I will return to Point Royal. My time at the Raw Bar was fun and refreshing. I very much enjoyed the choices on their throw-back hand-crafted cocktail menu including the Mai Tai, Sidecar, and Southern Exposure. Ahhhhh .... the memories 🍸I'm also looking forward to trying some of the other seafood items on the menu; the Cornmeal Crusted Florida Snapper sounds FAB!!!

Point Royal
3555 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 602-8750

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