On Sunday, we took a drive up to have lunch at the new Beach House Restaurant in Pompano. Our good friend and awesome DJ Misha Samson had just played the opening party about a week prior, and showed us some of the photos of the build out which looked absolutely beautiful.
Pompano isn’t exactly the first place I would rush off to in a hurry, but arriving at the restaurant which is right on the beach, I was very pleasantly surprised.
The ‘house’ itself is a double story, ‘beach bungalow’ type building, positioned at the beginning of the sand. As you walk up the stairs you are greeted with gorgeous clusters of succulents, driftwood and air plants. The interior is magnificently rustic, with over sized wicker light shades, Spanish tiles, curtains blowing in the ocean breeze, and a warm wooden ceiling.
The restaurant has beautiful inside and outside bars with views of the beach as far as the eye can see, as well as a rooftop upstairs which features its own special menu. We requested a table outside on the balcony to enjoy the warm ocean air and some cocktails while soaking up the sights.
From what I could gauge, this is not a formal, bring-your-date-here-for-the-best-meal-of-her-life type of a venue. I ordered an ‘Ocean Breeze’ cocktail, a rum cocktail (rum, blue curacao and lemonade) which although was a pretty turquoise color due to the blue curacao, came with nothing but crushed ice, not even a cherry or an orange slice. As someone who has worked in the hospitality industry for many years, that was a pretty disappointing start.
The food was good. It definitely was not ground breaking. I ordered one of their fish specials, which was overpriced for what it was ($29 trout), although the ‘white cheddar grits’ and ‘peanut & ginger coleslaw’ sides were excellent. Am I painting a picture here yet?
In a couple of months time my brother and his girlfriend will be visiting me here from the UK. I would go back to Beach House to take them there for lunch because of the build out of the interior and the views that are offered, but this time will stick to ordering something more simple, like the shrimp tacos, or grilled artichokes.
The City of Pompano Beach itself is undergoing some major redevelopments. This area between Atlantic Boulevard to just north of Pompano Pier, is becoming a pedestrian friendly promenade, for visitors and residents to enjoy shopping, dining and the beach. The pier itself is undergoing major reconstruction, and they are cleaning up this area which had become pretty run down and derelict.
Through 2020, we can expect to see the openings of a Hilton Hotel (the first hotel to be built in the area since 1965!), Kilwins Ice Cream, BurgerFi, Beach Bar and Grill Concept, Oceanic (restaurant opening next door to Beach House), Surfside Subs, Pier Parking Garage, the new Pompano Beach Pier, as well as Harbor Promenade; a new upscale dining and retail complex.
All in all, a breathtakingly beautiful spot to go for a relatively casual lunch, and an area with a bright future ahead. We’ll be back for sure. For more info check out their website for yourself.