The Ten Worst Zagat-Ranked Restaurants in Broward County

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Of all the restaurant ratings sites, Zagat is the dinosaur founded by Tim and Nina Zagat in 1982. For some, the rankings prompt loyalty for their longevity, while others are disdainful because they're so curated by the powers that be. That said, the site still holds weight or, at the very least, illuminates how participants view a restaurant in the lexicon of offerings.

Rather than pull from what's best, I've decided to take a peek at what's not doing well. Is it fine dining? Chain restaurants? Those close to the water or farther west? Click on the jump to find out the lowest-ranked Zagat restaurants in the food, décor, service, and popularity categories. Points are based on a scale of 1 to 30, with 30 the best.

10. Romano's Macaroni Grill in Pembroke Pines
With an average per-person price of $26, the chain ranked 17 out of 30 points in food, service, and décor while earning zero popularity points.

9. Rivals Waterfront Sports Grille in Hollywood
With an average cost a head at $32, the restaurant ranked 16 in food and décor and 14 for service, with six popularity points.

8. Johnny Rockets in Davie & Sunrise
With a glut of burger joints, it's no surprise the chain is struggling. At $15 a pop, the restaurant ranks 16 out of 30 for food and service and 15 for décor, earning zero popularity points.

7. Buca di Beppo in Davie
The Italian red sauce chain earns the most points for service at 18 and the worst for food -- 16 -- and décor -- 17. Zero popularity points for this restaurant that costs an average of $25 a person.

6. Taverna Yiamas in Hollywood
Service gets the most points here at 16, with food scoring 15 and décor a meager 13 points. At $26 a head, the Greek joint gets three popularity points.

5. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Fort Lauderdale
Though the waterfront restaurant earns 51 popularity points, it sits at 15 points for food at $27 a person, 16 for service and 17 for décor -- even though there's a view of the ocean.

4. Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale
The popular dinosaur earns 51 popularity points and 24 points for décor, but at $48 a head, the food's ranked at 15 points, with service sitting at 19.

3. Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood
Surprisingly, the casino earns zero popularity points and falls to 14 food points, despite that it costs only $26 a person on average. Décor gets highest marks at 21 points, and service is a meager 15.

2. Beach Watch in Dania Beach
The restaurant earns highest points, if you'd call it that, for décor (15) and service (14), with food costing $34 a person ranking 13 of 30. It earns three popularity points.

1. Rainforest Cafe in Sunrise
The chain ranks lowest of Broward's restaurants at 12 for food costing $25 a person and 15 out of 30 for service. Décor scores 23 points, though it earns no popularity points, which is no surprise.


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12 comments
Scott
Scott

Beach Watch closed in July. Good riddance!

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Its sad about Johhny Rockets.  The burgers and shakes are not bad and they were one of the first restaurants to open at the casino.  It IS overpriced though.  The food was generally not bad.  To be fair I havent been there in a couple of years.  But I still have fond memories of setting up shows in the casino and running over there for a cherry coke and a burger. 

Jessica
Jessica

Yes, I totally agree with what you have listed here...

Whack_a_mole
Whack_a_mole

Isn't it Buca di Beppo, in Davie, sted Buca di Peppo?

Does anyone proof  or fact check anything New Times writes?

rich kid
rich kid

I OWN ALL THESE RESTORAUNTS!!!!11 HOW DARE YOU SAY THE FOOD IS NO GOOD!! SHAME ON YOU!!

strangelove262
strangelove262

i hate to say it but the food at mai kai does stink. i don't mind nursing a drink in the lounge while listening to martin denny on my ipod, though. that's a bargain at any price.

melissamccart
melissamccart

I checked and called. If you notice our places page, we are going through a transition and working out the glitches. Keep calling things out though. Appreciate it.

MelissaMcCart
MelissaMcCart

How are the drinks? Is it drinks from a fishbowl filled with a blue cocktail and gummy bears or something less ridiculous?

Whack_a_mole
Whack_a_mole

You "checked and called," and still printed the wrong name, and haven't changed it even after being "called out?"  And what is the "places page" and what has it to do with not correcting mistakes?  Will we be seeing "Buca di Peppo" in Thursday's printed edition, as well?

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

Funny that I asked you about Mai-Kai on the other blog, and here it is. The drinks are trial and error. Some of them are really good (barrel o' rum, martinque milk punch) and some are downright awful (shrunken skull, cobra kiss) There are no fishbowls filled with gummy bears, but some drinks come in oversized and/or novelty glasses. Skip dinner, go for happy hour and chow on complimentary sushi (which is passable) or order the tahitian cheese tangs. They're fried bits of cheesy goodness. We're not talking gourmet, but they're damn tasty after a couple of those drinks. 

MelissaMcCart
MelissaMcCart

I misunderstood your comment. Thanks for the flag. Always good to be called out for my pesky typo.

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