Grille 401 Las Olas: A First Glance (Photos)

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All Photos by Sara Ventiera
Grille 401 Las Olas the onetime home of Rare and Bova Prime
Las Olas Boulevard has seen quite a few changes over the past six months. New restaurants have been popping up all over the block, including the highly anticipated Royal Pig Pub and the much-hyped American Social. 

Monday brought with it Las Olas' newest grand opening--Grille 401 Las Olas.

The restaurant, which sits in the corner of Las Olas City Center, was once the home of Bova Prime--once owned by notorious Ponzi-schemer Scott Rothstein. Much has changed in the spot since the old criminal crowd went off to their condos in Kentucky. A new restaurant--Rare Las Olas--came and went, and now, under new ownership, the interior, menu, and entire concept has undergone a facelift.

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Owned by the Rainmaker Group's Jeffrey Anderson and Kevin Blair, Grille 401 Las Olas is the third spot in their portfolio: other properties include Brimstone Woodfire Grill and Piñon. The menu at Grille 401 has some similar offerings to Rainmaker's other restaurants: like the $30 Chilean Sea Bass with Pesto, a seared fillet of Chilean Sea Bass served with pesto, parmesan potatoes, Thai chili beurre blanc, and fried onions. 

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The Omnipresent Chilean Sea Bass with Pesto

Since its former days of the sleek South Beach-inspired Bova Prime and the swanky monochromatic Rare Las Olas, the space has undergone a contemporary comfortable transformation. Warm blue and slate-covered walls with Florida-inspired art juxtaposed with striped valances and cushy booths give the place the old steakhouse feel with a modern presence.

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The Comfortable Modern Interior of Grille 401

Although the menu at Grille 401 has some similarities with the other spots in the Rainmaker Group's profile, there are some differences, sushi being one. During lunch and dinner, the restaurant features sushi ranging from california and spicy tuna rolls to the $10 asparagus roll with steamed asparagus, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts.

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Grilled Salmon Salad With Green Beans, Roasted Red Potatoes, Roasted Corn, Capers, Kalamata Olives, Mango, and Dijon Vinaigrette

The menu is seasonally-driven contemporary American cuisine. Lunch includes soups, salads (like the $17 grilled salmon salad), sandwiches, and burgers (starting at $8) to pastas and entrees (up to the $30 sea bass). 

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Curry Snapper with Rock Shrimp

The dinner menu features some burgers and sandwiches, but it primarily focuses on steaks, pastas, and seafood. Prices range from the $17 chicken paillard, sauteed chicken over angel hair pasta with a brown butter sauce, arugula, sun-dried tomato, and roasted red pepper tapenade to the $34 eight ounce filet mignon.
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Jalapeño Mac & Cheese

For $6, the restaurant offers a la carte side dishes including shoestring fries, parmesan potatoes, sweet potato mashed, fresh vegetable, sauteed spinach with garlic, peanut and ginger cole slaw chilled kale salad, seasonal specials, and seasonal mac and cheese--right now it's jalapeño.
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Asparagus with Vinaigrette and Hard-Boiled Egg 

Desserts run around $8, including, carrot cake, white chocolate bread pudding, key lime pie, Haagen Dazs hot fudge sundae ($7), and a flourless chocolate waffle served with ice cream, raspberry sauce, and chocolate ganache.
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White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Warm Mixed Berry Compote

To draw in the weekend crowds, there will be live entertainment on Friday nights. There is a full bar--including many speciality drinks--and an extensive beer and wine list. The plan is to extend the list even further in the future. Hopefully, after shedding some old layers, this new concept will stick around for a while. 

Location Info

Grille 401

401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Sadly, I don't think it has much chance of surviving. Have had lunch and dinner there - and if it is quiet on it's first Saturday night, what chance does it realistically have? The sea bass that you featured above just did not work - the pesto with the thai chilli sauce combo was not good, and the server did not notice my half eaten dish. The sushi is waaay too expensive. The pressed tune was $16 for 4 pieces - that is ludicrous. And they need to somehow figure our how to make the outside bar area attractive for people, as all the other patios on Las Olas were packed and it was empty.


Brimstone has sushi also. What kind of Love Entertainment will they have? Like male dancers? 


The bar is small way too bright.

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