About American English Kitchen and Bar
American English Kitchen and Bar is a new and exciting concept from Chef/Owner Russ Aaron Simon. Our mission is to offer a great culinary and hospitality experience in a comfortable and casual environment. The menu features an eclectic mix of regional American and globally influenced dishes. From Potato Beignets to Fluffy Southern Style Biscuits with Pork Belly to Singapore inspired Chilli Prawns; American English offers diners an opportunity to experience a multitude of flavors. Our Wine and Cocktail program includes unique selections from the Old and New World, and from Classic to Craft.
Hollywood, FL 33020-5018
Contemporary American, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Social Hour - Featuring Drink and Bar Bites Specials
Tuesday - Friday 5pm to 7pm
Late Night Social Hour
Tuesday - Thursday 9pm to close, Friday & Saturday 10pm to close
Tuesday - Thursday 5pm to 10pm
Friday 5pm to 11pm
Saturday 6pm to 11pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available to our guests for $5. The valet stand is on 19th Avenue just south of Harrison Street.
Parking on the street in Downtown Hollywood is available where marked, and pay garages are located throughout the area as well.
Russ Aaron Simon
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
American English Kitchen and Bar Ratings and Reviews
Service was sorely lacking in spite of the place not being that busy. Waitress (though very pleasant) came by several times and never once asked us if we would like another drink even though glasses were empty. If we wouldn't have asked it would have never happened. Food is pricey and my wife and I both ordered filet mignon (larger option) and when they brought the food out hers was 30% smaller. When asked the busboy tried to act as if it was normal and really just disregarded our question it felt like. (Sorry but I worked in 5 star NYC restaurants back in the day and know the difference between petit and regular)
Overall it was ok, not great and sadly not memorable. I attribute it more to poor service training from management than quality of fare. In the end we will likely never go back as there are plentiful options and this one just wasn't memorable enough to stay in the mix for me for the prices they command.
Wonderful choice of eclectic dishes not normally found in South Florida.
I particularly like the choice of portion size offered.
The owner and the general manage went out of their way to say hello and make sure that we were happy with the wine, food and service. We shall return.
The menu was creative,
The combination of flavors most interesting.
Everything was perfectly prepared.
Service was outstanding.
The staff made the four of us feel as if our happiness and comfort was most important.
All four of us would highly recommend this restaurant.
The potato beignets were most delicious as was the pulled pork appetizer.
I especially enjoyed the prawn main course.
It was a little empty when we went on a Wednesday to the ambiance was difficult to judge.
I have the blackened octopus which was very tasty and the filet mignon. The beef was cooked exactly how I wanted and was fork tender. The frites were the best I have had in a while in terms of the crispness and flavor. We were in town for a conference and when we go back to Hollywood again we would go back to the American English Kitchen and Bar.
Reviewers lauded the Beignets which were crisp and creamy, but the three of us were not as taken by them, matter of taste probably, though my wife and Belgium friend are serious potato lovers. For me, I would have liked a stronger bacon presence. The octopus, nicely presented in cups of lettuce skimped on the key ingredient. Linguini with wild boar ragu was good, but not sure what the wild did. The carbonara with a poached egg was big disappointment drowned in a thin sauce. My wife had red snapper, a small piece on attractive but overly charred cauliflower, her favorite vegetable. The menu suggested a short, but inventive sounding dishes, but it fell short of its promise.
The place was well laid out. Hostess was friendly. So were the runners and other members of the staff but our server stood out. She was wonderful and on point.
My mussels were good but not excellent. They were very small although plentiful and very tasty. Some were not fully cooked. I would still go back and try other dishes though. My date enjoyed his steak frites. Our appetizer of grilled octopus was delicious.
The potato bengiets were great. The lamb ribs were the size of beef ribs and loaded with fat. Not edible. Sent back. The boar ragu was chewy and fatty, not tender or shredded. Not sent back, but $18 for pasta as boar not edible. My friends mussels were tiny and the seasoning in the sauce was odd tasting. The waitress was terrific as were the cocktails. Hate to give bad food review but it was what it was. Not good.
Booked a large party. Food was good but service lacking. My friend ordered a steak and the plopped a different steak in front of her and said this is a better cut of meat and they ran out of the lady one. Dessert portions were so inconsistent that diners had to ask why. They left something off the bill, I mentioned it to the manager. He added it back on, never saying that you for noticing, or your honesty, or anything. Not impressed.
The service was perfect and the food was delicious! We ordered a ton of food (pork belly app, octopus, swordfish, steak, boar pasta, arugula salad) and loved it all except the octopus, which was ok but not up to the same caliber as the rest of the dishes. We highly recommend it for the food, stellar service and nice atmosphere!
I tried out American English Kitchen and Bar during the Fort Lauderdale Dine Out series and was duly impressed with the food and service. I was looking forward to taking friends so they could see that, yes, Hollywood has great little restaurants just like their Las Olas locale, but a lot less pretentious. So, I succeeded as far as showing them a place that wasn't hoity toity but I was terribly disappointed in our service. The wait...... wait........ wait........ for drinks and dinner was ridiculous - and it wasn't even full!!! It seemed like they had enough wait staff but they just couldn't pull it together. That being said, my wine was delicious and some of our appetizers were very good while others were .... blah. I really hope they get their sh*t together, I would love to stay local and eat local.
I have been wanting to try this restaurant since it opened and because of the Fort Lauderdale dine, they were always booked. I finally got a reservation a month in advance and got to experience this place. The service was horrible. I had a gut feeling something was going on with the staff, etc because it seemed like no one knew what was going on and it was a Saturday evening. Once we received a drink it was fine, but it was a 3 hour dining experience and not because it was fine dining with many courses. We were there with friends and enjoyed their company and the food was delicious once it finally cAme out but there are a lot of kinks that need to be worked out or they will be closed in 6months. Customer service needs to be a priority ...we eat out often and will not run back here
We were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food not to mention its deliciosity (is that a word?). Service was perfect. The chef-owner came to our table and told us his "story:" he trained with Wolfgang Puck for years in both Vegas and Australia! We find very few restaurants in No. Dade or Broward where we go back. We will go back here.
Our second time back in two weeks! The food is outstanding. The first time to this recently opened restaurant, the service needed improvement . This week, vastly improved. It's new and they're working out the kinks. Highly recommended. Concerned owners and managers and lovely young wait staff. Both times, with 6 people each time, everybody loved their selections. We ordered several appetizers, the potato beignets are the best! Can't wait to return.
DINE OUT LAUDERDALE RESTAURANT CHOICE FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT. GREAT ATMOSPHERE, STAFF SERVICE WAS A LITTLE SLOW. CHICKPEA HUMMUS WAS DELICIOUS AND THE CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE WAS FABULOUS. BEEF TENDERLOIN WAS CHEWY AND THE FRITAS WERE TOO SALTY. UPGRADE TO STRIP STEAK WAS MUCH BETTER BUT HAD NO SIDE WITH IT. DRINKS FROM THE BAR WERE VERY GOOD. NEW RESTAURANT THAT SHOULD BE CHECKED OUT.
The food was excellent. The service terrible. Only 1 waiter for the entire restaurant. No back-up plan. Waited 2 hours for our main course. The staff tried but you could see there were problems...especially in the kitchen. We will give them another try it n a few months when they get the kinks ironed out. We loved the food and menu choices.
Hubby and I went and felt they were a little under staffed since the hostess took our order. We didn't mind because place was busy. We had the wine pairing with the Miami spice menu and I really enjoyed it. Food was absolutely delicious. The restaurant lacked ambiance a bit they should of had some background music since it was the weekend and it felt quiet at times. Luckily my husband is an entertainer. 😂 Will be going back again since we loved the food!
We went here for Dine out Ft. Lauderdale and their selection was fabulous. When I go back I will be ordering a full order of the pork belly sliders. We also had, and thoroughly enjoyed, the hummus for our appetizers. The entrees were excellent as well, everything we ordered was great and the other selections on the menu all looked good as well.
You will not find a place like this outside of going to trendy South Beach in South Florida. The food is so different then any place else. Top quality, great flavor, and an excellent chef. Hands down the best place in Tri-County area. This was my second time there, and can't wait to go back.
I would not recommend eating and American English. Upon entry we were greeted very warmly and immediately. No one else was in the restaurant. The bartender was quite pleasant and friendly. We were seated and ordered appertizers that were delicious, so I was looking forward to dinner. The entree I there for which was both on the website and on the menu was not being served (Soft shell crab in a chili sauce) but was substituted with shrimp ( a poor replacement Lobster would have been a better offering) so I the recommended braised veal shank. This was very disappointing. It lack flavor and the sauce was very tart and seemed lot a disjointed dish. My wife and friend ordered the gnocchi and lamb ragu, again the dish disappointed. The ragu had no flavor and very little lamb and the gnocchi were not very light. The last dish of our order was the carbonara and also was not very flavorful. My wife took my shank and I returned the ragu. The check was close to $400.00 and while the chef was making rounds to the other 2 covers that were in the restaurant he never approached my table.
Nice people and service. But our table was next to the open kitchen and the fans were inadequate to remove smoke and odor. Consequently, we suffered the smell throughout dinner. Menu was interesting but too limited. Food much to expensive for the ambience. Noisy. Not good enough to go back given the value.
What a great surprise. Never been here before and the meal was fantastic. The menu has your basic proteins, and I really enjoyed his preparation. You can tell the chef is holding back on his creativity. He blends the side dishes into a supporting cast of favors that do not conceal the main, but can stand on their own.
The bartender is really cool. I wanted a bourbon cocktail and he came over to help with something different. Then he took the time to share his love of scotch. Just a fun conversation and sharing of knowledge.
Highly recommend this place.
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