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Comfort Zone
Mark's Las Olas is a staple of the Fort Lauderdale dining scene. Situated on the trendiest boulevard in the city, you can't miss this diner's paradise. If you've never been, and you'd like to know how to maximize the pleasure of your dining experience -- for instance, where to sit, when to make your reservation and what to expect, in general -- please read on.

    
    Reservations
Reservations are always recommended. Further, it's strongly recommended to make your reservations as far in advance as possible for the prime season, which is early November through early mid April. That said, walk-ins are accepted if they have the room.

Seating
Seating is available both outside and inside. Inside you can either dine in the bar and lounge area, the main restaurant or at a booth. The chairs themselves are wooden backed with several cutouts and arms. Striped cushion seats provide a comfortable dining option. The booths are very avant-garde and comfortable. Outside seating consists of curvilinear backed chairs with arms. You can't really go wrong with any of the options, as all provide a distinct experience. Whether you're inside at the happening bar, watching Mark Militello's gourmet dishes being created, sitting in a romantic booth at the back of the restaurant or out on the street watching the people on Las Olas Boulevard, it's all good. The real star of the show, however, is the food!

Atmosphere
The atmosphere at Mark's Las Olas is lovely, as the restaurant is romantically lit and music plays throughout the dining room. Servers couldn't be more helpful or friendly. They're knowledgable, too, which is no easy task given that the menu changes daily; it's quite a daunting amount of information to have to memorize and relay to customers! The restaurant does fill up early, though, as it opens at 6:30 p.m. and is a staple of Fort Lauderdale fine dining. It is therefore generally full throughout the evening. Table spacing is comfortable and you never feel directly on top of your neighbor, thanks to the columns that are situated throughout the restaurant. For even more space from your neighbors, try to secure a booth. If you can't, however, you won't be disappointed; there's not a bad spot to sit in the house.

Restrooms
The restrooms are in the back of the restaurant, on the same level as the dining room.

   
     
    
Dress Code
The dress code is business casual and is respected by all diners.

Parking
Valet parking is available for $3. There's also a metered lot behind the restaurant, or you could try to find parking on the street.

Awards
Mark's Las Olas has consistently won a plethora of awards, which include: Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award, 2003, 2004, 2005; AAA Four Diamond Award, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004; one of the "Best New Restaurants," Esquire magazine, 1994. Chef Mark Militello has won several awards himself, too, including the James Beard Award for "Best Regional Chef," Food & Wine magazine’s "Ten Best Chefs in America" and Conde Nast Traveler's Distinguished Restaurant Award.

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