Dada – TripAdvisor.com
52 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
- Food: 10/10
- Drinks: 10/10
- Service: 10/10
- Price: 10/10
- Experience: 10/10
- Location: 10/10
There are two types of foodies in South Florida: those that have dined at Dada, those who haven’t. For myself, going to Dada is like a rite of passage — I first went there in 2000 as an impressionable college kid. It’s a place that will open the doors to anyone’s foodie adventure. That may be a bold statement, but simply put, there are few places in the South Florida area that match the charm, the cool, the chill and the cuisine of Dada.
Courtesy of Dada
Part of Dada’s appeal, besides the fantastic gastro-American cuisine is its delightfully, confortable vibe generated thanks to its old house location, situated under gigantic, overhanging birch trees. Originally constructed in 1924, the building is a site to behold with each room having its own distinct character. You can tell what the original purpose of each room was when you walk in. The best is being able to sit at the table located in front of the fireplace, which generates an all-intimate vibe at night without feeling isolated or remote from the rest. The experience is great, whether you want to dine in one of the many rooms in the house, have a drink at the bar or hang out in the patio or outside seating – mental note, the love sofas on the porch are awesome to enjoy an evening at Dada.
The great décor is matched by the great cuisine, which is absolutely tantalizing. Appetizers like their crab cakes and Stilton endive salad are delicious as well as their Baked Brie appetizer. However, the best starters of the menu have to be tie between the Dada Dates, the Pork Belly Waffle Dog and the Dada Flatbread – each has its own uniqueness, flavor and character that will just leave your taste buds screaming for more. The dates are wrapped in bacon and stuffed with goat cheese and chorizo that are to die for. You can also say the same about the flatbread that has braised beef, blue cheese, guava with a sweet soy drizzle that completes the dish. The waffle dog is definitely tasty with its candied pork belly and raspberry maple syrup.
For entrees, you can’t go wrong with such dishes as the butternut squash ravioli with a thyme cream sauce that is simply yummy, while the Flat Iron Steak and the Braised Short Rib are tasty and tender. And if you feel like a sandwich, the 7-Cheese Grilled Cheese is absolutely divine, served with a creamy and zesty tomato soup that makes it the perfect dipping condiment. To finish off the meal, have a Dada S’Mores, which is served in a mason jar, and I will leave it at that.
What makes the food even better is that you don’t have to drain your bank account to eat there! Most of the items on the menu are moderately priced with only a few items past the $20 range. For a gastropub, you can’t beat the prices at Dada. The appetizers are perfectly priced for what you’re ordering, and some of the main dish items are below $15. Definitely worth it when you consider this factor. And if you’re waiting for a table, or just want to hang out, Dada has a nice drink menu, where their mojitos are quite nice and refreshing.
Of course, service matters just as much as location and cuisine, and Dada has an awesome staff that are not only friendly and accommodating but funky – some have an eclectic array of different piercings and tattoos that help complete the experience.
Not only is Dada a great restaurant to dine whether outside or in, they have a multitude of different events that go on during the course of the week and month such as open mike nights, live band performances and movie nights. Dada is one of those places where you feel right at home – an incredibly chill yet cool environment that doesn’t have the loud, obnoxious quality of most bars and larger restaurants. Just remember, if you’re someone that likes to dine between 5-8pm, make sure you reserve a table a couple of days in advance, especially if you’re looking at a Friday or Saturday night – it gets filled fast. However, once the time gets past 9pm, you generally don’t need to make reservations to get a table – the restaurant stays open usually until 2am most nights.
Whether you’ve lived in South Florida for a while or are just visiting, if you haven’t been to Dada, this is one of the top 10 places to dine, drink and relax. Its eclectic setting, laid-back vibe and enticing cuisine will make you want to come back over and over again.