If you’ve only been to Trulucks Brickell’s almost always packed Happy Hour, you’re only getting part of the experience. And if you haven’t been there at all, put it on your “need to go” list for your next celebration. I’ve been there for a private event and happy hour before, but last week I finally got around to experiencing a full, proper dinner.
The restaurant has a warm, clubby steakhouse style décor with low lighting, rich mahogany paneling and cushy banquettes that you should request when you reserve. Service is friendly and professional, as you’d expect from a professional restaurant management group.
At it’s core, Truluck’s is a seafood lover’s heaven. Although I went for the stone crabs, I ended up not only getting those, but binging on all types of seafood as well. The menu is extensive, making selection a tough choice. There are crab appetizers including a “chilled seafood celebration” with shrimp, oysters, jumbo lump crab cocktail and Florida stone crab claws for a reasonable $65. Add to that a large section of prime fish classics and another just with crab and lobster that is presented on a silver tray. Find everything from Redfish Pontchartrain with crawfish tails, shrimp and blue crab to trout, swordfish, scallops, Alaskan king crab and the largest lobster tail I’ve ever seen, (5.5 ounces) from West Australian cold water.
We started with a delicious chopped salad with shrimp and a zingy, creamy horseradish dressing. Along with that we had the jumbo lump crab cakes which was expertly seasoned, crispy on the exterior and served with a dill-heavy tartar sauce.
For the main’s, we went with the house special stone crabs which were fresh, sweet and meaty. Truluck’s only serves stone crabs that were in the ocean less than 24 hours before service! To accompany the crabs, we chose a welcome new riff on fried rice, with more crab. If you want a more traditional side, they have the traditional ultra crispy hashed browns or customer favorites, parmesan mashed potatoes.
Carnivores will be delighted with all matters of prime steaks broiled at 1600 degrees and served on a sizzling 500 degree plate with a roasted head of garlic.
Whatever you do, save room for dessert. OMG, the dessert tray has everything you could want. The standouts are the chocolate creations. My favorite was the signature “chocolate bag”. It literally looks like a giant chocolate skyscraper. When served, it’s cut open to the sound of a crunch, thus revealing a luscious center filled with almond cake, berries, and whipped cream. Other traditional layer cakes are a wow, too, including a four layer carrot cake with cream cheese icing and a rich and creamy chocolate cake with four layers of chocolate frosting.
Seafood classics range from $32 to $42. Crab and lobster ranges from $36 for a petite stuffed lobster tail to $80 the day we went for the huge tail (market price) and $79 to $89 for crab. Steaks range from $40 for a 7 ounce filet to $78 for a 2 ounce prime bone-in ribeye with melted gorgonzola cheese. Sides are $8 to $25 for the lobster mac n’cheese and desserts are $9 to $15. Portions are large.
A glass of wine (6 ounce pour) starts at $10.50, bottles at $40. Valet parking is free at lunch and $10 in the evening.
If you don’t have celebratory occasions coming up, you can always try out their Happy Hour in the Stone Crab Lounge which is 7 days a week from 3 p.m. to 7 pm. Mon-Fri and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It features a piano player and both high top table and bar seating. And definitely don’t miss out on Monday night’s which is All You Can Eat stone crab night! You can check out my post on this special here.
Trulucks, 777 Brickell Avenue, T. (305) 579-0035.