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I had a rare evening recently when I decided I didn’t want to go out to eat at a place that I had to but rather revisit a restaurant I wanted to, just because I like it.

I chose Eddie V’s.

I love the elegance of Eddie V’s dining room, the sophistication of the tuxedo-styled tables with white linens and black napkins. The candles and fine stemware. The drum shaped light fixtures softly illuminating the room.

And the food is always first rate, too.

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My companion and I started our casual dinner with the Maine Lobster Tacos appetizer, which featured sweet and generous hunks of lobster meat on house-made tortillas with a corn salsa and grated white cheese. They were wonderful.

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For my entree I chose the Mediterranean Branzino, also known as European sea bass. The skin had a crispy texture, a nice counterpoint to the soft flesh, and both tasted great with the dollops of tapenade made with olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It was accompanied by artichose hearts and stems.

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My friend chose the Swordfish Steak, broiled simply and topped with a mound of lump crab meat over sliced avocados. The sauce of pink grapefruit, cilantro and red chiles was surprisingly light.

Service by the white-jacketed staff was professional and efficient.

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The only setback in the evening occurred while waiting in the crowded bar, listening to the live music and ordering a pre-dinner cocktail. My negroni came with club soda poured on top. Classic cocktails shouldn’t be messed with. (The bartender happily remade my drink when I pointed that out.)

Other than that, I was pleased with my choice for my special night.

Eddie V’s is at 7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando. It is open for dinner daily. The phone number is 407-355-3011.