When you visit Fort Lauderdale, be sure to leave plenty of time for sampling delicious cuisine at these unique restaurants. There are many outstanding things to do in Fort Lauderdale, including dining out.
Many restaurants are set right on the water, letting you take in spectacular views while savoring your meal. From elegant restaurants to casual eateries, Fort Lauderdale offers visitors plenty to choose from.
1. Coconuts, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale’s Coconuts restaurant offers waterfront dining and an inventive menu that is primarily composed of delicious seafood and comfort foods. Treat yourself to tasty dishes like the Lobster Roll, Jambalaya, or the Gravy Train (breaded pork loin medallions in home gravy). Stop in for Sunday brunch and try the seafood quiche. Indulge in their sangria or choose something from their impressive wine list. Coconuts has been a local favorite since 1980 and is owned and operated by thriving restaurateur Elliot Wolf and his restaurant group. If you are looking for exceptional experiences in Florida, You will find this classic eatery on Intracoastal Waterway, just steps away from the famous Strip.
429 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-2421
2. YOT Bar and Kitchen
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Located inside the Lauderdale Marine Center, YOT Bar and Kitchen is the perfect spot to dine with a view. One of the best Florida weekend getaways, the expansive deck area offers amazing views – while you sip and eat you can enjoy watching all the activity of the luxurious yachts entering and leaving the marina. The restaurant is privately owned and run by Mike Linder, who has more than three decades of experience in the restaurant business, and knows exactly how to get thing right first time around. YOT Bar and Kitchen is famous for its great Happy Hour, their delicious seafood-forward menu and their very popular Saturday and Sunday Brunch.
2015 SW 20th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, 954 953 9000
3. 3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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3030 Ocean, established in 2015, is a chic, oceanfront dinner bistro that serves unbelievable Modern American Seafood. Treat yourself to exquisitely prepared dishes like Hogfish Ceviche, Sautéed Florida Flounder, or Hickory Rubbed Palmetto Creek Pork Chop. Don’t miss their classic succotash. A Chef’s Five-Course Tasting Menu is also available, as is delicious wine pairing. Food Network’s “Chopped” champion and South Florida native Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier is the mastermind behind these fantastic culinary creations. Enjoy an intimate, candle-lit dinner at this great eatery, located at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale.
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-3030
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4. SeaWatch on the Ocean, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Food simply tastes better when you have a wonderful view. When you book your table at SeaWatch in Fort Lauderdale, you can look forward to dining in one of Florida’s most iconic ocean view restaurants. The historic restaurant is located on 3 acres of prime Atlantic beach, offering sweeping views and delectable fresh fish and sea food. Appetizers include fresh cold-water oysters, Jumbo lump Crab cakes, Conch Fritters and a delicious old-fashioned Shrimp Cocktail. Once you have tantalized your taste buds with these delights you can move on to seafood soups, salads and sandwiches. Specialty entrees include a Broiled Seafood Medley, Seafood Paella a few steak options for confirmed carnivores.
SeaWatch on the Ocean, 6002 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954 781 2200
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5. Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale: Timpano Chophouse
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The landmark Timpano Chophouse serves classic Italian chophouse cuisine in a setting reminiscent of a Chicago supper club. Start your meal off with the Fire-Roasted Meatballs appetizer before diving into other fantastic eats like the Bone-In Ribeye, Eggplant-Pine Nut Ragout & Spinach Cannelloni, or the Osso Bucco. Wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails are also available. The Starlight Lounge, their in-house bar, features live music every Friday and Saturday night. Executive Chef Tim Hmay is the mastermind behind Timpano’s culinary creations. Open since 1999, this iconic eatery is situated in downtown Fort Lauderdale close to the Historic Stranahan House Museum.
450 Las Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-9119
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6. Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale: Dolce Salato
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Fort Lauderdale’s Dolce Salato will wow your taste buds with their authentic Italian pizza, gelato, and espresso. Dive into an incredible Parmigiana Pizza with eggplant, a Biancaneve White Pizza, a Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Pie, or a Soppressata Panini. Save room for a scoop of Tiramisu gelato. Northern Italy natives Leonardo and Silvia Baldi opened Dolce Salato in 2015, their third restaurant venture since immigrating to South Florida in 2002. This charming eatery is the perfect place for a quick slice, dinner with friends, or date night. You will find it nestled in the heart of the Wilton Manors neighborhood. Browse our best places to visit in Florida guide for more ideas.
2406 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-7677
7. Canyon Fort Lauderdale
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Canyon has been pleasing Fort Lauderdale palates for more than 27 years. Boasting a stylish interior and an intimate private dining space for special events, Canyon is one of the most popular meeting places in town. The cuisine is firmly rooted in modern American artisanal food with inspiration from Europe, South and Central America and all their produce is locally sourced from trusted producers. The dinner menu kicks off with a long list of mouth-watering small plates, ideal for sharing. These are followed by their large plate entrees which offer something for all tastes. Reviewers rave about their delectable Chocolate Bread Pudding. More beaches in Florida
620 S. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 754 779 7199
8. Lona Cocina Tequileria
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If you are looking for modern Mexican cuisine with a fresh Florida twist, Lona Cocina and Tequileria is the place to go in Fort Lauderdale. Benefitting from a prime beach-front location and a large sea-facing deck for alfresco dining, this restaurant is making waves. The food is innovative, fresh and delicious, adding a modern twist to many of your favorite Mexican dishes. The restaurant gets rave reviews for the food, atmosphere and service. You can start your taste adventure with some delicious appetizers before moving on to the Quesadillas (lobster is the most popular), Grills, Tacos and Enchiladas. If you are undecided you should definitely go for one of the Chef’s Specials. Browse our things to do in Florida guide for more ideas.
Lona Cocina Tequileria, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954 245 3069
9. Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale: Serafina
If you are looking for some of the best, authentic Italian cuisine, you will want to pay a visit to Serafina. Start off with the Melenzane alla Milanese appetizer before moving on to amazing dishes like Granchio Fra Diavolo, Funghi Di Bosco Risotto, or Osso Bucco D’angello. An exquisite wine list is also available. Enjoy your meal on the terrace overlooking the beautiful Middle River. Owners and Chicago natives Vicki and Mickey Annecca took over Serafina in 2009 and have brought in Italian-born Chefs Fabiano Lazzari and Fiovanni Filippone. Enjoy a romantic meal at this sophisticated eatery located in Fort Lauderdale’s Victoria Park.
926 North East 20th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-2566
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10. Dinner Near Me: Greek Islands Taverna
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Diners in Fort Lauderdale are spoiled for choice when it comes to traditional flavors and aromas from around the world. The Greek Islands Taverna certainly ranks up with some of the best restaurants in town and is conveniently located close to the beautiful beaches. The taverna is family owned and you can choose from indoor and outdoor dining areas with a relaxing laid-back ambiance. The food does not disappoint and the portions are more than adequate – bring a big appetite and be ready to queue for a table in the evenings. A few of the most popular menu items include their Dolmades (stuffed grape leaf appetizer), Grilled Greek Lamb Chops (rumored to be the best in town) and their delicious Baked Shrimp. More day trips from Fort Lauderdale
Greek Islands Taverna, 3300 N. Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954 565 5505
11. Dinner Near Me: Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
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Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill is renowned for its juicy burgers and delicious classic American fare. Savor tasty, passionately prepared dishes like Grilled Spicy Salmon with Cambodian Slaw, The Godfather Burger, or the Babyback Ribs. Save room for some of the best key lime pie you’ve ever had! Owners Bob and Lenore Gilbert opened Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill a decade ago. They have over forty years of experience in the service industry and have owned several restaurants. You can’t go wrong with the scrumptious, down-home cooking at their charming eatery located at the Harbor Shops between Lauderdale Harbors and Port Everglades.
1821 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-768-8990
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Proud recipients of the 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award, Zuckerello’s offers guest a distinctive taste of modern Italian cuisine in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. It all began more than 30 years ago when Adam Zucker decided he would like to open a restaurant where locals could enjoy a relaxing home-from-home dining experience. Several of the original staff who started on the journey with Adam are still working at Zuckerello’s, and such consistency has certainly paid off. The menu has all your favorite Italian dishes and more, all cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Specialties include their Grilled Lamb Chops, Eggplant Parmesan, Braised Lamb Shank and Shrimp and Cauliflower Gorgonzola.
Zuckerello’s, 3017 E. Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954 776 4282
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13. Restaurants Near Me: Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
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If you’re in the mood for something exotic, you will want to check out Fort Lauderdale’s chic and delicious Chima Brazilian Steakhouse. Savor exquisitely prepared churrasco meats offered by the handsome, roaming gauchos at your service. There are over fifteen types of meat to choose from, including top sirloin, filet, ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, sausage, and fish. The Silva family (from Brazil) introduced Chima Brazilian Steakhouse to Fort Lauderdale in 2004. They named it after a traditional drink from Rio Grande do Sul called Chimarrao. Your senses will be tantalized with a chic dining experience at Chima, located in East Fort Lauderdale.
2400 East Last Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 954-712-0580
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14. Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Florida: The Capital Grille
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The Capital Grille is one of the most elegant restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, serving extraordinary classic American fare made from exceptional ingredients, resulting artfully prepared cuisine. You can’t go wrong with amazing dishes like the Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger with Shalot Mayo, Seared Tenderloin with Butter Poached Lobster Tail, or the Double-Cut Lamb Rib Chops. Indulge in their impressive and extensive wine list or choose something from the full bar. The sophisticated Capital Grille first opened in 1990 in Providence, Rhode Island and has since expanded to multiple locations nationally. The Fort Lauderdale branch is located close to Central Beach and Sunrise Key.
2430 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 954-446-2000
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15. Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Florida: G & B Oyster Bar
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For some of the best seafood Fort Lauderdale has to offer, you need to pay a visit to the sleek, upscale G & B Oyster Bar. Treat yourself to incredible savory dishes like Oyster & Andouille Gumbo, Philly Lobster Cheese Steak, Braised Octopus Medley, or Crab Empanadas. Enjoy the beautiful waterfront views as you sip on a selection from their thoughtful beer and wine list. Renowned restaurateur Elliot Wolf and his hospitality group opened G & B Oyster Bar in 2012. Relax in the ocean breeze at this chic seafood eatery, located on the Intracoastal Waterway just steps from the famous Strip. Read about the most beautiful white sand beaches in Florida.
429 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-2421
16. Jet Runway Cafe
Located at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Jet Runway Café is an upscale eatery where you can enjoy watching planes landing and taking off just outside the windows. Forget about regular airport meals – Jet Runway Café takes travel eating to a whole new level by offering genuinely delicious, made-to-order meals that will delight your taste buds. If you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy a meal you can order your favorites to take on board with you. The café is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch every day and all the mouth-watering items on the menu are available during the day.
5540 NW 21st Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, 954 958 9900
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17. Where to Eat Near Me: La Dolce Vita
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Fort Lauderdale’s La Dolce Vita Ristorante Italiano serves authentic Northern Italian cuisine made from the finest ingredients. Treat yourself to delicious, expertly prepared dishes like Gnocchi Tartufo & Salame Picante, Pollo in Crosta di Mostarda, or Tagliata di Manzo. Don’t miss their all-Italian wine list. Italian-born friends and owners Chef Renato Polidori, Christian D’Amore, and Fabio Brun came together to open La Dolce Vita in 2011. The restaurant is named for the famed Fellini film of the same name. This welcoming eatery is located in the center of Fort Lauderdale’s historic shopping & arts district close to the Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort.
3331 NE 33rd Street, Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-5707
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18. Where to Eat Near Me: LaSpada's Original Hoagies
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LaSpada’s Original Hoagies is an old school sub shop serving extra-large, made-to-order sandwiches. Specialties like the Ham, Cheese & Cappicola, The Monster (ham, cheese, roast beef, and turkey), or the hot Meatball Marinara sub are sure to delight. Watch the special hoagie-making skills of the LaSpada’s staff as they do their famous “meat toss” to fill your sub with all of its yummy goodness. Owners Gale and Harry Kappes opened the first LaSpada’s in 1973. They opened the Fort Lauderdale location in 2011. You can find it in Harbordale close to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and the Convention Center.
1495-D SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-3483
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19. Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Burlock Coast Seafare and Spirits
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For an upscale downtown Fort Lauderdale hotel like Ritz Carlton, Burlock Coast Seafare and Spirits is fairly unpretentious, but you cannot beat the view and the menu is inspired. With a spacious indoor and outdoor dining space and a bar that overlooks the beach, this place is always buzzing with activity, whether guests are just here for their large and famous rum cocktails or for their fresh seafood and salads and farm-sourced meats. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, it is the brunch that draws most locals and hotel guests. The offer of four drinks in unlimited quantities for a fixed price surely helps, but Chef de Cuisine Gavin Pera also treats the locally sourced ingredients with respect and imagination. Try their fried oysters with pickled peppers, chorizo, and remoulade or go for the fantastic raw bar. You can also pick up lunch or snacks from their artisanal market to take to the beach.
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1 N Lauderdale Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, Phone: 954-302-6460
20. Where to Eat Near Me: The Foxy Brown
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The Foxy Brown sets out to serve all guests familiar, heart-warming, American comfort food in a relaxing environment. Open for Brunch (Sat. & Sun.), Lunch and Dinner, The Foxy Brown has something delicious to suit all tastes. Breakfast favorites include their Loaded Latkes and Maple Bacon Steak, both of which bring fans back time and again. Lunch and dinner options include a choice of tasty snacks, followed by salads, sandwiches, and classic favorites like their beef short-rib ragout, fabulous fish and chips, chicken thighs served with spatzle and hearty lump crab cakes. They also serve delicious made-from-scratch cocktails and serve a good selection of wines by the glass from all over the world.
The Foxy Brown, 476 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 754 200 4236
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21. Where to Eat Near Me: Boathouse at the Riverside
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Perched on the edge of the New River, close to the vibrant Las Olas district, Boathouse at the Riverside is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors in the know. The restaurant offers guests some of the best views in Fort Lauderdale, (every table has views of the boats on the river) and goes the extra mile to make sure everyone has a great night out. The cuisine is modern American, offering small, medium and large plates for sharing - the knowledgeable wait staff is happy to offer suggestions on the best dishes of the day. The restaurant offers all day dining from 11am to 10pm and the Happy Hour is particularly popular.
620 SE 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2216, 954 377 5494
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22. Where to Eat Near Me: Casablanca Cafe
Casa Casablanca is located in the oldest building in Fort Lauderdale, a beach-front residence built in 1927 in the eclectic Mediterranean Revival style. Filled with charm and nostalgia, the historic backdrop perfectly showcases the delicious contemporary food on offer. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (as well as Happy Hour from Monday to Friday, when a selection of small plates are available). The lunch menu includes a selection of soups, salads, hand-held’s and entrees like fish and chips, lamb pita and Ahi Poke. The dinner menu is more extensive, offering a larger selection of meat and sea food entrees. Hand-made cocktails complete the picture.
Casablanca Café, 3049 Alhambra Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954 764 3500
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