As boaters, we regularly visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is the perfect stop to provision our boat before sailing to the Bahamas. Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer, even for a quick stopover. Each trip brings us new discoveries.
Fort Lauderdale has a diverse mix of cultures, so any type of food you can imagine is perfect for foodies! We tend to be seafood lovers, so we seek out eateries that offer unique seafood dishes and tried and true standards with a different twist.
Fort Lauderdale is a foodie’s paradise, and you must visit these top three best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale the next time you visit the area. Traveling requires a specific set of accessories. The next time you head to Fort Lauderdale, make sure you travel in style.
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Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale | Casablanca Cafe
Voted “Fort Lauderdale’s Most Romantic Restaurant,” I would agree! With a vegetarian-friendly menu, an extensive wine list, and live entertainment from Tuesday through Sunday, Casablanca is one of our favorite spots to dine in Fort Lauderdale!
Casablanca offers Mediterranean and American specialties with a touch of the Caribbean. Housed in a beautifully restored historic home just blocks off the beach, it is perfect for enjoying an intimate meal impeccably prepared.
Casablanca has kept the original vibe of this Mediterranean Revival home which is one of the reasons we give it a vote for one of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. The terrazzo floors, fireplace, spiral staircase, and wooden ceiling beams are all original to the home, giving this restaurant an authentic old-world charm. You will not be disappointed when you dine at Casablanca.
3049 Alhambra St, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dinner: 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Friday: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Nautical chic is the perfect way to describe this relative newcomer to the Fort Lauderdale food scene. Expansive waterfront views can be seen from almost anywhere in this sophisticated yet laid-back eatery. Enjoy a relaxing meal inside, outside on the waterfront patio, or, if you prefer, dockside on your boat.
Boatyard offers 120’ feet of dockage, making it the perfect place for you to enjoy a happy hour or dinner right in the comfort of your yacht. Bringing the freshest fish and shellfish selections to you daily is the center of Boatyard’s “Eat Local, Be Coastal” philosophy.
The food is well prepared and tasty, with a whimsical twist. Nowhere is this more evident than in their signature dish, Charred Octopus. Boiled first to make the octopus tender, it is charred to bring out its unique flavors.
The dish is prepared with wilted kale, garbanzo beans, and fingerling potatoes, topped with a chorizo vinaigrette. It is a delicious dish that will have your mouth jumping for joy.
1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Sunday: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Coconuts Waterfront Restaurant
This restaurant embodies South Florida at its best! Come and visit by boat, and tie up at their dock; bring your four-legged friend with you to enjoy a relaxing lunch, dinner, or cocktails; bring the family to this relaxed and fun waterfront restaurant.
There is something for everyone! The kids will love watching the boats on the waterway, while the adults will revel in the fantastic South Florida sunsets.
The food is tasty and well prepared – I am partial to their crab cakes and coconut shrimp. The raw bar offers the freshest seafood around. The wine list offers an excellent selection, and the cocktails are divine. Just a short walk from the beach, Coconuts is the perfect way to cap off a relaxing beach day!
Coconuts Waterfront Restaurant
429 Seabreeze Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 10 pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am – 1 pm
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Mj Garner says
Great choices! Casablanca Cafe is wonderful. My personal favorite is Blue Moon Fish Company on Tradewinds at the intercoastal. Sea bass is to die for, views are stunning at night. Brunch allows for small tastings of dinner items like mile high meatloaf and plenty of fresh srafood. Try it next time. You won’t be disappointed.
Hi MJ! Blue Moon Fish Co is where we want to try soon! Looks fantastic!
Love the post! I find myself to be quite the foodie and feel that I should definitely try these restaurants next time I am in the area! Thanks for sharing!
Ryan – you should! We were atCoconuts tonight and the food & the view do not disappoint!