Fort Lauderdale is located on the south-eastern coast of Florida. The city is popular for its great beaches as well as boating canals. While in town, visit Hugh Taylor Birch Park, with its walking trails and lagoon. Also, visit the International Swimming Hall of Fame with its museum of memorabilia and pools. Explore Las Olas Boulevard, a shopping district with many restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Make sure you visit the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, with its arty interior and 1920s-era home surrounded by gardens. Enjoy strolling The Strip, which is a promenade along the beachfront, with its many bars, boutiques, hotels and outdoor restaurants. Scroll below to see a selection of the top waterfront dining in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
1. Aruba Beach Cafe
Aruba Beach Cafe offers Caribbean style drinks and good food amidst swaying palm trees, perfect after a day on the beach. Experience the islands with three friendly bars where live island music is played. Enjoy a menu of soups, salads, steaks and burgers together with a range of entrees and desserts. There is a good range of wines and other drinks to wash down the meal.
Aruba Beach Cafe
Address: 1 Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954) 776-0001
Website: Aruba Beach Cafe
Coconuts waterfront restaurant is right at the beach. You can moor your boat at their dock and enjoy the relaxed, fun atmosphere while tucking into tasty dishes and choosing from the best wine list. Tuesday and Friday nights, tuck into Nelson’s outdoor paella or enjoy a Sunday brunch. The menu includes a range of seafood dishes, burgers, steaks and salads. Seasonal vegetable dishes are available for vegetarians. The restaurant’s motto is “Be nice.”
Address: 429 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954)525-2421
3. Blue Moon Fish Company
Blue Moon Fish Company offers up a fusion of Florida’s catch of the day with Louisiana flavors. The restaurant has been running for 20 years on Fort Lauderdale’s Waterfront. Serving lunch dinner and Sunday Brunch, this waterfront restaurant serves a variety of seafood, steak, burgers and tasty chicken dishes, along with salads and the best desserts, including Key Lime Pie. There is also an impressive wine list to browse for the best accompaniment to the meal.
Blue Moon Fish Company
Address: 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954)267-9888
Website: Blue Moon Fish Company
Serving lunch, dinner and cocktails, Kaluz is right on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. A selection of entrees, flat breads, salads and side dishes compliment fish, chicken and beef dishes, along with burgers, pork chops and Danish ribs. Choose from a mouth-watering selection of desserts and an impressive wine list.
Kaluz Fort Lauderdale
Address: 3300 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954)772-2209
Website: Kaluz Fort Lauderdale
5. Pelican Landing
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Pelican Landing is two storys up, with beautiful views across Pier Sixty-Six and the Intracoastal Waterway. They offer sunsets and freshly-caught seafood. The restaurant offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch as well as a happy hour. Besides the seafood, they have meatballs, fish tacos and brisket sandwiches to enjoy while overlooking the water, along with a range of good wines and cocktails.
Address: 2301 Southeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954)524-3444
Website: Pelican Landing
6. Shooter's Waterfront
Posted by Shooters Waterfront on Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Shooters Waterfront has been running on the Intracoastal Waterway since 1982. The restaurant is elegant and stylish with a full menu of the freshest seafood and inventive cocktails. Shooters offers great views across the water and a great meal. Dock your boat in front of the restaurant and relax, enjoying brunch, lunch and dinner. Besides the seafood, there is a range of soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches. Don’t miss the bottomless drinks while you are there!
Address: 3033 NE 32 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954)566-2855
Website: Shooters Waterfront
Enjoying lunch dockside. Boatyard Burger is a brisket, short rib blend, Vermont cheddar, bacon, grilled onion and tomato jam mayo. #NationalCheeseburgerDayPosted by Boatyard on Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Boatyard is an attractively decorated restaurant with an outdoor terrace on the dock side and an upscale nautical vibe and with views across the Intracoastal Waterway. The restaurant has a raw bar and serves a selection of shellfish dishes and prime cuts of meat, accompanied by locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy happy hour or cocktails while watching the boats go by.
Address: 1555 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale
Tel. No.: (954)525-7400
8. 15th Street Fisheries
15th Street Fisheries is located in the Lauderdale Marina. The restaurant is close to the 17th Street bridge and the Port Everglades inlet to the Atlantic Ocean and offers two levels of dining pleasure. Enjoy dinner upstairs in the restaurant on fresh seafood and other specialties, or have a more casual dining experience downstairs at dockside with a great selection for brunch and lunch. Every Sunday, the restaurant offers a Liquid Brunch selection of cocktails.
15th Street Fisheries
Address: 1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954)763-2777
Website: 15th Street Fisheries
9. Grille 66 and Bar
Grille 66 and Bar offers dining with a panoramic view across the Intracoastal Waterway. Dine on fresh seafood or prime, 28-day aged beef, along with appetizers, Maryland Crabcakes, lobster, shrimp and calamari dishes. There are also steaks, pork chops and a variety of side dishes, appetizers and seasonal desserts.
Grille 66 and Bar
Address: 2301 Southeast 17th Street at Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954) 728-3500
Website: Grille 66 and Bar
10. Sea Watch on the Ocean
Sea Watch on the Ocean is a historic landmark restaurant in Fort Lauderdale offering amazing oceanfront views. The restaurant faces three acres of unspoiled beach. Renowned for its seafood, the restaurant is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Steamed clams and mussels, smoked salmon tartine, crab cakes and a chilled seafood tower are just some of the dishes available. Soups, chowders and salads are the ideal starter. Sea Watch also has an excellent wine list and a range of other drinks and cocktails.
Sea Watch on the Ocean
Address: 6002 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tel. No.: (954)781-2200
Website: Sea Watch on the Ocean
Life on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale
Whether strolling on The Strip or boating on the Intracoastal Waterway, there is nothing quite like waterfront dining in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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