Thanks to its appealing waterfront and international yachting crowd, Fort Lauderdale has developed an eclectic food scene that wasn’t always there. With increasingly more options to choose from and a high-quality taste palette which draws inspiration both from traditional American and international cuisines, all you need to do is take your pick and explore the beautiful options available. Seafood, steaks, fusion – it’s all there.
Take a look at our selection of the best dining spots in Fort Lauderdale!
Finding its home in the hip W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, Steak 954 is one of those must-try dining spots that you simply cannot miss. There is a particular appeal to a place that does a spin on traditional dishes, does it well and sticks to what they know. Why fix something that’s not broken, right? Steak 954 does exactly that.
Everything about Steak 954 is incredibly, well… cool! From the nautical-themed interiors with a centerpiece aquarium to uncomplicated interiors, which allow the food perfection speak for itself. Only the best cuts of dry-aged beef, as well as locally-sourced fresh seafood, are the highlights of this boutique eatery. American Wagyu beef dishes are certainly the main act on the menu, but the appeal of, for example, raw bar and seafood cocktails is undeniable – East and West Coast oysters, local snapper ceviche, and jumbo shrimp among other things.
Just like Steak 954, El Vez is also a part of the Starr Restaurant Group. El Vez explores diverse classic Mexican flare and Baja-style cooking. Making use of its excellent surroundings and fresh seafood available in the South Florida region, the menu is as colorful as you can imagine; ceviches, salads, gorgeous quesadillas with fresh salsas all bursting with flavor.
Similar to Stephen Starr’s other ventures, El Vez also revives traditional flavors and cooking methods by adding a new spin that still feels authentic yet current. And that’s exactly what Fort Lauderdale needed. It wouldn’t quite be a Mexican restaurant without an array of cool drinks, and the selection of tequilas here is truly astounding.
One of the best parts about Fort Lauderdale dining experiences is the laid-back vibe, while still keeping things sophisticated and chic. Kick back with a cocktail or a glass of wine and enjoy the food, the atmosphere, and conversations. This is true with many of the restaurants here, and the same applies to Ritz-Carlton’s own Burlock Coast.
Embracing beachside casual with a touch of whimsy in a modern way, Burlock Coast serves a gorgeous selection of seafood options as well as classics like a pork chop, chicken, filet mignon among others – all with a contemporary twist, of course. While dining at Burlock Coast, the cocktails are a must-try. The drinks menu features some of the best rums and tequilas mixed in creative and refreshing blends.
Sun, surf, sand – three elements that S3 represents. Established in the Fort Lauderdale increasingly competitive dining scene back in 2013, S3 is one of its top players. The trendy and laid-back atmosphere allows you to enjoy an unforgettable oceanfront dining experience filled with stunning dishes cooked to perfection.
It wouldn’t be a Fort Lauderdale restaurant without prime cuts of meat and fresh, locally-sourced seafood, but S3 takes it to the next level with its one of a kind sushi bar. This restaurant also proudly embraces the concept of sharing, and it is perfect for larger groups. Mix and match small and large plates, specialty sushi rolls and wood-fired dishes for the ultimate dining experience.
Lobster Bar Sea Grille
A part of Atlanta’s Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Lobster Bar Sea Grille has been a favorite both for locals and returning visitors alike ever since opening in 2013. The space is stunning with subway-tiled walls and Art Deco lights and it goes very well with the upscale casual atmosphere. White leather seats and hardwood details create a warm and unique atmosphere in this Fort Lauderdale spot.
Executive chef Jeff Pfeiffer and his team focus on delivering the finest seafood dishes you could ever wish for – from various types of caviar to a wide array of lobster dishes, and whole fish. It wouldn’t be a Fort Lauderdale dining experience without highest quality steak and Lobster Bar Sea Grille has it all – from American to the exclusive Japanese Kobe beef.