by Female Abroad

Being that Fort Lauderdale is such a touristy town (not as bad as some other parts of Florida) there is so much to choose from! While there I got chatting to our hotel concierge who recommended a few spots. Of course the area is known for it's sea food and the age group of the city is full of older snowbirds with money so you might see a theme with some of this list. These are in alphabetical order so let us know what your favorites are so we can start ranking them to help out. Due to COVID, some of these places may have closed so please Google before going.

15th Street Fisheries: fresh and local - Lauderdale Marina

17th Street Thai Sushi: Great happy hour specials - 1515 SE 17th ST

Acquario: world wide menu flavors - Lago Mar Resort & Club

Aruba Beach Café: right on the ocean with live music at night - 1 Commerical Blvd

B Squared Burger & Booze: unique burgers (ex. McDuck with foie Gras) - 1021 E. Las Olas Bld

BalQony: view over the beach - Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Bamboo Beach Club & Tiki Bar: outdoors, on the beach - Ocean Manor Beach Resort

Beg For More: hilarious roll names (ex. Tastes Like My Ex-Girlfriend roll) - 2831 E. Oakland Park Blvd

Boathouse at the Riverside: Mediterranean and costal European with craft cocktails - Riverside Hotel

Burger FI: standard burgers that are always good - 2477 E. Sunrise Blvd

Cassablanca Café: piano bar and ethnic food - Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd / Alhambra St

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse: lots of meat on massive skewers that are freshly carved at your table - 2400 East Las Olas Blvd

Costal: Italian inspired - Atlantic Hotel & Spa

Diplomat Prime: steak and cocktails with a long wine list - Diplomat Resort & Spa

El Vez: authentic Mexican - W Fort Lauderdale

G&B Oyster Bar: every type of shellfish you can find - 429 Seabreeze Blvd.

Henry's Sandwich Station: soups paired very well with sandwiches - 545 NW 1st Ave

Indigo: American cuisine you can't go wrong with - Riverside Hotel

Lona Cocina Taqueria: people go here to try the over 300 mezcals & tequilas but the food is good too - Westin Fort Lauderdale

Kaluz: known for their seafood and the view of a waterway instead of the beach - 330 E. Commercial

Blvd Lips: drag performers doing Vegas style shows - 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd

Lulu's Bait Shack: beer bucket specials during football games and live music on the weekend - 17 South Atlantic Blvd

Naked Crab: seafood towers, big plates, and craft cocktails - B Ocean Resort

Ocean2000: outdoor veranda - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Rok:Brgr: voted best burger two years in a row - 208 SW 2nd St

Royal Pig: bottomless brunch on the weekends & $6 happy hour - 305 E. Las Olas Blvd

Sasaya Japanese Market: grab and go sushi from a Japanese supermarket - 1956 E. Sunrise Blvd Sea

Watch on the Ocean: authentically local with dishes you can't find anywhere else - 6002 N. Ocean Blvd

Scola Pasta Bistro: in season, sustainable food and also give cooking classes - 3358 NE 33rd St

Shooters: bottomless mimosas for brunch - 3033 NE 32nd Ave

Sky Thai Sushi: best Asian Restaurant 2017 - 350 E. Las Olas Blvd

Southport Raw Bar: around for over 40 years with some of the best shellfish in the area - 1536 Cordova Road

Stout Bar & Grill: Irish bar with good food - 3419 N Andrews Ave

Subs & Suds: unique sandwiches - 601 SW 12th Ave

Sushi Song: great specialty rolls and a tasty mystery roll (Shut Up Liz) - 3414 N Ocean Blvd

Terra Mare: upscale American - Conrad Fort Lauderdale

That's A Wrap Sandwich Co: wraps instead of sandwiches - 110 SE 6th St

Truluck's: upscale, sustainable seafood - 2584 E. Sunrise Blvd

Secondary Recommendations that are a little further from the beach:

Billy's Stone Crab: all you can eat Stone & Alaskan King crab - 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood

Burgers & Shakes: feels like a classic burger bar - 33331 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

Burgers & Suds: kitschy bar with burgers named after infamous individuals - 360 SE 15th St, Pompano Beach

Bravo Gourmet Sandwich & Peruvian Cuisine: lots of awesome options - 2925 NE 6th Ave, Wilton

Manors Charm City Burger Company: premium burgers that will fill everyone - 1136 E. Hillsboro blvd,

Deerfield Beach Doc B's Fresh Kitchen: known for their West Coast Steak Sandwich - 452 N Federal Hwy

Funky Buddha Brewery: large selection of beer and burgers - 1201 NE 38th, Oakland Park Galanga

Thai Kitchen & Sushi Bar: cucumber wrapped rolls - 2389 Wilton Dr,

Wilton Manors Gianni's: traditional Italian restaurant that's been around for over 25 years - 1601 E. Atlantic Blv,

Pompano Beach GG's waterfront bar & grill: One of the top rated on trip advisor for seafood & steak - 606 N. Ocean, Hollywood

Good Spirits: mix of Japanese and American, very inventive - 476 N. Federal Hwy

Jack's Old Fashion Hamburgers: around for over 40 years and a favorite of the locals - 4201 N. Federal Hwy

JWB Prime Steak & Seafood: fresh speared fish - Margaritaville Hollywood Beach

Le Tub Saloon: like a dive bar without being a dive bar - 1100 N/ Ocean Drive, Hollywood

Mai Kai: Polynesian food and craft cocktails with a nightly show; reservations needed - 3599 N. Federal Hwy

Point Royal: a large variety of seafood - Diplomat Beach Resort Hotel

Press Gourmet sandwiches: newspaper themed with panini type sandwiches - 6206 N Federal Hwy

Rosie's Bar & Grill: unique "Big Girl" burgers (ex. red wine-soaked Wilma Breathstink) - 2449 Wilton Dr,

Wilton Manors Sushi-One Take-Out: a locals favorite place to grab sushi to go - 23 N. Federal Hwy Temple St

Eatery: known for their Cheesesteak - 416 N/ Federal Hwy

Viva Tokyo: sushi with a Mexican flare - 1538 E. Commercial Blvd

Not Quite Sure Where to Eat?

I know, the list of options is super long with a ton to choose from. If you are not in town long enough to enjoy everything then I highly suggest booking one of these tours. (click the title for more information and to book)

  1. Craft Food Tour in Fort Lauderdale
    Foodies visiting Fort Lauderdale—this is the tour for you! Get a shortcut to the best local foodie haunts with this small-group guided tasting tour. By exploring the city with a guide, it helps you to avoid the tourist traps and discover interesting eateries that you might not uncover alone. Along to way, try eight food tastings as well as three alcoholic drinks.

  2. Hollywood Florida Walking Food Tour
    Enjoy VIP treatment including culinary delights and sample the best of historic Hollywood, FL from an insider’s perspective. We will meet up at a local spot, and begin strolling and sampling delicious food, walking to select local spots to try signature dishes and super specials. Come hungry and leave full! Includes, multiple stops for appetizer and tapa-style samplings of the most popular dishes. We feature original restaurants found in Hollywood, no national chains.