Top Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Blue Moon Fish Co.
Watch yachts cruise by from an elegant dockside table while dining on super-fresh seafood. Sunday's brunch buffet ($29.95) is an overstuffed affair with peel-and-eat shrimp, salmon strudel, and omelet bar.
The upscale southwestern fare (brie quesadillas, ancho chili chicken) and signature prickly-pear margaritas are best savored in one of the intimate curtain-draped booths.
Tropical dishes like lobster salad on Bimini bread and sautéed grouper complement the ocean views from this renovated two-story historic home with a sunny outdoor patio.
Drool over the cases of homemade cakes, fruit tarts, quiches, and croissants while queuing up at this authentic French bakery.
Greek Islands Taverna
Join the locals for saganaki (brandy-flamed cheese), chicken ladoregano with lemon and olive oil, and other tasty Greek treats. Tables are first come, first serve, but the line moves fast.
Locals groaned when Oprah discovered the divine mega-burgers at this worth-a-drive outdoor dive. Weeknights are better for dodging the herds and snagging a table along the waterway; cash only.
Mark at Las Olas
Mark’s impeccable wine selection, great service, and ever-changing menu of nouveau American favorites titillate all of the senses. The oak-grilled Mountain Meadow rack of lamb, crusted with goat cheese and pistachios, and served with gratin of potato and Pinot Noir sauce is to die for.
Shula’s on the Beach
Nestled inside the Westin Beach Resort, portions of prime eats are hefty at this waterfront outpost of Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula's signature steakhouse chain. The house special (dubbed the Steak Mary Anne after the coach's wife) is a double serving of 28-day aged black-Angus filet . . . just how Mary A. likes it. The fresh local seafood options are as heart-stopping as the steaks, with juicy lobster tails, BBQ bacon-wrapped shrimp, and pistachio-encrusted grouper making for a tough choice of whether to surf or turf (if you must choose). Live music Tuesday through Saturday and televised games nightly.
In the midst of Fort Lauderdale's burgeoning restaurant scene, YOLO ("You Only Live Once") has proven its pull since opening in 2008. An open kitchen overlooks dining tables (each is covered in white paper that's stamped with the fresh catch of the day), while an eclectic New American menu features popular comfort foods like meatball sliders, Szechuan calamari, piles of truffle-oiled potato chips, and a delectable spin on the classic ice-cream sandwich. Dressed in shades of crimson with an attractive waitstaff clad in sleek black ties, the space is happening and hip, without feeling too sceney. Outdoor fire pits reel in the after-work crowd, especially as temperatures slip.
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