Fort Lauderdale is located toward the southern tip of Florida, which is why it comes as no surprise that the places locals love to eat are mostly fresh seafood and Latin-inspired restaurants. People travel from all over to enjoy their beautiful beaches and take advantage of the amazing laid-back vacation vibe.

    The food scene in Fort Lauderdale is filled with outdoor dining, ocean-fresh seafood, and lively restaurants. Almost every restaurant has an awesome happy hour, making it an excellent place to unwind after a day at the beach. Whether you’re looking for fresh seafood with a water view or Instagram-worthy food, Fort Lauderdale has it all.


    Milk Money Bar & Kitchen

    A trendy place for brunch and happy hour

    Milk Money is a neighbourhood cocktail bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. A few miles north of Las Olas Boulevard, it's known for offering unique vegan and vegetarian options, freshly baked pastries, and lively weekend brunches. With a relaxed and trendy atmosphere, it’s a great place to enjoy a craft cocktail at their fully stocked bar or a cup of coffee with a made-from-scratch pastry.

    This chic neighbourhood restaurant offers specials every day of the week and an awesome happy hour at the bar on weekdays. Weekend brunches are always crowded, so make sure to snag a reservation beforehand.

    Location: 815 NE 13th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 954-990-4018


    Henry’s Sandwich Station

    One of Florida's most popular sandwich shops

    If you’re looking for a great place to grab lunch, you have to try Henry’s Sandwich Station. Located in the FATVillage arts district, the shop has a hip, industrial atmosphere and serves up sandwiches made with fresh, local ingredients.

    This popular lunch spot steps up the sandwich game by using bread from local bakeries, artisan cheeses, and meats that are smoked, roasted, and cured in house. Stop in and try Henry’s signature sandwiches, such as the slow-roasted prime rib, southwestern club, and buffalo chicken sandwich.

    Location: 545 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 954-616-5538


    925 Nuevo’s Cubano’s

    Cuban home-style walk-up restaurant

    925 Nuevo’s Cubano’s is a walk-up, open-air restaurant in Fort Lauderdale serving authentic Cuban dishes. Located a few miles west of the beach, it’s worth the drive for its delicious Cuban sandwiches, platanos (fried banana), freshly squeezed juices and café con leche (coffee with milk).

    What makes 925 Nuevo’s Cubano’s sandwiches really stand out is the pork, roasted low and slow for 16 hours before pulling the meat to keep it extra juicy. Take a seat at its brightly colored bar or picnic tables, and enjoy authentic Cuban food with live music on weekends.

    Location: 925 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, USA

    Open: Monday–Tuesday from 7 am to 5 pm, Wednesday–Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 954-806-8375


    Shooters Waterfront

    Seafood restaurant with live music and water views

    Overlooking the beautiful intracoastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Shooters Waterfront is an awesome place to enjoy fresh seafood, weekend brunches, live music, and refreshing cocktails. Open since 1982, it’s a staple in the Fort Lauderdale food scene. 

    Experience a vacation vibe while eating some of its most popular dishes, such as the shrimp po-boy, spicy tuna and fish tacos. The restaurant has a large outdoor patio, where you can take advantage of sunny Florida days with a frozen cocktail. Located a few minutes north of Las Olas, Shooters Waterfront is a great spot to watch the boats drive by while enjoying tasty seafood.

    Location: 3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday from 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 954-566-2855


    Blue Moon Fish Company

    Fresh seafood by the waterway

    Serving some of the freshest seafood in town, Blue Moon Fish Company is a great spot to dine by the water in style. Located on the intracoastal waterway in northern Fort Lauderdale, this upscale waterfront restaurant is known for their gourmet seafood dishes.

    Its menu is a unique fusion of Louisiana flavors and fresh seafood. You’ll love Blue Moon for its Sunday brunch buffet, New Orleans firecracker oysters, and blackened local mahi-mahi. If you’re looking for an excellent happy hour in Fort Lauderdale,  Blue Moon Fish Company is one of the best. Enjoy discounted appetisers, oyster specials and drink deals on weekdays from 4 pm to 6 pm.

    Location: 4405 W Tradewinds Ave, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 5.30 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +1 954-267-9888


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    Canyon Southwest Café

    Intimate café with famous prickly pear margaritas

    Canyon Southwest Café is a cozy restaurant that serves bold flavors through a Southwestern-inspired menu. Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Canyon is open daily for dinner. Its menu uses locally sourced ingredients and features a wide variety of dishes like roasted swordfish, pork risotto, and cornmeal-crusted poblano.

    Make sure to try one of Canyon Southwest Café's prickly pear margaritas or the chocolate bread pudding – both are famous among locals. If you’re a tequila lover, check out its extensive tequila and mezcal menu, which covers over 50 options.

    Location: 1818 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 5.30 pm to 11 pm, Sunday–Thursday from 5.30 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 954-765-1950



    Family-friendly seafood restaurant on the waterway

    Coconuts is a family-friendly, casual seafood restaurant on the water. Located just a few steps away from Las Olas Beach, it's a fun place to enjoy delicious local food while watching yachts cruise by.

    Coconuts is known for its coconut shrimp, lobster rolls, conch fritters, and crab claws, as well as fresh seafood options. Bring the whole family (even your dog) and enjoy an awesome South Floridian vibe. Make sure to snag a seat at its outdoor bar for one of the best sunset views in Fort Lauderdale.

    Location: 429 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 954-525-2421


    Louie Bossi’s

    Italian restaurant and pizzeria on Las Olas

    Louie Bossi’s is a must-visit if you’re looking for amazing authentic Italian cuisine and awesome vibes in Fort Lauderdale. Located on the famous Las Olas Boulevard, the restaurant has a beautiful outdoor garden, a full menu of Italian classics, and an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work.

    Everything on the menu is made from scratch – standouts include the homemade pasta, Neapolitan pizzas, and house-cured salami. Louie Bossi’s is always busy and its happy hour offers amazing deals for pizzas and beverages at the bar. The kitchen opens until late, with its dinner menu available until midnight. You can enjoy pizzas until 1 am, making it an awesome place to grab a late bite to eat.

    Location: 1032 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 1 am, Friday from 11.30 am to 2 am, Saturday from 10 am to 2 am, Sunday from 10 am to 1 am

    Phone: +1 954-356-6699


    Gilbert’s 17th Street Broil

    Family-run broil

    Gilbert’s 17th Street Broil offers great comfort food in a casual family-friendly environment. Located in south Fort Lauderdale at the Harbor Shops, this cozy restaurant has a ton to offer.

    Family-owned and operated, Gilbert's boasts a friendly, welcoming environment. It specializes in burgers, broiled and fried wings, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and homemade desserts. The blackboard specials rotate daily and Mrs Gilbert’s notorious key lime pie is always a hit.

    Location: 1821 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 954-768-8990


    The Chimney House Broil & Café

    Latin cuisine steps away from the theater

    The Chimney House offers outdoor dining on their patio and a Latin-inspired menu filled with bold flavors. Located just steps away from the Broward Center for Performing Arts, this quaint restaurant is an excellent spot for a pre-theatre meal in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

    The menu includes classic Latin dishes like ceviche, arroz marinero (similar to paella), broiled skirt steak, empanadas, and homemade flan. Its intimate bar is an awesome place to enjoy one of their popular sangrias or try a unique wine from Chile and Argentina. If you’re going before a show, their pre-fixe menu offers great value.

    Location: 701 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm, Friday from 11.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 9.30 am to 9 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 954-900-5352

    Victoria Zelefsky | Contributing Writer

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