Eat Your Way Around Fort Lauderdale

If you’re dreaming of a getaway to somewhere warmer and the palm trees are calling your name, pack your bags and head to Fort Lauderdale where the weather is warm, the people are welcoming and the food is amazing.

Get ready to stuff your gills with the some of the best food in south Florida!

Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for Families

Beauty and the Feast
Located on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, the warm and alluring Beauty and the Feast restaurant offers fantastic ocean views and delicious American cuisine. Best bets here are the jerked pork spring rolls, their herb crusted chicken with sweet potato risotto and the down south pizza slathered with BBQ pork, coleslaw and chips. And don’t forget dessert!

Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for families - Beauty and the Feast dessert
Decadent Devil’s Chocolate Food Cake with Hazelnut Gelato at Beauty and the Feast.

O-B House
Local farm fresh ingredients are the star at this wholesome restaurant. If clean eating is important to you then you will be thrilled to know that the O-B House prides itself on quality over quantity. Everything you eat there is made from the freshest, purest ingredients including grass fed beef, free range eggs, low pasteurized milk straight from Florida farms and so much more. The O-B House is open for breakfast and lunch every day. Make sure you try their oven baked pancakes (the Florida corn is my favorite) and the O-B cast iron burger.

Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for families - O-B House breakfast
Amazing TKO breakfast sandwich at O-B House, one of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for families.

Blue Moon Fish Company
Located at right on the intercostal waterway, the Blue Moon Fish Company’s dock and dine experience has been voted “Best Waterfront Dining in Fort Lauderdale.” They boast true Floridian flavors with hints of Louisiana Cajun for a fantastic fusion of fresh and spicy. The Blue Moon Fish Company is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and opens early for a traditional brunch on Sundays. Favorite dishes include Rock’n Maine Lobster Roll for lunch and the Blackened local Mahi Mahi for dinner. For dessert indulge in a decadent Crunchy Top Crème Brulee or the Icky Sticky Caramel Tarte.

Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for families - Blue Moon Fish Company
Fresh and zesty rock’n maine lobster roll at Blue Moon Fish Company.

Louie Bossi
An impressive Italian menu along with a fun and festive outdoor piazza feel makes Louie Bossi a place for foodies to enjoy an afternoon or evening of incredible food, wine and relaxation. The Boss, a local lunch favorite piled high with porchetta and provolone on a house made roll spread with a fresh pesto, is a great choice. I, however, couldn’t get enough of the mouthwatering scottadito (grilled lamb chops with chili oil and aioli) I had for dinner. If you can muster enough room for dessert, you would be remiss not to try the tiramisu or the Venetian affogato (prosecco poured over gelato).

Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for families- Louie Bossi
Welcoming firepit in the outdoor piazza at Louie Bossi’s in Fort Lauderdale.

Steak 954
Fresh and modern decor welcome you into his luxury boutique restaurant. Sweeping ocean views by day and luminous starlit nights provide the perfect background for a one-of-a-kind breakfast, lunch, and brunch or dinner experience.

Steak 954 features Tajima Kobe beef from Australia, locally caught seafood, and the finest wines and spirits with selections from all over the globe. Must try dishes include: the Chorizo, Manchego and Roasted Tomato Omelet with fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast and the Organic Salmon with Charred Lemon Relish and Soft Herbs for lunch. For dinner the succulent Filet Mignon with a side of Truffle Mac and Cheese will make you weak in the knees.

Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for families- Steak 954
Delicious chorizo, manchego & roasted tomato omelet with potatoes lyonnaise at Steak 954.

Beachfront dining and bold American flavors make the new Ocean2000 restaurant a real contender in the Fort Lauderdale food scene. What makes this restaurant so unique is their one of kind dining under the moon experience. Imagine sitting on the sweeping oceanfront veranda, dining al fresco with unobstructed views of a natural full moon reflecting off the Atlantic Ocean. This is an experience you don’t want to miss! Highlights of the evening include, special culinary selections, oversized telescopes positioned for viewing of the moon & table visits from a respected astrologer.

Fort Lauderdale Food Tours
If you are looking for a fun eating experience, you need to book a tour with Las Olas Food Tours. Combine a little bit of history with a lot of food for a fun filled afternoon of eating, walking and learning. Stops on the tour include restaurants like Trata Greek Taverna, Asia Bay Sushi & Thai, Kilwins, the Cheese Culture and the Indigo restaurant. The tour also includes two non-food stops at the New River Fine Art Gallery and the Stranahan House.

For the Grown Ups: Best Bar in Fort Lauderdale

Stache 1920’s Drinking Den
If you find yourself without the kids for a night, Stache 1920’s Drinking Den is where you want to be. This speakeasy has quickly become Fort Lauderdale’s premiere cocktail lounge, coffee bar, nightclub and concert hall. Its vintage vibe and talented bartenders that excite your senses with signature and classic cocktails make for an unforgettable speakeasy experience.

Best Bar in Fort Lauderdale - Stache Whiskey Den
Refreshing libations created by master mixologists at Stache, the best bar in Fort Lauderdale.

Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Situated across from Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort offers a gorgeous location within walking distance of all the shopping, dining and activities that make Fort Lauderdale famous. The variety of suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, feature private balconies, custom-designed beds and marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is a stunning resort-style hotel in the the ultimate location on the Intracoastal Waterway, close to the city’s vast attractions including Las Olas Boulevard, which is alive with shops, restaurants and bars. All guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows delivering amazing views of downtown, the Intracoastal Waterway or the bustling Fort Lauderdale marine port.

We had a fabulous time eating our way around Fort Lauderdale and know you will too! Do you have a favorite restaurant that I missed? Please share it in the comments below!

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The Fort Lauderdale CVB hosted Jordyn on a fun Fort Lauderdale adventure. All opinions are her own.

Know Before You Go

  • Fort Lauderdale is known as “The Venice of America” as well as “The Yachting Capital of the World.”
  • Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 4,000 restaurants making it a haven for foodies.
  • Visit between June and August to enjoy the warm summer weather.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Jordyn C. Are you interested in traveling to Fort Lauderdale? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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