There’s a new kind of food market and it’s extra-Ritzy. The Ritz-Carlton has finally opened its dining area to the public, and its Marketplace is a great spot for a quick, gourmet bite or a shop for the decadent ingredients made in‑house and used in Ritz dishes, such as their pasta noodles and sauces. The Marketplace’s order-at-the-counter then sit‑down or take to-go style makes gourmet at the beach a thing of the present.
Dockside dining is just one attraction at this eatery perched on the Intracoastal just south of Oakland Park Boulevard near A1A. The vibe is Florida-casual, and you can expect to see men in Hawaiian shirts disembarking from boats and strutting inside. Traditional bar bites, Floribbean fare, and international offerings comprise the menu, including crabcakes, fried calamari, coconut shrimp, seared ahi, and conch fritters. You can also order half-pound beef burgers, overstuffed wraps, and out-of-the-ordinary takes on fish, like the blackened mahi Reuben sandwich. Cocktails run the gamut, including fruity martinis, thick frozen margarita-like concoctions, and enormous fish bowls filled with fizzy, vodka-based drinks.
This beachside café doubles as a coffee bar where, in the morning, you can enjoy omelets or French toast with an ocean view, or take out pastries with your coffee or tea. The café also has salads and sandwiches for lunch. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, when the specialties include tilapia primavera and filet mignon with Cuban coffee sauce.
The mission-style building with a Spanish tile roof and quaint porch packs in diners for that impressive view of the surf across the street. The menu is something-for-everyone-style, with the likes of fish and chips, Cajun alligator, chicken quesadillas, and grilled wahoo with sun-dried tomatoes. At night, the dim setting and ocean nearby has helped define it as a go-to spot for the romance seeker.
The best way to do barbecue season in Fort Lauderdale is at the beach. Back Alley Bar & BBQ is the self-proclaimed first and only authentic Texas barbecue joint and bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Southern restaurant has a full bar along with classic barbecue staples, like beef sausage links, ribs, wings, baked beans and more. Located just a block from the beach, the new spot includes outdoor seating and live music every weekend from barbecue-friendly genres of music: Southern rock, blues and country.
Enjoy casual-chic dining with an ocean view. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night drinks, this Italian restaurant has seating on the patio, in the main dining room, or in a curtain-lined space for two. Choose from a selection of shareable appetizers, pizzas, pastas, seafood and meat specialties.
This upscale casual eatery headed by chef Pablo Salas offers an eclectic, soulful menu that can be enjoyed outdoors with oceanfront views or indoors in an elegant dining room served in an a la carte manner. Located inside the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, the chic restaurant also features an outdoor bar and a special tequila tasting room.
STEAK 954 is a luxury boutique steakhouse inside the W Fort Lauderdale that faces the ocean. The restaurant features dry aged beef from hand-picked ranches, Tajima Kobe from Australia, locally caught seafood, and the finest wines and spirits with selections from all over the globe.
Sushi lovers rejoice! A new sushi hotspot has sprung up on the beach – and it’s in one of the city’s hottest locations. Located at the W Fort Lauderdale, Sushi Bar offers a dining experience for those looking to start off their night the right way. The menu is made up of carefully crafted appetizers, rolls and sashimi devised by sushi chef Shuji Hiyakawa, a protégé of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Even better — once you’ve satisfied your taste buds, head on over to Living Room just steps away to dance the night away.
El Vez, from James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr, offers a menu by chef Steven Menter that features Mexican favorites such as classic guacamole, crispy Mahi Mahi, tacos al carbon and others. The 300-seat Mexican eatery is located on the first floor of the W Fort Lauderdale and includes indoor and outdoor bars and an expansive lounge area. The W’s signature artistic décor and style are present and include a unique beer can wall art installation. If art’s not your thing, there’s also cornhole and shuffleboard.