Enjoy a cocktail overlooking the ocean while listening to live music. This beachside bar and bistro offers small bites at the bar, while the main dining room serves lunch, dinner, brunch and sushi with selections including honey soy glazed salmon, a dolphin sandwich, and lobster, shrimp and crab omelets.
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.
The two-story restaurant sits on Pompano Beach Pier and offers oceanfront dining. Executive chef Brian Cantrell has crafted a menu of locally sourced seafood. In addition, the custom-built, 5,000-square-foot outdoor bar shows off the stunning Atlantic views as you sip on a cocktail.
A local place to gather at the table and enjoy modern American dining. The Rusty Hook tavern boasts local brew and craft cocktails with a causal atmosphere. See their website for great deals at 50% off specials during the week.
Chef Oliver Saucy and general manager Darrel Broek have earned this restaurant distinction as one of the nation’s best, with a menu updated daily featuring the best local ingredients. Dishes include: duck confit phyllo purses with raspberry-glazed beets, pearl onions and chives; and three-peppercorn filet mignon with three-cheese potato au gratin and shallot-thyme butter.
Located inside the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa, AND Fish Kitchen and Bar offers a nautical-themed seafarer’s dream. Blue Point Oysters and Island Seafood Stew in Thai Curry Broth over Coconut Rice are a couple of the seafood specialties. Land-based options include the Chairman’s Dry-Aged Bone-in Rib Eye with Compressed Yukon, Rainbow Chard and Bone Marrow Butter with a Red Wine Reduction. They also offer an extensive wine list (with recommendations for the perfect wine-pairing) and cocktails.
Las Orquideas (“The Orchids”) serves authentic Colombian and Latin American cuisine. Small and bright, the restaurant is often crowded with customers sitting over plates filled with steaks, beans, plantains, chorizo and rice. Some come in just for the baked goods, which include the gluten-free pandebono.
Temple Street Eatery is your local neighborhood dumpling and noodle bar. Since 1966, our family at Christina Wan’s Mandarin House brought to South Florida original Mandarin Cantonese Szechuan cuisine. Temple Street Eatery is our new concept aiming to bring new flavors to Fort Lauderdale’s palate. We have longed to bring comfort foods reminiscent of our family’s home cooking that meets the affordability of traditional Southeast Asian street food. Our menu introduces flavors with Chinese, Vietnamese and Latin influences.
The new Plunge Beach Hotel adds another eatery to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Backflip Beach Bar offers the right light bites and beverages any beach-goer would need to sit back and relax with. The cocktails stay true to the beach theme, being named after cult classics featuring the sea – try the “Bigger Boat Needed” or “There Was Room for Two.” As for those bites? They include street tacos, grilled steak sandwiches, fried fish catch of the day and, of course, juicy burgers. From local brews to rum cocktails to fresh juice blends to tasty treats, all you need by the sea is right here.
Just steps from the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea fishing pier, the Village Grille has been serving up three solid meals a day for decades. Exposed brick, big booths with wood tables, and metal accents give the place a modern bistro look. The menu features many old standards, like the fish dip appetizer and the Boston baked cod, but there’s also an excellent Thai chicken salad and specials like a seasonal bento box. Weekend mornings will find waits around the block, and summer nights find the Village Grille packed with salty locals who come not for the near-ocean-views but consistency that has lasted a generation.
Located just 50 yards from the fishing pier, 101 Ocean takes advantage of beach breezes with an open bar that spans inside and out. It’s rare to see those bar stools empty, occupied by both tourists and locals. The menu offers a mélange of international offerings in a classy-yet-casual setting. Find a bit of everything, including pizza, pasta, flatbread, sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and chops. There’s also a decadent raw bar with shrimp, mussels, oysters, and lobster tail.
A familiar face on the local restaurant scene has brought a new place to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The name Vincent Foti will be familiar to many. Now the restaurateur behind longtime Federal Highway favorite Kitchenetta is taking his talents to East Commercial with a place that’s aiming to do something a bit different. Vinny’s by the Sea offers many of the Italian favorites that Foti’s built his reputation on. But this time, they’ll come with more American flare in a casual place where diners can have a beer, watch the game and relax Lauderdale-By-The-Sea style. In keeping with the its location just in from Anglin’s Pier, the restaurant will offer a raw bar. There’s also a pizza bar if you want to keep up on your pie as it’s being made – and a number of TVs if you’re more concerned about the Marlins’ playoff chances than your meal prep. If you need a more ample serving, the “Big Shot” menu is there for your outsize needs.
A tribute to classic American favorites and craft beers, BJ’s is a casual dine-in (or carryout) restaurant for self-proclaimed bacon lovers. The menu includes boxes of “sticky shrimps,” or “chicken nuggs,” and even “Chuck Norris” sandwiches that include pork, coleslaw, and melted cheddar cheese on wagyu buns . Billy Jack’s offers a large variety of drafts that change daily and range from local to international, in addition to the collection of bottles or cans.