Valentino’s cheaper cousin (and occupying its former space), this warm, neighborhood place offers an array of pizzas (including prosciutto with shaved Parmesan and arugula) as well as other tempting Italian dishes. The eggplant sliced thin, fried and layered like lasagna is a popular item.
After a long four-year process, Bar Rita has finally opened its doors. The two-story, 5,500-square-foot restaurant serves up modern Mexican food with an eclectic margarita menu. You can enjoy rooftop city views alongside menu items such as build-your-own bodega bowls and a selection of tacos including truffle barbacoa and carne asada cheesesteak. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.
Owners Sean and Blaise McMackin revamped the former Brownie’s Bar location with this eco-friendly gastropub known for American craft beer, bourbon, and artisanal burgers. Many unique dishes are offered, such as tuna-watermelon sashimi with jalapeno and lime, and Berkshire crispy pork belly with huckleberry jam and farro. Burgers come with surprising toppings like fried green tomatoes, beets, Bibb lettuce, apples, and Rogue River blue cheese.
Valentino’s has landed on many best-restaurant lists in Fort Lauderdale over the years. But it also remained something of a secret, tucked away as it was in a Federal Highway strip mall. A move across the street will now also land it on a list of the city’s most beautiful locations, with a dining room dominated by stone and wood and an open kitchen that’s lit by studio-style lights. Chef and owner Giovanni Rocchio has cultivated a love-him-or-hate-him following, but many swear by his cooking, which includes a roasted beet salad, tortelli with butternut squash and crushed amaretto cookies, Sunday gravy with short ribs, and a veal chop stuffed with prosciutto. Rocchio worked his way up from washing dishes, and this new space could help define him as one of Fort Lauderdale’s premiere chefs.
A restaurant and juice bar that focuses on healthy eating without sacrificing taste (as evidenced by the firecracker kale salad). Along with the vegetarian dishes are many gluten-free items, including breads, beers and desserts. Located in the strip mall popular with cruise ship crews, the small restaurant has the clean, bright look of a hip South Beach café.
A popular watering hole for boat crews, this Irish pub offers Irish breakfast (all day), lunch, dinner and late-night fare. Try the fish & chips, corned beef and cabbage, chicken pot pie or Buffalo chicken wings. Then grab a pint.
For years a popular locals’ place,located in Southport Shopping Center this casual restaurant specializes in New England and local seafood dishes like “lobstah” scampi, fried clams, shrimp, oysters, crab cakes and scrod. New England clam “chowdah” is offered daily, along with rotating seafood soup specials.
Located inside the Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale, this chic restaurant and lounge serves food and drinks.
Begin with the colossal stone crab claws or homemade meatballs before choosing between lobster and shrimp Fra Diavolo and a 10 oz. barrel-cut filet mignon. Or perhaps you’d prefer apple cider-marinated pork chops. For dessert, there’s vanilla bean crème brulee and chocolate soufflé.
The founder of Anthony’s Runway 84 and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Anthony Bruno teamed up with restauranteur Michelangelo Mozzicato to open a casual restaurant with a Santa Maria-style grill as the centerpiece. The menu consists of American classics with a Florida twist – appropriate for a place in the old Dirty Ernie’s building.