South Florida is fortunate to boast a wide variety of amazing restaurants, diners and cafes to satisfy every palate and every budget. It’s pretty much impossible to narrow the best ones down to 100, so let’s just call these some of the favorites.
3030 OCEAN RESTAURANT
3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale
Award-winning restaurant with a great menu located on the beach.
721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Fun atmosphere downtown, comfort fare and craft beers.
ANGELO ELIA PIZZA, BAR, TAPAS
4215 N Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308
Relaxed local chain serving pizza, pasta, Italian small plates and wine in a chic, modern space.
ANTHONY’S RUNWAY 84
330 SR 84, Fort Lauderdale
Fine dining with Italian/American classics.
ATLANTIC SURF CLUB
17 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Atlantic Surf Club is a refreshingly new concept in casual dining and nightlife brought to you by a seasoned and successful team of restaurant professionals who know how to deliver a great time.
2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors
Enjoy the tranquil gardens nestled within a gated artist’s community. It’s a great place to enjoy excellent coffee, delicious food and great conversation.
ANGLIN’S BEACH CAFE
2 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale By the Sea
Fresh seafood, organic veggies.
ARUBA BEACH CAFE
1 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale By the Sea
Ocean views, Caribbean-American dishes, tropical drinks & nightly live music get the party started.
1111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Elegant riverfront dining with a menu of Japanese and Thai dishes including creative sushi rolls.
BAO BAR + ASIAN KITCHEN
1200 E Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Serving up yummy Asian food made by happy people. They make everything from scratch including the dumplings and the funky sauces.
BEAUTY AND THE FEAST
601 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale Beach
Oceanside eatery offering small plates plus familiar American dishes such as steak & seafood.
BEEFCAKES (at Boardwalk)
1721 N. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Eat late, eat great! The best burgers and chicken wings in town.
BIG CITY TAVERN
609 East Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale
In the heart of Las Olas. Great food and people watching.
1821 SE 10th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale
Stop by and enjoy live music nightly at the new piano bar and enjoy unique salads, gourmet sandwiches and signature entrées.
3060 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors
Bombay Café is committed to delicious, creative and healthy food. Every dish is distinctive and their menu is representative of many varied regional cuisines of India.
BONA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
2468 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors
Fresh made Italian food, signature dishes, include Fazzoletti, (pasta purses with fontina cheese, cream sauce, peas/bacon), Chicken Cyriac or a traditional Eggplant Parmigiana.
1515 SE 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale
“Bravo” is what locals have been saying about this upscale Italian hotspot for over 21 years. Extensive menu, innovative pasta dishes, prime veal, and ocean-fresh seafood. Full-liquor bar is complemented by a large, well-rounded wine list (featuring 49 wines available by the glass!)
BUBBLES AND PEARLS
2037 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Former Top Chef contestant Josie Smith-Malave’s first winning restaurant built around champagne, raw bar and seafood.
Stylish, eco-minded chain serving grass-fed beef burgers, plus hot dogs, craft beer & wine.
2430 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Upscale steaks and seafood chain.
3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Great South Philly Italian restaurant.
1125 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale
Classy, romantic Northern Italian eatery with an extensive wine list, wine bar & outdoor seating.
CANYON SOUTHWEST CAFÉ
1818 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The best Southwestern fusion cuisine. Great prickly-pear margaritas.
3049 Alhambra St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Romantic dining experience with magnificent views of the ocean.
4040 Galt Ocean Mile, Fort Lauderdale
A wonderfully authentic Italian restaurant located in the Ocean Manor Hotel at Galt Ocean Mile.
CASA FRIDA MEXICAN GRILL
5441 N Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale
Enjoy an audio-visual and gastronomic experience that makes you feel like you’re dining in a restaurant somewhere in Mexico.
CEVICHE BY THE SEA
2823 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Intimate seafood and Peruvian cuisine. Recommended as a “truly remarkable dining experience.” Dinner reservations recommended. Open for lunch. Happy Hour M-F, 5-7 p.m.
3000 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Located on the Intracoastal specializing in steaks and seafood.
CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE
2400 E Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Gauchos roam the dining room continuously offering cluding top sirloin, filet, ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, sausage and fish.
COLADA CUBAN COFFEE HOUSE AND EATERY
525 N Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale
Trendy Cuban coffee shop serving Cuban coffee, sandwiches and pastries. Don’t miss their Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas, craft beer or sangria!
COCO ASAIN BISTRO & BAR
1841 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale
Exceptional dishes ranging from Thai, Japanese, Chinese to Vietnamese.
429 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Wonderful, fun comfort food restaurant with great location overlooking the intracoastal with ample outdoor seating.
2150 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
New Italian-American Restaurant and deli combining modern and traditional dishes
THE FIELD IRISH PUB AND EATERY
3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach
Great atmosphere, excellent food and friendly service.
FLIP FLOPS DOCKSIDE EATERY
3051 NE 32nd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale
Relax on our dock while sipping a specialty cocktail or eating a fresh, made-to-order item from the menu. We bring Key West to Ft. Lauderdale!
THE FOXY BROWN
723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Fun downtown restaurant with good food in a comfortable décor.
FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY
1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park
Come for the signature beers brewed right on site but stay for the inspired taproom menu with suggested pairings.
2389 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Experience authentic Thai dishes and the freshest sushi from one of the most popular Thai and Sushi restaurants in South Florida.
GEORGIE’S ALIBI & MONKEY BAR
2266 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors
Relaxed patio atmosphere with a full menu offering award-winning burgers, wings, hot & cold sandwiches, sliders, flat bread pizzas and fresh fish, shrimp and chicken entrees. Full bar.
GREEN BAR & KITCHEN
1075 SE 17th St, Ft Lauderdale
All vegan, plant-based food. Menu features whole grains, nuts, seeds, veggies, soups, fruits, cold-pressed juices, superfood salads, smoothies and bakery items (with gluten-free options).
GREEK ISLANDS TAVERNA
3429 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Amazing Greek dishes. Must be experienced.
GRILL 66 & BAR
2301 SE 17 St., Fort Lauderdale
Views of the Intracoastal with amazing steaks and seafood.
401 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
This stylish mainstay with a buzzy bar scene & patio provides upscale New American plates.
HARDY PARK BISTRO
21 SW 7th St., Fort Lauderdale
Casual neighborhood spot with great food.
HIMMARSHEE PUBLIC HOUSE
201 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale
Stylish, vast sports lounge with artisanal plates, 30 TVs & over 100 beers, plus sidewalk dining.
2415 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
Great setting for business lunches and intimate dinners. Wood-fired dishes.
2230 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Sip on some of the freshest java, baked goods and more at this intimate, comfortable hangout on Wilton Drive.
1245 N. Federal Hwy.
Elegant, stylish restaurant and bar, with a comfortable patio, serving classic American dishes
3300 E. Commercial Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Modern American dining with spectacular waterfront views from our elegant dining room or from our more casual patio and outdoor bar.
1305 SE 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale
New England and local seafood as well as a variety of popular dishes and desserts that are prepared fresh daily.
2850 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
Intimate, quaint and delicious Italian eatery.
LA FRUTERA GARDEN BAR
2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors
A healthier option to Latin food. Fresh ingredients and a lively outdoor space make this a great destination to enjoy a meal.
LAS PAMPAS GRILL
830 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park
Argentinean steakhouse with an Italian influence. Menu selections include salads, fish and pastas. Extensive wine selection.
2401 NE 11th Ave., Wilton Manors
Experience their famous French onion soup, house made lasagna oven baked to perfection, or scrumptious shepherd’s pie and any of their other mouthwatering dishes.
1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park
A restaraunt/cabaret that “dresses up” to entertain its guests! Fabulous drag and tons of fun.
LOBSTER BAR AND GRILL
450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Enjoy pristine seafood, live lobsters and prime steaks in a fresh, upscale casual atmosphere.
LOTUS CHINESE KITCHEN
1434 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors
This Wilton Manors Asian kitchen has been serving a long menu of classic dishes and Mandarin specialties for years.
LIVING GREEN FRESH MARKET
1305 E. Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park
Health-conscious prepared foods, juice bar, snacks, cafe and groceries, Gluten-free and vegan options. Great place for healthy food on the go!
LOUIE BOSSI’S RISTORANTE
1032 E Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Stunning Italian restaurant with boundless options from the creative mind of Chef, Louie Bossi. You can’t go wrong with their pizza, pasta or salumi.
MAI-KAI & POLYNESIAN SHOW
3599 N. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale
Dine at a Polynesian Village, complete with tiki torches, a thatch roof and a wooden plank entrance. One of South Florida’s most unique dining and entertainment experiences.
Mario’s Catalina Restaurant
1611 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
Authentic Latin foods, simple elegance, old-world charm. Creative cooking.
525 N. Federal Highway
Funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, calzones & creative stone-baked pizzas.
MOJO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
4140 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale
Full service restaurant featuring a boutique wine list, craft cocktails, great food and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Happy Hour 5-7 p.m. Mon. – Sat., and special nights throughout the week.
500 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The Classic Chicago steakhouse.
NABU AMERICAN FUSION BUFFET
3485 N. Federal Hwy.
This place offers it all: Japanese, American, Italian and Chinese.
NAKED GRAPE WINE & TAPAS
2163 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors
Cozy, intimate conversation-friendly wine and tapas bar. Limited production wines, artisanal cheeses, fresh tapas in a hip, urban atmosphere. Patio seating available.
NEW YORK GRILLED CHEESE
2207 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors
Gourmet grilled cheese melts, craft beer and wine.
821 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Attractive Las Olas bistro serving pastas, sandwiches and more.
2826 E. Commercial Blvd.
Delightful, family-owned gourmet Italian restaurant.
2374 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
Italy-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pies, pasta & cocktails in hip, fun, informal surroundings.
PIRATE REPUBLIC SEAFOOD & GRILL
400 SW 3rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale
Lively riverfront spot with a Caribbean-Mediterranean menu, live music & weeknight happy hour. Their recipes are original with lots of character and flavor.
1509 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Premium New York Style and gluten free, hand-tossed pizza.
2362 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
Live jazz & blues acts perform at this gastropub serving gourmet burgers & Creole-type dishes.
ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR
1313 E Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
A true taste of Mexico within a fun casual environment. Hundreds of tequila options, authentic Mexican specialties and famous tableside guacamole made to order.
ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL
2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
A Wilton Drive favorite, this place is known for its non-stop party every “Sunday Funday” with live DJs spinning great music. Great burgers, fresh seafood and amazing Sunday Brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ROYAL PIG PUB
350 E Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Food cooked with passion along with classic drinks and shaken-up signature drinks. See and be seen at this upscale Las Olas pub.
RUMORS BAR “PALATE PARTY”
2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Punch Drunk Brunch returns March 5. Serving fresh, local ingredients in delicious dishes by award-winning Cutthroat Kitchen chef Robyn Almodovar.
505 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale Beach
Locally sourced, upscale eatery serving New American & coastal cuisine along with sushi & drinks.
2378 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderale
Chic, intimate bistro delivering French country cooking in a romantic locale with patio seating.
35 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
Upmarket fast-food spot preparing tacos & burritos topped with made-to-order salsas.
2428 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Seasonal and healthy. Casual and elegant located in the Galleria Mall.
3033 NE 32nd Ave, Ft. Lauderdale
Popular, spacious dining with a comprehensive menu and dining right on the Intracoastal.
SHUCK N DIVE
650 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
Laid-back joint for New Orleans-style eats, drinks & sports on TV in hopping quarters with a patio.
2010 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Great selection of Thai dishes in a comfortable Wilton Drive favorite.
SKY THAI SUSHI
350 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Modern, colorful space for Thai cuisine, sushi and an eclectic lineup of rolls, wine and sake.
SUAN THAI & JAPANESE RESTAURANT
290 N Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale
Enjoy a variety of popular dishes, sushi rolls and loose-leaf organic teas at this spot that is popular with the locals.
2306 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Modern, creative decor, eclectic music, upscale gourmet Mexican fare at reasonable prices.
TAP 42 KITCHEN AND BAR
1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Fun and friendly gastropub serving burgers and beer.
TEE JAY’S SUSHI
2254 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Casual locale for Thai & Japanese eats with Asian decorative touches and some traditional low tables.
1514 E. Commercial Blvd
Voted the “Best Thai Restaurant in South Florida 2015” by the Sun-Sentinel, this gem dishes up Thai classics and specials on a huge menu that includes Pan-Asian fare & steaks in a soothing space. “This is the type of place locals love so much it will be packed on a weekday. So it’s best if you make a reservation,” the newspaper recommended. “The Pad Thai is their most popular dish, and you can have it with shrimp, lobster, beef, chicken or pork. You can also order those same options of meat a la carte with different sauces and sides.” Happy Hour with half-off appetizers and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
THURSDAY’S FORT LAUDERDALE
1521 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Delicious French cuisine, open 7 days a week. Lunch, brunch and dinner.
TIMPANO ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE
450 E Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Retro chop shop also known for mussels, business lunches, live music & cocktails in piano bar.
TROPICS RESTAURANT AND BAR
2000 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
A Wilton Drive staple and long-time favorite. Daily specials (Wednesday 8 oz. prime rib is highly recommended!) and live entertainment every night. Outside dining. Lunch served daily Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pool, darts and poker. Sunday brunch and karaoke.
2584 E. Sunrise Blvd.,Fort Lauderdale
Upscale seafood restaurant with nightly entertainment.
1145 S. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale
Amazing Italian cuisine with attention to detail.
VILLAGE PUB & PUB GRUB
2283 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Delicious burgers, chicken tenders, sandwiches and appetizers. Familiar foods, freshly made. Restaurant and full liquor bar.
VOO LA VOO CAFÉ
2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors
Enjoy the best crepes and omelets in a peaceful garden setting off the beaten path.
WILD SEA OYSTER BAR
620 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Coastal chic seafood destination.
YOLO (You Only Live Once)
333 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Eclectic contemporary America cuisine, happening bar and outdoor lounge in Fort Lauderdale’s exciting downtown.
ZUCKERELLO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
3017 E. Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale
Familiar Italian pastas and flavorful mainstays (plus early-bird specials) are offered up in this inviting eatery.