Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Fort Lauderdale dining on your own. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city. With the legenday 3030 Ocean and Shula's On The Beach, visitors know why this has become a world-class vacation destination. And promise yourself that you will not leave town without a visit to Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show for the full Fort Lauderdale experience. Another mainstay in the city is Buca di Beppo. Now, just because they serve family-style meals doesn't mean you have to go with a crowd. Whether two or twenty, this Italian restaurant will have you reporting back to all your friends. For steak lovers it's got to be Steak954 at the W Fort Lauderdale or the impressive Timpano Chophouse and Martini Bar on Las Olas. If it's organic you prefer, a must visit is Market 17 Fresh Farm Restaurant and Bar. Very few places can say they serve farm-fresh cuisine. And imagine, this is just a few few! Enjoy!
Latitudes Beach Cafe - Hollywood Beach
What could be better than dining on the beautiful and playful beach of Hollywood in a delightful restaurant right on the famous Broadwalk? Very little, really. This is South Florida, after all, and nothing says the good life better than this. Latitudes Beach Cafe is divinely nestled in the Marriott Beach Hotel and offers its guests an outdoor setting to eat amazing casual cuisine of salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and pasta, a variety of side items, an extensive wine list and desserts. Latitudes Beach Cafe also offers live music day and night which adds to the already amazing ambiance and a truly relaxing setting. (9549242202x7040)
Buca di Beppo - Davie
With an almost legendary status in Fort Lauderdale, Buca di Beppo is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Serving family-style classic Italian dishes, this is a great place for families and friends and office gatherings, the food here is what everyone thinks of what Mom makes. With two locations locally, one in Fort Lauderdale and one in Davie, not to mention 84 other locations nationwide, you will love the incredibly friendly staff and be dazzled by the unique decor, with photos lining the walls of Italian icons such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. And, of course, the food! Dive in and try an amazing list of delicious appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, entrées, desserts, beer and fine wines. Go online and make a reservation today! (9545773287)
Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show
A Fort Lauderdale mainstay and local institution, Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show is an absolute must-do. This restaurant has served excellent, traditional Cantonese and American dishes in an exotic atmosphere for almost half a century. The decor makes you feel like you are on a Polynesian village, with a thatch roof, statues, tiki torches, and a bridge at the entrance. The restaurant has received excellent reviews for its Cantonese seafood dishes, grilled steak, and Peking duck. Try any of 51 frosty tropical umbrella drinks, and don't miss the Islander Revue, an entertaining showcase of authentic Polynesian dance and costume. Easy to find, just north of Oakland Park Boulevard on Federal Highway. (954-563-3272)
Coco Asian Bistro and Bar
Located near Port Everglades on the popular 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale is the Coco Asian Bistro and Bar. This elegant, upscale restaurant is a draw to locals and the many visitors that visit annually. Asian food lovers savor striking flavors and international wines in this sophisticated dining room. Chef Mike Ponluang has taken Asian dining to the next level of fine dining. With his more than 30 years of cooking experience, 15 of which were spent at the acclaimed Thai Pepper, he has transformed this cuisine to a level rarely seen. The menu features mouth-watering dishes that must be tasted. Coco Asian Bistro and Bar is an experience not soon forgotten. (954-525-3541)
When only the best will do, Timpano Chophouse and Martini Bar is just the place. Upscale and classic in style and with a menu that begs for a try of everything, you will swear you've found a new favorite. With a wait-staff dressed in white shirts and black vests and an extensive knowledge of their menu of tantalizing appetizers such as Calamari Fritto Misto, or the Fire-Roasted Meatballs, which are even better than they sound, and the finest steaks, seafood and pasta dishes anywhere, you will settle in for a meal of a lifetime. And for an even more unique experience, visit their Starlight Lounge for upbeat music reminiscent of a Chicago Supper Club. (954-462-9119)
With more and more people searching out organic foods in farmers markets and specialized supermarkets, there has been much talk about town concerning Market 17 Fresh Farm Restaurant and Bar. Unique, as there aren't many restaurants that boast of an enticing farm-to-table organic menu, what they like to call "wine country cuisine", something you don't see much of in South Florida. Serving only clean, fresh food, the fish and seafood are caught by fisherman, the meat and poultry produced by ranchers, and the produce provided by farmers and none of it will not contain any unnecessary pesticides, chemicals, hormones or steroids. Now that that's settled, think about the menu options. Each is served in a eye-catching, beautiful plating, and every taste can be satisfied here. The menu changes depending on what is available so each visit offers delicious options that will keep you coming back. (9543990017)
Casa D'Angelo is a traditional Italian restaurant and serves classic dishes served in a formal and elegant setting. Locals rave of this place and it is a good place for toasting the important moments in life. Chef Angelo Elia created the restaurant's menu with recipes handed down to me from generations of passionate Italian cooks. Pasta, seafood, veal, and beef dishes are complemented by rich sauces, the wine list is extensive and well chosen, the dining room is elegant, and the service is extraordinary. Finish with cappuccino and creamy, bold tiramisu for the perfect celebratory meal. Reservations recommended. Business attire. (954-564-1234)
Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale
Located in the recently christened $205 million W Hotel, Steak 954 is one of the most esteemed chophouses in town. This elegant signature Stephen Starr gourmet steakhouse restaurant boasts an irresistibly alluring, boutique-style oceanfront setting, and the flawlessly prepared cuisine is equally appealing. Discerning diners enjoy dry-aged beef from hand-picked ranches, Tajima Kobe from Australia and fresh local seafood, as well as exquisite wines and spirits from across the globe. Don't leave without indulging in a selection of delectable desserts such as pumpkin souffl�nd Heirloom Apple Bread Pudding, which add the perfect finish. Steak 954 is an ideal setting for an unforgettable formal evening on the beach, or even to impress that out-of-town client. ((954)414-8333)
About Dale Mack
Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition published by the Fort Lauderdale Associate Publisher; the city's beauty, its energy and the fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. When an opportunity came to relocate to Fort Lauderdale by another company, Dale accepted. He has spent the last eleven years discovering "the Venice of America" and South Florida itself.
Dale is the author of three children's books and numerous articles. He has also worked as a copywriter for the South Florida real estate market.
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