Great restaurants Await Visitors Just Blocks from Port Everglades

Fort Lauderdale is world-known for its cruise port and is synonymous with cruising itself. Each year millions of visitors pass through the city en route to Port Everglades to embark on  the time of their lives. Within just miles of this gateway are many classic restaurants that are eager to welcome new patrons as well as locals with the best food. We at 10best have scouted the area and have chosen ten of the top eateries to recommend. These restaurants have been around for many years and know how to please eager travelers. If it's steak that you're craving then make reservations at Grill 66 & Bar where patrons eat in style with great views of the playful Intracoastal Waterway and even pull up in their boat for the evening! Or consider Chuck's Steakhouse, a classic restaurant that holds a stellar reputation and a mouth-watering menu, or even Tropical Acres Steakhouse, which has been a local mainstay for over 60 years. Is eating organic important? No problem. Market 17 is just the place. With farm-fresh and organic ingredients of the tastiest kind, health-conscious diners have found their favorites right here. And, of course, for the seafood lovers it's got to be 15th Street Fisheries, which has been serving the finest seafood and is a local icon. If it's diner food that's craved stop at Lester's Diner, just blocks from the port's entrance. And for dessert? No place will hit the spot like Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant. Welcome to Fort Lauderdale and enjoy!



Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Dale Mack

Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant in Dania Beach, just a couple of miles from Port Everglades, is a local favorite and truly a legendary and unique eatery with ice cream which is made on the premises and a food menu of family-favorites....  Read More

Lester's Diner
Photo courtesy of Dale Mack

With three locations in South Florida and one just outside the entrance to Port Everglades, the legendary Lester's Diner has been around for over 40 years and for good reason. With prime locations, prime food and prime service, Lester's is where...  Read More

South Fort Lauderdale
Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q is known for its succulent ribs and famous BBQ sauce, this cozy eatery bustles with families dining at picnic tables and boasts that this is a taste that you will never forget. Classic soul food dishes such as collard...  Read More

South Fort Lauderdale
Bistro Mezzaluna

Trendy and festive best describe this Italian restaurant, which has plentiful portions that are creatively presented. Not the place for a quiet, intimate dinner, this bistro is known for its upbeat late-night crowd. If you like a party...  Read More

Tropical Acres Steakhouse
Photo courtesy of Tropical Acres Steakhouse

Family-owned and operated since opening its doors in 1949, and under the management of the family's third and fourth generation, Tropical Acres Steakhouse comes highly recommended by locals and tourists alike. Broward's oldest steak and seafood...  Read More

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...  Read More

Fort Lauderdale

Voted Best Waterfront Restaurant in South Florida in a 2011 Sun-Sentinel Readers Poll, 15th Street Fisheries has rustic charm and waterfront views that make this Lauderdale Marina seafood house a popular destination. Take advantage of its unique...  Read More

South Fort Lauderdale
Market 17
Photo courtesy of Bahia Cabana

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...  Read More

South Fort Lauderdale
Chuck's Steakhouse

Dining at Chuck's Steakhouse is one of those great experiences that is unforgettable. Diners tell their friends and family of the incredible food and great service, and it isn't long before they show up, too. If a juicy cooked-to-order steak is...  Read More

Grille 66 & Bar
Photo courtesy of Grill 66 & Bar

No question about it, this enchanting local favorite waterfront steakhouse exudes luxury. Located in the Hyatt, Grill 66 offers balcony dining that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. Available for the boating enthusiasts who want to arrive in...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Dale

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