Best Fort Lauderdale Restaurants Prove the City's Serious about Dining

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....  Read More



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...  Read More

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....  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



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...  Read More

Casa D'Angelo
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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...  Read More

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...  Read More


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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