Fort Lauderdale's 10 Best Family Friendly Restaurants That Will Satisfy Everyone

Everyone likes to know the locals favorites of family-friendly restaurants. Of the millions of tourists who visit Fort Lauderdale every year the first question asked is "Where is a good restaurant?" And if there is the entire family in the mix the choices take on a slightly different twist, as now the restaurant must welcome an appeal to kids and family groups. We at 10best know of the best family-friendly restaurants, all within an easy driving distance of the major hotels, the airport and Port Everglades. For a taste of local legendary eateries, try the Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show. This unique restaurant is awe-inspiring with its delicious menu items and unique show. For families who especially love Italian food, Buca di Beppo is another local favorite that is known for the amazing family-style restaurant with generous family-style portions. South Florida's large Cuban community is well-known and at Laura's Cuban Restaurant, guests can enjoy this amazing cuisine in this welcoming eatery. Everyone loves diner food and Peter Pan Restaurant satisfies just those cravings. For those who pine for a Chicago-style restaurant with food unique to this city, head to Fat Lou's Chicago Style Eatery. With its memorable name and menu of favorites this will surely become a favorite. Visitors find that Fort Lauderdale is a perfect vacation destination and has a restaurant that will make a trip here memorable and fun.



One of the most popular restaurants in Fort Lauderdale is Peter Pan Diner. Just ask anyone. This popular diner-type restaurant has been open for many years and sits conveniently on Oakland Park Boulevard and Dixie Highway, just east of the...  Read More

Grampa's Bakery and Restaurant
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Grampa's Bakery & Restaurant has been a local favorite since it opened its doors in 1957, serving the very best feel-good favorites of home-style food, as well as fresh-baked breads, biscuits, pastries and breads in a spot just a short drive...  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

La Tub
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This is probably one of the most unusual hamburger joints around. Known for its famous hamburgers, having been voted the best hamburger in GQ Magazine and also known for being a favorite of Oprah's friend Gail. Set along the Intracoastal...  Read More

The Floridian


Everyone knows about The Floridian. It's one of those places that's not fancy, walls covered with celebrity pictures – mostly well-known for being a Rachel Rae favorite – and tables close to one another and fellow diners just inches away,...  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

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Voted Best Waterfront Restaurant in South Florida in a 2011 local media 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 location...  Read More

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Warsaw Coffee Company


Warsaw Coffee Company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is just blocks west of Federal Highway and north of Wilton Manors, Florida and patrons have had no problem finding it. Proudly the city's newest relaxing coffee shop, catering to those can't...  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