10 Best Outdoor Dining Options That Offer the Best Food Al Fresco

Fort Lauderdale is a fun-in-the sun destination, no doubt about it. And one of the ways to enjoy the fantastic Florida weather is to enjoy a great meal alfresco with friends and family. And there are plenty of choices. We at 10Best have scouted the city to find ten of the finest restaurants that offer a superb menu with outdoor seating from fine dining to casual to pizza, and we're sure you'll like what we found. One restaurant that has received plenty of attention lately is Kaluz Restaurant off Commercial Boulevard near A1A. And good for diners, it has outdoor seating to enjoy views of the Intracoastal. If it's top-notch steak and seafood restaurants you're looking for, then you need to check out Schula's On The Beach, 15th Street Fisheries, 3030 Ocean or Coco Asian Bistro and Bar, the city's upscale Asian restaurant that has the local and national press abuzz. For an upscale yet casual meal don't miss Las Olas Boulevard's Mango's, the always fun and exciting Shooters right on the Intracoastal, or the tried and true Downtowner's Saloon, a Fort Lauderdale favorite. Feel like a fun and quirky atmosphere to have a nationally-famous hamburger? There's no place like La Tub with his dockside dining and, shall we say, interesting decor that has given this restaurant a fame like no other.





Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is that same famous restaurant everyone knows so much about, and there is a great location right here in Fort Lauderdale. With a fun atmosphere and a menu to please everyone in the family – even a kid's menu – this is a...  Read More

Aruba Beach Cafe
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Proclaiming itself as One Happy Restaurant, Aruba Beach Cafe at One East Commercial Boulevard in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea has a great reputation not only as a restaurant, but a great place to enjoy Happy Hour every weekday (at bars only)...  Read More

Downtowner Saloon & Steakhouse
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There's simply nowhere else like the Downtowner Saloon. Located at New River Drive and South Andrews Avenue, this outdoor dining treasure is simply magical. From your table enjoy an endless parade of boats and yachts with a picture-postcard view...  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

North Lauderdale


Shooter's Waterfront Cafe is the ideal outdoor setting for those who love the South Florida lifestyle. Since its opening in 1982 on the famed Intracoastal waterway just off Oakland Park Boulevard and A1A in Fort Lauderdale, Shooters is well...  Read More

3030 Ocean
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Enjoy the view of the sea while dining on delectable seafood dishes. 3030 Ocean, which is part of the charm of the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, is a clear departure from the stereotypical seafood room, as this restaurant's interior is...  Read More

Fort Lauderdale


If you're looking for outdoor dining with a great view of the water, then it's got to be at 15th Street Fisheries. Voted Best Waterfront Restaurant in South Florida in a 2011 Sun-Sentinel Readers Poll, this popular restaurant has rustic charm...  Read More

Kaluz Restaurant
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Choose seating inside or out, whether to enjoy a drink from a list of beers (both domestic, imported or draft) or signature cocktails, such as the Kaluz Cadillac margarita, chocolate martini, coconut mohito or a Voli skinny cosmo. Also, choose...  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