Plantation's Best Restaurants: Enjoy Everything from Casual Eats to Fine Dining

Plantation, Florida is a few miles west of Fort Lauderdale and is an upwardly-mobile and leafy community that is home to many of Broward County's top employers, shopping centers and a variety of top restaurants. Residents here know that they can only go a few blocks from home to get to some of South Florida's best eateries. We at 10best scouted the city to find a restaurant that appeals to everyone's taste and present them here, whether it is for great American fare, Mexican, sushi, Asian, seafood or pizza, visitors don't have to leave the city for their favorites. One eatery that has received much attention through South Florida media is Mustard Seed Bistro. For breakfast, lunch or dinner this eatery offers a delightful menu. And who doesn't like Bonefish Grill? This is every seafood lover's favorite. For those who crave authentic Cuban favorites from a pro, Pedrino's is a South Florida landmark. This is ideal to bring out-of-state friends and family who may not be familiar with Cuban food. Jade Garden Restaurant, conveniently located near Westfield Broward Mall is just the place for the finest in Asian cuisine. Jot down India House Restaurant, located at Quality Inn Sawgrass Hotel, whether for their afternoon buffet or a late-night pleasant dinner. Plantation welcomes its many visitors and its fine restaurants are ready to serve everyone's favorites. Enjoy!


Grande Pizza Co
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You know it's great pizza when It's delicious with just cheese as a topping! No kidding. This is great New York style pizza at its finest. Grande Pizza Co. has been serving great pizza as well as other Italian dishes, for many years to a faithful following of local residents, visitors and near-by 9-5 workers for many years. Whether you like pizza with just cheese or a grand selection of toppings, or perhaps pasta dishes including the best lasagna anywhere, the friendly staff at any of the five locations are attentive and efficient and friendly. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating is available as well as delivery to your hotel room or home.

Recommended for Plantation's Best Restaurants because: South Florida is populated with a lot of transplanted New Yorkers who appreciate great pizza and Italian food, and this is where they eat.

Dale's expert tip: Ask about the month's special when you order.

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Jade Garden Restaurant
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Jade Garden Restaurant in Plantation is local favorite and with good reason. Offering dine-in in their comfortable restaurant, quick and efficient take-out or catering, Jade Garden is there for any occasion. With a menu full of everyone's favorite, served for lunch or dinner. Lunch specials are served Monday-Friday 11:30-3:30 and dinner menu is served until 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Try one – or several – of their House Specialties with such enticing names as Teriyaki Tilapia, Peking Style Pork Chop, Jade Gardens Sizzling Chinese Steak or Maine Lobster, just to name a few. Delightful eatery for a quick lunch, a relaxing dining experience for the entire family or even an business lunch.

Recommended for Plantation's Best Restaurants because: Well-known in Plantation for quality as well as quantity and conveniently located.

Dale's expert tip: Don't forget to take a menu back home or to the office as delivery is timely and efficient.

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La Bamba Mexican & Spanish Restaurant
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Well known locally for the incredible Mexican and Spanish fare, La Bamba has three Broward County locations; Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Sunrise. Just blocks from the BB&T Center and Florida's favorite shopping center, Sawgrass Mills Mall, La Bomba in Sunrise offers their time-honored and classic favorites. A full menu of soups/sopas, salads/ensaladas, appetizers/aperitivos, mouth-watering entrees, burgers and sandwiches, burritos, steaks/bistecs and fajitas. And don't forget dessert!. Also available are a list of beers, wines and, of course, Margaritas. Great for a casual lunch or dinner, party or office party or business meeting function, and don't forget you can order for take-out.

Recommended for Plantation's Best Restaurants because: Ask any local where to get authentic and fresh Mexican and Cuban food and everyone says La Bamba.

Dale's expert tip: Excellent for a company lunch. Just call ahead.

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Marumi Sushi
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Marumi Sushi is a delightful stop for those who truly love sushi and truly authentic Japanese cuisine. With dishes almost too beautiful to eat, this elegant Plantation restaurant seeks the authentic taste of Japan's Izakaya style dishes, and the consistency of fresh, authentic and traditional cuisine in this relaxed atmosphere that keeps their loyal customers coming back. With an enticing list of sushi, sushi saashimi, noodles, Irasshiai-Masel, drinks and desserts,all with reasonable prices, this is what Japanese food enthusiasts search for. With unique specials such as Jumbo Shrimp Shumai, Grilled Hokke Fish, Whole Fish from Japan, Crispy Fried Smelt, Chu-Toro Sashimi and more, this place is ideal for a dinner for two, family outings, business lunch or for just some alone time.

Recommended for Plantation's Best Restaurants because: Highly recommended by the local sushi and Japanese food enthusiasts.

Dale's expert tip: Great for an evening or for that special business lunch. Very impressive.

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What started as a small food market and winery in 1930's Cuba where locals met to visit and catch up on local news, is now an unassuming but delicious restaurant is an area favorite for authentic Cuban cuisine lovers. All the traditional dishes are available, from ropa vieja to paella, and you'll also find great black beans and rice and terrific medianoches (smaller versions of the ham-and-roast pork Cuban sandwich and originally intended as a midnight snack). For true comfort food appeal, sample the tender pot roast and a serving of plantains. You'll almost think you're in Havana! Dinner reservations not accepted on Fridays and Saturdays.

Recommended for Plantation's Best Restaurants because: A truly authentic Cuban favorite eatery that has delighted South Floridians for nearly 40 years.

Dale's expert tip: Don't forget to consider Padrino's for catering. Who can resist great Cuban food?

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Al Natour Middle Eastern Restaurant
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With the increasing popularity of Middle Eastern food in South Florida, Al Natour, which is conveniently found at the corner of University Drive and Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation, has become a favorite to those new to the cuisine as well as those who know the best when they taste it. Started in 2010, this family-owned eatery caters to those who prefer quality Middle Eastern fare as well as Mediterranean cuisine that is carefully made from only the best ingredients, with every dish made from scratch, and served with a knowledgeable and courteous staff that can guide the novice through their menu to help make the right choice.

Recommended for Plantation's Best Restaurants because: Highly recommended by the many locals from the Middle East who know what good food is.

Dale's expert tip: This is the place to try if you're not that familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine, as the knowledgeable staff can lead you though the menu.

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Bonefish Grill
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A Florida favorite, Bonefish Grill combats the backwoods stigma of seafood restaurants with its hip environs. With four locations in Broward County, the Plantation location is just blocks from the BB&T Center and Sawgrass Mills Mall. Its strong popularity also gives credence to a tasty menu. Fish (you choose from several varieties) is cooked over a wood-fired grill; the smoky flavor is accented with mango-, garlic-, teriyaki and butter-tinged sauces. Mussels, rock shrimp, calamari and lobster also make appearances, and pastas, chicken, steaks and pork round out the options. Choose your favorite cocktail, wine or beer. And don't forget dessert! Waits can be common, so plan accordingly.

Recommended for Plantation's Best Restaurants because: Bonefish Grill is known for their unique menu, quality dishes and expert staff.

Dale's expert tip: Plenty of parking and a short drive from the BB&T Center.

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Well-known throughout South Florida is The Mustard Seed Bistro. This classic European style cafe has gained much notoriety because of its unmistakably fresh food and unforgettable flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located in the Plantation Community Plaza at the southeast corner of University Boulevard and Broward Boulevard, The Mustard Seed Bistro welcomes guests with a carefully crafted menu by Chef Tim Boyd. Whether its breakfast with a tempting omelet, lunch with appetizer of Mussels with tomato, garlic and white wine sauce, a fresh Asian Summer salad and a grilled vegetable and goat cheese sandwich, or a relaxing dinner of Crispy Duck with Cherry Gastrique & Creamy Mashed Potatoes, a visit here is always a good one and never the last.

Recommended for Plantation's Best Restaurants because: Well-known and praised by local diners and the local media, this is becoming a Plantation landmark.

Dale's expert tip: For such a notorious restaurant it's location can be overlooked in its rather laid-back shopping center.

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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