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. Their out-of-this-world ice cream and tantalizing toppings are prepared daily on the premises using the freshest dairy cream, berries, and nuts. Jaxson's sodas, sundaes and other ice cream treats are topped with real whipped cream. Besides the endless ice cream options, Jaxson's offers a delightful menu of great salads, burgers, hot dogs, wraps, chicken and cold sandwiches. This playful and eclectic restaurant has been featured on The Food Network's Top 5 "Cool Quenchers" and will be featured on an episode of "Unwrapped". It is also home to one of the nation's largest collections of rural American memorabilia. Take your time to look at this world-class automobile license plate collection from every state, which has been put together by Udell himself, and browse through the fascinating gift shop when you walk in and take home a t-shirt or other souvenir. This is definitely a part of the Fort Lauderdale experience.
Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Jaxon's is a part of the fabric of Fort Lauderdale and is a local legend.
Local Expert tip: While it's well worth it, be prepared as the ice cream is a bit pricey.
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 locals know to go for the best in a great diner-type breakfast. Infamous for the 14-oz. coffee, top it off and dive into that delicious stack of pancakes, Belgian Waffles, enticing French Toast or an endless array of omelets. Also try the bagels, Gyro & Two Eggs or the "LEO", which stands for Lox, Eggs and Onion, or perhaps the always-favorite Eggs Benedict, all prepared just as they should be.
Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: For a hearty, old-fashioned diner meal – it's got to be Lester's.
Local Expert tip: The Downtown locations is just blocks from Port Everglades and the airport, so it's the perfect spot to stop once you arrive.
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 greens, mac'n'cheese, baked beans, corn bread and sweet potato pie complement the meat. Before you leave, be sure to grab a bottle of Jenkins' signature sauce to take home. So, as the friendly staff puts out the invitation to put on your comfy casual clothes and get to know your neighbor at their Southern style restaurant where everybody is family.
Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: One of the best restaurants for great bar-b-que and just a couple of miles from Port Everglades.
Local Expert tip: Well known for its sauce, take home a bottle.
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 atmosphere and you want the best veal chop in the city, this is your place. Voted the "best chop" several years running, this dish is huge, tender, and flavorful. Served with roast garlic and wine reduction along with fantastic mashed potatoes and vegetables. This is a meal fit for a king or queen. Upscale casual attire. Reservations accepted only for parties of six or more.
Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Classic Italian favorites with an upscale atmosphere in a convenient location.
Local Expert tip: Convenient website to make reservations and plan your evening and plenty of parking.
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 restaurant, there is no doubt they are the experts. Voted South Florida's Best Steakhouse and also awarded with the Sun Sentinel's Grade A Rating, Tropical Acres Steakhouse is known for serving the finest steaks and seafood in a clean, cozy and fun atmosphere. This is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal on any occasion, including weddings. Specialties include everything from rich Gorgonzola toast and buttery escargot to saut� frog legs, original crab cakes and succulent steak au poivre.
Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: A local mainstay for over sixty years with a local A Rating makes this a must-do.
Local Expert tip: Pencil in a visit to this Fort Lauderdale tradition. Great for the entire family.
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 and international wines in this sophisticated dining room. Chef Mike Ponluang has taken Asian dining to the next level of fine dining. With his more than 30 years of cooking experience, 15 of which were spent at the acclaimed Thai Pepper, he has transformed this cuisine to a level rarely seen. The menu features mouth-watering dishes that must be tasted. Coco Asian Bistro and Bar is an experience not soon forgotten.
Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Classic Asian fare is a beautiful and pleasant setting and a convenient ride to or from Port Everglades.
Local Expert tip: A short cab ride from Port Everglades.
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 location in this most famous nautical landmark to arrive in a car or a boat. There is no better way to enjoy this restaurant's many choices of fabulous seafood, drink specials, and their $5 Happy Hour menu, which includes chicken wings, calamarie, mini burgers and conch fritters, than in its ideal location right on the waterway near the amazing 17th Street Causeway drawbridge and Port Everglades inlet to the Atlantic Ocean.
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 what you're craving, Chuck's Steakhouse is the place to go. Chuck's opened its Florida location in the late 1970's and continues to offer a family-friendly neighborhood atmosphere, knowledgeable and dedicated staff and the finest aged Western choice beef available. Steak options include the Porterhouse Steak, Top Sirloin, Filet and Prime Rib, alongside other menu musts like house-made fish dip and Black Diamond Tuna. Unmistakably one of Fort Lauderdale's most treasured eateries, Chuck's Steakhouse will continue their proud tradition for many generations to come.
Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: A genuine steakhouse that meets diner's expectations every time.
Local Expert tip: There's a good reason that this steakhouse has been successful for so long. You'll soon see why.
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 style is a convenient 400 foot dock. The award-winning menu offers popular appetizers such as crispy shrimp and calamari, filet mignon carpaccio, and a charcuterie platter. Main course offerings include lobster, crab cakes, veal and lamb chops in case a strip steak, filet mignon or porterhouse doesn't do the trick. Artfully prepared potatoes and green veggies provide a satisfying accompaniments to the meat. Grill 66 & Bar has set a new standard in Fort Lauderdale for the finest in steakhouses.
Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Great food, great views and a place where diners can arrive by boat!
Local Expert tip: Great steaks with great views of all things Fort Lauderdale.