Just say the name and you know this is a fun place to be. Lulu's Bait Shack is a staple on Ft. Lauderdale Beach on the second floor of the playful and happening Beach Place complex, just north of the intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. What a perfect place for a weekend night or to bring those out-of-town guests and introduce them to the lively scene that is Ft. Lauderdale. Enjoy an amazing selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and seafood dishes – and even Cajun specialties. Nightly live music, tangy Buffalo shrimp, beer and enviable frozen cocktails draw a scene to this fun, hip seafood house and bar. And don't forget to purchase the souvenir glass so you can brag to all your friends later.
Recommended for Seafood because: Just plain fun, great seafood dishes with a sizzling atmosphere at Fort Lauderdale's Beach's Beach Place.
Dale's expert tip: This place is great food, great fun in a great location. It just can't get better than this!
Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway with its spectacular views of dazzling passing boats and yachts and what South Florida is known for, Juniper On The Water offers these incredible views year-round in an unpretentious yet assuredly romantic atmosphere. Whether dining on the covered patio or inside the elegantly casual dining room, patrons enjoy perfectly prepared seafood, succulent steaks and featured favorites like the fisherman's platter or the delicious fresh snapper soufflé. Juniper's also features "Le Cabaret", an intimate live music venue perfect for conversation and cocktails. Juniper's is the only venue that offers Cabaret Entertainment along with the up close and personal views of the Intracoastal.
Recommended for Seafood because: Great seafood, great atmosphere right on the Intracoastal, locals have grown to love Juniper.
Dale's expert tip: Prepare for a one-of-a-kind dinner and a show, with a great view to boot.
Located in the Riverwalk area since 1999, Tarpon Bend is a perfect combination of a fun, casual seafood restaurant with an air of stylish sophistication. This popular eatery welcomes visitors and locals alike to relax in its main floor and balcony seating areas with plenty of windows and a modern feel. Natural wood tones are accented by black padded chairs with silver accents. Sit back, sip luscious cocktails and nibble on shellfish while perusing the raw bar, appetizer or cocktail menu. Select from such items as the Crab-Crusted Mahi Mahi, Salmon Provencal or the Sizzling Seafood Kettle. Live music is performed every Friday night, and Monday nights feature live reggae music.
Recommended for Seafood because: Located on Fort Lauderdale's popular Riverwalk, this is an ideal stop for incredible food and atmosphere.
Dale's expert tip: One visit to Tarpon Bend will not be your last.
What started as a self-admitted hole-in-the-wall, Rustic Inn Crabhouse has grown up to become a classic local favorite. Be sure to dress casual at this dockside seafood house, as diners garbed in fashionable bibs and grubby attire crack crabs with wooden mallets at picnic tables. What fun! In addition to crabs, shrimp, lobster, seafood pasta, and a variety of fish, grilled or broiled, make tasty dinners; meanwhile, chicken and beef dishes keep landlubbers from going hungry. Daily lunch specials run $5-7 and include side items (usually fries and coleslaw) and a beverage. Try Tuesday's dolphin platter with potatoes, rice and sautéed veggies.
Recommended for Seafood because: A local landmark that's casual and fun for families, business or even a date!
Dale's expert tip: Be prepared to work for this delicious crab. So get crackin'!
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 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.
This seafood restaurant is located in the Riverside Hotel on beautiful Las Olas Boulevard. If it's seafood you're seeking, look no further. Offered here is delightful tempura coated lobster tail, pan fried catfish and Parmesan dipped Alaskan cod are among the options at dinner, including great salads and many family favorites. Indigo also had a kids menu so be sure and bring the entire family. Consider arriving early for a delicious breakfast every morning. Menu items include pancakes, French toast and Belgian waffles. Boulevard specials consist of a combo plate and complimentary beverage. Try the Indigo (eggs, potatoes and toast with country ham, bacon or sausage) or the Continental mini-pastry basket. Fruit and cereals are also available.
Recommended for Seafood because: Located in the elegant Riverside Hotel on the city's most famous boulevard, Las Olas.
Dale's expert tip: What a wonderful stop for great seafood in a wonderful atmosphere while shopping on Las Olas.
No question about it, this enchanting waterfront steakhouse exudes luxury. Located in the Hyatt, Grill 66 offers balcony dining that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway with its grand stream of boats and yachts and picturesque views. The 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 accompaniment to the meat. A long-time local favorite, Grill 66 is sure to become every visitor's favorite as well.
Recommended for Seafood because: With an amazing location right on the playful Intracoastal and an amazing menu of everyone's favorite.
Dale's expert tip: This is a place that must be on the short list. Perfect for a date, entertaining out-of-town guests, or even dining alone.
Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar is located at the elegant Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa and has become the talk of the town. With menus that are fresh and inventive, and with seating indoors or outside under a covered patio with amazing views and the feel of the sub-tropical breezes, enjoy Florida at its finest. Under the direction of Executive Chef John Leslie, this memorable menu at Sea Level is an innovative cuisine from enticing starters to several items meant to share, to hearty entrees and tempting desserts. And don't forget to try a cocktail, where bartenders offer the Garden to Glass method of mixology. These drinks are prepared with the freest squeezed juices and herbs from the chef's organic garden.
Recommended for Seafood because: Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar has become more and more popular because of its great menu, original cocktails and amazing setting.
Dale's expert tip: Complimentary self-parking with validation. Valet parking for $5 with validation.
Residing at the beautiful Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, 3030 Ocean is a clear departure from the stereotypical seafood room, as this restaurant's interior is cloaked in rich colors and classy dark woods. The menu changes frequently and emphasizes organic ingredients. Starters such as watermelon and French feta salad complement the raw bar, and main course offerings might include grilled pompano on wild arugula salad with passion fruit vinaigrette or tempura tuna with sweet rice, pickled cucumber and sesame chili sauce. The Goombay Smash (rum, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juices), Frozen Oreo Mudslide (Kahlua, vanilla vodka, Bailey's, Oreos and cream), and Blackberry Mojito highlight the cocktail menu. Rarely is there such an exquisite setting with such delectable fare.
Recommended for Seafood because: A legendary local restaurant that has become synonymous with great Fort Lauderdale restaurants.
Dale's expert tip: Even if you're not a guest at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, plan a meal at 3030 Ocean. A classy, sophisticated restaurant is sure to impress.