There's No Better Way to Dine in Fort Lauderdale than at Waterside

When you're looking for ambience as much as food, satisfying restaurants can be hard to come by. After all, you want the whole package, not just a suitable meal. Fortunately, Fort Lauderdale delivers in spades. The city promises a superb selection of restaurants to satisfy your desire for Waterfront Dining. These places take care of the details, making you feel welcomed, plying you with wonderful dishes, and sending you on your way with an experience you won't soon forget. For a hint of the quality, consider Serafina , which, along with La Tub and the rest, epitomizes great waterfront dining in Fort Lauderdale. Known locally and nationally for its incredible dockside views and great menu, Bahia Cabana is just the place to arrive by boat, car or taxi. For that certain touch of class it's got to be 3030 Ocean, Shula's On The Beach, Blue Moon Fish Company or the memorable Grille 66 & Café.  Of course, don't miss a chance to join in on all the fun at Rustic Inn Crabhouse. Here diners garbed in fashionable bibs and grubby attire crack crabs with wooden mallets at picnic tables. Take in as many of these great restaurants as possible while visiting Fort Lauderdale. You'll be back!

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



Sarafina is one of those Italian eateries that draws you in just by the name and the homey feel of its signage and the sheer anticipation of what is inside. While you may miss it by driving by, look carefully and stop in. Great things come in...  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 awesome jazz music every Sunday. Picture it:...  Read More

Rustic Inn Crabhouse


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...  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

Blue Moon Fish Company


This favorite and unique waterside restaurant offers Caribbean-inspired seafood dishes in a festive environment, with panoramic views of the Intercoastal Waterway from the elegant Art Deco dining room or from the breezy outdoor dock. The menu...  Read More

3030 Ocean
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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...  Read More

Grille 66 & Bar
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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...  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