El Tamarindo Cafe in Fort Lauderdale is the place to be if you wish to take your friends out for a wholesome Contemporary Latin-style meal. The interiors are tastefully done, featuring an array of antique furnishings and comfortable seating options. The menu is primarily meat-centric but does offer some decent vegetarian choices with the Whole Red Snapper, Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Mariscada Soup being some of their specialties. Alcoholic beverages are served here.
Home of legendary clams and cheese-steaks, the Southport Raw Bar has carved a niche for itself. Serving fresh food throughout the year, this waterside delight has been attracting crowds since it opened in 1973. Daily specials, gratifying platters and toothsome desserts make this place a must-visit.
A Fort Lauderdale landmark, the Mai-Kai restaurant offers great food and authentic Polynesian entertainment. Its thatched roof and carved totems are set against a backdrop of fiery torches and waterfalls. Inside, décor includes giant palm-frond fans, massive carvings and high-backed wicker chairs. It has won many awards for excellent cuisine, decor and entertainment. Traditional Chinese ovens create some of the best roast pork in the state and the Crab Rangoon is delicious. Their service is excellent, and the cocktails offered are from original Donn Beach recipes and served in coconuts and pineapples.
This is celebrity chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian latest restaurant, and is located inside Hollywood’s Diplomat Beach Resort. Spread over a large area the restaurant gives off a tropical feel with its massive ceilings, banquettes, woven dining chairs and hand-painted table tops. While the outdoor seating is a mix of colorful chairs and benches. This indoor-outdoor coastal American restaurant has its own take on modern seafood’s (crispy oysters, braised mussels in a coconut-curry broth, shrimp and grits, whole snapper) and features a raw bar in addition to the full array of Zakarian’s favorite American cuisine. For non-seafood lovers there are dishes like the burger, pomegranate short ribs and lamb dishes on the menu. The food menu is complemented by a center bar, which focuses on fresh juice-based and frozen cocktails, as well as an extensive wine list to choose from. Point Royal is open daily, serves breakfast and dinner.
Take in the amazing view at GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill which is, as the name suggests, on the waterfront. GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill serves delicious American cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood. The restaurant is known for their Sunday brunch buffet where diners have fantastic dish options plus Mimosas. Make sure you request a table on the covered deck so you can enjoy the weather and have an unbeatable view of the Intra-coastal Waterway.
Probably the world's biggest chain of gastropubs, Hard Rock is definitely one of the places to catch your favorite rock bands perform, while you gorge on a juicy handcrafted burger served with a plate of crispy fries. This location in Hollywood lives up to Hard Rock's brand value, offering great ambiance, abundant seating options and a world-class live gig viewing experience. Apart from the pub grubs, do try the steaks, salads, and desserts that are served here as they are quite delicious and come in good portions.
Located on Las Olas Boulevard, Louie Bossi's serves fresh Italian delights in an expansive, family-friendly place. The restaurant's chef and namesake, Louie Bossi himself, takes his business seriously, and this is reflected in their hand-made bread and pizza dough. To top it off, Bossi's will present you with an option of 14 different types of pasta, cannoli shells and house-made sauces. Try the roasted porcetta-laden sandwich called The Boss, and the fragrant pizzas that come highly recommended. Choose from a menu of wine, beer and cocktails to go with the Italian fare.
A spot to see and be seen, Yolo (You Live Only Once) is the perfect place to mingle with the trendy Fort Lauderdale set. With classic decor, contemporary fare cooked to perfection, innovative cocktails and unswerving hospitality, this restaurant lives up to its name. Also, the versatile private dining room, lounge and patio coupled with party menus and exciting happy hour deals create an ultimate destination for business lunches, social dinners and private celebrations.
One of the finest rodizio restaurants in town, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse has been delighting meat lovers since 2004. The elegant and swank ambiance makes it a great choice for special occasions as well. Perfectly seasoned meats on skewers are cooked to your liking at you table-side by their gauchos. Eat to your heart's fill at this place. If you have room, then check out their salad bar as well. Round off your meal with decadent desserts. Their attractive courtyard with a huge banyan tree taking centerstage, is the domain of their bar. Enjoy happy hour specials under the stars and the sound of the adjacent water-bodies.
Nestled on the southern bank of New River, this restaurant takes guests on a voyage through pirate land. As you arrive at The Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill, the restaurant may look like a shack, but walk in and you will be greeted with skull styled paraphernalia and artifacs, as well as servers in pirate outfits. The menu features fresh bounties from the sea, blending together South American, Caribbean, Mediterranean and local flair. The dock offers beautiful views of the river while you feast. Since its opening in 2009, The Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill has captured hearts of patrons with its theme and food.
A true blue Floridian masterpiece, Coconuts at Fort Lauderdale has some of the best seafood in the city. Serving fun food with a touch of class, the coconut shrimp, lobster roll and jambalaya are excellent. Celebrate your engagement with a sip of wine on the romantic patio, or have a beer with your buddies for a fun-filled evening.