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Steak 954, housed within Hotel W Fort Lauderdale could very well be one of the most chic steakhouses in the city. It features a sedate, stylish and elegant decor that puts the 'up' in the 'upscale' as it gazes upon the North Atlantic Ocean from its patio seating, while some outlandish jellyfish move around mystically in a ginormous aquarium in its indoor dining area. The offerings are just as impressive as the place - a refreshing take on age-old steakhouse picks. Authentic in its essence and contemporary in its appearance, Steak 954 doesn't miss on the core notes that make a good steak good, in the traditional sense. This may even be the best looking steak dinner you've had, thanks to the meticulous plating and service here. Perhaps the prices are higher than what you'd expect, but then this is a boutique eatery with all the right trappings, definitely worth the money.
Prickly pears from cacti turn margaritas a pale pink at this Southwestern restaurant. Decked out in the soft pastel colors of the nation's desert states, this restaurant is located near a movie theater on busy Sunrise Boulevard. Canyon packs in diners in search of contemporary cuisine, which is this restaurant's specialty. Red snapper served with purple Peruvian potatoes is one of many creative options that lure the trendy crowd. Dessert options include a sorbet tangy with the snap of chili peppers. Go around the back to find free parking.
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 lovely old house was preserved and reworked to become this cozy restaurant so prettily lighted that it's often featured in the region's promotional pieces. The culinary fare offered here is a contemporary take on American cuisine. It's not so much what you eat, however, as the ambiance in which you eat it. Here that means candlelight, views of the ocean lapping on the beach across the street, a kind of Morocco-meets-Mediterranean-meets-tropical atmosphere that somehow works.
If you're looking to maximize your beach holiday experience at Fort Lauderdale, then head to LuLu's Bait Shack. This hip and high-spirited establishment right on the waterside promenade features creative cocktails, premium draft beers and fine wines to go with delicious seafood platters and bar-fare. Their signature fishbowl - a tropical concoction - is an obvious bestseller. As the sun goes down, LuLu's comes alive with arguably the best themed parties in town. Let your guard down to mood-enhancing live music as you take in the sights and soak in Floridian joie de vivre.
Take a break from cafe chains and head to this quaint enterprise serving freshly-brewed cups of top-quality coffee. A warm and cozy place, Grind Coffee Project has a welcoming vibe delighting locals and travelers alike. The cafe has an expansive interior; it's furnished with comfy couches, and they also have work desks. The staff pouring your brews is quite knowledgeable, known to entertain inquisitive coffee aficionados. If you wish to appreciate the real flavors of coffee in its unadulterated form then this independent coffee post is a must visit for you. The place is also perfect for getting work done in solitude.