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3030 Ocean

91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Paula DaSilva crafts “inventive” dishes with an emphasis on seafood that make fans “swimmingly happy” at this “special-occasion” New American in the lobby of Fort Lauderdale's Harbor Beach Marriott. — Zagat

Among the standouts: sautéed Florida red snapper with a smooth purée of sweet boniato yam, grilled green onions, and a light cumin-scented orange carrot sauce. — Frommer's

Replacing founding chef Dean James Max, farm-to-table toque Paula DaSilva, a former Max protégée, brings excitement to this seafood-centric restaurant. — Gayot

This candlelight-filled oceanfront casual dinner bistro located at the Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, serves exquisite American seafood and specialty meats — Where

The menu is never static, but you can expect outstanding dishes like charred octopus, grilled black grouper, and sautéed Florida flounder in a stylish setting. — Fodor's

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Casa D'Angelo

Italian 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Angelo Elia presides over an impressive kitchen specializing in Tuscan and southern Italian dishes, many handed down by his mother. — Lonely Planet

This "upscale" ristorante pair in Fort Lauderdale and Boca is the "closest to dining in Florence anyone will get in Florida" claim fans who rave about the "authentic" Italian fare. — Zagat

Casa D'Angelo remains steeped in old-school, Old World style and service with an impeccable reputation for some of the best Tuscan-style Italian food in South Florida. — Frommer's

Excellent Italian food in a strip mall location — Where

Casa D'Angelo is always packed. The Tuscan-style fine-dining restaurant is beloved for its rustic and refined philosophy. Everything is made from scratch, and dishes like the gamberi alla... — Fodor's

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Eduardo de San Angel

Mexican 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Gourmet Mexican is not an oxymoron, and for those who don't believe that, take one meal at the sublime Eduardo De San Angel and you'll see how true it is. — Frommer's

Authentic chilies, spices, and herbs enhance classic seafood, meat, and poultry dishes at this inviting Mexican enclave known for its hospitality. — Fodor's

Innovative Mexican fusion fare in a charming Spanish-style hacienda. — Gayot

Despite its strip-mall location, the intimate, hacienda-style rooms and “outstanding” service ensure that “any occasion here feels like a special occasion.” — Zagat

Don’t go to this top-of-the-line Mexican restaurant for gloppy refried beans—you’ll be disappointed — Where

Cafe Martorano

Italian 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

His café is loud, it’s festive, it’s glitzy black-and-mirrors, complete with disco ball, and the menu is tasty Italian-American soul food all the way (the meatballs especially have a deserved rep). — Frommer's

The South Philly Italian food is served family-style; try the lobster francese, fettucine Alfredo, and Martorano's unmissable meatballs (tennis-ball-sized and drenched in marinara sauce). — Concierge

The homemade mozzarella and fried calamari are excellent choices for starters. It's easy to gorge here since each dish is so succulent and savory. — Fodor's

What you want are the famous meatball salad... always-al dente pastas like garlicky linguine with fresh-shucked clams; anything including the fresh homemade mozzarella. — Gayot

A unique twist to dishes such as grilled octopus with Meyer lemons, stewed calamari with peas, Sicilian rice balls with prosciutto di Parma, buffalo mozzarella and braised pig’s feet. — Where

Sublime Restaurant & Bar

Vegan and Vegetarian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This "great", upscale "place for vegans" in Fort Lauderdale presents "flavorful" dishes that conscientious types "can feel good about eating" – even carnivores "enjoy" the food. — Zagat

Founded by animal rights activist Nancy Alexander, Sublime is all about creating tasty plant-based food — Where

Cocktails such as the “pomtini” are also inventive and tasty, and I’d go back just for the soy-milk Key lime cheesecake. — Frommer's

It may be vegan and organic, but don't be afraid to bring your meat-eating companions to this low-key Zen-like spot, nestled among the casual dining chains on Federal Highway. — Concierge

Paul McCartney, Alec Baldwin, Bob Barker, Alicia Silverstone, and their celebrity pals are not the only vegetarians that love this vegan powerhouse. — Fodor's

Steak 954

Burgers 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's not just the steaks that impress at Stephen Starr's superstar restaurant. — Fodor's

“Stephen Starr succeeds” with this “fancy-fancy”, “top-drawer” steakhouse at the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale, where “amazing” steak and seafood dishes are served against an aquatic backdrop. — Zagat

While the menu may be steakhouse simple, with steaks, chops, seafood, sandwiches, raw bar, and sides, this is Fort Lauderdale's newest "it" girl, a virtual meat market of seeing and being seen. — Frommer's

This luxury boutique steakhouse at the W Hotel blends classic steakhouse offerings with innovative flavors and techniques, emphasizing dry aged meats and organic produce — Where

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Le Tub

Burgers 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Despite molasses-slow service and an abundance of flies at sundown, this eatery is favored by locals. — Fodor's

In a "crummy old" former "gas station" in Hollywood festooned with "driftwood", "old tubs and toilets" you'll find what some (e.g. Oprah) say are "the best burgers ever". — Zagat

Hands down, this is one of the coolest, most unpretentious, quintessential pre-swanky South Florida restaurants, if not one of the coolest restaurants, period. — Frommer's

Sit Intracoastalside in a tropical jungle for good seafood dishes, chili and meaty burgers that rank among the best in the country. — Gayot

The fish salad is heavy on the mayo, but this locale is light on pretentiousness. It's Long John Silvers meets Sponge Bob Square Pants, complete with shipwrecked toilet bowls. — BlackBook

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LaSpada's Hoagies

86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An institution since 1973, La Spada's is the answer to every sandwich fan whether you call it a sub or a hoagie. — Frommer's

Those in search of an affordable sandwich seek out this "popular", casual Broward chain (with one Boca Raton location) for some of "the best hoagies". — Zagat

Every visitor should make a pilgrimage to this stellar sub shop. — Concierge

The crew at this seaside hole-in-the-wall puts on quite a show of ingredient-tossing flair while assembling takeout hoagies, subs, and deli sandwiches. — Fodor's

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Market 17

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This “hidden gem” in Fort Lauderdale boasts an “inventive” “farm-to-table” American-Eclectic menu that is “always changing and very tasty”, delivered with “attentive and friendly” service. — Zagat

Using only the best ingredients from regional farmers and local fishermen, Market 17 leads the organic farm-to-table revolution in South Florida. — Fodor's

Eco-conscious cuisine is prepared with classic French technique, and complemented by an extensive wine list. — Gayot

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S3 Sun Surf Sand Restaurant

Steakhouses 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

S3 stands for the fabulous trio of sun, surf, and sand, paying homage to its prime beachfront location. — Fodor's

Overall, the customer service, varied cuisine options, and inviting atmosphere are outstanding. — Afar Magazine

Offering diners the island-chic ambiance of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and oceanfront dining, S3 restaurant offers a menu brimming with steak, seafood and sushi options — Where

"Go with a group" to "sample all the tapas" (including lots of sushi) at this chic, "dynamic" Eclectic eatery in the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort from the folks behind YOLO. — Zagat

Ocean views and well-executed shareable fare make this place ideal for special occasions or just dropping in. — Gayot

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Rustic Inn Crabhouse

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Family and friends" get "down and dirty" at this huge, circa-1955 "landmark" crab shack near the airport, donning bibs and "banging" away with mallets. — Zagat

If you called central casting and ordered up an Old Florida seafood restaurant, you’d get Rustic Inn, a crab shack that has been packing in the seafood lovers for more than 50 years — Where

Hungry locals at this messy, noisy crab house use wooden mallets at long, newspaper-covered tables to get at the Dungeness, blue and golden crabs drenched in garlic. — Lonely Planet

Now run by Wayne's family, the still-rustic place brags that it is still crackin' after more than a half century. — Fodor's

The house specialty is garlic crabs—[“]world-famous,” they aver—but there’s plenty else on the menu (lots but not all of it fried, and not all of it fish, shrimp, or mollusks). — Frommer's

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Floridian

Delis 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This classic diner is plastered with photos of Monroe, Nixon, and local notables past and present in a succession of brightly painted rooms with funky chandeliers. — Fodor's

'The Flo' satisfies with good diner food including outstanding breakfasts served round the clock. A 1930s classic diner, it keeps up with the times by offering free wi-fi. — Lonely Planet

The menu is voluminous, the diner fare hearty and good, the portions generous. — Frommer's

Inexpensive, tasty food and generous portions are what make "the Flo" popular among Las Olas insiders — Michelin Guide

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, The Floridian is an iconic diner with the biggest menu you could ever imagine. Try a crab-stuffed omelet for a true taste of the region. — Where

Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge

Chinese 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Mingle with Broward tourists and regulars at the kitschy and often surreal Mai Kai. — Gayot

This old-school Polynesian joint is pure kitsch – with some good food and amusing entertainment thrown in for grins. — Lonely Planet

What a "hoot" say fans of the "very entertaining" if "a little hokey" Polynesian dinner show at this "historical gem" showcasing "1950s tiki culture" in Oakland Park. — Zagat

Touristy to some yet exciting to others, the South Pacific meets South Florida at this torch-lit landmark. — Fodor's

Popular for its dinner show, Mai-Kai has been attracting tourists and locals since 1956. — Michelin Guide

Da Campo Osteria

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Why star chef Todd English chose to open in this condo-esque hotel off the beaten track is beyond us, but it doesn't matter. Foodies and fans of English's gourmet Northern Italian fare... — Frommer's

As the kitchen's sizeable copper-fronted wood oven and grill would suggest, some of the best dishes here are flavored by flame. — Gayot

Most notably, four pastas are handcrafted in-house daily, usually two special ones and the two staples—spaghetti, tagliatelle—plus risotto. — Fodor's

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Valentino Cucina Italiana

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Open since 2006, owner Chef Giovanni Rocchio and his staff incorporate silky sauces and simple seasonings to create and elevate their dishes, using the freshest, highest quality ingredients — Where

“Genius” chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio “expertly prepares” “outstanding” “nouveau Italian” plates at this Fort Lauderdale “special-occasion” spot. — Zagat

A larger, more striking setting has catapulted this former insider’s secret Italian fine dining restaurant into the spotlight. — Gayot

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15th Street Fisheries

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A casual dockside-level lounge and a somewhat upscale seafood establishment, both with water views. — Gayot

A "perfect waterside view" allows diners to watch "the yachts go by" at this "old Florida" Lauderdale Marina seafooder serving "extremely fresh" fish "befitting the location". — Zagat

Arrive by boat or auto at this fun, local seafood eatery tucked inside the famous Fort Lauderdale Marina to experience breathtaking views of the 17th Street Causeway drawbridge. — Afar Magazine

With a broad, open-fronted deck offering a front row view of yachts and motor boats, this place is hard to beat for waterfront dining. — Lonely Planet

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Green Bar & Kitchen

Burgers 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Proud to contribute to the wellness revolution, this vegan restaurant promotes a philosophy that "everything provided is meant to be good for our bodies, our communities and our earth." — Where

This light, airy Fort Lauderdale cafe serves “yummy” gluten-free “Americana-style vegan” dishes (think hearty Buffalo tempeh or a smokehouse burger with caramelized onions). — Zagat

Discover bright flavors and innovative dishes at this cult vegan eatery. — Lonely Planet

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Lester's Diner

Diners 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hailed endearingly as a greasy spoon, campy Lester's Diner has been keeping folks happy since the late 1960s. — Lonely Planet

Menu of stick-the-the-ribs American and Greek favorites (highlights include chicken-fried steak, moussaka, a raft of breakfast items all day long, and of course the much-touted 14-ounce cup of coffee) — Frommer's

Hamburgers and french fries are winners, as are meatloaf with mushroom gravy and such ethnic favorites as eggplant Parmigiano. — Gayot

Lester's on State Road 84 has stood as a 24-hour haven for the hungry and the late-night crowd since 1967. — Fodor's

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Lobster Bar Sea Grille

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The selection of seafood and fish is solid and ranges from Nova Scotian lobsters to Atlantic char from Iceland. — Fodor's

Besides its "wonderful" good looks, the fish is always "perfectly done" (there's also a lobster bar, a raw bar and plenty of steak offerings) and the cocktails are "amazing". — Zagat

Pristine seafood, live lobsters and prime steaks are the menu standouts in this dazzling restaurant — Where

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Anthony's Runway 84

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Meet Anthony, the gregarious owner of this Fort Lauderdale restaurant with an interior all about jet-setting -- albeit in the mid- to late '70s -- and a bar crafted out of a plane fuselage. — Frommer's

For real New York-style Italian food, visit this plush, upscale restaurant which emphasizes quality and authenticity—the pasta is made to order — Where

A staff with plenty of "personality" and the decor's "amusing" airplane motif help to create "an experience, not just a meal." — Zagat

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