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3030 Ocean

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

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

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

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

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

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Casa D'Angelo

Italian 89 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 — Fodor's

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Eduardo de San Angel

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

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

Dreamy upscale Mexican food full of romantic ingredients served in a warmly elegant dining room full of Mexican folk art. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

Cafe Martorano

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

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

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

"A gastronomic heavenly experience" awaits. — Zagat

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

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

Steak 954

Burgers 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

“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

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

Vegan and Vegetarian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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

Le Tub

Burgers 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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Canyon Southwest Cafe

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

As for the food, entrée standouts include a shrimp-and-scallop burrito and a marinated Chilean seabass with tomatoes, crab meat and mussels. — Concierge

Unique international dishes from Indonesian Spiced Bison Medallions to Tequila & Jalapeno Smoked Salmon or Wasabi Ginger Marianated Beef — Where

Inside this magical enclave, Southwestern fusion boasts Central and South American flavors and a twist of Asian influence — Fodor's

This popular eatery is Santa Fe–chic, specializing in tasty, southwestern fusion grub such as smoked-salmon tostadas and filet mignon with a rich poblano-pepper goat cheese. — Lonely Planet

“Big flavors” feature in the “outstanding” Southwestern fusion small and large plates that draw “date-night” couples and others to this “cozy, cavelike” Fort Lauderdale eatery/bar. — Zagat

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LaSpada's Hoagies

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

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

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

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

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

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Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor

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

Part ice-cream palor, part ode to American childhood, Jaxon’s has a 50-year-long-established reputation as a specialist in kids’ dessert wish-fulfillment — Time Out

South Florida's best and only authentic old-fashioned ice-cream parlor and country store attracts those with sweet tooths from all over the area. — Frommer's

This 1950s landmark whips up malts, shakes, and jumbo sundaes from ice creams prepared daily on premises, plus sandwiches and salads, amid an antique-license-plate decor. — Fodor's

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Market 17

Seafood 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Floridian

Delis 83 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

A funky 24/7 diner that remains a shrine to kitsch, down to the "Champagne room," with a chandelier and pinup photos of Marilyn Monroe. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

S3 Sun Surf Sand Restaurant

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

"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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge

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

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

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

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

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

Landmark for tiki freaks - delicious desserts. — Not For Tourists

Da Campo Osteria

Italian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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 — Frommer's

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

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

“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

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

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15th Street Fisheries

Seafood 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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Green Bar & Kitchen

Burgers 80 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

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

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

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Lester's Diner

Diners 80 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

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

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

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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