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3030 Ocean

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

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

3030 Ocean has been the talk of the town for decades. Previously under the direction of celebrity Chef Dean Max, Fort Lauderdale's most legendary fish-and-seafood restaurant is now helmed... — Fodor's

The Harbor Beach Marriott signature, casually chic lobby (read: no ocean views) restaurant was always known for good food thanks to Chef Dean Max (who most recently also signed on as... — Frommer's

Chef (and Hell's Kitchen vet) 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... — Zagat

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Casa D'Angelo

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

Although Fort Lauderdale may be transforming into thoroughly modern 21st-century beach city, Casa D'Angelo remains steeped in old-school, Old World style and service with an impeccable... — Frommer's

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 from... — Zagat

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

Casa D'Angelo is packed year-round and for excellent reason. Owner-chef Angelo Elia has created a gem of a Tuscan-style white-tablecloth restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, and the city can't... — Fodor's

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Eduardo de San Angel

Mexican 87 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

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

“High-end”, “creative” Mexican fare (think “without salsa and chips”) prepared by “very skilled” chef-owner Eduardo Pria is the draw at this Fort Lauderdale spot that’s “still going... — Zagat

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Cafe Martorano

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

"A gastronomic heavenly experience" awaits at this Fort Lauderdale–Seminole Hard Rock duo, where chef-owner (and "cartoon character") Steve Martorano is behind the "huge portions" of... — Zagat

Located within Seminole Hard Rock's entertainment-and-estaurant zone, this Italian-American institution pays homage to anything and everything that has to do with the Godfather and... — Fodor's

Yo, cuz! Steve Martorano is quite the piece of work—a big tattooed lug of a South Philly DJ-turned-restaurant guy who set up shop in a strip mall on a busy thoroughfare in 1993, and went... — Frommer's

Don't stop by for a romantic date here. Chef and owner Steve Martorano is a former DJ from Philly, and he fills his restaurant with loud music and strobe lights every night, not to... — Concierge

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

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Le Tub

Burgers 85 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

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

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

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Sublime Restaurant & Bar

Vegan and Vegetarian 84 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; it's "a... — Zagat

Even confirmed carnivores could be won over by the magic wrought here with mushrooms, rice, all manner of veggies, and a kind of textured soy called gardein (in sliders, I couldn’t tell... — Frommer's

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

Shrugging off the alfalfa-sprout image, this chic restaurant serves such inventive and delicious dishes that even carnivores won't miss the meat. — Lonely Planet

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

Steak 954

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

“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

With the exception of the Strip House down in Key West, there aren't many steakhouses that can be called playful, per se. Until restaurant mogul Stephen Starr, of Morimoto fame, decided... — Frommer's

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Market 17

Seafood 82 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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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. Its South Seas appearance-thatched roofs, tiki torches, tropical palms and cascading... — Michelin Guide

Floridian

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

Inexpensive, tasty food and generous portions are what make "the Flo" popular among Las Olas insiders. It's always busy at this 24/7 diner-style eatery, where dining rooms are cheery with... — Michelin Guide

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

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

Cherish is the word I use to describe “the Flo.” It’s been holding down the fort on a less than lovely downtown stretch of Las Olas since 1937, but it looks like except for refreshing... — 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

LaSpada's Hoagies

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

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" around, which are piled so high "you... — 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

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

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15th Street Fisheries

Seafood 79 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" on the... — 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

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

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

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S3 Sun Surf Sand Restaurant

Steakhouses 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

"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; while... — Zagat

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

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

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Rustic Inn Crabhouse

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Do I really have to spell it out for you? Alrighty then—the word “rustic” in the name isn’t just a marketing ploy—this seafood joint just west of the airport has been kicking around since... — Frommer's

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 on some of "the best garlic crabs"... — Zagat

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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Lester's Diner

Diners 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Down near Port Everglades, the original Lester’s (there are two branches) is another Fort Lauderdale institution, slinging hefty portions of good greasy-spoon fare (including breakfast... — Frommer's

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

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

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

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Da Campo Osteria

Italian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Coconuts

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

Locals love this laid-back restaurant for fresh seafood served with some of the best water views in town — Afar Magazine

A block in from the beach, dockside on the Intracoastal, Coconuts sports a very local-South-Florida feel to it and a loyal local following to match — Frommer's

It's "dockside dining at its best" say fans of this "easy, breezy" Fort Lauderdale sea-and-comfort-food restaurant boasting a "beautiful location" overlooking the Intracoastal with "ample... — Zagat

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Casablanca Cafe

Middle Eastern 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Try to score a seat on the upstairs balcony of this Moroccan-style home where Mediterranean-inspired food and Florida-style ocean views are served. — Lonely Planet

There are a ton of swell dining spots along the beachfront, but you must remember this: As time goes by, few have been able to match the ambience and romance of this historic... — Frommer's

Steps away from the beach, Casablanca Cafe is a sandy yellow building, perhaps a nod to the desert city it draws its name from — Afar Magazine

Located along A1A in the heart of Fort Lauderdale's hotel row, Casablanca Cafe offers alfresco and indoor dining with a fabulous ocean view — Fodor's

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Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor

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

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

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

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Valentino Cucina Italiana

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

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

“Genius” chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio “expertly prepares” “outstanding” “nouveau Italian” plates at this Fort Lauderdale “special-occasion” spot; a crowd of “beautiful people” reclines in... — Zagat

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