Fort Lauderdale is synonymous with enjoying the outdoors – even while dining! There are so many restaurants in town that have embraced the natural breeze and beautiful views to complement their great cuisine. Here are a few of our local favorites:
Coconuts is a premier dining spot right on the famed intracoastal. Choose to dine outdoors and admire the yachts that cruise by. A proclaimed sea-and-comfort food restaurant, known for one of their famous appetizers – Scoobies – a delicious specialty made up of de-shelled blue crab pinchers, sautéed in olive oil with crushed red pepper, lots of garlic, and scallions. You will not be disappointed. On a beautiful evening, you are guaranteed to see the perfect sunset when here.
S3 – short for Sun, Surf and Sand – is a chic upscale restaurant located on the ground floor of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, overlooking the ocean. Their menu is centered around coastal cuisine and shareable plates – open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. It’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a night out with your friends.
Whether you’re cruising on a boat or looking for a Fort Lauderdale staple on the water, Southport Raw Bar is a local go-to spot. You can enjoy cold beers on the intracoastal, fresh oysters and live music on the outdoor dockside deck. After 50 years, they now serve liquor – so celebrate like a local! They are one of the few restaurants in the area that offer a late-night happy hour menu, which is the perfect way to round out your night.
The newly renovated Waves Rooftop Pool Bar and Grill, as well as High Tide Lounge, at Bahia Mar are two fantastic spots to bring your friends and family. Although it’s located at the hotel, you don’t have to be a guest to visit. You can go here to enjoy a day relaxing by the pool, live music Thursday to Saturday nights, food from their new menu, as well as VIP cabana rentals available through the hotel concierge. Take part in happy hour at Waves and High Tide Lounge seven days a week with breathtaking panoramic views of the intracoastal waterway and Atlantic Ocean.
Beach House Pompano is a chic two-story beachfront restaurant that offers beautiful views of the ocean from their rooftop deck and great food to go along with it. They offer an array of tasty options from sushi and small plates to steaks, as well as delicious libations. Make the most of the weekend and soak up the sun at brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, topped off with bottomless beers or mimosas.
After a day on the beach, Park & Ocean is a great spot to walk to right off Sunrise Boulevard and A1A. Under a shaded grove of trees, the casual ambiance is complemented by the Caribbean and Southern influenced menu, offering an eclectic mix of farm-to-table items. Sip on their in-house brewery, cleverly named Shady Brewing, featuring the finest local Florida fruits. As an added bonus, the restaurant is part of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, where you can enjoy activities such as kayaking and bicycle rentals on-site.
Make sure to take advantage of these outdoor restaurants and the views that the yachting capital of the world has to offer!