There are many options of nice restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and Greater Fort Lauderdale. From romantic restaurants by the beach (this is, after all, the Venice of America) to sports bars; from imaginative steak houses to fine dining and healthy, gluten-free menus. Restaurants that have an outdoor area generally welcome pets, especially the ones on Las Olas Boulevard. Some of them will even offer your dog a bowl of fresh water. Here are a few of the many dining options Fort Lauderdale has to offer.
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
A traditional Brazilian steakhouse where waiters, dressed in the typical clothes of southern Brazil, bring a selection of meat to the guest’s tables. The meat is carved tableside, prepared to order. The name Chima comes from chimarrão, a traditional drink in the south of Brazil. Chima may not be the cheapest option in Fort Lauderdale, but it is worth every penny. Learn more about Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale.
Mangos Restaurant – One of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Located on Las Olas Boulevard, Mangos is a Fort Lauderdale classic. During the day, Mangos is a casual lunch restaurant, while in the evening it becomes alive with live music and happy hour. It serves a variety of dishes, and the seafood, as well as the drinks, is said to be excellent.
Hint: If you take the watertaxi, keep the ticket and get a discount at Mangos. Learn more about Mangos Restaurant and Lounge.
If you’re into Asian cuisine, take a look at Thai Spice, which has consistently won awards for the past 15 years, including the Five Star Diamond Award in 2016. Thai Spice serves refined Thai food in a beautiful environment, with huge aquariums and soft led lights that have different colours in each room, creating different settings, all of them quite pleasant.
Apparently the chai latte is delicious. More about Thai Spice.
The Coconuts restaurant is located on the Intracoastal, with its front turned to the water, so you can get there by boat or by car. Coconuts Fort Lauderdale offers first rate seafood and Sunday brunch with a view of high end yachts cruising by. It is best to go during the day, when you can better appreciate the view. This is an excellent spot to enjoy the sunset.
Casa D’Angelo Ristorante
Fine Italian dining, with a lengthy wine list and a variety of handmade pasta. Traditional ingredients, an oak oven, excellent service. Casa D’Angelo is located outside Fort Lauderdale’s downtown area, but it is worth a visit. Book a table before you go.
Kaluz Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
One of the most talked about restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Kaluz is a modern waterside destination with outdoor couches and a bar. It serves new American cuisine and a good range of happy hour drinks. The view of the Intracoastal is always a plus.
Steak 954 is inside the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. It features exotic decor (there’s a 15-feet- long jellyfish aquarium and an outdoor tropical garden), inventive dishes and ocean views. If you’re looking for a luxury boutique steakhouse experience, Steak 954 is the place to go.
Mai Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show
Tropical decor with outside waterfalls, and a bar with live music where you can enjoy an exotic drink while waiting for your table. Enjoy the beautiful Polynesian dance show while dining.