Delicious burgers of all kinds: beef, chicken and even soy/vegetarian (you can even get a burger with lettuce wraps instead of a bun) and an incredible hand-cut, skin-on cheese fries. There's also a huge range of beers. The service is fast and friendly. I really recommend it.
Texas de Brazil is a great place to get good Brazilian barbecue in Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant is super-chic and elegant, so I'd suggest booking a table ahead of time. The salad bar as a lot of options (even classic Brazilian feijoada) and they serve the meat right at your table. Oh, and don't forget to get a caipirinha (but watch out, they're extremely strong). The desserts are also incredible...get the gigantic chocolate mousse!
Ruth's Chris stands out as one of the best steakhouses in Florida. I had the opportunity to go for the first time five years ago in Aruba, and from that moment on I've been a big fan. The branch in Ft. Lauderdale is a perfect place to go to eat and enjoy a quiet conversation. What makes Ruth's Chris so great is that they really only use the best products available. They have a large menu of cuts, but I'd recommend the Cowboy Ribeye. The restaurant offers various cuts of meat between those ve recommend the Cowboy Ribeye. The steaks are broiled then served on a hot plate and finished with butter and black pepper which helps contribute to their unique texture and flavor.The crab cakes, potatoes au gratin and spinach dip are also among my favorites.
Caffe Europe an Italian restaurant on Las Olas, one of the busiest streets in Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant is huge and there's a large parking lot out back for customers. The waiters are all very friendly and helpful. The lasagna is the star of the menu but they only serve it at dinner (though you might be able to order it off-menu at lunchtime). The desserts are monstrous, and I'd like to make a special mention of the "Chocolate Suicide" cake. The name says it all...to die for! When it arrives, you get two massive slices of chocolate-filled chocolate cake. Wow.
Cafe Vico may not look like much on the outside, but once you go inside you'll find a beautiful and very romantic piano bar with comfortable sofas. The service is impeccable! Really, the staff is excellent and do everything they can to make your experience as fantastic as possible.
The full menu is Italian and the chef, Vico, is Brazilian. The presentation is beautiful and the desserts are huge and very good (pro tip: get the brownie with ice cream). In addition to wine, they have a pretty good selection of beers. great place to go as a couple.
La Bonne Crepe is, as you can imagine, a French crepes restaurant on Las Olas. It's a simple restaurant with a nice outdoor seating area and the menu has crepes, crepes, and more crepes, both savory and sweet. In theory, the crepes are for one person, but they're huge so you can easily split them between two people. The crepes themselves were the perfect blend of tender and crisp. Phenomenal.
Thasos was the first Greek restaurant I'd ever been to. While the menu has a lot of seafood, I opted for the tasting menu: first, we had Greek cheese with lemon, then meatballs and a wonderful salad, and finally an excellent Greek-style fish. All washed down with lovely Greek white wine. To finish it all off, a chocolate mousse that left me speechless. The owner works right out on the floor overseeing operations and he really makes you feel right at home. All the ingredients they use are fresh and organic, and the breads are baked right in the restaurant. The best part is that you can eat a lot and not feel heavy and sleepy afterwards. Thasos is now one of my favorite restaurants.
Noodles Panini is a small restaurant on Las Olas specializing in paninis, a kind of grilled Italian sandwich. The difference, though, is that these paninis here are gigantic! My favorite dish was the Penne with Vodka Sauce...you could taste the vodka and the seasoning was just right. We also got a bruschetta to start that was massive. Literally, it was a pyramid of bruschettas overflowing with toppings. It was interesting to see, but the whole thing collapses when we started eat. Your best bet is to get a panini and a pasta dish to split.
I love Mexican food and one of my favorite places is Hot Tomatos in Fort Lauderdale. It's a small, simple place that offers tasty food at the very populist price of $9-10.00 per meal. All the dishes come with tortilla chips (made from real tortillas, no just Doritos out of the bag) and there is a salsa bar where you can choose the sauce you want. Pretty cool place.
Hoffman's is a cute chocolate shop where they sell homemade chocolates, decorated cookies, and ice cream. The best part is that you can ask to try the chocolates and instead of giving you a tiny taste they give you and entire chocolate! The truffles are amazing and the cookies are a must. The prices are reasonable. If you're going to break your diet, at least your bank account won't suffer!
The Pirate Bar is a great place for dinner with a view at the Riverwalk. It's decorated with statues of pirates and there's even a swimming pool for customers ve want to cool off (or at least let their kids run free). The food is mainly American but they also have some Brazilian dishes and good seafood. Another cool thing is that it's located right at the edge one of Fort Lauderdale channels so the views are great.
The Field is an awesome restaurant I've frequented for some years. The atmosphere is nice and they usually have live music...one time they even had a spot-on Rod Stewart impersonator. Prices are reasonable and the food is excellent. I recommend getting chocolate fudge cake and the drunken chicken.
The Keg on 6th is hasn't been open for long, but it already has the well-deserved reputation for the best fish & chips in the city. Seriously, it's amazing...especially the fries. It's a small, casual place but make sure to take a sweater because they have the air conditioning set on Arctic. Dinner won't cost more than $15.00 per person.
Its menu has a variety of dishes from appetizers, small dishes, salads, main dishes, dishes to share. The desserts are vast and delicious. The wine list is extensive, with local and foreign wines. I tried the edamame, spring rolls, rib quesadillas, eggplant. Also, we ordered the salad beetroot and rocket with Harvest, with dried apricots. In addition, as the main course we ordered baked fish, lobster, and chicken with risotto. For dessert we tried the carrot cake, lemon foot based Oreo cookie, and coconut ice cream. It certainly was a great feast for dinner.
We visited Fresh First in Fort Lauderdale on our day in Florida before our cruise. It was on the busy 17th Street near the cruise port and also located very close to our hotel, making it incredibly convenient. It is tucked away in a strip mall so it might be a little bit difficult to find, but it's worth the extra effort. This is a great lunch spot with many salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. They offer many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices on the menu. We ordered fresh fruit smoothies that were very refreshing. I also really enjoyed the veggie burger that I ate, which was made out of quinoa, beets, carrots, scallions, and mushrooms. It came with a side potato salad that is pretty rare to find prepared vegan, but Fresh First had it! I wouldn't hesitate to return here on my travels and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a healthy meal while visiting Florida (especially before or after a cruise!).
We had an amazing time dining at Sublime Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is an all-vegan, plant-based restaurant serving up healthy and delicious food. I truly feel that vegans and carnivores alike would enjoy this place. The food was incredibly flavorful, rich, and satisfying. The ambiance of the restaurant was warm and inviting, yet elegant and classy. There was a cool water wall in one of the rooms with views of an outdoor waterfall with tropical trees and plants. The staff at the restaurant were very knowledgeable and friendly. Our waiter did an awesome job at explaining the menu selections. We each ordered a Caesar Salad – romaine heart, house-made crouton, house-made lemon-dijon dressing. As for our main courses, we ordered two different dishes - the Portobello Stack (with sauteed spinach, roasted tomato, mushroom marsala sauce and quinoa) and the Mushroom Ravioli (house-made pasta, cashew cream, slow-roasted tomato butter sauce and basil). Both were amazing! We only wish that Sublime were closer to home and we would dine here all of the time!
Chima is a Brazilian rodzio-style steakhouse that's really popular, especially during the weekends (read: reserve ahead of time). The service is excellent. Everyone from the waiters to the managers are really friendly. For starters, we got and garlic bread and prepared ourselves for the endless parade of over 20 different cuts of meat. While you wait, you can head to the buffet and load up on salads and pastas. The desserts, though, are separate and not included in the price. They look small on the menu but they're massive when they come out so save some room!
Rice & Dough is, as it's name indicates, a Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. They have several combos like pizza + soda, or pizza + soda + salad, and so on. The slices of pizza are huge so order accordingly. They also have sushi rolls and some Italian salads for those looking for something a bit lighter. Service is friendly, but slow.