Fort Lauderdale Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Fort Lauderdale

April 15, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Fort Lauderdale’s canals and charm have earned it the nickname “The Venice of America.” The beaches offer 23 miles of golden sand, lively with the spirited antics of happy vacationers. Sail the blue-green waters on a chartered catamaran, or dive beneath the surface to meet-and-greet the local sea life. Shopping and dining al fresco on Las Olas Boulevard is one of Fort Lauderdale’s greatest pleasures, thanks to adorable shops and prime people-watching.
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1. Laspada's Hoagies

1495 SE 17th St Ste D, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1728 Television, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 954-522-3483
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Laspada's Hoagies

Reviewed By ParamedicLondon_ON - London, ON

Fresh bread! Meat sliced to order! Huge!! Huge!! Sandwiches for less than $9!! Awesome kosher pickles. Ask for a glass for water to keep price down. Family of 5 ate for less than $40 with leftovers!

2. Premiere Bar

3110 Belmar St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4103 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Bar, Wine Bar, Gastropub, Argentinean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 3 - SGD 28 +1 954-566-7676
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 501 reviews

Premiere Bar

Cozy local bar opens at 6 PM to Midnight 7 days a week serving craft beers and boutique wines. Hand made pizzas, authentic Argentine empanadas & tapas. Hotel Guests Only

Reviewed By MARIA JOSE G - Santa Rosa, Argentina


The Premiere Bar has good bar food, and some typical Argentinian dishes, this is a place to come with enough time to be served, since they get lost of people in and out, it could be a bad experience if you are looking to be served right away, it is also a very small place and they do not have indoor tables, we sat at the bar and chatted the night away with some interesting folks, you can interact with people from anywhere in the world while enjoying some empanadas.

3. Dolce Salato Pizza & Gelato

2406 Wilton Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-1251 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 4 - SGD 24 +1 954-463-7677
Excellent
89%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 391 reviews

Dolce Salato Pizza & Gelato

Yes, we are Italian! We do speak Italian and we make authentic Italian pizza and unbelievable Italian Gelato. Come to visit us and have a taste of Italy! Leonardo, Silvia and Giuseppe

Reviewed By Jannette C - Tallahassee, Florida

Dolce Salato doesn't look like much when you walk in. The smiles and greetings we received when we entered were bigger than the place itself.There were a few tables jammed in the small space with some plastic chairs strewn among them. And it was meticulously clean.

However, we had misgivings. The by-the-slice offerings in the display case didn't look terribly appetizing. But based on the reviews we braved it. The girls ordered two slices of cheese, and I ordered a slice of margharita with a slice of fresh basil. And at approximately $3 for a good-sized slice (one was enough for each of us), it was worth a shot.

What came out was hands down the best pizza we have ever eaten. The crust was the perfect consistency, the sauce was fabulous and just the right amount. The buffalo mozzarella was tender, the basil was sweet, and my picky teenaged daughters were in raptures over the cheese pizza.

After such a culinary treat, we decided to try the gelato. My daughters each had the mint chocolate and loved the creamy texture of the gelato versus their usual ice cream. My normally chocoholic self decided to go with the more traditional lemon. I've never had better. (And a nice bonus: they were extremely generous with the servings).

The atmosphere might not be five-stars, but the pizza alone deserves that rating. The gelato was just the "ice"ing on the "pie"...

4. La Dolce Vita

3331 NE 33rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-7148 Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 52 - SGD 98 +1 954-565-5707
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 669 reviews

La Dolce Vita

Welcome to La Dolce Vita. Located in the center of Fort Lauderdale's historic shopping and arts district, La Dolce Vita serves up Fort Lauderdale's finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At La Dolce Vita, every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. We never use frozen ingredients, our home made pasta make us unique in every dish we prepare at La Dolce Vita. We serve only the finest meats and seafood, freshest vegetables, and breads that are baked fresh daily. Our delicious menu and attention to detail create a truly enjoyable dining experience.

Reviewed By DavidinEssex

I chose LDV because of the terrific reviews on TA but I found it disappointing. The grilled octopus appetizer was amazing but the mushroom risotto was so-so (lots of it but very bland). Same with the desserts. The service was also mixed; great attention at first but then a very long wait for our main and the check. Also, while we sat outdoors I noticed that the indoors was noisy and I'm glad we weren't seated there.

5. Mini Pita

1019 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-2433 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 954-451-5118
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Mini Pita

Reviewed By AVagabondMan - Boston

The food was terrific. Flavorful, fresh and reasonably priced. service a little slow and unattentive, Had the Chicken Sharwama and fallafel. Great. Pleace could use a spruce up .

6. Gilbert's 17th Street Grill

1821 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2198 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 954-768-8990
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Gilbert's 17th Street Grill

Gilbert's 17th Street Grill is a family owned and operated restaurant that serves up great burgers, ribs, wings, home made soups, and salads. Daily blackboard specials include Pan Seared Tuna, Chinese Roast Pork on Garlic Toast, Havarti Burger Served on a Toasted Garlic English Muffin and The Hottest Burger in South Florida. Also has some great homemade desserts including Mrs. Gilbert's Rocky Road Road Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Key Lime Pie and NY Style Cheesecake. The Gilbert family has served South Florida for the last 10 years and has over 40 years experience in the food service industry. A family member is always on site and happy to open up their kitchen to you, treating your family like family!

Reviewed By HolidaysRcool - Bath, United Kingdom

We’ve not eaten here before so were unsure of the set up- it’s order at the counter, pay, take a number, find a seat, get your own drink.

We sat down, took a look around, felt a little strange, got up, wandered about. No one helped us so that was a bit uncomfortable. The guy who took the order wasn’t particularly helpful or friendly.

The burgers and sandwiches were really good. Very tasty and fresh.

I felt the oil the fries were cooked in needed changing as they tasted bitter but my husband disagrees. He thought the fries were good.

Overall cheap eats, really good burgers and sandwiches and once you know the set up easy to order.

7. Cafe Seville

2768 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1605 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Seafood, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 +1 954-565-1148
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 400 reviews

Cafe Seville

Reviewed By Richard B - Boynton Beach, Florida

Once again we were thrilled with this wonderful restaurant. The food and sangria are wonderful and the service is warm and very professional. This is a very friendly place and not at all stuffy. Portions of their great food are more than ample and you won't leave hungry. If you are a bread fan you will love their crispy, yeasty bread basket. We have been returning here for several years and we always leave with a doggie bag and a big smile. The décor here is a bit dated but that just adds to the warm atmosphere. Reservations are a must. We were there on a Wednesday night and they were packed. Even though they were full, we were never rushed.

8. Canyon Southwest Cafe

1818 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3040 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Southwestern, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 105 +1 954-765-1950
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 973 reviews

Canyon Southwest Cafe

An oasis of inspired Southwestern fusion, Canyon consistently serves an innovative and surprising array of American artisanal cuisine with Asian, South and Central American undertones. Chipotle, wasabi, ginger, cilantro, lemongrass, basil, jalapeño, mango and red chilies accent the freshest seafood and wild game available. Seductive lighting and a constantly evolving mix of music enhances your dining experience and keeps the intimate space filled with a captivating and energized clientele every night. Immerse yourself in the ambiance as you savor one of Canyon's notorious Prickly Pear Margaritas.

Reviewed By Jgdutyfree - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Close by the sunrise cinema this little gem offers outstanding Mexican food and has a lively, and great value happy hour. The staff are friendly and fun and there is parking at the rear

9. Chima Steakhouse

2400 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1582 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet Steakhouse, Brazilian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 49 - SGD 75 +1 954-712-0580
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 996 reviews

Chima Steakhouse

Located on the trendy Las Olas Boulevard just minutes from the beach, Chima offers a serene dining experience with a touch of exclusivity. The Fort Lauderdale location provides a chic dining experience from the minute you step foot into the captivating courtyard. The outside bar and courtyard provide an escape from the traditional happy-hour scene with our exceptional drink specials.

Reviewed By HarryTease - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Are you working on a big deal or have a long time great client in town and trying to think of someplace special to go for dinner? I was in that situation last month while working on a $15mm deal with an international company, I had the developer and his team of architects, project engineers along with my client's team of three. We had ten people in total and not one walked out without a smile on their face and a satiated palate. The service is awesome and the meats are PRIME and they keep on coming. Its the best Brazilian restaurant that I've ever been to. It's also great for dates and family/friends nights.

10. Lona Cocina Tequileria

321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4204 (Formerly Lona) Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Brunch SGD 20 - SGD 72 +1 954-245-3069
Excellent
79%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 332 reviews

Lona Cocina Tequileria

Reviewed By Luis B

The Margaritas were especially disappointing and even more so for a Mexican restaurant. The dishes seemed authentic but weren’t tasty. Service was okay but they forgot to put dressing on my wife’s salad. The manager came by and asked how everything was answering his own question, “Delicious”, before we could say a word.

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