When it comes to Greater Fort Lauderdale, it's no mystery that its dining scene has something for everyone under the sun. With endless possibilities, selecting where to eat and drink can be challenging. Luckily, we've listed seven eateries that have surpassed 20+ years of keeping tourists and locals satisfied! These Fort Lauderdale gems offer delicious food, drinks, and a chance to step back in time and experience the city's history and culture. From classic Italian eateries to seafood spots offering the freshest catch of the day, these beloved venues have become essential to molding Fort Lauderdale's culinary landscape.
Runway 84Back to Top of List
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Think elegant supper club meets family-style experience. With 40 years under its belt, the newly renovated Runway 84 truly has it all. The ambiance features luxe materials like gold velvet, brass finishes, and deep jewel-toned hues. And the luxurious Italian-American restaurant would only be complete with its new live music lounge set with a grand piano and crystal chandelier. The equally impressive menu features various delectable options like Clams Oreganata, Chicken Parm, Rigatoni Cauliflower, prime steaks, and creative, on-theme craft cocktails.
TimpanoBack to Top of List
Whether you're looking to marvel over the one-of-a-kind Italian-inspired brunch, mingle at golden hour (aka elevated happy hour), experience the best linguini and clams you've ever had, or treat yourself to a Tableside Smoked Old Fashion—Timpano is rightfully recognized for its innovative menu filled with modernized Italian classics. Located on charming Las Olas Blvd, you'll want to save time for window shopping and a relaxing stroll.
Expresso CoffeeBack to Top of List
Established in 1992, Expresso Coffee is minutes from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and offers a wide range of gourmet coffee blends, smoothies, and pastries. Don't be intimidated by the line—it moves fast. Unlike other coffee shops that boast a typical industrial-chic aesthetic, Expresso Coffee embraces its South Florida roots with turquoise stucco walls, wooden beams, and a handwritten chalkboard menu. The simplicity of the décor enhances the focus on their delicious coffee, which always leaves a lasting impression. Order a pound of your favorite beans to take home and enjoy a different blend from its revolving menu each time you stop by. Tip: try the Morning Express, a local favorite brewed with house beans and fresh cinnamon.
CanyonBack to Top of List
Fort Lauderdale has been buzzing over Canyon's notorious Prickly Pear Margarita crafted with hornitos reposado infused with prickly pears, triple sec, and house-made sour mix for over 25 years, and there's no sign of the hype slowing down. In addition to its vibrant cocktail selection, Canyon serves an innovative and surprising array of American artisanal cuisine with Asian, South, and Central American undertones. Check out Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Whatever you do, don't leave without trying their Chocolate Bread Pudding.
Southport Raw BarBack to Top of List
Fort Lauderdale has come a long way since its humble beginnings as an underdeveloped beach town in the 1970s. Yet, amidst all the changes, one thing has remained constant: the fresh, delicious seafood at Southport Raw Bar. The fifty-year-old seafood joint offers a casual, laid-back atmosphere perfect for kicking back in your flip-flops and requesting a dockside table. The menu offers various seafood dishes, including their famous fried shrimp basket, blackened Mahi tacos, smoked fish dip, conch fritters, and Bimini bread. Prepare to relax as you enjoy live music, Florida rays, and an ice-cold pint of your favorite beer.
The ParrotBack to Top of List
If you're looking for a lively atmosphere to unwind, head over to the Parrot Bar on Fort Lauderdale beach. Established in 1970, this local landmark offers an unbeatable location steps away from the sand, making it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy drinks and bites. The menu offers everything from delicious burgers and fresh salads to classic cheesesteaks and crispy fries. Order a bucket of ice-cold beers or a tropical cocktail, and you'll be in vacation mode in no time. With a rotating schedule of local musicians and multiple screens to watch your favorite game, there's always something happening. The Parrot Bar is known for its welcoming atmosphere that can only come from its longstanding team.
La VerandaBack to Top of List
With three generations of experience in hospitality, La Veranda is family-owned and operated, with a rich history dating back to 1976. Rooted in traditional trattorias, the menu at La Veranda features classic Italian dishes like homemade pasta, fresh seafood, savory meats, and tempting desserts. And with a wine list that celebrates the best of Italian and Californian varietals, you'll be able to find the perfect pairing for every meal. So whether you're looking for an intimate dinner for two or a group celebration, La Veranda offers the ideal backdrop to indulge in your favorite authentic Italian dishes while staying in Fort Lauderdale.