Say “cheers” to the weekend with your brunch crew, celebrate a night out with family or friends, entertain business clients or create a memorable celebration for your employees at one of the many Greater Fort Lauderdale restaurants perfect for large group gatherings.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
For a fancy meal with a killer view and plenty of space for groups, make a reservation at the newly reimagined Dune by Laurent Tourondel next to the oceanfront resort Auberge Beach Residences & Spa. Helmed by Tourondel, an internationally acclaimed chef, diners can enjoy dishes that range from creative sushi rolls to crispy parmesan souffle and lobster spaghetti to grilled Australian lamb chops. The expansive restaurant also offers three private ocean-view spaces indoors and outside. Time your dinner around sunset or for brunch to soak up those breathtaking ocean views.
Steak 954 inside the W Fort Lauderdale is another coveted hotspot overlooking the beach and extends dining options for large groups. Dine outside for weekend brunch or have dinner in the indoor dining room that transforms into a lively scene at night where a well-heeled crowd holds court and a luminescent jellyfish tank grabs attention. Dine on perfectly cooked meats such as American Wagyu beef, fresh seafood ranging from stone crabs to lobster, and decadent sides.
Las Olas Boulevard
Stroll down buzzy Las Olas Boulevard and find every type of cuisine your group desires. You’ll want to make a reservation first, however!
Known for its spacious backyard garden, Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria is a favorite for big groups wanting al fresco dining. Enjoy the lively ambiance while digging into homemade plates of pasta and pizzas, or share a charcuterie board paired with Aperol spritzes.
If you’re in the mood for seafood, Wild Sea Las Olas, tucked away in the historic Riverside Hotel, touts a private wine room, and if your party desires, you can rent the entire dining room for the night. With outdoor options like a sprawling patio and a fire pit area, a private dining room, and a separate lounge, YOLO is always a standout choice for big groups for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Other options for large groups that include a memorable culinary experience are Red Door Asian Bistro & Hibachi and TRP Taste, a 26-seat interactive culinary experience venue that is all about celebrating, embracing and indulging in culinary arts and cuisines of all kinds.
Around Fort Lauderdale
Big groups flock to Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery for its vast array of cuisine that appeases every taste and energetic vibes, from drag brunches to nightly music performances. The sprawling food hall has plenty of inside seating for large parties, including semi-private and private areas for events.
Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, Shooters Waterfront is an ideal spot to enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s sunny weather and watch the daily parade of boats float by. The restaurant has private event and meeting spaces that total 6,000-square-feet, and can seat up to 175 guests on the second floor, where floor-to-ceiling windows present unobstructed water views.
Another great spot along the Intracoastal is 15th St. Fisheries. The nautical-themed restaurant features two floors of indoor and outdoor seating. Nearby Boatyard boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor private event spaces that can accommodate anywhere from 18 to 200 guests for celebratory gatherings.
And don’t overlook YOT, a delicious gem tucked away in a marina, serving a fun atmosphere for festive brunches and dinner. On weekends, expect live music and bottomless drinks.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is a playground of restaurants and bars catering to large groups. Huddle around a table at sophisticated Council Oaks Steaks & Seafood located at the Guitar Hotel to share favorites like jumbo crabcakes, Japanese wagyu, or an enormous porterhouse along with vino from their stellar wine list. The 180-seat dining room also has a private dining room for special events or occasions.
Another fun-loving resort perfect for a night out is the Margaritaville Beach Resort Hollywood, where you can dine like Jimmy Buffet at JWB Prime Steak & Seafood. Named after the famous singer, expect laidback luxury with sea-to-table cuisine, creative cocktails, and intimate spaces available for small groups.
Cracking stone crabs is always a reason for celebration, and groups can have a seafood feast at the iconic Billy’s Stone Crab. Perched along the Intracoastal, Billy’s second-floor dining room touts dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that display photo-worthy water views.
If your group desires an elegant atmosphere, make a reservation at the coastal-chic Oceanic. Adjacent to the fishing pier, you’ll get those gorgeous ocean views during brunch, lunch, or dinner. Groups of up to 14 guests can congregate in the main dining area, and for larger parties, there’s a private dining space on the second floor overlooking the ocean.
Boasting two stories and al fresco, oceanfront views, neighboring Beach House Pompano also has plenty of room for large groups and delicious eats and cocktails.
If you prefer golf course views over beach views, spend an afternoon or evening with your gang at Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar. This family-owned gem features plenty of space to spread out on the patio meant for game days, leisurely brunches, and family celebrations.
A longtime favorite on Deerfield Beach, JB’s On The Beach offers the perfect backdrop for large group gatherings. Enjoy tropical breezes and idyllic beach views while devouring dishes from its seafood-centric menu. JB's hosts live entertainment, and guests can flit between their table and the tiki bar to socialize.
Groups can also dine by the ocean at Oceans 234. The coastal-chic restaurant offers breathtaking spaces for private events and welcomes large parties of 10-25 by reservation.
If you’re looking for stellar eats, amazing views, and plenty of room for your family and friends, make a reservation at a Greater Fort Lauderdale spot ahead of time to guarantee the perfect table.