The Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for Every Occasion

There’s no shortage of great restaurants in Fort Lauderdale—just like there’s no shortage of great happy hours! It’s not hard to find an incredible place to grab a bite to eat; rather, it’s hard to make a choice.


Don’t worry. We’ve done the research for you. Find the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for a new place for family night or a chic date night spot, discover some Fort Lauderdale restaurants you’ve got to try.

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    Have a good time at Rocco's Taco and Tequila Bar

    Rocco’s has it all: guacamole made right in front of your table, 425 types of tequila, patio seating and a free tequila shot if you check in on Yelp.


    This lively spot is a great choice for a happy hour, a birthday brunch or a late-night snack. The menu is packed with fresh, authentic Mexican dishes—the corn tortillas are even made in-house on a comal. Choose from classic tacos like carne asada or splurge for inventive creations like The Korean taco, with kimchi and hoisin BBQ beef.


    P.S.: It’s an easy walk from the Fort Lauderdale Brightline Station!

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    Hang out with friends at Premiere Café & Bar

    Looking for a new hangout spot in Fort Lauderdale? Try Premiere Café & Bar. A top-rated TripAdvisor pick, this family-run restaurant and bar are connected to the Premiere Hotel right on Fort Lauderdale Beach.


    Premiere is known for their fresh, handmade pizzas, empanadas, Argentine wines and impressive craft beer selection—and they’re beloved for their welcoming customer service and cozy vibes.


    Plus, Premiere’s solid prices make it a great place to meet up with friends for happy hour or a relaxing weekend evening. Grab an outdoor table and order some pizzas and empanadas to share. It might just become a friend group tradition.

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    Bring the family to Scolapasta Bistro

    Scolapasta Bistro is family-owned and serves up family recipes. In other words, it’s the perfect choice for taking your family out to dinner.


    You can indulge in made-to-order mozzarella and homemade gnocchi while feeling good about where your meal came from. After all, the farm-to-table Italian restaurant serves up local produce, antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and organic dairy.


    If you haven’t heard, Scolapasta Bistro was Fort Lauderdale Daily’s best Italian restaurant pick in Summer 2017. Get your family together and make a reservation ASAP. And make sure to order the cannoli.

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    Make a date at Market 17

    Market 17 is a fantastic Fort Lauderdale farm-to-table restaurant that’s wonderful for any occasion—but their Dining in the Dark experience makes it an adventurous date night pick.


    Dining in the Dark features a blind tasting menu in a private, pitch-black room separate from Market 17’s main dining room. You can choose from 4 to 8 courses and an optional wine pairing menu. With only two seatings a night, reservations are a must.


    A personal waiter guides you and your date through the meal. Past menus have included bold dishes like antelope and emu. Break out of your date night routine and try something new. Reviews rave that Market 17’s Dining in the Dark is an intimate, unforgettable experience.

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    Grab a quick bite at LaSpada's Hoagies

    With multiple locations in Fort Lauderdale, glowing online reviews and huge portions at fair prices, LaSpada’s is a South Florida staple.


    The sandwich shop is dedicated to using high-quality ingredients. Ham, salami, roast beef, meatballs, you name it. LaSpada’s has a classic hoagie on the menu for you. Their delicious bread, hearty portions and freshly sliced meat are why they’ve established a cult following.


    The lines can get long, but it’s worth the wait. And beware. If you bring a LaSpada’s hoagie back to work, you’re going to get some jealous looks.

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