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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Make a date at The Chimney House

    The Chimney House is a Latin-American fusion restaurant known for its blend of flavors from Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, and Guatemala. The restaurant is in a remodeled 1924 house complete with a string-light adorned patio, making it a charming date night pick.


    Plus, The Chimney House is located right by the Broward Center of Performing Arts, which is perfect for a classic date of going to dinner and a show.


    If you’re a couple who likes to share, try some of their tapas like Spanish mussels or guacamole with plantain chips. Diners also recommend the ceviche de la casa and the gaucho-style churrasco chimichurri.


    Don’t forget to order a glass of wine (or two!). The Chimney House is known for having wines from Chile and Argentina, as well as their special sangria.

  • 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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