7 of the Best Waterfront Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

There are so many reasons to get excited for your trip to sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida! There are beautiful beaches, fun nightlife spots, and, of course, award-winning food! If you’re looking to enjoy dinner with a view, then you’ll love these waterfront restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Get into vacation mode on the first night of your getaway with a meal at one of these stunning spots, then look for more local suggestions in our Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide!

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Waterfront Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale


Discover some delectable New American cuisine at Kaluz! This airy, modern spot features outdoor couches and lounge chairs galore. Watch the boats dock as you enjoy some delectable cuisine such as slow-roasted prime rib, maple leaf duck confit, or cedar plank salmon.

Aruba by the Sea

Did you know that Fort Lauderdale is under 100 miles from The Bahamas? That means there’s plenty of Caribbean fare to be found here! Aruba by the Sea features a wide variety of tropical drinks, nightly live music, and incredible waterfront views. You can stroll in from the beach for a nice lunch break or come later in the evening for happy hour at one of the three bars (complete with fun island tunes).


If you’re in the mood for some seafood and steak, head over to Boatyard! With an “Eat local. Be coastal.” philosophy, this fantastic eatery offers fresh catches at their high-quality raw bar. Here, locally sourced ingredients will tempt your taste buds, while the nautical chic atmosphere captures Fort Lauderdale’s fun yachting culture.


If you’re looking to dine in a more easygoing environment, try Coconuts. This seafood and brunch spot is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll love waking up in your Fort Lauderdale Stays home and enjoying brunch favorites like French toast and lobster Benedict.


Sit back and enjoy a divine meal on the Intracoastal Waterway when you dine at Shooter’s! Here, you’ll find popular American cuisine and drinks fit for royalty. The real star of the show, however, is the magnificent view! You’ll love watching stunning yachts come and go as you nosh on fabulous Caribbean-American cuisine.

Blue Moon Fish Company

Known for the “freshest seafood by the waterway,” Blue Moon Fish Company is a favorite spot for traveling foodies. This upmarket fish house is one of the most romantic restaurants in Fort Lauderdale! Visitors also love the fun outdoor deck and Sunday brunch buffet. At night, this spot’s colorful lights shine on the water, creating a beautiful, twinkling display.

Grille 66 & Bar

With a creative menu and a fancy dining room, Grille 66 & Bar is one of the best places for fine dining in Fort Lauderdale. This restaurant has unobtrusive views of the waterway and prime steak and seafood plates to match. Grille 66 has even won the Diner’s Choice Award!

Fort Lauderdale Stays Welcomes Foodies!The pool at Blue Pearl, a Fort Lauderdale Stays property

After enjoying a delicious meal at one of these Fort Lauderdale waterfront restaurants, come back to your private Fort Lauderdale Stays vacation home for a wonderful evening with friends or that special someone. You’ll love our luxurious homes and premium amenities like heated pools, tropical landscaping, and gourmet kitchens! Don’t feel like going out to eat every night of your vacation? Simply fire up your personal patio grill and host a cookout to remember. We’re more than happy to share some of our favorite poolside recipes and grocery store recommendations (all of our rentals are just minutes from the area’s best stores).

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