The ten best seafood restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

For a state surrounded by water, you’d think Florida would practically swim in seafood establishments, but it isn’t. While South Florida seems to be teeming with great sushi restaurants, wall holes, and plenty of new Peruvian places popping up all over the place, there aren’t a ton of establishments that only sell fish.

But there are a few seafood joints that keep it real. From giant raw bars and laid-back seafood restaurants on the water to upscale concepts and long-time favorites fish, here are Broward County’s top ten seafood restaurants.
ten. Seafood and grills from the Pirate Republic
400 SW Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-761-3500 or visit
This bustling, pirate-themed riverside spot offers a Caribbean-Mediterranean menu featuring all types of seafood – from whole fried snapper and Alfredo shrimp to a number of island-style specialties you won’t find. nowhere else like fish and shrimp vatapa, a thick Brazilian fish for two that takes several days to prepare. There are also several great seafood specialties, including a traditional Brazilian seafood moqueca, an Italian-style cioppino with lobster and octopus, and the restaurant’s own pirate bowl (a seafood mix including clams, squid, shrimp and mussels in a butter, garlic and white wine broth).
9. Kelly’s landing
1305 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-760-7009 or visit
New Englanders are crazy about a lot of things: the Patriots, the Red Sox, the Narragansett Lager, and most importantly, huge piles of sea creatures. So there was no way to compile a list of seafood restaurants without a choice to represent the great Northeast. At Kelly’s Landing you’ll find favorite regional beers as well as anything that indicates the region, including steamboats (medium sized clams in the shell), whole Ipswich clams, lobster rolls and some of the best in the area. New England chowder you can find it far south.
8. 15th Street Fisheries
1900 SE 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-763-2777 or visit
This 30-plus-year-old dockside restaurant is a prime location for people watching and enjoying a boat parade. Tucked away next to the Fort Lauderdale Marina, this spot offers fresh catch for great value. Fish and chips, smoked fish dip and conch fritters are among the offerings. The restaurant is also one of the few to offer Florida lobster. A more refined upstairs dining room offers an ambitious menu, with items to please even a culinary snob. Black mussels pair Florida with local citrus fruits and starfruit, in a wine and shallot broth. And a spinach salad goes tropical with passion fruit and pineapple accessories. Happy hours draw crowds for two-for-one house wines, national taps and the $ 5 menu, weekdays 4 to 7 p.m.
seven. JWB Prime Steak & Seafood
1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Call 954-874-4444 or visit
While “seafood” is often tossed alongside “steak” at larger steakhouses so non-meat eaters know they have an option, it’s more than just extra verbiage at JWB , which is just to the right of the giant flip flop at the Margaritaville resort, in case you’re wondering. While, yes, the prime cuts here are the main draw, the seafood is what sets it apart. A raw bar that greets you at the entrance is packed with seasonal oysters from across the hemisphere, curated to offer the best that is currently available. Every day there is a spearfishing special, basically seafood that someone went out and caught while spearfishing that morning. (And even if you won’t even see it on the regular menu, ask your server for the secret sushi menu).
6. Southport Raw Bar
1536 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-2526 or visit
There is something about a raw bar that’s been around for ages that hasn’t changed a thing. This waterfront spot in Fort Lauderdale has been scaling and serving oysters to enthusiastic locals and tourists for over 40 years – and it’s still just as busy as ever. The place has won New times‘choose for the best raw seabass more than four times. While the place is best known for its namesake items like Oysters, Clams, and Old Bay Shrimp, it also serves a wide selection of delicious cooked meals, such as dolphin, New England clam chowder and some of the best conch chowder you can find on this side of the Gulf Stream. If he passed the test of generations, that’s good enough for us.

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