Top-Rated Fort Lauderdale Restaurants
Fort Lauderdale features beaches and boating canals, as well as numerous seafood restaurants. Top-rated restaurants in Fort Lauderdale offer divine seafood, of course, but you’ll also find Italian, Brazilian and contemporary cuisines.
Visit these six top-rated restaurants on your next foray into Fort Lauderdale:
- Market 17
- Mario's Catalina Restaurant
- Casa D'Angelo
- Chima Steakhouse
- One Door East
- Secret Garden
1. Market 17
Market 17 is a farm-to-table restaurant at the Portside Center. Its ingredients are sourced from farms throughout Florida, as well as Texas and New York. American and contemporary cuisine inspires the restaurant’s platters and are available in vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
An exclusive dining-in-the-dark experience is also offered for those with a passion for food. The darkened experience heightens your taste and smell senses. During your visit, Market 17’s chef creates exclusive dishes for you, with respect to your food allergies, dietary restrictions and food dislikes.
Two guests are served each evening in the darkened room, so make a reservation.
2. Mario’s Catalina Restaurant
Mario’s Catalina Restaurant is known for its elegance, old-world charm and creative Spanish and Cuban platters. The top-rated Fort Lauderdale restaurant includes a premium bar and hosts private dining experiences.
Lunch and dinner are served throughout the week at Mario’s Catalina Restaurant, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Pair your meal with a red or white wine, or celebrate a special evening with champagne. Diners also recommend the restaurant’s signature mojitos and sangria.
Mario’s Catalina Restaurant is available for large events or private dining. Two private dining rooms are available and can accommodate as many as 45 guests.
3. Casa D’Angelo
Casa D’Angelo focuses on providing unparalleled Italian cuisine to diners. Its menu offerings, from appetizers to entrées and desserts, are created using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Cuisines created by the Chef Angelo Elia include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
The premier Fort Lauderdale restaurant also includes a wine selection featuring hundreds of labels from established wineries throughout Italy and the U.S. Casa D’Angelo’s wine steward and Chef Angelo select every wine that joins the restaurant’s wine menu.
Private dining at Casa D’Angelo provides you with the opportunity to create a custom menu and dining experience for you and your guests. Their private room offers a view of Casa D’Angelo’s wine cellar and can cater to as many as 60 or as few as 20 guests.
4. Chima Steakhouse
Chima Steakhouse is known as one of the best Brazilian steakhouses in Fort Lauderdale. The steakhouse offers more than 15 rotisserie meats including, filet, ribs, lamb, fish and more. A salad bar is also included and features a mix of Brazilian and American side platters.
Gluten-free options are available at Chima Steakhouse, as well as a line of creative desserts. Their Banoffee dessert, for example, is crafted with homemade dulce de leche, fresh whipped cream, sliced bananas and graham crackers served in a martini glass.
It’s ideal to make reservations, whether your party consists of two or 20 members.
5. One Door East
One Door East is one of Fort Lauderdale’s newest restaurants, yet it’s quickly becoming one of the top-rated restaurants in the area. One Door East offers American and Asian fusion cuisine, as well as a tapas bar.
Their stylish menu includes individual and group meals that are cooked on the restaurant’s oak, wood-fired grill. One Door East’s bar offers a selection of unique drinks that are made with the freshest ingredients to complement your evening dinner.
If you’re traveling with a larger party, reserve a private dining room at One Door East to celebrate.
6. Secret Garden
The Secret Garden at Pillars Hotel is a favorite of Fort Lauderdale visitors and locals. The restaurant overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and offers an experience that is both charming and elegant. Access to the Secret Garden is limited to hotel guests and dining club members, but it is open to the public during the off-season.
Mediterranean and American cuisine are featured throughout the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus, which include vegetarian and gluten-free options. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meats are sourced locally and throughout the U.S. to provide exquisite, flavorful dishes.
Hotel guests and dining club members can also take advantage of the restaurant’s continental or a la carte breakfast menu. Have your breakfast in-room, dockside or in the hotel’s dining room.
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