The 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is taking over the Intracoastal Waterways October 31 – November 4, 2018, with much of the activity on and around Fort Lauderdale Beach.
While there will be a wealth of parties over the five-days and nights, if you’re looking to get a bite to eat before or after the show, 50+ restaurants and bars lie within walking distance just north and south of the main entrance, at Bahia Mar.
Whether you are looking to indulge in some of the best steaks and seafood in all of Fort Lauderdale, or discover one of the locals’ favorite hidden gems for a quick bite, our definitive guide to some of the best places to dine during #FLIBS2018 has you covered, morning, noon and into late night.
Our Top 5 Places for Breakfast before heading over to the show, that delight your palate and leave enough in your pocket, if you come across that must have boat.
ST BART’S CAFE | 441 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Located on A1A, just east of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, St. Bart’s Cafe is a cozy little coffee shop where you’ll find a great view of Fort Lauderdale Beach, friendly coffee shop people, and a menu to please everyone in your crowd. Voted Best Breakfast on the Beach by New Times, St. Bart’s serves up Breakfast All Day, along with a fresh selection of Salads, Fruit Plates, Panini’s, and Vegan and Vegetarian dishes. Serving daily from 6:30 am.
NANOU FRENCH BAKERY | 2915 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Nanou French Bakery brings a taste of France to the Atlantic shores. At NANOU they are committed to using only the finest and freshest ingredients in everything they make, including a bakery stocked with fresh breads, cakes, cookies, chocolate delights and other enticing delicacies. Stop by for breakfast 7-days a week to enjoy everything from omelets to croissants and quiche to crepes while experiencing a taste of France. Serving daily from 7:00 am
H20 CAFE | 101 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
A beach side art-deco cafe historically renovated originally built in 1937 as the Lauderdale Beach Hotel, H2O Cafe features a breezy, romantic atmosphere with breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean – accompanied by an Italian influenced cross cultural cuisine. Serving a full breakfast menu of traditional fare, visit the Java Shop for coffee & espresso as well as pastries, sandwiches, parfaits & smoothies while on the go. Serving daily from 8:00 am
IBIZA & MORE | 215 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
The little grab-and-go sister to Cafe Ibiza next door, Ibiza & More offers a fine selection of gourmet pizza, subs and sandwiches, plus ice cream and cold drinks for the hungry beach goer. A casual respite for residents, guests and visitors to Fort Lauderdale Beach – the addition of healthy breakfast options, including Acai Bowls, Smoothies, Fresh Made Crepes and a new Coffee Bar, make it a convenient place to pop in for a quick bite while taking in the scenery from a cafe table on the patio. Serving daily from 8:00 am.
OCEAN VIEW DELIGHT | 845 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Situated on the north end of Fort Lauderdale Beach near Sunrise Lane, Ocean View Delight, delights guests with Mediterranean dishes that boast extraordinary taste. Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner are all served, all day long, including a selection of Smoothies French Toast and the best Pancakes in town. Serving daily from 7:00 am.
Whether you are at Bahia Mar, Pier 66 or the Convention Center attending the Boat Show, our Top 5 Places for Lunch will have you recharged and ready to get back to a day of exploring in no time at all.
BREEZES at Bahia Mar | 801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Looking for a little escape for lunch, the options are endless at Breezes located within Bahia Mar. From gourmet flatbread to salads, burgers and local entrée favorites, the offerings are extensive. Complimented buy a drink menu featuring handcrafted beers, local IPA’s on draft, a broad wine list and a full liquor bar, you can unwind in the air-conditioned dining room or al-fresco on the terrace. Serving daily from 11:30 am, noon on the weekend.
PELICAN LANDING at Pier 66 | 2301 S.E. 17th St. Causeway
Connected to the renowned Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Pelican Landing has a unique perspective. Two stories up, right on the water with west-facing views of the intracoastal waterways, you have a front row seat to the most exclusive boats on the docks and waterways; a perfect complement to the bold flavors of locally inspired cuisine and freshly caught seafood with tropical influences, masterfully prepared by Chef Greg McGowan. Serving daily from 11 am.
BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. | 429 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Known for its entertaining atmosphere and world-famous shrimp dishes, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day at the beach! Cool off inside or on our shaded patio as you soak in Fort Lauderdale Beach scenery. With everything from award-winning Baby Back Ribs to Coconut Shrimp and a fun drink selection for all ages, it will be a memorable experience and surely fuel you up to keep running like Forest through your day. Serving daily from 11 am.
SPAZIO | 239 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach, Spazio Italian Restaurant Fort Lauderdale and Wine Lounge offers a touch of glamour in a casual-chic setting, attracting locals and visitors alike.Best known for their “made for sharing” portioned starters, homemade pastas and fresh seafood specialties, Spazio also features an ample selection of salads, flat breads and “Best pizza this side of Naples” for those with a light appetite or stopping in for a late bite at the bar.
Serving daily from 8 am; lunch from 11:30 am
SEA LEVEL | 3030 Holiday Drive, oceanside at Marriott Harbor Beach
With menus that reflect a dash of Florida flair and creative American touches, the cuisine at Sea Level is South Florida dining at its most inspired. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, our oceanfront restaurant’s offerings in Fort Lauderdale include the region’s freshest seafood, choice cuts of meat and high-quality produce to appeal to every palate. Serving daily from 11 am
After a long day of touring yacht after yacht, you will certainly want to relax for a wonderful meal. Our Top 5 Picks for dinner add a dash of decadence and set the course for a delicious international journey.
BURLOCK COAST | 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, Burlock Coast is an innovative restaurant-café-market-bar that channels the creativity of Prohibition era rum runners. Its irreverent spirit, buzzing atmosphere, and firm focus on bringing hotel guests and neighborhood locals an unprecedented food and beverage experience promise to make it a stand out in the Fort Lauderdale restaurant scene. Dinner served nightly from 5:00 pm.
KOUSINE | 841 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
If you are scouting out the unique, fresh flavors of South America, KOUSINE Peruvian Kitchen, is a must try to add to the list. From classic ceviche and tiradito to vegetarian dishes, to the most delicious home made desserts, Kousine is a hidden culinary gem on the north end of Fort Lauderdale Beach. The restaurant has earned rave reviews for its flavorful fusion dishes, and it certainly has something for everyone, plus the quality seafood to prove it. If you have never tried Peruvian cuisine, KOUSINE is a wonderful place to start. Serving daily from 9 am; dinner service begins at 5 pm.
TSUKURO | 225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Featuring seasonal ocean treasures at the extensive raw bar and a variety of fresh sushi, sashimi and rolls, Tsukuro’s menu is complemented by small and large plates for sharing, ranging from traditional favorites like Korean-Style Ribs to Thai-style Whole Fish, to deliver a myriad of tastes. An ample selection of wine, sake, tea, beer and signature cocktails brings harmonious balance to the umami (savory) culinary offerings. Weekends feature a DJ to add to the scenic setting. Lunch and dinner served from 11 am – midnight daily.
LONA | 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Celebrated Mexican chef Pablo Salas is behind Lona Cocina and Tequileria, The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort’s chic new Mexican eatery. Serving eclectic, soulful Mexican cooking in a chic, yet funky environment, Lona’s colorful environment spill into the breathtaking outdoor bar, elegant interior dining room, tequila tasting room and multiple private dining spaces. Come early for their nightly happy hour and sip a cocktail while overlooking the ocean, Dinner is served from 6:00 – 11 pm nightly.
STEAK 954 | 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Nestled into the waterfront W Fort Lauderdale, Steak 954 takes full advantage of its breathtaking natural surroundings. Sweeping beach views during the day and luminous starlit nights set the scene at this luxury boutique steakhouse, designed with a fresh, clean nautical feel that draws deep inspiration from the ocean. Meat and seafood lovers will find plenty of indulgence on the menu, featuring dry-aged prime and American Wagyu beef, locally caught fish, decadent side dishes and a global selection of fine wines and spirits. Dinner served nightly from 5:30 pm.