Dining with a View

With stunning vistas of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean lapping at our heels, there’s no shortage of waterfront restaurants in South Florida. The Fort Lauderdale Daily editorial team narrowed down the list to 17 can’t-miss restaurants from Fort Lauderdale to Boynton Beach that are worth visiting just for the views.

Below is a compilation of those which made the list on Fort Lauderdale Beach. For those  venturing off the island you cn view the complete list here in the article written by Heather Carney online


A new addition to The Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Beauty & the Feast offers an unbeatable atmosphere with ocean views, outside seating and a lounge, plus crave-worthy food. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or try the weekend brunch for specialty omelets and Benedicts. Don’t leave without trying the coconut sorbet and carrot cake. Linger to watch the sunset from the hotel’s fifth floor ocean terrace.
$$ / 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale /



This historic-home-turned-restaurant makes for a romantic dinner on the beach with live entertainment every night. You may have to wait a few minutes to be seated, but it’s worth it. Ask for a table on the wraparound porch, or opt for the upstairs dining room with a balcony patio that overlooks A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Try the deep sea linguine or the blue crab crusted mahi mahi. Plus, the sandwiches all come with homemade Parmesan waffle fries. Delicious.
$$$ / 3049 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale /



3030 Ocean
comes to mind when you think of dining at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. But don’t overlook its sister restaurant, Sea Level, located directly on the beach. The restaurant, which includes a covered patio and a beachside bar, offers a relaxed atmosphere for lounging after a day in the surf and sand. For a light snack or lunch, try the peel and eat edamame, the hummus and pita dip or the jumbo lump crab and arugula salad. The dinner menu offers an array of burgers, grilled steaks and seafood. To end the night right, try the Harbor Beach Tipsy Turtle cocktail – $1 of every sale is donated to the sea turtle conservation fund.
$$ / 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale /



Steak 954 continuously finds its way onto our “best of” lists, and we couldn’t ignore it for this waterfront restaurant feature either. The high-end steakhouse located lobby level inside the W Fort Lauderdale, offers not only exceptional food, but also an exceptional view. And if the ocean doesn’t mesmerize, the 15-foot long reef aquarium that’s home to jellyfish surely will. Try the raw bar for fresh oysters, shrimp, crab and ceviche. For dinner, try a dry-aged steak with a side of stuffed hash browns. The restaurant also offers breakfast, lunch and, of course, brunch.
$$$$ / W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale /