Boatyard

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Seafood
With its prime location in the epicenter of the Yachting Capital of the world, Boatyard is Fort Lauderdale’s premier new waterfront dining destination, offering an upscale, nautical-chic vibe in a sophisticated, laid-back atmosphere. With an ‘Eat Local, Be Coastal’ philosophy, the restaurant features an eclectic, seafood-centric menu that blends the freshest daily catches with the highest-quality raw bar and shellfish selections and premium cuts of meat, all thoughtfully prepared with locally sourced ingredients for patrons to enjoy inside, outside or dockside. Vibrant and sophisticated, where marina views abound, Boatyard’s dockside patio lounge provides a prime view of the Intracoastal and the perfect setting to grab a bite or drinks in the company of friends while enjoying an afternoon or evening watching the boats cruise by. Add to that an open kitchen, expansive raw bar cart and private event spaces, and the ultimate waterside dining experience is complete.

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Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding in every way! Over the top service, food and atmosphere

RF
Miami
178 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed Boatyard for years. Tonight’s service was good though our favorite server was not working. The calamari was delicious as were tuna tacos. The best was the Key Lime Baked Alaska! Light, tart and beautifully presented.

SB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! The only thing we didn't like was the char on the key lime pie.

J
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated by in-laws 51st wedding anniversary. Everyone had a great time!!! Will definitely be back soon.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal from appetizers to desert make sure u order key lime pie beat ever

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great will definitely go back

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience!

SG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot for a date night or a business meeting. The Boatyard does not disappoint!

PD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time diner. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food was fresh and was also excellent. If I'm ever in Fort Lauderdale again I will make sure to set time a side to enjoy another meal there.

GC
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular. Started with the octopus which was mixed with chorizo for an added treat, then had the Spanish paella with a great glass of Malbec. Finished off with the key lime baked Alaska which was delicious and gorgeous presentation. Service was tops too!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for family and friends

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice place with amazing seafood. Service took a long time. Server was very nice and friendly but the food took too long to come out and she seemed like she was dealing with too many tables. Also sat outside to enjoy the view but it was very warm and humid. They need fans outside.

CE
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service, and ambiance.

s
Miami
77 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great date night place. I had the iceberg salad, Scottish Salmon and green beans, which were Delicious! My wife had the Crab cakes and Spice Crusted Salmon, but wasn't impressed. The service was excellent, as was the ambiance. I like that inside seating was quiet, despite there being a DJ on the outside deck.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, at a reasonble price. Mature crowd and friendly enviorment.

H
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and our server, Priscilla made the experience even better! She made our anniversary dinner outstanding in every way!

CF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, we ordered the surf and turf. It was delicious! The atmosphere and the view of the bay was amazing. Will definitely visit again. Lovely date night!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and atmosphere. We had the Grouper Piccata, Scallops, and Seafood Paella. All were excellent. The Brussel Sprouts as an appetizer were also good. We had two bottles of wine (Saldo) and it was good and at a reasonable price point. Outside bar has a great view. I would highly recommend.

JA
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for my wifes birthday! Great atmosphere, service, and food options.

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I have been coming to boatyard for years. However, no more. Our waiter, Gary was training Aaron. Aaron the trainee greeted us and brought us water, but Gary was hard to come by. However, when he did finally come over I told him immediately I have celiac disease. I request a "extra dirty TITO's (bc it's GF) martini with regular olives, please no stuffed olives." The drink came much later and I had to remind him. When he brought it just carried over in his hands, it had blue cheese stuffed olives. So I asked nicely for him to fix that. He came back over with another with regular olives. I drank it and it was good. Towards the end of dinner my stomach started hurting. When I received the bill, it said kettle one martini. Kettle one is made from wheat, it isn't gluten free. I told Gary and the manager came over w/his phone saying all distilled alcohol is gluten free. This isn't necessarily true and Celiacs including myself react to other vodkas made from wheat which is why I always drink and ask for only Tito's. Tito's is labeled to be GF and it doesn't hurt me. The manager left and Gary came back and told me the checks been taken care of and apologized for the mess up as he had been "DRINKING MARTINIS ALL NIGHT."

WHAT?! This is no excuse at all for a mistake like that. I have been GF for over a decade I know exactly what I can drink and eat when I go out and make it very clear so the waiter and chef can help me navigate.

It is quite embarrassing to my family and I. The other tables are looking, I leave feeling terrible in the sense I came to eat and pay for my meal. I was looking forward to enjoying an evening with my family at our favorite restaurant, but left embarrassed and in pain. While I appreciate the comp'd meal, it doesn't make it better, or make up for what I missed on my vacay with my family.

I wasn't able to go out with my family that night as it sends me to bed with terrible stomach pain for days.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for a nice work lunch during the week, very good attention and quality

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Loud and rowdy the night we were there. Food was just ok, not served hot, just warm. Server very rude about my daughter bringing drink to table from bar.....apparently it was a ladies night drink free affair. We arrived early and had a drink before dinner as we often do but received a firm reprimanded from waiter that we would “not be allowed to bring drink to table again.” Very disrespectful. He told us we would be “ allowed to keep that drink but shouldn’t do it again” . Ironically my husband had paid for our drinks not knowing I could have gotten mine for free.... would have thought they might have been a tad more delicate over the rail vodka and water my daughter had. Definitely cast a pall over the experience. I had eaten there one other time last year when in town and had a much better experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just got engaged

JS
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Hi, thank you for a lovely evening for my husband's 50th birthday dinner. Service was excellent with staff quick and attentive. We were a bit disappointed with the grouper piccata which could have had a bit more flavour although the fish flesh was perfectly cooked. I had the scallops which were also perfectly cooked but they and the accompaniments could have been warmer (the overall dish temperature was lukewarm). The octopus and chorizo appetizer was outstanding. The birthday chocolate meringue was a super addition to the rest of the meal. Thank you.

R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Just not very good. It’s a shame because it’s a beautiful place.

M
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome food, awesome service and GREAT view, as always

DA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boatyard is an A+ experience. The incredible lightly grilled grouped + scallops were the best dish I've had in 10 years.

AS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food great service very pleasant evening celebrating our 50th

JZ
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. We always come here when we are in Ft. Lauderdale. Get ready, though, it is very LOUD.

AL
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As frequent visitors to Florida, this is the best meal we have had to date, it was a great find! Food, service, view, ambiance all fabulous. I still think of those tuna tacos...yum!

DS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I think every thing was good except the scrimp. Came out gummy over cooked

AI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing -- honest and willing to assist with our choices and final selections. We never wanted for anything (and I drink water and tea like crazy). He was one of the most professional and attentive (without being annoying) servers I can remember. Both my adult son and I appreciate fresh food prepared well, and The Boatyard nailed both! The Simply Grilled swordfish was, quite honestly, one of the best prepared pieces of fish I've ever had, and we live along the Florida coastline -- so we eat a lot of fish. The Turkey Cobb sandwich was delicious with so many layers of flavors. An all-around fabulous experience. And a huge "tip of the hat" to the company for having safety messages and measures posted prominently in the restroom. I'm thrilled that women have the safety net provided in a subtle but easy method.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had higher expectations. We started with the Bimini Bread ($5.00), and were quite disappointed. The bread was hard , almost stale, around the outside. We ended up sending it back. Not worth it even if it was fresh.

The rest of the meal was ok, but not inexpensive.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are frequent diners at this restaurant however was not as happy as with past experience. I ordered a new dish on the menu that did not specify there was any thing hot or spicy in the ingredients (but did include them) and I couldn’t eat it. It was brought back to the kitchen to be remade a manager did come over to apologize however my family was mostly done eating by the time mine arrived. Apparently they have a new system to pay your bill at the table on a device called pay my tab. When my husband looked it over it looked like they had subtracted my $40 scallop dish and he tipped the suggested 20% of $50 plus. When we got in the car he told me they took the scallops off the bill I said oh wow that was nice but you made sure to tip the waitress on the full price he said yes. Then we got the email receipt they had charged me for scallops twice and then subtracted one but the suggested amount for the tip included both orders of scallops which is not the correct amount to be tipped on! Therefore he left an additional $8 in tip when it was not warranted very annoying! The least they could have done was given us a free dessert (if not the scallops dish) not over suggest the tipping amount😡

BR
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Wayyyy too noisy. My shrimp n grits were tepid.

ZA
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated 2 milestone birthdays with friends. Christian, our server, was fantastic! He made wonderful suggestions (Shrimp&Grits and Seafood Mac&Cheese) that we absolutely loved. We can't wait to eat the Conch Fritters (Indian spices), Calamari, and Boatyard salad again. They were the perfect starters. The bottomless 'make it yourself' mimosas were phenomenal and so worth it! We really hope that Boatyard incorporates the strawberry lemonade mimosa to their menu. It was DELICIOUS! Thank you for an exceptional culinary experience.

DT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food never disappoints and the service is always above and beyond. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and makes the whole experience one to remember every visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, and our server was a delight.

OT
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best. Service, atmosphere and food was fantastic. Highly recommend, look forward to going back very soon.

OT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been wanting to visit this place for a while. But for whatever reason just didn't get around to it. Well, today was finally the day and boy they didn't disappoint. The restaurant is absolutely immaculate. Great layout, beautiful architecture, and overall ambiance is so beautiful. Now, the food... what can I say other than delicious. I highly recommend this place.

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