Boatyard

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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Miami
8 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Noise level was very high and prevented much conversation. Table was so dark we couldn’t read menu. Noticed tables in middle of room had spotlights. Ours did not.

Food and service were excellent.

W
Miami
177 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch on the back deck overlooking boats and the canal. The cocktails were very nice, particularly the watermelon/mint jalapeno that our server recommended. Husband enjoyed his huevos rancheros, but the standout of the meal was the shrimp and grits...Absolutely the best I've ever had! Can't wait to return!!

SF
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place with terrific views of the marinas. Food is well prepared but accompaniments are not flexible. Been there several times and would retur. As often as possible

DF
Dallas
104 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit here we went at 430 on Sat afternoon had early theater tickets. We had calamari, and blue iceberg wedge salad as appetizers both excellent. We had shrimp and grouper as entrees both excellent. The chocolate dessert was large and wonderful.

J
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the Ft Lauderdale area failed to deliver yesterday, a very unusual situation. Our first course was fine - squid rings with two dips. The rings were crisp, freshly fried and tasty. My friend's mixed salad topped with a large portion of grilled salmon was up to Boatyard's reputation as well. Alas, my mahi filet, ordered plain, arrived charred under what seemed to be a coating or rub, and was seriously overcooked and dry. I should have sent it back after one bite but didn't want to embarrass my guest on his first visit to the popular waterfront restaurant. To make matters worse, our newly hired waiter - who shall go unnamed, I later described his lapses to the front desk - failed to check on our refill our drinks during our 90 minute lunch. There was no inquiry about the half eaten slab of mahi. To get my credit card run I had to ask another waiter to see to the task. All in all, very disappointing.

SD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly at the reservation time and greeted by a friendly waitress
who explained the menu and the daily features. The food arrived quickly and was either cold or hot as called for. The food was delicious but the portion of filet was the smallest we have ever seen. The featured sea bass was excellent. We have been there many times in the past 25 years and will continue to go there, and recommend it to our friends.

RF
Miami
189 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Boatyard is a neighborhood favorite. Good food and typically fine service. My grilled salmon was perfection. Love the easy parking and ambiance. My pet peeve is that I consistently request a booth in my reservation and often the hostess ignores this and then pushes back when I raise the issue. All in all a solid choice!

TR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall good food small portions but prepared well. A bit noisy and a bit overpriced.

f
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated very well and ate better

OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a local staple. Straight-forward fresh seafood and steaks simply prepared. A local favorite for years, make your reservation, they're busy!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in Fort Lauderdale...beautiful atmosphere, excellent service, and top notch food...perfection...

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was great
The service was ok but not excellent

W
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Third time we’ve been here. Not their best night. 45 minutes to get the appetizers. Then they didn’t clear those plates when the main course arrived. Me and others at our table had to clear our own plates by putting them on an empty table nearby. But, the food was good and the outdoor dining area is nice. They really should have comp’d the appetizers.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch... a bit of to much up and down if your planing on enjoying the $25 unlimited Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. The food over all was very tasty but a tad expensive $14 for build your own omelette and $16 for build your own eggs Benedict. Outside patio is a great outside space but the restaurant does not take outside reservation which are Strongly recommend. Only really big negative is that apparently they allow people to be seated inside with dogs, since the table next to ours included a small dog.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Brunch! Delicious waffles, omelettes, eggs Benedict and chocolate banana bread! Service was fantastic! Truly enjoyed our time!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 17th anniversary; they gave us a memorable time together. The food & service was first class and my wallet didn’t take a beating. We enjoyed ourselves, our waitress recommended some good items as well.

JR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the Boatyard for Valentine’s Day after searching for a romantic restaurant on the water. Everything from the moment we walked in was just perfect! We sat at the bar because we were about 30 minutes early and the drinks were top notch. Once our table was ready we were escorted out to a beautiful dining area along the docks of the intracoastal. Hanging from the trees and tucked in the bushes was soft amber lanterns and lamps giving a very romantic atmosphere. Our waitress was so professional and attentive. I had the salmon which was spectacular and my boyfriend had the haddock which was equally spectacular! We will absolutely visit the Boatyard when we return to Fort Lauderdale!

RC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dining for “that” special night. A bit expensive for regular dining. Great choices...seafood and beef.

AA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly clean bright environment. Food is excellent. Try the sunkist drink at the bar.

OT
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines dat

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was great the garlic mash was excellent I brung two friends and they say the salmon and swordfish was fantastic.

E
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered grilled octopus. Like many restaurants, they undercooked it. The recipe itself was terrific, but who wants octopus that is not fully cooked to the inside?

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Too loud and totally singles night and scene

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

LK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Atmosphere was energetic, but very crowded. Long wait for outside table with little place to sit. Difficult to get to the bar to order drinks while waiting. Lots of confusion over seating availability. Food was very good and wait staff was good once seated.

DA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down our favorite restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale! The food is outstanding and staff could not be friendlier!

CP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boatyard was a very nice restaurant with good food and good service. The atmosphere on the waterfront is amazing. Will definitely eat there again!

A
Charlotte
40 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was good as always. It I was very noisy though.

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Birthday Lunch

p
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time for lunch, indeed because of the acoustics it is pretty much impossible to have a conversation, but we came at 1pm so once the room emptied it was really pleasant. We had a nice waitress and food came pretty fast. The outside seating is the best but limited.

JR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Even with a reservation, it takes a very long time to get a table outside. The service at the bar while you wait for your table is not good and very long....However, when you get your table this place is WONDERFUL. The service, the ambiance, the food, the view on the canal is all great!

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great vibe! Good food. Beautiful view. We would go back.

M
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time celebrating our 30th anniversary at the Boatyard. The service was amazing!

BE
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nothing to criticize. I was looking for an upscale place with fine dining and this place met my expectations.

L
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had the same item I’ve order many times before and it wasn’t up to the usual standards...still good but a bit below the norm.
Also, we were early for our reservation so grabbed a beverage at the bar. They said they would text me. I never got the text so we went up to check on our table...think they forgot to text me....

W
London
42 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

There was a group of noisy girls behind us. Service was slow. Charged for something we didn’t have. Food was too greasy. Didn’t stay for dessert, wouldn’t rush back.

JH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our food came out very quickly after ordering and was very good to say the least. The only negative thing I would have to say was that our server did not seem like he wanted to serve are table particularly because of his demeanor towards us, made us feel like we were bothering him, especially after we saw his smiles and laughter with the guests at the table next to ours. But besides that and wanting my side item options, we enjoyed our time there.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sunday brunch was the best. The bloody marry /mimosa bar is worth the cost. The outside atmosphere is one of a kind... A must try restaurant.

DC
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service needs to improve

RR
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I have dined at the Boatyard many times over the last ten years (including when it was named the Bimini Boatyard). Always enjoyed my tine there. But this time it was a disaster. No water despite our request and no bread service. Appetizers didn’t come out together so I ordered anorher but still not served together. In fact, we never had anything served together even though there was only two of us. When ny main course came out well after my wife’s, it was cold. The server asked if everyting was Ok. I said no, it wa cold. He took it away to rewarm. Then the manager came out and apologized, but I never got my dinner!!! We finally left and went somewhere else to eat. Never again!!!

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