Boatyard

4.6
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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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W
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed at the Renaissance and walked out the back door and arrived at the Boatyard.
Food is fresh and delicious. Loved the raw shellfish cart! We had cerviche, oysters, stone crab claws and shrimp.
Great tuna tacos. Fun hand crafted cocktails!

UC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious food. Lovely ambiance... The servers seen a bit rough around the edges. Perhaps a training issue. But they were courteous, eager, friendly.. so no big problems... A lovely dinner as usual...

CO
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Too load. Staff was not flexible with seating although restaurant was empty. Left us very crowded at small table.

CV
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best eggs Benedict in town !!!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great and the service was awesome.

b
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went on Friday nite 830pm.
Quiet. Very small menu choice.
I prefer Kaluz Ft. Lauderdale ambiance food menu and vibe

R
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely lunch on the outdoor deck. Food was very tasty and portions were large. Music was too loud and rap music. Bar was noisy when drunken college men appeared but we were finished with lunch. Our server was excellent. We would go there again. Lovely setting on the water in Fort Lauderdale.

N
London
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere and good food on this buzzy popular restaurant. It is a bit noisy of you are seated inside. A great GoTo which we use every time we are in FL

OT
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and excellent service-a great dining experience-I highly recommend this restaurant

l
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Boatyard is one of my favorite restaurants when I’m in fort Laurderdale Always great seafood except this visit the mahi-mahi was a little dry. Other than that everything else was amazing as always

RF
Miami
187 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The soup of the day was tremendous as was the octopus dish. Our sever Gary is the BEST. One of my neighborhood favorites.

KJ
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. The food was wonderful. This may be the best restaurant in Ft Lauderdale.

CA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Amazing food, very fast and friendly service, beautiful view and restaurant setting. Very reasonable brunch price And amazing cocktails!!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had outdoor seating, and it was a beautiful day. The overall environment is wonderful and very enjoyable. Most of the food was very good, I had the best version of an old fashion that I have ever had. The one issue I had was that the steak and eggs on their brunch menu that I ordered took a long time to come out and when he did the steak was over done. The bread That was served with the meal was hardly edible in that char that was on the bread was overpowering and it just tasted burnt. The egg soufflé however was very good as a component of the dish. The remainder of the food we had including the bimini bread, charred octopus, and shrimp and grits were very good.

PM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

You can’t beat the view, but the food really needs an over haul. Why have the omelet station and Benedict station on the floor when it’s not an all you can eat? The $25 all you can drink champagne or Bloody Mary is a good concept, but they really need to use better products. We had to change our order because my wife couldn’t even drink one glass of champagne, and it was her Birthday!

W
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Food and service both amazing.

PL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside for lunch and watched the boat traffic go by. Food and service were both excellent with a very pleasant relaxing and quiet ambiance. Good value for money given the location.

JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our parents out for a nice meal. Boatyard delivered. The food was delicious and cooked perfectly.

PR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a gem in Fort Lauderdale. Their Bimini Bread is the best appetizer. There is plenty of seats but make sure to make reservation before heading over there. If there is good weather, seat outside and enjoy the water views. Food is delicious and our waiter was super nice. Highly recommended place to go in Fort Lauderdale. Fresh seafood.

OT
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and ambiance; reasonable price. Good wine list and staff well trained.

DD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would’ve been perfect if we could’ve gotten a table outside. Inside is nice, but outside is def the place to be.

DO
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed in Ft. Lauderdale for a few nights getaway. Wanted to find authentic local seafood, and found Boatyard based on reviews. I ended up getting a Salmon salad dish (not exactly local, but I couldn't resist), which was delicious, fresh and fulfilling. We also had ceviche from the shellfish cart, which was perfect, and my husband ordered Grouper for his meal. Everything was top-notch. Don't miss the Bimini Bread...if you're cheating on your diet. ;)

JR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This once was a great place for brunch. Now, it's just another restaurant. Nothing special. I won't be back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations for eight got there two hours early hoping that we could get in We went outside walk to the bar which the ambience is so beautiful how to drink and we spoke to the manager who was so wonderful and hospitable he immediately got us a table We had a wonderful server who was also training another server they both were fabulous our experience was wonderful the presentation of the food was beautiful and we will definitely come back we are definitely putting it on our list of places to come we are from Michigan we come to Fort Lauderdale three times a year Griffin made our experience so wonderful

PM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty cocktails and delicious seafood. Nice service. Cozy outdoor seating that wasn't too noise but the noise level inside seemed a bit loud. All in all a good experience.

b
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Was not impressed by our experience at Boatyard. I took my wife and daughter (16) to have a dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday prior to leaving on a cruise and we were disappointed by the food options to cover my daughter as they do not offer their lunch menu options at dinner time, meaning no burgers, conch fritters, other items, etc and there were no standard food fare for her to enjoy other then salads, fish, steak. Normally this will be enough for most but she wanted alternative options especially as they offered more at lunch. Very disappointing that they did not have flexibility with menu offerings between lunch and dinner options. I wanted conch fritters and my daughter had been planning to get a burger. My daughter ended up with mashed potatoes as her meal and then ordered the S'mores dessert that she asked for no raspberry topping and it came drenched under it. They took dessert off prior to issue as it was my wife's birthday and we believe they were crediting for her her birthday but then when we pointed out issue waitress said, I already credited it since it has the raspberry topping instead of making my daughter's dessert correct. Service overall was lacking and slow and this is one of the lowest ratings I have given of the 100 reviews I have left here on Opentable as I am usually very complimentary. Will likely try other options upon our return to Ft Lauderdale in a week after cruise.

a
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have got to get the Bimini bread. Don’t sit in the back party room. It’s way to noisy.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was meh! But restaurant is beautiful and staff is friendly and accommodating.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and the table was ready on time

TM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, the food amazing! Fresh and great seafood, server was very nice and informative. They even gave us a free desert to add to our celebration. Would definitely go back and highly recommend for special occasions!

KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always great, as is the service and the location can’t be beat. The only complaint from everybody, always, is that the temperature is always sooo cold in the restaurant, even those with us who don’t easily get cold, are cold at Boatyard.

JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal, the service, and the beautiful ambiance.

UN
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here the night before our family Christmas cruise for three years in a row. Food, bar, and service are consistently great year after year.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. This was my first time eating here and I will be going back. The food was delicious and my waiter was awesome.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were sat down right away but took about 15-20 min for us to be greeted by our waiter because I had to flag someone down. He had a big table next to us so I can understand but at least being acknowledged would’ve been nice! However afterwards his service was great and the food was enjoyable. Got drinks after dinner outside at the bar!

r
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy busy place! Great food, great service, great people watching spot! We enjoyed it very much!

o
Baltimore
190 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Four of us enjoyed a pleasant lunch at The Boatyard. The boatyard offers attractive inside seating and seating outside on a waterfront. We selected indoor seating and the comfort of air conditioning. The menu has a variety of choices ranging from creative salads and sandwiches to full entrees. We selected the boatyard salad, two turkey Cobb sandwiches, and a fish of the day sandwich that was mahi mahi. All choices were well-prepared and delicious. Our server was efficient, but there was an undertone of attitude as made our selections.

H
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, quite pricey but nice ambiance and very friendly and efficient staff.

p
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything perfect
great moment
we will return there

JC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, professional service and great food! We will be returning!

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