About Boatyard

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.

1555 SE 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH 11:30a - 4:30p Monday – Saturday
DINNER 5:00p - 11:00p Monday – Saturday and 5:00p - 10:00p Sunday.
BRUNCH 10:00a - 4:00p Sunday

BAR HOURS Open till 11:30pm Monday-Thursday, 2:00am Friday and Saturday, and till 10 pm on Sunday.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(954) 525-7400

Website:
http://www.boatyard.restaurant/

Entertainment:
LIVE MUSIC Wed, Thurs, Friday and Saturday, 7pm-11pm.
Sunday DJ & live musician 12pm – 4PM during Brunch.

Parking Details:
Self parking or complimentary valet parking available. Want to come by boat? -- free dockage available for boats up 75' for restaurant customers. Or come by Water Taxi, call 954-467-6677

Public Transit:
Water taxi service available from all major hotels and downtown. Broward County Bus Service Drop off at 17th Street

Executive Chef:
Doug Reiss

Private Party Facilities:
The Boatyard is an ideal location to host your next event, Corporate gathering, Baby Shower, Bridal Shower or a Birthday Party. We have 3 private rooms and an outdoor patio that can accommodate 10 to 500 guests. Our event planner will personally assist you in planning every detail.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Boatyard Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (66)
Great for Outdoor Dining (55)
Scenic View (46)
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Good for a Date (45)
Special Occasion (44)
Romantic (33)
Casual (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Fun (26)
Good for Groups (24)
Bar Seating (24)
Hot Spot (21)
Happy Hour (21)
Healthy (20)
Local Ingredients (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
People Watching (19)
Business Meals (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Authentic (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Live Music (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 13 hours ago

Christmas Dinner with my wife as we will be out of town on Christmas.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined a day ago

Great experience! Food was excellent. Wait staff professional. My only disappointment was the portion size of the fresh fish. It looked lost on my plate.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Food quality has gone down tremendously!

Still great ambiance

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined 5 days ago

Very lovely seating out near the yachts and wonderful outdoor space. Nice lighting and noise was quiet and easy to have a nice long conversation. Very fresh seafood!! Would definitely go back!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food and service. They did however mark us as a no show on our reservation so had to spend time proofing we were there.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Another lovely experience at the Boatyard! Always enjoy the dining environment and great service....

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had a great dinner with my wife & service was GREAT!!!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Fresh seafood, perfectly cooked, with creative flavor profiles.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A special night for us and my stepsons. Dylan made our oldest feel like the coolest guy in the room, and the entire staff made us feel like we were family. Can't thank you all enough for making it such a great experience!! Food also exquisite...

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fabulous! We went twice in this trip to Fort Lauderdale. The bimini bread is a must! Tuna tacos were great Our go to place in the FLL.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was as delicious. Highly recommend the Octopus and brussel sprouts for sharing. They are known for their seafood but one of us had a steak and it was as good as any place specializing in steaks. Our reservation was for 7:30pm. Seated promptly. By 9:30pm there were quite a few open tables so it bugged me that our server appeared to be trying to rush us so she could turn the table - special occasion, before dinner cocktails, appetizers, main course w/wine, followed by coffee -- there was no way this wasn't going to be at least a 2 hour meal. I ordered a certain wine but they must have mis-understood me and I was distracted when they brought what turned out to be a wine twice as expensive. It was a great wine -- I was just a bit shocked at the price tag. Overall a great place and I will definitely recommend it to others.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Very nice. Went for my birthday and had a great time. I would go there as a date because the ambiance is personal and intimate. It is little noisy considering the bar is inside. Other than that I enjoyed myself

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Everything was great but we were celebrating my girlfriends birthday and I had made a note of it through the app but the ball was dropped once we got there I had to inform
The waiters (who were both outstanding) that it was and they apologized and brought her a small birthday desert. Not a bad experience at all just attention to detail as far as why have a section asking about special occasions in open table if no one pays attention to it?

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 6, 2017

First time at The Boatyard. We sat outside near an outside bar at happy hour....noisy! Good food, good atmosphere, good service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I was visiting from out of town and the Boatyard was recommended to celebrate a birthday dinner and had an enjoyable time and the service as well as ambience and food were great.

Definitely will return again when I’m in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have long been fans of the Boatyard in its previous incarnation, but its updated concept, decor and attention to ingredients really raises the level of experience at this restaurant. From the capable hostesses who tend to guests as they arrive: on the evening we were there, there was a large party, a couple with a dog, guests arriving for a private special event, and us - we were warmly welcomed, directed to the bar until our table was ready, and seated promptly. Our server Darlene was extraordinary: knowledgeable, attentive and genuinely nice as well. We travel from Boston to Ft Lauderdale several times a year, and a visit to Boatyard is always on our list of faves. In Boston there’s a well-known place “where everybody knows your name” - at Boatyard we may not be on a first-name basis, but we feel welcomed like we are local friends.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service is great , people couldn’t be nicer and food is good. We were there for brunch and my friends thought that the restaurant was wonderful . The waitress , Casey was so accommodating and the chef taught me how to make his great poached eggs . It was my daughter ‘s Birthday and she was very happy that we went there

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was excellent and very fresh, portions were big. A little pricey but it was worth it, our sever,GiGi, was exceptional. We sat on the deck outside, very nice. I would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

A great experience, service was excellent and the water view and restaurant decoration amazing I was on my birthday. Meals, drinks and our waitress was more than excellent

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had a 12:00 reservation. We did not get our food until after 1pm. Our server reeked of alchohol and was out of it.
No one ever stopped by the table to ask how things were. We did not see any managers during our 2 hour meal! If they were there it was not evident.
Nice location but very disappointed.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Boatyard remains one of my neighborhood favorites. Fresh creative seafood dishes, great service and a lovely setting. One of Fort Lauderdale’s best. Be sure to make reservations.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fun, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

the fresh raw bar was incredible, although we are adventurous diners, we found that the kimche sauce drowned out the beautiful fresh fish on one dish, that s just a matter of our taste

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is a regular atop for us, but tonight was especially good.
Our server was Kristine. She was attentive, insightful, friendly, but not intrusive.
we are regulars here, so our expectations are high. Kristine mad e the evening memorable.
The steaks and sea food here are very hard to beat in south Florida.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great table, great view, great waitress and great food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our experience was exceptional due the the ambiance, the taste of the food and the top notch service by Danielle the server!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had a very nice dinner. Salads were awesome And fish and steak were wonderful.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Seemed pricey for what we had. Service was slow, needed refills on drinks. Please for gods sake have option of plain unsweetened tea. No passion fruit, rasberry flavors. Your true ice tea people love it plain, well brewed.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Went at 4 pm told by the server came that had to have the order in with 15 min ..kitchen will close before dinner..should have been told before seating..not the greatest lunch..just OK..

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was great and so was the service!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Noise level inside is high
Requested for outside on res ( which they don’t confirm ) and got there early to request in person before my guests arrived. Said it was a 2 hr wait for outside. So we sat inside and noticed several outside tables empty. Mentioned this to the staff who said there were people waiting. 15 mins later still no one sitting in them. My guest went back to front desk and pointed this out and lo and behold there was no longer anyone “waiting” for those tables and we sat outside and had a lovely day.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our Waiter Don was great, he knew his food and drink menu like the back of his hand. Let us know the specials and gave us his recommendation's, all was great. Thanks to Don again for a great evening

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We enjoyed special ambiance, waitress friendliness, and great food..

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

After reading some of the great reviews we had high expectations, and to be fair, the food was good. However for all the hype, it was just too expensive! $30 and up for a bottle of local red is taking the Mick, but even a Bloody Mary and a Gin and Tonic were over $20!
We sat outside so you needed to eat pretty quickly or your food went cold on you. Light level was on the low side, so one of the senses, sight, used in the enjoyment of food, was greatly reduced! There were no complimentary breads or bread rolls for the table, in fact there was no complimentary anything apart from a jug of water. What's happened to the famous American portion size? As a starter we had a sharing platter of octopus, which was indeed delicious, but frankly would have been a starter for one in many UK restaurants. My wife had a 8oz Flat Iron steak (a cheap cut), a small pot of Bernaise sauce, some rather greasy new potatoes, whilst I had a Florida Paella (delicious). Chuck a couple of medium sized prawns each on top of that and the damage, including a 10% gratuity came to a dollar or two shy of $170
Ouch!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Service was slow but when we mentioned it they sent over a new server who was much better. Portions a bit small for the price.

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 (London)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Florida paella very good. Kale salad is must have

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 15, 2017

One of my favorites places to take out of town coworkers. The dessert is the best part!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Lovely place and food.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Limited menu, but what they do have they habe mastered. Very good service very good view of water. Overall goodd experience

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 13, 2017

great spot for happy hour, and for groups. would go back again

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food and ambience. Service was great. Beautiful restaurant and excellent food. Definitely will return.

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