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

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (80)
Great for Outdoor Dining (64)
Scenic View (57)
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Special Occasion (55)
Good for a Date (52)
Casual (39)
Romantic (39)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Worth the Drive (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Fun (31)
Good for Groups (30)
Bar Seating (27)
Hot Spot (27)
Happy Hour (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Healthy (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
People Watching (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Business Meals (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Cozy (16)
Notable Wine List (13)
Authentic (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Seasonal (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Live Music (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I love this restaurant - the food is wonderful, the ambiance is awesome (feels like you are on vacation) and the staff is super friendly. Great for children, etc., etc. The only thing lacking this time around was the service - no bussing/cleaning of table between courses (and we had a lot!) and problems running/splitting our credit cards. But again, the staff is lovely and accommodating. Highly recommend. I love this place.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Fresh seafood, good bar drinks and excellent service.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 5 days ago

We typically like the Boat Yard but this time it just wasn’t right.It was a busy night and we felt the pressure of ordering quickly,eating and then leave.At those prices we would of liked to stay a little longer and have a drink outside.

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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Terry was one of the best servers I have ever had. He was very attentive and knowledgeable when it came to the menu. The food was amazing and came out very quick. The only issue was the noise level.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Nice restaurant, great patio. Service is slow in the restaurant, the bar area is a bit better.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food. Excellent service. Will visit the next time I am in Ft. Lauderdale!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and service. Right on canal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Brunch here is absolutely delicious. We enjoyed the outside deck. Service was a little off probably because it was so busy

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Don't be late here. We arrived 20 mins late, lost our reservation. Had to wait 40 mins in the bar.
Food was excellent. Catered to allergies very well. Service was fast as professional.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were celebrating our 39 wedding anniversary. My chef favorite sliced New York Steak with toppings was first delivered without the favorite toppings and was sent back and was not the tenderest. My wife ordered the chef favorite snapper well done-not even close- was sent back . 2nd time a charm. Thank goodness we had a gift card because the dinner was overrated and service was good at best.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food is pricey and the main course meal does not even come with soup or salad. I will never go back to Boatyard and I will not recommend it to anyone. I rather go TGIF.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Both the food and service were excellent. Must start with the Bimini Bread and everything that follows is fresh and well prepared. We asked for some suggestions from our waitress and she definitely steered us in the right direction. A delightful evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Was looking for fresh seafood in FLL. Went here based on the rating and was not disapointed. The food and service were excellent!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We decided to stop at the Boatyard for lunch since reservations were not available for dinner the night before. There lunch was good and the location was on the way to FLL for our afternoon flight home. Stefany provided excellent service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very slow, bad food, bad service. Place dirty. Not going back again

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We really enjoyed spending New Year Eve at Boatyard. The service and food was great. I would highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great and our server Gabriel made our experience even better!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our reservation was at 8 yet we were not seated until almost 8:45. There were several hostesses seating customers, but it appeared as though they were disorganized. Food was good but the service was very slow. It was 10:30 when we left. Overall, the atmosphere was very noisy. We are new to the Open Table app but we have be seated much closer to our reservation at other restaurants.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We love sitting outside at this restaurant! The food is always delicious if a little pricey. Service is attentive. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Simple awesome experience. Will be going back often.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Awesome food and service. Fun atmosphere. Pricey but delicious. Seafood cart not worth the $$$$.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and service was great. I wish we had not come on ladies night. Too loud to talk and have family dinner. Will come much earlier or lunchtime next visit.

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

+’s
Gigi server very personable
Calamari delicious
Sea Scallops, Scottish Salmon, and paella all very well prepared, great flavors.

-‘s
Management did not advise servers of items sold out. Two of our orders came back (separately). Saying all out. pork Chop and Grouper. Mainstays why run out? And not know. Server so embarrassed after first time of telling us out or pork chops she sent manager over to tell me was out of Grouper special. With all the confusion took way too long to get food. Over 45 min. Looked like kitchen short staffed and place was empty as after 9pm.
They Tried to compensate with two free drinks.

Then valet came to table and said we were last car and he was leaving handing us keys and split. It was 10:15 they close 11. That’s horrible.

Overall the meals were very good. Just eating out is a complete experience and they blew it!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The Boatyard is one of my favorite restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale. It's a beautiful space on the water with fantastic food and service.

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 27, 2017

What a great date night! The restaurant was recently redone and it does not disappoint. The restaurant is gorgeous, down to every last detail. We got a table outside by the water and had a great view of the yachts. Food and service were top notch. Definitely recommend the grouper piccata. The seafood cart was delicious as well. Biggest shrimp I’ve even eaten. Great spot!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a fabulous Christmas Eve at Boatyard! Thanks for the great food and great service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Seasonal, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious.
Knowledgeable staff.
Exemplary.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Outstanding!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We've been to dinner there a few times and it's been good. We decided to try their Christmas Eve Brunch. We were extremely disappointed. They had two serving stations (eggs benedict and omelet). They were both inadequate. The unlimited mimosas where a real let down. You were not served at your table, you need a "token" which your waiter hands and everytime you want to refill your drink and then you have to "walk" to the bar area to get our own drink. Not very relaxing at all. Spent over $100 and didn't eat or drink much... We would have been better off at a nice steakhouse for dinner! Don't recommend their brunch!! Waste of money!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was amazing and the service was great!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, wonderful service and food was delicious with very nice presentation.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food but service was pretty bad. Realize it was a busy night but took forever to be greeted by waiter and waited 20 minutes for a new glass of wine. Not good when paying $300 for apps and wine

Tags: Fun, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food was delicious, Tuna Tacos appetizer was outstanding! Staff were all very pleasant and helpful. Reservation was honored early. Outdoor dining experience was beautiful. Food was delicious ( I know I said that already) and I was dining with 2 personal chefs who were visiting from Atlanta. They gave me kudos for the choice of places to dine among hundreds in the area!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The Boatyard is a Ft Lauderdale neighborhood gem.
It is a fun, friendly, on the water restaurant fit for foodies.
I would recommend making a reservation or you may be disappointed not to be seated when or where may like.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing food! Raw cart is the best!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 20, 2017

About as nice a waterfront setting as one can find. The food was good.--not great-- but solidly good. Our table was outside, quiet and well shaded. Service was knowledgeable and efficient. Now it wasn't particularly busy, but everyone was extremely pleasant, valet, hostess and waitress. They could probably waive the bread and butter charge, it's a bit classless in a classy restaurant, but on balance it really didn't matter much. There was just so much more to like.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had been flying from the Pacific NW for eight+ hours, had been served a full breakfast and lunch on board, and were somewhat tired. Therefore, and not being very hungry, we wanted a light dinner at a good restaurant within a short walk from our hotel. The Boatyard fit the bill perfectly. I highly recommend it!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and super friendly staff. This is definitely a place that I would take friends and family to.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

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