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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Fort Lauderdale? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Sushi by Bou - Las Olas Fort Lauderdale @ Salt7 restaurant
4.9 (298)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Step into Sushi By Bou Fort Lauderdale, our one-of-a-kind Disco Sushi Omakase Experience. Our curated Omakase, meaning "Chef's Choice," promises an exhilarating journey through delectable flavors and disco beats. Choose from our classic 12-course offering at $60, or indulge in the opulent 'Bougie' Omakase, $125 for 17 pieces, seated hourly. Located within Salt7 our Las Olas Bou, delivers the beats of 80s disco set in a visual wonderland of pop-culture iconography. Elevate your experience with exotic cocktails and premium sake, perfect for sushi pairing. Date Nights, Birthdays, or intimate private seatings, let us whisk you away on a journey of urban mystique. Visit all of our unique locations, each with its own culture-inspired vibe! Reserve now to secure a coveted seat at Sushi By Bou.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
This was an interactive, fun, unique and delicious experience. Not only was every dish very tasty, but the sushi chefs were fun and entertaining. Absolutely worth it! I will definitely return!
A photo of Otoro Sushi + Asian Kitchen restaurant
4.7 (82)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Renowned Executive Chef Jimmy from Atlanta, GA brings his creative culinary skills to Otoro. Otoro serves everything made from scratch from our sauces to our desserts.

Otoro is an authentic, modern Japanese and scratch Asian kitchen restaurant in South Florida, serving the freshest fish to the most unique omakase dining experience. An omakase meal is a multi-sensory, almost spiritual, experience. The chef will offer the perfect piece of fish for the season and is guided by his guests’ reactions. The presentation of each course is as visually stunning as the taste.

Located in Plantation Midtown below One Plantation, this elegant dining experience is perfect for a date.

Enjoy contemporary and high-quality food with an artistic touch.




Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Otoro is truly a 10/10. From the cleanliness to the staff attentiveness and not to mention the delicious and beautifully presented dishes you can truly not go wrong. If I had to list my favorite dishes, I would have to list the entire menu. My go-to orders are the Hamachi Carpaccio, Ahi Tuna Crispy Rice, Curry Udon and Kani Crunch roll.
A photo of PLANTA Queen - Fort Lauderdale restaurant
4.6 (87)
$31 to $50
Vegetarian / Vegan
Colee Hammock
About the restaurant
Experience our plant-based Asian-inspired menu at PLANTA Queen, Fort Lauderdale. Located in the heart of Las Olas Boulevard, PLANTA Queen serves delicious sushi, noodles, dumplings, cocktails, and more vegan, Asian-inspired food that promotes environmental sustainability. Under executive chef David Lee, PLANTA Queen fills a void in the market of upscale, full-service, plant-based dining options. Our vision is to celebrate innovative cuisine in a beautiful environment through the power of plants. Come join us for date night or for a gathering with friends or family and enjoy some of the best food, music, and vibes in Fort Lauderdale.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Had a very enjoyable dining experience. The ambience and food were amazing. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
A photo of MAASS restaurant
4.6 (116)
$31 to $50
French / Japanese
Central Beach
About the restaurant
A contemporary wood-fire restaurant inspired by the techniques and ingredients of Europe and Japan, MAASS by Chef Ryan Ratino brings a MICHELIN-accoladed team to Four Seasons in Fort Lauderdale. Beautiful ingredients are sourced from the finest markets, with a focus on Japanese seafood and luxury fruits, while tableside cocktails and polished presentations channel the dining experiences of Europe's most exciting gastronomic cities.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
We went during our Babymoon, and I honestly don’t know what was better, the food or the service! It was all amazing and we can’t wait to go back again soon!
A photo of ETARU Hallandale restaurant
4.5 (595)
$50 and over
Hallandale Beach
About the restaurant
ETARU, a restaurant featuring contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine. ETARU Restaurant. Bar. Beach club. Welcoming diners with a menu and vibe that embraces its waterfront setting. In a stunning multi-functional space steps away from the sand, the restaurant will evolve throughout the day and night.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 29, 2024
Gorgeous restaurant, beautiful view of the ocean. Food was delicious and service was attentive. Can’t wait to go back!
A photo of Black Rock Bar & Grill - Ft. Lauderdale - PRIORITY SEATING restaurant
4.5 (71)
$30 and under
Lauderdale by the Sea
About the restaurant
Black Rock Bar & Grill, an award winning steakhouse specializing in certified angus beef steaks served on a sizzling stone.

Due to our high volume and traffic, we cannot hold tables for parties like a reservation system. We have a system called Priority Seating. This system secures a table within our restaurant, however, it does not guarantee an exact seat by time. Priority is placed on your party, and if we are on a wait, your party is placed on top of the wait list as a priority. We will seat you as fast as possible, but cannot guarantee an exact time. If the restaurant is not busy, we will seat the party upon arrival.

Top review
Dined on Mar 20, 2024
Not your typical restaurant it is a dining experience. Everyone had a different cut of steak and had fun cooking each cut to their liking. I had the coconut shrimp which had a little too much breading but was very tasty. The sides were delicious expecially the green beans, very fresh and cooked just right. Our waitress deserves a 5 star, very friendly and knowledgable about the food and the process. A must try if you are in the area.
A photo of Kekoon Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.3 (34)
$50 and over
Southwest Ranches
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
Dined on May 2, 2024
This was my third time here and every time tops the last! We arrived earlier than our reservation and were seated immediately. The service was great - the servers were friendly, fast and attentive, and the manager and bar manager checked on us throughout the service. All of our food and drink orders were fast and accurate, and the food tasted great! The free drinks for Ladies’ Night were perfect. I will definitely be back soon.
A photo of Cafe Ibiza restaurant
4.2 (261)
$30 and under
Central Beach
About the restaurant
If you are attempting to book for NYE and would like to sit on the patio, please note that there is a $200 per person minimum and we will reach out to you to collect your credit card to hold. If you book and you are a no-show, we will charge the credit card $100 per person for not showing up for you designated reservation time.

Cafe Ibiza is the perfect balance of authentic flavors, warm hospitality and an engaging atmosphere. Featuring an all day menu of fresh seafood, homemade pastas, chilled salads and entree sandwiches, our warm and inviting oceanfront restaurant offers patio and indoor dining. Slip in for a cocktail at the bar or spend the night enjoying some of the best live music on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Love it, will be back, our waitress was fun and helpful
A photo of La Doña Seafood & Grill restaurant
3.5 (33)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
For this Mother's Day, enjoy a menu specially curated by our Chef James, which will be available only for this very special date. Our regular menu and other offers will not be available for this day.

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"La Doña" is a tribute by celebrity chef James Tahhan to the iconic female figure behind Mexican gastronomy; it is a way to celebrate, recognize and exalt all those women who have had throughout history a leading role in the creation of one of the most incredible cuisines in the world.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Very good food, drinks and services. Thanks team. Love it.
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