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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Padrino's Fort Lauderdale restaurant
4.8 (494)
$30 and under
Lake Ridge
About the restaurant
Padrino's Restaurants is a third generation, family-owned collection of Cuban restaurants. Each generation has added their touch to create the ultimate Cuban culinary experience- from our grandmother's recipes, our father's dedication to service, and our handcrafted cocktails all served in a contemporary-warm ambiance.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Service and food were great! I would recommend eating here.
A photo of Otoro Sushi + Asian Kitchen restaurant
4.8 (79)
$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
Dined 5 days ago
Elram was very courteous and knowledgeable resulting in our
A photo of Cafe Landwer - Hallandale Beach restaurant
4.8 (12)
$30 and under
Hallandale Beach
About the restaurant
The story of Landwer. A story of tradition. A story of quality.
In 1919 on a picturesque street in the center of Berlin, Moshe Landwer opens a small and romantic coffee house, which quickly turned into one of the city’s favorite hangout spots. In 1933 with the rise to power of the Nazi regime, Moshe Landwer along with his family, made aliya and settles in Tel Aviv. On Allenby Street, facing the sea, he opened the country’s first coffee brewing house.
In 1964, due to the rising demand for quality coffee, the Landwer factory moved to its permanent location in Holon. In 2004, the 3 founders of Café Landwer approached the Landwer coffee brand with an idea to revive the brand with rich heritage & legacy. They opened the first café in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv which made its mark in the community. Years later, Café Landwer is now a local restaurant chain & franchise with 80 locations across Israel. These locations are designed to create a warm and elegant atmosphere, to welcome & host guests!

Top review
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
The food is amazing at Landwer. Also great ambiance and very good service.
A photo of Phat Boy Sushi, Kitchen & Bar- Davie restaurant
4.7 (41)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Phat Boy Sushi, Kitchen & Bar delivers a modern twist on Japanese comfort food.

We're committed to providing a memorable dining experience in a hip, inviting atmosphere, spaciously surrounded by creative Japanese art. Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen sources a higher level of fresh-caught fish and essential ingredients to create an inspired selection of sushi and traditional Japanese fare. From first dates to family get-togethers; from girls’ night to going’ solo, Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen caters to everyone. Sample a unique appetizer like our Mushroom Tobanyaki. Savor one of our signature rolls, like the Phat Girl and Samurai rolls. Explore our popular, selection of ramen dishes from our authentic hot Japanese kitchen. Sip one of our excellent cocktails, or specially-selected wines, sakes or beers. Our menu is ideal for both sharing and individual dining experiences.

Come visit one of our locations and experience how Phat Boy Sushi rolls!

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Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Quick service delicious food. Lots of protein in the meal.
A photo of Sapido Italian Restaurant, Pizza , Wine , Market and Café restaurant
4.7 (28)
$30 and under
Lauderdale Manors
About the restaurant
SAPIDO is a modern Italian Restaurant, Winery , Market & Cafè. We are the place to go for fresh daily homemade Italian food such as Pasta, Gnocchi, Lasagna, Meat, Fish, Authentic Pizza, Fresh Salads, Italian Wine and Coffee. Now also market with Italian products. Join us for lunch or dinner and enjoy authentic Italian food prepared by a team of chefs directly from Italy. We also offer catering for private and corporate events. Come and visit us, you will feel like you just flew to Italy!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great environment for date night and amazing food.
A photo of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Fort Lauderdale restaurant
4.6 (63)
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
Colee Hammock
About the restaurant
Join us for: Lunch | Dinner | Happy Hour daily, 4-6:30pm | Sat & Sun Brunch w/ bottomless brunch pitchers! | Friday/Saturday nights after dinner: DJ dance party!

Escape to Havana in the heart of Fort Lauderdale at Cuba Libre! Indulge in classic and contemporary Cuban cuisine, signature mojitos, & an extensive rum selection in a lively open-air setting. Whether it's lunch, dinner, late night bites, or Tropical Beats Brunch with bottomless pitchers and a DJ, each visit is a journey into Cuban culture. Elevate your next celebration with a jumbo Celebration Dessert or a “Celebration Extravaganza” Dessert & Drink Parade! Join us for Happy Hour daily, and on Fridays & Saturdays after dinner, enjoy a DJ dance party & VIP Bottle Service. Explore our private event spaces and customizable menus for unique celebrations. Cuba Libre is your passport to the vibrancy of Cuba - where flavors, music & fun collide!
www.CubaLibreRestaurant.com for more.

Top review
Dined on Mar 21, 2024
Fresh food, helpful staff, good drinks and many food choices
A photo of Hoshi & Sushi Thai Cuisine restaurant
4.5 (21)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Hoshi & Sushi Thai Cuisine is locally owned and serves authentic Thai and Japanese Food! Delicious street Thai dishes, sushi rolls, hot and cold small plates, signature rolls, soups, salads and decadent desserts.We use fresh local ingredients, and offer prompt service with a smile.We are a family-friendly restaurant that offers dine-in, takeout and delivery options.We hope you will consider joining us here at Hoshi for lunch or dinner if you're visiting Miami, or if you're a local resident who wants to eat amazing Thai and Sushi.""

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
The food was good. Not outstanding. The quality was good.
A photo of Icebox Cafe - Hallandale Beach restaurant
4.4 (54)
$31 to $50
Hallandale Beach
About the restaurant
Icebox Cafe Hallandale Beach opened in 2020, bringing art, performance, and an exciting new restaurant to the heart of the arts and entertainment district. This vibrant, multifunctional space has a lot to offer.

Depending on your mood, or the Hallandale Beach weather, unwind outdoors in our lush greenhouse or on the sleek and modern plaza. If you prefer indoors, relax over a meal in our main dining room. Our menu of American classics – comfort food with a dash of international flavor – covers brunch every day from 10 to 4.

In our main space, installations from local artists line the walls. In the greenhouse, a tropical garden steals the show. It’s a lovely space for a party or corporate event and combines with other areas for large gatherings.

Top review
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
Staff was great, food was delicious. Halllandale location is just a beautiful place to enjoy a great meal.
A photo of KAO Bar & Grill Hallandale Beach restaurant
4.4 (22)
$30 and under
Hallandale Beach
About the restaurant
Argentinian-American fusion made from two-story restaurant, made from repurposed shipping containers, offers diners a 5,000-square-foot space with an alfresco patio featuring wooden accents, lounge chairs, and plenty of sofas. The patio is anchored by a 14-seat bar, offering a wide selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the walls of the main dining room, allowing guests to feel connected to the outdoors.

On the menu diners can feast on a variety of Argentine dishes like shareable tablitas (grilled platters), Argentine-style pizzas, and sandwiches. The restaurant also boasts an extensive meat selection with options like skirt steak, NY strip loin, ribeye, and Patagonian lamb ribs. Desserts like churros served with ganache or dulce de leche, skillet chocolate chip cookies, and tres leches cake round out the meal.

Top review
Dined on Mar 23, 2024
Loved this casual restaurant. The sliders were excellent, I was surprised how good the asparagus, potatoes and the flank steak were. We also ordered the cookie skillet with ice cream and tres leeches. The weather was nice, so we sat outside. We had Moscow mules for cocktails. There was also a DJ who played music at the right volume , great music selection. Overall very nice place. We will return .
A photo of RGS Steakhouse restaurant
4.3 (131)
$31 to $50
Pompano Beach
About the restaurant
Who we are: a authentic Brazilian Steakhouse serving the world famous Rodizio!
Once seated, guests can then begin their dining experience by helping themselves to our seasonal salad area. You will find this is a steakhouse that even vegetarians love.
This Brazilian-inspired restaurant specializes in slow-roasted and perfectly seasoned cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage. This technique comes to the United States straight from Southern Brazil, where Gauchos (cowboys) prepare meals over a campfire. At RGS Steakhouse, the skilled gauchos journey through the restaurant with the grilled meats on sword-like skewers taken directly off the grill, stopping at each table to carve slices for diners. This style of service allows guests to experience a wide variety of offerings, including the following mouth-watering selections: Picanha, Flank Steak, Ribeye Steak, Leg of Lamb, Parmesan Pork Loin, Sirloin Steak, Chicken, Sausage and more!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 23, 2024
Great food, and service. Meats were all very tasty. Salad bar small but items all very fresh and flavorful. Service was very professional,from our waiter Marcello to the “rodizian” crew every was very pleasant and accommodating. Very clean, but ambiance and location not impressive.
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