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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Here & Now restaurant
4.8
4.8 (161)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Flagler Village
About the restaurant
Fort Lauderdale's most exciting tapas and cocktail bar experience. Come join our family in FAT Village!
Top review
JBABvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Fun drinks and interesting food. The peach burrata salad was delicious.
A photo of J&C Oyster restaurant
4.8
4.8 (50)
$50 and over
Seafood
Hollywood
About the restaurant
J&C Oyster is a seafood driven concept with a fusion of Asian ingredients and techniques. The visionary team behind the acclaimed Oaxaka, invites guests to indulge in an exciting unique addition to the South Florida dining scene.

Led by Chef Raheem Sealey, renowned for his culinary prowess at KYU, Zuma and Drinking Pig BBQ in Miami, and acclaimed Chef Monika Dominguez, celebrated for her culinary contributions to Zuma, KYU, Chug’s Diner, and Dale Street Food, J&C Oyster promises an unforgettable dining experience.

The 2,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space is a testament to exquisite design, adorned in a palette of serene blue and crisp white, accented by opulent gold touches. With ample natural light flooding the venue, patrons are invited to immerse themselves in an ambiance that is both refined and welcoming.

J&C Oyster invites guests to indulge in a culinary adventure featuring an open kitchen, shareable dishes, and an array of small and large plates.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The food is amazing, super friendly staff and over all great dining experience. The tartar and hamachi were a few of my favorite dishes, for sure get the cornbread! It was a delicious treat at the end of our meal.
A photo of El Camino Mexican Soul Food - Mezcal & Tequila Bar - Fort Lauderdale restaurant
4.7
4.7 (902)
$30 and under
Mexican
Colee Hammock
About the restaurant
At El Camino, our guiding principle is to exceed our guest’s expectations in all areas – food, beverage, and ambiance – and create an experience that will arouse and excite our guest’s senses. As a team, we are inspired by the culture and the heritage of Mexico. To that end, we are passionate about bringing you an authentic experience not typically seen north of the border in chain restaurants.

We are committed to offering the freshest organic and local ingredients where possible, and we value local, artisan, indigenous and reclaimed offerings. We are even taking the not so typical step of making our own tortillas, sauces, and anything else possible from scratch. The list of craft cocktails is truly Mexican and includes house made sangritas, a curated selection of agave spirits, a diverse selection of craft and Mexican beers. In the end, it is all about sharing the food with the community of people who enjoy it. Viva México!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Fantastic service. Was a little loud, but great atmosphere overall. Happy hour prices were very reasonable. Food was delicious, just wish they had more kid friendly options.
A photo of Phat Boy Sushi and Kitchen- Downtown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (139)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Japanese fresh takes on sushi and other classics with an artful, but laid back vibe.
Top review
susanz
Dined 3 days ago
The server was very nice, attentive and accommodating
A photo of VILLA ROMANA Italian & Romanian Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (190)
$30 and under
Italian
Hollywood
About the restaurant
Our restaurant is situated in the heart of downtown Hollywood Florida. At Villa Romana Restaurant the art of presenting exceptional cuisine in the most inspired of settings is the "joie de vivre" of Hollywood Florida. Please visit on Fridays and Saturdays for live music from 8 pm to 11 pm! Offering a variety of live music such as jazz, saxophone, pop, and Motown, Latin music, and much more! We also offer Karaoke on Tuesdays from 8 pm to 11 pm!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Loved it!! It was perfect for a chill girls night out to celebrate a 50th birthday.
A photo of Hard Rock Cafe - Hollywood FL restaurant
4.6
4.6 (451)
$30 and under
American
Hollywood
About the restaurant
Hard Rock Cafe is a global phenomenon with 185 cafes that are visited by nearly 80 million guests each year. The first Hard Rock Cafe opened on June 14, 1971, in London, England, and from there the brand has expanded to major cities and exotic locations around the world.
Top review
Kmarievip
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Server was attentive and friendly. Food was overpriced but good for being in a casino.
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4.6
4.6 (751)
$30 and under
American
Colee Hammock
About the restaurant
Casual, American Bar and Eatery specializing in Gourmet Burgers with a Twist!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
Service was very nice. Nice evening out to be sitting outside. Food is consistent every visit. Selfie burger was delicious with the house made sauce.
A photo of The Wilder restaurant
4.6
4.6 (311)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Victoria Park
About the restaurant
This is the watering hole for bon vivants with a vision.
The venue offers a cool, relaxing, intoxicating space where you can escape with friends and get lost in a moment. It is comprised of three rooms with distinct personality - A cocktail bar, turning out masterfully executed libations, a terrace, for sun-drenched revelry, and a scintillating great room, hosting near-nightly parties for a sophisticated collection of clientele.

The atmosphere at the WILDER is playful, but elevated, intoxicating, but familiar, tropical, enticing, and a place to, well, get WILD, that feels more like a secluded, storybook escape than a bar or lounge. Guests are at ease, and the staff is polished, friendly, and faultless.

Top review
SundarC
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
the cocktails at The Wilder are just amazing. Love this spot.
A photo of Tinta- Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach restaurant
4.6
4.6 (536)
$30 and under
Mexican
Central Beach
About the restaurant
"Start your day with an oceanside breakfast experience at Tinta. Located at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Tinta is the sister restaurant to the resort's upscale Mexican eatery, Lona Cocina Tequileria. Tinta, meaning "ink" in Spanish, is the ink to Lona's canvas, which is a reference to Chef Pablo Salas' love of tattoos. Tinta serves breakfast exclusively while Lona has rocketed to popularity for its lunch and dinner service, killer brunch, and bar program. Whether you are a local or just passing by, enjoy breakfast inside or out on the restaurant's gorgeous oceanside terrace. Tinta by Lona is Fort Lauderdale's go-to spot for a little "sabor" with a Mexican twist, and is sure to kick off any day right."
Top review
ASchroller
Dined 2 days ago
The food, ambiance, service and view were great. Will definitely be back.
A photo of Tap 42 - Davie restaurant
4.6
4.6 (540)
$30 and under
American
Davie
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
The food and drinks here are DELICIOUS! Great ambiance as well.
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