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5 Top-Tier Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

March 23, 2022

No matter where you travel in the world, chances are you will want to have a peek at what’s available in the location regarding dining. After all, having an exemplary meal is one of the most satisfying experiences there is.

While Miami has a very famous culinary scene and amazing options for dock and dine restaurants, Fort Lauderdale equally presents some lovely fine dining restaurants in the city at which you will have an experience worth remembering. We would like to share five of these with you here!

The Terrace Grill

This lovely restaurant bills itself as being “trendy, tasteful and familiar.” The modern dining room is exquisitely appointed, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the savory classics on offer are sure to impress. You can find The Terrace Grill on the ground floor of The Dalmar. They also offer a sumptuous Sunday brunch.

We recommend: To start, try the artichoke carpaccio with mizuna, pecorino, fava beans in a lemon vinaigrette. Move on to a 12-ounce prime strip steak accompanied by truffle mac and cheese. Save room for dessert because you will sigh over the chocolate ganache cake with Godiva chocolate mousse and caramel croustillant. Be sure to enjoy a cocktail or two since The Terrace Grill is known for mixing some of the best in the city like Ticket to Tulum made with Fidencio mezcal, turmeric, Giffard apricot, pineapple and Malbec.

The Terrace Grill is modern and classy and the fare will not disappoint [Source: rackcdn.com]

Bombay Darbar

Bombay Darbar was made to emulate a trendy, lavishly decorated South Beach nightclub. The restaurant is colorful with a retro décor setting the perfect ambiance for a wonderful dinner. The authentic Indian cuisine is savory and delectable. Cocktails are ultra-hip and concocted by some of the best mixologists in the city. Forbes Magazine says, “All the prep requires a lot of time and is quite labor-intensive; one glimpse into the kitchen and you can see Bombay Darbar's commitment to quality.”

We recommend: Chicken Tikka Masala with boneless chicken breast cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with onions and bell pepper; Tandoori Chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic and freshly ground spices then cooked in a clay oven. For vegetarians: Mushroom Makhani sauteed in butter and cooked in creamy tomato and cashew sauce with wine; Chana Masala with garbanzo beans cooked in gravy with onions, tomato, ginger, garlic and special chef’s spices; or Mutter paneer with homemade Indian cheese and green peas cooked in onion and tomato sauce with spices.

Exemplary authentic Indian cuisine with house made naan bread at Bombay Darbar [Source: bombaydarbar.com]


Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Dune brings an elevated dining experience to Fort Lauderdale unlike any other. This stunning oceanside luxurious eatery is an ideal marriage of modern and traditional style décor. Dune ushers in a new era of contemporary American cuisine characterized by an emphasis on creativity and innovation. The restaurant is set within the Auberge Residence, where refinement, elegance and oceanfront dining will elevate your culinary experience.

We recommend: The Ahi tuna carpaccio with sauce ravigote, eggs, capers, lemon and fresh herbs to start. The seafood ravioli with bay scallops, shrimp and mascarpone cheese is decadent as is the center cut filet mignon with sautéed spinach, homemade frites and tomato-oregano choron. Dessert simply has to be the Bananamisu: Chocolate gianduja, mascarpone cheese, espresso, dulce de leche, cinnamon and savoiardi.

The mixed grill brunch at Dune [Source: d2rf0detuhmti.cloudfront.net]

There is no other way to describe Villa Athena other than stunning. And when you’re in Fort Lauderdale, this incredible home is the place to stay! Teeming with glamor and urban sophistication, this six-bedroom home can accommodate up to 16 guests. Its waterfront location has a private boat dock as well. The home also offers a modern pool with an integrated hot tub under the shade of a line of palm trees. A tropical oasis unlike any other, enjoy jaw-dropping sunsets from the comfort of your deck with a glass of wine in hand from your villa's well-stocked wine cellar. As with all LVH luxury vacations, you will receive full services and around-the-clock support.

Mastro’s Ocean Club

Mastro's Restaurant is a sophisticated, classic steakhouse and sumptuous fish house. They are upfront about a very strict dress code. Mastro’s aspires to create the finest experience for its guests by combining the highest quality steaks and seafood, with exceptional service in a cosmopolitan and entertaining atmosphere. There is no Happy Hour here. It’s called Luxury Hour.

We recommend: Try the roasted bone marrow for starters, although the lobster bisque is also delicious. For your main entrée, consider the New Zealand king salmon fillet accompanied by roasted Brussels sprouts and garlic mashed potatoes or the herb roasted chicken with sautéed asparagus and rosemary garlic sautéed button mushrooms.

The lobster bisque at Mastro’s Ocean Club [Source: browardpalmbeach.com]

3030 Ocean

For more than a decade 3030 Ocean has been one of Fort Lauderdale’s top rated seafood restaurants. Located in the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, this restaurant offers a unique, creative and passionate combination of flavors in a chic atmosphere. Their candlelight-filled beachfront dinner bistro serves stylish American cuisine with seafood and meats being the star attractions.

We recommend: The chef’s six-course tasting menu with such offerings as Ahi tuna poke with Macadamia nuts, wakame, cucumber, sambal and avocado; charred octopus with Marcona almond puree, farro, blistered tomatoes, arugula, feta and romesco; grilled black grouper with Dashi broth, wild mushrooms, swank farm turnips and bok choy, scallion, yuzu. For dessert: Warm Nutella bread pudding with pecans, cherries and cayenne ice cream.

Enjoying dinner at 3030 Ocean [Source: dirona.com]

When you entrust your travel plans to LVH, you can rest assured we will get you into the finest dining establishments at your destination. If you would like to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, we invite you to contact one of our client relations team members who will begin planning your vacation right away. Plans come with a bespoke travel itinerary reflecting your vacation desires. We leave nothing to chance since we want you to relish every moment of your time away!

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