10 Restaurants To Dine At During Fort Lauderdale’s Restaurant Month
This article has been updated to reflect Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month's 2019 offerings.
This month, dine along the ocean and dig into Wagyu top sirloin and a s'mores ice cream sandwich made with double chunk ice cream and toasted marshmallow for less than $50. That’s right—the greatest time of year to eat out in Fort Lauderdale has returned.
Throughout August and September, more than 50 of Broward County’s restaurants are showcasing their best during Greater Fort Lauderdale's Restaurant Month. Formerly known as Crave GFL, the two-month-long promotion features discounted three-course menus, priced from $35 to $45.
Not sure where to start? From Hollywood to Fort Lauderdale Beach to Las Olas Boulevard, we’ve sifted through every menu to find this year’s most impressive meals. Here are our top 10 picks for restaurants to eat at during Greater Fort Lauderdale's Restaurant Month.
Steelpan is packing a flavorful punch with its Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month debut with both lunch and dinner available daily. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner is available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pick one appetizer, entree and dessert with its bounty of offerings. Appetizers include a prawn cocktail, Caribbean jerk wings, ahi tuna poke, crab and corn chowder and a tropical salad.
Among the diverse entrees are the Beyond Burger on an herb roll; Steelpan burger; Jamaican chicken and dumplings; baked snapper wrapped in a banana leaf; calypso shrimp pasta; and grilled skirt steak. Because every balanced meal needs dessert, choose from pineapple rum cake with house-made rum-raisin ice cream, Key lime pie or the lava chocolate fantasy, a warm chocolate cake with house-made coconut ice cream.
999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954.302.5252; steelpanftl.com
Stephen Starr’s El Vez offers a slate of Mexican comfort food items during Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month. The $35 dinner menu, which is available nightly, kicks off with your choice of creamy tortilla soup or a fresh tomato salad. For the second course, choose from a mouthwatering seafood enchilada, tender carnitas tacos or a citrus-marinated pollo asado. End your night on a sweet note with a house-made tres leches cake, the El Vez sundae or churros with spicy hot chocolate. Plus, each meal includes complimentary chips and salsa.
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8336; elvezftlauderdale.com
Hidden inside W Fort Lauderdale, enjoy an upscale meal at Steak 954 by executive chef Johan Svennson. Available Sundays through Thursdays for $45, standouts include lobster bisque as an appetizer served whipped crème fraîche and chives; a pan-roasted eight-ounce Wagyu top sirloin with roasted fingerlings and baby beets for the entree; and a s'mores ice cream sandwich made with double chunk ice cream and toasted marshmallow for the finale.
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8333; steak954.com
Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery
The newly opened Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa has already established itself as a must-visit oceanfront spot for its creative twists on comfort foods from both the land and sea. Its recent inceptions means this will be the restaurant's first Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month, and its three-course offerings do not disappoint.
Start your feast with coconut conch critters with Caribbean dip; warm stuffed beet with arugula pesto and cheese fondue; Korean barbeque tacos with avocado mousse and a power salad; "Wild Hummus"; or maple bourbon bacon with jalapeno cheddar cornbread. Choose between four decadent second course meals, including a whole roasted cauliflower; crispy seafood box with mussels, shrimp, calamari, fries and Caribbean remoulade; a butcher's meat tasting board featuring short rib, hanger and fingerling potatoes; and spaghetti squash bolognese. Round out your dining experience with an Oreo key lime tart, caramel and chocolate mudslide pie or a signature "Wild Shake" for two.
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8070; wildthymeoceanside.com
ETARU Las Olas
ETARU, Zuma Miami’s sister restaurant, is behind a $45 menu served during lunch and dinner, Sundays through Thursdays. Enjoy a tasting menu meal with items such as burrata with cherry tomatoes, shiso pesto and crispy wild rice; panko-breaded fried prawns and chili mayo; skirt steak with wasabi chimichurri; and a large tableside dessert platter stocked with fresh fruits, sorbets and light pastries. Add a wine sake pairing for $35 per person.
500 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.477.8068; etarurestaurant.us
Quirky Naked Crab sits inside the B Ocean Resort, and is offering one of Crave’s most dynamic $45 selections. Though the three-course menu—which is offered Sundays through Thursdays—is limited to three items per section, chef David Morales packs a punch with plates such as buttermilk fried oysters with kimchee, tamarind sauce and flying fish roe; Sicilian fisherman seafood with shrimp, clams and mussels; and a Belgian chocolate mousse with vanilla gelato and a macaron.
1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.564.1000; nakedcrabfl.com
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits
At the Ritz-Carlton, Burlock Coast offers a dinner menu overflowing with choice ($45). Available Sundays through Thursdays, you decide between several appetizers, including grilled cauliflower with tahini sauce, smoked fish dip with pickled hot peppers and flatbread, or house-made lemon ricotta with heirloom tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.
Of the entrees, the beer-battered fish and chips and the Lake Meadow half-chicken with sweet corn succotash are the most popular. Other choices include a roasted pork chop with warm marble potato salad or a skirt roasted swordfish with a carrot puree and root vegetables. For dessert, dig into Burlock’s Nutella flourless cake with a Nutella ganache; Florida Key lime pie featuring a toasted meringue; pink velvet berry cheesecake; or Burlock sundae with Neapolitan ice cream, various fruits, chocolate sauce, peanuts and caramelized bananas.
1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.302.6460; ritzcarlton.com
3030 Ocean Restaurant
Inside the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, find 3030 Ocean Restaurant, a swanky oceanfront dinner bistro helmed by chef Adrienne Grenier. During Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month, the restaurant has rolled out a generous $45-dinner menu available Sundays through Thursdays. The menu rotates often and includes a selection of salads and vegetables, seasoned and grilled fish and poultry and a few zesty desserts. If available, look out for the heirloom tomato panzanella, a combination of garlic croutons, herb puree, pickled shallots, Minus 8 vinegar, EVOO and watercress; seared yellowfin tuna with a spicy green papaya slaw; roasted tripletail; and the Homestead mango cobbler topped with a sweet biscuit topping and buttermilk ice cream.
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954.765.3030; 3030ocean.com
Lona Cocina Tequileria
Lona's lunch and dinner menus for GFL Restaurant month feature some of its most mouthwatering dishes. Highlights for its $29 lunch include queso fundido served with flour or corn tortillas; fried oysters with mustard remoulade; pork carnitas with crispy pancetta and roasted tomatillo salsa on corn tortillas with charro beans and grilled pineapple; and flan for dessert. Our picks for dinner ($35) are the steak quesadilla with Oaxaca cheese and guacamole; carne asada with refried beans, swiss chard, achiote chimichurri and crema fresca; and the tres leches for dessert. Top any meal off with a house sangria for $10 extra.
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.245.3069; lonarestaurant.com
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
Along Las Olas, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille’s Crave dinner menu ($45) is a great way to try some of the restaurant’s most popular items. Highlights include Scottish salmon fritters with caper dill aioli; hickory smoked pekin duck breast with with curry roasted romanesco, quinoa pilaf and lemon shallot vinaigrette; and bouillabaisse, a rich and spicy stew made with saffron broth, fish du jour, shellfish and rouille, with slices of grilled ciabatta. End your night with an apple hazelnut torte served with a caramel-chocolate ganache and bourbon-caramel hazelnuts and fresh berries or a lychee mojito gelee.
620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.2555; riversidehotel.com
Photo courtesy of Michael Pisarri
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