Dine Out Lauderdale: 11 Restaurants In Greater Fort Lauderdale Our Editors Will Be Heading To
Nearly 40 restaurants are participating in Dine Out Lauderdale this year, but how do you find time to try them all?
There are only so many free nights for those three-course meals that leave you feeling full until the next morning, so we've helped narrow down the options.
Our editors each picked the three eateries they want to visit during Dine Out 2016—from the restaurants they've tried and loved, to others they've been dying to discover.
Now we're not telling you need to eat at these spots, but we sure will be.
Here's where we'll be during Dine Out Lauderdale (Aug. 15 through Sept. 30) and what we'll be ordering when we get there.
Alyssa Morlacci, Managing Editor
Ocean view, flawless service and to-die-for steaks, all coupled with the opportunity for a great Instagram photo in front of the jellyfish tank. (If there isn’t a photo, did you even participate in Dine Out Lauderdale?)
My picks: Big eye tuna tacos, 6 oz. petite filet mignon (with fingerling potatoes and mushroom bordelaise), chocolate toffee bread puddings
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
Street-side dining along Las Olas Boulevard and a teeming seafood selection. Careful—your dish may be too beautiful to eat.
My picks: Here’s to hoping the award-winning Chocolate Sphere is a dessert option. It arrives intact, but once the waiter pours a chocolate drizzle it opens to a berries and whipped-crème center.
Japanese classics with trendy twists enjoyed under elegant decor in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
My picks: The ribeye miso (with pine nut miso, grilled asparagus and shiso dressing); and of course, the chocolate hazelnut bar decorated with raspberry gel and dark chocolate ganache
Lyssa Goldberg, Web Editor
I discovered Cafe Maxx, a white tablecloth New American restaurant, at a South Beach Wine & Food grand tasting event this past winter, and I've been wanting to try it since. I'm hoping to head up to Pompano for a menu full of choices, choices and more choices.
My picks: Escargot and wild mushroom pot pie, sweet onion-crusted yellowtail snapper (everyone on Yelp raves about it), apple tart
One of my favorite new restaurants in the area, Burlock Coast offers Prohibition era decor that heightens the restaurant's coastal feel. I'm excited to experience some of my favorite dishes again, plus try new ones.
My picks: Tuna tartare (because it's served with tostones!), Palmetto Creek Pork Belly with black truffle grits, Key lime pie with toasted meringue
I'll be honest, I'm choosing this one for the view (hello, outdoor veranda facing the Atlantic), but the menu at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort's seafood restaurant looks equally tempting.
My picks: Blue crab and salmon poke, roasted bavette steak with French onion-potato puree and grilled bok choy, Lava cake with spiced beet caramel
Ileana Llorens, Senior Web Editor
Plain and simple: Nabbing a $36 three-course meal at an oceanfront steakhouse is an absolute steal. An 8-ounce filet mignon usually goes for $43, so you’re already well ahead of the game with the entree alone. Plus, the restaurant’s selection of carefully crafted cocktails—I suggest the Peppery Monk—will help make you kick back and pretend you’re on vacation.
P.S. Good luck not being distracted by all the tempting regular menu items, such as the stuffed hashbrowns. For what it’s worth, you won’t regret ordering the extra side dish, because—pro tip!—you can repurpose any leftovers for breakfast the next morning. (Shout-out to our friendly server from last year who gave us that perfect piece of advice.)
My picks: Big eye tuna tacos, 6-oz petite filet mignon (with roasted fingerling potatoes and mushroom bordelaise), gluten-free vanilla bean cheesecake (with seasonal fruit and almond oat crust)
After learning about the restaurant’s signature “wine angels,” Cibo has been on my must-try list. This Dine Out menu includes a great variety of food options, from baked eggplant to spicy Italian sausage for appetizers, to salmon, pasta, chicken and more for the main course. Translation: Plenty of choices means more dishes to split among friends—so everyone gets to try a little bit of everything.
My picks: Sautéed spicy Italian sausage, pappardelle (with slow-cooked lamb ragu and pecorino shavings), semifreddo
Seafood lovers, this one’s for you. Not only does the restaurant offer outdoor seating overlooking the sands of Hallandale Beach, but if you choose wisely, your Dine Out Lauderdale meal can include up to five different shellfish or sea fish. Select the grilled scallops or ceviche for your starter and then go big with the Pescatore entree (clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari with arrabiata).
My picks: Ceviche (yuzu, lime, serrano chili, tomato, red onion, cilantro), soy-glazed chicken (with baby bok choy, heirloom carrots, mashed potato and basil emulsion), paleta
Melissa Puppo, Associate Editor
Jimmy Buffett's first upscale restaurant still feels fun and approachable, as any Margaritaville Resort spot should. Regardless of whether you prefer seafood or meat, JWB’s quality menu and service definitely get an A+.
My picks: Ahi tuna and cured salmon hand rolls, followed by the steak au poivre and finishing off with a slice of their homemade Key lime pie.
Morton’s new revamped space feels more modern than what you'd expect from a traditional, masculine steakhouse, and this is the place to be for a tender filet.
My picks: Ahi tuna tower, the 6 oz. filet mignon with Lyonnaise potatoes and finishing off with Key lime pie
Simply put, dining on the water is the perfect way to unwind after a day at work.
My picks: Field green salad, followed by fruiti di mare. I’d end the evening with a refreshing scoop of gelato.
For the complete list of participating restaurants, see our earlier story here.
Check our Best Restaurant Guide for more restaurants list.