In Fort Lauderdale, boating is quite frankly a way of life as you are probably well aware. You could look at fishing boats, or you might spend some time enjoying speed boats – it’s part of the great experience that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The one reality that you have to face, however, is that eventually you’re going to have to get off of your boat, and eventually you’re going to get hungry. Don’t worry, you don’t have to leave the water to enjoy a good meal, we’ve compiled a list of four great waterfront restaurants that allow boat docking:
It’s a seafood paradise and a waterfront dream the likes of which you often see only in the movies. Would you believe that this incredibly culinary paradise started off as a hole in the wall roadhouse saloon? Over time it evolved, great, and now it has nearly more demand than it can handle.
The Rustic Inn Fort Lauderdale Crabhouse is an outstanding destination for those who looking to dine on the water including:
- Homemade Sauces
- Steamed Crabs
- Succulent Seafoods
- World Famous Garlic Crabs
- Cocktail Lounge
- Original Frozen Drinks
Quite frankly, this is an experience that many other chain restaurants try to go for, and in the end they just turn into the typical corporate picture of conformity. It’s the personal and unique experience that makes this one a worthy spot for boat renters and owners alike to visit.
Sun Lunch: 12 Noon-2:45pm
Southport Raw Bar
There are many reasons to dock a boat in Fort Lauderdale, but the Southport Raw Bar is likely the most enticing. We say this mostly because of the free docking fees – you won’t have to pay a cent to stop here. Also, in our opinion if you have to dock somewhere, why not do it at a place that has a nice view? As the oldest raw bar in Fort Lauderdale, it’s going to give you an experience that you won’t forget.
The Southport raw bar has plenty of benefits for the wayward boater and serves as a great way to spend the evening on the water.
- Free Docking
- Daily Specials
- Happy Hour!
- Tons of Oysters
- In-House Specialties
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11am – 2am
Grill 66 & Bar
As with every other restaurant on this list, this one offers you crab – should it be a surprise? We would however like to point out that there is more than one way to cook a crab. You can also fry it.
With so many other great crab shacks and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, what is it that sets this one apart? To that question we would like to say: what doesn’t?
- Maryland Crab Cakes (It’s a specialty!)
- Amazing View
- Upscale Ambiance
- 400 feet of Available Docking
- Room for Large Groups
- Beautiful Presentation
- Complimentary Valet
Hours: Fri-Sat 5:30–11PM
Sun -Thurs 5:30-10PM
The Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill
Once again we have a great seafood restaurant, but what else would you expect right next to the water? Also, it’s a pirate themed restaurant, so if you want to let your inner buccaneer out, this would be a great place to do it. As always, we do recommend refraining from the pirate lifestyle while you’re actually on the water; other boaters tend to be annoyed by it.
There are a lot of things to like here:
- Pirate Theme
- Fresh Seafood
- Huge Docking Area
- Amazing Food and Drinks
The Republic was named one of South Florida’s best Waterfront Restaurants by Gold Coast Magazine, and is without a doubt a great place to take a break during your fishing trip
Sun – Thurs 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
These are four of the best restaurants to visit on the water in Fort Lauderdale. You’ll find plenty of others, giving you plenty of reason to try renting a boat or even buying one. There’s always more to explore.