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Where to Go for the Freshest Seafood in Fort Lauderdale

Our favorite destinations in the city to enjoy the bounty of the sea.

The best part about south Florida, whether you live here or you’re visiting on vacation, is the delicious medley of fresh seafood that you can find in restaurants throughout the state, and Fort Lauderdale is no exception to this rule thanks to its location right on the Atlantic coastline.

plate of lobster, shrimp, and clams with a side of tartar sauce and butter

In order to help you get straight to the point and avoid any sub-par seafood, we’ve put together this helpful list to serve as a guide to the best seafood restaurants in Fort Lauderdale that never disappoint.

The fish and shellfish are so fresh, you’ll be able to taste the ocean in every bite when you head to these top destinations for those tasty saltwater treasures like lobsters, crabs, scallops, and every kind of fish you could possibly imagine.

Best Seafood Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

  1. Kelly’s Landing New England Seafood
  2. Southport Raw Bar & Restaurant
  3. 15th Street Fisheries
  4. Coconuts
  5. Boatyard
  6. Catfish Deweys
  7. Wild Sea on Las Olas
  8. Pirate Republic Seafood Restaurant
  9. Lobster Bar Sea Grille
  10. Shooters Waterfront

Kelly’s Landing New England Seafood

1305 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 760-7009
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First up on our list of best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale is Kelly’s Landing located off of Southeast 16th Street and Cordova Road, just down the road from the Lauderdale Harbours neighborhood.

Kelly’s Landing New England Seafood has been around since 1987 and they have never stopped serving fresh, delicious seafood in the traditional South Boston style.

Our favorite things to come here for are their delectable New England-style “chowdahs” that we can never seem to resist, including clam chowder, lobster chowder, conch chowder, and even a Manhattan clam chowder.


Southport Raw Bar & Restaurant

1536 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 525-2526
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Right off of Cordova Boulevard in the Lauderdale Harbours neighborhood, Southport Raw Bar and Restaurant is serving up some amazingly fresh seafood at affordable prices, right on the waterfront.

You can come by car or by boat to Southport Raw Bar and Restaurant because they have an incredibly convenient dock for all of their sea-worthy patrons to tie up and disembark to enjoy fresh fish and seafood.


15th Street Fisheries

1900 SE 15th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 763-2777
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Up next, you’re going to want to head to 15th Street Fisheries for your next stop on the list of best Fort Lauderdale restaurants.

Located off of Southeast 15th Street in the Lauderdale Harbors, 15th Street Fisheries has one of the best locations for enjoying a waterfront meal with a gorgeous view of the Stranahan River that is accessible by either car or boat.

Once you’re here, we recommend taking a look at all of the saltwater delicacies available like lobster tails, crab legs, fish tacos, grouper, scallops, and so much more that you’ll never want to leave.


Coconuts

429 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 525-2421
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Coconuts is one of our favorite restaurants because they have some of the best seafood in Fort Lauderdale.

What we really love, though, is the fact that they are located right off of Seabreeze Boulevard on the picturesque Las Olas Beach, so it’s the perfect lunch or dinner destination after a day in the sand.

When you stop by, be sure to try their fish of the day because, whatever it is, it’s always absolutely something amazing like grouper or snapper.


Boatyard

1555 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 525-7400
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We’re heading back to the Lauderdale Harbours area for this next restaurant, Boatyard, where they have some delectable small plates and great deals during happy hour, if you ask us.

We strongly recommend trying an order of their stupendous shrimp and grits the next time you stop by for brunch, but for dinner we think their grilled swordfish is number one, especially with sides of their garlic mashed potatoes and their marinated heirloom tomatoes.


Catfish Deweys

4003 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: (954) 566-5333
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Right on the corner of North Andrews Avenue and Northwest 40th Street, Catfish Deweys is busy serving up some unbelievable seafood 7 days a week, and we urge you to go try them out.

You can get some good old-fashioned down-home cooking here at Catfish Deweys where they offer all sorts of tasty dishes like king crab legs, Florida lobster tails, sea scallops, and even fried Louisiana oysters.


Wild Sea on Las Olas

620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 467-2555
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You can find this next place, Wild Sea, off of Las Olas Boulevard, conveniently located inside the Riverside Hotel, where they serve some of the best seafood in Fort Lauderdale right in the heart of the city.

They serve a delicious breakfast every day from 7:00am to 11:30am here at Wild Sea where you can get their delicious smoked Scottish Salmon platter that we found to be irresistible.

If you Head on down to Wild Sea for dinner, then we strongly recommend that you give their raw bar a try, specifically the raw bar tasting that includes lobster, poached shrimp, clams, and oysters.


Pirate Republic Seafood Restaurant

400 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Phone: (954) 761-3500
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We love this next place, Pirate Republic Seafood Restaurant, because they are one of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale because it incorporates a pirate theme into the atmosphere which makes it even more enjoyable.

You don’t have to head to the Caribbean to eat like a pirate here at Pirate Republic, because they offer all sorts of unique dishes like grilled octopus and whole fish entrees that will help you channel your inner Jack Sparrow.


Lobster Bar Sea Grille

450 E Las Olas Blvd Suite 190, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 772-2675
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Lobster Bar Sea Grille is located on the corner of East Las Olas Boulevard and Southeast 5th Avenue where they serve some delicious dinner dishes in an upscale, modern atmosphere that makes them one of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.

We always opt for the outdoor seating when the weather is nice here at Lobster Bar Sea Grille, and our go-to order is usually something along the lines of a bowl of lobster bisque to start, leading into an order of their surf n’ turf.


Shooters Waterfront

3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Phone: (954) 566-2855
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Last, but not least, we have Shooters Waterfront off of Northeast 32nd Avenue on the beautiful Lauderdale Beach, so it’s a perfect spot for lunch or dinner after a day in the sun.

We have to recommend their grilled oysters for all of our fellow shellfish-lovers out there, but they also have fantastic sushi rolls to choose from, as well as lobster rolls if you’re more in the mood for that.


Final Thoughts

Seafood is the ultimate cuisine to order when you’re out dining in Florida, and even more so when you’re in gorgeous Fort Lauderdale, and now you’ll never have to worry about picking a sub-par place again when you follow our list of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.

Not in the mood for seafood? Click here to read about our favorite places to get vegetarian food in Fort Lauderdale.

Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Rocco Smith

Rocco is from Sanibel Island, Florida, and a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Editing, Writing, and Media. With seven years’ experience in the restaurant industry as a cook, server, bartender, and more, he is deeply passionate about intertwining his fondness for food with his love of language.