Lobster tails are a great part of Fort Lauderdale seafood.

City Guide / Fort Lauderdale

The Best Seafood in Fort Lauderdale

By Bri Hand | Jul 12, 2021

Beyond this city’s thriving nightlife and arts and culture scene, one of the best things about Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is its seafood. From stone crabs and fresh shrimp to Florida lobster, Fort Lauderdale is lined with both laid-back seaside restaurants and high-end eateries. 

If you’re planning on moving to Fort Lauderdale, there’s no denying that this city has some of the best seafood spots the Sunshine State has to offer. Here’s where you can find the best seafood in Fort Lauderdale: 

Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill

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Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill is a vibrant, pirate-themed riverfront restaurant featuring all types of seafood—from shrimp alfredo, bacalao, and octopus to one-of-a-kind, island-style dishes you won’t find anywhere else. The restaurant’s Mediterranean-Caribbean menu offers a wide variety of seafood specialties, including an Italian-style cioppino rife and the restaurant’s famous Pirate Bowl (mixed seafood with clams, calamari, shrimp, and mussels).

If you’re planning a night out with friends, don’t forget to check out the Republic’s drink menu, which features Caribbean cocktails, Brazillian cocktails, and the restaurant’s own specialty drinks. From classics like margaritas to eclectic creations like the Caribbean Sunset, Pirate Republic has something to offer for everyone.

Billy’s Stone Crab

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Billy’s Stone Crab has brought an eclectic vintage vibe to the quaint seaside town of Hollywood for nearly 40 years. The two-story restaurant features an outside dining area, with options for fine dining or a more casual atmosphere.

If you’re craving stone crab, Billy’s is the spot for you. Every night, seven days a week, you can order an all-you-can-eat meal—as long as they haven’t run out!

Blue Moon Fish Company

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Blue Moon Fish Company is a popular upmarket fish house with a romantic vibe, outdoor deck, and Sunday buffet brunch. Known as Fort Lauderdale’s “freshest seafood by the waterway,” Blue Moon offers a premier dining experience, with menu specials ranging from fresh fish ceviche to tuna poke.

Since its inception over 20 years ago, this Intracoastal Waterway eatery has won numerous local awards, from Best Waterfront Dining to Best Seafood Restaurant. With an all-inclusive brunch, one-of-a-kind raw bar, budget-friendly happy hour, and seafood-focused cooking classes, it’s clear why the restaurant continues to thrive after two decades in business.

3030 Ocean

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Widely recognized as one of the best seafood spots in Fort Lauderdale, 3030 Ocean has earned countless awards over the years—from Best Chef in 2009 to Best Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale in 2006.

Locally famous for its modern approach to seafood, 3030 Ocean’s menu features all kinds of native fresh and specialty meats prepared in a way that highlights individual ingredients. Whether you order Florida-farmed pork or a locally caught fish, 3030 Ocean offers a creative combination of flavors and a casual beach-chic atmosphere.

15th Street Fisheries

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Centrally located on southeast 15th Street, this 30-plus-year-old seaside restaurant is a prime spot for people-watching and observing the boats cruise along the water. Nestled next to the Fort Lauderdale Marina, 15th Street Eateries’ menu features some of the freshest catches Fort Lauderdale has to offer. From fish and chips to conch fritters, locals and visitors alike love 15th Street’s unique dishes.

This restaurant is also one of the few in Fort Lauderdale that sell Florida lobster. To kick back and relax with the locals, be sure to stop by 15th Street during happy hour, which runs on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Indulge in Fort Lauderdale’s eclectic foodie scene

Whether you’re planning to move to Fort Lauderdale or checking out spots for your next vacation, you’ve probably already done your homework on the city’s lively food scene. While cities like Tampa and Miami have their own share of diverse cuisine and specialty seafood spots, Fort Lauderdale more than lives up to the competition.

With Landing, you can find fully furnished apartments in Fort Lauderdale equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay. With flexible lease terms, 24/7 concierge service, and waived security deposits, you can find the perfect apartment in your favorite foodie neighborhood. Browse our available apartments in Fort Lauderdale here!

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About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.