Boating is a way of life in South Florida. There is nothing like skipping waves on the Atlantic on a hot, sunny day. But out on the open ocean there are few options when it comes to restaurants — so we need good options to dock our boats at when we want to take a break from all that fun.
Here are a few of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale that allow you to bring your boat:
429 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-2421
At Coconuts, Once you dock your boat you can stroll right up to the bar and grab a cocktail, or simply just relax while you enjoy yourself an extraordinary plate of seafood.
4331 Ravenswood Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-584-1637
Rustic Inn is famous for their amazing platters of seafood — including one that has seemingly every variety of crab known to man. This is the place all chain seafood restaurants try (and fail) to replicate.
3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-566-2855
This is the place you park the boat at sunset and take your date onto shore for mimosas and dessert. Shooters' setting is elegant and nautical, leaving you feeling like you docked up in the Bahamas.
Bahia Mar Beach Resort
801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-764-2233
Located at the Doubletree, Bahia Mar Beach Resort is the perfect place to park yourself for good until the sun comes back in the morning. Palm trees and the open water, mixed with good access to Las Olas, make Bahia Mar a great place to dock your boat at and spend a night — or seven.
Southport Raw Bar
1536 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-2526
King crab legs, oysters, and a few drinks to cap off the night — that's what you dock a damn boat for. Free docking fees is just another reason boat goers need to keep this place in mind next time they are looking to tie it up.
Grille 66 & Bar
2301 SE 17th St. at Pier Sixty, Fort Lauderdale; 954-728-3500
Grille 66 specializes in Maryland crab cakes drizzled with a delicious remoulade and a sweet corn jalapeno relish. Or, if you're looking for heaven on a platter, try the stone crabs and stuffed Maine lobster.
15th St. Fisheries
1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-763-2777
High-quality seafood at affordable prices makes 15th one of the best settings for boat dockers in South Florida.The fish tacos are to die for, as are the fresh oysters. Not many places let you enjoy some grilled Ahi Tuna with Sweet Potato Mash, Sautéed Broccolini, Sweet Soy and Citrus Beurre Blanc, yet still keep it classy-casual. 15th does it right.
The Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill
400 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-761-3500
Few places in Fort Lauderdale offer everything that Pirate Republic does: a great docking area, a Disney World look, and amazing eats and drinks. The fresh seafood is a staple of Republic, including oysters and crab that will have you wondering why you wasted your time fishing all day.
The Downtowner Saloon
10 S. New River Dr. E., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-9800
Famous for it's Sunday brunch, the Downtowner is a great place to start your boating trip off right. Pull in before your long day on the water and treat yourself to one of their seafood dishes, sandwiches, salads, soups, or desserts. And, yes: you need a burger before that long fishing trip.
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Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Marina
1851 SE Tenth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-763-7670
Let's not beat around the bush here; if you have a boat, you probably enjoy some of the finer things in life — that's where the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort and Marina comes in on this list. If you plan on docking at-or-near the Hyatt, you know what you're getting into — in other words, bring your credit card. It's routine for the Hyatt to have entertainment — such as a band, or a show — so it makes for the perfect vacationer spot.