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1555 SE 17th St. Causeway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Best Of
Boatyard +



  • Sun 11am-11pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1:00am
  • $, $$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Banquet Facilities, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
When the original Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill opened off SE 17th Street in 1989, Fort Lauderdale diners anointed it the new hot spot, a laid-back waterfront restaurant that attracted all ages with its seafood/steak menu and busy bar scene. At the time, Bimini was best-known for hedonistic happy hours served from three bars, a bustling buffet-style Sunday brunch, and a swanky waterside locale with megayacht views that was located smack dab in the middle of the city's busy boating community. In its heyday — the late '80s through much of the '90s, now-owner Steve Hudson recalls it was the place to see and be seen. In 2015, Hudson closed the restaurant to join forces with YOLO, S3, and "places like that" restaurateur Tim Petrillo with promises of a new concept poised to become the next waterside hot spot for Broward County's boating scene. Only a few vestiges of the original theme remain. There are three bars, including a stand-alone, outdoor, boathouse-style one catering to those happy-hour imbibers. A roaming outdoor patio complete with the Restaurant People's signature fire pit offers an expanded dockside dining area hemmed by megayachts and its own staff of boat valets. Inside, an open kitchen is the backdrop for a custom-designed nautical-chic interior, and a beefed-up staff of 150. There's also an all-new menu, a decidedly contemporary-American take highlighting fresh fish, wood-fired premium steaks, and fancy seafood charcuterie. PS: There's still that famous Bimini bread, the original restaurant's most iconic offering, puffy blocks of sugar-sweetened, butter-bathed bread served with whipped honey butter.

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