Dine Out Lauderdale Kicks Off Early With New Savings and Extended Dates

Dining out is a big part of South Florida culture and nightlife. For all our beachgoing ways, we like to eat. But living in tourist paradise is a double-edged sword: The food is great, but you pay for it.

Dine Out Lauderdale is a promotion aimed at locals and tourists alike that attempts to tackle that very issue.

The concept behind Dine Out Lauderdale is simple: Save money on dining out at high-end restaurants. Now in its ninth year, the annual promotion allows patrons to eat at some of the area's most popular establishments for an affordable price. The six-week program returns this fall — this year with an earlier and extended timeframe — offering visitors more opportunities to save and savor.

Rather than kicking off in October, the annual promotion will start one month earlier, running from September 1 through October 12 at more than 35 participating Broward County restaurants.

Here's how it works: Each participating establishment offers a specially prepared three-course, $35 prix fixe menu that makes sampling around the county easy and affordable, says Nicki Grossman, CEO and president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

In addition to the Dine Out promotion, diners can combine these savings with other destination-wide promotions this September, including the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau's "See You in September" program — a buy two, get the third night free deal at participating luxury hotels. Visitors and residents can also take advantage of a two-for-one savings card with special offers at more than 70 attractions throughout South Florida, added Grossman, with special pricing and deals on spas, nature tours, boat tours, and various seaside activities.

"There's no better time to Dine Out in Fort Lauderdale, get the inside scoop on our diverse restaurant scene, and enjoy great food at unbeatable prices," said Grossman.

As with years past, the 2015 Dine Out Lauderdale roster features several new restaurants including American Vintage at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, the newly renovated Shooters Waterfront, a new Italian eatery known as Scolapasta, and the beachfront hot-spot S3 along with its buzzy Las Olas sister establishment, YOLO.

Not sure where to start? Download the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s "Fork Lauderdale" Dining App on iTunes to help plan your culinary journey. The free app lets users locate participating restaurants from romantic hot spots and family-friendly fare to ethnic cuisine, steakhouses, vegan restaurants, and brunch spots. The app also serves up insider tips from locals and offers nightlife options.

For more information, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. To find a full list of participating restaurants visit sunny.org/restaurants or follow the event on facebook.com/visitlauderdale

Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the New Times Food & Drink Instagram.

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