Aruba Beach Cafe — 1Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-bythe-Sea, 954-776-0001. Longrunning, beachside restaurant that is a hit among locals and tourists alike. The lobster is fantastic, and so are the sandwiches. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 08-3013. Blue Moon Fish Company — 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-267-9888. The seafoodheavy menu and service is just as spectacular as the setting on the Intracoastal. Expensive-very expensive. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Reviewed 7-18-13. Chatham House — 4331N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-bythe-Sea, 954-351-0310. While it doesn’t break any new culinary ground, this restaurant delivers solid seafood and steak in a comfortable, old-fashioned setting. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed1-9-14. G& B Oyster Bar — 429 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-2425. This lively 60-seater is so committed to fresh oysters that it ships directly from Virginia, New York and Washington. Moderate-expensive. Dinner. Reviewed10-19-12. Kelly’s Landing — 1305 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-760-7009. Friendly, New England-style seafood restaurant in a strip mall with superb fried clams and steamed lobster. Inexpensive-expensive. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Review12-23-12. Lobster Bar Sea Grille — 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-2675. Seafood and steak is on the menu at this gorgeous downtown restaurant best experienced on busy weekends, when there’s always a party. Very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Review11-1-13. Ocean2000 — 2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-568-9431. Seafood and steaks, some with a Latin flavor. The best seats are on the 250-foot oceanfront veranda. Expensivevery expensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch. Reviewed 3-15-13. Rendezvous Waterfront Bar and Grill — 2525 Marina Bay Drive West, Fort Lauderdale, 954-797-0054. Tucked-away, Florida Keys-esque waterfront restaurant with inexpensive drinks and crowd-pleasing seafood. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-11-12. Sea — 235 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-533-2580. Italian at lunch. Seafood at dinner. Both meals at this tiny restaurant offer outstanding quality and value. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-15-13. Sea Watch on the Ocean — 6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-781-2200. This old-fashioned, 40-year-old seafood house offers classic seafood and an ocean view. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-10-13. Truluck’s — 2584 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-396-5656. Fresh seafood and steaks in a chic setting with wonderful, old-fashioned touches. Dinner. Expensive-very expensive. Reviewed 4-12-13.
Blue Willy’s Barbecue — 1386 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 954-224-6120. Outstanding artisan barbecue where brisket reigns, but chicken and Thursday brisket are close behind. No-frills setting. Expensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Review 10-3-13. Chez Porky’s — 105 S. Sixth St., Pompano Beach, 954-946-5590. It opened in 1985 and has been winning chickenwing competitions ever since. Barbecue, New Orleans-style seafood and Italian food are also on the menu. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch-dinner. Review 3-21-13. Darrel and Oliver’s Café Maxx — 2601E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-782-0606. Three decades haven’t damped the enthusiasm of Darrel Broek and Oliver Saucy, who look to the world for inspiration at their sophisticated, new-American cafe. Expensivevery expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 2-10-13.
Shishka Lebanese Grill — Pompano Citi Centre, 1901N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 954-943-2999. The price is right at this neighborhood eatery, which serves all the great Lebanese dishes, including grilled lamb, mloukhieh, baba ghanoush and kibbe. Reviewed 9-7-12.
Angelo’s Station House Grille — 1544 SE Third Court, Deerfield Beach, 754-227-5961. A classy, yet comfortable Italian restaurant where the grilled lobster oregatano is the star of the menu. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 3-01-13. Ernie’s Italian Chophouse — 3150 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, 954-781-0910. Equal parts steakhouse, clubhouse and fine Italian restaurant where the chef, not tradition, guides the menu. Moderate-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 5-5-12. Mediterraneo Cafe and Grill — 420 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 754-222-9174. Members of the Maggiore family cook and wait tables at this charming Sicilian restaurant, where pasta with sardines is a must-order. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-13-13.
Barracuda Bar and Seafood —1965 NE Second St., Deerfield Beach, 954-531-1290. Traditional and not-so traditional Brazilian seafood with friendly service and live music. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-28-12.
Cap’s Place Island Restaurant — 2765 NE 28th Court, Lighthouse Point, 954-941-0418. This old-fashioned seafood restaurant is as much about riding the boat to its historic setting as it is about the meal. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 6-27-13. McCoy’s Oceanfront — 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-782-0100. Fresh Florida seafood and other locally sourced ingredients are the focus at this Marriott hotel restaurant. Expensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-7-13. Sunset Catch — 101N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, 954-545-0901. Longtime restaurateurs Mario and Nadia Spina combine Italian and seafood with an incredible Intracoastal view. Moderate-expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 9-13-13.