It's Boat Show Time! Ten Places to Dock and Dine in South Florida

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Why not make your next dinner party a boat party?
There's a reason Fort Lauderdale is host to one of the largest boat shows in the world. With over 300 miles of navigable inland waterways, Greater Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America.

A lot of the region's land space is taken up by multimillion dollar waterfront McMansions with 100-foot yachts. The 53rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show -- taking place Thursday October 25 through Sunday, October 29 -- caters to these folks, of course, but it also offers fun for commoners--dinghy owners included.

In preparation of boat show, we have a list of ten south Florida's places with dockside dining.

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Blue Moon Fish Co.
Just off of Commercial Blvd., on the intracoastal, in Fort Lauderdale, is Blue Moon Fish Company. This local legend has won numerous New Times award including Best Waterfront Dining 2010, Best Seafood Restaurant 2006, and Best Outdoor Dining 1999. With 300 feet of deepwater docks, it's the perfect place to pull-up with your yacht--or Boston Whaler.

Houston's might be a chain, but it does well for a reason. And the location of this one in Pompano helps it to stand out from the rest. Located on the west side of the intracoastal, just north of East Atlantic Blvd., it is not uncommon to see a 200 foot yacht on the dock.It's the perfect place for that on-board power lunch you've been after.

Panama Hattie's
This North Palm Beach hotspot is a Jimmy Buffet fanatic's paradise. Panama Hattie's has two outdoor bars in the sand: one tiki bar and a rum bar with a misting system. The restaurant has live music every Friday and Saturday night, Monday through Friday happy hour, and early bird specials. The dock can accommodate boats up to 70 feet at high tide.

Le Tub
Le Tub has been a local haunt for years, but ever since GQ named their burgers best in the nation, the place has been packed. That being said, if you want to gain some extra cool points for visiting this famous old Florida restaurant, pull-up dockside. The restaurant has 400 feet of dockage.

Southport Raw Bar
Yes, this dockside dining list is full of high-end places perfect for yacht-owners and captains of industry, but do not fret, non-yacht owning south Floridian, you can still check out inexpensive old favorites. Southport Raw Bar is another one of those old favorites. It may not have a GQ award, but New Times recently named it the 2012 Best Place to Stumble Off a Boat for a Meal. And, on the bright side, people have been doing so for decades. Topping our list of Top Raw Bar for numerous years, it's definitely worth checking out.

Location Info

Blue Moon Fish Co. Lauderdale by the Sea

4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL

Category: Restaurant

Le Tub Saloon

1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

Southport Raw Bar

1536 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

The Pirate Republic Seafood Bar & Grill

400 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Deck 84

840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cap's Place Island Restaurant and Bar

2765 NE 28th Court, Lighthouse Point, FL

Category: Restaurant


1075 N. A1A, Jupiter, FL

Category: Restaurant

Old Key Lime House

300 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana, FL

Category: Restaurant

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