Ten Best Waterfront Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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South Florida is known for ample sunshine, beautiful people, heavy drinking, mile upon mile of beautiful beaches, and one of the most extensive systems of inland canals in the world.

There's a reason so many of our residents rarely wear clothes.

As much as most of us like to spend our free time drinking in the sun, we do like to step it up a notch for meals every so often.

Even so, we prefer to maintain a waterfront view.

Whether you're looking to take your boat out for a burger on the Intracoastal on your weekend-warrior booze cruise, watch the moon reflect on the water for a romantic dinner date, or listen to the waves crash on the beach while you sip cocktails, South Florida has the ideal restaurant overlooking one body of water or another for whatever your dining needs.

Here's our list of the ten best waterfront restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Panama Hattie's facebook

10. Panama Hattie's

If Jimmy Buffett is your man, this is your place. With a tiki bar, a rum bar, sand floor, and dockside parking for boats up to 70 feet, this North Palm Beach island escape is the closest you'll get to a Caribbean getaway without stepping foot on a plane. In addition to a long list of libations -- many of which are made from the favorite spirit of pirates -- the menu here is filled with typical seafood and bar options like ceviche ($11.95), coconut shrimp ($11.95), and burgers ($9.95). It's the ideal waterfront party.

Cap's Place website

9. Cap's Place Island Restaurant and Bar

South Florida might be one of the more recently developed parts of the country, but that doesn't mean we don't have history. Bootlegging and gambling were once two primary facets of the local economy. Developed as a casino and rum-running speakeasy in the glory days of the 1920s, Cap's Place is the oldest restaurant in the entire state of Florida. Located on an island in the coastal marsh near Hillsboro Inlet, this place has seen not just the change in Prohibition law but important heads of state -- Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt met here to discuss strategy during the war. These days, things are a bit less hush-hush, and there's a shuttle to get diners to and from the former hideout, but it's still just as alluring as it once was.

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Location Info

Cap's Place Island Restaurant and Bar

2765 NE 28th Court, Lighthouse Point, FL

Category: Restaurant

Oceans 234 Beach, Bar, and Bistro

234 N. Ocean Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Le Tub Saloon

1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL

Category: Music


429 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Blue Moon Fish Co. Lauderdale by the Sea

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

Category: Restaurant

Serafina Waterfront Trattoria

926 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Steak 954

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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SethPlatt topcommenter

Pillars in Fort Lauderdale has great food but it is members only club/resort.

The one I have been to most as of late though is the new Bokampers, Oakland Park and the Intercoastal.

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

#5 is the ONLY one that counts. ;)

Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue

What about the rest of us who actually work for a living? Out of 10, Le Tub was the only affordable place listed, most of us are not yuppies :P

KennyPowersII topcommenter

Cap's place also offers nightly entertainment. Feral cats vs. disgusting rats. Most over rated dump in Florida.


@SethPlatt We love the Pillars -- it's stunning and the food is great -- but we couldn't include them, because of the membership. If everyone could go, it would have definitely made it to the list.


Deck 84 is VERY reasonable. Atlantic Avenue and the Intracoastl - Great location!


That's actually a good idea for a list: affordable waterfront dining. 

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