Ten Best Seafood Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Right after Alaska, Florida has the most coastline of any state in the union.

With 1,350 miles of ocean coastline and 8,436 miles of tidal coastline, which includes tidal estuaries, bays, and other bodies of water affected by pull of the moon, our fare peninsular has twice as much shoreline as any other state in the contiguous U.S.

With all that surrounding water, it should come as no surprise that seafood is a major part of most Floridian's diets -- or, at least, it should be.

Even so, finding a fresh piece of fish, straight-out-of-the-water stone crabs, live lobster, or sweet local shrimp, is not always the easiest task; much of the seafood food is frozen or imported from who-knows-where.

However, with a shift in dietary habits and a newfound consciousness of local and sustainably sourced products, good seafood restaurants in South Florida have grown.

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From old school raw bars to casual fish spots to high-end concepts with oysters from all over the world, we picked the ten best seafood restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

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10. Southport Raw Bar

There's something about a raw bar that has been around for ages, and has changed absolutely nothing. This waterfront Fort Lauderdale spot has been shucking and serving oysters to eager locals and tourists for more than 40 years -- and its still just as busy as ever. The spot has earned New Times' pick for Best Raw Bar more than four occasions. While the place is best known for its namesake items like oysters, clams, and Old Bay shrimp, it also serves up a wide selection of delicious cooked items, such as dolphin, New England clam chowder, and some of the best conch chowder you can find on this side of the Gulf Stream. If passed the test of generations, it's good enough for us.

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9. Tarks of Dania Beach

Tarks has been a Dania institution since 1966, and the folks know local seafood as well as anyone in the business. The blue- and white-painted seafood counter is like a time-warp when you walk-in; a little slice of old Florida heaven. Take a seat at the counter -- that and a few tables out front are your only options -- and you're sure to go elbow-to-elbow with tattooed bikers and leather-skinned laborers, all enjoying Tarks' cheap beer, tasty bivalves, and delicious dive favorites like chicken wings and buffalo shrimp. Look, this isn't the seafood restaurant you take a date to with the intention of creating a good first impression; but if he or she likes it, you know you have yourself a keeper.

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Location Info

PB Catch

251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sea Restaurant

235 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL

Category: Restaurant

City Fish Market

7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

3030 Ocean Restaurant

3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Southport Raw Bar

1536 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Holiday Inn

1350 South Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables, FL

Category: General

Kelly's Landing

1305 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Rack's Delray

5 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Whale's Rib

2031 NE Second St., Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Blue Moon Fish Co. Lauderdale by the Sea

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

Category: Restaurant

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No mention of Bimini Boatyard. So many years at the top of the #restaurant list in #broward. What's up?

frankd4 topcommenter

....................SUNSET CATCH is missing,  maybe it's just too new,  or maybe too expensive,  BUT it does get great reviews on YELP which for the $$$ money spent means value and had gotten ZAGATs attention as well ..........................(PLUS i don't see any complaints from pain-in-the-ass NYer snow-birds so i guess it was just overLOOKed)

frankd4 topcommenter

.....................SOUTHPORT is more of a local-yokel eatery than any other place i could think of in ft liquordale (and over the last month or so i've seen wayne H and dan M there also and they basically can go anywhere else) and every FRIDAY a must have is the crawfish bisque which is like crack to me and BTW the hamburger grilled outside is about the best you can get actually cooked to order and most people miss the ceiling artworks and being rough around the edges keeps the TOURISTs away (very nice indeed)

SethPlatt topcommenter

Kelley's and Southport are not better than Wild Sea or Lobster Grille which are both in your best restaurant list...

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

Joe's Crab Shack and Legal Seafoods aren't on this list. The person(s) who wrote this (and his/her editor) is fucking clown shoes!


The big omission here IMO...

Calypso Restaurant, Pompano Beach.

Of course, it's not strictly seafood, so perhaps that carried some weight.

frankd4 topcommenter

............................great location to gather BUT the food is SYSCO - frozen then fried or bland and tasteless pre-processed assembly line plastic packaged blahhh = period

it has VALET parking for the old-timers who cannot walk and don't know any better


@SethPlatt We, obviously, think Wild Sea and Lobster Bar a great, but we wanted to mix it up with different kinds of seafood restaurants. We felt it was better to feature some high-end and some more affordable options, and a list is a finite thing.


Aside from no Legal Seafoods being located in the state, we try to stay away from chains for the lists.


Legal Seafood closed several months ago. Perhaps that's why it isn't on the list. Who's a clown now?


We thought about Rustic Inn, but decided these places were more worthy of a spot on the list.

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