Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Make new friends while eating fish with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seafood and drinks at 15th Street Fisheries in the Lauderdale Marina.
At 15th Street Fisheries' waterfront eatery, guests can settle down at the Dockside Café, an open-air dockside terrace, or head upstairs to refill their food tanks in the dock-house-styled dining room. After arriving to the marina restaurant by car, water taxi, or dolphin, sate rumbling tummies by searching the dockside menu for a starter of wild Florida Peel and Eat Shrimp ($13), crispy fried calamari ($11), or the Prince Edward Island black mussels, roasted in garlic and white wine ($13).
Slurp down a bowl of the Bahamian-style conch chowder ($4/cup, $6/bowl) before moving on to a crab-cake sandwich served with Créole tartar sauce on brioche ($15), hand-breaded fish 'n' chips ($12), or the Maine-lobster roll ($19). Indecisive diners can spare themselves the heartache of decision making with an order of the sampler basket, a mix of fried shrimp, fried fish, calamari, and fries ($16). Nonfish fare—such as the burger ($9) or spaghetti alfredo ($10)—is available for those who want to feed the giant tarpons after dinner with zero guilt about having just consumed one of their relatives.
Satisfy thirsty throats with a glass of wine, beer, or one of 15th Street's specialty cocktails, such as the Bahama Mama rum punch ($10), mojito ($10), or the 15th Street Chiller, a grown-up Arnold Palmer concocted with sweet-tea vodka, lemonade, and a fresh chunk of Floridian iceberg ($8). Margaritas, mojitos, sangria, and vodka-lemonade are also available by the pitcher ($20–$38).
15th Street Fisheries
15th Street Fisheries illustrates a key facet of the circle of life: you feed the fish, and the fish feed you. Every evening, guests head to the edge of the docks to feed schools of giant tarpon—fish that can grow up to 8 feet long—with shrimp from the nearby store. It's a feat made possible by the restaurant's location on the Lauderdale Marina, a hub for pedestrians and boats alike on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Floating above the silvery tarpon, yachts, fishing boats, and other charters pass in view of the upstairs dining room. The space resembles an upscale boathouse with eclectic seafood entrees to match. Start with a bowl of Bahamian-style conch chowder or shrimp and grits, then choose from an impressive list of prepared fish, including miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and pan-roasted black grouper. The Maine lobsters on the menu weigh 2 to 3 pounds, depending on how often they crawled ashore to go to the gym, but you can also order a spiny lobster tail with baby bok choy. Downstairs, the dockside café offers more casual fare and live music on weekends.
1900 SE 15th St.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316Get Directions