Fort Lauderdale restaurants tend to eschew the casual, sandy-floored ambience of some beachside dining communities, preferring Miami elegance over St. Augustine simplicity. That’s not to say you can’t find Fort Lauderdale beach restaurants—the Secret Garden at Pillars Hotel and Steak 954 both boast open-air dining areas that put diners right on the water. In the Secret Garden’s case, the dining dock actually hangs out over the waterway, providing stunning views, especially at sunset. But the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale aren’t all fine-dining establishments, either. Check out Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill for an old-fashioned, chargrilled burger purported to be the best in the city, or head to Laspada’s Hoagies to try the sandwiches that make it TripAdvisor’s top-rated restaurant in the city.

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