Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Asian-inspired dining room
The sleek centerpiece of the newly upscale north beach area, Trina, located in Starwood's Atlantic Hotel, is the brainchild of consulting chef Don Pintabona—formerly of Manhattan's Tribeca Grill—who creates Mediterranean-influenced dishes like tagine-baked Florida grouper with almond couscous.
Men's club-like drinking and dining quarters
Occupying two circa-1903 yellow clapboard houses right on the New River, this restaurant is a picturesque place to sit with a plate of the tenderest Florida grouper in town and watch the boats go by.
In a town where bars have a way of veering into the terminally raucous, this is a sanctuary for a sophisticated, older crowd, working a quiet groove to jazz singers Valerie Tyson and Nicole Henry.
A Fort Lauderdale institution, Ernie's is famed for its conch chowder; sweet, dense Bimini bread; and assorted odd manifestos on the wall ("Eliminate material crime, graft, and corruption by eliminating negotiable currency").
A funky 24/7 diner that remains a shrine to kitsch, down to the "Champagne room," with a chandelier and pinup photos of Marilyn Monroe.
Health-minded sea grill