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Boatyard: Eat Local Be Coastal

There are many reasons why Boatyard has become a destination for both tourists and locals. Not only do they have a dynamic seafood menu that offers both fresh daily catches and premium steaks; but in addition to their perfectly prepared dishes, they offer breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and a meticulous nautical design throughout the restaurant that will captivate your inner sailor.




Located in the yachting capital of the world, Boatyard offers indoor, outdoor, and dockside seating. Indoors, directly above the main bar you will find beautiful wooden oars hanging majestically from the ceiling. Upon entering, guests will see an actual full-sized canoe used as a light fixture-–hanging right above them, nautical rope dividing particular areas, and galley doors with portholes which definitely give you the feeling of being on a boat.


And because there is seating right on the docks of the Intracoastal Waterway, it is no surprise that they also offer parking for guests who prefer arriving by boat (or yacht). Pull your boat right into one of their assigned spots and walk on inside. It’s a beautiful romantic experience. There are not that many places that offer waterfront dining like this.


Outdoors, guests can sit at the bar or if they prefer a cozier spot, the lounge area around the firepit has a lovely ambiance. There is an abundance of seating at Boatyard, and each one offers the same unique experience. There is even a private event space for 200, right on the docks. It’s not unusual to catch a bridal shower, baby shower, or even a wedding party at Boatyard.


This upscale restaurant has managed to capture the nautical vibes that run through the city of Fort Lauderdale. While it’s very sophisticated, there is also a relaxed feeling to it. So you can come celebrate a big anniversary, or you can also casually walk in, grab a cocktail, and watch the boats cruise by.



In addition to having an amazing location, Boatyard has a phenomenal raw bar. Their seafood is very fresh and provided directly from east coast fishermen. In fact, right on their menu, guests can see who caught their food and where it came from. So whether you’re getting oysters, stone crabs, or shrimp, guests have the certainty it’s the freshest. Not sure what to get? The Seafood Towers are a way to start your meal. Perfect for sharing, here you get to sample a little bit of everything.


Before we dive into the main dishes, there are some shareables guests have to try. The Wood Charred Octopus and the Tuna Tacos are delicious and are sizable sharable portions. The tacos have just the right amount of wasabi, and the octopus has just the right amount of char. Every bite tastes like a little bit of heaven. For the main dishes, Boatyard has crafted some unique options like the Florida Paella which comes with an assortment of seafood and house-made chorizo, or the Jumbo Shrimp Scampi served with orzo, spinach, and basil. Guests can also order seafood and steaks from the grill. There are four different cuts of meat and six different types of fish you can grill. Both seafood and steaks can be paired with a selection of sauces and sides.


The food at Boatyard is very diverse and well presented. You won’t leave hungry and you will not get tired of those marina views.


Boatyard is located at 1555 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale

For more information visit, www.boatyard.restaurant.


By Claudia Paredes. Images courtesy of Boatyard

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