Boatyard

4.5
3527 reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
With its prime location in the epicenter of the Yachting Capital of the world, Boatyard is Fort Lauderdale’s premier new waterfront dining destination, offering an upscale, nautical-chic vibe in a sophisticated, laid-back atmosphere. With an ‘Eat Local, Be Coastal’ philosophy, the restaurant features an eclectic, seafood-centric menu that blends the freshest daily catches with the highest-quality raw bar and shellfish selections and premium cuts of meat, all thoughtfully prepared with locally sourced ingredients for patrons to enjoy inside, outside or dockside. Vibrant and sophisticated, where marina views abound, Boatyard’s dockside patio lounge provides a prime view of the Intracoastal and the perfect setting to grab a bite or drinks in the company of friends while enjoying an afternoon or evening watching the boats cruise by. Add to that an open kitchen, expansive raw bar cart and private event spaces, and the ultimate waterside dining experience is complete.
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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MorGGie
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Bimini bread. Great place of lunch or dinner.

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BrianC
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belated birthday. The Boatyard is our go-to when visiting FLL. Never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our girls night out was amazing. The food was delicious and the service excellent. Huge shareable portions of food and the seafood cart with the freak oysters, jumbo shrimp and crab legs was so fresh and amazing. Highly recommend. Cannot wait to get back to South Florida to try again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The GOOD: Moms Birthday brunch. I enjoy the ambiance every time I visit. Lots of space and seating both inside and out. Hostess, valet, and wait staff are always pleasant.

THE NOT SO GOOD: The food, however, could be a lot better. The entrees often come out lukewarm & are just okay. I have had the Paella, and the Shrimp with Orzo dish. The latter had better taste but both were salty.

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StaceyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Looks amazing, food was under seasoned, service was horrible.

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vipfoodlover
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Seafood is high grade quality and so delicious. The seafood stand on wheels came by to showcase all their options and serve you on the spot. We had paella and sea bass as an entree and both were fantastic. The service was great. Our waitress, Ariel, was very attentive and friendly. We celebrated our anniversary and received a free creme brûlée, which was to die for. We will be coming back!

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PatD
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Over all very good. My main course JD to be replayed due to it (salmon) being served in a pan (with handle) that had the coating peeling off. Salmon was a bit dry but the sauce helped. Server was excellent. Restaurant provided a free dessert that my husband said was good.

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JohnM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Good food...customer service could use an overhaul

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AlvinL1111
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We’ve gone to this restaurant since the 90’s and this was my daughter’s favorite spot for her Birthday. We’ve gone for the pass 7 years on 7/29.
This was the first time we’ve had BAD service from one of the hostesses. We were a party of 5 with one being pregnant (6), we were sat a table for 4 and refused to move us to a larger table. She said they were reserved for party of 6.

After being treated horrible, I walked around and noticed we were the only Black family of 5 (+) seated in the restaurant. And there were several larger tables open and even saw a couple of larger tables with only 4 guess.

I felt like we were only treated this way because we were BLACK.

As much as we love this place, we will never go back there again.

On top of all that, there was not one birthday wish for my daughter and my son’s girlfriend. Our server felt bad, so she comp’ed our apps.

Why don’t they put a sign outside saying “black Families Not Welcome”

Shame on you boatyard!!!!!

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Foodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun environment! Our waiter, Chris was attentive and overall service was wonderful!

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vipKayeW
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous restaurant! The ambiance, food, cocktails are incredible! One of our absolute favorite restaurants.

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vipPaulF
Tallahassee
45 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was mediocre at best. The shrimp scampi was pasta with butter sauce and boiled shrimp on top. Service was great though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good, nice view and food

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town visiting family and had dinner with another couple. The service was phenomenal. Our server, Bri, was absolutely lovely and super helpful. The food was delicious. We had ceviche and calamari for starters. The ceviche was to die for!The calamari was fresh and perfectly fried. Two of us had the paella and it’s seriously the best I’ve had. My husband had the grouper and very much enjoyed it. Another person had the shrimp scampi and also raved about how good it was. Overall, a delicious meal, wonderful service and a great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was quite skeptical as I had noticed the restaurant seemed understaffed - even if it was, I noticed the staff was experiencing a dinner rush and was impressed with how well composed everybody worked. It was, as if, everyone was working in unison. As someone who has much experience within the food industry, it is always amazing to see such great and consistent service even during a rush.

The food was just right. It was great to see the open kitchen, the line cooks, and chefs working well together; along with seeing the expeditors controlling the momentum extraordinarily. Thank you for such an amazing service.

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vipRebeccaT
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Took an hour and 15 minutes to get our meal.

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Francine
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service but limited food selection.

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EricG
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being from Texas, this was by far the best restaurant we ate at during our visit to Florida. It was a great experience. The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. Amazing cocktails, food and service. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and made great recommendations.

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vipMichelleB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I was there celebrating my Birthday and the food was delicious, my server was polite and help me choose the perfect meal , but the restaurant it self was very noisy, and very busy servers were running back and forth. People at the bar was louder than the music playing. All and all I enjoyed my meal very much.

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vipStevenG
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and flavorful food. Service was particularly good and they handled food allergies flawlessly.

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viptony
102 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food as always good and we had a nice bottle of chardonnay. Our waitress however was disappointing which is first time in coming here
We were seated by the window facing the water. Forgot our banana bread appetizers. Came by very infrequently. Decided to try the banana bread as dessert. Said would bring us plates which never happened.

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Kettia
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience with great food! We all enjoyed our meals and the view for brunch! Our waiters were outstanding!!

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Pamela
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Protein in Paella a bit dry; green beans so blistered they were black, covered with a cloyingly sweet sauce; waitress took green beans off the bill as she agreed they were not up to par; cocktails good and would return for happy hour and bar atmosphere but food just ok.

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vipBestis
69 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night and wonderful dinner. Our Filty Cosmos were great and oysters and calamari was delicious. I ordered paella, my daughter the shrimp scampi with orzo and the men skirt steaks. All the dinners were flavorful and amazing. Great table with the view of the water and a wonderful waitress that was attentive all night. I also appreciated the dessert that was offered for my birthday. Nice evening.

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24characters
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make a reservation well in advance you will not be disappointed.

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IrishCreamLatte
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for Wednesday lunch and got our request to sit by the water fulfilled. Service was quick and friendly. We had octopus for appetizer and I had Grilled Mahi and main course with citrus butter (extra). All very yummy and served in reasonably good portions and time. A pleasant experience all around.

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AllaE
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, the best paella, excellent service and ambiance!

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HankH
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boatyard is an excellent dining experience with attentive service and well prepared food by quality chef.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Went on a Sunday evening (6:30pm) with my boyfriend and they told us they don’t have anymore crab legs and lobster…. I don’t understand how you run out if your a seafood restaurant? I was very disappointed. I got the steak instead it was okay, my boyfriend got the yellowtail tuna and he said they was very bland. They didn’t season it. Definitely wouldn’t go back.

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BeverlyW
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUr server was exceptional. I don't remember his name

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vipOpenTable Diner
17 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the octopus, the paella and the creme brûlée. Everything was delicious!! The beer is served ice cold, they bring you a fresh cold glass every time you order one. Prices are reasonable and the service is excellent.

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MarieG
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level was disturbing inside so we asked to go outside the speakers were outside too and we asked where we could avoid the painful music the hostess arranged to turn off the speakers in our area and thus we had a beautiful dinner with lovely breeze off the water and enjoyed our conversation along with the good food

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VanessaC
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing ambiance and great service.

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FrankM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Food was great, service great...bathrooms dirty and bug, small flies and mites around table...needs a good spray down....

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vipCINDYG
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is delicious!

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ElizabethC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We have been here many time and we like it very much
This time the food was not as good as usual
The burger was too greasy!

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Melanie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My lunch at Boatyard was the best part of my recent trip to Ft. Lauderdale. My server Carlos was amazing, the food was lovely, and the music was excellent. All in all, this was a great dining experience and I will absolutely return the next time I am in the area.

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vipFSG1
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOOD AND SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT.
LOVED THE ROUND TABLE IN THE BACK ROOM. THE BACK ROOM IS MUCH QUIETER THAT THE REST OF THE RESTAURANT.

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carol2chee
7 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My burger came out uncooked 2 x. The service was not great. The atmosphere was nice.

FAQs

Boatyard offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 525-7400.

Boatyard is rated 4.5 stars by 3527 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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