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Casual Seafood in Fort Lauderdale

Looking for a casual yet high quality seafood restaurant for dinner in early October. Good selection of raw shellfish would be nice along with some non-fried dishes. Preferably near Port Everglades but can take a taxi to wherever is necessary. Yum-O!

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  1. Pretty much everything here in the tropics is casual. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of places here that have great seafood. You would think there would be, but not so much. For very casual and very good Calypso is always solid. Also delicious is Sunfish Grill. Both have been posted about many times on this board, so check them out.

    1. there is a nice seafood restaurant which i have really liked in the past within walking distance to the Port called Fish (http://www.fish-fl.com/) although i will admit that service has been a miss for other people there. Dress is more upscale than casual though. otherwise, if proximity to the port is of major concern, consider 15th Street Fisheries (http://www.15streetfisheries.com/) or Rustic Inn (http://www.rusticinn.com/) which are both quite close and are classic Lauderdale restaurants where casual attire/shorts are the typical. Neither is more than 5 minutes by taxi. there are then many, many others farther such as Blue Moon and Sunfish which I think are superior but more dressy than casual

      1. For casual in that area I would recommend Southport Raw Bar and Kelly's Landing. If you want to go a little less casual I would hit 3030 Ocean.
        Raboi, I've never been to Fish but have heard horrendous reports.

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        3030 Ocean
        3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL

        Kelly's Landing-New England
        1305 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

        Southport Raw Bar
        1536 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          Ditto on Kelley's Landing, which is more of a New England Clam Shack than Florida Tropics. Otherwise, Rustic Inn can usually be counted on for great food, fish and non-fish.

          1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

            yes on Fish. i set up a dinner there for 25 last year and that was awesome but i will easily admit that some posters have had miserable experiences. I forgot about 3030 Ocean. Never been there but it gets rave reviews as possibly the best seafood in lauderdale. Never did Kelly's or Southport but if you recommend it I will definitely put it on my list.

            1. re: Raboi

              Fish has gone out of business.....

          2. It's very sad that, here we are, right on the ocean and there is really nothing that fits the bill. Probably the closest to what you are looking for is Rustic Inn.

            1. Visitors especially will enjoy Aruba Beach Cafe. It is located literally ON the beach at Commercial Blvd and A1A, perhaps 7 or 8 miles directly north of Port Everglades. I actually haven't dined there in quite a while but the food was always decent; the atmosphere casual, lively and fun; and the view unparalleled.

              http://www.arubabeachcafe.com/home.htm

              If you are more interested in food alone, while still casual, head inland a few miles to Calypso.

              http://www.calypsorestaurant.com/

              Both of these have been mentioned many times here.

              1. Just a note that I proposed to my wife on the beach outside of Aruba's 13 years ago ... after about 5 cocktails and a mind blowing sunset!

                1. Tarpon Bend, in the Himmershee Village area, manages to have really fresh fish most days. I've had a grilled Triple Tail sandwich that was to die for, and their dolphin Rueben -- one of the sloppiest, messiest sandwiches ever -- is superb. Couple that with what I consider the best potato salad in South Florida (or at least, south of Broward Blvd.) and you've got a meal that'll keep you satisfied for the rest of the night.

                  All their fish can be had as an entree, as well.

                  And it doesn't get much more casual than Tarpon Bend.