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Seafood in Fort Lauderdale: Please recommend. Thanks!

I'm heading to Ft. Lauderdale this weekend, and I am a huge seafood fan. My friend said his workmates recommended we go to "the crab shack". I am certain that is a chain and in my experience you can always find better food for the same price, or less, in a better atmosphere when avoiding chains all together. That is, if you ask the right people, and you all are the right people.

That being said, I'm not against chains if they are the best value overall.

I'd love to find a place that had amazingly fresh, tasty seafood (shellfish!), but is under $30 a main for the priciest stuff on the menu. Atmosphere is a bonus, but I'm more the type to focus on the quality of the food.

Thank you to all those respond ahead of time.

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  1. We really like Calypso in Ft. Lauderdale for very fresh and interesting Caribbean style seafood. Super casual and moderately priced.

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    1. re: pilches

      Do you mean CALYPSO RESTAURANT 460 South Cypress Road Pompano Beach, or Cafe Calypso, 6190 W Oakland Park Blvd. Fort Lauderdale?

      1. re: dbarnard

        I meant Calypso Restaurant on Cypress Road. I forgot it's in Pompano Beach and not Ft. Lauderdale.

    2. I recommend 3030 Oceon in the Mariott Harbor Beach. It has is nice atmosphere with views of the ocean. May be toward the high end of the price scale, but I believe within your budget. Try the tuna tartar served in a coconut shell with coconut cream.

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      1. re: Abaco

        I second 3030, and raise you Tuna's Bar and Grill , not really in Fort Lauderdale but worth the drive...17850 West Dixie Highway
        North Miami Beach, FL 33160

        I agree with gblcsw regarding Rustic Inn Crab House! Good seafood, fresh seafood and cold beer in a casual setting

      2. Perhaps your friend meant the Rustic Inn Crab House...A neat place on the water, table tops covered with newspaper, all kinds of crabsand other seafood...Very unique.

        1. What ever you do avoid 17th street Fisheries. What a tourist trap! I also agree with Calypso in Pompano Beach,not Ft.Lauderdale.

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          1. re: Happyone

            Has anyone else been to the Rustic Inn Crab house? is it really tasty or just unique? LOL It sounds like it could be what my friend is looking for, though by the sounds of it Calypso sounds like a place to go for me as I love Caribbean food as well.

            1. re: newtothegame

              Don't go to calypso for carribean!! Maybe some of the fish dishes are good but the carrribean dishes are HORRIBLE and a lame excuse. I do like the south port raw bar though. If you like carribean There is a really good jamaican place off 101st behind the metro bus terminal. BBQ style jerk and fish escoviche!

            2. re: Happyone


              I think you might mean the 15th Street Fisheries. Don't know of any on 17th St.

            3. rustic crab inn is a fun place to go.

              my favorite seafood restaurant in south florida is Fin & Claw in Lighthouse Point.

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              1. re: swoll50

                Rustic inn is good....better come hungry and ready to get messy!

              2. Rustic Inn has been around before time was time it is simple and superb I remember going there as a kid and it was great then, were talking 35 yrs nothing last 35 years in Florida that's not worth is weight

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                1. re: pikiliz

                  My wife discovered the Rustic Inn on a business trip when it was recommended by a hotel desk clerk. We've been going there on business/vacation trips for 20 years. In fact, we'll be back there in early 2010 on our next visit to Ft. Lauderdale for a month of sun and sand away from the northeast's cold and snow! We also second 3030, one of the best seafood places we know of in the US!

                2. Nobody mentioned Catfish Dewey’s. The best hole in the wall seafood restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. Shorts and jeans are the dress code. ($10-$20) A tiny bit more upscale I would suggest Old Florida Seafood. ($15-$30)

                    1. re: The Chowfather

                      Do love 3030, Chef Dean was nominated for a James Beard this past year!