When we’re not selling beautiful homes and providing exceptional service, everyone at Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale enjoys a nice meal! Here’s our list of the 2017 best new restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for your consideration.

2017 Best New Restaurants Fort Lauderdale

Our criteria was pretty simple; restaurants had to have opened within the last year or so, offer delicious food and have a great atmosphere.

Here’s our list of the 2017 best new restaurants in Fort Lauderdale (in no particular order):

1. Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen 2017 Best New Restaurants Fort Lauderdale

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen is a refreshing dining experience off the beaten path of Las Olas Boulevard. The restaurant has an open kitchen concept with a large bar and lots of additional seating options inside and out. During peak hours, the atmosphere inside can be lively (which some might call loud).

This Chicago-based eatery is best known for seasonal, house-made entrees. We’ve tried just about everything on the menu and had no complaints.  From big salads to gourmet entrees and even their signature Wok Out Bowl, there’s lots to choose from.

While it looks like Doc B’s shares the Fresh Market parking lot, don’t be fooled! You must use the valet service to park your vehicle. If you chance parking in the Fresh Market parking lot, you might have a nasty surprise after your delicious meal.

TIP: If you have a drink at the bar, you will likely be treated to their complimentary candied bacon strips. They are savory and sweet, with a warm kick at the end.

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen
452 N Federal Highway / US1
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

2. Spatch Peri Peri Chicken

Spatch Peri Peri Chicken Fort Lauderdale

Spatch Peri Peri Chicken brings the bold new flavor of African Bird’s Eye Chili pepper to Fort Lauderdale. While their chickens are cage-free and don’t contain hormones or antibiotics, they all benefit from varying degrees of the special peri peri marinade. With a burst of lemon, a clove of garlic, African Bird’s Eye Chili pepper and a mix of secret spices, your taste buds will be tantalized!

This restaurant is the newest venture from The Restaurant People. Those are the folks responsible for other popular dining spots like Tarpon Bend, S3 and YOLO. Spatch is a casual, fast-food concept. You pay at the counter, take a number and your food will be brought to your table when it’s ready.

TIP: If you enjoy the Peri Peri flavor, you can buy a bottle to take home.

Spatch Peri Peri Chicken
3848 N Federal Highway / US1
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

3. Naked Crab

Naked Crab 2017 Best New Restaurant Fort Lauderdale

Seafood lovers rejoice! Naked Crab seafood kitchen and cocktail bar has just what you’re looking for. On the menu you’ll find dishes with sexy names like Menage à Trois (filet mignon with garlic shrimp and crab-stuffed shrimp), The Hot Chick (1/2 pound chicken kissed with honey and cold pickles) and Crazy Sexy Tuna (seasame-seared tuna with edamame).

Naked Crab is located in the B Ocean Resort and was founded by famed chef, Ralph Pagano. He has appeared on shows like Hell’s Kitchen with Gorden Ramsey and his own show Quickbytes.

TIP: If you enjoy crab, try the Crabster. The dish features over 2 pounds of red king crab stuffed with shrimp. Unless you’re super hungry, you might invite a couple of friends to help you devour this dish.

Naked Crab
1140 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

4. Park & Ocean

Park & Ocean Fort Lauderdale Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Tucked away in the beautiful Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is Park & Ocean, a rustic, open-air restaurant with lots of charm. With a prime location on the southeast side of the park, along A1A, patrons can enjoy oceanfront seating and views.

In-house Shady Brewing offers small-batch craft beer, cold-brewed coffees, iced tea and more. On the menu are lots of choices like burgers, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, half rotisserie chicken, blackened mahi-mahi and more!

TIP: Parking is available inside the park for $6 per car during park hours. There is also street parking along A1A directly in front of the restaurant.

Park & Ocean
3109 E Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

5. Lunchroom Sandwiches

Lunchroom Sandwiches Fort Lauderdale

Be Nice restaurateur Elliot Wolf, who brought us  popular eateries like Red Cow, Coconut’s, Foxy Brown, Top Hat Deli and G&B Oysters, has a new spot to add to his growing portfolio. Lunchroom had such great success as a lunch only spot that they expanded to breakfast.

Everything on the menu seems to made with high-quality ingredients, which is reflected in the prices. There are lots of traditional options, as well as those with the unique Lunchroom spin. Two crowd favorites are the Buffalo Cauliflower sandwich and Avocado Toast.

TIP: If you are carb-conscious, all sandwiches can be served in a bowl over a bed of mixed greens.

Lunchroom Sandwiches
4520 N Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

6. MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza

MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Fort Lauderdale

Midici offers gourmet pizza with a unique dining experience. Pizza dough is prepared within sight behind a glass-walled room that is said to be kept at the optimum dough temperature of 61 degrees. The dough remains in that room until it is needed at the open-concept preparation area. As soon as your toppings have been added, your pizza is quickly ushered into a 1,000 degree oven that will cook your pizza to perfection in about 90 seconds.

As for the dining experience, there are no televisions in this establishment. Also, tables are a bit closer together. These are both conscious decisions to encourage patrons to have conversations, both with their party and with neighboring folks.

TIP: Cell phone usage in the restaurant is discouraged. Instead, unplug for a few minutes and embrace getting to know the folks around you better.

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza
510 N Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

7. Nisí

Nisi Fort Lauderdale

Nisí is one of the more upscale Greek restaurants in town. It is located where Thasos used to be. While the layout of the restaurant is pretty much the same, gone is the South Beach vibe. The decor is now warmer, thanks to tastefully placed wood accents and new seating options.

On the menu you will find the usual delicious Greek dishes like lamb chops, grilled octopus and salads. Nisí also has a nice selection of fresh seafood. A dining experience enhancement we enjoyed was the house-baked olive bread and olive oil from Greece, to which our waiter added fresh clippings of oregano at our table.

TIP: Ask to see the fresh fish of the day. Clear eyes is said to be a sign of fresh fish.

3330 E Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 200-6006

8. The Revenant Coffee House & Eatery

The Revenant Coffee House and Eatery Fort Lauderdale

Located in a side room at Cargo Furniture, overlooking the Middle River, is The Revenant Coffee House & Eatery. The unique location offers brewed coffees and teas, as well as light breakfast and lunch items.

This is a very hands-on eatery. They roast coffee beans and make fresh items (pastries, chapa rolls and naan) every morning. Their coffee uses a syphon-brewed method, which yields a lighter and more aromatic cup of coffee. For the adventurous coffee drinker, you can try your next cup of java infused with things like rosemary and spices.

TIP: Be sure not to park in the Egg N You parking lot, lest your vehicle might be towed.

The Revenant Coffee House & Eatery
2301 NE 26th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
(954) 639-1836

There are lots of great new dining options in Fort Lauderdale. If you liked this 2017 Best New Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale list, check out our 2016 Best New Restaurants list!