Boatyard Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is definitely the place for the best food and views.

Indulge in Boatyard, a Gourmet Fort Lauderdale Gem

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Fort Lauderdale's Boatyard Restaurant is a chic upscale eatery on the Intracoastal Waterway with lovely views and superb cuisine.

My husband and I used to love the al fresco dining at the casual and laid-back Bimini Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After being closing for a short time, it is back better-than-ever with a sophisticated remodel, new owners, and a killer menu. Introducting Boatyard, a gourmet gem on the waterfront.

The Boatyard Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is known for exceptional food.

My friend Erin, a food blogger at The Epicurean Traveler, and I had the chance to unwind and dine at Boatyard after a long conference day. Boatyard is an alluring local hotspot, complete with an upscale menu, marina yacht-watching, and spectacular service. The owners wanted to make sure it was understood that Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the yachting capital of the world.

Boatyard Starters

The Boatyard Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is known for exceptional crab cakes.

To start with, I ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake appetizer. I loved the fact that Boatyard offers a “hook to table” menu, meaning every seafood item is fresh and never frozen. Tasting that divine crab cake was a testament to how fresh and luscious the seafood truly is. I have eaten crab cakes at many places around the world and this was easily the best one I had ever tasted!  My crab cake sat atop a tasty bed of corn relish and was served with cilantro mustard remoulade sauce on the side.

Boatyard Entrées

I wasn’t very hungry for a big meal so I opted for a bowl of Crab Bisque. With Boatyard’s fresh seafood availability, I knew that it would be fantastic. Boy, was it ever! The succulent crab was plentiful in this rich and velvety soup. I nearly licked the bowl when I was finished!

Erin chose the Grouper Piccata, covered with a rich and buttery Chardonnay sauce. The capers added a nice touch and saltiness to the dish. It looked phenomenal.

The Boatyard Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is known for delicious dishes.
Grouper Piccata. Photo by Erin Klema.

Perfect Endings

Though I was not very hungry for dinner, that quickly changed when the waiter presented us with the dessert menu. I’m not typically a dessert fan, but the Boatyard dessert menu quickly changed my mind.

I chose a dessert simply called “Peanut Butter & Jelly”, a layered mousse with a fudgy chocolate crust and light peanut butter mousse on top. A sweet and full-bodied berry compote was drizzled across the plate. Ice cream accompanied the mousse. I am not sure what the crumb topping was across the dish, but it tasted a bit like toffee or brickle. Yummy! It is safe to say that I truly enjoyed every bite.

The Boatyard Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is known for exceptional cuisine.
Key Lime Doughnut Holes. Photo by Erin Klema.
The Boatyard Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is known for exceptional desserts.
The Boatyard Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is known for exceptional dessert such as the Peanut Butter and Jelly.

The Boatyard proved to be a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous Fort Lauderdale scenery. EntrĂ©es were between $25 and $50. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy Boatyard’s waterfront patio bar with a fabulous happy hour.

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