Dining — 03 October 2014
South Florida restaurants with water views

As autumn wanes and winter beckons, cooler weather invites outdoor dining. Here in South Florida, late autumn is a splendid time to settle into a cozy waterfront table and watch the world glide by. We traveled along the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway –from Lake Worth to Hollywood – to select this year’s choices for fine waterfront dining.

By Rebecca Cahilly

Benny’s on the Beach

Perch on a barstool overlooking the sand and the ocean and enjoy breakfast or lunch at this Lake Worth Pier landmark. Great cocktails and food that is surprisingly fresh. Weekends are busy.

Benny’s on the Beach

10 Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth




Caffe Luna Rosa 

While every table at Caffe Luna Rossa doesn’t come with a water view, this Ocean Boulevard Italian restaurant is top notch and well worth the wait, whether for brunch, dinner or a pit stop at the bar for a tasty bloody Mary or glass of one of their fine wines.

Caffe Luna Rosa

34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach




50 Ocean  

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the second floor of Boston’s on the Beach, 50 Ocean offers breathtaking views from floor-to-ceiling windows and a truly fine dining experience. Private dining available.

50 Ocean  

50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach



Deck 84

Just west of the ocean on Atlantic Avenue, Deck 84 is a preferred boating stop any day of the week. The vision of renowned local restaurateur Henry Rapoport, Deck 84 takes the casual waterfront eatery offerings up a notch with an emphasis on local, fresh and flavorful.

Deck 84

840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach



Hudson at Waterway East 

Occupying the former Old Calypso space directly across from Deck 84 is the recently opened Hudson. Embracing the motto “Love Thy Craft,” the vibe here is hip, eclectic and many menu items are made from scratch.

Hudson at Waterway East

900 E. Atlantic Ave., #22, Delray Beach


Boca Landing
Dubbed the only waterfront dining experience in Boca Raton, Boca Landing at the new boutique Waterstone Resort & Marina offers just that, along with “inventive” cuisine and a selection of global wines. Enjoy the view of the Boca inlet while sipping on an artisanal cocktail.

Boca Landing at the Waterstone
Resort & Marina

999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton




Oceans 234

Not to be confused with any other casual, open-air beachfront restaurant in the area, Oceans 234 is worth visiting not just for the location and the view, but for the fresh seafood, sushi and cocktails. Chef Victor Franco hosts monthly foodie sessions that are fun and flavorful.

Oceans 234

234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach




Sunset Catch

Word of mouth may soon lead you to Sunset Catch, located above the marina at Sands Harbour. Chef/owner Mario Spina hails from Italy and makes most of the pasta in house, while ensuring his seafood, raw bar and entrées are the freshest available. As its name would suggest, this is a beautiful spot for a romantic sunset dinner.

Sunset Catch

101 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach



Houston’s Restaurant 

An order of the spinach and artichoke dip paired with a glass of chardonnay at a waterfront high top and you won’t want for much more…except one of their burgers, or salads, or steaks, or ribs…

Houston’s Restaurant

2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach



Anglins Beach Café 

A casual, seat-yourself, no frills restaurant located on the Anglin’s fishing pier in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Anglins Beach Café may surprise and delight the most discerning of foodies with its organic menu items and refreshing cocktails. A terrific oceanfront location for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Anglins Beach Cafe

2 Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale



Shooters Waterfront 

Warm beer in plastic cups and the weekly Hot Bod contest are long gone here, since Shooters Waterfront underwent a transformation backed by the culinary team from the Grateful Palate. A recent upgrade has added even more dock space, which means weekend lunches, dinners and Sunday brunches will be bustling.

Shooters Waterfront

3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale




15th Street Fisheries 

No list of waterfront dining options is complete without 15th Street Fisheries, which offers both casual outdoor and formal indoor dining overlooking the busy 17th Street Causeway. Tarpon
feeding nightly.

15th Street Fisheries

1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale



The Le Tub Saloon 

Great burgers, beer and people watching are the items on order at this eclectic waterfront hot spot in Hollywood. Great news, except for the most barnacled purist, they now accept credit cards.

The Le Tub Saloon

1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood




Giorgio’s Bistro & Market

A delightful spot for a delicious waterside breakfast, brunch or a romantic Italian-inspired dinner.

Giorgio’s Bistro & Market

800 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood



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