5 great food deals in Fort Lauderdale

South Florida isn’t short on great venues to grab a bite to eat. So, when you’re looking for a place to enjoy great food at an incredible price, food lovers can be picky about where they choose to bring their business.

The following five dining deals rank among the very best of the best in the Fort Lauderdale area. Here’s a look at the hot spots you’ll want to add to your must-eat list.

1. The sunset menu at Blue Oceanfront Bar & Grill

This restaurant is known for its incredible oceanfront views and its excellent outdoor seating options. Typically, this premium view comes at a premium price. But the restaurant’s sunset menu, which is served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., offers gourmet meals and unbeatable views at an affordable price. Pasta entrees are available for as low as $20 and come with your choice of soup or salad, as well as a dessert. Considering the setting, that’s an incredible deal.

2. The Luxe buffet at The Casino @ Dania Beach

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, The Casino @ Dania Beach offers a gourmet buffet that ranks among the most affordable deals in the Fort Lauderdale area. All-inclusive pricing for these buffets, which is just $29.95 for the seafood and steak buffets and $24.95 for the Sunday champagne brunch, are tax and tip inclusive, so you won’t be surprised by extra charges on your bill.

“Each buffet offers a wide range of gourmet options, including salad bars, cheese platters, carving stations, grilled meats and dessert stations,” says a spokesperson for The Casino @ Dania Beach. “The seafood buffet also offers ceviche and paella stations, showcasing the restaurant’s elevated international fare.”

3. Bottomless brunch and happy hour at El Camino

A restaurant that earned its reputation on Delray Beach now offers even better dining deals to residents in Fort Lauderdale. Unlike its Delray Beach counterpart, the second El Camino location offers a bottomless brunch in addition to a reliably cheap—and reliably delicious—happy hour. Low-priced tacos, beer, wine and margaritas can be enjoyed between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. every day, and then again from midnight to close.

4. DCOTA Cay’s gourmet lunch

It’s hard to find a gourmet meal at an everyman’s price, but the DCOTA offers just that. A business built off of the Design Center of the Americas, this restaurant may sit in an unconventional building that most wouldn’t expect to house affordable upscale food. But this popular lunch spot has earned a reputation for its excellent value, with numerous lunch items available for under $15.

“Foodies are always on the hunt for new dining experiences, but they also want a strong bang for their buck,” says a spokesperson for The Casino @ Dania Beach. “Most restaurants can offer one of those things, but it’s much tougher to find a place that manages to pull off both.”

5. Happy hour at Southport Raw Bar

Fresh seafood is always a big draw in Fort Lauderdale, and Southport Raw Bar has some of the best offerings you’ll find—especially if you drop in from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, or after 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The restaurant offers a number of great happy hour specials, but the big draw is always the dozen clams and dozen oysters. Also keep an eye on the restaurant’s rotating daily specials.

With so many options to choose from, Fort Lauderdale foodies have plenty of destinations to satisfy their taste buds without blowing their budget.

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