To paraphrase Summer Nights from “Grease!” Summer dining had me a blast, Summer dining and I saved me some cash.

I saved some bucks, on a cool deal 

While I enjoyed a great meal 

Summer days saving away 

To, oh, oh, those summer bites… 

It turns colder, that's when it ends 

Get your deals now, listen, my friends, 

Prix fixe meals are here right now

Wonder what he’s eating now 

Summer feasts to say the least 

During, these summer nights 

Tell me more, tell me more 

Okay, I’ll tell you more. Dine Out Fort Lauderdale is when some of the area's top restaurants offer terrific dining deals during the traditional slowest tourist season: August, and September. For these two months participating restaurants offer special prices on multi-course meals at discounted prices. It’s your chance to enjoy a meal at a spot that might normally be beyond your budget or to revisit a favorite and save some cash.

Participating restaurants offer deals on at least three-course meals for $35 and/or $45, during lunch and/or dinner. Among the participating restaurants are: 

3030 Ocean

American Social 

AND Fish Kitchen + Bar 

*Angelo Elia Pizza Bar and Tapas 

*Aruba Beach Cafe 

Bistro Mezzaluna 

Boatyard 

Cafe Ibiza 

Cafe Maxx 

*Canyon 

*Casablanca Cafe 

Casa Sensei 

Con Murphy's Ocean Bar & Grill 

Class Soiree Steakhouse 

*Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar 

*DUNE by Laurent Tourondel 

*El Vez 

Evelyn's Fort Lauderdale at Four Seasons 

Harborwood Urban Kitchen & Bar 

Le Bistro 

*Lona Cocina Tequileria 

Luigi's Tuscan Grill 

*Matchbox Las Olas 

*Naked Crab 

*Planta Queen 

Radiant 166 

Red Door Asian Bistro & Hibachi 

Riviera by Fabio Viviani 

Royal 350 Tap and Kitchen 

Rustic Inn Crabhouse 

*Ruth's Chris Steak House 

S3 Sun Surf Sand 

Sands Waterfront Restaurant 

Sandbar Grill 

Shady Distillery 

*Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery 

Solluna 

Spazio 

Steak 954 

Steelpan 

*Sushi by Bou Beach Club 

Sushi Garage Las Olas 

The Cook and The Cork 

The Katherine Restaurant 

Toro Latin Kitchen and Tequila Library 

*Union Kitchen & Bar 

Wild Sea Las Olas 

Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery 

YOLO 

YOT Bar & Kitchen 

*Personally visited and recommended 

For a complete list of participating restaurants and to see menu offerings, go to visitlauderdale.com/restaurants/dine-out-lauderdale

Side Dishes

Las Olas’ Hoffman’s Chocolates has closed its doors but will be reborn under a new name, Hof’s House of Sweets by the end of August. It will be transformed into a lounge serving, international sweets, doughnuts and pastries, and local beer and wine. Only the Las Olas location undergoes this transformation, and it will still carry chocolate made from its factory. 601 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-368-4320; HofsHouseofSweets.com.

Pompano Beach’s all-vegan Rabbit Hole is opening a new sister restaurant in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove this fall. The part-restaurant, part-art event space will serve plant-based wings and burgers alongside exhibits from local Black artists and pioneers. The space will also host book clubs, poetry readings, and film screenings. 

The historic River House will reopen as The House on the River in late summer or early fall. Society 8 Hospitality Group which currently operates Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, Park & Ocean, and Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery is reopening the venue, built in 1903. The landmark is the second-oldest building in Fort Lauderdale 301 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; Society8.com.

In Ice Cream News: Churn & Scoop, a new ice cream shop will open in a long-empty storefront in the Victoria Park Shoppes, a few doors north of Shuck N Dive. It will specialize in “artisanal, handcrafted” treats with four flavors of soft serve, a dozen hard ice cream flavors, along with inventive hard-shell and topping options, blizzards, and shakes. Vanilla Ice is not opening an ice cream shop (although that sounds like a slam dunk idea), instead he is opening a multi-story entertainment complex and brewery at the corner of North H St. and Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth.


Rick Karlin is SFGN's food editor. Visit SFGN.com/Food to read his previous reviews. Have a culinary tip to share? Email Rick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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