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Best Family Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

Best Family Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale


When you are going out with the family, everyone wants to find a restaurant that pleases the whole family.

Since we live in Fort Lauderdale, we are often asked for a good restaurant for the whole family.  So we polled the kids as part of coming up with this list of the best family-friendly restaurants within an easy driving distance of the major hotels, the airport and Port Everglades.


2908 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 267-9000

Tue – Sat  5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Serves:   Dinner Only


Pomodoro’s offers great Italian organic food. It has become one of our favorite local restaurants. The food is always very fresh and excellent. My kids enjoy it so much that they are always asking to go back.  One of our favorite dishes is the Penne a la Vodka, the other is the Snapper Special.


California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)
2301 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
(954) 565-1196

Mon – Sun  11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Serves:  Lunch/Dinner


California Pizza Kitchen (also known as CPK) is an authentic California-style cuisine which offers innovative pizzas, distinctive pastas, salads, soups, appetizers and desserts.  The kids really like the personal style pizza dishes and the kids sundae.  We normally order the salads.


H2O Cafe
101 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 414-1024

Mon – Sun   8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Serves:  Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner



H2O Cafe serves American Cuisine. It is located across the street for the ocean on AIA. It is great place to enjoy the views and people watch.  Parking is behind the restaurant and they charge $10 to park, but if you have your ticket validated you get the money back. The food is always very good as well as the service.  We prefer to eat outside rather than inside.  My favorite dish there is the lobster special.


4215 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Sunday – Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday, Saturday 11:30am-11:00pm
Serves:  Lunch/Dinner, Reservations are preferred

D’Angelo is a Pizza, Tapas, Wine Bar.  We enjoy ordering several of the Tapas plates and sharing them with the table.


Il Mulino
1800 E Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mon – Sat 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sund        11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Serves: Lunch/Dinner, Reservations are preferred

Il Mulino serves Italian cuisine, it’s a nice neighborhood type restaurant – especially if you go right before or after the movies.  The Gateway Movie Theatre is located next door.



276 Commercial Blvd
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308
(954) 776-0111

Mon – Thurs  12:00pm – 3:00 pm / 5:00pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat         12:00pm – 11:00pm
Sunday          12:00pm – 10:00pm
Serves: Lunch/Dinner, Reservations are required


Benihana is a hibachi japanese restaurant which prepares dishes grilled tableside by theatrical chefs.   It’s quite entertaining to watch the chefs throwing shrimps into their chef hats, and making smoking volcano’s out of rice.   It’s a fun place to go for a birthday celebration.


Las Vegas Cuban
2807 E Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
(954) 564-1370

Sun 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Mon – Sat 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Serves: Lunch/Dinner, No Reservations Required


South Florida’s has a large hispanic community who really enjoys eating at Las Vegas Restaurant.  Guests can enjoy an authentic Cuban meal.  My favorite is the palomilla steak, which comes with black beans, white rice and fried bananas (maduros).  Delicious…

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Sammi Wanderlustin'
    October 4, 2014 at 7:56 am

    What a great list of places, Carmen! Great tips for families 🙂

    • Carmen
      October 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks Sammi, They are all great restaurants in the area.

  2. samiya selim
    October 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Very useful information to have when we are here next! I was last here more than 12 years ago! Look forward to being back with the family 🙂

    • Carmen
      October 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Samiya, It’s changed quite a bit in the last 12 years. These are our kids favorite restaurants that we normally go too.

  3. Vicky Alonso [MissArretrancos]
    October 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I really enjoyed my pasta at “Il Mulino”.

    • Carmen
      October 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Vicky, Yes, Il Mulino has great Italian food, we enjoy going there too.

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