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Pompano! Magazine’s Best Pompano Beach Restaurants- a comprehensive guide

It's our most detailed list of Pompano Beach restaurants ever! Updated for June 2019

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POMPANO BEACH RESTAURANTS: Pompano! Magazine has come up with a comprehensive list of the 100+ best Pompano Beach restaurants in the greater Pompano Beach area.  It is complete with up to date rundowns and summaries for each of the restaurants in Pompano Beach and surrounding cities as of June 2019.

We have divided our list into two types:  Higher end Pompano Beach restaurants and then some of the best Fast and Casual Restaurants in Pompano Beach (and neighboring Broward County cities). We give you quite a bit of information so you can make decisions based on our best Pompano Beach restaurants list.

The latest count is actually over 130 restaurants (134, if our math is correct).  If you think there is a Pompano Beach restaurant that should be added to the list, please e-mail our editor-at-large Jeff Levine at jeff@pointpubs.com.  We will include additional restaurants in Pompano Beach and surrounding areas in a future update/

So, how did we come up with our best Pompano Beach restaurants list?  Our staff has checked out many of these restaurants and reported back to us.  We then went to social media to find out what you thought of these restaurants in Pompano Beach and surrounding areas.  We put it all together and.. voila…

The 100+ Most Popular Restaurants in Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach

And Fish Kitchen + Bar. seafood Located at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, enjoy chef Eric Kaszubinski’s modern take on fresh seafood. The restaurant has recently been renovated and now sports a contemporary and breezy ambiance.  1200 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-0100 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Pizza • Wings You can credit this place with bringing the whole “coal-fired pizza craze” to South Florida. Pizza and chicken wings — do you need anymore? Try the cauliflower pizza — good and good for you. 1203 S. Federal Highway, 954-942-5550 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

The Beach Grille. American Delicious eats near the Beach with the capability to order online. 3414 Atlantic Blvd., 954-946-6000 $(Pompano Beach restaurant)

Beach House.  american • craft cocktails Newly opened Beachside dining on Pompano Beach. Casual and relaxed with rooftop deck on the second floor. 270 N Pompano Beach Blvd.  954-607-6530 (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Bella Roma Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. Italian • Pizza Tasty dishes, large portions and delivery is available. 40 SW 15th St., 954-784-3696 $$(Pompano Beach restaurant)

Bobby Rubino’s. Barbecue • american Specials and coupons are posted daily and catering is available. The restaurant also has a large bar room where you can dine at the bar or booths. This place is a Pompano Beach icon. 2501 N. Federal Highway, 954-781-7550 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Brew Fish. bar and grill Dine outside in the tiki hut overlooking a canal right in Pompano Beach. Comprehensive menu and attentive staff. 200 E. McNab Rd., 954-440-3347 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Briny Irish Pub. Irish • Bar Food At the end of East Atlantic Boulevard, steps from the ocean, is Briny’s Irish Pub. There is a large beer selection plus the regular and, dare we say, unique mixed drinks. The kitchen offers an array of bar food as well as some classics like bangers and mash and fish-n-chips. The casual atmosphere is created by an immense array of nautical artifacts and oddities that fill every inch of the pub. Music plays constantly, often live with a dance floor if one is inclined. 3440 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-3159 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Bru’s Room Sports Grill. American This spot is home to the Seminole Club of Broward County. Wings and other bar food available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954-785-2227 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Caffe Roma. Italian Café This darling little spot on Atlantic Blvd. is exactly the sort of neighborhood place locals long for. They serve up all your Italian favorites, plus a few that maybe you didn’t know you love. On a recent trip, we had the smoked salmon pizza for lunch. It was fresh, tasty and satisfying. They have a full menu with salads, sandwiches and entrees. Also, it’s a great place to grab a cappuccino. 1915 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-366-4346 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar. Caribbean Since they opened their doors in 1990, Calypso has been a local favorite. This gem of a  restaurant is known for their fresh, wild caught fish, Bahamian conch dishes, Jamaican jerk and American favorites too all served with an island flair. On any given day, look around and you’ll see fellow diners devouring their house special cutter (sandwich)—sautéed shrimp with garlic butter, mushrooms and cheddar all stuffed into a hollowed out kaiser roll. Check out the special board for a variety of locally caught fish with everything from grouper to snapper to wahoo among others. Plenty of land lubber options are also available including filet mignon. For island comfort food, don’t miss one of their curries or rotis. Fresh oysters and clams are also available. Wash it all down with a draft beer, a glass of wine or choose from over 40 different bottled beers. So if you are in search of high-quality ingredients, inventive cooking and a very welcoming staff, head over to Calypso. 460 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-1633 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Casareccio Trattoria Italiana. Italian Wow! What a find. This small but impressive Italian eatery is delightful. We can’t really tell you what to try because the menu changes daily. However, we are willing to bet you will fall in love with this place which feels like it just plopped into Pompano straight from the hills of Tuscany. Reservations are highly recommended. Also, call ahead to see what they are serving. 1386 S Federal Highway, 954-998-3642 $$$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Checkers Old Munchen. German When you’re looking for a change in your restaurant rotation, take a trip back to the old country at Checkers Old Munchen. The restaurant’s exposed wood framing is reminiscent of the German half-timbered architectural style and the walls are lined with classic German beer steins. For a traditional German meal, try the wienerschnitzel — it’s divine  a lightly breaded veal cutlet sautéed in lemon butter and topped with homemade brown gravy. The spaetzle (German noodles) are a real homemade treat and not to be missed — throw a little of that brown gravy on them and they could be a meal unto themselves. The red cabbage is both classically sweet and sour and there are other side options too including potato dumplings, potato salad and even hot potato salad. As you look around, you can’t help but get the feeling that most of the patrons are returning customers. And the next time we get a hankering for some schnitzel, we know where to go.  Imbibe to your hearts content with their wide assortment of German beers. 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-7565 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Chef Dee’s. Sushi • Seafood A small neighborhood place with plenty of charm. Impressive sushi rolls and a varied menu with something for everyone. 3919 N. Federal Highway., 954-582-4444 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Cypress Nook. German This place has been in business for 38 years — talk about staying power. It’s open for three meals a day and there’s nothing like a little knackwurst with your eggs. 201 SE 15th St., 954-781-3464  $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Darrel & Oliver’s Cafe Maxx. International This restaurant is an anchor of the South Florida fine dining scene. 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-0606 $$$$

Dos Amigos. Mexican When you feel the hankering for a fajita, this Pompano Beach spot fits the bill. Try the margaritas too. 1308 N. Federal Highway 954-781-1955 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Eric’s Authentic Mexican Food. Mexican The tacos are a standout here —served street style — which translates into fresh ingredients prepared with love and care. Start with some chips and guacamole. For some authentic and tasty Mexican, head over to Eric’s and thank us later. 625 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-215-6103 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Fish Shack. Seafood A small, roadside seafood shack, for a small seafood town. This is truly one of those best kept secrets. With only a handful of tables, we’re selfishly hoping not too many people get in on this gem in Pompano Beach. 2862 NE 17th Ave., 954-586-4105 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. Seafood • American Enjoy a deal every day. 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-3762 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

The Foundry. American • Continental Seating options galore, from bar seating to lounge seating and old-fashioned casual dining seating. 2781 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-205-6977 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Galuppi’s. American What could be more entertaining than watching golfers swing and blimps ascend as you sip a drink at an outdoor bar? 1103 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-0226 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Gianni’s Italian Restaurant. Italian Enjoy traditional Italian fare at this family owned and operated establishment, serving everything from pasta to gourmet specialties like Chicken Gianni’s and fresh seafood. Pair your dish with a bottle of wine or cocktail from their full bar. They also offer daily lunch specials Monday – Friday starting at $9.95. Don’t skip the romaine salad with the blue cheese. 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-1733 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Great Indian Grill.  Indian If you like Indian food, this place should go on your “must-try” list. Everything we sampled (and we ate quite a bit) was packed with tantalizing Indian spices and flavors representing the many different regional styles of Indian cooking.. 2692 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7872 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

The Gyro Joint. Middle Eastern Eat in, or carry out. It’s all Greek to me. 165 S. Cypress Road, 954-946-9199 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Houston’s. American Enjoy this contemporary eatery for lunch or dinner. Outdoor bar and seating on the Intracoastal available. 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-9499 $$$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

J Mark’s. American A relaxing, modern restaurant and bar with food and service to match. 1490 NE 23rd St., 954-782-7000 $$$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Kings Head British Pub. pub Fish and chips, bangers and mash, savory pies and other British classics are all made on premises. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-222-8671 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

La Rachetta at Whole Foods Market. Pizza and Wine Bar Enjoy weekly deals with plenty of beers on tap and wines by the glass. For something different, try the sweet southern swine pizza — a light and crispy pizza topped with pork belly, arugula and cheese. Or try one of the plethora of meatballs — all are a satisfying treat. The truffle fries are great with anything. 2411 N. Federal Highway, 954-786-3535 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

La Veranda. Italian The atmosphere is elegant, yet comfortable and warm. Inside or out, one can enjoy a truly special evening in the Tuscany-inspired surroundings. Be it drinks from their full bar, a bottle from the copious wine selection or naturally the Italian food, everything is served perfectly. Expect to be delighted. There is a big selection of pasta, entrées and traditional dishes, with new favorites to be discovered that the wait staff will happily explain. You can taste the love in their homemade desserts. If you’re looking to celebrate or simply treat yourself to an evening of superior dining, La Veranda is an excellent choice. Reservations are suggested. 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-7390 $$$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Miami Masala. Indian Enjoy classic Indian dishes as well as a few more modern ones with an Indian twist. The stuffed Hungarian peppers appetizer, while not being a classic Indian dish, had all the flavors fans of the cuisine crave. Great service by a friendly staff. Try the Indian crepe — crazy good. A daily lunch buffet includes traditional, vegetarian and vegan choices. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-317-1371 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. continental Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy salads, sandwiches and entrées all with a Mediterranean influence. Organic and gluten free options available. Enjoy the location right across from the Pompano Fishing Pier. Have dinner and take a stroll — it’s why we live here, people. 1 N. Ocean Blvd., Ste 102, 954-532-2771 $$-$$$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Beach front dining at the Beachcomber Resort — go for the view. 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. 954-941-7830 $$$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Pho Lavie. Vietnamese If you have never had Vietnamese food, you are missing out. This spot will delight you. Everything is so fresh. Go, you’ll thank us. 3321 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-4155 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Ruby’s by the Sea. Italian Italian by the sea is more like it. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Rusty Hook Tavern. American Located on the Pompano Intracoastal, sit inside or outside, just keep in mind that the word tavern means a local place to gather around the table. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-941-2499 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Sands Harbor Patio Restaurant. Sandwiches • Wings Located in the Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina on the intracoastal, sit poolside or water side, either way, you better know how to swim. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-942-9100 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Seaside Grill. Seafood • American Enjoy a view of the Atlantic while enjoying fresh seafood and an ice cold cocktail. Don’t worry if you’re not a fish lover — there are plenty of entrée choices from the land. Located at Lighthouse Cove Resort on the ocean. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-783-3193 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Sette Bello. Italian This is a true gem just south of the Pompano Beach border serving expertly prepared Italian food with quite a bit of a flare. In other words — not like mom used to make…this is way, way better. (No offense to mom.) A perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two. 6241 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954 351-0505 $$$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Shishka Lebanese Grill. Middle Eastern It’s not easy to make a good falafel (chick peas, fava beans garlic and cilantro seasoned and deep fried, served with tahini sauce) but the ones at Shishka are worth every single calorie. There are plenty of other choices too from the classic hummus to baba ghanouj to chicken and meat shawarma. 1901 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-2999 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Spanx the Hog BBQ. Barbecue Using only natural ingredients, dine in, take out, or order custom catering. 147 S. Cypress Road. 954-590-8342 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Sunset Catch. Italian • Seafood Fresh seafood served daily, and they even have their very own “wine doctor.” 101 N. Riverside Drive, 954-545-0901 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Table 2201. Mediterranean • Seafood Everything at Table 2201 is made on the premises — even the desserts. Start with the pygros, a tower of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with a cool yogurt sauce. Finish off with the Greek yogurt mousse, a lightly sweetened cloud with a hint of cocoa and a strawberry sauce to compliment. Table 2201 has a menu full of your Greek favorites without all of the hooplah. So if you are looking for a genuine Greek dinner without having to dance on tables and yell “opa” — not that there’s anything wrong with that — Table 2201 is a good choice. 2201 E. Atlantic Blvd., 718-600-2236 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Take Sushi. Japanese • Sushi Fresh, authentic Japanese fair delivered to your door? Yes, please. 2714 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-2442 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Talay Thai. Thai • Japanese A small and cozy place with delivery and carry out. 2233 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-941-1123 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Trattoria Novello. italian At the heart of Trattoria Novello is Chef Patrick Solarino — or Chef “Pasquale” as he goes by (a name derived from his grandfather). Chef Pasquale’s fervent belief in using fresh ingredients (so fresh some are grown in his own home garden) and authentic Italian imported products is truly is his tradmark. Some of Trattoria Novello’s dishes are derived from Chef Pasquale’s own childhood. While his family is from Southern Italy and much of the Trattoria Novello menu reflects that heritage, Chef Pasquale has intentionally crafted a menu with dishes from all regions of Italy. 2665 W. Atlantic Blvd.,  954-876-1915. $$$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Umberto’s of Long Island. Italian • Pizza When a pizza is named Grandma’s Pizza — you must order it. And trust us, you won’t regret it. There is family tradition baked into every bite. 2780 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-784-7110 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Valentino’s Italian Cuisine. Italian • Pizza An abundance of Italian fare served for lunch or dinner. If you can’t make it over to dine in, fret not, they offer free delivery. 427 S. Federal Highway, 954-545-4881 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Wings  N’ Things. Wings • Barbecue It doesn’t look like much from the outside but it’s worth trying. 150 S. Sixth St., 954-781-9464 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Yakuza. Japanese • Thai The contemporary Asian anchored décor is a feast for the eyes: warm, inviting and totally unique. The attentive servers address each table with personal concern. Central to the dining room is a large classic sushi bar, displaying the fresh fish offerings. But sushi is only part of their menu. Yakuza has a brilliant selection of Japanese and Thai specialties. We were impressed by the freshness and variety of tastes offered. Modern is a fair descriptor as Yakuza offers unique approaches to traditional Japanese and Thai fare, making them new, unique and their own. Try their specials. 2515 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-951-6077 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Zuccarelli. Italian • Pizza This place is more than just a pizza joint. From eggplant Parmesan to shrimp fra diavolo, you will leave quite satisfied. The portions are generous and come with a fresh house salad. Bring your breath mints because their warm garlic rolls are on point. 1340 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-1261 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

 

Lighthouse Point

Fetta Republic. GREEK Traditional Greek offerings close to home. 2420 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-2394 $$

Le Bistro. French • Bistro Professional chef, Andy Trousdale serves up both classics and inventive new dishes at this little neighborhood gem. Fresh and local produce is always used and  vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free menu items are available. The restaurant also offers cooking classes. 4626 N. Federal Highway, 954-946-9240 $$$

The Nauti Dawg Marina Café. American Nestled in at the Lighthouse Point Marina, the Nauti Dawg is a local favorite. Start with the tuna wontons—crispy fried wonton wrappers topped with tuna tartare, seaweed salad, red pepper mayo, wasabi and a hit of sirracha. For a taste of New England with a twist, try the lobster roll. Of course you can’t go wrong with the fresh fish sandwich—ask what the catch of the day is. The fish Reuben is another great sandwich option—just sub in some fresh fish for the pastrami and you’ve got yourself a little healthier version of the classic. All sandwiches come with a side and while French fries are always a delicious option—the restaurant offers a tangy cucumber salad (among other choices) that provides a nice crunch to any sandwich. They are a dog-friendly restaurant. 2830 NE 29th Ave. (at the Lighthouse Point Marina), 954-941-0246 $$

Papa’s Raw Bar. Sushi • Seafood Situated next door to their parent restaurant Seafood World, Papa’s indeed seems like the hip child of an established restaurant. While the fresh food is the real star, the Keys-inspired décor certainly accounts for part of their charm. The menu goes way beyond typical raw bar offerings with inventive tacos and sliders. Papa’s also offers a wide array of sushi and sashimi. Start off with one of the towers of Van Buskirk (you’ll find a few menu items named after locals.) The bare naked lady version is a combination of spicy wahoo and tuna with tobiko and masago topped with spicy mayo and served with taro chips. And to wash it all down, they have about a zillion craft beer options and a good wine list too. 4610 N. Federal Highway, 754-307-5034 $$

Red Lotus. Thai Red Lotus serves all of your favorite Thai dishes from pad Thai to red and green curries and more. Start with the dumplings—the pasta is delicate and they are packed with flavor. 4460 N Federal Highway, 954-933-7163 $

Rocca Trattoria. Italian A small and intimate neighborhood place. Watch owner and chef Lucy prepare your favorite dishes in the open kitchen. 2014 E Sample Road, 954-876-1733 $$

Seafood World Market & Restaurant. Seafood They offer the freshest seafood with simple ingredients. There is also a seafood market in the restaurant. 4602 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-0740 $$$

Deerfield Beach

Amante’s. Italian Close to the International Fishing Pier, steps from the sand, stands Amante’s Italian Cuisine (and Bob’s Pizza). You choose from a fantastic, casual family pizza experience to an elegant dinner and everything in between. Amante’s is usually bustling: filled with locals and visiting guests there for a sumptuous, after-beach meal or pizza. The menu has all the Italian favorite pasta dishes, meat entrées and daily chef specialties. Everything is very well prepared. 2076 NE Second St., 954-426-1030 $$

Antonios. Italian For 56 years Antonio’s has been serving authentic Italian cuisine. They’ve got all the classics with a few out of the ordinary dishes too. We were positively swooning over the chicken marsala. In the mood for pizza? They’ve got that too. Dine in or take out with delivery and catering available. Located in the Cove Shopping Center. 1636 SE Third Court, 954-427-4871 $$

Barracuda Seafood Bar & Grill. Seafood Brazilian This spot by the sea serves seafood with a touch of Brazilian flare such as the Bobo de Camarao, shrimp sautéed in coconut milk, saffron, palm oil and yucca cream baked in a cast iron skillet. 1965 NE Second St., 954-531-1290 $$

Biondos. Italian. pizza Enjoy traditional Italian fare in a small, intimate setting. 606 S. Federal Highway, 954-427-7754 $$

Café Med. Italian Authentic Italian restaurant right on the ocean with an Italian chef from Rome. Excellent service, coupled with carefully prepared dishes just across from the ocean always provides for a lovely dinner. Live music nightly. Breakfast and dinner available daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 954-596-5840 $$$

Casa Maya. Mexican Start with a margarita and it only gets better from there. This is not your typical Mexican joint — it’s better. Try gobernador tacos: a combination of shrimp with diced poblanos, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese. See, we told you it’s not ordinary. 301 SE 15th Terrace, 954-570-6101 $$

Chanson at the Royal Blues Hotel. Seafood Seasonal Chanson gives you the opportunity to eat a fine, fresh seafood meal, and then take a stroll to see the ocean from which it came. 45 NE 21st Ave., 954-857-2929. $$$$

Deer Creek Grille. American Enjoy the club atmosphere with gorgeous views of the plush gardens and waterfall. The restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner specials, a Sunday breakfast buffet and covered patio dining so you can dine al fresco. 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., 954-421-5553 $$

JB’s on the Beach. Seafood Glorious beach views and a private glass room perfect for business or family affairs. 300 N. Ocean Way, 954-571-5220 $$$

Kevin’s. Sushi Thai The juxtaposition of the outside (a strip mall) —  to the inside which is a lovely atmosphere is quite surprising. Kevin’s serves high quality fare for the sushi enthusiast. Very friendly staff serving a lot of regulars. 706 S. Federal Highway, 954-418-3939 $$

Little Havana. Cuban Little Havana has fantastic lunch specials and most of their dinner plates will feed two. Their masas de puerco frita and their Little Havana steak are two of the stand-out menu items, aside from their zesty chimichurri. 721 N. Federal Highway, 954-427-6000 $$

Luigi Di Roma. Italian Enjoy all your favorite classic Italian dishes served in a clubby room complete with brick arches, warm tones and lighting. 718 S. Federal Highway, 954-531-6151 $$$

Ocean’s 234. Seafood Amazing views of Deerfield Beach and the pier with gluten free options available. 234 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-428-2539 $$$

Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen. JAPANESE Scheduled to open in December in the old Tamarind spot. 949 S Federal Highway. Call the Fort Lauderdale location at 954-533-4218 $$

Rattlesnake Jakes. Tex Mex Dive bar close to the beach with live music and plenty of menu items to choose from. 2060 NE Second St., 954-421-4481 $$

Taj Indian Restaurant. Indian We have two words for you: lamb korma. This classic Indian dish varies from restaurant to restaurant, and while we don’t have their recipe, we can tell you it’s juicy leg of lamb cooked in a rich cream sauce with raisins and cashews. 201 SE 15th Terrace, 954-304-7032 $$

Tijuana Taxi Co. Mexican Perhaps it’s the all day happy hour (Mon.-Fri., 11am-7pm) with $5 El Jimador margaritas, but as soon as you enter, the weight of the day lifts off your shoulders. The atmosphere is friendly and fun all around. There is outdoor patio seating available and a large U-shaped bar inside. The portions are generous — certainly enough for a doggie bag. We loved the spicy shrimp tacos — soft flour tortillas filled with Cajun-grilled shrimp in a spicy chile lime sauce, topped with cilantro slaw, avocado and pico de gallo. The menu has a lot more than tacos — there’s all the Mexican favorites plus burgers, sandwiches, steaks and more. And for the little ones there is kids night on Sunday: kids eat for 99 cents from the $4.99 kids menu. 1015 S. Federal Highway, 954-708-2775 $

The Tipperary Pub. Irish American A classic neighborhood pub — where if you go often enough, everyone will indeed know your name. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try a red eye — half tomato juice, half beer. 1540 SE Third St., 954-421-9769 $

Two Georges. Seafood An intracoastal hot spot with live music, a great view and a legendary Friday happy hour. 1754 SE Third Court, 954-421-9272 $$

WhalesRib. Seafood Locals know it well and tourists know it from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Whatever you do, don’t skip the whale fries. 2031 NE Second St., 954-421-8880 $$

 

FAST AND CASUAL

Pompano Beach Fast & Casual

Bella Monte Italian Deli. Sandwiches 2688 E. Atlantic Blvd.,  954-946-0333 Brendans. sports bar Burgers, wings and more — you get the picture. 868 N. Federal Highway,  954-786-0033 $(Pompano Beach restaurant)

Big Louie’s. Italian • Pizza A South Florida chain offering classic Italian dishes. 2190 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-5510 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Burgers & Suds. Burgers • Hot Dogs • Sandwiches. Unique eats, like a burger served between two glazed donuts. Yes, donuts. 360 E. McNab Road, 954-772-8007 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Cafe Brie. Sandwiches • Salads A little gem of a place that serves fantastic sandwiches, salads, quiche and desserts. 2765 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7800  $$(Pompano Beach restaurant)

Cafe Sportivo. Cafe Cash only, but don’t let that stop you. They are family owned and operated with a variety of espresso drinks. 2219 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-6672 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Chez Cafe. coffee • bakery A warm and cozy place to grab breakfast, lunch or a latte. 1631 S. Cypress Road, 954-933-3453 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Dandee Donut Factory. Bakery • Pastries From the classic old fashioned sour cream to Boston cream, these babies are just begging to be dunked. Bagels, breakfast and lunch also available. 1900 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-1461 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Five Girls. Burgers • pizza Check out this cozy, neighborhood joint. Five Girls offers all the classics you crave including burgers, hand cut fries and the owner’s favorite Philadelphia cheesesteaks. 2659 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-8889 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Gorilla Joe’s. • Sandwiches • Salads Pressed sandwiches, subs with Boar’s Head quality meats, fresh salads, beer and wine. With a location walking distance to the Beach, consider taking something yummy with you to picnic in the sand. 3330 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-800-7311 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Jet’s Pizza. Pizza Try one of the specialty pizzas such as Philly cheese steak with Alfredo sauce or the BLT. 437 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-5387 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Jukebox Diner. Diner Bright, classic seating, jukeboxes, and that old-school diner feel. 2773 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-960-5882 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Lester’s Diner. Diner American comfort fare in a retro setting. 1924 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-2109 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Lighthouse Cove Tiki Bar. American Seaside eats and happy hours. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-784-2804  $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Little Italian. pizza Little Italian Pizza is the best kind of Italian restaurant — the kind that feels like a whole-in-the-wall, but quickly grows vibrant as the large, steaming plates of homestyle Italian dishes come barreling out of the kitchen. The restaurant grinds their own sausage and bakes their own dough daily. While the small restaurant (with only about six cozy tables) doesn’t serve alcohol, they do allow BYOB (and there’s a liquor store conveniently located right next door). Families bring in bottles of red wine to cork, creating a joyous atmosphere. The restaurant has a huge menu with stromboli, calzone, soups, salads, subs, 26 kinds of specialty pizzas, baked pasta dishes, chicken and veal entrees and all your traditional pasta dishes and desserts. 448 S. Cypress Road, 954-941-0550 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Soho Subs.  soups • salads • sandwiches Along with the hot and cold subs you would expect, they also serve some more traditional sandwiches remeniscent of the old style New York Deli. Pastrami on rye anyone? All sandwiches are made fresh to order with a plethora of topping options. And for pickle fans, they have fantastic full or half sours. 2313 N Federal Highway, 954-889-6600 $$ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Stingers Pizza. Pizza • American Dine in or order delivery. They will bring your pizza to the Beach—a million minds making the world a better place. 1201 S. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-2344 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Sunshine Bagel. Bagels • Deli Serving up bagels and sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. 260 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-788-7498 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Tortillería Mexicana. Mexican Looking for a taco that goes beyond ground beef and toppings? Not only will they supply you with fresh, unique tacos, but the corn tortillas are made from scratch daily. Who does that?  1614 E. Sample Rd., 954-943-0057 $ (Pompano Beach restaurant)

Lighthouse Point Fast & Casual

Burger Fi. Burgers Everything at Burger Fi is cooked to order. Don’t miss the fries and the larger-than-life onion rings. The breakfast all day burger is topped with a fried egg. 3150 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-7120 $$

Legends Tavern and Grille. american With three locations, they must be doing something right. 3128 N Federal Highway, 754-220-8932 $$

Red Fox Diner. Diner Treat yourself to one of the daily specials at the Red Fox and you just may think that you aren’t at a diner at all — but a bonafide restaurant. But if you are in the mood for some comforting diner food, Red Fox never disappoints. Breakfast and lunch served daily. 2041 NE 36th St., (Sample Road) 954-783-7714 $$

Packy’s Sports Pub. Sports bar If you are looking for a local spot to watch the game, Packy’s always seems to pack them in. 4480 N. Federal Highway, 954-657-8423  $$

Deerfield Beach Fast & Casual

Biondos Pizza. Pizza subs Dine-in or take-out available. For something other than pizza, try the stromboli or the wings. 606 S. Federal Highway, 954-427-7754 $$

Blue Ocean Poke. POKE Digital video walls and custom wood furniture creates a modern-coastal atmosphere. The menu was created by chef Dean James Max, enhancing the traditional poke cuisine with creative toppings and hand-crafted sauces.  Open from 9am-9pm daily, 8pm on Sunday. 250 S. Federal Highway, 954-708-2060 $$

Bob’s Pizza. Pizza Italian Pizza served remarkably close to the beach — as if pizza could be get any better. 2076 NE Second St., 954-426-1030 $

Burger Craze. burgers Top quality ingredients come together to create unique taste sensations. Enjoy juicy burgers, hot dogs, wings and others daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 954-596- 5949 $$

Charm City. Burgers Try the emperor — an American kobe beef patty with aged Swiss, truffled aioli and sautéed mushrooms — a burger fit for a king. 1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-531-0300 $$

El Jefe. Mexican For a truly inventive take on Mexican street food, this small yet bright and cheery taco joint is full of surprises. 27 N. Federal Highway, 954-246-5333 $$

Gelateria. Gelato Offering more than 26 flavors of gelato. Open daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 694-428-2850 $$

Michaels Pizzeria. Pizza Closed Mondays 1645 SE Third Court, Deerfield Beach, 954-426-1515 $$

Nicks Pizza. Pizza Nick’s family moved from the Bronx to Deerfield Beach 13 years ago and opened Nick’s Pizza. The restaurant offers an extensive Italian catering menu and New York Style pizza. They offer delivery service too.  137 NE Second Ave., 954-421-6700. $$

The Pickle Barrel. Delicatessen Get in touch with your inner New Yorker at this old style deli complete with friendly guys behind the counter filling your sandwich with enough pastrami to feed a family. 33 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-427-0650 $

Olympia Flame. Diner With a traditionally huge diner menu, you can’t go wrong at the Olympia Flame. Friendly staff makes you feel like a regular — even if you aren’t — but you should be. 80 S. Federal Highway, 954-480-8402 $

Pizza Piez. ITALIAN 614 SE 10th St., 754-212-2396 $

The Sticky Bun. Deli • Bakery Brunch Everyone will find something to munch on, whether it be their flourless chocolate cake or a short rib panini with fontina cheese and pickled red onions… yum. We’re still dreaming about the BLT. 1619 SE Third Court, 754-212-5569 $

Tropical Grill Island Cuisine. Caribbean Don’t be fooled by the counter service at this beachside eatery where the offerings range from escovitch snapper to shrimp curry. Other dishes include jerk chicken, salmon skewers, all sorts of island curries and of course a counter and grab a table outside for to of the line people watching. Meal prices range from $11-$25. 241 N. Ocean Drive, 754-227-5055. $$

Umbertos Pizza. Pizza Family tradition baked into every bite. Try Grandma’s pizza, square pizza with fresh tomato and basil and of course, mozzarella. 233 N. 21st Ave., 954-421-7200 $$

Lauderdale by the Sea & North Fort Lauderdale Area

Lokos Takos Taqueria Mexican Fresh ingredients served in a hot, homemade corn tortilla, it doesn’t get much better. Visit this genuine taqueria for a handcrafted margarita or a authentic dessert made in-house.  2826 E. Commercial Blvd. • 954-776-8066 $$

Billy Jacks Shack American Bar food, burgers, signature drinks; all well-done at this casual eatery. The place is where you should come if you want a cheat day. 218 Commercial Blvd. Ste. 102 • 954-990-8671 $$

Frenchys Table French Despite what the name might imply, Frenchy has more than one table to sit and dine at. The owner grew up working at her parents bed and breakfast in central France. She then took her artistic and culinary background to create fresh French cuisine on the other side of the big blue sea. 235 Commercial Blvd. Ste. 105 • 954-533-2580 $$

Cafe Valenti Italian If Italian food is about doing the simple things right, this restaurant knocks it out of the park. With a beachside view and live music, you’ll appreciate the little things. 954-900-2773 222 E. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 103 • $$

El Guanaco Salvadoran This restaurant could be the Salvadoran embassy to South Florida. When you taste any of their variety of South American dishes, you’ll think your abuelita somehow became a short-order cook. 331 NE 44th St. Oakland Park • 954-351-0792 $$

La Empanada Loca Puerto Rican Good homestyle Puerto Rican food is somehow a rarity in the South Florida dining scene. But, if you’re in Northern Fort Lauderdale, checking out this quaint spot is certainly worth your time. 4820 N. Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park • 754-200-6151 $$

15th Street Fisheries & Dockside Café Seafood Visit 15th Street Fisheries for an unforgettable waterfront dining experience in an authentic marina. Feed the tarpon from our docks! 1900 SE 15th St. • 954-763-2777  $$

Casa Frida Mexican Cuisine Mexican Excellent(Miami Herald) The Real Flavors of Mexico (Mexican Embassy) Traditional Home-made authentic cuisine.  Remember, there’s Mexican food & there’s the food of Mexico! 5441 N. Federal Hwy. • 954-530-3668 $$

Chucks Steak House American Prime Rib, Black Angus Steaks butchered fresh on premise, cooked to perfection.  Fresh seafood, babyback ribs, & the famous all-you-can-eat salad bar! 2428 E. Commercial Blvd. • 954-772-2850 $$

Da Vincis New York Style Pizzeria Italian Family owned and operated since 1999. Quality  pizza, calzones, Stromboli, fresh homemade Dinners, salads, famous wings,  hot & cold sub sandwiches. 3936 N. Ocean Blvd. • 954-561-0404 $

Kaluz Restaurant American Contemporary American Cuisine with dynamic views of the intercostal. 3300 E. Commercial Blvd. • 954-772-2209 $$

The Fish Peddler East Seafood Full service fresh fish & seafood market offering one stop shopping convenience–prepared items, soups, salads, condiments, produce, and wines. 2805 E. Commercial Blvd. • 954-491-1441$$

Pomperdale Delicatessen DELI A New York deli famous for authentic Pastrami and Corned Beef on NY rye bread. Famous for our overstuffed sandwiches. 3055 E Commercial Blvd • 954-771-9830 $

Sloan’s Luxury Ice Cream Ice Cream Homemade ice cream, chocolates, candies, chocolate-covered apples, caramel apples and Fun!!  Voted best ice cream in South Florida.  An ice cream wonderland for the young and young at heart! 112 Commercial Blvd. • 954-368-8546 $

Sea Watch on the Ocean Seafood Beautiful oceanfront Ft.L. landmark serving fresh seafood for 38 yrs. For a seaside wedding, birthday  or romantic Dinner for 2, join us for an unforgettable experience. 6002 N. Ocean Blvd. • 954-781-2200 $$$

Pump Sushi Thai Cuisine Thai•Sushi Great Thai Food and Fresh Sushi.  Something for everyone.  Dine in or take out. 222 Commercial Blvd #105 • 954-909-5556 $$

PaD’s Pizzeria and Grille Italian Pizzeria / Grille – Family Style.  Enjoy Contemporary Italian and the finest pizza in LBTS. 4331 N. Ocean Dr. • 954-351-0310 $$

LaSpadas Original Hoagies Sandwiches The original South Philly style hoagies  for 39 yrs. Zagat & Trip Advisor highly recommended. “1 of the best sandwiches to drool over”-USA Today. 233 Commercial Blvd. • 954-776-7893 $

Kilwins Lauderdale by the Sea Ice Cream & Fudge 32 Flavors of ice cream, homemade waffle cones, caramel corns, peanut brittle, salt water taffy, chocolate treats.  117 Commercial Blvd. • 954-267-8991 $

Jan’s Homemade Candies Candy Homemade Chocolates & Fudge.  Also provide Florida Fruit shipping. 4327 N. Ocean Dr. • 954-202-9495 $

Dr. Juice Juice•Smoothies Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar featuring delicious Acai Bowls, Cold Pressed/Fresh Juices, Soups, Salads, Raw Bites, Energy Shots & Juice Cleanses. 222 Commercial Blvd. #104 • 954-369-5869 $

Chatham House SeafoodKnown for fine food, excellent service in New England-inspired seaside setting. Delicious entrees including fresh seafood, pasta and steak. Expansive bar area. 4331 Ocean Dr. 954-351-0310 $$

Aruba Beach Cafe AmericanCasual beachside dining with outdoor seating. Fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, salads, burgers. Three tropical bars, live entertainment, happy hour 4-7 M-F. 1 Commercial Blvd. • 954-776-0001 $$

101 Ocean American Great nightlife & entertainment. Serving pizzas & flatbreads.  Full menu is available for take out.  Fresh fish & raw bar.  101 Ocean has something for everyone. 101 Commercial Blvd. • 954-776-8101 $$

We hope you have enjoyed our Best Pompano Beach restaurants list and find it to be useful.  Email us with any additions, closings, or corrections at jeff@pointpubs.com. We do our best to be accurate and up to date (as of June 2019), but it’s always a good idea to call first before heading out on your best Pompano Beach restaurant adventure.


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The Best Restaurants in Pompano Beach
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