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The Historic Downtowner

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$$ - $$$
Downtown Fort Lauderdale
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10 S New River Dr E, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2806 (Formerly Downtowner Saloon & Steak HSE)
+1 954-463-9800
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had lunch here today with friends who live in Florida. One has known the restaurant for years and said it has been up and down but seems to have straightened itself out. The service by Lorraine who has worked here for 16 years was excellent and the food was wonderful. I had the seared ahi tuna appetizer with a side... More 

Thank Trips4carol
Fort Lauderdale
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Good fish sandwhich. Waiter professional. Nice beer selection. See picture for small calamari appetizer but better than average dipping sauce. The restaurant is usually not too busy at lunch.

Thank jly_FtL
Ft. Lauderdale
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always been one of my favorite places. Born in Ft. Lauderdale it's a landmark with fantastic view. Disappointed for first time with manager. Ordered food at happy hour prices, water came back and apologized did not get order in on time by a minute. So order was double the happy hour price. Asked for manager and did not come. As... More 

Thank puffgator
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can sit right next to NuRiver and the drawbridge; the yachts and water taxis are literally feet away. The service was excellent; the tuna tacos and the fried calamari were the best ever; the prices are moderate except at happy hour, when the drinks are cheap.

Thank alexanderk691
St. Marys, Georgia
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted something fun and casual and it fit the bill. Live entertainment, good service, great bartender - Lisa?, many choices of where to sit - bar, outside tables, inside tables. Prices were comparable to value and area - cheaper than some places and hearty portions for the prices. I'd go back......

Thank DeborahMoogs
St. Marys, Georgia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great asphmosphere super efficient bar tender Lisa. How do you screw up a medium rare prime rib order and try to pass off well done as the best you can do? Manager is clueless. I drank my dinner rather than try to educate this idiot how simple prime rib is to serve. This idiot didn't even triy to offer me... More 

Thank Fred M
Buffalo, New York
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great meal at the Historic Downtowner while in Fort Lauderdale pre-cruise. It is right on the inter coastal so you can sit outside and watch the boats and yachts go by. IT was very busy the night we were there due to a band playing later on so we had to sit inside but the restaurant is open... More 

Thank nicotags
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have taken our baby here a few times now, he loves watching the boats go by. Yoli has been our bartender/server and does a great job...I'd recommend the quesadilla's!

Thank 20_RPN_16
McBride, Canada
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found parking for $10 for the day in a little parking lot right behind the restaurant, which is right beside the river walkway and across the river from the Art Museum. My husband raved about his burger, and we would have enjoyed the real baked cheesecake more if we weren't so full! We ate outside under an awning; there... More 

Thank Suzanne M
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The view of the New River is the first reason to stop by. Great happy hour specials. Great friendly service, delicious food at any time. Everyone says brunch is great but I should not eat that much! My 7yr old loves the mussels.

Thank Glenn M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $15
Seafood, American, Pub
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 S New River Dr E, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2806 (Formerly Downtowner Saloon & Steak HSE)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Broward County  >  Fort Lauderdale>  > Downtown Fort Lauderdale
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: +1 954-463-9800
The Downtowner is a Fort Lauderdale Institution for over 20 years. Situated on the banks of The New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. It's a fabulous location to have a business lunch, dinner or take in the view of the mega yachts as the go by from the bar.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?