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15th Street Fisheries,1900 SE 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale      954-763-2777

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15th Street Fisheries

Address: 1900 SE 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale

Phone: 954-763-2777

Prices: Appetizers $9-$14; entrees $26-$38; desserts $9-$25

Ambience: Casual elegance

Liquor: Full bar, varied wine list

Hours: Downstairs 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; upstairs 5 – 9 p.m. Mon.-Thur. till 10 Fri. & Sat.

Service: Professional and friendly


By Jana Soeldner Danger

While many restaurants in South Florida come and go like summer showers, 15th Street Fisheries has history dating back more than 30 years.  Long before I moved to South Florida, friends up north who were annual visitors to the area spoke of it as their favorite place in Fort Lauderdale.

A few years ago, however, the restaurant went through some rocky times and its quality and popularity slipped. Now, with new management, a new chef and a new, updated menu, the venerable seafood eatery, known for its picturesque view of an adjacent marina and the Intracoastal Waterway, has moved gracefully into the modern dining scene. Yet it retains some nostalgic ambience of an earlier era.

Current Chef Lenny Judice was born in New York and grew up in Miami and New Jersey. He also spent some of his youth in the Dominican Republic and in Puerto Rico, however, where he watched and learned in the kitchen of his mother’s restaurant.

After attending Johnson and Wales, Judice worked for some of South Florida’s renowned chefs, including Michael Schwartz, Christian De Louvrier and Allen Susser.

At 15th Street Fisheries, Judice used his knowledge of Latin, French, Asian Fusion and local cuisines to develop a menu that combines creative flair with classic techniques. The restaurant is family-friendly, yet the ambience is sophisticated enough for either a romantic date or a business encounter.

Blending Past and Present

At the entrance, there is a koi pond where kids and adults can watch the fish and buy bread crumbs to feed them. If giving handouts to fish appeals to you, you can also get in on a daily feeding of large tarpon that takes place dockside about 5:30 p.m.

The restaurant has two levels; a more casual space on the first floor, and the more formal second-floor. The upstairs dining room has several different seating areas decorated with vintage wood paneled walls and brass ships lanterns, and framed black and white photos capturing the events and ambience of an earlier era. In addition to the main dining areas, a wide enclosed porch has white painted wood ceiling beams and wood floors, vintage furnishings and large windows overlooking the water and passing boats. As night falls, soft lighting creates a cozy ambience.

The wine list is varied and fairly priced. Not surprisingly, the menu focuses on seafood. Fish comes in fresh each day, and much of it is sourced locally. 


The meal begins with a custom kept from the restaurant’s early days: a server whose sole job is to deliver bread arrives with a basket of four different kinds. All are warm and delicious, and he or she will return to the table with replacements whenever you wish.

We began with shrimp ‘n’ grits ($14), a hearty dish that combines flavors in an unexpected way. The very fresh, delicate shrimp have the superior taste of wild caught. Smoky apple wood bacon cut into small, thick chunks adds earthiness that complements without overpowering the shrimp. The accompanying grits were infused with trugole cheese—a flavor somewhere between sharp cheddar and Parmesan, and brightened with sweet-tangy maple gastrique. It was an altogether satisfying combination.

A tomato salad ($13) featured the deep red, kumato variety that had the old-fashioned flavor of garden grown and ripened. Burrata cheese, similar to a creamy mozzarella on the outside and oozing on the inside, provided an interesting combination of textures. A dressing of aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil accented with fresh basil was just right, and balsamic “caviar” added a salty pop.

Other starters include black mussels ($14); wild blue crab cake ($16); conch or clam chowder ($8); ceviche ($13) made with locally caught fish; and tuna tartare ($14).


Key West snapper ($29) was delicious. Reminiscent of a shore lunch, the impeccably fresh fish was seared just enough to create a crispy, golden skin and flaky, delicate interior. Fresh, wild-caught Florida shrimp were a tasty addition to the plate. Perfectly cooked Basmati rice fragrant with cilantro and laced with crunchy almonds, along with a spicy red coconut curry sauce, brought Asian flair to the dish.

Black grouper ($33) was equally good.  Lightly pan roasted, the fish had a flaky texture and rich, meaty flavor. Baby clam meat was an unusual accompaniment that provided a chewier texture and stronger flavor, while wild mushrooms and a creamy, sherry-laced lobster sauce added dusky depth.

Other entrees include grilled swordfish ($31); mahi-mahi ($27); tuna steak ($33); seared diver scallops ($33); salmon ($29);  Chilean sea bass ($38); Florida lobster tail ($37) and Maine lobster (market price); king crab legs (market price); and angel hair pasta with shellfish. For meat lovers, there are New York strip ($35) and prime rib ($36). Vegetarians would need to stick to salads.


Desserts are made on the premises. Bread pudding ($9) was a rich version made with baked brioche and dark and milk chocolates, the deeper and milder flavors accented with creamy vanilla ice cream and crème anglaise. A key lime bar ($9) made with Italian meringue and garnished with fresh fruit salsa, was tart and refreshing. Rich vanilla ice cream, coconut shavings, peanut brittle and chocolate ganache made for a tasty combination of crunch and creaminess in the coconut snowball ($9).  Cheesecake ($9), the dense, creamy  New York style, was served with fresh berries.

15th Street Fisheries is a great place to eat fresh seafood while enjoying a view of the water and boats.  While embracing some of its historical past, it offers well-prepared contemporary cuisine. An evening there is sure to be memorable.

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