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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 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Somers Point, New Jersey
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We absolutely loved this place!!!! We sat outside on the river . Great food and great views. Onion rings were soooo good!!! And the service was great also! Will definitely be back again🍺

Thank Melody L
Little Rock, Arkansas
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209 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had two great lunches here. I had the Mahi Mahi fish tacos the first day. They were great. The second day I had the tuna tacos, and they were delicious as well. Super location on the river!

Thank Cardine09
Boca Raton, Florida
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Why haven't I been here before? Apparently this classic establishment has been around forever but I was just there for the first time. I think sitting out on the water on a perfect spring evening made the night. However, the snapper I ordered was perfect too and the other dinners of our party were good too. The menu was varied... More 

Thank jcperrin14
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sat outside for dinner one night last week. Great view of the intercostal but the service lacks slightly as you are across a street from the actual restaurant. Food was really delicious. We had the spinach dip to start which came out very quickly. I got the tuna salad and my boyfriend got the tuna tacos. Both very delicious. My... More 

Thank Nicole G
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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48 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to be seated by the river's edge. Good chicken wings and good fish dip, but the most surprising treat was the fried pork rinds. They were light and crispy. Good beer selection and great Bloody Mary.

Thank MrMet00
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136 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Poor business practices. WATCH OUT. I ordered a New River salad to go (it's $13). When I arrived to collect, they charged me $14.25 plus tax. I asked why. It's a "To Go" charge - we have to charge you extra for taking something to go - you know, packing it up, the container, the effort to put it in... More 

Thank chewedpup
Boston, MA
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114 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible location along the river with great atmosphere and views. The hostess was really nice and our server was great as well. Bartender is also excellent. All our mixed drinks were perfect. I really wanted to love this place. Unfortunately the food was not very good. To clarify this rating, the atmosphere, service, & drinks get a 5 rating. But... More 

Thank xtos
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 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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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 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
Reviewed 16 March 2017 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 

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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
US$ 7 - US$ 15
Seafood, American, Pub
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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?