Hollywood, Florida, is not your typical beach town. Located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, this charming beach town features turquoise waters, palm trees, and pristine white sand beaches (in fact, it’s a Blue Wave Beach that certifies it among the nation’s cleanest and safest). With a population of over 100,000 people, Hollywood is a bustling Florida city. And one of the best places to go on any trip to Hollywood is the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk.
The Hollywood Beach Boardwalk is also decidedly family friendly: Because it is literal steps from the beach, parents can sip a cocktail while their kids play nearby in the sand. There are two parks along the boardwalk, as well as a fountain decorated with dolphins where kids can play in the jets of water.
Relaxing on the beach all day can be exhausting, which is why you’re going to need lunch (and probably a cold beer, too). There are boardwalks in beach towns across America that offer the same tired old fried food, but that’s not the case here. At the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, you’ll find treats like lobster tacos, beers brewed with mango, and so much more.
Where to eat on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk
JWB Prime Steak and Seafood
Located within the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood embodies the hotel’s laid back attitude while still offering an upscale dining experience. The menu includes classics like Florida stone crab, king crab legs, and lobster tail. The classy decor includes exposed brick walls, soft sea foam green chairs near the bar, and an open kitchen, for a stylish dining experience.
Where: 1111 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
The atmosphere in this Greek restaurant is all about celebration and family-style eating, as its name suggests. The food is the real deal, too: Traditional Greek dishes like saganaki kefalotiri (flambeed cheese), taramosalata (whipped fish roe), and spanakopita and dolamade are all on the menu. And since this is the beach, there is an extensive seafood selection here, too, which features scallops, prawns, octopus, and snapper.
Where: 410 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
The Taco Joint
Reasonable prices and views of the ocean make this taco restaurant a hit. The lobster and fried shrimp tacos are especially popular, and the nachos are a customer favorite as well at The Taco Joint. And since you’re living your best beach life, order the pina colada, too.
Where: 1000 North Broadwalk, 1, Hollywood, FL 33019
Hollywood Brewing Co.
The beers at this brewery on the boardwalk match the personality of the beach: Many beers feature tropical and citrus notes – banana, mango, and lemon zest are all flavors and ingredients in Hollywood brews. The brew pub offers a wide selection of classic pub food including fried calamari, smoked fish dip, and potato skins. Outdoor seating has an unobstructed view of the beach.
Where: 290 N Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL 33019
Sapore di Mare
This small Italian restaurant right on the boardwalk is beloved for its pizza in particular. If you prefer pasta, the seafood spaghetti is especially popular at Sapore di Mare, and people have also raved about the grilled octopus and branzino in reviews. The charming yellow building offers a few small outdoor tables so you can sit on the boardwalk itself.
Where: 707 N Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL 33019
This casual beachside restaurant located inside the Marriott Hollywood Beach offers beach views and a breakfast buffet during the week. Inflected with Caribbean flavors, the menu offers citrus-marinated pork tacos, blackened fish tacos, mahi mahi, jerk chicken, and spicy shrimp. It’s also located near the Fort Lauderdale Airport, making it an easy stop for dinner when you arrive in the area.
Where: 2501 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
Overlooking the Intracoastal waterway, GG’s Waterfront promises guests views of passing yachts. The waterfront views are accompanied by an impressive seafood menu: sweet and spicy shrimp, white wine mussels, chilled Maine lobster, and fresh oysters are all available. The atmosphere is elegant, but still casual – enjoy dockside outdoor seating, but be sure you don’t show up in a tank top, otherwise you might be turned away. You will definitely want to stop by this restaurant in the evening, when you can sip a cocktail and watch a stunning sunset.
Where: 606 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019