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Ernie's Bar-b-que & Lounge

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1843 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2939
+1 954-523-8636
07:00 - 02:00
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Sun 19:00 - 02:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 03:00
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Austin, Texas, United States
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I think that this restaurant must have encouraged their regular customers give the restaurant good reviews to drive up their rating. The food was poor quality and BBQ was awful. It is really a BBQ soup that is poured on low quality food. I don't like to give bad reviews, but I think the TripAdvisor rating for this restaurant was... More 

2 Thank Henry D
Davie, Florida
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Back in the day management encouraged you to use the provided crayons and write on the walls. Graffiti everywhere hence the name "Dirty Ernie's". The conch fritter are to die for and the BBQ beef with Bimini bread is awesome! Food, service and the rooftop outdoor eating area are all cool. Always fun to people watch from the roof!

1 Thank Scott K
Grafton, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Someone on Trip Advisor recommended this place to me and it was great! Walking distance from the hotel we stayed at and the menu was extensive. Our waitress was so much fun and so friendly to our 8 year old son. The bimini bread was amazing, especially with the BBQ pork beef sandwich. We went for a late lunch and... More 

Thank rlmcgrath
Poulsbo, Washington
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

The wife and I visited Ernie’s for lunch the other day. This is an older place that has survived the changes on US1 in the past 30 years. I had the ½ BBQ Pork Sandwich and cup of Conch Chowder, my wife had the fried shrimp. The BBQ pork was good and it was served on Bimini Bread which was... More 

Thank Sailor Paul T
Nova Scotia, Canada
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

We found this restaurant by looking up restaurants near me on google. Not being from the area we did not know where to find a good meal. It did not look like much, but the reviews were awesome so we decided to give it a chance. We almost changed our minds before we went in, but decided to trust the... More 

1 Thank Kurt F
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259 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This place looks like a dive on the outside but on the inside there is delicious barbecue! The pork and beef barbecue dinners were delicious. The corn was just ok but you must understand I'm from indiana where they grow phenomenal sweet corn. It was nice they were open late too!

Thank Jillyjillyjilly
Ottawa, Canada
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Had the ribs, they were pretty good, I did eat them all - but not outstanding. My husband had the BBQ beef sandwich and it had just too much sauce for him. I wouldn't go back.

Thank soj502
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Doesn't look like much from the outside but has some of the best food I have had in Ft Lauderdale. A must stop before boarding a cruise.

1 Thank Steve E
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145 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

I've been going to this Fort Lauderdale icon since I could walk and maybe before that I just don't remember ,this place is pretty amazing ,real Bimini bread ,pork and beef barbecue on sliced thick Bimini bread ,great barbecue sauce ,their french fries are incredible they have a rooftop bar if you feel like going out therebut honestly, I just... More 

1 Thank Vengel
Deland, Florida, Usa
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Very funky in a good way. They are known for the BBQ but their chowder with the Bahamian Bread is soooooo good. We eat there every time we're in Ft Lauderdale. Its great on the outside patio upstairs

Thank JohnRussellCox

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Soups, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
19:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 03:00
07:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1843 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2939
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Broward County  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: +1 954-523-8636

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