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The Historic Downtowner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown Fort Lauderdale
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10 South New River Drive East, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2830 (Formerly Downtowner Saloon & Steak HSE)
+1 954-463-9800
11:00 - 00:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Oak Park, Illinois
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The oysters were fresh and very good. The bacon-wrapped scallops were terrific. The service was helpful and accommodating. You have your choice of eating inside, at a table on the sidewalk, or next to the New River across the street. The Men's room, however, smelled and needed to be mopped under the urinals.

Thank GordonWaldron
Boston, Massachusetts
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232 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Was visiting with my husband and a friend from Ireland, decided to go to the river walk and then have a bite to eat.It was a warm evening so we grabbed a seat outside.the waiter we had was so nice. My friend and I had the generous dish of ribs. There were so many a full rack we both took... More 

Thank 89kathy
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food selection and quality are good. Beer selection is decent, some local and craft but nothing rare. Nice casual place to grab a drink or a meal along the river.

Thank quiquesan
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently was taken for a Sunday lunch here. Hadn't been in for almost ten years - and remembered it then as a dark,dank dive with mediocre food. Wasn't excited about prospect of returning but was convinced otherwise. Glad I went. There is lovely outdoor seating along the inter coastal. Server arrived quickly with menus and - after reminding us that... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a large group on a Saturday night coming for drinks and dinner. While the staff was nice to find us seats together the service was absolutely the worst we have all ever experienced. The drinks (beer) took 15 minutes to come out. Food more than half an hour and then on top they forgot the order of one... More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I have been frequenting the downtowner because of our proximity to work and have had the most wonderful time. We have sat at the bar, on the water and inside the restaurant. No matter where we sit we get the best service with an amazing positivity that is incomparable. The server Richard and the ladies behind the... More 

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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I work in the local area and within walking distance to this restaurant and usually have at least 6 people with me when we come a few times a month. But I am at my last straw with this place. They took a BLT (a BLT!!) and put it on Ciabatta bread. WHY??? Then they have a special roast-beef melt... More 

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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with a group of co-workers for lunch. Some of us had been there several months ago, some (like me) haven't been there for years. Food, poor.....the 'fish fry' I ordered, from the specials menu was a stale piece of non-descript, tasteless 'fish'. I asked for a club soda and was charged $2.50 for it. One person order a roast... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Stopped here for lunch on our pre-cruise day in Fort Lauderdale. Nice to sit outside, have a fresh lunch and watch some amazing boats go by (and watch the bridge open up for them). Enjoyed the Spicy Tuna Wontons as an appetizer and the Tuscan Chicken sandwich was great (we ended up sharing there was so much food). My husband... More 

Thank BoSoxVacation
Ft. Lauderdale
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Been going to The Downtowner all of my life. The place has gone through many changes (owners, menu, staff) over the years, but has somehow managed to stay the course and has not deviated in anyway. I give credit to the new owners each time by keeping the quality staff. Best time (for us) to go is during the evening/night... 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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Child-friendly, 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 South New River Drive East, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2830 (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?