Southport Raw Bar Review (Local’s View)

If you’re craving fresh oysters and a lively scene by the waterfront, Southport Raw Bar in Fort Lauderdale is your destination. Dive into my personal experiences with their renowned seafood, casual bar fare, and picturesque patio dining—highlights that make it a local favorite.

I guess you could say it’s a dive bar, being that it’s a dated establishment that one of my friends infamously said “I bet there is cocaine on the carpet.”  While that is not known, you’ll understand when you walk in.  It’s a gritty, blue-collar place that welcomes all walks of life. You’ll see billionaires to swashbucklers, and everything in between.  I love this place – it has so much character and is a true example of why you shouldn’t judge a place on it’s decor!

What’s to Expect at Southport Raw Bar

  • Southport Raw Bar offers a wide range of fresh seafood dishes, with popular choices like New England Clam Chowder, Bay Shrimp, and both Raw and Grilled Oysters, all suggesting a dedication to fresh, high-quality ingredients.
  • It’s not all about seafood; the restaurant also serves delectable bar food including Fried Chicken, Chicken Wings, and hearty Sandwiches, ensuring options for every palate.
  • With scenic patio dining by the water, live music for a lively atmosphere, and a pet-friendly policy, dining at Southport Raw Bar is an experience beyond just the food, great for family, friends, and furry companions alike.

Local Tip:  If Southport is full, or the wait is too long, put it on your bucket list and walk one plaza over to Kelly’s Landing.  You can’t go wrong at either venue for fresh seafood and we love them both.

Fresh Seafood Highlights

Southport Raw Bar
An iconic spot in Lauderdale.

Seafood lovers will find sanctuary at Southport Raw Bar where a variety of fresh seafood steals the limelight. From the creamy New England Clam Chowder, the flavorful Bay Shrimp, to the Raw and Grilled Oysters, each dish is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to offering fresh, high-quality seafood.

New England Clam Chowder

The New England Clam Chowder, a crowd-pleaser, serves up a harmonious blend of:

  • water
  • cream
  • clams
  • potatoes
  • flour

This dish, with its simple ingredients, has a depth of flavor that many customers have come to love, and the addition of duck sauce and garlic bread tantalizes the taste buds even more. One of the most popular dishes featuring these flavors is our mahi tacos.

Whether a clam chowder enthusiast, a first-timer, or a fan of clam strips, this dish promises to leave a lasting impression, especially if you’re a conch chowder lover.

Bay Shrimp

The Bay Shrimp also warrants a taste. Boiled in a flavorful seafood broth until they float to the surface, these shrimps are served chilled and seasoned with the perfect amount of spices. The result is an aromatic and delicious dish that pairs perfectly with a glass of wine from the raw bar.

Raw Oysters

Oysters at Southport
The oysters are shucked in real time at the bar for everyone to see.

If you’re a fan of oysters, you’re in for a treat. Served on a bed of crushed ice, the raw oysters at Southport Raw Bar deliver a refreshing taste of the sea. Paired with a tangy cocktail sauce and horseradish, these oysters are a true gastronomic delight.

Grilled Oysters

For those who favor a warmer dish, the grilled oysters make an excellent choice. Cooked to perfection on the grill, these oysters are served with a mouth-watering garlic butter, enhancing their natural flavor. For an added touch of sophistication, consider pairing them with a wine butter sauce.

Whether you’re a long-time oyster lover or a first-timer, these grilled oysters, accompanied by grilled onions, are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Bar Food Delights

Southport Raw Bar isn’t just about seafood; its bar food menu, brimming with dishes ideal for a casual meal, is equally commendable.

With options like the crispy Fried Chicken, flavorful Chicken Wings, and a variety of hearty Sandwiches, there’s something to satisfy every craving.

Fried Chicken

Poultry enthusiasts should not miss the Fried Chicken. Each piece of chicken is coated and fried to perfection, resulting in a dish that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Served with a side of fries and cole slaw, it’s a meal that hits all the right comfort food notes.

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings also enjoy widespread popularity. Available in mild, medium, or hot Buffalo style, these wings offer a burst of flavor with every bite. Whether you prefer them lightly spiced or fiery hot, these wings are sure to satisfy your craving for a tasty treat.

Sandwiches

The Sandwiches at Southport Raw Bar are a meal in themselves. Featuring Boar’s Head meats and a selection of fresh toppings, these sandwiches are both filling and delicious. Whether you opt for:

  • the Philly Chicken
  • the Philly Steak
  • the Cheese Steak
  • the Chicken Parm Hoagie
  • the Cheese Ham

You’re in for a satisfying meal.

Scenic Patio Dining Experience

Here’s a view of the patio:

Southport raw bar patio view

And a great reminder of all the benefits of eating oysters!

Southport Raw Bar Oysters
World famous slogan!

However, food isn’t the only lure of Southport Raw Bar. The restaurant offers:

  • A scenic patio dining experience that enhances your meal
  • A beautiful waterway view
  • Live music
  • A pet-friendly environment

Dining at Southport Raw Bar is an experience in itself.

Waterway View

A truly eye-catching sight, the waterway view at Southport Raw Bar is bound to captivate you. As you enjoy your meal, you’re treated to a stunning view of the marina and Ft. Lauderdale canals.

Whether you’re dining during the day or enjoying an evening meal, the waterway view adds a touch of tranquility to your dining experience.

Live Music

Adding to the dining experience, Southport Raw Bar also features live music. With live performances every day, the restaurant offers a lively atmosphere that’s perfect for a night out with friends or a relaxed meal with family. From the soothing tunes to the energetic performances, the live music complements the dining experience perfectly.

Pet-Friendly Environment

In the pet-friendly environment of Southport Raw Bar, furry friends are always welcome. The restaurant’s patio is a great place for you and your pet to relax and enjoy the waterfront view.

With Southport Raw Bar’s pet-friendly policy, dining out has never been more fun for the whole family.

Beverages and Wine Selection

southport raw bar patio
We always have a blast on the patio!

Last weekend, I visited Southport Raw Bar and was impressed by their wide selection of beverages. From the wine raw bar and the selection of beers to the featured wine list, there’s something to suit every palate.

Wine Raw Bar

The wine raw bar showcases a range of wines, expertly paired with the seafood dishes. Whether you prefer a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a robust Pinot Noir, the wine raw bar has got you covered.

Beer Options

Beer enthusiasts can choose from a diverse range of options at the restaurant, including:

  • O’doul’s
  • Budweiser
  • Hop Gun IPA
  • Floridian

There’s something for everyone.

Featured Wine List

If you’re a wine connoisseur, the featured wine list is sure to impress. With premium wines like Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and Cakebread Chardonnay available by the bottle, you’re in for a treat.

While I enjoy what Southport has, I had a hard time adding it to my list of recommended Fort Lauderdale bars because it does not have a full liquor bar.

Happy Hour and Specials

Southport Raw Bar caters to deal seekers with its happy hour and daily specials. From discounted pitchers of Domestic Draft to $8.00 Fish Tacos and Wings, there’s something to make every visit a special occasion.

A Fort Lauderdale Tradition

Southport Raw Bar Signage

More than a restaurant, Southport Raw Bar embodies a Fort Lauderdale tradition. Having served the community for over 50 years, it holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

With its fresh seafood, vibrant atmosphere, and scenic waterfront location, it’s no wonder this spot has stood the test of time.

Family and Children Friendly

Families and children also find a welcoming atmosphere at Southport Raw Bar. With a kids menu, high chairs, and booster seats available, it’s a great place for a family meal. And with free Wi-Fi and dockage, it’s not just the adults who are catered to.

Location and Parking

Southport Raw Bar at night
This photo was taken when we arrived by boat one night.

Easily accessible for both locals and visitors, Southport Raw Bar sits at 1536 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale. With ample parking nearby and a variety of public transportation options, it’s a convenient spot for a meal or a night out.

This place is so near and dear to me that it’s on my list of the best seafood joints in Ft Lauderdale.  Come and see for yourself what makes it so iconic.

As an aside, this is just minutes from the FLL airport, making it a great place for dining near the airport if you are on your way to a flight, or just getting into town with some hunger.

Summary

Southport Raw Bar is a Fort Lauderdale tradition that offers more than just a meal. With its fresh seafood, bar food delights, scenic patio dining experience, and a variety of beverages, it’s a dining destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a seafood enthusiast or a bar food fan, Southport Raw Bar is a place you’ll want to visit time and time again.

Frequently Asked Questions

How old is Southport Raw Bar?

Southport Raw Bar is 48 years old, making it the oldest raw bar in Broward County.

Is the water in Fort Lauderdale safe to drink?

Yes, the water in Fort Lauderdale is safe to drink and meets all Environmental Protection Agency standards, so feel free to drink from the tap.

What are the seafood options at Southport Raw Bar?

You can enjoy New England Clam Chowder, Bay Shrimp, and Raw and Grilled Oysters at Southport Raw Bar. Try them out!

What type of music is played at Southport Raw Bar?

At Southport Raw Bar, you can enjoy a variety of live music every day, adding to the dining experience.

Is Southport Raw Bar pet-friendly?

Yes, Southport Raw Bar is pet-friendly and welcomes pets on their patio.

5/5 - (1 vote)

About 

Tim Schmidt is a 20+ year Entrepreneur and Digital Marketer. A Fort Lauderdale-based "Digital Nomad," he enjoys traveling as much as possible with family and friends. AllWorld is his escape to document all of his adventures, including being a hardcore "foodie." He has property in Costa Rica and visits several times each year and is happy to offer his expert advice for planning your trip.

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