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Even Keel Fish & Oyster

Even Keel Fish & Oyster celebrates the philosophies of sustainability and localism. This chef-driven, farm-to-table workshop creates ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest products of time and place. Also, get the best dining experience with a fantastic atmosphere and adequate dining space to enjoy with your loved ones.

Miami Eater’s #1 Hottest Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  1. Even Keel Fish & Oyster

Chef Dean Max, best known for putting the Ft. Lauderdale culinary scene on the map with 3030 Ocean restaurant, has opened a seafood-centric restaurant with, what he refers to as, an evolving menu that features a generous raw bar as well as dishes like spicy mussels in a cilantro broth, hot lobster rolls, and seared red snapper. Don’t eat fish? No problem. There’s non-pescatarian choices like the wagyu burger and Nashville hot chicken.

SunSential’s New Favorite Spot in Town

Even Keel prides itself on offering much local fish and produce (including from Triar Seafood in Hollywood and Swank Specialty Produce in Loxahatchee), but it also features things from greater distances that fit the languid vibe of an approaching South Florida summer.

Michael Mayo SunSential’s Best Bites of 2019

Dining critic Mike Mayo continues his annual tradition of selecting and recollecting the best bites and his favorite dishes of the past year at South Florida restaurants, with his top 19 for 2019.

Yelp Reviews rated 4 ½ Stars out of 5 Stars

Even Keel isn’t just our name it’s our way of life. It represents the solid and steady path we have taken to get to this point in our journey. It represents the always warm attitude, always consistent food, constant fresh products, and always creative vibe of our team.

Trip Advisor Reviews rated 4.0 out of 5.0

Even Keel is a beautifully designed restaurant with a large bar area and separate dining areas. It is a very large venue with valet parking.

Facebook Reviews rated 4.7 out of 5.0

Even Keel Fish & Oyster celebrates the philosophies of sustainability and localism. This chef-driven, farm-to-table workshop creates ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest products of time and place.

SunSential’s Grand Opening Story

Acclaimed chef Dean James Max is returning to Fort Lauderdale with the Jan. 22 opening of Even Keel Fish & Oyster, a seafood restaurant that will feature a raw bar and local fish.

New Times Top Ten Best Restaurants in Broward

Chef Dean Max, who helped put Fort Lauderdale on the culinary map with his tenure at Ocean 3030 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, is back in town with this new seafood-centric restaurant, deemed "Modern Floridian coastal." Together with chefs Dave MacLennan and Brad Phillips, the restaurant aims for a model of sustainability and locally-sourced food.

City & Shore’s “Stylish Seafood Spot”

Chef Eric Kaszubinski filled the menu at this Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa spot with an overload of seafood dishes, starting with the fried calamari and moving on to the Island seafood stew and a pecan-crusted corvina. In a dining room filled with a nautical theme you’ll remember from fish houses from yesteryears, there’s no doubt about AND’s intentions.

Venice Magazine’s Chef Dean James Max’s Story

Max spent the late 1990s as executive chef at Brasserie Savoy in San Francisco and then as partner at the 60-seat Woodside in Brentwood, the wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood. South Florida called him back, however, in 1999 when the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa wanted to create an independent seafood restaurant. Chef-driven restaurants inside Marriott properties were still new, but there was Max—just 11 years after that trip to Italy—creating a concept, hiring staff and overseeing 3030 Ocean.

Miami Eaters #1 Best Happy Hour Spot in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale has come a long way since it was merely a mecca for college kids ordering tequila shot specials on Spring Break. The city’s burgeoning food and beverage scene is generating much well-deserved attention and drawing in a varied crowd. Just check out these happy hour venues, which proves that the city knows how to dole out some serious fun.

New Times Top Best New Restaurants of 2019

It’s no longer a question that South Florida’s restaurant scene is undergoing a renaissance. The phenomenon has kicked into high gear in 2019, with notable new restaurants popping up everywhere from Pompano Beach to Palm Beach to Lauderhill. But whether it comes to fine-dining or fast-casual concepts, Fort Lauderdale is clearly leading the pack in culinary innovation.

Forbes Hidden Gems in Fort Lauderdale

Wake up to the travel buzz that is the “new” Fort Lauderdale. This upbeat, progressive, diverse, beach bonanza—lively with distinctive restaurants, world-class performance and fine arts venues, ace accommodations, nature-reveling diversions and shop-licious Las Olas Boulevard—has graciously grown-up, shedding its 1980s reputation as a spring-break party scene.