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The 16 Essential Restaurants in Hollywood, Florida

Possibly South Florida's most diverse food scene

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Nestled between Miami and Fort Lauderdale is a town that many people confuse with its more famous namesake in California. Most of Florida’s Hollywood residents probably like it that way. It keeps the historic city under-the-hype radar, which helps to maintain its funky, colorful, and small-town vibe that has helped it earn it the nickname "Hollyweird."

Amid its 1920s architecture and tree-shaded streets, the town is home to a melting pot of cultures with a dash of old-school Americana that makes for perhaps one of South Florida’s most interesting dining scenes. Whether savoring Korean food in a strip mall, or exploring the flavors of Armenia while watching the waves crash, Hollywood definitely offers some diverse eats. And since it's where I-95 and the Turnpike practically kiss, it’s easy to get here from virtually anywhere.

Below are 16 of Hollywood’s more original culinary destinations for your next dining adventure.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kuro

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1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
(954) 327-7625
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A visit to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is made better with a meal at this new-style Japanese restaurant. At its bright refined dining room and bar overlooking the resort’s lush pool, dishes are brought to the table in what seems like a careful choreography. Wagyu tacos with cilantro and spicy Amarillo aji are on the dinner menu, as well as soft-shell crab tempura, Chilean seabass in miso, beef short rib in Gochulang demi, and an extensive lineup of nigiri, maki, hand rolls, and sushi. Chef’s omakase comes in three options and spotlights a different type of fish in each dish, prepared using traditional techniques to preserve the freshness and flavor of each offering.

2. Dragon City Mandarin House Restaurant

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6708 Stirling Rd
Hollywood, FL 33024
(954) 894-8393

This Chinese restaurant is open until midnight, every night, making it a great spot for late night cravings of bird’s nest, sea cucumber, and abalone. Less adventurous diners will find a wide selection of noodles and other dishes. Chinese-American fare is lackluster at best, but why order sweet and sour chicken when you can have steamed chicken with lily flower and black fungus?

3. Yellow Green Farmers Market

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1940 N 30th Rd
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 513-3990
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Besides being a great place to buy anything from local eggs to handmade perfume, this weekends-only covered market is where you can find Hollywood’s culinary diversity at its best. The ever changing roster of eats can include peel-and-eat crawfish, piled high nachos, pastas made on-site, and bounties of local produce.

4. Casa Borinquen

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1411 N Palm Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(954) 237-7700
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This casual Puerto Rican restaurant has that right combination of friendly service, great food, and affordable prices. Whether looking to order a full meal or just one of its freshly made alcapurrias or pastelillos, guests are treated like family. Don’t miss out on their tripleta sandwich, which features three kinds of meat.

5. JWB Prime Steak and Seafood

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1111 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 874-4470
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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort houses this upscale steakhouse, aptly named after James (Jimmy) William Buffett. The laid-back restaurant features intimate spaces ideal for romantic dinners or small group gatherings and the menu features prime steaks and a wide selection of seafood offerings. The dinner menu of prime bone-in rib eye, surf ’n’ turf and catch of the day is complemented by desserts like banana cream and key lime pie, and plenty of wine, scotch, bottled beer, and cocktail selections. 

6. Le Tub Saloon

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1100 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 921-9425
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There’s something about the combination of a casual waterfront atmosphere, comfort food that appeals to everyone, and Hollywood locals have been experiencing the best of it for the past four decades at Le Tub. The outdoor-seating saloon is know for serving the best hamburger in town, a signature sirloin burger made famous by GQ Magazine and Oprah that is big enough to share. The chili is also a favorite, as are the crab legs, catch of the day, and the daily-made Key lime pie. The lush foliage and quirky objects like a painted toilet seat and bathtubs of the outdoor wood deck facing the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway seal the deal. 

7. Hollywood Grill

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905 N Broadwalk
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 272-2525
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Don’t let this restaurant’s signage deter you from entering. “Caucasian” here refers to the Caucasus region that includes countries like Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. This is the place to enjoy an assortment of exotic delicacies like cheesy khachapuri bread and succulent lula kebab after taking a stroll on the beach.

8. GG's Waterfront

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606 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 929-7030
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Situated on North Ocean Drive, GG’S is known for its alfresco dining and sprawling waterside, as well as a former celebrity hangout of Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and New York mobsters. Locals come here to dine on Florida fresh seafood and steak like stone crab claws, chilled Maine lobster, blackened grouper tacos, roasted chicken, and braised short rib. On Sundays, GG’s hosts a special brunch and live Caribbean music at the dockside lounge. 

9. Runas Peruvian Cuisine

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219 N 21st Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 534-9146
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Tony Dominguez and Gerardo Landa celebrate the best of food, libations, and entertainment of their native Peru at this vibrant destination. The menu is a blend of fine dining staples and street-food culture specialties like anticuchos de corazon (beef heart skewers), chupe de camarones (Peruvian-style shrimp stew), and tiraditos (sashimi-style slices in coal-smoked Peruvian yellow pepper sauce). Make sure to order one of the strong, refreshing Pisco Sour cocktails to go with the meal. 

10. J28 Sandwich Bar

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1854 N Young Cir
Hollywood, FL 33020
(754) 208-2902
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Hollywood has one of the highest concentrations of Peruvians in the country, so it should come as no surprise that the country’s cuisine should show up plenty of times this list. Peruvian sandwiches have become increasingly popular in South Florida, and this is one place that takes the fairly minimalist “sanguche” quite seriously. Its fried pork and sweet potato sandwich is its signature.

11. Mickey Byrne's Irish Pub

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1921 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 921-2317
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Irish themed bars seem to be everywhere in South Florida, but do all of them offer a traditional Irish breakfast on weekends? Mickey Byrne’s does, as well as Irish classics like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash along with some creative offerings like corned beef hush puppies.

12. The Dandee Donut Factory

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102 N 28th Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 929-1118
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Before donuts became hip and pastry chefs got their hands on them, they were the everyman’s breakfast pastry. Dandee Donuts is one of the few independent places where sugar-loving diners can still grab an old-school, traditional doughnut. Diners can also sit down and have an omelet, a patty melt, or even a pizza here.

13. The Tipsy Boar

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1906 Harrison St
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 920-2627
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Every town needs a Cheers-like gastropub and in Hollywood that’s the Tipsy Boar. The spot is celebrating two decades this year, and it is still a local favorite thanks to its friendly staff, wide draft beer selection, and an solid menu of bar bites. Diners can choose from guacamole, lamb gyro croquettes, Texas barbecue beef burger, and Sicily chicken, which is pan seared and topped with spinach, tomatoes, and Provolone, then served with a side of fragrant saffron rice. 

14. U Know Korean Bistro

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290 S State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023
(954) 962-9929

This Korean restaurant is one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. Don’t expect the trappings of some of South Florida’s better-known Korean restaurants, however. This is a no-frills, homey dive perfect for enjoying a comforting bowl of stew or its famous noodles in black bean sauce.

15. Viva Brazil Restaurant

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1657 S 21st Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 549-6255
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Picture an endless assortment of spit-roasted meats brought to the dining table on long skewers, all-you-can eat buffet of salads, specialty dishes, and desserts like flan and lemon mousse. Now add a weekly Saturday feijoada (pork black and bean stew) into the equation, along with a selection of caipirinhas, Brazil’s national drink mixed with cachaca, sugar, and lime. The result is Viva Brazil, a family-owned restaurant that has held its place amongst the best spots in town for its offering of traditional Brazilian rodizio since 2017.

16. Diplomat Prime Steak & Seafood

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3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 602-8331
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Nestled in the lobby of the Diplomat Beach Resort, this award-winning steakhouse marries a sophisticated ambiance with top-tier seafood and aged in-house steak dining. Led by executive chef Rashaad Abdool, the kitchen dishes out starters to the likes of prime rib carpaccio, jumbo lump crab cake, or snapper crudo, followed by main courses of Diver scallops, 45-day dry-aged NY Strip, or a shareable dish of twin lobster tail for two, which can be accompanied by sides of the like of roasted bone marrow, Kabocha squash risotto, or seared foie grass. The wine lists boats more than 500 varietals in addition to an extensive cocktail menu.

1. Kuro

1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314

A visit to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is made better with a meal at this new-style Japanese restaurant. At its bright refined dining room and bar overlooking the resort’s lush pool, dishes are brought to the table in what seems like a careful choreography. Wagyu tacos with cilantro and spicy Amarillo aji are on the dinner menu, as well as soft-shell crab tempura, Chilean seabass in miso, beef short rib in Gochulang demi, and an extensive lineup of nigiri, maki, hand rolls, and sushi. Chef’s omakase comes in three options and spotlights a different type of fish in each dish, prepared using traditional techniques to preserve the freshness and flavor of each offering.

1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314

2. Dragon City Mandarin House Restaurant

6708 Stirling Rd, Hollywood, FL 33024

This Chinese restaurant is open until midnight, every night, making it a great spot for late night cravings of bird’s nest, sea cucumber, and abalone. Less adventurous diners will find a wide selection of noodles and other dishes. Chinese-American fare is lackluster at best, but why order sweet and sour chicken when you can have steamed chicken with lily flower and black fungus?

6708 Stirling Rd
Hollywood, FL 33024

3. Yellow Green Farmers Market

1940 N 30th Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021

Besides being a great place to buy anything from local eggs to handmade perfume, this weekends-only covered market is where you can find Hollywood’s culinary diversity at its best. The ever changing roster of eats can include peel-and-eat crawfish, piled high nachos, pastas made on-site, and bounties of local produce.

1940 N 30th Rd
Hollywood, FL 33021

4. Casa Borinquen

1411 N Palm Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

This casual Puerto Rican restaurant has that right combination of friendly service, great food, and affordable prices. Whether looking to order a full meal or just one of its freshly made alcapurrias or pastelillos, guests are treated like family. Don’t miss out on their tripleta sandwich, which features three kinds of meat.

1411 N Palm Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

5. JWB Prime Steak and Seafood

1111 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort houses this upscale steakhouse, aptly named after James (Jimmy) William Buffett. The laid-back restaurant features intimate spaces ideal for romantic dinners or small group gatherings and the menu features prime steaks and a wide selection of seafood offerings. The dinner menu of prime bone-in rib eye, surf ’n’ turf and catch of the day is complemented by desserts like banana cream and key lime pie, and plenty of wine, scotch, bottled beer, and cocktail selections. 

1111 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

6. Le Tub Saloon

1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

There’s something about the combination of a casual waterfront atmosphere, comfort food that appeals to everyone, and Hollywood locals have been experiencing the best of it for the past four decades at Le Tub. The outdoor-seating saloon is know for serving the best hamburger in town, a signature sirloin burger made famous by GQ Magazine and Oprah that is big enough to share. The chili is also a favorite, as are the crab legs, catch of the day, and the daily-made Key lime pie. The lush foliage and quirky objects like a painted toilet seat and bathtubs of the outdoor wood deck facing the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway seal the deal. 

1100 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

7. Hollywood Grill

905 N Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL 33019

Don’t let this restaurant’s signage deter you from entering. “Caucasian” here refers to the Caucasus region that includes countries like Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. This is the place to enjoy an assortment of exotic delicacies like cheesy khachapuri bread and succulent lula kebab after taking a stroll on the beach.

905 N Broadwalk
Hollywood, FL 33019

8. GG's Waterfront

606 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Situated on North Ocean Drive, GG’S is known for its alfresco dining and sprawling waterside, as well as a former celebrity hangout of Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and New York mobsters. Locals come here to dine on Florida fresh seafood and steak like stone crab claws, chilled Maine lobster, blackened grouper tacos, roasted chicken, and braised short rib. On Sundays, GG’s hosts a special brunch and live Caribbean music at the dockside lounge. 

606 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

9. Runas Peruvian Cuisine

219 N 21st Ave, Hollywood, FL 33020

Tony Dominguez and Gerardo Landa celebrate the best of food, libations, and entertainment of their native Peru at this vibrant destination. The menu is a blend of fine dining staples and street-food culture specialties like anticuchos de corazon (beef heart skewers), chupe de camarones (Peruvian-style shrimp stew), and tiraditos (sashimi-style slices in coal-smoked Peruvian yellow pepper sauce). Make sure to order one of the strong, refreshing Pisco Sour cocktails to go with the meal. 

219 N 21st Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020

10. J28 Sandwich Bar

1854 N Young Cir, Hollywood, FL 33020

Hollywood has one of the highest concentrations of Peruvians in the country, so it should come as no surprise that the country’s cuisine should show up plenty of times this list. Peruvian sandwiches have become increasingly popular in South Florida, and this is one place that takes the fairly minimalist “sanguche” quite seriously. Its fried pork and sweet potato sandwich is its signature.

1854 N Young Cir
Hollywood, FL 33020

11. Mickey Byrne's Irish Pub

1921 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020

Irish themed bars seem to be everywhere in South Florida, but do all of them offer a traditional Irish breakfast on weekends? Mickey Byrne’s does, as well as Irish classics like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash along with some creative offerings like corned beef hush puppies.

1921 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020

12. The Dandee Donut Factory

102 N 28th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33020

Before donuts became hip and pastry chefs got their hands on them, they were the everyman’s breakfast pastry. Dandee Donuts is one of the few independent places where sugar-loving diners can still grab an old-school, traditional doughnut. Diners can also sit down and have an omelet, a patty melt, or even a pizza here.

102 N 28th Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020

13. The Tipsy Boar

1906 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020

Every town needs a Cheers-like gastropub and in Hollywood that’s the Tipsy Boar. The spot is celebrating two decades this year, and it is still a local favorite thanks to its friendly staff, wide draft beer selection, and an solid menu of bar bites. Diners can choose from guacamole, lamb gyro croquettes, Texas barbecue beef burger, and Sicily chicken, which is pan seared and topped with spinach, tomatoes, and Provolone, then served with a side of fragrant saffron rice. 

1906 Harrison St
Hollywood, FL 33020

14. U Know Korean Bistro

290 S State Road 7, Hollywood, FL 33023

This Korean restaurant is one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. Don’t expect the trappings of some of South Florida’s better-known Korean restaurants, however. This is a no-frills, homey dive perfect for enjoying a comforting bowl of stew or its famous noodles in black bean sauce.

290 S State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023

15. Viva Brazil Restaurant

1657 S 21st Ave, Hollywood, FL 33020

Picture an endless assortment of spit-roasted meats brought to the dining table on long skewers, all-you-can eat buffet of salads, specialty dishes, and desserts like flan and lemon mousse. Now add a weekly Saturday feijoada (pork black and bean stew) into the equation, along with a selection of caipirinhas, Brazil’s national drink mixed with cachaca, sugar, and lime. The result is Viva Brazil, a family-owned restaurant that has held its place amongst the best spots in town for its offering of traditional Brazilian rodizio since 2017.

1657 S 21st Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020

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16. Diplomat Prime Steak & Seafood

3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Nestled in the lobby of the Diplomat Beach Resort, this award-winning steakhouse marries a sophisticated ambiance with top-tier seafood and aged in-house steak dining. Led by executive chef Rashaad Abdool, the kitchen dishes out starters to the likes of prime rib carpaccio, jumbo lump crab cake, or snapper crudo, followed by main courses of Diver scallops, 45-day dry-aged NY Strip, or a shareable dish of twin lobster tail for two, which can be accompanied by sides of the like of roasted bone marrow, Kabocha squash risotto, or seared foie grass. The wine lists boats more than 500 varietals in addition to an extensive cocktail menu.

3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

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