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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
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Elburg, The Netherlands
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128 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been several times, and try to make it whenever business takes me to South Florida. This place is one part nostalgia, one part great clam chowder, one part local's hangout, and all parts worth visiting. If you like bread, Their Bimini Bread is worth purchasing a loaf, or two. I'd be willing to agree with the reviewer who commented... More 

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Thank Ronald F
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another place I like to take visitors, "Dirty Ernie's" is a Fort Lauderdale tradition and landmark. It got a bit of a makeover some years back and they no longer have the wonderful sayings painted on the wall that I used to love, but it's still a fun place to go. I love the conch salad, conch chowder, and pork... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

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 

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Davie, Florida
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

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!

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Grafton, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

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 

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Poulsbo, Washington
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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 

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Nova Scotia, Canada
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 

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1 Thank Kurt F
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264 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
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!

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Ottawa, Canada
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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.

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Thank soj502
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Soups, Barbecue
Meals
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
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?