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In the past 12 months, Las Olas Boulevard has had a host of restaurants open, including Etaru, Boathouse at the Riverside, El Camino and the Balcony.

“What we try to strive for here is to have a nice variety and try to limit the duplicity of types of restaurants,” says Michael C. Weymouth, president of the Las Olas Company. “As you walk around, you’ll see that there aren’t a whole lot of one type of flavor versus another.”


Here’s more about what the new eateries are serving.

Etaru, 500 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-477-8068,

Etaru's pork belly and ramen dish.

• Etaru, which opened on June 21, is a Japanese restaurant where the dishes are placed in the middle of the table to be shared by everyone. The comprehensive menu has everything from sashimi and a pork belly ramen dish to burgers and dumplings. A big feature at Etaru is the robata grill, which “locks in all the flavoring,” according to general manager Angelo Rifici. Etaru has a sister property that opened in Hallandale Beach in August 2017.


• “We’re not your normal appetizer-entree-dessert restaurant,” Rifici says. “We really, really want you to get a different experience, [because] not a lot of people are familiar with Japanese food. We like to be your guide, almost in an introduction into Japanese food. What I love about our menu is that we have something for everybody.”

Boathouse at the Riverside, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-377-5494,

Boathouse at the Riverside's chickpea hummus follows a recipe that chef Alia Asher got from her grandmother.

• Dishes are served tapas-style at the Boathouse at the Riverside, the third eatery of the Riverside Hotel. It opened in April. Menu fare includes charred octopus, Serrano pizza, chickpea hummus (a recipe from chef Alia Asher’s grandmother), buffalo cauliflower and stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.

• “What Las Olas Boulevard does not have is a waterfront establishment in a cool, calm and fun atmosphere as well,” general manager Justin Horns says. “That’s what we try to provide for the community, locals and the tourism industry alike. We want this to be a place where you can bring your family or a group of friends off the boat, or you can ride up on your bicycles, or you can walk in off the street, and we have something for everyone.”

El Camino Mezcal and Tequila Bar, 817 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-1188,

Mexican dishes at El Camino Las Olas.

• Opened in March, El Camino may be as well known for its mezcal and tequila craft cocktails as it is for its Mexican food, including brisket nachos, tacos, quesadillas and ceviche. El Camino in Fort Lauderdale is roughly three times the size of the Delray Beach restaurant, which is the restaurant’s original location and bills itself as serving Mexican soul food.

The Balcony, 1309 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 754-200-6344,

The gumbo at the Balcony.

• Former Miami Dolphin and WFOR-TV sportscaster Kim Bokamper opened the Balcony in May. The restaurant and bar is styled after a New Orleans establishment, so the menu has your typical Cajun and Louisiana items, such as gumbo, crab cakes, red beans and rice, etouffee, meat pies and ceviche, but with some SoFlo thrown in.

• General manager Jonathan O’Neill explains: “The concept behind the cuisine is from our executive chef Simon Porter, [who] wanted to come up with a New Orleans-inspired menu that brought the flavors of Florida into the menu. He didn’t want to go full-on New Orleans, Louisiana-style. He wanted to make it appeal to a broader clientele down here in Florida.”

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