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Gary Anton
· August 28, 2017
Lived down the street in the late 60's and early '70's and return whenever I'm in south Florida. Beef and pork sandwiches on Bimini bread with conch fritters and chowder with sherry on the upstairs pa...tio in the winter is unbeatable. I miss Ernie's musings on the wall, the blue Marlin and wooden menus but still feels like home. See More
Maureen Harris
· August 29, 2017
Oh my god I miss conch chowder and bahama bread. I need the recipe for Bahama bread so bad! I live in NW, MT now and am drooling at the prospect of finding a recipe for that bread. Conch is out of the... question, as I have never seen it here. See More
Don Williams
· April 2, 2017
In the 70s, when "Dirty Ernie's", as it was popularly know, still had Ernie at the cash register, we loved this place. The food was outstanding. Our favorite waitress (they had not been renamed the PC... "servers" at that time), whose name unfortunately escapes me, was a trip. My companion on one trip asked he if they ever washed the windows. Her classic response, "Hell, no, honey. We remodel." Today's Erinei's is a whole lot cleaner than the 70s version. With Ernie's philosophy painted on the walls. A favorite stop on the way home after going to Dania Beach, now a state park. It was a lot more fun back then. The beach, that is. Ernie's was always fun. <wink> See More
Mayr Malool
· September 12, 2016
Ernie's barbecue has been around for decades. When I lived in Fort Lauderdale I actually worked there on and off over the years. The food is excellent. The Bimini bread makes a fabulous sandwich! The ...secret recipe barbecue sauce and conch chowder are miles above any I've ever had before. The prices are reasonable, the portions are more than fair, and the ambience is unique. I love Ernie's, and while it's not the same place it was decades ago ( Dirty Ernies) it's still really good food. Whenever we go back down to Fort Lauderdale, we always go to Ernie's after the beach. I always get a barbecue beef sandwich, and you've got to try the conch fritters! Yum! See More
Larry Powers
· March 30, 2017
I loved the BBQ Sandwiches they were to die for. I would buy the sauce and use it in my Omelets. I'm going to miss it a lot. I would really love to have the BBQ SAUCE RECIPE. Anyone who has worked th...ere and has it pass it on since we no longer have the Restaurant we might as well enjoy something from it. The Conch recipes as well let the food live on. See More
Helen Clinger McCroy
· October 27, 2016
My husband and I were staying in the area for a week and Ernies was across the street so we decided to try it. Not sure what the deal with the elderly gentleman tending bar was but to say lack of per...sonality is close. My husband asked what kind of IPA's they had and his response was Goose Island, ok I guess that was the selection, no big deal, we asked him what he would recommend on the menu, his response was pork. We stand our beers and left. Won't be bothered returning the next time we are in town. See More
Jon Stewart
· June 23, 2016
When I lived in FLL in the early 70s-80s, it was one of my all-time favorite places. We lovingly called it "Dirty Ernie's".
After moving away, and returning in the mid 90s, I insisted on bringing a f...riend there, bragging about the politically/socially themed wall paintings and rustic setting. What we walked into was closer to run-of-the-mill than avant-garde... a real pity.
The pork sandwiches and conch fritters helped sooth my disappointment (and embarrassment, though the portions were not as huge as I had gushed about.
Later that week, we went to Cap's in Lighthouse Point for excellent seafood in a still-rustic setting.
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Barry Ward
· July 10, 2016
Had the rib dinner. Enormous and swimming in really good BBQ sauce. Came with two thick slices of Bimini bread (a bit like brioche only not as sweet) a giant corn on the cob that was really tender a...nd coleslaw. Fries are extra, but absolutely not needed. Ribs excellent ... meat just fell off the bone. Definitely a return visit next trip See More
Donna Polinsky
· February 24, 2017
The best conch chowder hands down! The best Bimini bread to go with it and used for the barbecue sandwiches! Love the pulled pork barbecue sandwich! The barbecue sauce is delicious! We've been coming ...for over 33 years! See More
Krystyn Orlitzki Brooks
· February 12, 2017
Ernie's is a Ft. Laud icon that has the best barbecue pulled pork, beef sandwiches ever had!! Never disappointed in all the years we have been eating there & the best service with the most awesome wai...tresses too! Ernie's Rocks It & Will Live on 4-Ever!👍 See More
Nona Rauch
· April 1, 2016
On my face book it just popped up One Year Ago I was on there raving about Ernie's and my dinner there with my brothers. What a difference a year makes we were again there Thursday and got the pork... sandwich and the alleged conch chowder... don't know what happened but you guys need to tighten up and get back to making us want to rave...Please! I hope this was just some off day for someone. We will try again next year! See More
Phil McAtee
· March 21, 2016
Just had a pork sandwich. The bread is amazing, pork was super tender, not pulled like I expected by sliced, and the sauce, I can't believe how fantastic it was. It is not a traditional sauce but the... flavor is something else. I am very satisfied. See More
Renee Hoyt
· October 6, 2016
So we walked into Ernies BBQ because lights on , open sign lit, people outside and inside eating, and a nasty waitress to told me to get out they are closed turn off your halogen open sign or... be nicer I am not a mind reader. Won't be going back to Ernies ever again! See More
Janet Meriedeth Fizer
· March 21, 2017
hasn't changed much in 10+ yrs since we were last there. food was good, portion huge. would definitely recommend. our server Donna was super nice.
Bruce Dash
· December 4, 2016
Eating @ Ernie's since I was 16. 41 years. The bathrooms and general overall look, feel gave it the Dirty Ernie's name. I'm not very local so it's a treat now. The political signs are gone, prices wen...t up but, the new (7year) owners kept the recipes. We had the Conch Chowder with some sweet Sherry, Conch Salad, Pork Sandwiches on the sweet Bimini Style bread. I love their BBQ Sauce. Service was one person so a little busy. Worth trying if you like this food. Wished I was closer... See More
Jackie Arnold
· October 21, 2016
Had lunch yesterday 10/20/16 with friend from SBHS 1965. Dad & I used to stop by in 1965-69 all the time to bring his fav Bimini Bread & Conch chowder home from his business. Your food & service top q...uality today as it was then. Thank You. PS, Brought some Bimini Bread home !!!!!! See More
Heather Garber
· March 1, 2017
Great place that we stumbled on before heading to Caribbean for a cruise- visited it twice before. Had to return one more time before heading home to WI. All staff wonderful. Food excellent
Steve Ebmeier
· February 21, 2017
Always have the best conch chowder and pork sandwiches. Fish dip is great too. Service always friendly and attentive
Mark Vose
· January 11, 2016
Living in Costa Rica has been fun and there lot of things I don't miss about South Florida,however when it comes to conch chowder Ernie's is King¡!! And no one comes close to their Bimini bread & BB...Q ribs. Rock on Ernie's!! See More
David DeVlaeminck
· September 26, 2015
The waitress must of had a bad day. We waited over a half hour for just drinks. It was not busy.. so I hate to be there if it was. Top floor.. should of been down stairs I guess

For those asking we will be serving Conch Fritters and Conch Salad at Floridian Restaurant.

Effective immediately all Ernie's classics will now be served at the Floridian Restaurant at 1410 E Las Olas Blvd, Ft Lauderdale. Come by for your Bimini Bread, conch chowder and BBQ served by your favorite waitresses we also feature a Full Liquor Bar open 24 hrs 365 days a year.


Just a heads up to everyone who has come to this page asking questions, unfortunately Ernie's is officially closed! The doors were locked as of this past Saturday.

Ernie's BBQ & Lounge updated their status.

Due to the hurricane warning and weather conditions Ernie's was not operating under regular hours and we do apologize for an inconvenience, and all people who were turned down.

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Super Bowl party tomorrow night at Ernie's! Free buffet starts at 5pm. Hope to see you all there!

Hi everyone!! Looking for a new place to watch Football on Saturdays & Sundays? We are now offering 2 for 1 drink specials from 12-6..come hang out with your favorite bartenders upstairs on the patio deck! 9 flat screens, an abundance of alcohol, amazing food, & of course us! What more could you ask for?? Can't wait to see everyone!

Join us as we celebrate Harold's birthday this Saturday night, April 30th! The party starts at 9pm at the upstairs bar. Hope to see you all there!!!

Big things going on this week at Ernies...

Wednesday 11/24: Ladies Night! Ladies drink 1/2 price from 9pm till midnight.

Thursday 11/25: We are OPEN! Thanksgiving dinner served all day!


Saturday 11/27: Live music on the upstairs patio! "Rockin' Rasputin and the Blues Bolsheviks" will be jamming out from 10pm on. Come check 'em out!

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Never a dull moment at Ernies!

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**Save the Date - Ernie's Halloween party will be Friday night, October 29th**

It's a beautiful day! Come watch the games on Ernie's outside patio with Kerry and Jessica!!

Just got Rick Rolled

Spring Break 2010 gone wild!! The Bird Man is live tonight on the upstairs patio with the American Honey girls! Come by for a shot or 7!

Our bartenders are banannas!!

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