The Riverside Market Cafe


18 Reviews
The Riverside Market CafeThe Riverside Market Cafe

Type: Bar, Eatery

608 SW 12th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33312-2421
United States

(954) 358-8333 | map

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Added by Reagan1984 on 04-15-2011

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Photo of JandJMD
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Perfect spot to stop for an early lunch after the flight and before a trip down to Key West. Everyone in the place was nice and helpful. Coolers full of locals and beer from all over. Just grab and drink and pay on the way out. Taps available but didn't drink draft. Wish I could have stayed longer and drank more. Food was very good. Odd little spot, but definitely stop in if you are in the area.

(Craft Beer Cartel across the street is a good spot to grab a few before getting on the road or setting up in town for a few days. Very helpful staff.)

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Photo of Jaypeajus
5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really cool place. Awesome that u can grab it and drink it and pay for empty. Good smelled good but I had just ate. Out of towners should def seek out this treasure. Use GPS.

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Photo of djhowell
4.4/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Grab a beer from the cooler, pick a board game to play, order some snacks (the margherita pizza was good), relax. Settle up at the end with your empties.

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Photo of Gourmet2390
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Good local place becoming more & more popular to both locals and tourists with a great mixed crowd. Low key vibe, casual & cool. Awesome beer selection, the best in the area. Has a lot of history, so go check it out.

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Photo of RyanSoFla
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Riverside Market is one of my favorite places in Ft. Lauderdale. The sandwiches are pretty good and the rest of the food is decent, but the beer selection is just excellent. You grab a beer and just bring the bottles to the front when you are done. They have some great Florida beers and other brews from around the country. If you are in the area, you need to stop by.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

We checked out this place last month when we were down there for the Pats/Dolphins game. It was strange at first, but this place is in a residential neighborhood near the Las Olas Fort Lauderdale are.

Upon walking in, you are mesmorized by the amount of beer stocked there. Over 500 bottle and cans to choose from and 20 rotating draft. The fridges are self serve too. Pick and choose what you want to consume and then bring your empties to the register to pay for them.

You can also take beer from those same fridges to go to be consumed at your hotel and to be packed in a suitcase like we did. Beer drank there is reasonably priced while beer to go is at a premium, but expect that when purchasing singles. 4 packs, 6 packs, 12 packs, and cases can be bought at a normal retail price too.

Food is minimal, but tasty. We enjoyed a salad and a sandwich while drinking local Florida beers from Due South, Miami Brewing, Funky Buddha, Cigar City, Florida Brewing, etc.

Atmosphere is cool with some patio tables outside, couched and high tops inside, and beer signs and everything else beer related inside.

So excite about this place that I went back twice more to make another six pack and get beer to bring back here to Boston. Next time we visit our friends in Hollywood, this will be the first stop from the airport. Well worth it folks. A can't miss if you are in the Fort Lauderdale area.

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Photo of JulioH
4.73/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Basically, Riverside is a long wall of fridges filled with beer, like WOB. The spin is, you grab your beer, open it, sit down on one of the many sofas or chairs, and chill until it's time to pay and leave. I love that you can browse and grab whatever you want, and it's cold.

Food is also served.

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Photo of Swadd
2.19/5  rDev -47.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1.75 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Absolute nightmare experience. Unless you like food poisoning and racial slurs!
I had the fish tacos and thought that they tasted a bit off. Well I should have listened to my taste buds because they made me very sick. Some more BIG red flags were the fruit flies
(yes plural) that we both found in our draft beers and the dried food stuck to our table. We like hole in the wall joints (and that is what this place is) and our server was nice so we gave it the benefit of the doubt.
But just to top off our experience we over heard the owner or who we thought was the owner (big fat loud mouth) using derogatory insults and making jokes about a former black employee. Well that was enough and this black man payed his over priced bill and walked out of this dump and will not return.
So again if you like dirty, disgusting places that serve bad food, and racist loud mouths then you will love this place. I saw another review from an usatisfied customer and they said it looks like a dirty TGI Fridays and a dirty 7-11 combined. LOL thats about it.

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Photo of jcb7472
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Riverside Market is an out-of-the-way market that has an extensive selection of craft beer, but it's also like a cafe where you can get food. If you don't live in this neighborhood or know it well, you will need navigation or Google Maps to find this place. Cool neighborhood, though. The swinging bridge around the corner is something you don't see very often. Once there, right to the left they have a huge selection of bottles in coolers. The employees are nice and kind of let people grab what they want and pay when ready (honor system). Some people may consider this a negative, but I don't. I actually have not tried the food but have been tempted to. At night it kind of turns into a bar where you can grab singles out of the cooler and hang out with friends. During the day it's a lunch spot. The prices are not as good as total wine (figure $2 more per six pack) but as I mentioned, they do have a great selection and you might find something here that they don't have at Total Wine. For example, Total Wine didn't have Lagunitas Sucks the last two times I went. I went to Riverside Market and they had it for $12/six-pack and they would only let me buy one. $2 more than Total Wine charges but they had it when nobody else did. Riverside Market is a nice little market worth checking out for craft beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.44/5  rDev -41.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 1.25

I was pretty disappointed with this place, I guess mainly based on the higher reviews. But you never know until you experience something for yourself, so I suppose it was just another learning experience.

The place really was off the beaten path, and you'd never know by looking at it from the outside that it was a craft beer venue. Looks like just some random mini mart randomly placed in a small suburban neighborhood. Inside, it's pretty basic, they're not going out to impress anyone with decor, just some scattered breweriana here and there. There's no bar to sit at, but there are a few tables, a few couches, and a few outdoor tables as well. I can see the atmosphere being good for a casual get together, but I really wasn't digging it. Walking in, directly to your right is the tap station, with a good selection of mostly local brew on. To your left is a large, large fridge section. Further ahead and to the right is an extensive collection of out-of-the-fridge bottles. This place definitely had an impressive selection. Unfortunately, that's about all it had.

The service here was extremely awkward. It was a "help yourself" kind of place, which was pretty uncomfortable. There were two employees in sight: one guy bumbling around, who was more of a "hired hand" than a knowledgeable beer server, and a woman back in the kitchen area. Neither greeted us or asked us for our order, so we bounced back and forth ordering beer and food. If you're buying bottles, the policy is apparently: drink now, tally up and pay later. Fair enough, but since there are no prices on anything, you don't know exactly what kind of hole you're digging yourself into.

We did get food here, and it was pretty bad. There weren't very many choices on the menu, and for the price we paid, it was a total rip-off. I got a pastrami sandwich that was like a leftover from an elementary school cafeteria, and the absolute worst fries I've ever had in my life--nasty, floppy, grease sticks that may have been potatoes at some point, but I couldn't tell for sure. Seriously, they should be ashamed of themselves for actually calling those woeful things food and charging money for them. By the end, with the two lone employees nowhere in sight for us to settle our check, I was very tempted to skip it and walk out. But ethics/karma got the best of me, and I waited it out. Zero percent tip was given.

This place gets an emphatic two thumbs down from me. The bottle selection was the one redeeming quality, but with the prices being an unknown factor, I probably wouldn't risk shopping here. Will not be going back ever.

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I got a gift certificate to this place for Christmas and was excited to check it out, as I am not from around here and love having access to tons of beers that don't get distributed where I live. The atmosphere was very laid back; the selection was great (I found many beers there that I had not seen at any of the other locations I stopped in around town); and, most notably, the fellow who chatted with me and helped me out (I think he may have been the owner) was incredibly friendly and helpful. He struck me as the best sort of BA (stoked about beer and giving advice without being snobby in the slightest). I prodded him extensively with questions and asked for his advice as I hemmed and hawed over the extensive selection before settling on two bombers. After I checked out, as I was about to leave, he walked up to me with a bottle of Brooklyn Monster and asked if I had ever had it. When I told him I hadn't, he handed me the bottle and said "Merry Christmas". Awesome place.

My only complaints have been mentioned by others: the prices are higher than other places in town, and the prices aren't posted on the beers or on the shelves, so you have to ask.

As a final note, I'm giving the food a 3.0 simply because I didn't eat there and have no basis for a rating.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was quite impressed with this place. When I pulled the location up on Google Maps, I thought I had the wrong address because I was directed to a residential neighborhood. This is just a small little market place that seems quaint and reminds me of what things must have been like in days of yore; the local market place within walking distance.

They had a great selection of beers and not one was macro. Everything seemed to be fresh with no dust on the bottles (I'm talking to you Total Wine). The owner, I guess he was the owner, was chatting me up about all of the beers and it was nice to see such an enthusiastic beer connoiseur (sp.) such as myself. My only complaints are twofold: No pricing anywhere and the prices were quite high. It was a little frustrating having to ask the price of everything (this is reflected in the atmosphere score). I have always been of the mindset of "If you have to ask, you cant afford it". So I dont really like asking price because I feel like a haggler at the market in Nassau. Also, the prices were quite steep. A 750ml of Cigar City will run about $20 where others sell for less than $15 and the singles are at least $2 each. There are not really any six packs available as everything is purchased individually, and there is no discount on six pack purchases.

They do serve lunch and dinner and saw people eating some delicious looking thin crust pizzas. So, the place is great, but pricing is high and what pricing there is is not immediately available to the consumer. Great place overall.

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Photo of toofdoc
4.4/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very impressed! This place seems like it was an old gas station turned deli / Pub. Didn't have much food, just beer. Selection is great. I'm a Hop Head, love IPA, and they did have quite a few, but they all were IPAs that most decent pubs have these days, about 10-12 of them. I'm very seasoned when it comes to IPAs, so that isn't a knock. No matter what your tastes, they will have something for you. Where this place really hits a home run is atmosphere. I've never been here and I'm local. Staff was very friendly, other patrons even more so. One thing i like, but some people may not is that you can bring your dog inside to chill with you while you have a beer! Overall A+, i will be back soon.

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Photo of Loki
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I can't say enough about this local treasure. Friendly staff. Great food and lots of it. (Pizzas, subs, salads, apps, etc.) Then throw in 12+ coolers slammed full with some of the best craft beer you can buy in Florida. I couldn't have been happier. OK, the music could have been better, but it changed after awhile.

You walk in, choose your beer/beers from the cooler. Grab a table, and then they come around to see if you want food or just want to hang out. Had some beers in cans, mostly bottles ranging from 12oz to 750s. Domestic Craft beers to a ton of European beers, especially Belgians. I went through two Cigar City Brewing (CCB) 12oz and a Victory Hop Wallop with my meal. Then I got two CCB 750s to take back with me.

I had a small sandwich (9" hoagie packed with meat and toppings!) with fantastic fries! The pizzas looked fantastic. The fries were so good I had them put on another order.

It is a bit of a PIA to find, so make sure you have good directions, a good cabbie, and/or GPS to get there.

All the staff and even the owners were supper nice. Lots of locals having fun. A small group playing dominoes while eating pizza and enjoying beers.

There is a cooler with N/A drinks and a cooler with some less exciting domestic stuff if you have a mixed crowd. Also have couches for just hanging out.

I wish this was my local haunt!

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Photo of Ghohn
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

You could be in a Seattle coffee house, only it's FILLED with beer.

Now over 500 types! Comfortable atmosphere. Sofa's, easy chairs, beach chairs, high tops, all as comfortable as the locals you are about to meet. This place is highly informal and you will be toasting with the most casual cross section of Fort Lauderdale..

Staff is very helpful with advice as the selection is a bit overwhelming. The food is only the icing on the cake.

One trip and tou will be hooked!

To go beer available.

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Photo of jp11801
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Wow what a really cool neighborhood place set off the beaten path.

First off no taps here just multiple cold cases of great bottled beer. Service is easy as you just pick out what you want grab a bottle opener and commence drinking beer. Once done an employee with an iPad can total you up.

The atmosphere is laid back and there are plenty of tables and a few couch/comfy chairs to kick back in.

The service is good but mostly self service, beer novices get help once they have stared at the cold cases for a minute or two and get a helpful suggestion.

Great selection for Florida and boy have things improved over the past few years. They get a few limited bottles as well so this is a great place to check when you are looking for that odd bottle of beer.

Food is hit or miss as I've had some great food here and some mediocre food here as well. Wings were so so as was a pizza I had but the sandwiches were all fabulous from breakfast to pulled pork all were awesome.

If you a local you own it to yourself to check this place out.

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Photo of Moose309
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Quickly rising beer/deli store. Only sells bottles but their selection is quickly expanding. The left wall is covered in colors where they now have a selection of over 300 bottles. Their is a hydroponics system in the back garden where they grow some of their own hops and the owner is their delivery man for many of their beers.

The staff is very friendly but it is a serve yourself place for the beer,and while some of the staff is not knowledgeable on the beers if you ask they will point you to someone that can help. Food isn't the best around but their is a fairly good variety to enjoy with your beers.

They have some deals such as buying a six pack takes a dollar off each beer. Then on friday's they have a happy hour from 5-7 or 8 can't remember where all beers are a dollar off. They are thinking of opening a delivery service for people close by where the will deliver the beer to your house for a certain charge but you would need to call in ask. All in all a great place with one of the best beer selections i have seen in the fort lauderdale area.

STILL EXPANDING! it can only get better

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This location was finally added so now I can finally post my review. I was on a business trip to the Fort Lauderdale area and our local manager said this place opened up near his home. Yet another great beer place that’s off the beaten path. You’ll never find this place by just driving around.

Casual, casual, casual is the best way to describe this location. It appears to be a combination of a deli, beer store and a touch of beer bar/restaurant. Classic cash register counter up front with a long cooler of beer down the right side of the store. A very good selection of beers distributed in Florida with mostly six packs and some bombers. Single beer sales are available and encouraged. No beer on tap. In the rear there is a deli type counter where you can order food. Sandwiches, pizza and some daily specials. We had pizza and it was very good.

The help was decent but I didn’t get the sense that there was a great deal of beer knowledge. Friendly for sure, but you won’t leave here knowing more about beer vs. when you arrived. You grab your own beers from the cooler and they tally up your bill at the end based on the empty bottles on your table.

There is a small section with a few couches and this seems like a neat place to sit and have a beer or two.

In my mind, not a destination… but if/when your in the area and want a casual beer off the beaten path, this is your place.

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