Food + Drink


Get a taste of the best dining in Stuart and the surrounding areas with this Treasure Coast Taste article from the latest edition of Coastal Drive Magazine.

The Fort Steakhouse

3750 NE Indian River Dr, Jensen Beach, FL 34957

By David Lewis

Selected “Best Restaurant on the Treasure Coast” for 2021, 2022, and 2023 by Indian River Magazine, and one of my favorite local steakhouses, The Fort Steakhouse, is a must-try. Located in historic downtown Fort Pierce, across from the Sunrise Theater, The Fort is an excellent place for a nice dinner, especially before or after a show. This modern-style steakhouse serves some of the best premium cuts of beef sourced from ranches all over the state of Florida, including Adams Ranch, located right in Fort Pierce. They also feature a great selection of pork, poultry, fresh seafood, and a wide variety of delicious salads and sides!

Their dining room has a modern, high-end steakhouse feel. The impressive chandeliers made from hanging wine bottles molded together create an ambiance that’s romantic and intimate. The walls are decorated with murals of eye-catching cowboy

pop art, as well as actual framed photographs from Adam’s Ranch. They have a long wooden bar where the bartenders whip up some excellent specialty cocktails. My favorite is the Smokey Ontario (think Old Fashioned), but the Ginger Collins and the El Verano are great options if you like gin or vodka. The wine and spirit menu is abundant, so you won’t have trouble finding the perfect pairing to go with your steak. 

For an appetizer, I highly recommend the Grilled Bone Marrow, Escargot, or the Dirty Oysters. But let’s face it; you go here to order one of their prime steaks or chops, which are served a la carte. The Delmonico is the most flavorful steak on the menu and a favorite of mine. The NY Strip and Filet Mignon are fantastic as well. There’s also an array of table sauces you can add to any steak, like Au Poivre, Gorgonzola Fondue, or their House Made Steak Sauce. If a pork chop is more your style, the White Marble Farms Double Bone-in Pork Chop is a must-have. I’ll be honest I had my doubts because a pork chop is hard to do well, but this pork chop was tender, juicy, and flavorful—one of the best I’ve had at any restaurant.

I was born and raised in Stuart and love seeing our dining scene grow! I am an attorney by day and foodie by night, and I love to show off the Treasure Coast’s cuisine to anyone visiting and on my Instagram account @JensenFoodie. I started Jensen Foodie to showcase our area’s excellent and unique dining options and share my passion for food and cooking. I love to travel as much as possible, and like any good foodie, I go where the best food is! 

David Lewis


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