Quarterdeck® Restaurants

The goal at Quarterdeck’s® has always been to deliver great tasting food and beverages at a competitive price in a fun, neighborhood environment. What sets them apart? Their Master Sushi Chef ensures the highest quality, freshest fish you can get. They have an extensive wine and craft beer menu to pair with your favorite dishes. Their Spirit Master has crafted the finest cocktails that will delight your palate. While many of their reasonably priced dishes rival the most upscale, expensive restaurants, each Quarterdeck® has a casual atmosphere with no less than 40 TVs and is a great place to grab a gourmet burger, served over 500 different ways. Please pop in and find out for yourself why the award-winning Quarterdeck® Restaurants are a favorite of South Floridians.

Since I first opened the doors of the very first location in the 80's, I knew we had created something special, something uniquely South Florida.  We look forward to its future, which includes plans for expansion and redevelopment.

Paul Flanigan.

The “Quarterdeck” name was created in 1966 with the opening of the Big Daddy’s Liquor Store and Lounge on Cordova Road, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Paul’s uncle, Joe “Big Daddy” Flanigan. The lounge was nicknamed the “Quarterdeck” by Big Daddy, and by that name it has been known for 50 years. The word quarterdeck in general refers to the stern area of a ship reserved for ceremonial use, but the name “Quarterdeck” has become synonymous with great tasting food and beverages served in a fun, neighborhood atmosphere.

I can’t tell you how many people have told me that they met their spouse at the Quarterdeck or that we have sponsored their class reunions.  50 years is a long time. We now hire some high school students whose parents worked at the Quarterdeck location when they were young!

Paul Flanigan.

More than 50 years later, their services continue to be driven by the same old school, neighborhood values.

Paul Flanigan and Frank Zaffere opened the second Quarterdeck® on Fort Lauderdale Beach in 1995.  They outlasted every restaurant in the area, except another staple of the community, the Elbo Room. They have 21 years of continuing operations; through five hurricanes and three recessions, they have stayed true to our old school values.

One of the biggest changes for the Quarterdeck® has been the addition of sushi as a major menu item.  They were ahead of their time in incorporating this into the Quarterdecks, and it has really paid off as their customers have loved having this option on the menu. It’s really the ultimate health option. They have an old school approach when it comes to quality service, customer satisfaction, and value, but they also always have their eyes open for new trends that our customers crave, like sushi. Because of economies of scale, they can deliver the highest quality sushi at a very reasonable price.

Quarterdeck® has been a South Florida favorite for decades, serving more than 1.5 million Dolphin Sandwiches and 1 million Full Rack of Rib dinners – that’s more that 13 million bones! With years spent building a great reputation, the restaurant has successfully evolved to meet their customer’s needs.

Like many in the local area, and maybe more so than most, I grew up in the Quarterdeck® over the years, The Quarterdeck® has become a staple of the community, and I am proud to be part of it and to continue the Quarterdeck® tradition for many years to come.

James Flanigan, Paul’s son and partner.

Our Team

The patriarch of the Quarterdeck family, Paul purchased Quarterdeck from Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. in 1986, and he partnered with Flanigan’s for close to a decade, opening and managing a number of Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill franchise and company units.  

Frank is a long-time business partner and friend of his fellow Notre Dame alumni, Paul Flanigan and Joe Zebrowski. His introduction to the restaurant industry began in 1992 when, within five days of his arrival in South Florida, he was employed as a busboy at the first Quarterdeck.

James has worked in the restaurant industry since he was an early teenager, shadowing his father, Paul, and helping out with odds and ends around the Quarterdeck and other local bars and restaurants. He has worked from the proverbial ground floor up and has worked – or at least

Before entering the restaurant business, Joe co-founded a very successful computer support company in the mid-1990’s called the Answer Group in North Fort Lauderdale. The Answer Group became one of the leading companies providing consumer-based customer support to

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