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18 Dining Spots Worth the Trip to Palm Beach County

This ain't your grandma's Palm Beach

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 Linguine Con Vongole from Elisabetta’s Ristorante
| Christopher Summa, tbc media

From the tony island to its edgier western city, Palm Beach has gone from a place with formal or low key restaurants to a more adventurous, lively, culinary destination. Below is a variety of spots warranting the drive from Miami, listed in geographical order.

Editor’s Note: Most Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Stage Kitchen & Bar

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2000 PGA Boulevard Suite 5502
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408
(561) 408-3685
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An intoxicating array of spices and bold flavors graces the cuisine at this Indian accented spot in Palm Beach Gardens (pronounced like the chef internship, not the theatrical platform). Chef Pushkar Marathe turns out memorable small plates including crispy plantain chaat iced with sweet yogurt and studded with pomegranate seeds; sunchokes with peanuts, ginger, coconut and cilantro, shrimp and kingfish fried Rice; and pork vindaloo. Try one of the accompaniments like tamarind chutney or truffle honey.

2. Farmer's Table

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951 US-1
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
(561) 691-3430
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Enjoy a guilt-free feast at this sprawling spot in Boca Raton, where food is lower in salt and nothing is fried or cooked in butter.  Start with one of the thin, crispy flatbreads — goat cheese and mushroom is a favorite — or a salad like the Namaste, filled with raw and sprouting produce.  Move on to a grass-fed beef burger with fig-braised onions; mushroom and artichoke paella; or spice-seared tuna on coconut brown rice with black-eyed peas.  Leave room for an array of vegan ice-creams.  Spacious outdoor seating is poolside.  

3. Henry’s

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229 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach, FL 33480

At the latest restaurant from the Breakers hotel, the emphasis is on comfort food with such classics as butter crumb Dover sole; chicken pot pie, and Beef Wellington.  There is a section for “hand helds’’ like a Cuban sandwich, and salads can be topped with a range of proteins including steak, shrimp, chicken, salmon, and lobster.  Avocado fries with sweet and spicy chili crema are a textural sensation. 

4. Elisabetta's Ristorante

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185 Banyan Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 342-6699
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A West Palm Beach offshoot of the popular Delray Neapolitan restaurant took off wildly as soon as it opened in January.  Three gold-tiled pizza ovens churn out creative pies including mixed wild mushroom with smoked buffalo mozzarella and Reggiano; and soprasata, prosciutto, coppa and finocchiona.  Pastas, seafood and a selection of dry-aged steak are also available, and a gelato bar makes a fun finish. 

5. La Goulue Palm Beach

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288 S County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 284-6292
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The quintessential Upper East Side bistro has been recreated on Palm Beach island and even its charming owner Jean DeNoyer, along with many of his regular patrons, have made the journey south.  In addition to cushy leather banquettes, frosted glass, and wood paneling, the legendary onion soup dripping with gruyere and provolone; beef and tuna tartares; mussels with curry, coconut and lemongrass; and roast chicken enhanced by tarragon are also now in Palm Beach. Though the island tends to be quiet after 10 p.m., there is often a line for tables here as late as 9:30 p.m. 

6. Cafe Boulud

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301 Australian Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 655-6060
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A magical fountain-adorned garden setting and a creative menu from uber chef Daniel Boulud are the draws at this restaurant within the Brazilian Court hotel. Spirulina capellini with anchovy, garlic and parsley; celeriac risotto with chestnut, oyster mushroom, and black truffle goat cheese; and venison loin with smoked beetroot and braised red cabbage are among the creative options.  

7. BiCE Ristorante Palm Beach

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313 Worth Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 835-1600
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A Palm Beach staple, which is a favorite of locals including Rod Stewart, boasts a lovely landscaped outdoor area that now features even more al fresco dining. Standouts include the minestrone soup; crab salad with pumpkin, arugula, romaine and corn; and ravioli with roasted veal and mixed mushrooms. 

8. Le Bilboquet Palm Beach

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245a Worth Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 812-2363
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After opening a wildly popular Sag Harbor version of his Manhattan gathering spot, Philippe Delgrange has unveiled a long-awaited Palm Beach outpost in a via off Worth Avenue. The decor has been lightened up with canary and French blue velvet booths and abstract paintings on the walls. Don’t miss favorites like crab and avocado or Cajun chicken, along with bass en papillote with baby artichokes and white wine; bouillabaisse, and veal citron.  

9. Swifty’s

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155 Hammon Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 655-5430
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It’s entertainment from the moment you arrive at this re-creation of the defunct New York gathering spot that has taken over the Colony Hotel’s pool area this season. Swifty’s classics like crab cakes, meat loaf, and chicken hash are back along with carve-worth roasted cauliflower with vadouvan curry and basmati rice; grilled veal chop; and linguini with sunchoke Alfredo and black truffle. 

10. Grato

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1901 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 404-1334
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Rustic Italian fare at this popular spot was always wonderful, but the packed room could be cacophonous.  Now chef Clay Conley, who also owns Buccan, has co-opted a garden space across the street for outdoor dining, so guests can enjoy his wood-fired pizzas, house-made pasta, salmon Livornese, and hacked chicken in more tranquil surroundings. 

11. Ambassador Grill

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2730 S Ocean Blvd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 473-9799
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The owners of Brazilian Court have taken over the Ambassador Hotel and have debuted a new oceanfront steakhouse inside of it. The Ambassador Grill serves up a range of dishes from Wagyu franks to sirloin to beer-braised pork shank, while non-meat eaters can choose cornmeal crusted oysters, lobster, yellowtail snapper with cilantro-lime rice and blue crab butter, or eggplant parmigiana. 

12. Temple Orange

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100 S Ocean Blvd
Manalapan, FL 33462
(561) 540-4923
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Gaze at the ocean and enjoy fresh Mediterranean cuisine at this spot within the Eau resort, which is drawing plenty locals along with hotel guests.  Pizzas include a thin crispy Neapolitan with house-made red sauce and buffalo mozzarella; and white pie with roasted garlic, heirloom tomatoes and ricotta.  Choose between simply grilled local or whole branzino or go for a heartier meal of veal parmesan or a ribeye.  Sides include confit carrots, foraged mushrooms, and roasted potatoes with bruleed taleggio, pancetta and salsa verde. eaupalmbeach.com/dining/temple-orange

13. Josie's Ristorante

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1602 S Federal Hwy
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
(561) 364-9601
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Family owned for thirty years, this Boynton institution serves lunch, dinner, happy hour, and Sunday brunch.  Apart from traditional offerings like veal and eggplant parmigiana, and some of the best pasta sauces around, there is a daily fresh catch like halibut stuffed with crabmeat that is worth an order. 

14. Monkey Bar

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10 N Ocean Blvd
Delray Beach, FL 33483
(561) 274-3200
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Sip a Majestic Jungle cocktail with bourbon, spiced cherry bitters, and “jungle foam’’ against the backdrop of a living wall full of growing greenery, while enjoying surprisingly healthy choices at this new spot in the Opal Grand hotel.  The ancient grain salad is a mix of power greens, crumbled goat cheese, toasted farro, quinoa, cucumber, dried cranberries, shredded carrots, andancho-dusted pepitas, drizzled with roasted apple and agave vinaigrette; local grouper comes on a bed of cauliflower risotto with arugula and shiitake salad; and seared salmon a la plancha rests on warm grains and sautéed spinach. Carnivores can choose filet mignon with bordelaise, charred asparagus, onion confit, and parmesan whipped potatoes. 

15. Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

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307 E Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33483
(561) 639-8700
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An offshoot of the well-received San Diego coastal cuisine restaurant opened this season in a highly designed Delray space where everyone glows — and it became an overnight sensation. Focused on sustainable fare, it features wild-caught fish as well as grass-fed meats. Highlights include tuna pizza with truffle mustard aioli; whole steamed pompano; and a lionfish ceviche with cucumber, avocado, key lime, coconut, agave, and pickled Serrano. 

16. AVALON | Steak & Seafood

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110 E Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444
(561) 593-2500
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Curt Huegel, who owns New York’s Campagnola and Bill’s Townhouse, is elevating Atlantic Avenue with his first Delray  restaurant. Several cuts of dry-aged steak along with seafood specials like halibut with tri-colored cauliflower, currants capers and pine nuts; or whole roasted fish with herbs, fennel pollen, sumac and grilled lemon, are served up in a sleekly designed room with a great selection of music. 

17. La Cigale

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253 SE 5th Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33483
(561) 265-0600
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It’s hard to believe that this cozy intimate spot is just steps away from Delray’s hectic Atlantic Aventure. Char-grilled jumbo artichoke and seared foie gras with cassis reduction are standout starters; Dover Sole deboned table side; roasted duck on mashed sweet potato with asparagus; and coq au vin are great entree choices. Save room for warm bread pudding with caramel sauce or molten chocolate cake. 

18. Marisol

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501 E Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 447-3000
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Design and lifestyle guru Colin Cowie collaborated with the Boca Raton Resort on this ethereal open air spot where guests dine on Mediterranean offerings feet from the sand. Appetizers include dishes like langoustines, roasted beets with za’atar, honey and yogurt, grilled octopus, and warm brandade. There is a section of tagines including paella and an heirloom vegetable mix, while other entrees range from local pompano with freekah tabbouleh, lamb chops with wild mint, sumac onion and tzatziki and harissa chicken with lemon potato, avocado and watercress.

1. Stage Kitchen & Bar

2000 PGA Boulevard Suite 5502, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408

An intoxicating array of spices and bold flavors graces the cuisine at this Indian accented spot in Palm Beach Gardens (pronounced like the chef internship, not the theatrical platform). Chef Pushkar Marathe turns out memorable small plates including crispy plantain chaat iced with sweet yogurt and studded with pomegranate seeds; sunchokes with peanuts, ginger, coconut and cilantro, shrimp and kingfish fried Rice; and pork vindaloo. Try one of the accompaniments like tamarind chutney or truffle honey.

2000 PGA Boulevard Suite 5502
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408

2. Farmer's Table

951 US-1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Enjoy a guilt-free feast at this sprawling spot in Boca Raton, where food is lower in salt and nothing is fried or cooked in butter.  Start with one of the thin, crispy flatbreads — goat cheese and mushroom is a favorite — or a salad like the Namaste, filled with raw and sprouting produce.  Move on to a grass-fed beef burger with fig-braised onions; mushroom and artichoke paella; or spice-seared tuna on coconut brown rice with black-eyed peas.  Leave room for an array of vegan ice-creams.  Spacious outdoor seating is poolside.  

951 US-1
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

3. Henry’s

229 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480

At the latest restaurant from the Breakers hotel, the emphasis is on comfort food with such classics as butter crumb Dover sole; chicken pot pie, and Beef Wellington.  There is a section for “hand helds’’ like a Cuban sandwich, and salads can be topped with a range of proteins including steak, shrimp, chicken, salmon, and lobster.  Avocado fries with sweet and spicy chili crema are a textural sensation. 

229 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach, FL 33480

4. Elisabetta's Ristorante

185 Banyan Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

A West Palm Beach offshoot of the popular Delray Neapolitan restaurant took off wildly as soon as it opened in January.  Three gold-tiled pizza ovens churn out creative pies including mixed wild mushroom with smoked buffalo mozzarella and Reggiano; and soprasata, prosciutto, coppa and finocchiona.  Pastas, seafood and a selection of dry-aged steak are also available, and a gelato bar makes a fun finish. 

185 Banyan Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

5. La Goulue Palm Beach

288 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

The quintessential Upper East Side bistro has been recreated on Palm Beach island and even its charming owner Jean DeNoyer, along with many of his regular patrons, have made the journey south.  In addition to cushy leather banquettes, frosted glass, and wood paneling, the legendary onion soup dripping with gruyere and provolone; beef and tuna tartares; mussels with curry, coconut and lemongrass; and roast chicken enhanced by tarragon are also now in Palm Beach. Though the island tends to be quiet after 10 p.m., there is often a line for tables here as late as 9:30 p.m. 

288 S County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480

6. Cafe Boulud

301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480

A magical fountain-adorned garden setting and a creative menu from uber chef Daniel Boulud are the draws at this restaurant within the Brazilian Court hotel. Spirulina capellini with anchovy, garlic and parsley; celeriac risotto with chestnut, oyster mushroom, and black truffle goat cheese; and venison loin with smoked beetroot and braised red cabbage are among the creative options.  

301 Australian Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480

7. BiCE Ristorante Palm Beach

313 Worth Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480

A Palm Beach staple, which is a favorite of locals including Rod Stewart, boasts a lovely landscaped outdoor area that now features even more al fresco dining. Standouts include the minestrone soup; crab salad with pumpkin, arugula, romaine and corn; and ravioli with roasted veal and mixed mushrooms. 

313 Worth Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480

8. Le Bilboquet Palm Beach

245a Worth Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480

After opening a wildly popular Sag Harbor version of his Manhattan gathering spot, Philippe Delgrange has unveiled a long-awaited Palm Beach outpost in a via off Worth Avenue. The decor has been lightened up with canary and French blue velvet booths and abstract paintings on the walls. Don’t miss favorites like crab and avocado or Cajun chicken, along with bass en papillote with baby artichokes and white wine; bouillabaisse, and veal citron.  

245a Worth Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480

9. Swifty’s

155 Hammon Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480

It’s entertainment from the moment you arrive at this re-creation of the defunct New York gathering spot that has taken over the Colony Hotel’s pool area this season. Swifty’s classics like crab cakes, meat loaf, and chicken hash are back along with carve-worth roasted cauliflower with vadouvan curry and basmati rice; grilled veal chop; and linguini with sunchoke Alfredo and black truffle. 

155 Hammon Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480

10. Grato

1901 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Rustic Italian fare at this popular spot was always wonderful, but the packed room could be cacophonous.  Now chef Clay Conley, who also owns Buccan, has co-opted a garden space across the street for outdoor dining, so guests can enjoy his wood-fired pizzas, house-made pasta, salmon Livornese, and hacked chicken in more tranquil surroundings. 

1901 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

11. Ambassador Grill

2730 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

The owners of Brazilian Court have taken over the Ambassador Hotel and have debuted a new oceanfront steakhouse inside of it. The Ambassador Grill serves up a range of dishes from Wagyu franks to sirloin to beer-braised pork shank, while non-meat eaters can choose cornmeal crusted oysters, lobster, yellowtail snapper with cilantro-lime rice and blue crab butter, or eggplant parmigiana. 

2730 S Ocean Blvd
Palm Beach, FL 33480

12. Temple Orange

100 S Ocean Blvd, Manalapan, FL 33462

Gaze at the ocean and enjoy fresh Mediterranean cuisine at this spot within the Eau resort, which is drawing plenty locals along with hotel guests.  Pizzas include a thin crispy Neapolitan with house-made red sauce and buffalo mozzarella; and white pie with roasted garlic, heirloom tomatoes and ricotta.  Choose between simply grilled local or whole branzino or go for a heartier meal of veal parmesan or a ribeye.  Sides include confit carrots, foraged mushrooms, and roasted potatoes with bruleed taleggio, pancetta and salsa verde. eaupalmbeach.com/dining/temple-orange

100 S Ocean Blvd
Manalapan, FL 33462

13. Josie's Ristorante

1602 S Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Family owned for thirty years, this Boynton institution serves lunch, dinner, happy hour, and Sunday brunch.  Apart from traditional offerings like veal and eggplant parmigiana, and some of the best pasta sauces around, there is a daily fresh catch like halibut stuffed with crabmeat that is worth an order. 

1602 S Federal Hwy
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

14. Monkey Bar

10 N Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Sip a Majestic Jungle cocktail with bourbon, spiced cherry bitters, and “jungle foam’’ against the backdrop of a living wall full of growing greenery, while enjoying surprisingly healthy choices at this new spot in the Opal Grand hotel.  The ancient grain salad is a mix of power greens, crumbled goat cheese, toasted farro, quinoa, cucumber, dried cranberries, shredded carrots, andancho-dusted pepitas, drizzled with roasted apple and agave vinaigrette; local grouper comes on a bed of cauliflower risotto with arugula and shiitake salad; and seared salmon a la plancha rests on warm grains and sautéed spinach. Carnivores can choose filet mignon with bordelaise, charred asparagus, onion confit, and parmesan whipped potatoes. 

10 N Ocean Blvd
Delray Beach, FL 33483

15. Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

307 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483

An offshoot of the well-received San Diego coastal cuisine restaurant opened this season in a highly designed Delray space where everyone glows — and it became an overnight sensation. Focused on sustainable fare, it features wild-caught fish as well as grass-fed meats. Highlights include tuna pizza with truffle mustard aioli; whole steamed pompano; and a lionfish ceviche with cucumber, avocado, key lime, coconut, agave, and pickled Serrano. 

307 E Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33483

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16. AVALON | Steak & Seafood

110 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Curt Huegel, who owns New York’s Campagnola and Bill’s Townhouse, is elevating Atlantic Avenue with his first Delray  restaurant. Several cuts of dry-aged steak along with seafood specials like halibut with tri-colored cauliflower, currants capers and pine nuts; or whole roasted fish with herbs, fennel pollen, sumac and grilled lemon, are served up in a sleekly designed room with a great selection of music. 

110 E Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444

17. La Cigale

253 SE 5th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483

It’s hard to believe that this cozy intimate spot is just steps away from Delray’s hectic Atlantic Aventure. Char-grilled jumbo artichoke and seared foie gras with cassis reduction are standout starters; Dover Sole deboned table side; roasted duck on mashed sweet potato with asparagus; and coq au vin are great entree choices. Save room for warm bread pudding with caramel sauce or molten chocolate cake. 

253 SE 5th Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33483

18. Marisol

501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Design and lifestyle guru Colin Cowie collaborated with the Boca Raton Resort on this ethereal open air spot where guests dine on Mediterranean offerings feet from the sand. Appetizers include dishes like langoustines, roasted beets with za’atar, honey and yogurt, grilled octopus, and warm brandade. There is a section of tagines including paella and an heirloom vegetable mix, while other entrees range from local pompano with freekah tabbouleh, lamb chops with wild mint, sumac onion and tzatziki and harissa chicken with lemon potato, avocado and watercress.

501 E Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432

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