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7 Best Restaurants in West Palm Beach Right Now

The 7 best restaurants in West Palm Beach right now

Liz Balmaseda Palm Beach Post Food Editor
8:04 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 Things To Do

Here’s a current snapshot of restaurants in West Palm Beach we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different.

This list includes only restaurants we have visited.

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Avocado Grill

Grilled local swordfish with a carrot-sumac puree, fresh garbanzos, cauliflower, baby kale, and salsa verde at Avocado Grill. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

There’s a good reason why Chef Julien Gremaud’s hip, sunny eatery is a busy spot: His small plates and shareable selections are both refined and decadent, and the place serves one of the best weekend brunches in the county. Gremaud’s eggs Benedict dishes are decadent, as are his gently scrambled eggs dusted with piment d’Espelette, and his crab-avocado toast topped with an oozy egg. What’s best about Gremaud’s approach to food is that he can do healthy and sinful in one bite. Later this year, he hopes to share the Avocado love to north county, when he opens a second location in the Gardens.

Avocado Grill: 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-623-0822

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The Regional Kitchen & Public House

The Regional Kitchen hums with inspiration, thanks to Chef Lindsay Autry. (South Moon Photography)
Perched next to the Kravis Center in the revitalized Okeechobee Boulevard corridor, The Regional hums like a big-city brasserie in a space where a succession of restaurants have failed.

The restaurant’s success has as much to do with the woman who commands the kitchen, executive chef/managing partner Lindsay Autry, as it has to do with her partners, restauranteur Thierry Beaud’s TITOU hospitality group. Autry’s worldly Southern cooking is soulful yet modern. She elevates even a simple chicken soup. To dine at The Regional is to witness a chef on the rise, a chef coming into her own.

The Regional Kitchen: 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-557-6460

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Grato

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Grato has been a catalyst for creativity on the rising Dixie Dining Corridor, thanks to the powerhouse team behind Palm Beach’s buzzy Buccan. The menu may be non-fussy, but the dishes are exceptional. Not that anything less would be expected from a culinary concept headed by chef Clay Conley. Luckily for Flamingo Park neighborhood – Conley’s own neighborhood – the chef chose that corner to open his dream trattoria, a place for house-made pasta, rustic, wood-fired pizza and smoked and roasted meats.

Grato: 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334

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Kitchen, West Palm Beach

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Chef Matthew Byrne creates refined takes on comfort classics while his wife/partner, Aliza Bryne, keeps a gracious pace in the front of the house. The menu is seasonally inspired and beautifully executed. In addition to the small main dining room, there’s a lounge area as well as a private dining room to accommodate larger parties. In the past year, the Byrnes have opened a retail and wine tasting space in the same plaza as well.

Kitchen: 319 Belvedere Road, #2, West Palm Beach; 561-249-2281

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Okeechobee Steakhouse

Prime cut: Okeechobee Steakhouse focuses on food and service. (Contributed by Okeechobee Steakhouse)
Expect no foodie lingo here, no “artisan” this or “hand-crafted” that, no menus tripped up in adjectives. But you will find a mighty fine steak. And you will find stellar service, the kind of service that brings you back to the warm, welcoming time capsule that is Okeechobee Steakhouse.

Okeechobee Steakhouse: 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-683-5151

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Pistache

Pistache's burger. (Contributed by Pistache)
It’s easy to see why Pistache has become a favorite on finicky Clematis Street: French favorites offered with a sophisticated touch, warm hospitality, lovely setting. Chef de cuisine Isaac Cerny’s dishes never fail to satisfy. Come for lunch, dinner, cocktails or one of the most pleasant a la carte Sunday brunches in central county.

Pistache: 101 N. Clematis St., #115, West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090

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Queen of Sheeba

A sampler platter of Ethiopian red lentil stew and split peas in turmeric sauce is served at Queen of Sheeba, a full-service Ethiopian restaurant located in West Palm Beach’s Northwest Historic District, owned by Lojo Washington. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post) Damon Higgins

At South Florida’s only Ethiopian restaurant, Lojo Washington cooks and presents the foods of her native land. Her handmade, lightly sour injera bread serves as a scoop for stewed dishes and veggies she serves. This place is a true gem.

Queen of Sheeba: 716 N. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-514-0615

Eating out in West Palm Beach: 2017 Dining Guide

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These Florida restaurants made OpenTable’s list of ‘Best Scenic in America’

Laura Lordi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
2:04 p.m Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 Things To Do

We all know our Sunshine State is full of restaurants with spectacular views. And OpenTable agrees. The online site just released their “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in American for 2017.” The list is based on millions of reviews by OpenTable diners and features spots with breath-taking views of nature, cityscapes and landmarks.

To no surprise, five Florida restaurants made the list. The closest one to West Palm is about a three-hour drive. Time for a roadtrip!

  • Ophelia’s on the Bay, Sarasota
  • Latitudes, Key West
  • Chart House Restaurant, Melbourne
  • Bon Appetit, Dunedin Tampa
  • Spinners Rooftop Revolving Bistro and Lounge, St. Pete Beach

Our local offerings

Guanabanas offers a relaxing tropical atmosphere for dining, live music and array of water activities. (Meghan Faiella/The Palm Beach Post) Read More  

By Liz Balmaseda and Laura Lordi - Palm Beach Post Staff Writers

Posted: 5:22 p.m. Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Clematis Street, the main street and historical heart of downtown West Palm Beach offers many things: lovely shops, lively entertainment and lots and lots of dining options. In this guide, we explore the many tastes of downtown. Read More

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123 Datura

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This new neighborhood bar already is a Datura Street late-night hotspot, serving square pizza, salads, sammies, beer, wine and cocktails.

123 Datura: 123 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-814-5433

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Avocado Grill

Locally grown crispy green tomato salad, avocado, corn, watermelon, pickled red onion, fourme d'ambert cheese, and cardamom-honey yogurt dressing from the Avocado Grill. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

A lively spot, where chef/owner Julien Gremaud offers a menu of inspired small plates, comfort classics and an outstanding a la carte weekend brunch.

Avocado Grill: 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-623-0822


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Banko Cantina

In a nod to northern Mexico’s wood-grill culture, Banko Cantina serves an array of skewered meats in downtown West Palm Beach. (Contributed by Banko Cantina)

Fun, Mexican-inspired tequila bar and restaurant serving classics in an artistic setting.

Banko Cantina: 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-355-1399

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C Street Cafe

This spot is more coffee house than simple coffee shop. It serves nice Italian coffee, pastries and light bites, beer and wine, and offers live music.

C Street Café: 319 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-469-9959

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Camelot

Members receive special metal cards at the Camelot bar and lounge in downtown West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

An upscale lounge and semi-private club serving a small bar snacks menu.

Camelot: 114 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-318-7675

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Duffy’s Sports Grill

Wings from Duffy’s Sports Grill. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Palm Beach County’s leading sports grill is bustling at this location, which offers a view of Clematis’ goings on in addition to well-prepared grub.

Duffy’s: 225 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-249-1682

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ER Bradley’s Saloon

Customers enjoy lunch at E.R. Bradley's in West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

This iconic eatery is perched at the edge of the downtown waterfront, making its views picture-perfect. Food is pretty tasty as well.

ER Bradley’s: 104 South Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-3520


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Field of Greens

The ginger ade at Field of Greens. (Laura Lordi/The Palm Beach Post)

Casual spot serves fresh salads, pressed juices, sandwiches, soups, breakfast.

Field of Greens: 412 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-820-2465

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Ganache Bakery

Indie spot offering a variety of baked goods, sandwiches, wraps and smoothies.

Ganache Bakery: 120 South Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach; 561-507-5082

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Grease Burger Bar

Grease's newest burger, The Mr. Bigg: A 12 oz. burger with crispy pecan bacon, frizzled onions, zesty pepper jack cheese and topped with garlic aioli. (Contributed by Experimar/Mas Appetit)

Grease not only serves some pretty monumental burgers, it serves a range of pub grub and a good variety of craft beers.

Grease: 213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-651-1075

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Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo’s grouper cheeks are cooked with lemon, capers, white wine and artichokes and served with crispy hearts of palm. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Chef Fritz Cassel is a pub-grub master. Pair any of his terrific dishes with one of Hullabaloo’s dead-rockstar cocktails for the full 500 Block effect.

Hullabaloo: 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-1033

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JimmyChangas

Tacos, burritos, bowls, quesadillas and, of course, chimichangas are served her in a funky, off-Clematis setting.

>>Related: Some of the best tacos in town just got better with new full bar

JimmyChangas: 106 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-345-3737

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Jimmy Johns

A chain sub shop with counter service.

Jimmy John’s: 330 Clematis St. #106, West Palm Beach; 561-833-7827

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Kabuki Sushi and Thai Tapas

Kabuki's restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach features a dish named Kabuki's Lobster Roll. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Terrific food and friendly service at this sushi-Thai eatery. Good spot for sharing plates and sampling a mix of Asian flavors.

Kabuki: 308 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-6349

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Kapow

Beet and Peach Tea Cured Salmon at Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca Raton. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

This casual noodle bar, which debuted in July, serves a modernized, generically Asian menu (from Vietnamese wings to Thai style jerky to Peking duck).

>>Related: Kapow Noodle Bar debuts West Palm location

Kapow: 519 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-246-3827

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Keese's Simply Delicious Restaurant

An American-Mediterranean grill, this casual shop serves gyros and other specialties.

Keese’s: 540 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-328-9100

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Leila Restaurant

Mezze magic: Leila's prix fixe menu includes traditional starter bites. (Meghan McCarthy/ The Palm Beach Post)

This family-owned restaurant serving Syrian and Lebanese classics is popular for power lunch as well as weekend dinners.

>>Related: Meet the family and father behind Leila Restaurant

Leila: 120 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach; 561-659-7373

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Lynora’s

Eggplant Parm is served at Lynora's. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Old school Italian flavors are offered in a buzzy, contemporary setting. The Nutella dessert pizza is a must for lovers of the hazelnut-chocolate spread.

Lynora’s: 207 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-899-3117

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Nicos Pizza

Old school pizza and red-sauce classics.

Nico’s Pizza: 301 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-296-5400

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Oh My Chocolates

A chocolate shop that also serves gelato.

Oh My Chocolates: 335 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561- 832-8017

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O’Shea’s Irish Pub

Bartender Matty O'Brien serves the crowd inside O'Shea's Irish Pub. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

A neighborhood favorite, this bar is host to live music, bingo, trivia night, plus beer specials and Bottomless Bloody Mary Sundays.

O’Shea’s: 531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-3865

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Palm Sugar

Palm Sugar restaurant on Clematis Street offers a special main course of Kai-Yaang chicken-lemongrass -- roasted chicken with lemongrass, garlic, white pepper and cilantro, served with papaya salad and sticky rice. (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)

Asian soul food is served at this hip café that offers a nice selection of street foods.

Palm Sugar: 340 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-820-9206

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Paneterie

Croissant from Paneterie. (Contributed by Paneterie)
Located next door to DramaWorks, this bakery serves sandwiches, breads, coffees and exquisite pastries by Palm Beach master pastry chef Patrick Leze.

Paneterie: 205 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-223-2992

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Pistache

The Pistache bistro and bar in downtown West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

French bistro classics are stylishly served here. (The steak frites are delicious.) This spot is a terrific waterfront gathering place, be it for cocktails, lunch, dinner or a la carte Sunday brunch

Pistache: 101 N Clematis St #115, West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090

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Pizza Girls 

Pizza Girls' Manhattan pie is topped with an assortment of meats. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

This tiny shop serves some of the best pizza in town. Even something as simple as cheese pizza by the slice rocks here – it’s a big slice, too!

Pizza Girls: 114 S Clematis St, West Palm Beach; 561-833-4004

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Ristorante Santucci

The Ristorante Santucci in West Palm Beach is owned by Chef Emilio Santucci, who serves authentic and elegant Sicilian dishes. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

This upscale and pricy eatery serves inspired takes on Italian classics.

Ristorante Santucci: 610 Clematis St. #1, West Palm Beach; 561-337-2532

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Rocco’s Tacos

Rocco’s Tacos’ signature guacamole is made table-side at the chain’s seven Mexican-inspired eateries. (Contributed)

This lively cantina is the first of several Rocco’s Tacos location, and our favorite. The Mexican-inspired dishes carry authentic flavor notes. The drinks are delish – and weekend brunch is fantastic.

>>Related: Rocco’s Tacos specialty spice headed to Publix

Rocco’s Tacos: 224 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-650-1001

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Roxy's Pub

This is party central on Clematis Street, with a rooftop bar for turning it way up. A pub menu is offered with bar bites, sandwiches and salads.

Roxy’s: 309 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-296-7699

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Sloan’s

Every day is like sunday at Sloan’s Ice Cream stores. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)
A whimsical ice cream shop featuring some great, wacky flavors.

Sloan’s: 112 S Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-3335

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Starbucks

A boost of caffeine next door to Rocco's Tacos.

Starbucks: 226 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-655-9933

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Subculture Coffee and The Annex

Sunday customers enjoy Subculture Coffee on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

This recently expanded hipster hangout offers excellent coffees roasted onsite, pressed juices, breakfast items and bowls, salads, sandwiches and dessert bites. Packages of fresh roasted coffee beans are also sold.

Subculture Coffee: 509 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-318-5142

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Sushi Yama Asian Bistro

Sushi Yama The Asian bistro with locations in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens, opened a spot in downtown West Palm Beach.

A popular Asian eatery (with locations in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton), this bistro serves a hefty menu of rolls, noodles, appetizers and entrees.

Sushi Yama: 330 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-355-0332


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The Alchemist

The Alchemist on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
This is an eatery that aims to please, no matter your craving or taste. The menu is large and options are plenty. Cocktails and fresh juices are delicious, as is brunch. Plus, the kitchen takes pride in plate presentation.

The Alchemist: 223 Clematis St, West Palm Beach; 561-355-0691

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The Chickpea Grill and Hummus Bar

This fast-casual eatery serves its wraps, bowls and platter combos in the build-your-own style.

The Chickpea: 400 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-755-5151

The 20 Best Restaurants in Palm Beach County right now

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Photo: (MEGHAN MCCARTHY; RICHARD GRAULICH/THE PALM BEACH POST)

By Liz Balmaseda - Palm Beach Post Food Editor

Here’s a current snapshot of Palm Beach County restaurants we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This list, which is organized by city, includes only restaurants we have visited.

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La Masseria, Palm Beach Gardens

Crudo Del Giorno (Salmon and Bronzini) at La Masseria in Palm Beach Gardens. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

When you least expect it, dinner at this newish restaurant just may transport you to Italy – a funny thing considering La Masseria hails from New York. The flavors here are fresh and authentically Italian. The setting is upscale crisp, yet welcoming and accessible. The menu can be pricey, but the restaurant does offer a summer prix fixe at lunch and dinner, plus a great new happy-hour promotion featuring $7 bar dishes. Whenever you do go, don’t miss the dreamy ricotta-vanilla cheesecake.

La Masseria: 5520 PGA Blvd., Suite 104, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-660-8272;


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Coolinary Café, Palm Beach Gardens

Chef Tim Lipman prepares a dish inside his Coolinary Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post) .

Palm Beach County is mad lucky to have Chef Tim Lipman cooking his heart out on the northern edge of the Gardens. His sliver of a restaurant has been a game-changer since opening in early 2012, serving honest, inspired dishes that are driven by the season and by Florida ingredients. Lipman is not one to simply tread water, working some farm-to-table shtick.

He continues to learn and evolve. In fact, Lipman and his wife/partner, Jenny Lipman, opened The Parched Pig, a hip bar serving fresh oysters, house-made charcuterie and other bites in the same plaza earlier this year. It’s a great spot to sip a nice rosé or craft beer while you wait for your table at the always-busy Coolinary.

Coolinary Café: 4650 Donald Ross Rd. (Donald Ross Village), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-249-6760.

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Christopher’s Kitchen, Palm Beach Gardens

Zucchini and heirloom tomato lasagna made from Christopher's Kitchen. (Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post)

Chef Chris Slawson, a master of plant-based foods, has seriously upped the vegan game in Palm Beach County. You don’t have to be vegan to swoon over his dishes and homemade beverages. They’re seriously delicious. Carnivores, fear not the meat-free or dairy-free offerings of this stylish café. You will fall in love with all things cashew cream here – and that’s a worthy love affair. In the past year, Slawson has opened a spinoff concept, a more casual spot named Meraki Juice Kitchen. The locations in downtown West Palm Beach and northern Palm Beach Gardens will give you a taste of the chef’s vegan magic.

Christopher’s Kitchen: 4783 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-318-6191.

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Oceano Kitchen, Lantana

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I am smitten with this open-air, cash-only spot, where the oven is just large enough for one entrée at a time and the menu is rewritten daily. The food is glorious. Chef Jeremy Bearman, most recently of Fort Lauderdale’s inventive One Door East, brings a refined hand to a rustic little kitchen. His menu is driven by what’s fresh and what summons his muses. From wood-fired meats to fresh-caught fish to house-made pastas and pizza, his dishes are superb, as are the sweet confections made by his pastry chef wife, Cindy Bearman.

Oceano Kitchen: 201 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana.

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Costa, Palm Beach

+ Saucy touch: the branzino fillet at Costa restaurant in Palm Beach. (Contributed by Samuel Thornhill/Experimar) photo

Saucy touch: the branzino fillet at Costa restaurant in Palm Beach. (Contributed by Samuel Thornhill/Experimar)
The salt-crusted branzino at this newish Mediterranean restaurant is one of the most delicious bites we’ve had this year. Tucked into the second floor of the 150 Worth shopping plaza, Costa is a beauty. But its obscure location may be keeping one of Palm Beach’s best kept secrets off the radar. Here’s a good reason to put it in your GPS soonest: Chef David Valencia’s outstanding dishes, from Greek, Turkish and Spanish tapas (the “gambas,” garlic shrimp are a must-have) to seafood-centric dishes to roasted meats. Valet parking is complimentary.

Costa: 150 Worth Ave., Suite 234, Palm Beach; 561-429-8456.


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Avocado Grill, West Palm Beach

Locally grown crispy green tomato salad, avocado, corn, watermelon, pickled red onion, fourme d'ambert cheese, and cardamom-honey yogurt dressing . . . 

There’s a good reason why Chef Julien Gremaud’s hip, sunny eatery is a busy spot: His small plates and shareable selections are both refined and decadent, and the place serves one of the best weekend brunches in the county. Gremaud’s eggs Benedict dishes are decadent, as are his gently scrambled eggs dusted with piment d’Espelette, and his crab-avocado toast topped with an oozy egg. What’s best about Gremaud’s approach to food is that he can do healthy and sinful in one bite. Later this year, he hopes to share the Avocado love to north county, when he opens a second location in the Gardens.

Avocado Grill: 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-623-0822.

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The Regional Kitchen & Public House, West Palm Beach

The Regional Kitchen hums with inspiration, thanks to Chef Lindsay Autry. (South Moon Photography)

Perched next to the Kravis Center in the revitalized Okeechobee Boulevard corridor, The Regional hums like a big-city brasserie in a space where a succession of restaurants have failed. The restaurant’s success has as much to do with the woman who commands the kitchen, executive chef/managing partner Lindsay Autry, as it has to do with her partners, restauranteur Thierry Beaud’s TITOU hospitality group. Autry’s worldly Southern cooking is soulful yet modern. She elevates even a simple chicken soup. To dine at The Regional is to witness a chef on the rise, a chef coming into her own.

The Regional Kitchen: 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-557-6460.

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Grato, West Palm Beach

Chef Clay Conley serves plates of buccatini carbonara at Grato, West Palm Beach. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Grato has been a catalyst for creativity on the rising Dixie Dining Corridor, thanks to the powerhouse team behind Palm Beach’s buzzy Buccan. The menu may be non-fussy, but the dishes are exceptional. Not that anything less would be expected from a culinary concept headed by chef Clay Conley. Luckily for Flamingo Park neighborhood – Conley’s own neighborhood – the chef chose that corner to open his dream trattoria, a place for house-made pasta, rustic, wood-fired pizza and smoked and roasted meats.

Grato: 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334.

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Kitchen

Chef Matthew Byrne’s charred filet of beef, with garlic spinach and crispy onion rings, is served at Kitchen, the West Palm Beach eatery he owns with his wife, Aliza. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)
Chef Matthew Byrne creates refined takes on comfort classics while his wife/partner, Aliza Bryne, keeps a gracious pace in the front of the house. The menu is seasonally inspired and beautifully executed. In addition to the small main dining room, there’s a lounge area as well as a private dining room to accommodate larger parties. In the past year, the Byrnes have opened a retail and wine tasting space in the same plaza as well.

Kitchen: 319 Belvedere Road, #2, West Palm Beach; 561-249-2281

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Okeechobee Steakhouse, West Palm Beach

Prime cut: Okeechobee Steakhouse focuses on food and service. (Contributed by Okeechobee Steakhouse)

Expect no foodie lingo here, no “artisan” this or “hand-crafted” that, no menus tripped up in adjectives. But you will find a mighty fine steak. And you will find stellar service, the kind of service that brings you back to the warm, welcoming time capsule that is Okeechobee Steakhouse.

Okeechobee Steakhouse: 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-683-5151.

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Pistache, West Palm Beach

Customers enjoy dinner at Pistache bistro and bar in downtown West Palm Beach on April 18, 2015. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach ... 

It’s easy to see why Pistache has become a favorite on finicky Clematis Street: French favorites offered with a sophisticated touch, warm hospitality, lovely setting. Chef de cuisine Isaac Cerny’s dishes never fail to satisfy. Come for lunch, dinner, cocktails or one of the most pleasant a la carte Sunday brunches in central county.

Pistache: 101 N. Clematis St., #115, West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090.


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Sant Ambroeus, Palm Beach

Gorgeous gelati: Various flavors are made fresh daily at Sant Ambroeus restaurant in Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

This stylish ristorante and pasticceria, which opened in December, has roots in 1936 Milan and locations in New York City and Southampton. The food here spirits you to a big-city spot in Italy, somewhere where the risotto is dreamy and the fine pastries made fresh each day. Such luxuries are pricey, but Sant Ambroeus does offer a slightly more affordable café/bar area for a more casual bite. In the dining room, the ambiance shifts with the daylight, from ladies-who-lunch sedate during the day to jacket-clad, Palm Beach buzzy at night. The service is attentive and efficient.

Sant Ambroeus: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 304, Palm Beach; 561-285-7990.

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Chez l’Epicier, Palm Beach

Chef Laurent Godbout and his wife Veronique Deneault run their second restaurant Chez L' Epicier in Palm Beach. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Post)

Just as a grocer’s shop is driven by the harvest, Chef Laurent Godbout’s menu celebrates seasonality. Godbout, who owns and operates the restaurant with his wife, hostess Veronique Deneault, is an exceptional chef whose artistry is reflected in a dish’s heightened flavors as well as stunning looks. His whimsical style is evident from the welcome tray of fresh savory macaroons.

There’s a sense here that one is in good hands. The chef cooks with style and authority.

Chez l’Epicier: 288 S County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-508-7030.

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Buccan, Palm Beach

Tartare from Buccan. (Contributed by Buccan)

Whether you stop in for one of chef Clay Conley’s supreme small plates (he’s masterful with raw fish and seafood dishes) or settle in for a 14-ounce, wood-grilled prime New York strip steak and a night of people-watching, you’ve come to the best bistro in Palm Beach. Reservations are a must.

Buccan: 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach; 561-833-3450.

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Meat Market, Palm Beach

Prime Certified Angus beef 32-ounce porterhouse steak at the Meat Market, Palm Beach.(Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)

Chef Sean Brasel has created a sleek temple of food and drink designed to wow diners beyond the carnivores. Yes, carnivores will find nirvana in a menu that offers a selection of reserve cuts, such as dramatically presented mega-steaks, all tender beneath a gorgeous char.

Meat Market Palm Beach: 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach; 561-354-9800.

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Café Boulud, Palm Beach

Cafe Boulud's sleek bar is now the centerpiece of the restaurant's dining room. (Contributed by Noah Fecks)

Chef Daniel Boulud’s Palm Beach eatery offers more than a stylish backdrop for dining — it offers some of the best food on the island. Executive chef Rick Mace is a true star, a culinary storyteller who knows how to capture the imagination and palate with food and presentation.

Café Boulud: 301 Australian Ave. (in The Brazilian Court hotel), Palm Beach; 561-655-6060.

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Queen of Sheeba, West Palm Beach

A sampler platter of Ethiopian red lentil stew and split peas in turmeric sauce is served at Queen of Sheeba, a ... 

At South Florida’s only Ethiopian restaurant, Lojo Washington cooks and presents the foods of her native land. Her handmade, lightly sour injera bread serves as a scoop for stewed dishes and veggies she serves. This place is a true gem.

Queen of Sheeba: 716 N. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-514-0615.

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Fries to Caviar, Boca Raton

Jimmy's Fries to Caviar French fries in Boca Raton. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)

Somewhere between the fries and the caviar, the menu here lists the best chicken schnitzel around. It’s buttery, nutty, crispy. It wraps you like a hug. And it’s only the start of the delights of this place with the strange name and far-flung menu items. The unifying force here is chef/co-owner Jimmy Mills, who opened the upscale-casual restaurant in February 2016. Mills is well known to south county as the chef/owner of the exquisite Jimmy’s Bistro, the Delray Beach spot where he serves some of the freshest, most inspired fish dishes in town. At his new restaurant, Mills dabbles in a wide range of culinary whims. (Hence the name.) And his customers reap the delicious benefits of his kitchen experiments.

Fries to Caviar: 6299 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-617-5965

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Latitudes at the Delray Sands, Highland Beach

Ahi poke at Latitudes at Delray Sands Resort. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

This oceanfront resort restaurant serves dishes to match its glorious views. This is thanks to the talents and leadership of executive chef James King, a former Four Seasons chef known for his creative takes on seafood dishes. Despite the heavy competition from neighboring hot spots in Boca and Delray, Latitudes stands on its own as a fine dining establishment. It’s no mystery why reservations are strongly suggested, if not required.

Latitudes: at the Delray Sands, 2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach; 561-278-2008.

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Josie’s Ristorante, Boynton Beach

Black grouper at Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

At first glance, you’ve entered a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Boynton Beach. And the menu – at first glance, it also appears to hit all the expected traditional notes. But then your dishes start to arrive and you get the sense there’s something special happening in the kitchen.

Indeed, there is: There’s a master in the kitchen at Josie’s Ristorante. He’s Mark Militello, James Beard Award-winning chef and one of the original Mango Gang-sters, a landmark chef who helped redefine, and refine, South Florida’s tropical-meets-world cuisine.

Your plate here is a work of art for more organic reasons: quality ingredients, a chef’s soul in the cooking, and a high bar in the kitchen. It shines in simplicity and finesse.

Josie’s Ristorante: 1602 S. Federal Hwy (at Woolbright), Boynton Beach; 561-364-9601.

Spotlight: Exploring West Palm Beach Dining Scene

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Best of the Dining Scene in Downtown WPB

The Historic Commercial District of Clematis Street houses restaurants that feature the best dining in Downtown West Palm Beach throughout the year. There are so many dining options to consider. Tough to figure out where to go and when, but we’ve handpicked a few of the fan favorites!

  • Rocco’s Tacos
  • Palm Sugar Asian Grill
  • Grease Burger Bar
  • Subculture Coffee on Clematis St
  • C-Street Café
  • Lenora’s, Wine Dive
  • Avocado Grill
  • Hullaballoo’s
  • O’Shea’s
  • Roxy’s
  • The Alchemist

Dining in Downtown West Palm Beach offers a combination of different options — fine dining, happy hours, brunch, small plates late-night food, microbrews and craft beers. The cuisine variety is large and very international, so no matter what you’re craving, whether it be Chinese, Italian, or Mediterranean, there is an international restaurant sure to please you.

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Dining with International Flair in West Palm Beach
By Sandra Schulman - Glimpses of the Best Dining Scenery in West Palm Beach

By Features Writers

Enjoying the cuisine of different nations is easy in West Palm Beach, home to a wide variety of ethnic foods in a variety of prices. Whether one likes Cuban, Mediterranean, Japanese or Thai, the choices are all within a few minutes of downtown.

Here are three of the best dining spots with an international flair in West Palm Beach for this month:

  • Agora Mediterranean Kitchen
  • Sweet Ginger Asian Bistro
  • Havana Restaurant

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Antique Row Restaurants: Cafes, Diners and Bistros

Tour around the Best Cafes, Diners, Bistros, and Antique Row Restaurants Where to Eat When Shopping at the Popular West Palm Beach Antique Row District.

There’s a new energy along Antique Row situated just south of downtown along Dixie Highway. This world-renowned district has a curious mix of high/low antique shops, vintage boutiques and home design stores, more than 40 at last count with more moving in. Shops are within walking distance, and all that shopping-spree can build up an appetite. Luckily, Antique Row Restaurants are among the best in West Palm Beach!

Some of the Best Antique Row Restaurants, Cafes, Diners and Bistros:

  • Maison Carlos Restaurant
  • Belle & Maxwells Café
  • Rhythm Café
  • City Diner

West Palm Beach Antique Row is a charming district starting on 3711 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 with over 40 antique shops featuring 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century antiques, fine and decorative arts.

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Top Quality Burgers Served at Grease Burger Bar on Clematis Street

Burgers are a ubiquitous dish of the American cuisine and though they are not compatible with healthy life, diet and exercise, a burger is in its simplicity a very delicious food with or without the expensive extras from the place that sells them.

Just in case you are feeling in the mood after reading this article, Grease Burger Bar is located at 213 Clematis St in Downtown West Palm Beach and you can get more info here: Greasewpb.com

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IlBellagio, Classic Italian Cuisine Restaurant in CityPlace

Characterized by its simplicity, the Italian cuisine relies on the quality of ingredients rather than its intricate preparation.

At Il Bellagio, that’s exactly what you’ll find. A dining experience straight out Tuscany, Il Bellagio restaurant at CityPlace brings authentic Italian cuisine from their kitchen to your table.

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E.R. Bradley’s, the Restaurant with a View of the Intracoastal

By Ashley Pawlik - WPB Magazine Content Writer

Between their seafood flavors, tropical drinks and light-hearted music, E.R. Bradley’s will transport your senses to the island without actually having to travel there. Thirty years in the making, it is the only restaurant with a view of the Intracoastal. E.R. Bradley’s is a tropical dining destination where nothing is short of spectacular.

Food at E.R. Bradley’s, the only restaurant with a view of the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach.

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Sweet Ginger Asian Bistro: Excellent Asian Fusion in CityPlace

Sweet Ginger Asian Bistro restaurant is a very popular dining destination in the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Palm Beach County, CityPlace. If you decide to hang out at CityPlace any day of the week, I want to call your attention to this restaurant on Hibiscus Street with excellent Asian Fusion, offering Sushi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai food; all in just one place!

This restaurant by a long shot, is an authority when it comes to Asian Fusion in West Palm Beach.

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A Blend of International Cuisines in West Palm Beach

Downtown West Palm Beach is known for its fine dining, eclectic eats, and savory morsels anytime of the day. Here’s where you would probably find a blend of International Cuisines in West Palm Beach celebrating and competing to offer the best food from all across the globe.

  • Cuban Fare-Don Ramon restaurant
  • Thai food is “Thaisational”- Kabuki
  • A Taste of Paris in Downtown- Pistache
  • Luck of the Irish- O’shea’s Irish Pub
  • Asian Street Food - Palm Sugar Asian Comfort Food

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Suggested CityPlace Eateries & Happy Hour Tips

It’s a breath of fresh air on a sun-filled day, where the clouds are far and few in between, and the crisp, warm air feels just right on your skin. For a day of complete relaxation, even with the kids, take a stroll down to our popular and beautiful CityPlace in Downtown West Palm Beach, where with friends and family are always guaranteed to spend some quality time.

By the way, here you are some CityPlace Eateries & Happy Hour tips to consider:

  • City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill
  • Il Bellagio
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Sloan’s ice cream shop

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Banko Cantina Cashes in on Deluxe Mexican Fare

By Sandra Schulman WPB Magazine arts & entertainment writer, music and film producer

Built inside the gutted remains of the historic American National Bank Building (also known as the former Morrison’s Cafeteria) at 114 South Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach, Banko Cantina offers an upscale take on Northern Mexican cuisine. The beautiful 1921 building has had a checkered past, constructed on land once owned by city founder Henry Flagler, the bank ran for many years, was abandoned for decades, then became a Morrison’s Cafeteria to feed retirees, then was empty for another 30 years. The imposing stone front and side street location may have had much to do with it’s neglect.

Banko Cantina is located at 114 S. Olive Street, West Palm Beach, 33401 and check on its website for information about menu, hours and events: www.BankoCantina.com

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Breeze Ocean Kitchen at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

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Discover more about Breeze Ocean Kitchen restaurant at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, a sleek Oceanfront restaurant near West Palm Beach that features signature food and cocktails.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is a preeminent “see and be seen” destination on the Palm Beach culinary scene and its Breeze Ocean Kitchen restaurant is a stunning redesigned oceanfront restaurant concept led by Executive Chef Josh Thomsen and Food & Beverage Director Tito Rodriguez-Torres.


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Sipping hand-crafted cocktails such “The Hound” and “Bahama Mama” or trying freshly-made Ceviche, Mahi Mahi and Cubano Tacos, and Key Lime Pops are some of the delicacies you will be delightful to try Breeze Ocean Kitchen. Designed by the resort’s creative experts, this seaside social hub exudes a distinctly Palm Beach style and sensibility that is chic and inviting. Awash in pale yellow and blue hues, the space is a subtle reflection of the recently re-imagined guest room aesthetic.

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If you visit, Breeze Ocean Kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m. for lunch and cocktail service until 5 p.m. Evening tapas and specialty cocktails are available from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The restaurant is a sizzling setting for couples, groups, solo sunset gazers and private parties. The menu can be seen here before you go. The restaurant is located at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, a hotel on a secluded private beach on seven acres of the Atlantic coast with breathtaking ocean views and lush tropical gardens, recognized as Florida’s top resort in the 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Read More

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