The hip space within the Eau Palm Beach is sleek, dim and urban—not exactly classic Palm Beach, but it will strike a chord with those accustomed to progressive dining establishments in major metropolitan markets in the U.S. and Europe. The “communal” table in the center of the room encourages socializing with your fellow diners—if you’re into that sort of thing. Local fish, such as red snapper, are the stars of the menu, but adventurous palates are tickled with such gems as octopus confit and braised sweetbread ravioli.
The original Bice opened in Milan in 1926. The Palm Beach outlet brings traditional Italian cuisine to an American beach setting. Diners can sample Northern Italian classics like veal cutlet and calamari from the comfort of the outdoor terrace or in the romantic dining room.
Chef Clay Conley serves creative American cuisine in the form of rich and flavorful small plates at this dimly lit, copper tabled restaurant on South Country Road. Revolutionizing the Palm Beach dining scene, Buccan buzzes with a chic crowd of culinary intellectuals who love the open kitchen and nightlife aficionados who sip creative cocktails by the bar. On weekend nights, an in-house DJ brings some to their feet for dancing while others mingle in the micro-lounge at the front of the restaurant. Advance reservations are a must during the high season.
The A-list comes to Daniel Boulud’s Florida outpost to relax by the courtyard and sample refined dishes. Boulud himself is not often here, but his chef de cuisine is quite talented and turns out consistently good fare.
The elegant atmosphere of this Palm Beach institution attracts two types of patrons: those desiring a leisurely evening of haute cuisine and those in search of an animated bar scene with live music and flowing Champagne. The restaurant is famous for its edited caviar menu. Proprietor/chef Norbert Göldner, who hails from Germany, has gained a loyal following for his outstanding Wiener schnitzel.
Café Via Flora
Hidden amidst Worth Avenue's high-end boutiques is this casual dining option perfect for grabbing a bite between shopping excursions. Located down Via Flora, nestled in a small courtyard populated by shops and sculptures, this quaint café is ideal for a quick stop.
The original Asian dining option on the island, Echo serves a Chinese menu with tastes from Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. With space for large and semi-private parties, gluten-free options, and a varied menu, Echo is a staple that provides a lively dining experience.
Flagler Steak House
This Breakers outpost in the golf and tennis clubhouse across the main road from The Breakers Hotel is the supreme choice for hand-cut, aged prime steak. While the original was focused entirely on red meat, the restaurant has since broadened its offerings with a rounder, more extensive menu for those seeking seafood options and a chicer, warmer dining room for an elegant culinary experience.
Since 1938, Green’s has been both a locals’ favorite luncheonette and an actual pharmacy. Expect diner classics for breakfast and lunch, including more than a dozen egg options and standards like Reubens and turkey melts.
HMF (Henry Morrison Flagler)
Named for South Florida developer Henry Morrison Flagler, HMF offers an airy, grand bar and lounge designed by Adam Tihany that is reminiscent of old-world Palm Beach. Guests of the Breakers and locals, old and young, congregate here to sip on inspired cocktails and enjoy modern shared plates with global influences. The bar lightly buzzes at night with a sceney, but welcoming, atmosphere.
The success of Buccan encouraged the opening of Clay Conley's intimate restaurant Imoto next-door, which translates to 'little sister'. With a small, sleek and more contemporary dining room than is usually found in town, Imoto contributes well to the revival of Palm Beach dining. Expect an after-work crowd in the evening, sampling martinis and bites of sashimi, and make a reservation for dinner. Fresh fish, bright colors, and locally sourced produce create unique and delectable interpretations of traditional Asian favorites. Whether it's the day's catch of yellowtail flown in from Tokyo, unique dumplings, or wood-fired fare, Imoto never ceases to satisfy.
Italian Restaurant at the Breakers
The Italian Restaurant at the Breakers is a great place to eat with children. Regulars love the relaxed atmosphere and playground, basketball court, arcade, video games and even arts and crafts.
La Sirena is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Palm Beach. The elegant dining room is decorated with works by local artists and is known for its seafood and decadent desserts.
Palm Beach Grill
Le tout Palm Beach congregates at this casual eatery in high season, so booking a table during prime dinner hours is about as easy as finding a bargain on Worth Avenue. It may take two weeks to get a reservation, but the reliable comfort food—and the people watching—will make you glad you waited. The tender barbecued baby back ribs are the most delicious this side of Kansas. The cedar-plank salmon is a local favorite. The food is straightforward, never gimmicky, and the preparation is expert, which explains why the place is always packed.
A sophisticated seafood house with an excellent raw bar, PB Catch is set in a nautical-inspired dining room that features yacht-like architecture, design and décor. From a raw bar to multiple-course seafood dinners, this sleek yet casual restaurant gets back to the basics with straightforward, fresh and locally-sourced seafood with top-notch service.
Pizza Al Fresco
Set in a courtyard off a Worth Avenue esplanade, Pizza Al Fresco offers a candlelit, outdoor dining experience that is fun for groups of friends and families. Serving casual comfort Italian food and specialty pizza from a wood burning brick-oven, this local favorite is a charming and easy way to dine out.
Tucked within Via Mizner on Worth Avenue, Renato’s is the dining stop for those who have worked up an appetite shopping. With soft lighting, open-air seating and Continental cuisine with an Italian flavor, the old Palm Beach staple plays host to locals and savvy visitors alike.
Sant Ambroeus Palm Beach
Palm Beach has surprisingly few restaurants directly on the ocean. The Seafood Bar, a casual dining venue at the Breakers, is as renowned for its wraparound views of crashing waves as it is for its food. The crab cakes are justifiably popular, made of the freshest lump crab bound with minimal breading. Don’t skip dessert, since the Key lime pie is as authentic and delicious as you’ll find anywhere. Many patrons choose to eat at the aquarium bar, which displays a delightful microcosm of reef life.
Sprinkles is the best place in town for ice cream cones and sundaes with kids—or without.
This casual spot serves classic diner fare with a fresh, Southern Florida spin. Members love the milkshakes and salads.
Swifty's Palm Beach
Tucked away in the courtyard of the Bradley Park Hotel, Trevini serves a combination of classic northern and southern Italian specialties. The ultra-attentive wait staff creates a delightful and slightly more formal dining experience, while the al fresco setting is reminiscent of the more laidback beach lifestyle that gives Palm Beach its charm.