“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful” Mae West famously remarked. And that’s certainly true of wining and dining in Palm Beach – you’ll never get around to enjoying all the best restaurants in Palm Beach but it’s great fun trying!
Here are our top recommendations
For an unbeatable experience: The Leopard Lounge & Restaurant
This legendary establishment at The Chesterfield Palm Beach hotel has it all. Recently refurbished, it’s a sleek and sophisticated environment that manages to be cool yet decadent at the same time. You can enjoy an eclectic mix of classic American, English, Oriental and International dishes. And it has a fabulous bar where you can sample a huge range of drinks and cocktails, with superb live music every night. Definitely the place to be seen, dance the night away, or to just sit back and soak up the atmosphere.
For beach views: Seafood Bar at The Breakers hotel
Floor-to-ceiling windows give panoramic views over the Atlantic. The two bar counters each contains an aquarium so you can enjoy your drink whilst watching the vibrantly coloured tropical fish. Feast on mouth-watering tuna, mahi mahi, cobia, snapper and grouper – just a few of the 10-15 types of fish that arrive daily from the South Florida, Hawaii and the oceans in between. Excellent fish cakes too.
For romance: Cafe L’Europe
Run by a husband and wife team who display impeccable taste this is a very intimate and couple-orientated establishment. Perfectly located at the heart of central Palm Beach it offers a classic fine dining experience.
For dining and shopping: Ta-boo on Worth Avenue
Hugely popular with the locals, who gravitate to the tables in the windows which open onto Worth Avenue – great for people watching! This legendary bistro and bar was established in 1941, swiftly establishing itself at the heart of Palm Beach society – patrons included John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and even a bold U boat commander who slipped ashore for a couple of drinks during World War II. Today you might see Rod Stewart, James Patterson or Hoda and Kathy Lee enjoying a casual meal. Booking essential!
For seafood: Charley’s Crab
Right on the beach and with a quietly sophisticated atmosphere. Open plan, with tables arranged around a large central bar. The choice of fresh seafood on offer is unbeatable and the staff go out of their way to offer truly personal service.
For carnivores: The Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers hotel
Recently redesigned and relaunched with bold décor that’s a luxurious spin on the classic social club. The high-end clientele enjoy flawlessly prepared steaks (sourced from the finest selection of USDA prime – only 2% of all US beef makes the grade), and mouth-watering alternatives that include seafood, Italian favorites, classic broiler items and savory sides). All complemented by serious cocktails and an extraordinary Master Sommelier curated wine list.
For the “in” crowd: Būccan
Swiftly established itself as the location for the trendy younger set. Chef Clay Conley at Būccan has really made a big impact with his inspired and eclectic cuisine – his “progressive American” approach blends the flavors of his New England childhood with Asian cuisine, the rustic Mediterranean and the sensual influence of Latin America to create a tantalizing selection of small dishes with big flavors.