Dining Guide: Best Restaurants in The Palm Beaches
A Local’s Dining Guide: Best Restaurants in The Palm…
Check out the spots serving the most delicious and Instagrammable drinks across The Palm Beaches.
Looking to spice up your taste buds as well as your Instagram feed? You’ll want to check out the delicious drinks in this list of beautiful destinations across The Palm Beaches. From Boca Raton to Jupiter Island, these bars and restaurants are taking mixology, and your Instagram, to the next level. Here are our top picks.
As a top destination on the Jupiter Inlet waterfront, Topside offers a rooftop experience with incredible views of the iconic lighthouse—the perfect backdrop to the elevated tiki cocktails you’ll be sipping… And shooting. What to order: There is no shortage of photogenic drinks to choose from, including ‘The Snowbird’, a communal sipper of rum, Aperol and pineapple served in a copper flamingo punch bowl, the classic ‘Saturn’ dressed to impress with a bouquet of mint and orchid or the ‘General Tso’s Downfall’ with Blanco tequila and sake flavored with lychee, pineapple, five-spice honey, and Szechuan pepper, served in a Chinese to-go style porcelain container.
With a “Miami in the 60’s” aesthetic, this new upscale lounge in the village of Tequesta serves up a blend of traditional Florida fare with a decisive Latin twist. Similarly, the cocktails are carefully crafted classics with a fresh and tropical flair, like the ‘Stardust’, a frothy drink crafted with blanco tequila and yellow chartreuse and the ‘Noche Buena’ a smoky beauty made with Don Julio Reposado tequila, cognac and orange liqueur. What to order: With so many well-crafted drinks, every cocktail is a winner. Don’t miss the ‘Bright’, a popular brunch sipper as pretty as it is tasty, made with gin, raspberry, lemon, honey and yogurt.
At Stage, acclaimed chef Pushkar Marathe, wows the palate with his Indian-inspired dishes. These same global flavors exude in the libations. The bar creates a variety of drinks, including the aptly named ‘Palm Beach Problems’ with Glendalough rose gin, ginger, and fresh watermelon and the ‘Oh Me Oh Mai’ concocted with Appleton Signature, Wray & Nephew overproof, orgeat, and a signature tropical mix. What to order: When in doubt, do not hesitate to order yourself the simple yet stunning ‘Hot & Bothered’ with Ghost tequila, guava and lime for a dose of spice and fiery looks.
At Almond, the casual elegant bistro with locations in NY and Palm Beach, you’ll find artisanal takes on classic French and global cuisine. With a fun zebra print lining the interior, you’ll find every cocktail instagrammable, from the ‘Boca Chica,’ a tasty pineapple rum daiquiri, to the decadent ‘Fig’d Up’ crafted with Ilegal mezcal, citrus and fig preserves. What to order: The Champagne Coast is a delightful mix of gin, lemon, sparkling wine and crème de mure that shines with a delicate lavender hue that will brighten up your taste buds and your social feed.
Bringing southern flair and charm back to downtown West Palm Beach, executive chef John Thomas revs up his southern dishes with fresh, local ingredients that work into the cocktails as well. You’ll find playful twists on classics and unique use of traditional southern ingredients that highlight the restaurant’s roots. What to order: Choose from the ‘Forsythia’, a smoky, savory margarita made with mezcal, house made pimento simple syrup, and passion fruit; or enjoy ‘The Stranger’, a play on the Sazerac, a classic southern cocktail, served up in an absinthe rinsed glass, blended with Redemption rye, sassafras simple, and bitters.
It’s Iconic New York City meets Palm Beach at the new Maxwell’s Plum in Wellington. The owner, Jenny Oz LeRoy, is the daughter to Kay and Warner Leroy who owned and operated NYC’s Tavern on the Green, The Russian Tea Room, and the original Maxwell’s Plum. The beautiful new Wellington hot spot is a fresh take on the legendary 60’s bar, with a familiar spirit. What to order: Speaking of spirit, the drinks by beverage director Christian Hartmann don’t disappoint. Both your taste buds and your camera will be pleased with the ‘Prince’s Pear’, a delicate blend of pear and elderflower shaken with fresh pineapple and topped with prosecco then presented in a pear-esque bulb with smoked rosemary.
Polpo, the Eau Palm Beach Resort’s new signature restaurant, created by acclaimed Greenwich, Connecticut-based restauranteur Ron Rosa and helmed by Eau Palm Beach’s Executive Chef Neall Bailey, transports guests to Rosa’s native Calabria, Italy through regional seafood dishes, and an Italian-influenced beverage program. What to order: Take a scenic trip to Italy with Polpo’s Barrel Aged Strawberry Negroni. Polpo infuses strawberries with Prescribed barrel aged gin for four weeks then batch equal parts of Campari, Carpano Antica vermouth, and gin. Placed in a keg, it is served on draft over a large ice cube and a classic orange peel. Insta perfect!
Born from desire to bring the cocktail scene to Palm Beach, Sweetwater has been a stanchion of style and spirits for years. The bar hosts the largest selection of spirits in the South East, and crafts seasonal tipples nightly. What to order: Try the ‘Pralinato’ crafted with bourbon, figcello, praline chocolate and black walnut bitters or keep it refreshingly low proof with a delicate P & T made with white Porto Valdouro and bitter dry soda and lemon.
Hot spot Lionfish brings the taste of fresh-catch cuisine to the bustling Atlantic Avenue. To compliment their menu, the beautiful modern coastal restaurant also offers an innovative beverage program with cocktails like the bourbon-based Barracuda, the Atlantic Buzz and the shareable Fugu Delray. What to order: Need a drink that will compliment your meal and your Instagram feed? The ‘Smoke on The Water’ will make a splash, with a blend of Illegal Mezcal, Pineapple, and grapefruit.
Located at the Wyndham Hotel, Farmer’s Table prides itself on its health-focused dining experience. With a scratch kitchen, this farm to table outpost, regales guests with a seasonal menu and fresh libations to match. What to order: The ‘Spa-Day’ made of Crop organic cucumber vodka, coconut water, lemonade and garnished with smashed cucumber & mint, this fan favorite has been on the menu since they opened. Snap your photo, then sip the day away. Cheers!
Header image courtesy of Farmer’s Table.
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