Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in South Florida

November 8, 2018

Finding a place in The Palm Beaches to grab a meal al fresco is a breeze with this locals-approved list.

Our tropical climate and 47 miles of coastline mean one thing: endless opportunities for eating outside. Once again, we asked our Facebook group of Palm Beaches locals for recommendations—this time, their favorite al fresco eateries. From haute waterfront cuisine to come-as-you-are beach bars with sand on the floor, you can’t go wrong with these breezy outdoor dining spots in The Palm Beaches.

Old Key Lime House, 300 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana, FL 33462

Open since 1889, this lime-green Lantana institution is reportedly the oldest waterfront restaurant in Florida. Order a slice of the award-winning Key lime pie and soak up one of the best sunset views in South Florida on the spacious waterfront patio, complete with a tiki bar serving up punchy tropical cocktails.

Dune Dog, 775 N. Alt. A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477

With dangling surfboards, string lights and a steady supply of good vibes, it doesn’t get much beachier than the outdoor seating at Dune Dog in Jupiter. According to Facebook user Deb Fleet, this super-casual joint is home to the “best chili dogs and waffle fries, hands down!” We agree, and would add that the burgers, barbecue ribs and seafood platters are pretty darn great, too.

Deck 84, 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483

Deck 84 at night

Nothing beats basking in the sun while watching boats pass by on the Intracoastal Waterway—well, nothing except doing it on an air-conditioned patio with a plate of succulent fish tacos in front of you. Deck 84 specializes in upscale-yet-affordable seafood fare, with an inviting atmosphere of swaying palms, pastel lights and tropical music that just screams “vacation.”

Benny’s On the Beach, 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, FL 33460

For many of us locals, a day at Lake Worth Pier isn’t complete without a meal at Benny’s On the Beach. The ample outdoor seating area gives you panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean while you dine on everything from piled-high pancakes to fried seafood platters fit for a sea captain. Or take a tip from Facebook user Sabrina James and order paella and a piña colada served in a fresh pineapple, which she aptly calls “a vacay in my mouth!”

Al Fresco, 2345 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL 33480

Al Fresco

We hope the locals don’t mind us giving away one of the best-kept secrets in The Palm Beaches. Al Fresco is an Italian ristorante located at the Palm Beach Par 3 golf course, with an elegant menu of classics like eggplant rollatini and Al Fresco “Golf Balls” (that is, veal and beef meatballs in spicy tomato sauce). But the best part is the open-air terrace, which offers swoon-worthy views of the manicured fairways and azure Atlantic Ocean. 

Banana Boat, 739 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435, and Two Georges, 728 Casa Loma Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Two Georges

These two dining and nightlife fixtures are located across the water from each other at Boynton Harbor Marina, but so close you could toss a coconut (not that we’ve tried). Both have bustling bars, live music and seafood-heavy menus—think conch fritters and crab cakes—but Two Georges tends to be a bit more mellow. Banana Boat, on the other hand, keeps the party going until 2 a.m. every night of the week. 

Guanabanas, 960 N. Hwy. A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477

Guanabanas

There’s a strong case to be made that Guanabanas is paradise on earth. First, the palm-fringed patios, stone bridges and illuminated waterfalls will make you feel like you’ve discovered a secret jungle hideaway. Second, the super-tasty menu is filled with Caribbean-flavored foods that will hit the spot after a day in the sun, from blackened fish to tequila-lime shrimp.

Waterway Cafe, 2300 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Waterway Cafe

Locals have been flocking to this waterside restaurant for nearly 30 years, so they must be doing something right. The sun-drenched deck gives you a front-row seat to the Intracoastal, while thatched tiki huts offer plenty of shade (and adult beverages!). Order everything from steaks to sandwiches, or radio it in from your boat and take it to go for an authentic taste of life in The Palm Beaches.

Dune Deck Cafe, 100 N. Ocean Blvd., Lantana, FL 33462

“The only thing we overlook is the ocean” is the motto at Dune Deck (not to be confused with Dune Dog), which truly does offer some of the most breathtaking ocean views in the region. The casual, crowd-pleasing breakfast and lunch options are a perfect bookend for your day at Lantana Park and Public Beach. (FYI: Dune Deck doesn’t accept credit cards, but there is an ATM on the premises.)

Dive Bar, 318 S. US 1, Jupiter, FL 33477

Located at the Jupiter Yacht Club Marina, Dive Bar’s popular patio offers dreamy views of the water (but let’s face it, boats are the real eye candy here). There’s a raw bar with sushi and sashimi, plus lots of hearty lunch and dinner entrees. If you don’t snag an outside table, don’t worry: the open-air bar features a giant saltwater aquarium, with TV screens showing underwater videos. 

Eau Palm Beach Resort, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL 33462

Even locals love to play tourist for a day (or night) at the swanky, stylish Eau Palm Beach Resort. Reserve a table at restaurants such as Breeze Ocean Kitchen or Temple Orange to enjoy waterfront ambiance and chef-driven fare, and be sure to share a pre-dinner craft cocktail on the plush sofas of Stir Bar & Terrace

So there you have it—some of our locals’ go-to dining spots for soaking up the South Florida sun and salt air. Of course there are dozens more up and down the coast, from Café Flora in Palm Beach to Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens (peep the Intracoastal from the patio), that have a deck chair with your name on it. For even more restaurants and nightlife, explore our Food & Drink page or start planning your trip with our interactive itinerary builder.

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