Outdoor Dining Off the Shoreline in The Palm Beaches

February 19, 2021

With safety measures at the top of everyone’s mind these days, many are on the lookout for open-air dining options.

And while there are many waterfront dining options in The Palm Beaches, there are also plenty of outdoor seating options both near the beaches and inland. The Palm Beaches, with year-round temperatures conducive to eating alfresco, is the perfect place to savor a meal while enjoying these lush patios, covered terraces and embellished exteriors.

Taru at Sundy House, 106 S Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444

Taru at Sundy House outdoor table

Dine within the beautiful gardens of the historic 1902 Queen Anne-style Sundy House in downtown Delray Beach. An unexpected oasis just steps from Atlantic Avenue, the lush surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for dinner or brunch at Taru. The menu appeals to a variety of diners with options including broiled escargot, Dijon-crusted lamb, and New York strip steak. During Saturday brunch, enjoy live music and an a la carte selection of sweet and savory breakfast and lunch items.

Lynora’s, 5320 Donald Ross Rd. # 135, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Mozzarella dish at Lynoras

Lynora’s at Alton Town Center features an open-air indoor/outdoor dining experience as well as patio seating. Enjoy a glass of wine during the energetic happy hour, dine on Burrata and Bolognese for dinner, or try a brunch pizza on the weekend. The large sliding glass doors allow for an open-air experience while still enjoying the atmosphere of the main dining room. You can hear the music and see the flames of the wood-fired oven in the kitchen. The restaurant’s location in the heart of Alton Town Center also allows for views of public art and water features. Lynora’s locations in Jupiter and downtown West Palm Beach also offer patio seating.

The Parched Pig, 4580 Donald Ross Rd. #100, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Patio at The Parched Pig

A watering hole by Chef Tim Lipman, The Parched Pig is more than just craft cocktails and local brews. Featuring a revolving menu of small plates, charcuterie, tacos and oysters, the aptly nicknamed “cool pig” provides a great selection of noshes to accompany happy hour. Featuring an outdoor patio with string lights and greenery running alongside the length of the interior, The Parched Pig is a great option for outdoor dining. The wood-walled planters create a secluded atmosphere, which is quieter than the interior and allows for congregating under the stars. Chef Lipman’s restaurant Coolinary Café also offers a handful of outdoor tables at the opposite end of the Shops of Donald Ross plaza. 

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

With dangling surfboards, string lights and a steady supply of good vibes, it doesn’t get much more laid-back than the outdoor seating at Dune Dog. A favorite of Jupiter beachgoers and locals since 1994, this super-casual joint is known for its chili dogs, burgers, barbecue ribs, seafood platters and waffle fries. The open-air café is tucked among lush foliage just a short drive from Jupiter’s beaches.

Viva La Playa, 10 S Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, FL 33460

View from the patio at Viva La Playa

Sister restaurant to the ultra-popular Benny’s on the Beach, Viva La Playa offers a Latin-inspired menu and carefully crafted cocktail list in the historic Lake Worth Casino building. With gorgeous decor featuring Spanish tiles and wicker lighting, it’s a beautiful spot to enjoy the ocean breeze on the front patio and catch glimpses of glistening Lake Worth Beach. Take a post-meal stroll on the beach or sip on a pina colada in a cored pineapple just down the beach at Benny’s.

Oceano Kitchen, 201 E Ocean Ave., Lantana, FL 33462

Inside Oceano Kitchen

The ever-changing daily menu of Oceano Kitchen has kept foodies coming back to this gem from Chefs Jeremy and Cindy Bearman. Featuring produce by local farmers, inventive pizzas, flavorful dishes and addictive desserts by Chef Cindy, this cash-only establishment includes front deck outdoor seating. The front porch stays abuzz throughout the evening with table seating, while the indoor bar provides an intimate glimpse at the chefs behind the dishes. The caliber of cooking creates an inviting mood of happy diners and plate-watching to inspire your next order. The chefs’ venture in West Palm Beach at Rosemary Square, High Dive, also features outdoor terrace seating.

Hullabaloo, 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Vintage Airstream at Hullabaloo

Located in the festive 500 block of downtown West Palm Beach, Hullabaloo centers around the wood stove that prepares much of its menu. The hand-crafted cocktails make this a popular happy hour spot, but dinner and brunch can’t be missed either. While the restaurant has a rocking interior inspired by music and front sidewalk seating, don’t miss out on the back patio. Snag a table outside in what feels like a secret garden or sit within the patio’s vintage Airstream. The flowers climbing above you? They’re clematis flowers, just like the street.

Farmer’s Table, 1901 N Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Farmer’s Table is a farm-to-table concept featuring grab-and-go meals and on-site dining. The menu is seasonally inspired offering global dishes prepared using the freshest ingredients possible. Guests can choose from a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and flatbreads across lunch, dinner and brunch. The farmhouse-inspired interior gives way to umbrella-covered seating in the outdoor courtyard. A second location also features a large open-air terrace overlooking the North Palm Beach County Club golf course.

SALT7, 32 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444

Colorful dish from SALT7

Known for its bustling happy hour, SALT7 has several outdoor seating options, including table seating as well as lounge areas perfect for watching the action on Atlantic Avenue and within the restaurant walls. The vibe is sultry, and the food is inventive, modern American. Hell’s Kitchen winner Chef Paul Niedermann serves tantalizing dishes ranging from a 20-ounce bone-in ribeye to sushi pizza. Other SALT7 favorites include its prime steaks, raw bar, seafood and premium cocktails whether you dine for lunch, dinner and brunch.

All photos by Cristyle Egitto

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Cristyle Egitto
Cristyle Egitto is a South Florida native, born in Miami, raised in Palm Beach and educated at the University of Florida. She founded the food blog EatPalmBeach in 2013 as a way to discover restaurants and culinary talents in the area while supporting local businesses. Her writing has appeared in various publications, and she has been featured on local TV and in multiple magazines.