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Top 5 Restaurants in Palm Beach: A Carousel of Culinary Excellence

Palm Beach isn’t just a billionaires’ favorite – this pristine destination is a true South Florida gem that has been shining bright since its inception. Luxe resorts, neverending tropical climate and refined… well, in pretty much every way, from designer boutiques and grandiose villas to remarkable restaurants. After a day under the sun, what better way to finish off an evening in one of these fantastic restaurants in Palm Beach, each offering their own unique culinary delights and a selection of refreshing beverages.

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Café Boulud

Café Boulud

Fine dining in Palm Beach has never felt, looked or tasted better than in the legendary Café Boulud. Following the levels of excellence seen in Café Boulud New York, its Palm Beach equal delivers the same levels of culinary perfection with a South Florida twist. Located in the historic Brazilian Court Hotel, the restaurant boasts not just culinary appeal alone – the setting is just as majestic. Offering both indoor and, of course, outdoor seating on the beautiful terrace that lights up after the sun goes down, every bit of the delightful menu is complemented by the exquisite and elegant setting.

Created by Chef Daniel Boulud and Executive Chef Rick Mace, the menu is all about channeling the best flavors from French cuisine and using only the best and freshest ingredients available in South Florida. The restaurant is renowned for some of its most famous dishes like Local Spiced Mahi with Key West Shrimp and Curry Leaf, Pan Seared Scallops with Brussels sprouts and miso jus and the beloved Dover Sole Meuniere, filleted tableside. This is what French cuisine looks like when it’s married to the contemporary taste of South Florida diners.

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Chez Jean-Pierre Bistro

Chez Jean-Pierre Bistro

Continuing the French flair that fits so well with Palm Beach’s taste for excellence, you can also find some of the best French fine dining at Chez Jean-Pierre Bistro, which has welcomed guests with open arms since 1991. The family establishment is all about creating a memorable dining experience for the thousands of guests that pass through its doors every year. The space itself is infused with a bit of quirkiness with the use of various art pieces, lending the restaurant its own distinct character.

When it comes to food, Chez Jean-Pierre Bistro has a strict “no compromises” approach to its menu. Featuring fresh WiAnno oysters, sauteed foie gras, fresh mussels and beautiful homemade lobster ravioli among other phenomenal appetizers, you’re already off to a good start. It wouldn’t be a French restaurant without the legendary French onion soup and we wouldn’t overlook some of the salads too, as the duck confit or the fresh artichoke vinaigrette are not to be missed. Pair the beautiful prime beef tenderloin or lobster fricassee with one of the restaurant’s beautiful wines from a list featuring over 350 different bottles.

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Flagler Steakhouse

Flagler Steakhouse

If you prefer classic American over classic French, the Flagler Steakhouse, set within the gorgeous Breakers Resort, will be the perfect pick. Offering a fresh take on classic American chophouse, this steakhouse has a beautifully nostalgic yet elegant and sophisticated setting complete with high ceilings, wood furnishings, deep-colored accents, perfect white tablecloths and an overall timeless feel. Moreover, the outdoor terrace boasts panoramic views of the golf course and city skyline.

The menu is full of well-loved and timeless pieces too. French onion soup stands next to the classic sweet corn and lobster chowder, iced seafood options are always popular (go for the Ocean Tower of Shellfish & Raw Bar Selections of the Day), but the real culinary opulence shines its brightest in the mains section. Prime steaks are what you come here for and that’s saying a lot since every dish on the menu is absolutely flawless. Whether you go for the New York Strip or the Dry Aged Tomahawk Rib Chop, expect it to be cooked to perfection in your preferred method and accompanied by mouthwatering sides, and an enviably gorgeous glass of red.

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Meat Market Palm Beach

Meat Market Palm Beach

Under the skillful eye of acclaimed Executive Chef Sean Brasel, Meat Market Palm Beach is all about those traditional American steak house vibes yet in a more upscale and glitz setting – a perfect fit for Palm Beach. From the best cuts to the freshest seafood options, the restaurant’s dynamic offering reflects what’s hot on a daily basis. The spacious setting is so inviting that you’ll easily find yourself immersed in long hours of exquisite dining, drinks and long conversations with friends, loved ones, or even business partners. The menu is classic with a contemporary twist and no matter which cut you choose, you can expect perfect delivery. Choose the perfectly Charred Prime Picanha or a glorious grilled tomahawk. If you want to skip beef, there are fantastic scallops or the umami duck half among other refined dishes.

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Seafood Bar

Seafood Bar

We’ve all heard it – The Breakers is one of the finest establishments in Palm Beach, and, yes, we did tell you about its fantastic steakhouse a few moments ago, but it is absolutely impossible to talk about dining in Palm Beach without mentioning the other very fine restaurant within the resort, the absolutely magical Seafood Bar. When visiting the restaurant which boasts a striking backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the cozy-yet-sophisticated atmosphere puts its guests impossibly close to the water in every aspect.

The fresher-than-fresh seafood is accompanied by artisan cocktails, and you won’t even notice hours flying by as your evening reaches new heights here. The fish tacos, blue crab nachos, and filet mignon sliders are uniquely flavorsome and refined, and you won’t find anything like it elsewhere. The pan-seared sea scallops are as classic as a red lip – never going out of style, but if you are after something more unique we wouldn’t think twice about ordering the snapper with local corn, shiitake mushrooms, and lemon butter. Are you tempted yet?

Lauma Breeze

Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has been fascinated by all things travel. From sailing as well as exploring nature inland to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.

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