Summer has arrived and what better way to spend those long days than dining on the water? Some of the best waterfront restaurants can be found right here in our neighborhood—and are only a car or boat ride away.
1. Deck 84
Right off Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach, Deck 84 offers a laid-back atmosphere and a stellar view of the Intracoastal. With hands on deck to help you dock your boat, you can make your way up to either the indoor seating or the lively outdoor deck. And for only $10 on Saturdays and Sundays f(rom 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), you can create your perfect Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary bar with more than 20 ingredients. The locally-inspired seafood specials are to-die-for good—try the signature Key Lime Mahi Mahi. Deck 84 is open Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Deck 84 is at 840 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. For more information, visit: deck84.com.
2. Blue Moon Fish Co.
Blue Moon Fish Co. is the place to be inLauderdale by the Sea for Sunday brunch. For $53.95 per person, its “bottomless” brunch includes a breakfast bar, soup station, seafood table, tuscan trattoria, the carving board, salad table, chef-prepared entrees and Chef Maria’s sweet shop. One of the best parts of the meal is the unlimited champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Drive up or dock your boat and enjoy the Intracoastal view. Blue Moon Fish Co. is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Blue Moon Fish Co. is at 4405 West Tradewinds Ave. in Lauderdale by the Sea. For more information, visit: bluemoonfishco.com
3. Dining at Waterstone Resort
Whether you are looking for fine dining or a relaxed place to hang out, Waterstone Resort has something for everyone. The upscale waterfront restaurant, Boca Landing, offers several seafood options, freshly prepared, to showcase some of South Florida’s best dishes—like the Roasted East Coast Oysters— and offers a raw bar for those who craving straight-from-the-sea dining. If you’re looking for a casual place to wind down, the poolside Waterstone Bar and Grill is the place for you. These dishes offer South Florida’s favorites with a small ode to the Latin and Mediterranean culture (the guacamole and hummus are a great place to start). Waterstone Bar and Grill offers classic poolside cocktails and a comfortable atmosphere that creates the perfect place for a low-key night out. Boca Landing is open Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. The Waterstone Resort is at 999 E. Camino Real in Boca Raton. For more information, visit: waterstoneboca.com.
4. Benny’s on the Beach
If you are looking for one of the best breakfast places on the water, head over to Benny’s at the top of the Lake Worth Pier. Benny’s serves breakfast seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. every day with specialty cocktails like Coronaritas, Blue Lagoons, Captain Cruisers and Spicy Marys. This landmark has been around since 1986 and remains the one of the most popular places for locals and tourists alike to hang out. If a day of fishing is what you crave, the pier is open all day for only $3.25 and even offers fishing pole rentals for $20. Benny’s on the Beach is at 10 S Ocean Blvd. in Lake Worth. For more information call 561/582-9001 or visit: bennysonthebeach.com.
5. JB’s on the Beach
Aside from being steps from the beach, JB’s offers a unique dining experience with live entertainment and a wide-ranging menu. JB’s offers an exclusive weekend brunch menu with items like the bacon, egg and cheeseburger and JB’s signature Maryland-style crab cakes. JB’s also offers the “Bloody Maria” and the “Ultimate Screwdriver” for specialty brunch cocktails. JB’s opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. JB’s on the Beach is at 300 NE 21st Avenue in Deerfield Beach. For more information call 954/571-5220 or visit: jbsonthebeach.com.
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