Monday, January 24, 2022

The Palm Beaches’ Best Al Fresco Restaurants

Our prime outdoor dining weather has arrived, and to celebrate that, we give you four excellent options for great ambience, fantastic food and a memorable experience. Go forth and enjoy!


Dine next to Lake Boca and the Intracoastal in this casual eatery that specializes in local cuisines and high-end rums. You could always sit inside at the Boca Landing restaurant, which has seafood, steaks and more. But if you opt for the Rum Bar & Grill, you’ll feel the ocean breeze and can wave to boaters passing by.

ADDRESS: 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton

PHONE: 561/368-9500

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.



swank farm
Swank Farm

You’ll feel as if you’re dining at the edge of the Everglades, except in a lovely farm with great food, drinks and music. If you take the kids (suggested during the day meals), they will see chickens, pigs and maybe some other wildlife. They’ll be able to run, run, run (exercise!) and will have a great time, too. Jodi and Darrin Swank host unique and delicious dinners under their enormous, 8,500-square-foot pole barn. Guest chefs, both local and from across the U.S., bring their talents to work with local foods. The results are unforgettable.

ADDRESS: 14311 North Road, Loxahatchee

PHONE: 561/202-5648



This is the best outside dining on Worth Avenue that you’ve never heard about. Tucked down Via Amore is a small Italian restaurant operating since 2011. It claims a “secret garden” atmosphere, and rightly so. While the white linens say “upscale,” the tropical plantings ensure that you know you’re in SoFla. Will you see a celeb hiding out there? Maybe. You’ll definitely eat well, and sip some terrific wines.

ADDRESS: 240 Worth Ave., Palm Beach

PHONE: 561/514-4959

HOURS: Noon to 10 p.m. daily.




If you want to eat on the beachfront in an upscale atmosphere with good food, this is your best bet. Latitudes is part of the Delray Sands Resort, and sits on a ridge overlooking the Atlantic. Yes, you can walk on the sand if you choose. Enjoy the sunset—even facing east, the sunset is reflected on the waves—and then dig in to the seafood-driven blue-and-white dining room. Sunday brunch is special here, too. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ADDRESS: 2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach

PHONE: 561/278-2008

HOURS: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


This story is from the January 2020 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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