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!
WATERSTONE RUM BAR & GRILL
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
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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
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
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
HOURS: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.