What are the best waterfront restaurants in Palm Beach County?

Photo Deck 84
Deck 84 in Delray.

Going out to dinner and drinks by boat is one of the perks of living in Palm Beach County, where the Intracoastal Waterway is our aquatic I-95.
Whether you’re sticky and salt-covered from a day on the water or dressed for a romantic sunset cruise, there’s a dockside joint to fit your mood.
Here are some favorite spots to tie up for a sunset sip or an afternoon burger:

Best waterfront restaurants in Palm Beach County

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Thanksgiving dining: southern Palm Beach County picks

Thanksgiving may be America’s most anticipated holiday for home cooks, but if you prefer to make a reservation rather than roast a turkey, you’ve got plenty of options. Listed prices do not include tax and tip.

South county picks:

Farmer's Table, Boca Raton. (Photo by Gyorgy Papp)
Farmer’s Table, Boca Raton. (Photo by Gyorgy Papp)

Farmer’s Table

The healthy foods eatery is offering a prix fixe menu (with vegan option) from noon to 8 p.m. The special menu costs $45 per adult, $22.50 per child.

Farmer’s Table: 1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-417-5836; FarmersTableBoca.com

Vic & Angelo’s Delray

The eatery’s south county location is offering a three-course Thanksgiving Day prix fixe menu that features carrot-ginger soup, roast turkey or honey-bourbon glazed ham, sweet mashed potatoes, Italian sausage-mushroom stuffing and cranberry sauce with pear and cardamom. Dinner costs $22.95 per person; add $5 for a glass of red or white house wine. The special holiday menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the regular menu is available as well. Reservations are recommended.

Vic & Angelo’s: 290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-278-9570; VicandAngelos.com

The Office

The popular Delray Beach eatery kicks off Thanksgiving Day with a la carte brunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Options include turkey sandwich with cranberry-fennel jam and brie, eggs Benedict, a sausage-stuffing frittata, bagels-and-lox, and pancakes with raspberry compote.

A full Thanksgiving buffet will be served starting at 3 p.m. Offerings include such carving-station as lemon-thyme turkey, garlic-rosemary duck and honey-glazed ham. The buffet costs $37 per person. Reservations are suggested.

The Office: 201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-3600; TheOfficeDelray.com

Hudson Delray

The waterside, seafood-centric restaurant and bar will serve a three-course Thanksgiving Day feast from noon to 8 p.m. On the menu: roasted butternut squash bisque, wild mushroom risotto, roast turkey with sage-sausage stuffing, honey-cured ham, pan-roasted salmon, and various seasonal, classic desserts.

The special menu costs $40 per person. A children’s menu is available as well.

Hudson Delray: 900 E. Atlantic Ave., #22, Delray Beach; 561-303-1343; HudsonDelray.com

50 Ocean, Delray Beach. (Contributed)
50 Ocean, Delray Beach. (Contributed)

50 Ocean

Arrive during daylight and you’ll get a Thanksgiving Day feast served with a side of ocean views. On the menu: turkey with whipped sweet potatoes, pretzel-Gouda stuffing, green beans gratin and Hawaiian rolls. For dessert, there’s spiced pumpkin tart made with local ricotta, vanilla-egg cream and almond brittle.

The three-course menu, which costs $45 per person, is offered from noon to 8 p.m.

50 Ocean: 50 S. Ocean Blvd. (second floor), Delray Beach; 561-274-2339; 50Ocean.com

Tanzy Restaurant

The Boca Raton eatery serves a three-course Thanksgiving Day feast with herb-roasted turkey and a large selection of sides and dessert. The special menu costs $45 per adult, $20 per child age 12 and younger.

Tanzy Restaurant Boca Raton: 301 Plaza Real, at Mizner Park, Boca Raton; 561-922-6699; TanzyRestaurant.com/boca

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Thanksgiving dining picks: central Palm Beach County

Thanksgiving may be America’s most anticipated holiday for home cooks, but if you prefer to make a reservation rather than roast a turkey, you’ve got plenty of options. Listed prices do not include tax and tip.

Central county picks:

Avocado Grill, West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
Avocado Grill, West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

Avocado Grill

The downtown West Palm eatery is serving healthy holiday options on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to a small-plates menu, chef Julien Gremaud is offering a three-course holiday dinner for $39 per person. The options:

A lightened-up dinner of turkey, quinoa, braised kale, roasted tomatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry. Or a traditional dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberry. Each meal option is served with an appetizer and dessert.

Thanksgiving menu hours: 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Reservations: Strongly recommended via OpenTable.com or at 561-623-0822

Avocado Grill: 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; AvocadoGrillWPB.com

Pistache

The bustling bistro, which offers a view of the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront commons, will serve a special three-course menu on Thanksgiving Day.

On the menu: eight appetizer options, including roasted pumpkin and goat cheese salad, Burgundy escargots, foie gras and classic French onion soup, and four entrée options: roast turkey with chestnut brioche stuffing, pan-roasted black grouper, beef bourguignon and steak frites. The dessert selection: apple and pumpkin pies, warm molten chocolate cake, pistachio crème brûlée and dark chocolate mousse.

The special menu, served from 3 p.m. on, costs $55 per person. (For kids, there’s a special $25 holiday menu.)

Pistache French Bistro: 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090; PistacheWPB.com

Meat Market

The Palm Beach steakhouse will serve a la carte dinner specials on Thanksgiving night. Chef Sean Brasel has created a holiday menu that includes a fresh turkey leg roulade stuffed with sourdough, house-smoked pork belly and Peruvian corn; a wood-grilled citrus-vanilla turkey breast cooked in the sous vide technique to a tender finish with cauliflower puree and candied bacon-tomato marmalade; and a mixed platter of turkey and American bison short rib crusted with walnut praline demi and bone marrow flan. Reservations: strongly recommended at OpenTable.com.

Meat Market: 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach; 561-354-9800; MeatMarket.net

Cafe Boulud, inside the Brazilian Court hotel, Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
Cafe Boulud, at the Brazilian Court hotel, Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

Café Boulud Palm Beach

Executive chef Rick Mace is preparing a three-course, traditional holiday menu, to be served from 1 to 9 p.m. (A vegetarian option is available.) Dinner costs $89 per person, $45 for kids 10 and younger.

Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel: 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-6060; CafeBoulud.com/palmbeach

Eau Palm Beach

The Manalapan resort has a few sumptuous options for Thanksgiving dining. The resort is hosting a fancy, “Eau Does Giving” holiday feast in the resort’s ballroom from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($95 per adult, $40 per child). There’s also a four-course dinner in Eau’s fine-dining restaurant, Angle, starting at 6 p.m. ($85 per person), and a three-course meal (and a la carte dishes) at the more casual Temple Orange ($65 per person).

All dining options promise a portion of the proceeds to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Reservations are recommended.

Eau Palm Beach Resort: 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 561-533-6000; EauPalmBeach.com

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Thanksgiving dining picks for northern Palm Beach County

Thanksgiving may be America’s most anticipated holiday for home cooks, but if you prefer to make a reservation rather than roast a turkey, you’ve got plenty of options. Listed prices do not include tax and tip.

North county picks:

3800 Ocean, Singer Island. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)
3800 Ocean, Singer Island. (Richard Graulich/ Palm Beach Post)

3800 Ocean

The oceanfront eatery has a full day of food offerings on Thanksgiving, including a breakfast buffet (8 to 10:30 a.m., $28 adults, $14 kids under 12), a grand holiday brunch (noon to 3 p.m., $65 adults, $18 kids under 12), and a prix fixe dinner menu (5 to 10 p.m., $65 adults, $18 kids under 12).

3800 Ocean: 3800 N. Ocean Drive, inside the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort, 561-340-1795; Marriott.com

Spoto’s Oyster Bar

The seafood-centric eatery serves its Thanksgiving Day feast from noon to 7 p.m., offering a traditional holiday menu with some seasonal and surf-turf options. The full, traditional turkey dinner costs $24.75. Other meal options: New Orleans crab cakes, filet mignon, grilled black grouper, Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab. Reservations are recommended.

Spoto’s Oyster Bar: 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-776-9448; Spotos.com

Vic & Angelo's, Palm Beach Gardens. (LibbyVision.com)
Vic & Angelo’s, Palm Beach Gardens. (LibbyVision.com)

Vic & Angelo’s PGA

The eatery is serving a traditional “Be Grateful” Thanksgiving feast that includes a glass of red or white wine. The meal costs $27.95 per person and will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The regular menu is available as well. Reservations are recommended.

Vic & Angelo’s at PGA Commons: 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-630-9899; VicandAngelos.com

III Forks

The steakhouse is serving a four-course Thanksgiving Day dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. Entrée choices include a spice-rubbed holiday turkey, roasted Midwest beef tenderloin, or a Vermont maple-glazed salmon. Dinner costs $47 per adult and includes options from a dessert table. For $17, kids 12 and younger may choose soup or salad, an entrée and dessert. A la carte dishes are available as well.

III Forks: 4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-630-3660; 3Forks.com

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Critic’s pick: 3 courses, wine and live tunes at Boca Raton bistro

Marie Gattacieca and husband/chef Stephane Gattacieca are the owners of Chez Marie French Bistro, located at the Polo Club Shoppes Plaza in Boca Raton. (Contributed by Andrea Mate)
Owners Marie and Stephane Gattacieca at Chez Marie, Boca Raton. (Contributed by Andrea Mate)

South county pick: CHEZ MARIE

This Boca Raton bistro is celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Day in grand style, complete with a three-course, prix fixe menu and live music.

The eatery is cozy and often lively, featuring some nights of live music. On Beaujolais Day (Thursday, Nov. 19), the entertainment comes courtesy of vocalist and keyboard player Thierry Khalfa, who performs classics from the ’50s to today, plus French pop songs and other global tunes.

The special three-course menu that night, which costs $29.90, includes a sample glass of this year’s Beaujolais.

Chez Marie French Bistro: 5030 Champion Blvd., Suite D3 in the Polo Club Shoppes, Boca Raton; 561-997-0027; ChezMarieFrenchBistro.com

This Palm Beach chef is getting into a knife fight — on television

KNIFE FIGHT sEAN BRASELOne of Palm Beach’s biggest names in food is getting into a knife fight — and you can watch.

Sean Brasel, chef-owner of the Meat Market restaurants in Palm Beach and South Beach, is competing on the Esquire Network television cooking show, “Knife Fight.” The episode will air Nov. 17 at 9 p.m., and the Palm Beach restaurant will host a watch party, with free bar bites and happy hour specials.

Brasel’s Meat Market immediately became one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County when it opened earlier this year, earning food editor Liz Balmaseda’s top marks for food and service.

“The steaks are stellar, the service sensational, the ambiance downright sexy,” she wrote.

This is the second cooking show Brasel has been involved in. He is a past contestant on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” Season 12.

IF YOU GO

What: Meat Market Palm Beach will host a watch party with free bar bites and happy hour specials as chef-owner Sean Brasel competes in the Esquire Network television show “Knife Fight.”

When: The one-hour show airs Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Where: Meat Market Palm Beach, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach

More info: MeatMarketPalmBeach.com, 561-354-9800

Where is the best pizza for National Pizza with the Works (except anchovies) Day?

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Where’s the anchovies? (AJC file photo)

I take no joy in writing this, but today is National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day.

Designed — we know not by whom — as a day to encourage the ordering of “everything (but anchovies)” pizzas, National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day unfairly singles out the salty fish that many of us — OK, maybe just a few of us — regard as the ultimate pizza topping.

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In a popularity contest, anchovies are well-eclipsed by pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, spinach, bacon and even pineapple. That’s according to an analysis of pizza orders from thousands of U.S. restaurants by food-delivery provider Foodler.

But for those of us who cringe at the sight of a slice wilting under the weight of too many toppings, there’s nothing better than a medium cheese pizza from, say, Palm Beach Gardens’ Buongiorno Pizza, dressed at home with anchovies straight from the tin, their oil then drizzled atop the pie.

I’ve got your back, anchovies, even if this dubious national food day doesn’t.

 

Critic’s pick, West Palm Beach: a lively bistro for sipping new Beaujolais

Customers enjoy dinner at Pistache bistro and bar in downtown West Palm Beach on April 18, 2015.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Alfresco dining at Pistache, West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

Central county pick: PISTACHE

There are many reasons to dine at Pistache at lunch, dinner, late-night bites or weekend brunch. There’s also the setting: The eatery is perched by the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront, offering a view of the lively commons. But perhaps the best reason to dine here is the outstanding food.

Chef de cuisine Isaac Cerny and sous-chef Sam Horrocks lend a refined touch to a menu of French favorites. On a recent visit, I tried their delicious “confit” treatment of a chicken leg served over brunch waffles. (The chicken is slow-cooked in fat using a traditional preserving technique.) The flavors on the plate spanned that decadent stretch between rich and richer.

That chicken leg will be on the menu on Beaujolais Nouveau Day (Thursday, Nov. 19), though this time it will be served with a side of maque choux (Cajun succotash), pea tendrils and sauce “diable” (hot sauce).

Other a la carte specials to pair with your glass or bottle of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais that day: chicken “oyster” and andouille gumbo, zucchini blossom beignets, mirliton and Anjou pear salad, grouper in court bouillon and pork tenderloin.

Pistache French Bistro: 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090; PistacheWPB.com

Twitter: @LizBalmaseda

This local brewery just opened a sleek new restaurant inside

Beer pairings are offered with every dish at the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha. (Contributed photo)
Beer pairings are offered with every dish at the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha. (Contributed photo)

Dinner is served.

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park debuts its in-house, fast-casual restaurant, the Craft Food Counter & Kitchen, beginning today. The brewery, founded in Boca Raton in 2012, is the only brewery in South Florida to offer a full-service restaurant.

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There's a gastropub feel to the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery. (Contributed)
There’s a gastropub feel to the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery. (Contributed)

The brewery that uses culinary flavors in their beer — Hello, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Blueberry Cobbler Ale — naturally has returned the favor to the food. Beer and spent grains used in brewing is used in nearly every dish, from the beer-buttered challah grilled cheese to beer-braised pork shoulder sandwiches. All of the dishes offer a suggested beer pairing. Click here for  sample of the menu: Craft food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha.

IF YOU GO

What: The Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery opens today.

Where: 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park.

Hours: Noon to Midnight every day.

More info: 954-440-0046, http://www.funkybuddhabrewery.com

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Critic’s pick: unpretentious bistro fare in Jupiter waterfront setting

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North county pick: CAFÉ DES ARTISTES

This waterfront café, which is celebrating its 10th year in business, offers a solid menu of French bistro classics (escargot, foie gras, entrecote and plenty of frites-worthy entrees).

Expect food that’s nicely prepared, but not pretentious. Dinner can be a pricey affair, but the splendid setting (at the Jupiter Yacht Club) and warm service will give you a reason to splurge.

The café will celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day on Thursday, Nov. 19, pouring the new wine at dinnertime, starting at 7 p.m.

Bonus: If you stop in during happy hour (5:30 to 7 p.m.) that day, you get two glasses of Beaujolais for the price of one.

Café des Artistes: 318 S. U.S. Highway 1, #101, Jupiter; 561-747-0998; CafeDesArtistesJupiter.com

Twitter: @LizBalmaseda