The 7 best restaurants in West Palm Beach right now

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Parmesan polenta with wild mushroom ragout and roasted tomatoes is served at Grato in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Here’s a current snapshot of West Palm Beach restaurants we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This list includes only restaurants we have visited.

Grato, West Palm Beach

The fab new pizzeria on South Dixie Highway has been packed every night since its debut. Evenings at Grato, opened by the powerhouse team behind Palm Beach’s wildly popular Buccan bistro, is marked by the glow of a wood-burning pizza oven. Grato’s non-fussy menu lists crostini, pizza, pasta, salad and roasted meats.

Grato: 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334.

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The Branzino Sirena at Marcello’s La Sirena restaurant in West Palm Beach. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)

La Sirena, West Palm Beach

Chef and restaurateur Marcello Fiorentino has set the standard in fine Italian dining here. His fresh-made dishes and service are impeccable. His wine list is stellar as well, as underscored by “Wine Spectator,” which bestowed its Grand Award on La Sirena last year. This place of understated elegance is a must for any local who loves excellently prepared, authentic Italian food.

Marcello’s La Sirena: 6316 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-585-3128.

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The chicken schnitzel is Chef Matthew Byrne’s favorite dish at Kitchen, the restaurant he co-owns with his wife, Aliza. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Kitchen, West Palm Beach

Chef Matthew Byrne creates refined takes on comfort classics while his wife/partner, Aliza Bryne, keeps a gracious pace in the front of the house. The menu is seasonally inspired and beautifully executed. In addition to the small main dining room, there’s a lounge area as well as a private dining room to accommodate larger parties. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Kitchen: 319 Belvedere Road, #2, West Palm Beach; 561-249-2281.

Filet Black & White, two tenderloin medallions, two jumbo shrimp, portabella demi glade and bearnaise, at the Okeechobee Steakhouse. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Filet Black & White, two tenderloin medallions, two jumbo shrimp, portabella demi glade and bearnaise, at the Okeechobee Steakhouse. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

Okeechobee Steakhouse, West Palm Beach

Expect no foodie lingo here, no “artisan” this or “hand-crafted” that, no menus tripped up in adjectives. But you will find a mighty fine steak. And you will find stellar service, the kind of service that brings you back to the warm, welcoming time capsule that is Okeechobee Steakhouse.

Okeechobee Steakhouse: 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-683-5151.

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The Guacamole prepared at the Avocado Grill in downtown West Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Avocado Grill, West Palm Beach

There’s a good reason why Chef Julien Gremaud’s hip, sunny eatery is a busy spot at night: His small plates and shareable selections are both refined and decadent. But why limit your visit to this downtown West Palm eatery to nighttime when it serves one of the best weekend brunches in the county? Gremaud’s eggs Benedict dishes are sinful, as are his gently scrambled eggs dusted with piment d’Espelette, and his crab-avocado toast topped with an oozy egg. And if you’re lucky, that day’s special menu will include his outstanding rendition of shrimp and grits. The Jerez-spiked shrimp alone are worth the price of admission.

Avocado Grill: 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-623-0822.

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“Sambusa” pastries stuffed with a choice of lentil or meat and served with spicy cilantro-jalapeno sauce are offered at Queen of Sheeba. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Queen of Sheeba, West Palm Beach

Voted the ‘best new restaurant’ in the Post’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards, Queen of Sheeba is South Florida’s only Ethiopian restaurant. The Ethiopian-born restaurant owner and cook, Lojo Washington, presents the foods of her native land and the lightly sour injera bread, which serves as a scoop for stewed dishes and veggies she serves.

Queen of Sheeba: 716 N. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-514-0615.

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Gnocchi “Parisienne” at Pistache French Bistro. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Pistache, West Palm Beach

It’s easy to see why Pistache has become a favorite on finicky Clematis Street: French favorites offered with a sophisticated touch, warm hospitality, lovely setting. The bistro never fails to impress. Come for lunch, dinner, cocktails or one of the most pleasant, a la carte Sunday brunches in central county.

Pistache: 101 N. Clematis St., #115, West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090.

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